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Activated Charcoal – A Holistic Approach to Teeth Whitening

Charcoal you say? Why would I ever want to put charcoal into my mouth…? Its black, how CAN it whiten?

Your hollywood dentist explains how a holistic home remedy involving the use of activated charcoal to whiten your teeth may have some success.

What is Activated Charcoal?

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Activated charcoal is different from the charcoal you find in barbeques. The difference is simple: regular charcoal contains many impurities; whereas activated charcoal does not.

So how does activated charcoal relate to my teeth? The amazing part of this natural remedy is its adsorption qualities. It has a remarkable ability to adsorb the “junk” that has been essentially glued to your enamel, causing discoloration ranging from yellowish to brown.

Note the difference between adsorption and absorption. Activated charcoal undergoes adsorption, which is a surface-based process in which a substance doesn’t completely enter another, but, in simple terms, hangs onto another substance. Absorption is a process in which a substance fully emerges with another.

Enamel surface stains are often the result of the usual culprits: coffee, tea, wine, and many different foods. The activated charcoal works to pull any toxins from your mouth and efficiently remove surface stains from your teeth, making it a great holistic teeth whitening tool. Activated charcoal likes tannins which are often in tea, and coffee and cause stains.

If you’re curious in learning what you should do, then we advise you to pick up activated charcoal in powder form. You can open up the capsules with the powder in them, and use them that way. Your local grocery store may have it, natural foods store, or drug store. Worse comes to worst it can be found online.

Once you obtain your powder, the process is easy:

1. Brush your teeth normally.
2. Mix your activated charcoal with a little bit of water, making it easy to swish.
3. Swish it around for up to 1 minute.
4. Hold it in front of your teeth for up to 5 minutes.
5. Rinse your mouth out with water.
6. Observe.

We admit, it looks somewhat intimidating to put what appears to be a nasty black substance into your mouth, but it’s the end results that we truly care about. You may even be wondering how such a black substance doesn’t actually end up staining your teeth as it looks darker than black coffee. That’s the magic behind it!

Natural remedies, especially ones that work, are the best. You could read more on other holistic approaches to your oral health!

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How Many Americans ACTUALLY Floss?

Life can move quickly and for many Americans flossing isn’t necessarily a top of the line priority, even if it should be. According to a recent study led by Duong T. Nguyen, it is scientifically possible to categorize Americans into three categories: Those that floss daily, the ones that never floss and those that inconsistently floss.

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Flossing By The Numbers

Duong T. Nguyen, a medical epidemiologist, developed the concept for his study while rummaging through his house looking for floss. As he searched for floss, he kept wondering just how many people ACTUALLY floss. With a bit of research, Nguyen discovered that no rigorous or official studies had been made on the subject. He then took it upon himself to create a scientifically valid analysis.

The first nationally representative analysis that would help Nguyen determine the exact percentage of people flossing revealed astonishing results. The study included all 3 categories previously mentioned, the ones that floss daily, the ones that never floss and those that are inconsistent with their flossing routine.

The study showed that only 30% of the population in America floss daily. The study also showed that only 37% of the population has an inconsistent flossing routine and that 32% of the population NEVER floss.

Nguyen Discovery Leads to Precise Percentages

Nguyen and his colleagues parsed their study totals by age, sex, race and a ratio of family income and poverty level.

Among the findings they discovered the following:

• Males (39 percent) were more like to report never flossing than females (27 percent).

• People 75 or older (45 percent) were more likely to report never flossing than those age 30 to 44 (31 percent).

• Non-Hispanic blacks (40 percent) and Hispanics (38 percent) were more likely to report never flossing than non-Hispanic white adults (30 percent).

• Low-income participants (49 percent) were more likely to report never flossing than those in higher income brackets (28 percent).

Let’s Get Flossin’

If properly done, flossing removes all food particles that tend to stick to teeth and create bacteria. Usually, if left untreated or uncared for, this bacteria can create inflammation and many times gum disease. Over time, the bacteria creates ‘colonies’ which are commonly known as plaque. The bacteria hardens into tartar and wear away at the gums and bone, eventually causing tooth loss, which is never a good thing.

