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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.

CEREC® Crowns could be just what you need if you want to impress your colleagues at your holiday party next month. With CEREC® Crowns, you can have a new smile in a single dental appointment.

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists are preferred CEREC® providers and have everything in house from the digital equipment needed to take the necessary pictures and measurements of your tooth or teeth to the milling machine. All you have to do is schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his Pasadena Dental team and you will be well on your way to a brand new smile.

During your dental appointment, your Pasadena Dentist will check your teeth and gums to make sure that everything is stable for a new CEREC® Crown. If you have a cavity or gum disease that will need to be addressed before your new CEREC® dental crown can be placed.

If you are a good candidate for CEREC®, Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists will take pictures using the CAD/CAM machine. Once satisfied with the results, a color will be chosen to match the rest of your smile. When everything is set, your pictures will be sent to the milling machine, which is in house.

With CEREC®, there is no need for a temporary crown or a messy dental impression as the milling machine takes less than an hour to work its magic. During that time, you can do whatever you like. You can even take a power nap.

Once your CEREC® Crown is ready to be placed, your Pasadena Dentist will check it for fit and color before permanently cementing it on to the tooth. After the crown has been fitted, it will be polished to perfection.

If you want to dress to impress, but haven’t got a smile to match that stunning new outfit, call Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists who can transform your so-so smile into a drop dead gorgeous grin. 

CEREC is the economical way to give you a beautiful new smile in a single dental appointment.

If you have been avoiding much needed cosmetic dentistry, which could really help with that promotion you are hoping for, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team who can give you a new smile in one afternoon, maybe even on your lunch hour.

CEREC crowns and CEREC restorations are the new way to an affordable smile, whether you have a chipped tooth that needs to be repaired or want to fill in that gap between your two front teeth.

CEREC, chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics utilizes CAD/CAM dentistry for a new smile in a single dental appointment. Created in Zurich in 1980 for dental restorations, it has become the convenient and more affordable way to a new smile.

With other types of dental restorations you need multiple appointments. With CEREC dental veneers you don’t have to wear temporary dental veneers while waiting for your permanent ones to be made. With CEREC you can walk out after an hour or two with a brand new smile.

When you schedule an appointment for CEREC, Dr. Shinto and his team will make sure that your mouth is healthy enough for CEREC. If you are given the all clear pictures will be taken eliminating the need for messy and uncomfortable impression trays. After your restorations have been designed on the CEREC system your new smile will be sent to the milling machine for manufacture all done on-site. Your veneers, crowns and other restorations are ready on the same day so you don’t have to keep coming back.

If the sound of a new smile in a single appointment sounds appealing to you, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists today. 

Say the word root canal and you can feel the energy begin to change, but not when you schedule an appointment with the best Dentist in Pasadena. Most people who have had a root canal procedure with Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Bert K. Funatsu, Dr. Daniel J. Iannotti, or Dr. J. Michael Jann from the best Pasadena Dental facility report that the pain they thought would occur is minimal at best. Most patients liken it to a filling. Not having a root canal is more painful than the process itself because the tooth is usually badly decayed and infected.

Root canals are your Pasadena Dentist uses treatments in order to save a tooth. Root canals are performed if the nerve of your tooth has become infected and the pulp is damaged. During root canal treatment, your Dentist in Pasadena will remove the pulp and the nerve before cleaning and sealing the inside of the tooth.

Your Dentist in Pasadena explains that the pulp chamber is a soft area inside the middle of your tooth. The actual nerves lie inside the legs or roots of your tooth. The canals of your teeth go from the pulp chamber to the top of the root. Also in the roots of your teeth are connective tissue and blood vessels that nourish your teeth. The nerves of your teeth are not important to the health of your teeth and are purely sensory providing you with a cold or hot sensation. Removing a nerve in your tooth will not affect how it functions on a daily basis.

If you have a badly decayed or infected tooth, the pulp or nerve tissue is damaged breaking down the bacteria inside your tooth. Once the decay begins to multiply it will become infected or abscessed. An abscess forms at the end of the roots of your teeth and is a pocket that is filled with pus. Once an abscess has started the swelling could spread to your head, neck, or face and according to your Dentist in Pasadena is extremely dangerous.

Once the nerves in the infected area have died, you may not experience the pain that you had before, but that does not mean the infection has gone away. If you have had a bad toothache that disappears suddenly it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your Dentist in Pasadena today as abscesses can have a dramatic affect on your overall health and can even be deadly.

Call the offices of Dr. Paul Shinto today and schedule an appointment with the Best Dentist in Pasadena. Remember, prevention is always worth a pound of cure.





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