Pizza Is Good for Your Teeth? | Manhattan Beach Dentist

Do you like pizza? I know, right? Who doesn’t? We don’t exactly assimilate pizza with health food, but if we squint our eyes and cock our head to the side, pizza could actually be good for our smiles. Don’t believe it? Well, let’s see if we can convince you that indulging in our favorite junk food is actually good for our smile. I mean, beyond making us happy with its deliciousness:

Crust. No, not going to convince you crust is healthy. But one way to fight cavity-causing bacteria is saliva production. Chewing on the crust of the pizza will increase saliva production, giving those bacteria no chance to set up shop in your mouth.

Crust. No, not going to convince you crust is healthy. But one way to fight cavity-causing bacteria is saliva production. Chewing on the crust of the pizza will increase saliva production, giving those bacteria no chance to set up shop in your mouth.

Tomato sauce. Tomatoes are acidic, which isn’t good for our tooth enamel, but it also contains vitamin C, which fights infections, including gum disease, toothaches and other dental issues. Lycopene and calcium can also help prevent oral cancer.

Cheese. We all know calcium is great for strengthening our teeth and cheese is jam-packed with it. And it is one nutrient we cannot produce naturally so don’t be afraid to say, “extra cheese, please!”

Vitamin B. This is a random fun fact but many of pizza’s typical ingredients contain Vitamin B. If you have a Vitamin B deficiency, you may have a burning sensation in your mouth and your tongue may become swollen, making swallowing difficult.

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 dental benefits of pizza.

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.