The ABCs of Dental Emergencies | Manhattan Beach Dentist

We all should visit the dentist twice a year, but there are often times your teeth don’t want to wait that long. These are what we call dental emergencies. Some require immediate treatment – others can wait for a scheduled appointment. Here’s some guidelines to help you know the difference:

If a tooth is knocked out completely, immediate care is required to save it. It’s possible that the tooth can be re-implanted if you get to the dentist within an hour or so. Rinse the tooth with water, and don’t touch the root.

If you chip or break a tooth, call your dentist – they’ll likely ask you to visit the office in the coming days for inspection. It’s difficult to know the extent of the damage without x-rays and proper checkup, so even if you feel it’s minor, be sure to call your dentist for advice.

If the tooth is pushed inward or outward, GENTLY try to straighten it but do not try to force it into its socket, and call your dentist. If possible, stabilize the tooth with gauze or tissue on your way to the dentist.

If you’re experiencing a severe toothache, brush your teeth, and then rinse with warm salt water. If you’re experiencing swelling, you may have relief with a cold compress, and a pain reliever. It’s likely not an emergency, but you should have the tooth checked as soon as possible.

We can’t always avoid physical injury, but your dentist can help treat injuries as they happen. Try to stay calm, call the dentist – they’ll provide the best possible care.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding dental emergencies.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Minimize Tooth Decay | Manhattan Beach Dentist

We need a healthy mouth if we wanna have a healthy smile our entire lives, but do we all do what it takes? Tooth decay are bacterial colonies that eat away at a patient’s teeth, forming painful cavities, infection, and tooth loss.

The primary way to minimize tooth decay is to minimize the bacteria that can come in contact with teeth – by removing the bacteria, a patient can minimize the acids that break down teeth, virtually eliminating the risk of tooth decay.

When it comes to removing bacteria, we can rely on basic dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing removes food, which bacteria need to survive, and removes the bacteria on the surface of the teeth themselves. The bacteria will typically be present in a sticky, bacteria-rich substance known as plaque. Proper brushing and flossing can remove plaque from the surface of the teeth and the gum-line, but failure to do so regularly can allow plaque to harden into tartar, which is far more difficult to remove. As plaque hardens into tartar, the harder surface protects the bacteria, allowing it to damage teeth without being brushed or flossed away.

In addition to brushing and flossing, patients should have regular dental visits – every 6 months or so – and use fluoride mouthwash. The professional cleaning will help break down the hardened tartar deposits, and fluoride helps resist acid created by plaque.

As you can see, preventing tooth decay mainly relies on you and your dental hygiene practices. The better you treat your teeth, the less chance of developing tooth decay in the future.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding tooth decay.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Do You Have a Headache? It May Be TMD | Manhattan Beach Dentist

What is TMD? Temporomandibular Joint Disorders are any health problems and pain associated with disorders of the jaw joint. While no amount of printed information can replace a complete examination by a qualified practitioner, it helps to have a little bit of knowledge under your belt before taking that major step and making an appointment to consult a health professional. Some patients live with TMD for years before it becomes painful enough to cause them to seek help. Here’s a quick breakdown of tips to make yourself more comfortable while you wait for your appointment

Ice packs are excellent in reducing pain and muscle spasm. Place ice packs over the temple area and side of the face for ten minutes, three or four times a day.

Place yourself on a soft, but not liquid, diet. A good balanced diet consisting of cooked whole grains, beans, vegetables, eggs, fish, cheese, ground meats, fruit, etc. Avoid foods like salads, apples, chips, corn on the cob, hard breads, raw vegetables, steak, etc. because they work your jaw to chew. The key is to keep your jaw relaxed.

Your sleep position is vitally important. If possible, sleep on your back, perhaps with a pillow under your knees and along your sides, discouraging tossing and turning. Stay away from firm, full pillows under your head, and trade for orthopedic pillows helpful in reducing head and neck pain.

When it comes to day-to-day activity, good posture is key. Keep your head up, chin out, shoulders squared and back straight.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding TMD.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

February 28th Is National Tooth Fairy Day | Manhattan Beach Dentist

Losing your first tooth has become almost a rite of passage for tiny humans. Not only are they getting bigger, but when it is time for your tooth to start wiggling around in your mouth, you are guaranteed a ticket to “big kid” town. Yes, it is truly hitting the big time. And not only are you becoming a big kid, but you can expect some type of treat after you tuck that tooth under your pillow before bedtime. But why has this tradition come to pass? In honor of February 28th being National Tooth Fairy Day, let’s take a closer look at why we have the Tooth Fairy ever-present in our childhoods…

Believe it or not, the Tooth Fairy is just one of a group of fairies that were created in the 1920’s to teach our tiny humans lessons to stay in good health. There were fairies for everything – bath fairies and tooth whitening fairies – all of which taught our children to eat their veggies or go outside and play outside in the fresh air. In 1927, Esther Watkins Arnold created an 8-page playlet that brought what we know as the Tooth Fairy to life and was performed by children the following year. To knock in the fairy idea home, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published pictures of two little girls surrounded by “verified” fairies he claimed were real. Add a touch of Disney with their creations of Pinocchio and Cinderella and you have a perfect mythical character to help ease your child into the new world of losing their teeth and becoming a big kid.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding the Tooth Fairy.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Relax Your Way to a Healthy Smile | Manhattan Beach Dentist

If you are like all of us, you find the holidays are a very stressful time of year. Not only are you running around trying to make sure everyone has a gift, but the parties and social events can truly wear a person out during this festive time of year. Not only that, but there are health issues that can develop from being too stressed out, so if stress is an issue in your life, getting a grasp on how to relax is imperative.

