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What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is actually quite common among adults. Many adults have some form of gum disease but the effects can range from person to person. Periodontal disease can lead to serious problems with your teeth so it is important to know what causes periodontal disease and how you can prevent it from happening.

At A Shop For Smiles, we offer professional, compassionate periodontal disease relief, treatment, and care. We also aim to educate about periodontal disease so you can practice proper dental care at home. Let’s discuss the causes of periodontal disease and how to maintain healthy gums.

What Causes Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease begins with bacteria, mucus, and other particles in the mouth. These elements are constantly creating sticky, colorless plaque in your mouth. Luckily, plaque can be cleaned off your teeth through brushing but any plaque that sticks around will turn into tartar. Tartar can only be removed through a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.

The longer plaque and tartar is in your mouth, the worse the problem can become. The bacteria that gets trapped on teeth will cause inflammation of the gums known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease but if left untreated, it can become periodontal disease. Periodontitis causes the gums to pull away from the teeth and leave more room for bacteria to grow and eventually break down the bone.

Other Common Causes of Periodontal Disease

  • Smoking: Periodontal disease is often more severe for smokers. Smoking leads to more tartar on the teeth and deeper periodontal pockets. It is recommended to quit smoking if you have gum disease.
  • Fluctuating Hormones: The fluctuation of hormone levels causes the mouth changes in the mouth that can make gum disease more severe. Puberty and pregnancy can put more stress on your gums because of hormone changes in the body.
  • Stress: Stress weakens your immune system and makes it harder for your body to fight diseases. This includes periodontal disease.
  • Medications: Some medications lower the flow of saliva in your mouth. Saliva naturally protects your mouth from infections so it helps against the development of gum disease.
  • Genetics: Some people are more susceptible to periodontal disease but it can still be prevented with proper oral care.

How to Treat Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

Since gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, in most cases, it can be reversed with daily brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings from a dentist. Brushing and flossing will be able to remove the bacteria that can get trapped in your gums and ensure that you avoid any buildup that could lead to periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease requires daily care at home and depending on the severity of your case, there are a number of treatments. Often, patients may require a deep cleaning method of scaling and root planing. These methods will remove the tartar above and below the gum line and remove rough spots on the roots of teeth where bacteria gathers.

A Shop For Smiles Offers Periodontal Care

We know what causes periodontal disease and offer relief, treatment, and care for our patients. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, contact us here or call us at 619.465.5252.

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5 Advantages of Invisalign

The American Dental Association has stated that straight teeth are generally healthier teeth. Easier access to flossing, brushing and cleaning leads to healthier gums and enamel, and the structural benefits of straighter teeth can reduce issues like TMJ, tooth grinding and decay as well. Overall, straighter teeth have the ability to improve many areas of our lives including our hygiene, health and self- confidence and should not be overlooked as part of a complete dental plan.

Invisalign trays (our favorite alternative to regular braces) are a popular way for people to straighten their teeth, correct bite imbalances and improve overall dental health. In fact, you’ve probably seen someone wearing these plastic, removable aligners and not even known it! Most people prefer them to traditional braces because they eliminate many of the pains associated with normal orthodontics while still providing excellent dental and cosmetic care.

With this in mind, let’s talk about some of the advantages of Invisalign!

Top Reasons Users Love Invisalign

In the past, adjusting your teeth has been a painful, annoying and time-consuming task. While there are many reasons people prefer their aligners over regular braces, combatting these issues makes the top of the list. Let’s take a look at some of the main reasons users love Invisalign:

     The plastic aligners used during your treatment are removable, so you can continue to eat the foods you love without worrying about damaged brackets or brushing after every meal.

     Aligners are a virtually invisible treatment, allowing you to live normally and comfortably without the pain, hassle and look of metal brackets.

     Removable trays also allow you to brush and floss normally ensuring that dental and periodontal health don’t get overlooked during treatment.

     Invisalign treats a wide range of orthodontic issues like crowding, spacing, overbite, under-bite and cross-bite and often takes less correction time than traditional orthodontics.

     The aligners used to adjust your teeth are made of smooth, custom-fitted plastic rather than harsh metal which often causes sores, lesions and scarring in the mouth. For this reason alone, many people choose Invisalign for their treatment plan!

How to Determine if Invisalign is Right for You 

Without help, choosing the right dental plan can be overwhelming and scary. At A Shop for Smiles, Dr. Hagstrom sits with each patient to thoroughly discuss options and treatment plans so you leave the office feeling confident and excited. He firmly believes that each patient should receive a unique, customized plan and will help you determine if Invisalign is the right fit for you.