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The Need for Education on Flossing

Although the results ended up being higher than originally expected, professionals believe there is still room for improvement. Most dentists would guess that the percentage of daily flossers is less than what the results stated, maybe as low as 10%, which is what made this study so unique and informative. This estimated percentage only states that there is a need for more conversation on flossing. If it wasn’t for Nguyen’s study, the topic wouldn’t have been looked at to this extent. Many dentists are excited to have a study to refer to and look at flossing in a different light, something to base their theories from.

As Nguyen presented his findings on May 2, 2016, he stated “Something as simple as flossing is, to a lot of people, a bane,” he says. “They don’t want to do it. Yet, in the long run, it can be so beneficial – it can prevent tooth loss and everything that comes with it.”

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5 Common Oral Health Mistakes Parents Make (Infographic)

You’ll be surprised at the common mistakes parents make with their children’s teeth. Most often, these mistakes are the result of being misinformed or simply not knowing any better. But to ensure that your children have the best teeth possible, I encourage you to study this list and make a conscience effort to incorporate these habits, especially #4 regarding cavities. Children should not be suffering from frequent cavities. If they are, then I urge you to re-consider their current lifestyle and make necessary adjustments that will benefit their oral health and overall leave them smiling with beautiful, pearly whites!

5 Common Oral Health Mistakes Parents Make

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How to Get Rid of White Spots on Teeth (MI Paste)

how to get rid of white spots on teethWhite spots on teeth, otherwise known as enamel hypoplasia, can be a distracting feature in a person’s smile! They “typically appear on your teeth as milky-colored white discoloration, but can also appear as yellow or brown as well”, says Hollywood dentist, Dr. Sally Kashani. Normal enamel is lustrous and reflects light. White or yellowish brown spots can usually be noticed on the front teeth.

What Causes This Strange Phenomenon?

White spots have a few different causes. For children, white spots can be caused during the development of their new teeth.

White spots on teeth can be the result of:
1. Mild fluorosis (ingesting too much fluoride while the teeth are developing)
2. Trauma or changes in temperature developing teeth from fever, infection, premature birth etc.
3. Poor hygiene during braces can result in white spots around brackets.
4. In some cases, white spots are unable to be pinpointed to a specific cause.

White spots may be inactive or active. Inactive white spots are normally harmless, whereas active white spots are softer and need treated by your dentist aside from aesthetic reasons. White spots may also serve as a precursor to the development of a cavity or other type of decay. When plaque builds up or other harmful bacteria arise, then decay may ensure.

How Can White Spots Be Treated?

Treatment for white spots can be attempted in various ways. If your white spots do not seem to be showing any signs of decay, then procedures such as enamel micro-abrasion, and regeneration of the subsurface can be beneficial. Bleaching or teeth whitening techniques may dehydrate the spots and make them appear WHITER.

An effective solution, known as MI Paste™/MI Paste Plus™ has shown potential in treating white spots.

What is MI Paste™?
MI Paste™ is an enamel topical cream that consists of natural molecules of calcium and phosphate, and is designed to restore the healthy luster your teeth. It aims to enhance the natural appearance of your teeth, eliminate and smooth out any white spots, strengthen tooth enamel, and protect against cavities. MI Paste™ is a highly convenient solution. Following an in-office evaluation, the procedure takes place after a normal routine of morning/evening brushing and flossing. Only the paste and your fingers are required for application. The solution is left on the teeth for about 3-5 minutes before rinsed off. This process is repeated as needed.

On the other hand, if your white spots are active and point to possible decay, then you will need to undergo cosmetic procedures such as a white cavity filling, porcelain veneer, or porcelain crown, depending on how severe your decay is.

MI Paste™ can also be alternated with whitening procedures to whiten teeth while at the same time diminishing white spots. It can be placed in take home bleaching trays.

