Gum Disease: The Beginning of Much More | Manhattan Beach Dentist

Research has shown there is a connection between gum disease and other chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory infections. Knowing this, it is easy to understand why keeping your gums healthy may not only keep gum disease at bay, but it may also help manage or prevent other health conditions. Here are a few of the several health problems associated with poor gum health:

Heart disease. Research has found that people with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those with healthy gums. Oral bacteria can enter the blood stream and attach to fatty plaques in the heart’s blood vessels. Clots can block normal blood flow, restricting oxygen required for the heart to function. This can cause a heart attack.

Premature birth. Risk factors like smoking, alcohol, and drugs are known to cause birth issues. Evidence also suggests that gum disease is a risk factor. Pregnant women with unhealthy gums are seven times more likely to have a premature baby or one with a low birth weight.

Diabetes. Diabetics are more likely to have gum disease than those who are not, likely because diabetics are susceptible to contracting infections. The relationship between gum disease and diabetes works both ways – gum disease can make it difficult to control blood sugar.

Bacterial respiratory infections. Bacterial respiratory infections can be caused by inhaling small droplets from the mouth and throat into the lungs. These droplets contain bacteria that multiply in the lungs and lead to damage. Research also indicates that bacteria found in the mouth and throat can worsen existing lung conditions.

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 gum disease.

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.

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.