Treat Snoring Symptoms in Three Easy Steps

Nearly everyone snores on occasion, but when snoring happens frequently, it can be warning signs of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is fairly common, one in five adults have at least mild sleep apnea. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, during sleep these people have obstructed airways from excess tissue, large tonsils or a large tongue. Even airway muscles, which normally relax and collapse are contributing to these blocked airways. Unfortunately, because of this we hear ourselves or our partner snore in the middle of the night. Snoring may make millions feel helpless at times and even disrupt healthy relationships. However, there are mild lifestyle changes that can help prevent snoring. Try these natural solutions to help you or your loved stop snoring and sleep comfortably:

Change Sleep Position

Since lying on your back makes the base of the tongue collapse to the  back wall of the throat this may be the culprit of vibrations and sounds during sleep. Sleeping on your side is usually effective in clearing the airways. To get adjusted to the new sleep position you may want to invest in a full-length body pillow to prevent you from rolling over.

If you have a versatile bed that permits reclining positions then set your bed to a position that supports your head to stay up and extended. This allows you to continue lying on your back during sleep and keeps nasal airways open throughout the night.

Altering Diet Habits and Losing Weight

When it comes to sleep apnea there are many underlying causes that prompt snoring, such as diet and weight. Those who are overweight may possess a little more fatty tissue around the neck which squeezes the internal diameter of the throat, and triggers snoring. Losing weight may be just what you need to stop snoring, but there are thin people who snore too so in some instances it may not make sense to lose weight.

Your diet habits also play a key role in sleep apnea. The following is a list of habits that can help prevent from snoring:

  • Avoid heavy meals before bed

  • Consume honey and olive oil to reduce throat swelling

  • Eat more fish than red meat

  • Drink tea to relieve congestion

  • Avoid dairy products before bed

Avoid Sedatives and Alcohol

Two other major causes of snoring are sedatives and alcohol. These reduce the resting tone of muscles in the throat which makes you more likely to snore. Even certain medications can cause a deeper level of sleep which will make snoring worse. If you realize that you snore more often after having a drink or two at the bar, then it may be time to seek the advice of a professional to help reduce snoring.

If you tried everything then talk to your dentist about sleep apnea and snoring treatment. Some life changes are ineffective due to the severity of the individual’s condition. Only a professional can evaluate and diagnose their symptoms properly. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a device that blows pressurized air through the airways to keep the throat open during sleep. At the Dental Office Encino we are trained in the latest sleep therapies and can help treat your snoring conditions. Call now and schedule your consultation.

Tooth Whitening Tips for the New Year

Everyone wishes their smile was whiter and brighter. Very few of us are lucky to have the gift of naturally flawless teeth. Those who are not blessed with a bright smile can turn to tooth whitening. Tooth whitening is one of the most popular dental treatments available to the public in this day and age. Why not take advantage and give yourself a perkier smile for 2014? The Dental Office Encino is here to help those achieve the brighter smile they have been searching for.

Tooth whitening in Encino offers a variety of procedures to help anyone restore teeth to their natural color. Many over the counter products claim to be the most successful but many of the solutions are discomforting and require months of consistent treatment. With the professionals in Encino, anyone can achieve a brighter smile in a single treatment. Many of whom are surprised by the quick results, but tooth whitening is available in procedures suitable to a person’s interest in the form of Boost!, Zoom! and Brite Smile. Our professionals help you choose the best procedure to restore your natural smile. Making your smile last is something that most people forget about after whitening. Practice healthy habits will ensure whitening results last longer than expected.

There is nothing unordinary about teeth whitening after care. Here are some teeth whitening after care tips every patient should consider to ensure a long-lasting improved smile.

Brush Properly

The first step after teeth whitening is making sure your smile is cared for properly by brushing throughout the day. Brushing in the morning and night is no longer enough. Everyone should brush their teeth 15 minutes after every meal. The foods and beverages we consume can stain our teeth the longer we wait to brush, especially with wine and coffee, so brushing throughout the day will avoid discoloration.

Use Whitening Toothpastes

Whitening toothpastes consist of low bleaching ingredients that help prevent break down stains from discoloring your teeth.

Reduce or Eliminate Alcohol and Smoking

Frequently drinking alcohol and smoking reverses teeth whitening agents from brightening your smile. Nicotine and alcohol contain tannins that can stain teeth, especially mixed drinks with soda. Those who cannot quit these unhealthy habits should consider doing these moderately and less frequently to avoid stains, as well as brushing more often.

Touch-Up Treatments for Continued Results

Depending on the whitening method patients and their dentists use, people can continue whitening their teeth with touch-up treatments. Generally, dentists recommend touch-ups every six months after a year or so. Frequent consumption of staining foods can require touch-ups more often.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, teeth whitening is not a permanent teeth whitener, but avoiding food sources that stain teeth can help prolong the need for touch-ups as much as a year after treatment. Depending on how well the patient takes care of their teeth after whitening can ensure long-lasting effects with healthy habits and regular maintenance.

Give yourself the brighter smile you always wanted. Tooth whitening in Encino is the cure to restore your teeth to their natural color. Following these healthy solutions afterwards will maintain your results well after any whitening procedure. Jumpstart your new year with tooth whitening today.

Color Codes on Toothpaste Indicate Harmful Ingredients?

A recent claim floating across message boards and social media sites are saying that the ingredients in toothpaste are not as safe as we thought. An indicator of this lies at the bottom of toothpaste tubes, a square mark, printed with a specific color tells what the contents of the paste include. The color labeled on the tube tells whether or not the paste is safe or harmful to the body. We wish to put this accusation to rest. The square markings on toothpaste tubes do not label the contents enclosed, rather they are eye marks to assist with alignment for printing and packaging.

