July 2, 2015
Lack of saliva can lead to many problems since saliva plays an important role in keeping the tissues of the mouth lubricated and protected. Also, not to be overlooked is the role of saliva in the first stage of digestion. In this week's radio program, Dr. Dino Bonyadi talks about the symptoms, causes, and treatment for dry mouth also referred to as Xerostomia.
The June 18th broadcast on 1440 KUHL AM radio. Dr. Dino talks about the causes of bad breath, also known as halitosis, and how to prevent it. Also discussed are the pros and cons of toothbrushes and toothpaste, some basic topics that we often give little thought to. Knowing how to take care of your teeth, gums and mouth is the key to enjoying a healthy smile for as long as possible. Thus adding to your quality of life both now and in the future.
This morning's radio show with Ben Heighes on AM 1440 covers the topic of oral health for people with compromised health such as those fighting cancer and seniors. He discusses how maintaining a healthy mouth affects your immune system. The concern for seniors is to take care of dental problems before overall health issues make dental treatment more difficult. Maintaining dental health improves quality of life for us in our golden years.
Dr. Dino Bonyadi talks with Ben Heighes on AM 1440 on Thursday May 28th 2015. The topic for this show was root canal treatment...what it is, why it's done and how to prevent needing one.
Santa Maria dentist Dr. Dino Bonyadi, DDS talks about the pros and cons of tooth colored fillings versus metal fillings with radio host Ben Heighes on 1440 am KUHL.
Hi and welcome to my dental blog. These first posts will be aimed at busting some dental myths that are still out there. As my patients know, I am all about patient education. I am also open to suggestions if there is a topic you are interested in.
Dental Myth #1...."if I am not having any dental pain or discomfort, then everything is fine and I don't have any dental problems."
Lack of tooth or jaw pain is not an indication of good dental health. You can have a raging infection, cracked tooth, or cavity and have no pain whatsoever. On the other hand, if you are experiencing pain you most likely have a serious dental condition that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Once you get to a point of having pain, the cost and chance of complications are usually higher. That is why I practice and encourage preventive dentistry...the method of finding and treating dental problems BEFORE they cause pain. Treating dental problems as soon as they can be detected is more comfortable, more convenient, and less costly.
So if you have not had a regular dental checkup in some time because you think "everything is just fine" you may be surprised one day when biting into something and part of a tooth breaks. More often than not I get emergency calls on the weekend when someone is out of town on vacation and they have a bad toothache and/or swollen face. So, the moral of the story...don't ruin your vacation with a dental emergency that can be prevented. Get regular dental exams and take care of your teeth so they can take care of you! Hey your teeth are hard working and deserve your attention. So give us a call and we will be happy to give you and your teeth the attention they deserve.
Until next time...
Dr. Dino Bonyadi, DDS is a 1992 graduate of U.S.C. Dental School. Currently practicing family and cosmetic dentistry in Santa Maria, CA.