Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the bend—make sure dad’s teeth are in tip-top shape!

We get it—Dads are expected to be “tough guys,” but even the toughest dad out there is still susceptible to tooth decay! Studies have shown that men are more likely to develop serious dental problems than women—oral and throat cancer rates are far higher among men, as well as various gum diseases. This likely comes from the fact that only 66 percent of men brush their teeth twice a day, and are less likely to change out their toothbrush as often as they should! Dads are busy—but they still need to maintain proper dental hygiene to keep more serious problems at bay.

Medication
Since men are more likely to suffer from heart attacks, they are also far more likely to take prescription medicines for high blood pressure and heart health. These medications are notorious for causing dry mouth and inhibiting salivary flow. The flow of saliva is crucial for washing away the germs that cause cavities, so dry mouth is bacteria’s playground! Remind dad to take extra care of his teeth if he’s on any kind of heart medication or antidepressant.

Tobacco and Alcohol Use
Guys, you’re busted! More than 90 percent of smokeless tobacco (chew, dip, snuff, etc…) used in the U.S. is consumed by men, and the percentage of male smokers is higher than female in every single U.S. state and territory. Smoking and smokeless tobacco directly results in a plethora of health problems including COPD, lung cancer, heart disease and many more…and your mouth and throat are at a huge risk. Everything from tooth discoloration and loss to the more serious oral cancer stems from tobacco use, smokeless and non.

Alcohol use is yet another massive risk to your mouth and gums, and men are 50 percent more likely to binge drink than women. Alcohol is essentially acid and sugar, both of which are detrimental to your tooth enamel and gums. Alcohol can also increase risk of mouth, throat and esophageal cancer. Heavy drinkers are also three times more likely than a non-drinker to suffer permanent tooth loss. A glass of red wine once a week is still fine, but avoid habitual drinking! (More than just your teeth will thank you for it!)

What can you do?

Talk to your dad about his oral health! It’s important he runs a tight ship when it comes to his teeth!
Encourage your dad to take care of himself. You want him around for the long haul, and good health includes a healthy mouth!

Happy Father’s Day!

Silver or White Filling?

One of the biggest controversy in dentistry today deals with the choice of using an amalgam (silver) or a white filling for cavities.

Over the past few years the popularity of white filling materials have increased tremendously. The white filling material is a composite material is composed of an oligomer with an inorganic filler such as silicon dioxide. It is tooth colored so it blends in with your tooth and it can also be used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.

With recent advances in technology of composite resins, the sensitivity to cold has been drastically reduced. Originally the white filling materials were not strong enough for use on the back teeth but with the newer technology they can withstand the forces of chewing and can now be used on all of the teeth in the mouth. The newer composites also come in more shades and therefore they can be better blended in with the existing tooth.

The dental amalgam filling material has been used for 150 years and has a good track record. Recently there has been a controversy dealing with the safety of the filling material. Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper. Mercury, which makes up about 50 percent of the compound, is used to bind the metals together and to provide a strong, hard, durable filling. While extremely toxic, when the mercury is combined with other materials in dental amalgam its chemical nature changes, so it can’t be released into your mouth in significant amounts.

Both types of filling materials are suitable to use, the white filling material is more difficult to place as the area needs to be completely dry. The amalgam filling requires more tooth structure to be removed as it needs room for the bonding to occur.

With today’s trends to want more cosmetic pleasing materials, the use of the white filling material will definitely be on the increase.

While the FDA maintains that amalgam fillings are within current safety limits, there is still a major controversy about the safety of the toxic metals used to make up the amalgam.

Make Your Mom SMILE This Mother’s Day

Here at Dana Cosmo Dental, we love seeing our patients smile. Not just because we love to see your beautiful smile that we are working towards, but also because we love to see you happy. But this Mother’s Day, we want to make sure that all of our patients make their mom smile! This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 14th, leaving you with the perfect amount of time to plan the perfect day for your mom!

After asking around the office, the Dana Cosmo Dental team has come up with a few ideas to help ensure your mom has the perfect day that she deserves! But what should you do, where should you go, and how can you make her smile?