If you’re ready to create a beautiful, healthy smile, call A Shop for Smiles at 619-465-5252 to schedule your consultation or contact us here.

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CEREC Dental Crowns

While dental hygiene has improved substantially in the past century, many people still have issues that need to be corrected. Broken or missing teeth, for example, are an eyesore and more Americans suffer from this than you might think. To restore appearance and functionality to broken or missing teeth, CEREC dental crowns may be needed.

While many dental offices must send impressions into a laboratory to have a dental crown crafted, at A Shop for Smiles we are able to do this in office in a single appointment. Using CEREC dental crowns, we can prepare the affected area, craft the CEREC dental crown, and install it in a single appointment, which can save you time and money!

Before you contact us to schedule an appointment at our La Mesa, California dental office, let us fill you in on the benefits of CEREC same day dental crowns.

 What is CEREC?

In short, CEREC dental crowns are a type of CAD/CAM dentistry that allows dental crowns to be manufactured in the dental office rather than a laboratory. Since CEREC dental crowns can be placed in a single appointment, it is less expensive to have a crown placed.

First, an impression must be made to craft the dental crown. This is often done digitally using CT scans, x rays, or light scanning.  Next, the CEREC dental crown will be designed using computer-aided design programs. Finally, the CAD/CAM machine will mill the restoration according to the digital design. Dr. Hagstrom will still need to smooth the final product out before placing it atop your broken tooth.

 Benefits of CEREC Dental Crowns

Because of the simplicity of CEREC dental crowns, they present a number of benefits for patients to take advantage of. Some of the benefits of CEREC dental crowns are:

Fewer Appointments: As mentioned before, since CEREC dental crowns can be crafted and placed in a single appointment, you don’t need to schedule multiple visits to have your dental restoration placed.

Save Money: Fewer appointments means you are able to save money. Additionally, since you don’t have to pay for laboratory work, your bill is often lower than usual.

Restore Functionality and Appearance: As with any dental crown or dental restoration, CEREC dental crowns are able to restore functionality and improve the appearance of a broken or missing tooth. Better yet, crowns can be placed atop dental implants to help replace a completely missing tooth.

 Schedule an Appointment Today

If you are missing a tooth or have a broken tooth that could use a CEREC dental crown, A Shop for Smiles is here to help. You can schedule an appointment online or simply give our La Mesa, California dental office a call at 619.465.5252.

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The Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is more common today than ever before. Both professional teeth whitening services as well as over-the-counter alternatives offer a quick and easy means to whitening your teeth. And while these DIY products are typically more affordable than professional treatment, they also present a number of risks to your oral health. As such, we wanted to discuss the advantages of professional teeth whitening!

At A Shop for Smiles, we are proud to offer professional teeth whitening to those around La Mesa, CA! If you’re hoping to attain a brighter, more beautiful smile, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better treatment than with Dr. Hagstrom. While over-the-counter whitening products provide a convenient and affordable alternative for teeth whitening, we highly recommend you visit a professional. Now, keep reading to learn more about the advantages of professional teeth whitening!

Dangers of DIY Teeth Whitening

When it comes to DIY teeth whitening, there are a number of issues that can arise. Since the whitening trays that come with these products are universally sized, many find that these trays don’t fit their teeth properly, which leads to obvious uneven lines where the trays didn’t fit. Further, many see uneven results due to inconsistent distribution of the product’s active ingredient.

Beyond cosmetics, the active ingredients in these over-the-counter products can create a number of oral health risks. For those with cracked or damaged teeth, these whitening products can get past the enamel and cause tooth aches. Overuse can also wear down your protective enamel. In some cases, it’s possible to see gum shrinking and gum infection from the use of DIY teeth whitening products.

Why you Should Choose Professional Teeth Whitening

When it comes to safe and effective teeth whitening, visiting your dentist is the obvious choice. At A Shop for Smiles, Dr. Hagstrom can facilitate your whitening treatment so that you minimize the risks that come with DIY products. Further, you lessen your chances for uneven or blotchy whitening when you pursue treatment under professional guidance. Ultimately, professional teeth whitening minimizes the risks that come with the treatment, while ensuring that you’ll be happy with your new and beautiful smile.

Teeth Whitening with A Shop for Smiles!

If you’re interested in pursuing teeth whitening with A Shop for Smiles, don’t hesitate to contact us today! You can call us at 619-465-5252 to schedule a consultation. You can also contact us here!

