Are Electric Toothbrushes Really Better for Your Teeth?

Posted September 25, 2017 in Electric toothbrushes

Close-up Of A Young Woman In Bathrobe Brushing Teeth With Electric ToothbrushChildren are taught from a young age to brush their teeth every morning and night. It is well-established that brushing, flossing, and oral hygiene are vital to dental health. One of the best ways to ensure that you have clean and plaque-free teeth is to use an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are better for your teeth than manual brushes and can more effectively get rid of dental plaque.

What Makes Electric Toothbrushes Better?

Electric toothbrushes are better than manual toothbrushes because they are more efficient in cleaning the surface areas of your teeth while guiding the pressure we apply. When brushing our teeth, many of us tend toward laziness, and either don’t get in and around every tooth or don’t brush for a full two to three minutes. An electric toothbrush can clean more teeth in a faster period of time, helping you cover more ground. This results in cleaner teeth and less plaque.

What Does the Research Say?

A wealth of studies show that electric toothbrushes tend to remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes also lower the risk of gum disease, reduce existing gingivitis, and may be safer and softer on the gums than many manual toothbrushes. Power toothbrushes are proven to remove stains and whiten teeth more effectively than manual toothbrushes. Furthermore, research has established that the improved cleaning ability of electric toothbrushes encourages continued use, meaning patients are more likely to continue using an electric toothbrush once they have seen the benefits for their teeth.

Who Can Benefit From Electric Toothbrushes?

Everyone can benefit from electric toothbrushes, especially those who are lazy or inefficient brushers. Your dentist may recommend an electric toothbrush if your current efforts aren’t removing enough plaque. People that may find electric toothbrushes especially useful include children, people with braces or dental implants, and individuals who have trouble using their hands. Studies have suggested that patients who use power toothbrushes appreciate their results and tend to continue using them long term, which contributes to better dental health in the future.

Dr. Chad Tomazin, DDS and our team at IE Dental are focused on helping you achieve the best oral health. We carry high-quality electric toothbrushes designed to create healthy hygiene habits that will improve your dental health. For more information, contact us at (951) 686-3666 or through our online contact form today.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Posted July 5, 2017 in Sedation

Some people experience anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist. To make the experience of caring for your teeth as pleasant for you as possible, we offer sedation dentistry. Dr. Tomazin is a dental anesthesiologist and can use anesthesia to help nervous adults, children, or patients with special needs be more comfortable during their dental visit.

Why We Offer Sedation Dentistry

Woman Using Inhalation SedationDr. Tomazin is a deeply caring dentist who makes every effort to provide the best dental care experience for his patients. However, some people still feel anxious or scared about going to the dentist. Children may become uncooperative and restless in the dentist’s chair. Individuals with certain health problems such as heart troubles, gag-reflex, and disabilities may require sedation for safety. A previously unpleasant dental visit can affect individuals so strongly that they may avoid the dentist altogether, and the resulting lack of regular checkups can lead to tooth decay and permanent tooth loss.  

To assuage these problems, we offer sedation dental services. Sedation dentistry allows vulnerable individuals to get the dental care they need without the apprehension or fear. Various treatment modalities offered by our expert dental anesthesiologist, Dr. Chad Tomazin, help patients feel comfortable and allow the dental treatments to proceed as smoothly as possible. With sedation dentistry, patients who have previously been unable or unwilling to go to the dentist as frequently as they need to can receive the necessary dental treatments that will help prevent tooth decay and other dental problems.

Our Sedation and Anesthesia Services

We offer a variety of sedation and anesthesia services to accommodate every patient’s needs. In addition to local anesthesia and oral sedation, we offer intravenous sedation to help patients relax more deeply. Our sedation treatments range from minimal (aware but relaxed) to deep sedation (not easily aroused). We also offer general anesthesia so that the patient can be completely unconscious and unresponsive for the duration of the procedure. The patient is carefully monitored while under any of these forms of sedation and anesthesia. Dr. Tomazin finds sedation dentistry to be incredibly beneficial for many patients. Thanks to sedation dentistry, all interested patients—even those who dread going to the dentist—can receive dental treatment in a relaxed or sedated state.

