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12/1/2017 8:00:47 AM

It’s the happiest time of the year and that means lots of parties, food, drink and great fun, but if all of the merriment has made you forget about that little toothache that has been bothering you since the end of summer, it’s time to call or click and schedule an appointment for a full dental checkup with Dr. John Asano.

Your Glendale Dentist can determine the root cause of the toothache, whether it is a cracked or broken tooth or a cavity.

When you ignore a toothache, it could lead to all kinds of other issues. You could end up with an infection or an abscess that could have serious complications.

A dangerous abscess can form if a bacterium has entered a tooth. Once the bacteria hit the pulp inside your tooth pus will start to form. If you have an abscess, it is imperative that you see your Glendale Dentist immediately as an untreated abscess could land you in the ER.

According to Dr. John Asano, you should go to a dentist in Glendale as soon as possible to avoid the inevitable, which is an infection, or a serious abscess.

If the tooth is in trouble, your dentist in Glendale will recommend a root canal, and although root canal therapy has a bad reputation, it could save your tooth. Root canal therapy is used if the roots in your teeth have died. The pulp inside your tooth contains blood vessels, nerves, and tissues. If the pulp is dead or dying, Dr.Asano will remove it before cleaning and sealing. Root Canal Therapy is no more uncomfortable than a dental filling and is much more comfortable than a constant toothache.

Stop ignoring that painful tooth and call or click for an appointment. Your dentist in Glendale can take care of the pain getting you ready for the holidays.

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11/1/2017 8:00:08 AM

If you have been thinking about professional teeth whitening, you may want to call or click and make an appointment with Dr. John Asano.

Dr. Asano uses a take home professional teeth whitening system that can lighten your teeth while you sleep, and best of all, you will see results in as little as two weeks.

Your Glendale dentist doesn’t recommend those over the counter toothpastes, mouth rinses, gels, or strips. People tend to overdue tooth whitening, which can cause damage if done too often or if left on too long. Over bleaching can cause weak enamel, sensitivity, and even bluish colored teeth. With professional tooth whitening, you can be assured that your teeth will be whitened in the safest possible way.

The porous enamel on your teeth holds on to stains that include:

• Tobacco
• Coffee
• Cola
• Tea
• Red Wine
• Certain sauces
• Aging
• Poor oral hygiene

An extrinsic stain, staining on the outside, is much easier to treat with professional tooth whitening.

Staining can also occur inside your teeth. Called intrinsic stains, these are difficult if not impossible to whiten with tooth whitening products. Tetracycline antibiotics, root canal treatments, and excessive fluoride use as a child can cause intrinsic stains.

During your teeth whitening evaluation, Dr. Asano and his team will make sure that you are free from gum disease and cavities. The tooth whitening solution that is used can easily go through the decay into the pulp making a root canal necessary if you bleach your teeth when you have tooth decay. If you have receding gums, the roots will still appear discolored or yellow as no amount of tooth whitening products will make them any whiter.

Teeth whitening will also not work on porcelain, ceramic or resin restorations, so if you have dental veneers, dental implants, dental bonding or tooth colored fillings, it is important to take extra care as tooth whitening will not lighten teeth that have been previously restored.

Before you buy that tooth whitening kit from your local pharmacy, call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Glendale as it is important to have the all clear before you start any type of tooth whitening regime.

Call or click and schedule a tooth whitening consultation with your Glendale dentist today.




10/1/2017 8:00:15 AM

You may think you take good care of your teeth by practicing good oral hygiene and scheduling regular appointments with your Glendale Dentist, but if you practice the following habits, you may need an emergency dental visit.

Ice

It may be sugar free, but chewing on frozen ice cubes can crack, chip, and even break your teeth. Chomping on ice can also injure the pulp inside of the tooth. If this happens, you may be subjected to regular, toothaches. Skip the ice and chew a piece of sugarless gum instead.

No Mouth Protection

According to Dr. John Asano, playing any type of sport, including non-contact sports such as tennis or surfing without a custom-made mouthguard can cause serious injury. Without a mouth protection, you could chip, crack, or even have a tooth knocked out.

Oral Piercing

It may be trendy and cool to get your lip or tongue pierced, but biting down on a metal stud or hoop in your mouth can break and crack a tooth. Piercings also cause sores and infections, and can cause gum damage and even tooth loss. Before you get your tongue or lip pierced, talk to your Glendale Dentist first.

Teeth Grinding

Bruxism, or teeth grinding wears down teeth and is often caused by sleeping habits and stress. Teeth grinding can also be caused by TMD. Often hard to control, Dr. Asano recommends a custom-made mouthguard to wear while sleeping as it can help prevent further damage.

Stop Snacking

Keep the Snacking to a Minimum. Constant snacking will produce less saliva than breakfast, lunch, or dinner as it leaves food particles in your teeth longer. Try to avoid snacking too often and eat snacks, such as carrots and celery that are low in starch and sugar.

