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Your Garden Grove Dentist Answers: “How Bad is it If my Wisdom Teeth Come In?”

Wisdom teeth are called “wisdom” teeth because they come into our lives (and our jaws) around a time in life when our minds are suddenly swirling with new ideas about ourselves and the world around us. So it only makes sense for the teeth to (somewhat jokingly) commemorate this opinionated and questioning time of adolescence.

With that in mind, one of the frequent questions that patients in our Garden Grove dental practice ask about wisdom teeth is a rather good question. That question is: “Is it bad if my wisdom teeth do come in?”

And really – the answer depends.

It’s not always necessary to get your wisdom teeth removed under a few different conditions. If they are correctly positioned in your mouth, don’t cause pain, and don’t conflict with other teeth – then they shouldn’t pose a problem. On the other hand, if they are “impacted” or can possibly contribute to crowding with other teeth – there’s a good chance your dentist will recommend removing them.

So, what does it mean when a wisdom tooth is impacted?

An impacted wisdom tooth is a wisdom tooth that hasn’t fully erupted into your mouth. Many times, this can happen because of a blockage being caused by other teeth.  The most likely reason wisdom teeth become impacted is due to a discrepancy between the available space in the jaw and the space required by your teeth. Typically, impacted wisdom teeth are categorized by noting the direction they’re impacted in, how deep they are compared to the actual “Cutting” or biting surface of other teeth, and what percentage of the crown actually shows through the bone or gum tissue.

What are the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?

It’s only bad to not get your wisdom teeth removed if you need to get your wisdom teeth removed – which is to say: if they’re going to cause problems.

Even impacted wisdom teeth don’t always cause symptoms. But if they encroach on another tooth or become infected – you might start to notice the following:

  • Swelling in and around the jaw
  • Trouble opening your mouth
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain around the jaw
  • Bad breath
  • A bade taste in your mouth

Do you live near Anaheim or Garden Grove? If you have questions about your wisdom teeth, our dentists can help. Contact us today to learn more about why you do (or don’t) need your wisdom teeth removed. 

 

Halloween Candy Tips from Garden Grove’s Family Dentist

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Every year, Fall comes and goes. In some parts of the country, frost colors the leaves before they gradually fall to the ground. But there’s something else fall leaves in its wake – cavities.

Why? We think you know why: Halloween.

Every year, as our pediatric dentists in Garden Grove can attest – plenty of children come into the office with cavities that need filling. With that in mind, families of all kinds can always use a refresher on which candies to avoid (and which to choose) for healthier teeth and fewer cavities.

The Safest Choice…

Whether you’re eating it yourself or checking over candy for your children, it’s fortunate that one oft he most popular candies is also one of the safer for your teeth.  That candy is chocolate. While it’s still sugary and it’s still not the safest choice for your teeth, when compared to all of the other possibilities – chocolate is one of the safer choices due to the relative ease with which it washes off your teeth. On top of this, darker chocolates tend to have less sugar content than regular milk chocolate.

When to Watch Out…

When it comes to candy you really need to watch out for, two of the most dangerous varieties tend to be hard candies and sticky candies. Not only does hard candy pose a risk to your teeth in the way it can contribute to cracks and other damage,  but – like chewy candy – it sticks around. Because it sticks around for so long, the damage its sugar can do to your teeth is multiplied.

When to really watch out…

So what could be worse than hard candy and sticky candy? That would be sour candy. Not only is sour candy usually coated in extra sugar, it also tends to be extraordinarily acidic. This higher level of acidity can drastically weaken and damage the enamel of your teeth – ultimately making them even more vulnerable to cavities.

Could your children be suffering from cavities? Or is someone in your family complaining of a tooth ache? Our dentists in the Fountain valley area are here to help. 

 

 

How One Small Change to Your Teeth Brushing Habit Could Improve Your Dental Visits

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At our dental practice in Garden Grove, there are a few bits of advice we tend to give all of our patients. Sometimes, patients don’t need this advice. Other times, they don’t necessarily want it. But everyone needs to hear it – because our teeth are far more important than some people think (Which is something we covered our last post “3 Health Problems Your Dentist Can Spot“).

One piece of advice you’ll often hear from your dentist is to brush your teeth consciously and carefully (and for the correct amount of time).

So, how often do you brush your teeth?