Sedation dentistry can help you or a loved one have a more positive experience when visiting the dentist. To learn about sedation dentistry with our dentist and dental anesthesiologist, Dr. Chad Tomazin, schedule your appointment by calling (951) 686-3666 or by completing our online contact form today.

Exchange Metal Fillings for Composite Fillings

Posted June 27, 2017 in Dentistry

Metal Filling in ToothMetal fillings have been used on teeth since the 1800s and are still used in dentistry today. However, metal fillings contain mercury, a metal known to have toxic effects on the body. Our biological dentist, Dr. Chad Tomazin, can exchange your metal fillings for composite fillings. Not only will this eliminate a health hazard, but it will also give you a more beautiful smile.

The Aesthetic Downsides of Metal Fillings

The aesthetic issue with metal fillings is that they are easy to see. Metal fillings are silver in color, which does not match the color of the affected tooth or surrounding teeth. Consequently, when you smile or open your mouth, the world can see your fillings. This detracts from your appearance and draws attention to your unfortunate history of cavities.

The Health Hazards of Metal Fillings

Additionally, “silver” amalgam fillings are a health hazard because they are 50 percent mercury. Because of this, metal fillings emit mercury vapor that can enter the bloodstream. The potential health effects of mercury exposure are notable. It can cause harm to the immune, cardiac, respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems, and it has also been shown to cause brain cell damage. Some physicians may even encourage you to have your metal fillings removed due to the risks they pose to your health.

Switching From Metal to Composite Fillings

Regarding both aesthetics and health hazards, composite fillings have been shown to be better for your smile. Composite fillings are tooth-colored and are hardly noticeable because they blend with the surrounding teeth. They contain no mercury, making them far less of a health hazard than amalgam fillings. Even if you already have multiple metal fillings, you can have them exchanged for more biocompatible materials.

The removal process for metal fillings requires advanced technical equipment and should be performed by a biological dentist who can adequately address the issues. Because mercury vapor is released upon removal of a metal filling, special techniques and suction devices are required to minimize exposure for the patient and dental team. Dr. Tomazin works with your doctor’s recommendations regarding mercury removal and can help you achieve a more holistic and biocompatible approach to dentistry.
By having your metal fillings exchanged for a safer option, you can improve your smile and reduce your health risks. To learn more about science-based biological and holistic dentistry, contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tomazin. Call (951) 686-3666 or complete our online contact form to reach us today.

9 Reasons to Get Porcelain Veneers

Posted March 29, 2017 in Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers

Pretty Woman Smiling With Hands On ChinA beautiful smile is marked by straight, white, and symmetrical teeth. Is your smile lacking in any of these areas? Thin sheets of porcelain called porcelain veneers can be permanently cemented to your teeth to correct discoloration, chips, breaks, crookedness, and other cosmetic and functional concerns. Dr. Tomazin can give your smile a makeover by using porcelain veneers as a permanent and easy solution to improve the aesthetics and function of your teeth.

Reason #1: Treatment Is Quick and Easy

Getting porcelain veneers is nothing like those dental treatments that take months or years to produce real results. In just one or two office visits, your veneers can be permanently attached to your teeth for a quick and easy solution with immediate results.

Reason #2: Get Whiter, Natural-looking Teeth

Teeth whitening treatments aren’t for everyone. If you can’t receive whitening treatments or if whitening treatments haven’t produced the results you were hoping for, veneers can give you white teeth here and now. They’re also stain-resistant and blend naturally with the rest of your teeth.

Reason #3: Fix Crooked or Misshapen Teeth

If you have crooked or misshapen teeth, you don’t have to spend months undergoing orthodontic treatments. Veneers can be placed over your teeth to improve their appearance and give you a straighter smile with just two treatments.

Reason #4: Hide Chips, Cracks, or Breaks

Chipped, cracked, and broken teeth can easily be disguised with porcelain veneers. Veneers can even correct problems with chewing or speech impediments caused by broken teeth.

