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The Problem of Receding Gum Lines

Very Bad, Receding Gum Line. Best Options?

One of the major health problems facing women as their age is receding gum lines. The severity of this problem is often overlooked until the symptoms are glaring and causing continual discomfort. In fact, 60% of women will face the problem of gingivitis sometime in their life. There are many causes of a receding gum line. These include the following:

  •  Periodontal diseases. Bacteria that builds up along your gum line and eats away at the bone and tissue.
  •  Your Genes. Thirty percent of the population is susceptible to receding and sensitive gums.
  •  Build up of plaque: This can result from not taking preventative care seriously. Taking the time to brush and floss prevents the build up of plaque.
  •  Women’s Life Changes: The hormonal issues that women face can cause the mouth and gums to become more sensitive. This can include menopause, pregnancy and pre-menopause.
  •  Improper Teeth Brushing: Using the wrong toothbrush, not flossing and brushing too hard can weaken gum tissue.
  •  Other issues can include a misaligned bite or grinding your teeth together when you sleep. Smoking and tobacco use also cause plaque build up.

Recognizing and treating the symptoms of gum disease are important to prevent further problems. The symptoms of gum disease are:

  •  Bleeding gums during and after when the teeth are brushed.
  •  Gums that are swollen, tender and darker than usual.
  •  Gums that are visibly pulling away from the teeth.
  •  Pockets of decay along gum line.
  •  Teeth that have shifted or are becoming loose.
  •  If your mouth tastes metallic or you have consistent bad breath.
  •  These are the major symptoms but you could have individual signs of gum disease.

If you are struggling with the symptoms of gum disease and gum recession, there is a hope and relief. In order to have the best treatment, it is important to seek the advice and help of a specialist. If you are looking for orthodontic treatment in Manhattan Beach, Dr. Patricia J. Panucci is an experienced orthodontist in her field.

Surgery is often necessary in cases of extreme gum recession and disease. You can feel confident that Dr. Patricia J. Panucci and our staff at Beach Braces will outline the various possibilities and options to correct your gum recession as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Treatment may be as simple as correcting bad habits such as forced brushing or scaling and root planing to clean the teeth and heal inflammation in the gums. Regular professional cleanings can help as a preventative measure. If the issue was an incorrect bite, then a bite adjustment may be recommended. Soft tissue grafting is a possibility as well in extreme situations. Give us a call today to start the journey towards a healthier smile.

Beach Braces, 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

The Problem of Receding Gum Lines

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That Wine is Taking Away the Shine

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Teeth Staining Food # 4: Red and White Wine

Celebrations, get-together and even casual evenings while sitting on your porch generally all have one thing in common: red or white wine.

While these refreshing beverages may be fun for recreational purposes and other celebratory events, they can wreak havoc on your teeth. Red and white wine both share certain properties that will cause your teeth to become stained after a prolonged period of drinking them.

Before you’re forced to look for teeth whitening in Manhattan Beach, let’s take a look at why red and white wine stain your teeth.

Why Do Red and White Wines Stain Your Teeth?

There are three components that work together to stain your teeth in both red and white wines:

  1. Natural dyes
  2.  Acids
  3.  Tannin

These three chemicals will lead to your teeth appearing shades darker as you drink red or white wine on a regular basis.

Contrary to popular belief, white wine can be just as bad as red wine when it comes to leaving stains. Dr. Patricia Panucci, the orthodontist specialist in Manhattan Beach regularly sees patients who drink nothing but white wine, yet have yellow or brown teeth.

What About Red or White Wine Stains for People With Braces?

Red and white wines can be even more treacherous for people who have braces. The small areas where toothbrushes and flossing may not be so readily reached can harbor the aforementioned components, which can lead to even darker stains and discolorations of the teeth.

So whether you’re conversing with your local orthodontist about affordable braces in South Bay or you’re just trying to make your teeth a few shades whiter while ensuring that they’re healthy, be sure to try to keep the amount of red and white wines you drink to a minimum. They can be counterproductive to any efforts that ultimately aim to beautify your smile. If you require further information or whitening services in Manhattan Beach, contact Beach Braces right away.

Beach Braces, 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

That Wine is Taking Away the Shine

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Sodas: The Most Effective Teeth Killers

Orthodontic Dangers: Acid/Sodas and Loose Brackets

There is long standing evidence that drinking sodas or any type of drink that is carbonated and contains sugar will damage your teeth through the process of erosion. These drinks are extremely harmful to teeth. The question that many are pondering is whether or not these type of drinks pose any additional risks for those who wear braces.