If you’re one of those patients that has to frequently get cavities filled, the simple fact might just be that you need to mix up your brushing routine. If you’re not sure how decay and cavities work – think about it for a second.

When you eat and you go throughout your day, substances called glycoproteins adhere to your teeth. This provides bacteria with a perfect surface to cling to with the ultimate purpose of fueling its own lifecycle. This creates acid as a biproduct, which gradually works away at your teeth – moving deeper and deeper to continually provide sustenance for the bacteria. This leads to damage. But brushing your teeth helps clear your mouth of this bacteria – slowing down its proliferation and ultimately preventing cavities.

If you get cavities frequently, the bacteria in your mouth might be getting too many opportunities to get cozy. This just means you need to clear it out more frequently. Our tip: Bring a toothbrush and toothpaste to work. By minimizing the amount of time your teeth are exposed to this bacteria and acid, you reduce your risk of cavities.

Bonus Tip: Whatch when you eat. When you eat, the bacteria in your mouth is essentially restored, and the acid production begins again in earnest. If you find yourself snacking throughout the day – try to stop! Or at the very least, double down on your brushing habits. On top of this, watch what you drink. It’s still okay to drink acidic drinks like soda and coffee – but realize they’re acidic and try to drink them around mealtimes when you’re already filling your mouth full of decay and cavity fuel. Between meals, try to opt for water.

 

 

 

3 Health Problems Your Dentist Can Spot

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Every day, our dentists in Garden Grove see patients of all ages. What many of these patients assume is that they’re just in the dentist’s chair for their teeth. What they might not realize is that we’re not just concerned with root canals, dental crowns, and the other “standard” dental procedures. We’re concerned with the health of the whole body.

What some patients are often surprised to learn is that your teeth can truly be a window to your overall health as well. Read on to learn about 3 surprising conditions your dentist might be able to spot before your doctor.

Diabetes

Do you know what the most common dental symptom of diabetics is? Gum disease. Loose teeth, bleeding gums, and gum disease are all prevalent warning signs of diabetes. On top of this, the condition of your gums can make diabetes symptoms worse. And due to the fact that diabetes patients tend to heal slower, it’s extra important to stay on top of your oral health if you’re a diabetic.

 

Heart Issues

When you go to the dentist for your bi-annual checkup, you probably don’t sit down in the chair anticipating getting any information about your heart-health, but it’s 100% possible. What many patients might not realize is that better oral health care can also contribute to better heart-health. The simple fact is: your gums are attached to the rest of your body, and they have a direct line to your bloodstream. If bacteria develops in your gums and makes its way into your bloodstream – it could eventually make its way to your heart, which can contribute to coronary artery disease. Bacteria can also contribute to the creation of clots – or the gradual depositing of plaque in your arteries, which can affect blood pressure.

Dementia

Dementia is the medical term for when a patient gradually loses their cognitive function, which can come show in the form of confusion, memory loss, and uncharacteristic disorganization. However, it can also come with a dirty mouth. Studies have shown that one of the early signs of dementia is frequently poor oral hygiene

Do you have questions about your dental health? Our dentists near fountain valley can help! 

 

 

Are Cavities a Big Deal?

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It might seem like a bit of a strange question at first – but it’s one that patients ask from time to time: “Are cavities a big deal?”

It might seem like a bit of a silly question at first, but it’s a very good one – why? Because cavities are common. For example, in a study completed in 2012 by the National Center for Health Statistics reported that more than 90% of Adults in America had cavities – with an additional 27% experiencing untreated dental decay.  So if practically everyone has cavities – they can’t be that bad right?

Well, not really. Our dentists in Garden Grove frequently see patients with cavities and if there’s one thing we tell all of them it’s that they really need to get cavities taken care of as soon as possible. Some of these patients wonder – on average – how many cavities the typical adult has. A CDC study shows that number generally falls between 9 and 14 (which includes decayed teeth, filled teeth, or missing teeth). To our dentists, this number is far too high.

 

 

The truth of the matter is that cavities are a big deal, because while some patients consider dental care expensive – neglect is truly the expensive option. While a filling can cost around 150 to 300 dollars, the treatment for saving, repairing, or replacing your tooth with a crown or dental implant will be much more.

So if you ever hear someone say cavities aren’t a “big deal” think again, and get them treated ASAP!

Are you experiencing dental pain near Garden Grove?Don’t wait to get it treated! Save hassle and pain by getting cavities treated promptly.