Dr. Sally Offers Treatment Options at Her Hollywood Dental Practice!

Get your smile back to the shining light it once was. Inactive white spots can be treated effectively, but active white spots need more attention. Do not hesitate to make an appointment with your Hollywood dentist to see what your white spots say and which treatment option would be most effective for you.

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Oral Health Fun Facts & Statistics!

Looking for an infographic with interesting, but useful information regarding your oral health? You’ve come to the right place! Dr. Sally loves to make dentistry fun, after all… it’s always fun to smile, right? 🙂

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Like this infographic? Feel free to share it, post it on your blog, update your status on Facebook, etc. Just make sure to credit Dr. Sally by providing a link back to our website: http://hollywood-dentist.com.

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The Electric vs. Manual Toothbrush Debate

Dr. Sally Kashani was featured on the online panel “The Electric vs Manual Toothbrush Debate”.

This is Dr. Kashani’s response:
“I believe the efficacy of a toothbrush is based on how you use it, whether it’s manual or electric. For people with good oral hygiene and use the right brushing technique manual brushes are fantastic. For people who don’t have the greatest hygiene electric brushes allow them to be more thorough and provide more motivation. Especially the ones that count time and let you know how hard you are brushing.”

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrush – A Visual Breakdown

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TMJ Pain and Myofacial Pain Protocol – Clenching/Jaw Muscle Relieving Exercises

tmj pain jaw relieving exerciseMyofacial and TMJ Pain Disorders
Signs and Symptoms: While people may notice their clenching and grinding habits, they may not be aware that its causing headaches, teeth damage and jaw pain that can progressively get worse. A sudden onset of signs and symptoms include muscle pain, stiffness, limited range of motion in jaws, pain on opening the jaws, headaches, fullness in the ear, pain on pushing on the muscle and joints.

1. Soft Diet – Avoid hard foods (e.g hard meat, junk food, chewing gum). Hard foods delay the healing process. A soft diet will allow your chewing muscles to rest.

2. Moist Heat – Use a HOT WATER BOTTLE or roll a bath towel lengthwise, wet it, fold and place in a plastic bag. Put in a microwave and heat on high for 5 mins. Carefully remove, and cover with additional bags to prevent burning. Put around your jaws or neck or anywhere that is sore. Keep on for 20 min. Do this 3 times a day. The benefits are reduction of pain, vasodilatation and increase in blood circulation in your muscles and joints.

3. Medications – Medications are to be taken by your doctor as directed. Ibuprofen (like MOTRIN or ADVIL) has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for muscle and joint pain relief. If you are able to take Ibuprofen, take 400-600 mg every 6 hours for a few days until you notice the pain getting better. Muscle relaxers can also be prescribed by your Dentist and can often cause drowsiness. Pain meds and muscle relaxants are usually given for short term.

4. Splint Therapy – Occlusal splint therapy is a non invasive method of managing pain. Oral appliances such as occlusal guards or night guards are used to help muscle relaxation and decrease the damaging effects of grinding and clenching at night. They are similar to orthodontic retainers but are not used to move teeth. They are made out of thick resin and used primarily at night to help stabilize the jaws. They can also be worn during the day.

5. Stress Reduction – Stress may increase muscle tension and affect sleep. Try to reduce daily stress and start to take notice of when you are clenching or grinding your teeth during the day at stressful moments. Make sure you breathe deeply in through the nose and out though the mouth. Keep your posture erect to help relieve muscles.

6. Muscle Exercises – Relaxing and stretching your jaw muscles will significantly help relieve pain and train them to be in a normal healthy position. If you have acute pain, wait until you can function better before doing hinge exercises.

Tongue Up
– Rest tongue gently in “N” position at roof of mouth. Saying “N” will help you find the position. Do not touch upper teeth.
– Do not press or hold tongue, your tongue should naturally be in this position. This helps to keep the teeth apart and relax the jaw muscles.
– Practice this every night before going to bed to help reduce grinding and clenching habits.