The Indestructible Myth:

  1. Dr. Patricia Panucci is a respected orthodontist in the Manhattan Beach area, meaning she deals with quite a few cases in which the need to repair or replace braces exists. One of the most common misconceptions from those outside the world of dentistry is the belief that because the vast majority of braces are made of metal, they are indestructible. The truth is that there are a number of food types that can destroy the tooth and wreak havoc on braces.

The Dangers of Soda and Acid:

Whether you are wearing braces or not, the consumption of sweetened carbonated soft drinks poses an immediate threat to your teeth. In examining some of the comments on forums that discuss this very issue, it is easy to see that most people are completely oblivious to the dangers of the common soft drink beverages that are consumed daily. The problem is that being oblivious to the knowledge of the consequences of drinking these dangerous beverages does not exempt a person from them.

One of the most common negative effects of drinking carbonated sugary drinks is that they contribute heavily to tooth erosion. Tooth erosion is the slow process in which the surface of a person’s teeth is worn away. It is the loss of tooth structure, a gradual process with long lasting repercussions. This wearing away of the structure is due to the weakening of the dental enamel on the teeth. This thin layer of enamel is responsible for the maintenance of the tooth’s shape and structure. As the enamel wears away, it becomes increasingly difficult for the tooth to maintain its normal shape, strength and structure, resulting in a number of different dental issues. Tooth erosion is one of the greatest concerns when it comes to oral health care.

Diet Sodas Too

Because most people who are aware of the dangers of sodas to teeth believe that the culprit is the sugar contained in the sodas, they postulate that drinking diet sodas is the answer. This could not be further from the truth. The sugar in these drinks does play a major role in tooth decay, but it is the acid that has the greatest impact on the destruction of tooth enamel. Normally, the body has a natural way of combating the effects of acid on the teeth. The process is known as remineralization. Remineralization occurs when the calcium in your saliva helps to re-strengthen teeth after small amounts of acid have been consumed; however, when large amounts are consumed it does not allow the remineralization process to occur.

Damaged Braces

The acid in the sodas also wreaks havoc on braces, specifically the brackets. The acid degrades the effectiveness of the glue that is used to hold the braces onto the teeth. This causes the orthodontic brackets to become loose and subsequently fall off. This is one of the top reasons that orthodontist such as Dr. Panucci have to repair and replace braces.

If you or a loved one lives in the Manhattan Beach area, and you are in need of having your braces replaced or repaired, or maybe in need of a new set of braces, you should contact Dr. Panucci’s office to discuss the benefits of active self-ligating brackets.

Beach Braces, 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

Sodas: The Most Effective Teeth Killers

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Be a Smile on Someone Else’s Face!

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Smile Quote # 34: “For a Moment Atleast, be a Smile on Someone Else’s Face”- Dejan Stojanovic

One of the nicest parts about a smile is that it can be shared and very easily returned by everyone around us. This means that every moment that we choose to smile could be a moment that our smile is returned back to us by a passer-by, co-worker, family member or a friend. Think of some of the people that inspire you and make you happy on any given day, when we imagine them smiling it almost makes us want to smile too. You can have the same effect in somebody else’s life and really all you need to do to share this wonderful feeling is to share your smile as often as possible.

Having one of these moments in our day can completely turn it around and make us feel much better. If you are experiencing a difficult time or a particularly stressful day taking the time to smile and share a smile with somebody else can make a true difference. Even if it’s just for a moment, this quote is a true prescription for increasing positivity in your life.

However, saying that you will spend time smiling and actually sharing a smile are two different things. It can be difficult for some people to share their smile with others because they are embarrassed of the type of smile that they have. Luckily there are solutions to this problem, which come in the form of professional orthodontic treatment.  With Dr. Patricia Panucci and her team at Beach Braces, it’s possible to receive your ideal smile so that you no longer have to hide your teeth or hide sharing a smile with the people around you. With the help of our team we can help you share your smile with others and create inspiration every day. You can contact us today for making an appointment.

Beach Braces,  1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

Be a Smile on Someone Else’s Face!

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Food to avoid with braces

How to Rejoice Christmas Dinner with Braces?

