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    Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Smile: Oral Health in Arcadia

    Don't Take Stress Out On Your Teeth ArcadiaWe all lead stressful lives, and maybe that’s why more and more people seem to have stress-related dental issues. That concerns us at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, because stress can really do a number on your oral health.

    Mouth sores, teeth clenching and grinding, gum disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.

    Anyone who difficulty managing stress needs to realize it can increase the risk of getting mouth sores such as cankers and cold sores. Most canker sores only last 7-10 days, but for relief from the irritation, we recommend an over-the-counter topical anesthetic from any drug store.

    Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out folks, and often it’s done unconsciously. At Premier Dental Esthetics, we can determine if a night guard or other dental appliance is appropriate to minimize the effects of grinding.

    Gum disease is exacerbated by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque, which in turn contributes to the development of gum disease.

    And many people under stress are more likely to neglect their oral hygiene routine. Many also tend to eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.

    If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your oral health, schedule an appointment at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry, gum disease treatment, children’s dental health, and emergency dentistry.

    Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

    626-445-2536

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
    Arcadia, California
    91007

     


    Any Effective Toothpaste? Teeth Whitening in Arcadia

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    Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Our Premier Dental Esthetics patients in Arcadia, along with millions of other Americans, have made teeth whitening one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry.

    There are lots of over-the-counter dental products that promise to improve your smile. The grocery store of filled with them. Are any of them any good?

    Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. They only remove surface stains. This ordinarily results in whitening by roughly one shade.

    Whitening strips are about as effective, with the added limitation of only working on the front of the teeth.

    The professional-grade whitening products used at Premier Dental Esthetics can whiten your teeth up to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

    Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office teeth whitening, you may wonder why you waited so long to have it done. Other cosmetic dentistry services from Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia include porcelain veneers and dental implants. We stress the importance of maintaining dental health at every appointment.

    Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

    626-445-2536

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
    Arcadia, California
    91007

     


    Good Habits: Dental Hygiene in Arcadia

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    Benjamin Franklin once said that it’s easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, we believe this is as true for dental hygiene as it is for anything else.

    For parents in the Arcadia area, teaching your children good oral hygiene techniques early in life will benefit their smile throughout their life. If you wait too long to teach them how to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they are doing it enough, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of work down the road.

    It can be hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three minutes brushing their teeth each morning and night. But, if they’ve done it for as long as they can remember, then their habits should be sufficient to avoid excessive dental decay.

    Teach your kids to aim for:

    • Clean teeth
    • Pink gums

    The best way to keep and maintain children’s dental health is with a consistent oral hygiene program at home, and visiting Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry, and emergency dental care.

    Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

    626-445-2536

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
    Arcadia, California
    91007

     


    Arcadia! Eat More Fish To Prevent Gum Disease!

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    Who could have guessed? New research is linking diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with a lower risk of gum disease, or periodontitis. At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, the lesson seems clear: eat more fish.

    Gum disease is an issue for millions of Americans. When gum tissue pulls away from a tooth, it forms a pocket. This pocket is a warm, moist place for bacteria to flourish. If gum disease (periodontitis) goes untreated, the tooth and jaw bone are at risk.

    During dental examinations, I carefully measure gumline pockets and examine all teeth for gum disease.

    The new research says that people with diets rich in PUFAs were up to 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who ate little or none of that type of fat. Foods high in PUFAs include salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring.

    PUFAs can be found in certain vegetable oils, too. These include safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and margarines made from them. Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds are also high in PUFAs.

    The possible prevention of gum disease is not the only reason to eat high PUFA foods. These foods pack a nutritional punch and have many health benefits. The next time you are stocking up at the grocery store, you may want to add some salmon and walnuts to your list.

    Diet alone will not treat or prevent gum disease. It’s essential to have a good dental health routine that includes daily brushing and flossing, and regular trips to the dentist. If it’s been a while, schedule an appointment with Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry.

    Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

    626-445-2536

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
    Arcadia, California
    91007

     


    Do Whitestrips Work? Teeth Whitening in Arcadia

    Do Whitestrips Work in Arcadia? If you’ve been down the toothpaste aisle at any Arcadia grocery store, you have probably noticed dozens of products that claim to whiten your teeth. From toothpaste to strips, it’s an impressive selection. Do any of these teeth whitening products work?

    Whitening Rinses
    Whitening rinses are similar to mouthwashes. They kill bacteria, freshen breath and may help remove plaque. They contain whitening ingredients not found in mouthwashes. Manufacturers advise taking a mouthful of the rinse twice a day, and letting it slosh around on your teeth for one minute.

    Whitening Strips
    Whitening strips have a couple of drawbacks. Though they contain a bleaching agent, it is much less potent than those used in dental offices. Another problem is that they do not whiten between teeth because the strips only touch the front surface. It can take months, and many strips, before you get any real results.

    Teeth Whitening Gels
    Whitening gels are painted onto teeth with a small brush. One problem with them is that they only stick to dry teeth. If any saliva gets on them during treatment, the gel is likely to slide off.

    None of these over-the-counter products can match the strength of professional treatments. At Premier Dental Esthetics we use the KoR whitening system. We also provide other cosmetic dentistry services, as well as family dentistry.

    Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

    626-445-2536

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
    Arcadia, California
    91007

     


    Solving Dental Dilemmas With Porcelain Crowns in Arcadia

    Cosmetic Dental Solutions in ArcadiaAt Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, we use dental crowns to solve a number of dental dilemmas. Sometimes, it’s the only way we can save a tooth.