Teeth Apart

– Keep teeth slightly apart at all times except when chewing and talking
– Lip relaxed
– Breathe through nose if possible

Hinge Exercise
– Place the of tongue on the middle of the roof of mouth (further than “N” position)
– Open and close mouth 1 to 2 finger width apart smoothly and rhythmically.
– Do not touch teeth with tongue
– Do 5 sets, 5 times a day. Try it in while in traffic, sitting at your desk and before going to bed
– You can also do this exercise and hold the potion for 5 seconds each time to help relieve muscle soreness.

These muscle exercises will help train your jaw muscles to stay relax and relieve tightness. Overtime reduces with clenching and grinding as well.

To learn more, please read about Bruxism (Teeth Grinding).

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Top Ten Dental Symptoms and What They Mean

common dental symptomsWe all have had to see the dentist for more than a check-up. Dr. Sally Kashani, Hollywood Dentist, reveals the top ten dental symptoms people experience and what each symptom could mean about your dental health.

Common Dental Symptoms

1. Toothache- Most toothaches are caused by cavities, but they may also be an early sign of gum disease. Toothaches should be checked by a dentist immediately to determine their cause, prevent further pain, and protect your teeth.

2. Sensitive Teeth- Toothaches which occur when eating hot or cold food may be a sign of sensitive teeth. Teeth become sensitive from decay, worn enamel, fractured teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, and even by exposed root due to gum recession.

3. Bleeding or Sore Gums- The early stages of gingivitis begin with bleeding and sore gums, however, these symptoms can also be a result of brushing too hard or flossing too little. If bleeding persists or if blood flow is more than normal, consult our office.

4. Mouth Sores- Mouth sores can be very painful and have many different causes. They can be caused by bacteria infection, viruses or fungus, or irritation from braces and chipped teeth. Any sores lasting a week or longer should be checked by your dentist.

5. Bad Breath- Halitosis is unpleasant and may be caused by what you eat, insufficient cleaning, dry mouth, smoking, and some medications. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss daily to prevent bad breath. If it persists, schedule an appointment for an exam to find its cause and proper treatment.

6. Jaw Pain or Popping/Clicking of the Jaw- The cause of jaw pain can be more difficult to diagnose as it can be a result of sinus problems, teeth grinding, arthritis, injury, gingivitis, or even TMJ. If you experience jaw pain, be sure to schedule an appointment with our office for a thorough examination to find the source of problem.

7. Dry Mouth- Saliva is important in preventing tooth decay and maintaining the proper PH balance in the mouth. Dry mouth may be caused by a disorder or it can be a side effect of some medication. Contact us for more information on how you can maintain more moisture and prevent dry mouth.

8. Oral Piercing Infection- The mouth is home to many kinds of bacteria, making piercings more prone to infection. If you experience swelling, pain, fever, chills, or a red appearance around the site of the piercing, contact your dentist or physician immediately.

9. Cracked or Broken Teeth- Damaged teeth can be caused by injury or brittle teeth. Some cracks cannot be detected even with X-rays, but it is important to have cracked teeth checked by a dentist to ensure that no additional damage or decay will occur.

10. Stained or Discolored Teeth- Teeth stains occur slowly over time and become more obvious with the consumption of drinks like coffee and tea. They may also yellow over time due to smoking, genetics, and some medication. Whitening treatment can help decrease the yellow appearance of teeth.

Always be consciously aware of your oral health, as this will help you easily recognize any of these symptoms. Early treatment of the causes of these symptoms can help protect your teeth from serious long term problems.

Many on this list may seem minor, but it never hurts to get checked by a dentist. If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure to call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kashani to detect the problem and receive proper treatment.

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Dry Socket – How to Prevent It After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction is a procedure that many people have undergone, with a small portion having experienced a DRY SOCKET.