 

  • Plan a Day Trip: Your mom is likely busy every day of the week. Whether she works or not, being a mother can be extremely time consuming and stressful. So why not give her a day off and plan a nice day trip to somewhere she loves? We asked some of the moms on our Dana Cosmo Dental team where they envision their perfect Mother’s Day being spent and here are some of the top ideas. If it’s warm out, take a trip to the beach! Or, if your mom is in need of a relaxing day, bring her to a nail salon or a day spa. Maybe your mom is into adventures; why not spend the day at an amusement park? Or take a trip to the local zoo! Think about what your mom loves and start from there.
  • Presents from the Heart: Who doesn’t love getting a homemade present? The easiest way to make your mom smile is to make her a gift from the heart. Head out to your local craft store and look around. Maybe grab a canvas and paint to make her something to hang up. Decorate a picture frame and get a photo of the two of you to put in it. Maybe even learn how to make jewelry and surprise her with your newest talent! If you want to get your mom a present, homemade is one of the best ways to go!
  • Cook her a Meal: We know how hard it can be to get out of bed early on a Sunday morning, but it’s all worth it to surprise your mom with breakfast in bed! This is a day to celebrate your mom, so why not make her a breakfast filled with her favorite foods! Pancakes, cinnamon rolls, waffles, eggs, muffins… our mouths are watering just thinking about it! If your mom isn’t a breakfast person, then what about dinner? Again, just stick with her favorite foods and you’re ready to go!

 

There’s nothing better than seeing someone smile, so make sure to make your mom the happiest she can be this Mother’s Day! From Dr. Zadeh and the staff at Dana Cosmo Dental, we want to wish all of the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day and thank you for all that you do!

Let’s review what people think about their smile based on national surveys!

“We live in a very image-conscious society and impressions are made within few seconds!”-Mark Montano , host of TLC’s makeover .

I thought I share some smile studies and statistics with you in hopes of making your oral health become your priority-

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey revealed:

92% say an attractive smile is an important social asset  

75%+ believed an unattractive smile could ruin a person’s chances for career success

One out of every two people is not satisfied with their smile

Smile Survey

87% think one’s smile is very important to their self-esteem

Almost half agree (%45) that bad looking teeth are a sign of poor oral hygiene

82% of Americans say straight teeth make a person look healthier

More than six in ten Americans (62%) say straightening crooked teeth makes an adult look younger, with 41% saying straight teeth can make a person look up to 5 years younger

77% agree that straightening crooked teeth is one of the best investments a person can make in improving his or her appearance

86% believe that people hold back their smiles if they have crooked teeth

More than eight out of ten(83%) adults think straight teeth make a person look more confident

Have a wonderful spring! 🙂

Dr Zadeh

The Best and Worst foods for your teeth! (2)

Here is a dental tip from your Dana Point Dentist!

When it comes to taking care of your teeth , eating the right food is as important as oral hygiene, and visiting your dentist regularly.

The worst foods for your teeth are: Sugary breakfast cereals, Sugary snacks and drinks such as soda, juices and smoothies.

The Best foods for your teeth are : Milk and other calcium-rich foods such as cheese.

Do not brush your teeth straight after you drink fruit juice or any other acidic food to avoid washing away your enamel, instead drink water to rinse off the acid or re-mineralize your enamel by drinking some milk or eating some cheese.

Please take care of your teeth, you live with them everyday!

Happy new year to all!

Dr Zadeh

The Best and Worst foods for your teeth!

Here is a dental tip from your Dana Point Dentist!

When it comes to taking care of your teeth , eating the right food is as important as oral hygiene, and visiting your dentist regularly.

The worst foods for your teeth are: Sugary breakfast cereals, Sugary snacks and drinks such as soda, juices and smoothies.

The Best foods for your teeth are : Milk and other calcium-rich foods such as cheese.

Do not brush your teeth straight after you drink fruit juice or any other acidic food to avoid washing away your enamel, instead drink water to rinse off the acid or re-mineralize your enamel by drinking some milk or eating some cheese.

Please take care of your teeth, you live with them everyday!

Happy new year to all!

Dr Zadeh