Reason #5: Improve Your Bite

Believe it or not, teeth straightening treatments aren’t the only way to improve your bite. Porcelain veneers can improve your bite as well and help your teeth align properly for improved form, function, and appearance.

Reason #6: Close Gaps

Do you have gaps between your teeth? Veneers can be made slightly wider than your natural tooth to erase the gap so that your teeth are flush together. They can even hide significant gaps caused by missing teeth.

Reason #7: Treatment Is Painless

Getting porcelain veneers is a simple and painless treatment. Unlike other dental treatments that can cause substantial oral pain, veneers are quickly and easily attached to the teeth in a painless process.

Reason #8: They’re Incredibly Durable

Veneers are a long-lasting solution and are incredibly durable. Getting porcelain veneers on your teeth can protect your teeth and your smile for many years.

Reason #9: A Versatile and Multipurpose Solution

Porcelain veneers are the only dental treatment that can fix discoloration, crookedness, and tooth shape all at once. Instead of having to undergo multiple different treatments, you can receive veneers to resolve your concerns with just one or two office appointments.

Dr. Chad Tomazin can use porcelain dental veneers to transform your smile and your appearance. To learn more, request your appointment with Dr. Tomazin by calling (951) 686-3666 or by filling out our online contact form today.

Is Whitening Bad for Your Teeth?

Posted February 21, 2017 in Teeth Whitening

Everyone wants their teeth to be, as it were, “pearly whites.” But is teeth whitening safe? When done properly using the right products, always under the care of your dentist, teeth whitening can be entirely safe and can give you the beautifully white smile you desire.

Man and Woman Happy and SmilingWhy Don’t Teeth Stay Naturally White?

Tooth enamel is naturally white, but certain foods and drinks can discolor it. Common culprits are coffee, tea, soda, wine, sweets, citrus, berries, tomatoes, and certain spices. Minimizing your consumption of these foods and drinks can reduce staining. However, for most of us, it’s not realistic to avoid these substances entirely. Doing so can even deprive you of certain nutrients that are critical to your overall health. Therefore, it is understandable that your teeth may lose some of their whiteness and brightness as you get older.

Factors That Affect the Safety, Efficacy, and Comfort of Teeth Whitening Solutions

FDA Approved With the ADA Seal of Acceptance

To ensure that your teeth whitening solution is safe, only use products that are FDA approved and have the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which is administered for over-the-counter products. “Clinically proven” assures you that the product has been put through rigorous testing and is indeed safe for use. It also determines whether the treatment is effective. If you purchase a product that claims to whiten teeth but a note somewhere on the product says, “This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA,” you have no guarantees and will be using it at your own risk. Luckily, there are plenty of teeth whitening products out there with these safety labels for you to choose from.

Your Dental Health

If your teeth and gums are not in good condition, teeth whitening may NOT be safe for you. For instance, if your teeth have holes or cracks, tooth bleaching products could seep through and damage the tooth root. Similarly, if your teeth have worn enamel or if you have cavities or gum disease, your dentist may discourage you from bleaching your teeth. However, if your teeth are generally healthy, your dentist will more than likely approve teeth whitening as an appropriate treatment for you.

Having Sensitive Teeth or Gums

Some people have naturally sensitive teeth or gums. Teeth and gum sensitivity after using whitening agents is only temporary and usually goes away within 48 hours. Sensitivity may increase and become more uncomfortable with prolonged use of the treatment.

Prolonged Use

The longer you use a teeth whitening solution, the greater your tooth sensitivity may become. There is not enough information available to safely recommend unsupervised long-term use or repeated use of teeth whitening products. If you are interested in a long-term solution or if you need severe teeth whitening, talk to your dentist about solutions that will be appropriate for you.

Reliable Teeth Whitening Solutions

There are two types of teeth whitening solutions: bleaching products, which can remove surface stains and deep stains, and non-bleaching products, which can remove surface stains only. Various treatments and solutions can be purchased at drug stores, given by your dentist for at-home use, or administered by your dentist in the dental office.