Dry Socket Symptoms include:

1. Headache
2. Pain radiating to ear
3. Cold sensitivity to air or eating cold liquids
4. Pain starts 3-5 days after extractions.
5. Normal pain meds such as Ibuprofen don’t help with the pain

Dry sockets are a complication of these extractions, usually lower molars and wisdom teeth.
They typically happens when you fail to follow your dentist’s post-op instructions, if you are a smoker, or for unknown reasons. The wisdom tooth extraction in-office procedure is the easy part, staying on top of your game after the procedure is the hard part, though it’s not really all that hard. It just takes a little bit of commitment and motivation.

Here’s some motivation: you definitely do not want a dry socket because they are PAINFUL. Nobody wants or needs pain; after all, the trials of life bring us enough pain, right? Dry socket pain is intense and usually causes anguish and can last up to a week. If you have ever had one you know it’s very uncomfortable and can often distract you from doing your normal tasks.

Dry Socket FAQ

What is a dry socket? Good question!

A socket is the hole that is left once your tooth has been pulled. The hole heals from the inside out. Inside of this hole are raw bone and nerves. In a normal case, a blood clot will form over this hole. The blood clot keeps the hole from infection as well as repairs the extraction site.

When you have a dry socket, you have a socket with no blood clot present. This means that you literally have a spot your mouth with exposed bone and nerves. It doesn’t even have to be the whole hole that’s exposed. If any part of the bone inside is exposed, this can cause pain.

How do you treat a dry socket?

BUT don’t worry too much! At the first sign of symptoms your dentist can place a medicine inside the hole that will make your PAIN go away immediately, and help it heal. There might be some slight stinging at first but you will feel relief. You may need to come back every 2-3 days for placing more medicine in there depending on much bone is exposed. Most people heal from a dry socket within one week, sometimes 3 days.

How you get a dry socket?

If you dislodge the blood clot after the first hour of extraction you will most likely end up with a dry socket. Other factors such as smoking or drinking alcohol can also prevent the socket from healing.

This can be caused by spitting aggressively, using a straw, smoking, picking at the socket to “clean it out” or any other action which would remove the clot.

How do you prevent a dry socket?

If you want to prevent dry socket formation, then you should:

➢ Don’t SPIT or RINSE for 24 hours after the extraction. Let water dribble out especially the first few hours after surgery. After 24 hours, lightly rinsing with salt water could help the extraction. Sloshing any substance around in your mouth puts you at risk.

➢ Avoid sucking from a straw, as it also creates a strong suction force.

➢ Absolutely quit smoking as it creates a suction force strong enough to dislodge the blood clot, and lowers your immunity which allows you to heal. Even if you can use a patch for 2-3 days it can save you from a socket and healing in general

➢ Eat softer foods as harder ones will both leave you at risk for a dry socket as well as be uncomfortable to chew with your mouth’s tender state.

➢ Avoid poking the blood clot. Believe it or not, some people will feel tempted to feel and PICK at the extraction site. Curiosity killed the cat.

➢ Always always always maintain great oral hygiene. Not good, but great. This means brushing twice at least twice a day on top of flossing at least once a day (preferably you should put extra effort into flossing after every meal).

➢ ONLY use the small plastic syringe that your dentist sent you home with 48 hours after the surgery. If used earlier to remove food and debris the blood clot can also be rinse out.

A very small percentage of people are prone to developing a dry socket due to past history with dry sockets and a stroke of bad luck despite taking necessary actions to prevent it. If you do have symptoms, call us for treatment!

If you aren’t suffering from a dry socket, then maybe you’re suffering from another type of dental pain. Find out the top ten dental symptoms.

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Dental Emergency Quick Fix

Any dental emergency is a serious problem, which should be treated as soon as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes you don’t have an opportunity to visit your dentist immediately. That is why we came up with a list of temporary dental emergency quick fixes that can be performed at home until a dentist is seen.

dental emergency quick fix

Please keep in mind that home fixes are only a temporary option. If you experience a dental emergency, contact us at 818-508-7272 and make an appointment with an experienced dentist as soon as possible.

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