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Professional teeth whitening may be all you need for your stained and discolored smile. If you have been enjoying a bit too much red wine, coffee or tea, your pearly whites could be paying the price.

A dull smile can be brightened with professional teeth whitening and in some cases can be done in a single dental appointment with chairside whitening.

Professional Teeth Whitening Instead of Over the Counter

Those over the counter tooth whitening strips, pastes, gels, and trays may be less expensive than professional teeth whitening, but they don’t work as well. Professional teeth whitening can lighten teeth up to ten shades while over the counter bleaching products don’t even come close.

Because those products don’t work as well as professional teeth whitening, people have a tendency to use too often or too much. Too much teeth-whitening product will cause tooth sensitivity and even enamel damage. Some people who over whiten complain of chalky or see through teeth.

What Types of Professional Teeth Whitening is Available?

Depending on your smile, your Pasadena dentist may recommend in office tooth whitening or custom made take home trays.  Sometimes Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists may recommend both.

Chairside whitening takes place in the dentist’s office and is completed in less than an hour. You can walk into with a dull and lifeless smile and walk out with a dazzling grin that will turn heads.

Custom-made trays are used every night or as recommended by your dentist in Pasadena.

Does Tooth Whitening Work for Everyone?

Not everyone is a good candidate for professional teeth whitening. If you have porcelain veneers, dental crowns, dental implants or other types of restorations tooth whitening will not work. Teeth with intrinsic or interior staining may not respond to tooth whitening either.

Although professional teeth whitening isn’t right for everyone, it may be right for you. Call or click and schedule a no obligation teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists today.


Your teeth and gums are affected when you embark on a weight loss program. Although the diets that your dentist in Pasadena is going to talk about may reduce your waistline, they can cause serious problems for your teeth and gums. Below are some diets that could cause problems for your teeth and gums.

Low Fat Diet

Embarking on a diet that is low in fat interferes with fat-soluble vitamin absorption. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are vital for oral health as they help you absorb much needed calcium. If your body isn’t able to absorb calcium, bones and teeth will begin to break down.

Dopamine is also produced by your brain when you consume fat and helps your mood. A diet that is low in omega-3 fats also causes an increase in anxiety and stress. According to Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists, stress could cause teeth grinding and problems with your TMJ.

Ketogenic Diets and Low Carb Diets

If you have been following a low carb or no carb diet, your breath will begin to smell like acetone or nail polish remover. Sometimes it can smell like rotten fruit. If this is the case, your body is in ketosis and burning fat, not carbs, for fuel.

Get rid of Keto breath by chewing on mint and parsley. The best way to get rid of bad breath is to start eating carbs again. Without carbs, your body may begin to burn muscle, not fat.

Diets Low in Calories

Cutting calories will help you lose weight, but reducing your intake of food can also cause problems for your overall health as you are depleting your body of vitamins and minerals. Malnutrition can cause the enamel on your teeth to soften and even weaken your jawbone causing eventual tooth loss.

Fruit Detox Diet

Although it may seem perfectly ok to live on fruit for a week or two, having such a sparse diet will affect your teeth and gums and your body. Besides malnutrition, the acid and sugar in most fruits will damage the enamel. This leaves you vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.

Be mindful of your teeth and gums and talk to your Pasadena dentist about a good diet for teeth and gums. Call for an appointment today.


Most people have had something come up, say a special event, where looks are everything. It could be a class reunion, a wedding or a special date with your old high school flame. Whatever the reason having a beautiful smile is part of the picture.

Your smile is everything. People notice your smile the first time you approach them. If yours isn’t up to par it destroys your self-confidence and changes your personal energy. Being self-assured gives you the confidence to show the world you are happy.

CEREC® Crowns for Instant Results

Back in the day you had to prepare months in advance for cosmetic dentistry. Thankfully that isn’t the case anymore as modern day dentistry is equipped to give you a new smile in as little as a single dental appointment. Your crooked, chipped, or cracked teeth are restored with CEREC® Crowns.

How Do CEREC® Crowns Work?