    A dental crown is a strong, natural-looking tooth restoration that covers the top of a damaged tooth. They can remedy the following problems:

    • A broken tooth with decay
    • An existing, ill-fitting crown
    • A decayed tooth that has lost significant tooth structure
    • A tooth that has had a root canal
    • A tooth that is too small or misshapen
    • A tooth that causes a bite problem

    Before a crown can be attached, the tooth it is fitting over must be prepared. The affected area is numbed with a local anesthetic. Then any decay is removed, and the tooth is shaped. Next, a mold is taken of the prepped tooth and surrounding teeth.

    A temporary crown is placed on the tooth while the permanent crown is created. Vigorous brushing or flossing can displace the crown or damage the exposed soft tissue, so you need to be careful while it’s in. You should also refrain from eating hard or sticky foods.

    Once the permanent tooth is ready, it is cemented in place.

    For more information about porcelain crowns and other cosmetic dentistry, contact Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia. We also provide family dentistry.

    Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

    626-445-2536

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
    Arcadia, California
    91007

     


    Worried About Dental Visits? Sedation Dentistry in Arcadia

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    Millions of Americans cope with dental anxiety – a fear of the dentist so great, they avoid going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry from Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia may be the solution to this problem.

    Avoiding something you don’t like seems sensible, at first. The problem is that it puts your dental health at risk. That’s not to downplay dental anxiety. It can be so strong that some are left panic-stricken.

    Much of this anxiety is brought on by the fear of pain, or the fear of injections. Fear, certainly, is a natural human emotion. But it can exact a very high toll.

    Premier Dental Esthetics offers its patients sedation dentistry as a solution to dental anxiety. We have three levels:

    Nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas, has been used in dentistry for more than one hundred years. It is safe and effective, and will keep you totally relaxed.

    Oral conscious sedation involves taking a sedative about an hour before your scheduled procedure. The medication used most often is Triazolam, a safe and quick-acting medication. It has virtually no side effects, but you’ll need a ride home.

    IV Sedation is administered intravenously. It will definitely make you drowsy, and may even make you sleep. Once your procedure is over, you’ll need someone to drive you back home.

    Please don’t dental anxiety keep you from receiving the quality dental care your teeth require. In addition to sedation dentistry, Premier Dental Esthetics practices family and cosmetic dentistry, and provides emergency dental care.

    Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

    626-445-2536

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
    Arcadia, California
    91007

     


    Beware Of An Acidic Diet: Oral Health in Arcadia

    Pasadena tooth strengtheningMany of us in Arcadia don’t think of teeth as living body parts. Teeth seem to have a steady hardness, and dependably grind food whenever we want them to. But teeth are dynamic organisms, and keeping them clean is essential to good oral health.

    Teeth are a complex system of highly specialized tissues. The protective enamel that covers the softer interior is made of minerals. Enamel can lose some of its density (a process called demineralization) when coming in contact with acids. One of the functions of saliva is to re-mineralize the enamel, by diluting and neutralizing these acids.

    This process isn’t instantaneous, however. While the enamel is soft, the tooth is vulnerable to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.

    The list of acidic foods may surprise you. It includes eggs, asparagus, chicken, cottage cheese, honey, fish, ham, butter, sour cream, aged cheese, and yogurt with active cultures.

    A general rule of them is that foods with a high sugar or artificial sweetener content are highly acidic.

    Now let’s talk about drinks. You probably already know that soda pop and wine are not good for your teeth. Pasadena teens that sip soda all day can have acid erosion while their young teeth should be at their strongest. In addition to soda, energy drinks are very popular in California and Pasadena cosmetic dentists are noticing the effects on their dental patients’ tooth enamel.

    If you drink soda or energy drinks often, you may want to have some water or chew sugarless afterward. Stimulating saliva production can speed up the remineralization process.

    Brushing and flossing twice a day is the best way to avoid enamel damage from acidic foods and drinks, and thereby maintain your oral health. And be sure to visit us at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia twice a year. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry.

    Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

    626-445-2536

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
    Arcadia, California
    91007

     


    How Long Do They Last? Dental Crowns in Arcadia

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    Pasadena endodontists, oral surgeons, and general dentists use dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

    Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic reasons: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

    Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

    1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
    2. Porcelain fused to metal
    3. Gold alloys
    4. Base metal alloys

    Your dentist can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

    Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades.

    There is encouraging evidence that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

    At Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS in Arcadia, services include dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. We also offer gum disease treatment and family dentistry.

    1Bader JD1, Shugars DA., “Summary review of the survival of single crowns,” PubMed.gov, 2009, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146146, accessed June 16, 2014

    Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

    626-445-2536

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
    Arcadia, California
    91007

     


    Gum Disease In Arcadia

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    Do you know that the most frequent cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? The good news, whether you’re in Arcadia, Monrovia, or Pasadena,  is that gum disease is easy to treat with early detection.

    Regular check-ups are vital. But between visits, there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

    1. Gums that bleed frequently

    2. Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed

    3. A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly

    4. Detached gums

    5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

    6. Loose or separating teeth

    If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, talk to us. Since plaque causes gum disease, removing plaque through regular flossing is the key to healthy gums.

    At Premier Dental Esthetics, we take pride in caring for our patients and want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles they can be proud of. In addition to treating gum disease, our practice specialties include cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, dental implants, and family dentistry. Call for an appointment or consultation today.

    We hope to hear from you soon!

    Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

    626-249-0191

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
    Arcadia, California
    91007

     


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