Eating Christmas Dinner with Braces

Food to avoid with braces

These days more people are wearing braces than ever before as so many brands available are almost invisible like Invisalign . As a result this means people are far less conscious of trying to improve their facial appearance through this technique.

When Christmas Day comes around and Christmas dinner is on the table waiting to be lovingly tackled, then those people with braces will be thinking about different ways of handling it without either damaging their braces or embarrassing themselves by snapping them while in the process of eating a piece of a Christmas cake. It is not that hard to enjoy the Christmas meal and all its festivities without damaging your braces. You just have to think about those foods that might be more difficult to eat and might create avoidable damage to your orthodontic appliance.

The most important foods to avoid are hard substances such as nuts that we might customarily open by cracking the outer part of the nut on our teeth. This could most certainly cause damage to braces. The wires could bend so that their purpose of ensuring your teeth move in the right direction is destroyed.  Anything too sticky could also do damage as pieces can get lodged in between the brackets and your teeth. This could disturb the function of the braces so it will take longer for the braces to complete the job required. Basic common Christmas food, such as turkey, ham and most vegetables, won’t do any damage at all as long as the hard vegetables have been sufficiently cooked or cut up into small manageable pieces. Beach Braces has produced a special video for you to learn about foods that you should avoid with braces.

 

 

To give some useful examples for guidance, bread with a hard crust, carrots that have not been cooked and crisp apples could all damage braces. Once you sit down at that family get together just take the eating part slowly as some of the food you might not have eaten before since your braces were fitted might cause some discomfort. A gooey Christmas cake, mince pies or Christmas pudding could clog up your braces making eating and chewing more difficult and this amongst other things could distort your smile. By the way you can use our Beach Braces app to ask questions from Dr Panucci, monitor your treatment progress and much more.

When it comes to a drink with your Christmas dinner, you might have to change from your favorite drink, particularly if you like sugary drinks, such as sodas. This is because the sweet substance in a soda can become lodged between the brackets and your teeth and can cause the onset of tooth decay. It is far more difficult to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth while brackets are in place so the best way to avoid bad breath and tooth decay is to avoid the food that encourages the onslaught of tooth decay. However, if you have somehow got yourself in an uncomfortable situation by damaging your braces just contact Beach Braces for the earliest possible appointment to fix them.

Beach Braces 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

How to Rejoice Christmas Dinner with Braces?

 


Toothbrushing Mistake 9

Toothbrushing Mistake No.9

Toothbrushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry”

Toothbrushing Mistake 9

There is more bacteria found in your mouth than any part of your body hence when you brush your teeth, some stays on your toothbrush. People don’t usually mind if their toothbrush is not  dry before storing them, and since most people store their toothbrush in the bathroom, a place where airborne bacteria is common, your damp toothbrush is the most appropriate choice for these bacteria to thrive in.

Not letting the toothbrush dry well enough can contaminate it. Contamination happens because there’s moisture left in your toothbrush making it a good environment for bacteria and germs to grow. When bacteria builds up during the time your toothbrush is stored, you will be putting more bacteria into your mouth the moment you start brushing. This is not cleaning your mouth at all; this is reestablishing the old bacteria in your mouth through your contaminated toothbrush. Of course, you don’t want this happening as the more bacteria in your mouth means more tooth decay.

In order to prevent this, make sure to air dry your toothbrush first before storing it in a cool and dry place. Also make sure that the container allows the air to flow, so your toothbrush can breathe properly and moisture can be prevented. Keeping your toothbrush dry literally means keeping your toothbrush clean and safe from bacteria which loves to thrive in damp places.

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Toothbrushing Mistake No.9


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Toothbrushing Mistake No.8

Toothbrushing Mistake No.8: “Not Following Up With a Rinse”

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Rinsing the toothbrush after using is a healthy practice since not following up with a rinse can contaminate your toothbrush.A contaminated toothbrush can bring bacteria to your mouth the moment you start brushing, hence you are not cleaning your mouth and teeth at all but putting in more bacteria into your mouth instead. More bacteria means a higher possibility of tooth decay thus defeating the purpose of why people brush their teeth in the first place: to preserve their teeth. So how do you make sure you avoid this kind of scenario?

When rinsing your toothbrush with tap water, make sure there’s no debris and toothpaste residue is left. You can closely check the toothbrush for debris and make sure to rinse it with running water. Even if your toothbrush looks visibly clean, it is not a guarantee that there’s no bacteria left in the bristles or other parts of your toothbrush. So, the next best thing to do is to let it air-dry and store it in an upright position if possible.

