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Myofunctional Therapy and the Tongues Role to your Health

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA The position of your tongue when at rest is a significant indicator of your health, and can affect how you look, speak, eat, and even breathe. If you have an improper oral resting position of the tongue, it may be corrected with myofunctional therapy, a series of exercises that facilitate proper tongue positioning and function for life. Our tongues play an important role in our overall health, and even our looks, believe it or not. Every time you swallow, the tongue should move in a wave-like pattern, gently pressing against the roof of the mouth as it pushing food down the throat. Even when at rest, the tongue should be in correct positioning, which is gently pressed against the back sides of the upper front teeth, and resting along the roof of the mouth. The tongue applies gentle pressure as it moves, and if …

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Is your Child a Mouth Breather? Here’s how the Dentist can Help

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA When it comes to the way your child breathes, what you see or hear can be harmful. Ideally, your child’s breathing should be silent and invisible. If you can see or hear your child breathe, it may be a sign of an airway obstruction—which is one of the major causes behind a sleep breathing disorder such as sleep apnea. In children, an airway obstruction also can lead to other negative consequences for their health such as a jaw malformation or misaligned bite. In many cases, a sleep breathing disorder in children is improperly diagnosed or not diagnosed at all because the symptoms can mimic behavioral disorders such as ADD or ADHD. Only a dentist trained in airway management can properly diagnose whether your child may have an airway issue. These children need more air to enter their system, particularly during sleep when the brain …

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Why Pulling Teeth Not Always Best

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA Crooked teeth affect more than just your smile. They also can lead to malocclusion, also known as misaligned bite. There are several ways to correct these bite misalignment problems, but one of the traditional methods actually can do more harm than good over the long term. One of the traditional orthodontic treatments for malocclusion is to extract problem teeth but can often have negative consequences. Although extracting a tooth creates more space for the crooked or crowded teeth in the short term, removing or losing otherwise healthy teeth can hinder the development and function of the jaw and the face. The jaw narrows and can be left incapable of fulfilling its obligations to the rest of the body. This narrowing of the jaw also can affect the airway, making a person more vulnerable to developing a sleep breathing disorder such as sleep apnea. Temporomandibular …

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Wearing a Neuromuscular Mouth Guard can Increase Athletic Performance

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA The use of mouth guards in contact sports is not only on the rise, but it is recommended. Wearing a mouth guard, both during competition and in practice, substantially reduces an athlete’s risk of sustaining an orofacial or dental injury. Thanks to recent advances in dental science, however, did you know that wearing a certain type of mouth guard even could improve your athletic performance? This innovation is a neuromuscular mouth guard and, while not available on a widespread basis yet, this type of mouth guard or sports guard not only provides the same level of protection but also could yield a competitive edge for athletes. A sports mouth guard obtained from a professional and experienced dentist is going to give you the most protection possible against orofacial and dental injuries. These mishaps, when sustained in contact sports, often are catastrophic in nature as …

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The Difference Between a Neuromuscular Guard and a Mouth Guard

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA The American Dental Association recommends that any athlete of any age who participates in contact sports should wear a mouth guard for protection, whether it be in competition or practice. At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, athletes in the Bay Area now can obtain the finest sports guards on the market by having our team of professionals provide a custom-made neuromuscular mouth guard. Why should I consider a neuromuscular mouth guard? Similar to the custom-fit guards that have been available for years in the dental field, a neuromuscular mouth guard is constructed to provide the most secure fit possible, as it is fabricated by using impressions of the teeth and upper dental arch. While a traditional mouth guard essentially protects your mouth by covering your teeth with an acrylic covering, a neuromuscular mouth guard provides better protection, and can even increase your athletic performance. The biggest …

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Help Your Child Develop Healthy Oral Hygiene with These Tips

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA As a parent, you make sure your kids complete their homework, practice good behavior, and eat right, although there are many more things you teach your child. This parenting journey can be difficult at times. Among the laundry list of stuff that parents must teach their children, least we forget about healthy oral hygiene habits. No matter what you are attempting to instill in your child, the task must seem enjoyable to them, and the same rings true for their oral health. Here are some fun ways to get your child excited about developing good oral hygiene. Avoid making teeth brushing and flossing seem like a chore. Practice letting your child have a little creativity during their bedtime or getting ready for school routine. Bring on the fun when it comes to choosing a toothbrush, toothpaste, and other oral hygiene essentials. Allow your child …

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Teething Babies Need Oral Hygiene

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA Teething is a challenging time in life both for the child and the parents. A baby who is teething is prone to irritability, fussiness, insomnia or decreased appetite. A low-grade fever also is common. No two children are alike when it comes to teething. Typically, baby teeth begin to emerge from the gum line between the ages of four and six months, but teething can start anywhere between the ages of three and 12 months. When teething begins, it is important to start a regimen of oral hygiene for your child. The American Dental Association suggests taking your child to the dentist for the first time as soon as the first tooth appears, or no later than his or her first birthday—whichever comes first. Once teeth begin to emerge from the gum line, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush your child’s teeth twice …

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Why Does the Hygienist Poke My Gums?

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA When you get your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office, the hygienist probably pokes your gums and reads off numbers, and then records those findings in your chart. What exactly is the hygienist doing? It is called probing, which is done so by the hygienist during your cleaning appointment. The hygienist measures the depth of your gums and bone around each tooth to determine if you have periodontal (gum) disease, and if so, the severity of it. The process should be painless unless you are experiencing severe gum infection, in which case your gums may be just a little tender afterward. The hygienist will measure six areas around each tooth. If your numbers are between 1-3 with no bleeding, congratulations, you have healthy gums and bone level. However, if you have gum pockets that are 4mm or more, you could be experiencing an infection …

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Special Event

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA Do you suffer from constant fatigue? How about pain or discomfort from TMJ disorder or embarrassment from an imbalanced facial profile? If the answer is “yes,” then relief is just around the corner. Monday, January 16 and Tuesday, January 17 from 8:30am-5:00 pm, Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry will be hosting a special event. During this time, Dr. Larry Wolford of Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas will be seeing new patients for exams, offering consultations and treatment planning for those seeking a cure for their Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), TMJ disorder (TMD), or to create a balanced facial profile. “We are excited to be partnering with Dr. Wolford once again. Being able to see patients live a pain-free life is a rewarding experience for our team,” states Dr. Max Ebrahimian, DDS. The dental professionals at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, along with Dr. Wolford, understand how symptoms …

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Why are you Chewing on Pencils?

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA You may think that gnawing on pencils is just a nervous habit or something you do out of boredom, but there may be more to it than just an unexplained habit. A recent study by the National Institute of Health indicates that people who chew on pens or pencils do so as means of relief from tension headaches or jaw pain associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Biting on the pencil puts the jaw into a more comfortable position, thus, relieving pain. However, pencil biting is not recommended. It can make your teeth worse by causing damage such as broken or fractured teeth. In fact, the American Dental Association claims that people who have a consistent habit of chewing on pens or pencils will suffer the same oral health consequences as someone who clenches and grinds their teeth. Instead of chewing on pencils, patients …