  • Take-Home Teeth Whitening: At-home bleaching trays can be custom-fitted to your teeth to give you a whiter smile within just a few weeks. Teeth whitening strips may also be recommended. At-home solutions are often quite affordable and easy to use.
  • In-Office Teeth Whitening: A tooth bleaching gel can be applied during a two-hour treatment session at the dentist’s office. This quick and effective treatment can produce immediate and excellent results.

Talk to Your Dentist First

Regardless of which treatment you have chosen, talk to your dentist before using any teeth whitening solution. Your dentist will assess your dental and oral health to determine if bleaching your teeth is a good form of treatment. It is always best to entrust your teeth whitening to dental experts to ensure safe treatment and the best results. With professional monitoring, you can avoid risking any damage, severe discomfort, or other issues and still achieve a whiter and brighter smile.  

Chad Tomazin, DDS offers in-office and at-home teeth whitening solutions at his dental practice in Riverside, California. To request your appointment with Dr. Tomazin, call (951) 686-3666 or fill out our online contact form today.

Surprising Causes of Chipped Teeth

Posted November 12, 2014 in Bruxism

woman gritting teethWhile chipping a tooth is often a result of a fall, accident, or an intense contact sport like hockey, most find it surprising that chipped teeth can also occur from the seemingly harmless habits and choices of everyday life. Find out what may be causing your chipped teeth from the list below.

Tongue piercings

Many people are not aware that tongue piercings can not only increase the risk of getting an infection in the mouth, but they can also lead to chipped teeth. Biting on tongue jewelry, either habitually or on accident, can lead to cracks, chips, and other damage. According to research published in the Journal of Periodontology, 47 percent of people who wear tongue jewelry for at least four years have experienced chipped teeth.

Stress (bruxism)

Many times those who do not know how their teeth became chipped or cracked consistently grind their teeth in their sleep. This condition is known as bruxism, which is often brought on by stress. Bruxism affects about eight percent of adults and is completely treatable. In a previous post, we discussed a few ways patients can prevent bruxism on their own or lessen the damage that it causes. Dr. Tomazin can help determine what is causing your chipped or cracked teeth and correct any damage with dental bonding or porcelain veneers. They will also make other suggestions for preventing bruxism.

Crooked Teeth

Braces are not only a solution for a beautiful smile; they also can correct pain or damage that is caused by an improper bite. All types of malocclusion (crooked teeth) can cause chips and cracks in the teeth, which is why correction is important for your long-term oral health. Straightening your teeth sooner rather than later can avoid more extensive corrective treatment down the road.

Nail biting

Nail biting may seem harmless, especially if you have thin nails, but over time it can cause the teeth to chip. When most people use their teeth as tools or to bite their nails, they tend to use the same particular teeth to bite and tear, causing accelerated damage to that portion of the tooth.

Chewing ice

Chewing ice, hard candy, or any hard, non-food object can chip the teeth. If you have a habit of chewing on any of these hard objects, it is best to avoid them completely and replace the habit by chewing sugar-free gum.

Chipped teeth can cause problems with speech, sores or discomfort in the mouth, and can worsen over time. If you have a chipped tooth or teeth, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Tomazin for an assessment.  The information they can provide you will help to correct the problem and restore your beautiful smile. Call (951) 686-3666 or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to serving you!

How to Protect Your Teeth From Bruxism

Posted September 26, 2014 in Bruxism

Consistent morning headaches, sore jaw muscles, earaches, and unexplained wear on your teeth can often be attributed to habitually grinding your teeth, or bruxism. Bruxism most often occurs during sleep and is brought on by stress, an abnormal bite, missing teeth, or crooked teeth. An estimated eight percent of adults grind their teeth at night, and over one third of parents report symptoms of bruxism in their children.

1. Visit your dentist.

If you suspect that you habitually clench or grind your teeth, the first thing you should do is visit your dentist. Dr. Tomazin can assess your teeth and any damage that may have been done to diagnose and treat bruxism.