If there are more toothbrushes on your holder, make sure that they are properly separated in order to prevent cross-contamination among the toothbrushes. Also check if the toothbrush holder is properly designed in order to let the brushes breath.

Closed containers have a higher possibility of moisture, and a moist environment is the breeding place of germs and bacteria so make sure you store your toothbrush in a cool and dry place.

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Toothbrushing Mistake No.8


Toothbrusing Mistake 7

Toothbrushing Mistake No.7

Toothbrushing Mistake No.7: “Skipping Inner Tooth Surfaces”

Toothbrusing Mistake 7

How does skipping inner tooth surfaces (the surface in which your tongue presses against) when brushing affect your overall oral health? Leaving any part of the tooth behind can cause decay from  bacteria which was not removed when brushing.

The bacteria can spread all over the mouth (tongue, cheek, gums, and teeth) which can also damage other teeth which are thoroughly brushed. In order to avoid this scenario, it is best to include all parts of the teeth when brushing, including the inner surfaces of the teeth. The inner surfaces are commonly skipped since not all people are aware of the detrimental effects of skipping them.

Besides, since the inner surfaces of the teeth are not as visible as the outer ones, most people think it is not necessary to clean them properly thus they are making the biggest mistake when it comes to oral hygiene. Richard H. Price, DMD, the consumer adviser for the American Dental Association says that the plaque that you can’t see is as important to remove as the plaque that you can see so don’t just focus on removing plaque on the outer surfaces. Furthermore, dentists found out that the most skipped area when brushing is the inner surfaces of the lower front teeth so make sure to include this the next time you brush.

Overall, make sure to brush every part of your mouth when brushing in order to ensure that bacteria which causes bad breath and tooth decay is removed.

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Toothbrushing Mistake No.7


Toothbrushing Mistake 5

Toothbrushing Mistake No.5

Toothbrushing Mistake No.5: “Not Brushing Correctly”

Toothbrushing Mistake 5

Not brushing correctly can lead to several types of damage including gum abrasions. It is important to make sure you are brushing in proper strokes every time in order to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Long horizontal strokes are the primary cause of gum abrasions. It is necessary to remove plaque (a thin film of bacteria which stick to your teeth) by carefully brushing your teeth in a short vertical or circular motion. According to Sesemann, you should aim your bristles at 45-degree angle on the gum line and softly brush up and down your teeth.

Make sure to include the back of your teeth, the inner surfaces, and the outer surfaces. You can turn your brush facing the top of your molars (chewing surfaces) to make sure all the stuck food and debris are removed. Bear in mind to spend at least 30 seconds for each quadrant of your mouth to ensure that you are spending the recommended time on all your teeth equally. Furthermore, you should also brush your cheeks and tongue aside from the teeth. Bacteria can also build up in these places so it should be included.

Lastly, rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing to prevent ingesting the fluoride from your toothpaste. You can also combine tooth brushing with flossing just to make sure there are no stones left unturned. Again, brushing correctly is the key to a cleaner and healthier mouth.

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Toothbrushing Mistake No.5


Toothbrusing Mistake 2

Toothbrushing Mistake No.2

Toothbrushing Mistake No.2: “Not Picking the Right Bristles

Toothbrusing Mistake 2

With the numerous toothbrushes and different bristle types available in the market today, consumers are having a hard time selecting the appropriate toothbrush. Aside from the abundant options, advertisements are also rampant and most of the time they are just promoting their products not bearing in mind that whatever they say on the commercials can affect the decision making of each individual which will later have an impact their overall oral hygiene.

So are there guidelines, tips, or clear-cut path to follow when choosing the toothbrush with the right bristles?

No matter how the bristles are placed (angled or straight); dentists do not agree that one type is better than the other. The sturdiness of the bristles should be hard enough to remove debris and plaque but should also be soft enough in order not to damage the gums while brushing, says Richard H. Price, DMD. Using natural bristles from animal hair or boar hair is also highly discouraged by Price.

Not picking the right bristles can lead to gum problems (very stiff or hard bristles can damage teeth and gums) or tooth decay (too softer bristles may not be able to remove plaque which will later cause tooth decay). Hence, it is important to find the balance on the sturdiness of the bristles for more effective teeth cleaning.

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Toothbrushing Mistake No.2