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Whitening Solutions

Hello again everyone, one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that people request is tooth whitening. There are a lot of different products out there but we will focus on a few of the basic methods and how whitening works.


Whitening works through the application of either Hydrogen Peroxide(HP) or Carbamide Peroxide(CP), which penetrates the tooth surface and breaks down the chemicals that accumulate in the tooth, causing the staining. The higher the concentration of either Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide increases how quickly it works as well as how many shades whiter you get per treatment. There are many many different products out there that claim tooth whitening, but they generally fall into a few different categories:

1. Toothpastes and rinses
2. Whitening Strips
3. Take home custom trays
4. Professional In Office whitening

Whitening toothpastes and Oral rinses are made by most of the big companies like Colgate and Oral-B. There are even a few holistic brands that clai…
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Occlusal Guards - Night Guards

Hello again from the office of Dr. Alan Pan, today we are going to talk about a different type of preventative care that may have been offered to you: Night Guards. Known as Occlusal Guards in the dental field, Night Guards do what the name suggests, guard your teeth at night! However, they are protecting your teeth not from an external threat, but from yourself. Often our own worst enemy when it comes to our teeth, we can do a lot of damage over time if we have bad habits such as bruxism, or grinding and clenching your teeth.

Have you ever woken up with a sore jaw, a headache, or neck/ear pain? These could be symptoms of grinding or clenching your teeth at night. If left unchecked, bruxism can break teeth or fillings, wear down your enamel, increase your risk of decay, and cause all kinds of pain. Other symptoms include:

Tooth SensitivityMigraine HeadachesRinging in your earsBroken/fractured teethBroken/Fractured restorations(E.G. Fillings or Crowns)Tooth Mobility It is thought that t…

Dealing with Tooth Pain

Tooth pain can be terrible as you may know. This can be from tooth decay, gum health problems, gum recession, or even a naturally thin layer of enamel, but there are a few things that are quick fixes for sudden onset of sensitivity or pain when you can't get to your dentist immediately.


 OTC Pain relievers: Over the counter pain relievers, such as Advil, Motrin, or Tylenol, can be used to treat minor tooth pain or sensitivity. They are fairly quick acting usually taking effect within about 30 minutes. For tooth pain Dr. Pan usually recommends Ibuprofen(Advil) because it is anti-inflammatory as well as a pain killer. This helps just in case the pain is caused by inflammation(swelling) of either the gums or inside of the tooth.Orajel: Orajel or other numbing agents are great for numbing the area temporarily until you can see your doctor. There are a number of similar products on the market, they work all basically the same way. A holistic alternative would be Clove Oil.Ice: Ice is a…

Oral Hygiene!

Hello again everyone! It occurred to us that after the lecture on Periodontal Disease last month, it might be a great idea to talk about prevention. Today we will go over dental Hygiene 101, the best practices, and some useful tools to keep your mouth as healthy as possible between your professional cleanings.

Order of Operations! You may not remember PEMDAS from math class, but pretty much everyone knows that you should brush, floss, and rinse with a mouthwash, but what you didn't know is that you are doing them in the wrong order! Dr. Pan recommends first flossing, then brushing, and finally rinsing with a non-alcoholic rinse. Flossing comes first because it helps to loosen any stuck food or plaque in between your teeth and down to your gums, which is then removed by brushing. Finally, the rinse helps to kill any stubborn bacteria around the gums and rinse anything you missed when you spit out your toothpaste. A family member taught her son the acronym FBS to help him remember:
F…

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

First and foremost, we here at Dr. Pan's office would like to take a moment to offer our sincerest condolences to all those currently affected by oral cancer and to those that have lost a loved one to this vicious disease. The FactsOral Cancer is a growing problem in America, especially among men.Men account for 2/3 of new diagnosis.About 50,000 people will be diagnosed in 2018.Of those, only about half will live past 5 years.There is a growing number of cases not linked to traditional risk-factors such as alcohol or tobacco use.Early detection is vital to a good long term prognosis What is causing it? Cases of mouth and throat cancer has increased 300% in the last 20 years! There are a number of risk factors associated with Oral and Oropharyngeal(head and neck) cancers. One of the leading causes continues to be tobacco use, especially chew or snuff, causing oral cavity cancers. In addition, alcohol use increases your susceptibility, as well as age, diet low in fruits and vegetab…

Periodontal Disease and treatment

Hi Everyone, today we will be discussing Periodontal Disease and ways to prevent it as well as treatment options should you already be affected. 






Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that live in your mouth. We all have the bacteria, some a little more or a little less than others, or maybe a different strain but it is all there. It is when we don't keep the bacteria levels under control that it can have serious repercussions. It can cause Halitosis (bad breath, Ew!), red and swollen gums, gum recession, tooth sensitivity, tenderness of the gums, bleeding when you brush or floss, bone loss, and even changes in the way your teeth fit together or tooth loss!

Periodontal disease is not very well understood by most people. It is normally thought of to be a disease that is pretty rare or uncommon, but in fact it is a lot more common than you might think. According to the CDC:

"47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease." That is almost HA…

Welcome

Hello and welcome to our dental blog. We will be posting helpful (hopefully!) tips, explanations of treatment, and other interesting things that have to do with the mouth. If you have any questions/concerns/or ideas for future blog posts that you would like to see, please reach out to us, or post in the comments section.
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Dr. Pan and Team

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