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.

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.