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists have everything in house. From the special CAD/CAM dentistry to the CEREC® milling machine. Because your crown is being prepared while you wait, you are saving time and money.

With CEREC® Crowns you won’t have to come back to your Pasadena dentist for another appointment unless you are requiring additional CEREC® Crowns.

What Can CEREC® Crowns Do For Me?

CEREC® Crowns are used to restore chipped, cracked and broken teeth. Dr. Shinto and his team of Pasadena cosmetic dentists may also recommend CEREC® Crowns  for stained teeth. CEREC® Crowns are just like regular cosmetic dental crowns, without the wait.

Are CEREC® Crowns Strong?

With proper oral hygiene, CEREC® Crowns are just as sturdy as other cosmetic dental crowns. Of course, you must be careful. Don’t chew on pencils, ice or your nails. Just like porcelain veneers and dental bonding it is easy to chip when you munch on something that shouldn’t be in your mouth.

If you would like more information regarding CEREC® Crowns, call or click and schedule an no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists.

Your smile is waiting, and will reward you. Call or click today.

Your teeth and gums may not think it’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you indulge more than you should at those holiday parties.

According to Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists, staying away from those holiday goodies could prevent an unexpected dental visit in the New Year.

Below are a few holiday treats that you should avoid.

Candy Canes and Hard Candies

Those striped treats are best kept on the tree. Candy canes, those delicious hard butterscotch candies, and any other candy can cause problems for your teeth. You can break a filling or crack a tooth. If that isn’t bad enough, hard candy is loaded with sugar that can erode the enamel on your teeth.

Citrus Fruits

Your waistline may be singing your praises, but your teeth and gums won’t be if you indulge in limes, oranges, grapefruits, lemons or Kiwi fruit. Citrus fruits should be eaten with the rest of a meal as the acid can erode teeth. If you do eat alone rinse with water.

Cakes Pies and Cookies

Those delicious treats that your grandmother sends you every year can cause problems for your teeth. Starchy foods can stick to the grooves and fissures at the backs of your teeth. Add sugar to the mix and you will have big problems, as the sugar will erode the enamel on your teeth.

The Bubbly

That bubbly Christmas punch may look delicious. However, champagne, soda and any other type of carbonated beverage can wear away enamel. If you must enjoy follow each glass of champagne or punch with a glass of water.

This holiday season take care of your teeth and gums, and don’t forget to schedule an appointment in the New Year with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists. 

If you have been neglecting your own teeth because you have been worrying about everything that needed to be taken care of when the kids went back to school in August or September, it is time to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a thorough checkup and professional cleaning.

Having a professional dental hygienist or dental technician clean your teeth every six months will keep tooth decay at bay and can tell you and your dentist or hygienist if your gums are nice and healthy.

Unfortunately, even people who take meticulous care of their teeth and gums may be suffering from gingivitis or dental caries because of the food you consumed or drank prescription medications, smoking, or diabetes.

Most dental practices have a dental hygienist who will clean your teeth before doing an evaluation, which may include x-rays. Once the dentist looks at your x-rays checking for any signs of decay or changes to your gums, the two of you will discuss your medical history.

First time visitors to a new dental practice will usually have a comprehensive examination. Even if you have been prudent with good oral health habits and had regular care with your past dental care provider, your new dentist will want to make sure that he or she is familiar with your overall health as it will make it easier for your new dentist to notice any changes that may occur in the future. 

When you see the dentist for the first time, or are returning to your regular dentist for a checkup, it is important that you make sure you mention any changes that may have occurred with your health. Even if it does not relate to your teeth, gums, or mouth, recent research indicates that poor oral health may be related to your overall health. Diseases such as diabetes can increase your risk of periodontal disease.

Make sure that you bring a list of all of your prescription, non-prescription, supplements, vitamins, and remedies with you as some medications can increase your risk of dry mouth. Your dentist will also want to make sure that any drug that may be prescribed will not interact or interfere with something that you are already taking.

Get your mouth in order before the holidays and schedule an appointment with your dentist for a regular or comprehensive dental exam now.

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