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Preventing Tooth Decay: 5 Key Tips

When it comes to oral health issues, cavities and tooth decay are by far the most common. While common, tooth decay is also one of the more treatable issues, as it mostly comes down to a lack of oral hygiene. Fortunately, with the right practices and information, preventing tooth decay can be quite simple. From brushing regularly to visiting your La Mesa dentist twice a year, there’s plenty you can do to keep your teeth healthy, however, it all starts at home.

While Dr. Hagstrom can assess your oral health and ensure your teeth get a thorough cleaning in our office, every patient should maintain proper oral hygiene in their own time at home. Dr. Hagstrom and his helpful team at A Shop for Smiles are committed to keeping patients’ teeth healthy, which is why we’ve laid out a list of tips and practices for preventing tooth decay. First, let’s take a closer look at tooth decay.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay, which we all know as cavities, is a common occurrence within many dental patients. Though common, tooth decay can lead to more serious oral issues, whether that be toothaches or actually losing the decaying tooth. Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria that’s constantly residing in your mouth combines with plaque to form harmful acids. These acids attack the enamel of your teeth, which protects your teeth from decay. Once the enamel begins to erode, your teeth will become more prone to cavities. As decay worsens, the damage will work its way past the enamel and start to affect the deeper layers of your teeth, ultimately damaging the tooth’s pulp. Take a look at the list below to get an idea of what causes tooth decay:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Deep tooth crevices
  • Poor nutrition
  • Sugar
  • Acidic foods and drinks (citrus fruits and sports drinks)

Between avoiding the factors listed above and maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, you can surely prevent tooth decay, but there’s plenty more to it.

5 Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay

In essence, avoiding the many causes of tooth decay is obviously good practice for preventing such. However, you can make subtle changes in your diet and daily routine to ensure your teeth stay free of cavities and decay. Take a look below for key ways to prevent tooth decay and the many complications that can follow:

  • Brush at least twice a day, especially after meals.
  • Floss once a day, preferably before going to bed at night.
  • Avoid foods like chips, candy, and anything else high in carbs—at least eat them in moderation.
  • Keep your mouth hydrated, as saliva production helps maintain tooth enamel.
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and professional cleanings.

Prevent Tooth Decay with A Shop for Smiles!

As you can see, while tooth decay is a common issue, it can easily be prevented with the right practices. By eating right and properly caring for your teeth, you’ll not only avoid tooth decay but you’ll save time and money by avoiding the need for treatment like fillings and root canals.

If you’ve noticed tooth pain, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Hagstrom. Regardless, if you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, contact us here or give our La Mesa office a call at 619-465-5252.

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Dental Anxiety Explained

Dental anxiety is more common than you might expect. In its most severe stages, it can keep people from visiting the dentist, increasing their risk for cavities, gum disease, and a variety of other oral health issues. While it’s understandable that visiting the dentist can be a frightening endeavor, it’s also important to understand that there are options to help you feel more comfortable when visiting the dentist.

A Shop for Smiles is proud to provide a sedation dentistry service to those around La Mesa, CA. Dr. Hagstrom and his experienced team recognize that visiting the dentist can rightfully induce some anxiety, so we are happy to offer an option to help you feel more comfortable when you’re visiting our office. Call us today to schedule an appointment! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about dental anxiety and the oral health risks it can present.

Dental Anxiety Explained

It’s estimated that 9-15% of Americans avoid the dentist out of fear or anxiety. The causes of dental anxiety range widely, in some cases from unpleasant past experiences, and for others simply a lack of control while sitting in the dentist’s chair. While dental anxiety makes going to the dentist an ordeal, the more dangerous alternative is when you stop going altogether.

Some with dental anxiety avoid going to the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. This can increase your chances for cavities and early stages of gum disease (gingivitis). Even with prudent personal hygiene, your dentist can ensure that you’re on the right track with your oral health. What’s worse, though, is that those with more severe dental anxiety will avoid visiting the dentist even when they’re experiencing a lot of pain. That’s why more dentists are turning to sedation dentistry in order to help those with dental anxiety feel comfortable visiting the office.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

At A Shop for Smiles, you’ll have the option to take an oral conscious sedation tablet before every appointment and procedure. If you choose to take the tablet, it will help you to feel calm and relaxed by the time your appointment begins. You’ll be totally conscious throughout the appointment, but you’ll feel totally at ease.

Contact a Shop for Smiles Today!

Does sedation dentistry sound right for you? Give us a call today at 619-465-5252 to schedule a consultation! You can also contact us here.

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