Is Gum Contouring Right for You?

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Gum contouring uses innovative process of laser technology to remove gum tissue in order to expose more enamel of the teeth. The procedure can usually be done in one office visit. Gum contouring is catered towards individuals who feel that they have “gummy” smiles, or smiles that show a large amount of gum rather than enamel.

Gum contouring requires a local anesthetic and can usually be performed in one visit. Though there will be some soreness afterwards, your gums usually heal very quickly.

There are multitude of reasons as to why your gums are too high or too low. Gums that cover a large portion of your teeth can make your teeth look small. This may be a result of genetics, a particular health problem, or due to the usage of certain prescription drugs.

Though gum contouring is considered to be a cosmetic procedure, some individuals may need to undergo gum contouring as a part of certain periodontal procedures.

If you want to know more about the process of gum contouring, contact your dentist today!

For more information on how to drastically improve your oral health and oral health care routine call Susan Sheets DDS in San Pedro, CA at 310-832-2657 or visit www.drsusansheets.com.

 

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Snoring: Do I have Sleep Apnea? | San Pedro Sleep Dentist

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The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that 30 to 50 percent of the U.S Population snores at some point. Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction in our airway during sleep. The American Dental Association explains that this obstruction can be due do the tongue or soft tissues in the mouth. When tissues in the top of the airway hit each other, the vibration that results creates a loud noise. This could be a definite indicator or Sleep Apnea.

If you notice a consistent snoring pattern at night, mention it to your dentist. There are several things that a dental professional can do to help you through the night with sleep apnea. One of the main suggested tests is known as a polysomnogram, or sleep study. During which experts analyze your sleeping patterns and vital signs throughout the night.

Aside from a sleep study, your dentist may also recommend one of the following:

  • Lose Weight. Too much weight may cause changes to the structures around the airway
  • Consume little or no alcohol at night
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of sedatives
  • Don’t sleep on your back

Dr. Sheets has completed her certification in Sleep Dentistry and is eager to help you with your Sleep Apnea problems! If you have any questions or concerns about Sleep Dentistry, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheets today by calling (310) 832-2657.

Dr. Susan Sheets proudly accepts patients from San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach, and surrounding areas.

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At Home Remedies to Treat Dental Pain

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No matter how small the ache, burn, scratch, or mark is, pain is pain. Pain in the mouth results from a multitude of sources and can cause general discomfort in your everyday life. If you have a major toothache, make sure to consult your dentist! For more minor cases of toothaches, try some of these at home remedies.

  • Clove Oil. This remedy has been used for years and happens to work thanks to the eugenol found in the oil. If you want to use this method, soak a cotton ball in three drops of clove oil mixed with ¼ teaspoon of olive oil. Bite the cotton ball in place of the ache.
  • Floss it out. Some toothaches are caused because of food that is trapped in between your teeth. Try flossing to get the bacteria out and then rinsing with a mouthwash.
  • Canker Sore No More. Mix some hydrogen peroxide and some water together with a dot of Milk of Magnesia and place it on your canker sore. Repeat this process four times a day and your canker sore should be gone and less painful.
  • Jaw Pain can be alleviated by holding off on some food items. Try to avoid big hard foods for a little while as your jaw may be overworking itself.

If you are experiencing any dental pain, still consult your dentist about the best treatment options out there for you.

For more information on tooth sensitivity, contact Dr. Susan Sheets and make an appointment at (310) 832-2657 or visit our website.

Dr. Susan Sheets also proudly serves Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verde Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach, and surrounding areas.

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Candy, NOT so Dandy for your teeth this Halloween | October

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While Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays of the year for most kids, dentists around the world are struggling to find a healthy balance for those who overdo it on the candy. As this time of year is approaching faster than we can even say goodbye to the summer season, follow some of these tips this Halloween to help your dentist out.

  • Give out healthier candy. I know no one wants to be the house that gives out the boring treats, but you don’t necessarily have to associate healthy with boring. Avoid giving out candies that are sour and high in acidity levels. Even giving out a chocolate bar could prove to be healthier.
  • Safety Check. If you’re a parent, try helping your child sort through their candy and eliminate anything that could potentially be dangerous, or pose a large threat to your child’s oral health.
  • Moderation. Moderate your child’s candy, or even your own candy. Try not to go overboard on one night, no matter how much that last lollipop is calling your name.
  • Brush, brush, brush. Always remember to brush your teeth after consuming all of that candy! It is vital that you keep your teeth healthy, especially throughout the fall and winter seasons, as it doesn’t get any easier when you’re faced with the trials of holiday sweets!