2. Manage stress.

If bruxism is caused by stress, you may be advised to either lessen the amount of stress in your life or to take some time to manage it. Many find that meditation, yoga, or other forms of exercise help with this. You can also place a warm washcloth below your ears to help relax your jaw muscles at night. If you clench your teeth out of habit during the day, you can help your jaw muscles relax by resting your tongue between your teeth.

3. Wear a mouthguard.

Dr. Tomazin may advise you to wear a dental splint or a mouthguard to protect your teeth from bruxism at night. While a store-bought mouthguard can be just as effective, it can shift the teeth over time. Dr. Tomazin will take an impression of your mouth to provide you with a comfortable, custom fit. If you have any chips or significant wear as a result of bruxism, Dr. Tomazin can correct these issues with bonding or porcelain veneers before your customized mouthguard is made.

4. Correct crooked or missing teeth.

If bruxism is caused by missing teeth or misaligned teeth, you should definitely get these problems corrected to prevent further damage. Consistent bruxism can wear the teeth down and cause chipped and loose teeth along with jaw pain and headaches. Dental implants are the best treatment method to replace missing teeth. They last a lifetime, are more comfortable than dentures, and do not require any special maintenance.

If you need a diagnosis or treatment for bruxism or if you would like to learn more about cosmetic dental procedures offered at Dr. Tomazin’s Riverside practice, please schedule an appointment. Call (951) 686-3666 or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to serving you!

Are Bleeding Gums a Cause for Concern?

Posted August 18, 2014 in Dental Hygiene, Oral health

While bleeding gums can be caused by a few different circumstances, they are most often the result of poor oral health. When this is the case, gingivitis, also known as gum disease, has likely already set in.

Gingivitis is one of the most common diseases in the nation. At any given time, more than half of men and women over the age of 30 have it, according to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). If left untreated, gum disease can progress to a more serious infection called periodontitis that can lead to tooth loss and even serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Studies have shown that when these health issues were already present in the body, periodontitis made them worse.

Although gingivitis has the potential to wreak havoc on your health, it is entirely preventable and treatable. Here are a couple of tips for preventing gum disease and the symptoms that come with it.

How to Prevent Bleeding Gums

1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Gum disease is caused by infection, which is a result of excess plaque and bacteria in the mouth. The best way to prevent excess plaque and bacteria is to practice regular oral hygiene by brushing your teeth at least two times a day and flossing daily. If you are particularly susceptible to infection, your dentist may recommend brushing your teeth more often.

2. Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Sometimes the signs of gingivitis are difficult to notice, which is why it is very important to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and assessment of your oral health. By checking the depth of the pockets between your gums and teeth, your dentist can determine how healthy your gums are and make suggestions for improvement.

How Gum Disease Is Treated

Gum disease can be treated during a professional dental cleaning. As plaque and tartar are removed from above and below the gum line, the source of the infection is removed, and the gums are then able to heal. If deeper cleaning is needed, your dentist can perform laser plaque and tartar removal or scaling and root planing, which involves a local anesthetic to scrape away plaque and tartar buildup. If gum disease has reached and damaged the bone, surgical techniques can be used to restore it.

Dr. Chad Tomazin is a highly qualified dental practitioner dedicated to providing ultimate patient comfort and satisfaction. If you are interested in general or cosmetic dental services in the Riverside, CA area, please schedule your appointment today by calling (951) 686-3666. Or, for your convenience, you may fill out our online contact form.

Dentistry for Special Needs Patients

Posted March 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Throughout his experience, Dr. Tomazin has witnessed the need for dentistry for special needs patients. Although patients with a developmental disability or other special need make up about 20 percent of the American population, many private dental clinics must turn them away because they simply do not have the qualifications (or patience) to help them.

Special needs patients, both young and old, often require extra time and advanced training from their dental care provider. Those who have a mental disability (especially children) may become anxious as a result of the unfamiliar sights and sounds of the dental office, and their dentist must feel comfortable practicing sedation dentistry or other special techniques that put the patient at ease.

Other patients may have an impairment that tests their ability to practice regular oral hygiene. Such patients may have suffered from a stroke, multiple sclerosis, paralysis, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, autism, genetic disorders, or arthritis, and they may require extra dental visits to better monitor potential problems.

