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The holidays are here and that means sticky, sweet, and starchy foods will be abundant on the buffet table, but what does that mean for your teeth?

Below are a few foods that your dentist in Pasadena hopes you will avoid, or at least enjoy in moderation.

Candy Canes

When it comes to teeth, candy canes are a no no. Sucking on any type of hard candy means you are exposed to sugar for longer periods of time increasing your risk of tooth decay. If you take a bite, you could crack or even fracture a tooth. Skip the canes and opt for more tooth friendly treats.

Ice Cubes

Another, “food,” that is hard on teeth is ice. Ice cubes are hard and can chip the enamel on your teeth leading to breakages and fractures. In some cases, you could break the entire tooth. People who wear braces should also avoid ice as it can cause wire and bracket breakage.

Carbonated Drinks

Because eggnog is loaded with sugar, it isn’t the best beverage for your teeth. If you are really craving the holiday treat, make eggnog yourself with less sugar and very little alcohol. While it may not taste exactly like you remember, it will be much better for your teeth.

Eggnog

Because eggnog is loaded with sugar, it isn’t the best beverage for your teeth. If you are really craving the holiday treat, make eggnog yourself with less sugar and very little alcohol. While it may not taste exactly like you remember, it will be much better for your teeth.

Chocolate

It’s a double-edged sword when it comes to chocolate. Lighter chocolate, such as milk and white chocolate have a lot of sugar causing the bacteria in your mouth to produce acid. Your Pasadena dentist explains that a loss of enamel causes cavities. With that being said, dark chocolate with a higher cocoa content is actually good for your body and your teeth.

If you would like more information regarding bad or healthy foods for teeth and gums, call and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Pasadena today.

November 18, 2019
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One of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of a smile. More like an experience, the gift of a smile keeps on giving.

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists have the tools you need to give someone you love porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental crowns, or a complete mouth makeover. Just imagine the look on your loved ones face when you tell them you are footing the bill for cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic Dentistry Makes a Great Gift

Having a new smile not only boosts confidence, but can also change the way people see you. If your son or daughter has had a tough time finding a job, it could have something to do with his or her crooked smile.

A trip to your cosmetic dentist in Pasadena will change all of that whether your teen needs clear braces or a couple of CEREC® crowns. A new smile for Christmas can also boost your kid’s job prospects, as a smile is the first thing people notice when someone walks into a room.

Not Just Cosmetic Dentistry

Holiday gifts from the dentist don’t have to be cosmetic. Make up some gift certificates and give your entire family a comprehensive dental examination. What a surprise that will be when your partner and kids open up their Christmas stockings. Unlike chocolate or that new video game, dentistry is a gift that keeps on giving.

You can also schedule a deep cleaning and additional dental work for your family and friends. There is no end to what you can give when you throw cosmetic and restorative dentistry into the mix.

Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving

This year give the present that keeps on giving and gift your family and friends a dental experience with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists. Call for more information today.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding May Not Be For You

If you have been considering cosmetic dental bonding in Pasadena, there are some things you should be aware of before you commit.

If you have been considering cosmetic dental bonding in Pasadena, there are some things you should be aware of before you commit.

Unlike porcelain dental crowns or porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding is not as strong and can chip and stain easier than other types of cosmetic dentistry procedures.

CEREC® Instead of Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists are preferred CEREC® providers and can repair your tooth in a single dental visit, and while cosmetic dental bonding only requires one visit as well, is a much more permanent solution for chipped, cracked, or stained teeth.

What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

If you follow your Pasadena Dentist Blog, you will remember that cosmetic dental bonding is a procedure that dentists use to repair small chips and cracks. Dentists in Pasadena also use cosmetic dental bonding for small fillings, inlays, and onlays.

Using a dental resin, your Dr. Paul Shinto and his team will etch or roughen the tooth before applying the resin. After application, your dentist in Pasadena will sculpt into place before curing with a light or laser. Once hardened the bond is polished and smoothed to perfection.

What is CEREC®?

CEREC® is a chairside dental procedure that takes about an hour and a half to complete. CEREC® dental crowns require less removal of your natural tooth and look just as natural as conventional crowns, even more natural than metal and porcelain crowns.

After digital pictures are taken, your dentist will send those pictures to the computer before they are delivered to the onsite milling machine. After about 45 minutes, your new CEREC® crown is complete and ready for placement.

While dental bonding can last five to seven years, a CEREC® dental crown can give you 10 to 15 years of life before it needs to be replaced.

If you would like more information regarding CEREC® or cosmetic dental bonding, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists today.

Still the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the world, tooth whitening can lighten teeth up to ten shades. However, some people take it to the extreme overusing strips, polishes, gels, pastes and whitening trays. This usually happens when over the counter tooth whitening products are used too much or too often. Thankfully, professional tooth whitening is monitored so you won’t have to worry about chalky or blue looking teeth.

Professional Tooth Whitening in a Single Visit

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists offer two types of professional tooth whitening, in office or chairside whitening and custom made take home trays. Both tooth whitening procedures work well on their own or in combination with each other.

In Office Professional Tooth Whitening

As a preferred in office tooth whitening specialist, your dentist in Pasadena will apply a gel to your teeth before using a light or laser to activate the whitening gel. This process happens two or three times during the whitening session, which lasts about an hour and a half.

In office whitening is the fast and easy way to have a beautiful smile in a single dental visit, and can lighten teeth up to 10 shades.

Custom Made Take Home Whitening Trays

Unlike one-size fits all over the counter bleaching trays, custom-made tooth whitening trays fit your teeth and no one else’s. Because every mouth is different, one size fits all trays can cause problems as the whitening gel can seep into your gums. This can cause sensitivity and other tooth and gum issues.

Custom trays are made to fit and used with a prescription whitening gel according to your Pasadena dentist’s instructions wearing the trays at night or for an hour each day. You will see amazing results in about two weeks.

Both tooth whitening treatments in Pasadena can be done on their own or in conjunction with each other.

If you would like more information regarding professional tooth whitening, call and schedule a no obligation teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists today.

Porcelain veneers are the preferred cosmetic dentistry procedure to the stars. In fact, if you asked your favorite celebrity how they got their smile so bright, they would probably say porcelain veneers, with that being said, there are some things you should know before you commit to cosmetic porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers are Preferred but Permanent

Just like cosmetic dental crowns, porcelain veneers are permanent. Because a portion of the tooth needs to be removed, you can never go back to natural teeth. If you are concerned about this, talk to Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists about CEREC. This cosmetic dental procedure is completed in a single dental appointment and is a more conservative approach to tooth restoration.

Porcelain Veneers for a Dazzling Smile

One of the biggest advantages of porcelain veneers is that they are matched to the rest of your smile. If your front teeth have always been an issue, porcelain veneers are custom made to fit the fronts of your teeth, and while they are strong, you do have to be careful.

According to your dentist in Pasadena, veneers can chip or crack. Don’t chew on ice and don’t open packages with your teeth. Because the veneers are only attached to the fronts of your teeth, they could break or chip.

Cosmetic Dental Crowns for Strength

If you are tough on your teeth, and let’s face it, some people just can’t help it; cosmetic dental crowns may be a better fit. Unlike veneers, crowns fit over the tops of your teeth like a cap giving you a stronger tooth. Cosmetic dental crowns require more tooth removal than porcelain veneers but will last longer if proper care is taken.

Cosmetic dentistry will change your life. Call and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dental consultation with your dentist in Pasadena today.





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