For more tips and suggestions on how to improve your oral health call Dr. Susan Sheets in San Pedro, CA at 310-832-2657 or visit www.drsusansheets.com. New patients, friends, and families are always welcome to consult with our staff of professionals so call today.

Dr. Susan Sheets proudly accepts patients from San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach, and surrounding areas.

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Sleep Apnea & Dentistry | San Pedro Sleep Dentist

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a disorder in which disrupts a multitude of individuals today. Those suffering from Sleep Apnea have soft tissues in their throat that narrow or close completely while sleeping. This results in difficulties in breathing, furthermore resulting to lighter sleep than normal individuals. While individuals with sleep apnea still may get 6-8 hours of sleep at night, their kind of sleep is clouded by the fact that they never fully submerge themselves into deep sleep that is needed to be considered well rested.

Snoring

Perhaps one of the main indicators of an individual with sleep apnea is excessive snoring. Snoring is caused by those soft tissues of the throat vibrating as the air passes through a narrowed passage. While snoring is not limited to just those who have sleep apnea, it has been said that snoring does eventually lead to sleep apnea.

What does Sleep Apnea have to do with Dentistry?

At Sheets Family Dentistry, we care about more than just your teeth, we care about YOU! If left untreated, sleep apnea may lead to an increased chance of stroke and heart attack. Aside from that, sleep apnea can result in other health detriments such as weight gain, fatigue, and an obvious increased chance of motor vehicle accidents. If you have a child diagnosed with ADHD, sleep apnea is often related, however undiagnosed.

As far as your oral health concerns, sleep apnea is closely related to actions such as clenching and grinding of the teeth. The clenching and grinding have proven to cause severe damage to the teeth, dental fillings and crowns, or result ultimately in TMJ problems and headaches.

What can I do if I think I or my family member have Sleep Apnea?

With any type of medical concern, the first step to a recovery is a consultation with your dentist. At Dr. Sheets office, we work with the best sleep doctors and sleep labs in the area. We will refer you to meet with a sleep doctor, and then an overall consensus will determine if a sleep study is necessary for you.

If you have already undergone a sleep study, and have been told that you do indeed have sleep apnea, we will work with you to figure out the most effective treatment option to pursue. We provide oral appliance therapy for Sleep Apnea patients, which ultimately consists of wearing a small mouth guard while you sleep. Though it sounds a little uncomfortable, most patients find it easy and effective to use, and oral appliance therapy is covered by most Medical insurances!

Dr. Sheets has completed her certification in Sleep Dentistry and is eager to help you with your Sleep Apnea problems! If you have any questions or concerns about Sleep Dentistry, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheets today by calling (310) 832-2657.

Dr. Susan Sheets proudly accepts patients from San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach, and surrounding areas.

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Sugar-Free Gum to Promote Good Oral Health | San Pedro Dentist

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Although regular gum contains a significant amount of sugars that catalyze the effects of tooth decay, sugar-free gum has a myriad of beneficial aspects that promote good oral health. Dr. Susan Sheets encourages individuals to chew sugar-free gum because the sweet treat stimulates saliva production, which aids in preventing all of the following:

  • Tooth Decay- The chewing motion when having sugar-free gum promotes the production of salvia which is vital in preventing tooth decay. Saliva allows the mouth to remove any aspects that increase the risk of tooth decay including excess food particles, plaque, and bacteria.
  • Bad Breath- One of the main causes of bad breath is plaque and bacteria that has accumulated in the mouth over a series of time. Chewing sugar-free gum will easily solve this problem by promoting the body-‘s natural defenses against bacteria.
  • Dry Mouth- Dry mouth, also known as Xerostomia, is common problem experienced by a significant amount of people. Luckily, the easiest remedy to alleviate the consequences of dry mouth is to chew sugar-free gum.

Maintaining good oral health is essential in order to ensure that your teeth are healthy and strong. Consult with Susan Sheets DDS today and schedule an appointment with her friendly staff for more oral health care tips. New referrals, friends, and family are always welcome to our office so call today.

For more information on how to drastically improve your oral health and oral health care routine call Susan Sheets DDS in San Pedro, CA at 310-832-2657 or visit www.drsusansheets.com.