What is Toothpaste?

We are all told at a very young age that toothpaste is used to keep our teeth clean. “If we do not use it our teeth will rot and fall out,” your mother may have said this to you once or twice. She was right about the rotting, eventually your teeth will need to be removed to avoid gum disease and health defects.

Toothpaste is essential to help remove plaque, germs and bacteria from teeth and gums. Each oral hygiene product in the United States must be approved by the American Dental Association in order to apply safe and effective treatment for consumers. Every toothpaste that gets approved is stamped with the ADA seal to indicate the paste meets the requirements as an oral hygiene application.

Color Code Claims

A quick search on Google for toothpaste color codes shows many bloggers and authors sharing that marked toothpastes are either labeled as natural, medicinal or chemical. The articles suggest the following claims of the square marks on toothpaste tubes:

  • Green = Natural

  • Blue = Natural and Medicinal

  • Red = Natural and Chemically composed

  • Black = Pure Chemical components

Consumers are falling for these beliefs and pass it on to loved ones via Facebook, Twitter and email, to be aware of the chemically based toothpaste products that can affect a person’s health. This is a false claim as the square labels are marked only for packaging purposes.

Square Color Codes on Toothpaste Do NOT Relate to Ingredients

The square colors marked on toothpaste tubes do not relay hidden messages about the contents of the paste. The paste manufacturer does not tell the packaging industry which color to use on tubes, during the printing process. They are known as eye marks that are read by sensors, this helps the machines detect where to cut and align the labels of the squeeze tubes.

Typically, the color of the eye marks match the color of other items printed on the tube. For example, Crest toothpaste tubes often have blue writing and a matching blue eye mark on the bottom of the tube.

Your dentist can determine the proper toothpaste brand that is suitable for you, as well as which cosmetic dental services that can restore a natural smile. The color codes on our toothpaste products do not measure or indicate the ingredients of the paste inside. Rather they are alignment labels for your favorite toothpaste brands. If you are curious about the safety and effectiveness of toothpaste, each product is labeled with the ADA seal, which tests the paste for its use in daily oral hygiene habits. All of which are healthy to produce a cleaner smile.


A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into a patients’ jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, injury or some other reason. They are a permanent solution that look and feel natural, like ones’ own teeth. With dental implants, the mouth is restored as closely as possible to its natural state. By replacing the entire tooth, including the root, it is possible to replicate the function of natural teeth, with a strong and stable foundation that enables comfortable biting and chewing.

Dental implants also preserve the integrity of facial structures, preventing bone resorption that would otherwise take place with the loss of teeth, and the facial structures remain intact. With implant supported replacement teeth, ones’ smile appears more natural. Also, when using dental implants, adjacent teeth are not compromised to replace the missing ones. The overall quality of life is greatly enhanced with replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. It is much easier to care for an implant supported crown, which can be cleaned like natural tooth. As a result of improved appearance, function, comfort and health, the self-esteem and confidence of many people using dental implants is restored.

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way from its traditional tasks of teeth replacement and restoration. Now it can provide many improved facilities which effectively deal with all dental issues. Current lifestyle choices expose people to a variety of substances that can lead to discoloration and tooth decay. Things such as smoking, alcohol, tea and coffee are among those that normally lead to teeth staining. Discoloration may also take place as a result of medication. This is where teeth whitening treatments are very effective.

If you are interested in learning more about cosmetic dentistry treatments such as dental implants and teeth whitening, call The Dental Office Encino at 818-300-0333, or you can request consultation online.

Gum Disease: More People Struggle With it Than You Think

Dentistry has come a long way in the tools we use to treat everything from simple cavities to replacing teeth. Even with all the awareness about our oral health, problems still persist. A recently published report from the Journal of Dental Research found that 47% of the U.S. population over 30 years of age has Periodontitis. The study also found that 64 percent of adults 65 and older had either moderate or severe Periodontitis.

Periodontitis, also known as Gum Disease, is caused by food and bacterial build up under the gums leading to inflammation, bleeding and bone loss around the teeth. Next time you have your hygiene evaluation, listen closely to the numbers the hygienist is calling out to be recorded. These numbers are measured in millimeters and they tell us how far down the bone level and gum attachment is. Any numbers above 3 mm with bleeding can mean infection and gum disease.

The treatment for mild to moderate gum disease is Scaling and Root Planning, also known as a “Deep Cleaning.” In moderate to severe gum disease, the pockets are so deep that our instruments cannot get to the bottom of the sulcus or pocket. Traditionally, Periodontal surgery was required to treat these forms of gum disease. With mechanical incisions and debridement, flap surgery, and needing sutures placed for 2 weeks afterwards, the healing process is generally uncomfortable.

As we strive to provide our patients with the most up to date equipment and effective treatment, we have been treating Gum Disease with the LANAP protocol. LANAP, or laser-assisted new attachment procedure, uses a Periolase Laser to create micro flaps, debris disease and infected areas, and creates hemostasis. The laser is very selective by leaving healthy tissue alone. Since sutures are not required post-operative pain is reduced greatly. We have also found that gingival pockets have been reduced without the usual recession of the gums after Periodontal surgery.

Chances are that you or someone you know is affected by gum disease. There are many treatment possibilities and outcomes available to help with this disease. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding Gum Disease or your oral health.

Sincerely, Drs. Alan and Yoni Howard and the Dental Office Encino