You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers. At Encino Dental Care, we welcome questions from our patients. We’ve found that patients who are interested and informed have better outcomes, so we encourage you to ask us about the services we provide, our practice, and any other dentistry questions you might have.

To help you, we’ve compiled a collection of questions we are often asked. If your question isn’t answered here or if you’d like more information, you are always welcome to call our office at 818-990-6659 or send us an email using our convenient online form.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common condition in the United States. It can occur when the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly during sleep, reducing or completely stopping airflow. This is known as obstructive sleep apnea. If the brain does not send the signals needed to breathe, the condition may be called central sleep apnea.

How can a dentist treat sleep apnea?

Some sleep apnea patients may benefit from an oral dental appliance.

Should I worry about snoring?

Snoring disturbs the sleeping patterns of the snorer, making restful sleep difficult. Snoring can be an indicator of Sleep Apnea and can be a serious medical problem.

Can adults get braces?

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How often should I get professional cleanings?

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Will gum disease shorten my life?

Your gum and periodontal health is crucial to you overall health. Your gums and the bone around the teeth and the connective tissues are connected by direct pathways to other areas of your body. The blood that supplies your gums circulates around your whole body. This means if you have gum disease your blood is carrying mouth bacteria, infection and inflammation everywhere else in your body.

I’m pregnant. Does that make a difference in my dental care?

Routine dental care can be done any time during pregnancy. Any urgent procedure can be done, as well. All elective dental procedures, however, should be postponed until after the delivery. Before you have your dental appointment, check with your obstetrician to see if she has any special precautions/instructions for you.

What is bad breath a sign of?

Most bad breath starts in your mouth, and there are many possible causes including food, tobacco products, poor dental hygiene, dry mouth, medications, infections in your mouth, and other nose and throat conditions.

How can I get rid of bad breath?

There’s a good chance that you’ve suffered from bad breath. In fact, one in every two adults suffers from bad breath at some point in their lives. Fortunately, bad breath is curable, although it’s important first to identify the primary cause.

The first step you in curing your bad breath is to make sure you are doing the basics to keep your mouth clean. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss daily. You can also use tools like a tongue scraper to remove excess bacteria from your mouth. 

After meals, you can rinse with warm water to remove food particles that may be trapped. Also consider chewing sugar-free gum, which will not only provide a boost of freshness but can help increase saliva production.

I really don’t like the yellow color of my teeth. What are my options?

Have you been seeing a noticeable difference in your smile lately? Perhaps your teeth are not as white and vibrant as you are used to or they lack their shine and luster. Well, several benefits go along with tooth whitening if you are looking to restore your dazzling smile.

Even though tooth whitening is often considered a part of cosmetic dentistry, it is still something that is growing increasingly popular and will do wonders boosting your self-confidence.

Various tray systems, whitening toothpaste, and other products are available over-the-counter to help consumers achieve lighter tooth shades. However, many of them use abrasives which can harm enamel and overall tooth health. Meanwhile, some of the items leave an unpleasant aftertaste in your mouth and require you to use the substance over and over again with minimal results. Rather than waste your time and money, contact our office to get your teeth whitened professionally and feel more self-confident about your appearance in as little as an hour.

My jaw hurts all the time, and it makes a clicking noise when I open and shut my mouth. Can you help me?

Have you ever heard of TMJ? TMJ is the standard abbreviation of a condition called Temporomandibular Joint disorder. This joint is what connects your lower jaw to your skull and when you open your mouth to talk, eat, or looked shocked, you can thank your temporomandibular joint.

If you think that you could have TMJ, schedule an appointment 818-990-6659.

Do you offer digital dental x-rays? Are they safer?

Yes, we offer digital dental x-rays. Digital x-rays are safer because they use less radiation than conventional x-rays.