As if stress wasn’t bad enough as it is, but the more stressed out you are, the more stress is placed on your oral health. 57 percent of the studies done as of late found a link between stress, distress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness to periodontal disease. While we can’t always control how life works out, keeping up routines, like our dental routine is very important. As stress is a possible link to periodontal disease, here are some other factors that increase your risk for periodontal disease:

  • Tobacco smoking or chewing
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes
  • Some types of medication such as steroids, some types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives
  • Bridges that no longer fit properly
  • Crooked teeth
  • Fillings that have become defective
  • Pregnancy or use of oral contraceptives

If you find that you’re leading a high-stress lifestyle, learn to find a time during the day to relax. Get a hobby, read a book, learn to meditate or find a new exercise routine. All are great ways to reduce your stress levels, making stress no longer a health issue.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding stress.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

When Your Smile Needs a Makeover | Manhattan Beach Dentist

Is your smile everything you want it to be? Do you wish that you had the Hollywood smile of your favorite celebrity? If you have some flaws to your smile, don’t worry – their smiles probably needed work as well. Are you ready for a smile makeover? It’s time to make that dental appointment – you need a game plan.

Both bonding and porcelain veneers will likely be suggested for a treatment option. Both are used to cover dental imperfections, but procedures are quite different. Dental bonding uses a smooth tooth-colored solution that is applied to the flawed teeth and can remedy anything from covering stains to covering up small chips and gaps. Bonding is used on patients who need one or two teeth corrected.

While bonding is applied to your actual teeth, veneers fit over the front and underside of your tooth, covering it completely, making it ideal for a full set reconstruction. Both are cosmetic procedures used to treat similar problems, but veneers may be a better alternative in cases where the patient wants to adjust the size or shape of the tooth.

A dental crown can be used to strengthen a tooth, improve appearance and can be placed on top of a dental implant. With advancements in dental technology like the CEREC system, you can get all of this done in one day. The scanner that your dentist uses takes excellent 3D images of your jawline and the computer takes excellent images of the area for the crown, making these the more precise and natural-looking.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding smile makeovers.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Holiday Munchies for Whiter Teeth | Manhattan Beach Dentist

Here we are – smack dab in the holiday season. It’s time for the three Fs: friends, family and lots of festivities. And as it should be expected, tons of pictures will be involved in these wonderful gathering. Having a bright white smile would be ideal. We can go to the dentist and get a whitening treatment and we can try it on our own with an over-the-counter product, but did you know that there are foods that can whiten your smile at the same time? It’s true. So, while you are grazing the food tables at your special events, keep these choices in mind:

Fruit. Apples are known to play a huge role in good health, but it’s the crispiness of the apple doing most of the work. Biting into an apple helps strengthen your gums, while the juiciness of the apple produces saliva, clearing out cavity-forming bacteria. Another seasonal fruit that while also neutralizing odor-causing, staining bacteria is the pear. If you are looking for citrus, try an orange. Not only is the vitamin C good for you, the citric acid also scours your teeth.

Vegetables. When it comes to vegetables, do you think of an onion as a dental secret? If you eat anything oniony, you’re much more apt to brush your teeth afterwards. Ever notice broccoli looks like a toothbrush? Munching on these little “brushes” will give your teeth a quick scrub. Celery – basically Mother Nature’s version of floss.

Dairy. Chockful of calcium, foods like milk, yogurt and cheese strengthen your teeth and gums. The stronger your teeth enamel is, the whiter and healthier they become.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding teeth whitening.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Give Thanks for a Healthy Smile | Manhattan Beach Dentist

If there’s anything we know about Thanksgiving, it’s that it is a time to be thankful for all of the blessing that we have in our lives. One blessing that may get overlooked is a healthy smile, but our mouths are not only the first thing someone notices when we meet them, but they are our front line of defense when it comes to a lot of our general health. So, let’s go over ways you can keep that grin of yours bright and healthy in between dental checkups:

Brush for two minutes twice a day. Many of us brush, but not the two minutes that is recommended in order to reach every part of your mouth, including your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

Floss every day. Flossing helps remove particles stuck between your teeth, where toothbrushes can’t reach. If you floss regularly, the odds of gum disease will go down dramatically.

Chew sugar-free gum. If you’re always on the go, a toothbrush isn’t always handy. If that’s the case, pop in a stick of sugar-free chewing gum to help stimulate the production of saliva, which is your body’s natural defense against tooth decay.

Visit the dentist regularly. Regular checkups and cleanings are crucial to your dental, and overall, health. Studies show a link between bacterial oral infections traveling and spreading throughout the whole body.

If you have kids, start them early. The sooner they understand this is a daily routine, the less likely dental appointments will end up with a poor report card.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding dental hygiene.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.