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Does Tongue Brushing Make a Difference? | San Pedro Dentist

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When going through your daily oral health care routines of brushing and flossing, do you ever stop to brush your tongue?

Brushing your tongue is highly vital to your oral health because it removes any debris on the surface of the tongue that lead to bad breath. Brushing your tongue is simple and effective! When you are at home, lightly pass over your tongue with your tooth brush, rinse, and you are done. When visiting our office, be sure to ask about tongue scrapers and how they make dental cleanings and checkups much more effective.

Avoid living with bad breath because it can be easily avoided with a simple change in your dental routine. Be sure to regularly brush your tongue to drastically improve your oral health. If you have more questions about your oral health, call Dr. Susan Sheets and her staff of professionals today!

For more tips and suggestions on how to improve your oral health call Dr. Susan Sheets in San Pedro, CA at 310-832-2657 or visit www.drsusansheets.com. New patients, friends, and families are always welcome to consult with our staff of professionals so call today.

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Let’s Talk: Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

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Oral and overall bodily health has a direct correlation in everyone. Diabetes increases the risk and severity of periodontal disease and it goes hand in hand both ways, as periodontal disease may actually worsen a person’s diabetic state.

Please Note: Proper oral healthcare at home is very important to one’s general health. It is not enough to just see your dentist every six months or whenever recommended, especially living with a condition such as diabetes.

If you have periodontal disease and are living with or without diabetes, your dentist will complete a thorough oral evaluation including:

  • Extraoral and intraoral hard and soft tissues
  • Evaluation for oral cancer
  • Medical and dental history
  • General health assessment
  • Dental caries, missing or un-erupted teeth, restorations, existing prostheses, occlusal relationships
  • Periodontal conditions including periodontal charting
  • Hard and soft tissue anomalies

For more information on this topic, check out the new article “New Insurance Coverage Based on Study of Health Care Costs Related to Perio Treatment of Diabetics” by Kelly Soderlund in the ADA news.

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San Pedro Sedation Dentist| Oral Sedation Dentistry

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Recently Dr. Susan Sheets and her faculty of skilled dentists have completed a comprehensive and rigorous training program in oral sedation dentistry through the DOCS Education. Through this extensive program, Dr. Sheets and her staff not only learned how to care for anxious patients but were trained to properly administer oral conscious sedation methods. The oral sedation sessions provided by DOCS Educations are facilitated by expert practicing doctors who emphasize in assessing patients, understanding pharmacology, reviewing protocol, and recognizing common emergencies.

San Pedro is one of the few areas to have a trained sedation dentist available locally. Thanks to the hard work and dedication to continue their education in oral sedation, Dr. Susan Sheets and staff are now able to treat patients more efficiently. Dr. Susan Sheets will choose the appropriate medication and level of sedation to meet the patient’s need. Oral sedation is especially ideal for those individuals who need to get more dentistry done in fewer visits, are fearful or anxious, severely gag, have physical limitations, and, have difficulty relaxing during a dental procedure.

Patients no longer have to suffer from the nerve racking emotions that precede their dental procedures because oral sedation is the most effective solution. Oral sedation dentistry can also drastically reduce the mounting economic costs and repercussions of untreated dental disease. It enables patients to overcome their dental fear and allows them to receive care in the most comfortable way possible!

To learn more about sedation dentistry, call Dr. Susan Sheets in San Pedro, CA at 310-832-2657 or visit her website at www.drsusansheets.com. She will be happy to answer any questions and discuss oral sedation dentistry treatment with you.

Dr. Susan Sheets proudly accepts patients from San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach, and surrounding areas.

 

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Have a natural looking smile with Tooth Colored Fillings | San Pedro, CA

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A tooth colored composite filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.  The decayed or affected portion will be removed and the tooth will then be filled with a composite filling.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.  You and Dr. Sheets can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.  Tooth colored composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today.  Because composite fillings are tooth-colored or white fillings, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.

How are composite fillings placed?

Tooth colored composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, Dr. Sheets will remove decay as necessary.  The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.  If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection.  The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed.  However, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

Contact Dr. Sheets in San Pedro, CA at 310-832-2657 to schedule an appointment or visit our website at www.drsusansheets.com to learn more about tooth colored composite fillings.

Accepting patients from San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach and all surrounding ares.

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