Dr. Tomazin has served many special needs patients and offers “sleep” dentistry as well as sedation with anesthesia, which is monitored by a dental anesthesiologist for the duration of the procedure. All concerns and preferences regarding anesthesia or treatment can be discussed beforehand.

Dr. Tomazin strives to provide a private, comfortable experience for all patients who come to his practice. He provides a full range of services for special needs patients, including fillings, extractions, implants, dentures, root canal, and many more. The goal with every treatment is to customize it to meet the patient’s unique needs.

Dr. Tomazin is not a Dental Cal provider but serves cash-paying patrons who seek an especially supportive and comfortable atmosphere for their disabled loved one.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (951) 686-3666. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

Show Off Your Red Carpet Smile!

Posted February 21, 2014 in Dental Hygiene, Electric toothbrushes, Teeth Whitening

Red carpet event at night with lights flashing indicating paparazzi taking photographsWith the 86th Academy Awards about a week away, you can be sure that many of the world’s most prestigious movie stars are doing everything they can to get ready for the big night. Before you watch in anticipation of who wins the prized Oscar® awards on Sunday, March 2nd, perhaps you’ll tune in to see what your favorite celebrities look like when they hit the red carpet. While you may not be able to get legs like Angelina Jolie or cheekbones like Jennifer Aniston, a red carpet smile is easily obtainable.

In this day and age, people have discovered a variety of ways to whiten their teeth. Even though there is no substitute for professional teeth whitening in a cosmetic setting, below are some simple tips that can help you attain a noticeably whiter smile.

Avoid Certain Drinks

Red prohibition sign with cup and saucerYou may already know that liquids like coffee, soda, and red wine stain teeth, not to mention erode the enamel. However, if you’ve recently applied a whitening product, you may be even more susceptible to staining since peroxide opens the pores inside the teeth. If it’s impossible for you to avoid consuming these drinks altogether, then just make sure you decrease your consumption when using whitening products, and drink from a straw when possible.

Wear Blue-Based Lipsticks

Woman applying red lipstick to her lips with a makeup brush

Although you may be fond of lighter colored lipsticks, applying blue-based hues to your lips actually counteracts yellow tinting that exists on your teeth. For the best results, wear red and dark pink lipsticks. To enhance your lips and make your teeth appear even whiter, add a darker toned lip liner.

Focus on Your Gums

Dental hygiene products: mouthwash, dental floss, and toothbrush with toothpasteThe color of your gums not only affects the brightness of your teeth, but also indicates how healthy your mouth is. Red or bleeding gums are the precursors of gingivitis, which can eventually lead to periodontal disease. Regular flossing your teeth once a day and using mouthwash each time after brushing can help keep your gums healthy and pink in appearance.

Use an Electric Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare LogoElectric toothbrushes are much more effective at removing plaque and maintaining your results between dental visits than traditional manual toothbrushes. Our office carries Sonicare electric toothbrushes, which is Dr. Tomazin’s personal favorite.

Use an At-Home Whitening Products

Whitening strips are a popular choice among people of all ages, but there are other products that effectively produce results. Overnight serums containing a special blend of peroxide and fluoride not only whiten teeth, but strengthen the enamel as well. Whitening pens also provide an excellent substitute for chewing gum after meals. Our office can provide you with custom-fitted bleaching trays that will fit your teeth comfortably, allowing you to get amazing results while wearing them only two hours a day for three days to three weeks.

Schedule an In-Office Treatment

Woman's teeth before and after whiteningIf you desire a red carpet smile with long-lasting whitening results, our “Zoom!™” teeth whitening treatment can give you just that. Although this procedure is more expensive than at-home treatments, only a single one-hour treatment will painlessly provide you with excellent teeth whitening results!

Feel free to contact our Riverside practice for all of your cosmetic dentistry needs. Call (951) 686-3666 or conveniently fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Anthony Tomazin takes the time to provide every patient with the most personable treatments to give them the best results possible.

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