Binge Eating

Binging and purging, known as bulimia nervosa can damage your dental health, as the acids in vomit will erode teeth making them weak and brittle. Those same acids will also cause halitosis or bad breath. Bulimia can also lead to other serious problems. See your physician if you are binging and purging.

If you would like more information regarding healthy habits for teeth and gums, call or click and schedule an appointment with your Glendale Dentist, Dr. John Asano today.




9/1/2017 8:00:25 AM

School is in session and that means healthy teeth and gums. You may not be able to watch what your kids eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but you can make sure that they have healthy snacks and meals at home, and make sure they see a dentist regularly.

According to Dr. John Asano, there are some other things you can do to make sure your kids start school with an A+ on their report card for healthy teeth and gums.

Schedule Regular Dental Appointments

By scheduling regular dental checkups for the entire family, you are paving the way to a life full of healthy teeth and gums. Early tooth decay and gum disease detection is essential for the overall development of your kid’s teeth and gums.

Snack Time

Keep sugary snacks out of the house and opt for lots of veggies. Fruit is okay, but the citrus in oranges, grapefruit, Kiwi, and other acidic fruits can cause enamel erosion. If citrus is enjoyed, make sure your kids drink plenty of water.

Dried fruits may be delicious, but they can wreck havoc on the teeth. Dr. Asano explains that those sticky sweet figs, apricots and dates will stay in the fissures and grooves at the back of your teeth causing bacteria to eat away at the enamel

Avoid potato chips and other starchy foods as they can become stuck between the teeth.

Healthier Lunches and after Practice Beverages

Make mouth healthy lunches and keep the sodas to minimum. Pack celery, nature’s dental floss, carrots, and other tooth friendly foods that will keep your kids satisfied and less lethargic after lunch. Sometimes a heavy carbo laden meal from the school cafeteria can make kids tired.

After soccer and other sporting activities bring lots of water and skip the sports and energy drinks, which are loaded with sugar and carbonated water.

This fall start taking stock of your family’s dental health and schedule a dental appointment for each member of your family. Not only will they appreciate it when they are your age, but so will you.

Call or click and schedule your dental appointments today.




8/1/2017 8:00:37 AM

If you wake up in the morning with a stiff jaw, experience headaches, hear a popping sound when you open and close your mouth or have a bite problem, it could have something to do with your TMJ. Your, TMJ, short for temporomandibular joint, are the hinges that allow you to open and close your mouth.

Potential Causes

The Mayo Clinic explains that if you suffer from stress, grind your teeth at night, or have experienced any type of trauma to your jaw, you could be at risk for TMD. Although some refer to the disorder as TMJ, that is actually the name of the joint.

According to Dr. John Asano, TMJ can cause pain and discomfort. Some of the signs that you may be experiencing if you have TMD include:

• Tenderness or pain in the jaw
• Pain in one or more of your TMJ
• Pain in or around the ear
• Pain or difficulty when chewing
• Facial pain
• Lockjaw
• Problems opening and closing your mouth
• Clicking sound when you chew, talk or open and close your mouth
• Limitation when chewing or talking
• Troubles sleeping
• Earaches
• Headaches
• Neck and shoulder pain
• Bad bite

If you are under stress or clench your teeth at night, you are at risk for TMD. Your Glendale Dentist Dr. John Asano will be able to determine if a bad bite, chipped tooth, or missing tooth is causing your temporomandibular joint disorder. Even the slightest dental problem could cause problems with your temporomandibular joints.

If Dr. Asano determines that your teeth and gums are to blame for your TMD he may recommend dental restorations. If you have gum disease, jawbone recession could be causing your TMD. If your bite is out of alignment, Dr. Asano can help.

Dr. Asano is a licensed and preferred Oral Appliance provider and can prescribe the best oral appliance for your TMD.

If you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, call or click and schedule an appointment with your Glendale Dentist. Dr. Asano can evaluate your bite to determine if you are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder.

You don’t have to live in pain, call or click for a temporomandibular joint disorder evaluation today.




7/1/2017 8:00:15 AM

Root canal therapy isn’t something you relish the thought of, but unfortunately, the longer you leave that toothache, the more likely you are to have an abscessed tooth. If your cavity has gotten to the point of no return root canal therapy or worse yet, an extraction may be the only solution.

Root canal therapy is needed if the soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels inside the roots of your teeth becomes infected. Called pulp, it can become diseased and even die.

Root Canal Therapy May Be Necessary if you:

• Have a deep cavity
• Repeated procedures on the same tooth
• Broken or cracked tooth
• Tooth injury
• Tooth trauma

Signs that you May Need Root Canal Therapy Include:

• Tooth pain when chewing or applying pressure
• Sensitivity to hot and cold
• Discoloration
• Tenderness
• Swelling
• Nearby gum tenderness
• Recurring or persistent pimple on your gums

However, it is important to note that you may not have any symptoms at all, which is why regular dental checkups are imperative if you want to avoid root canal therapy.

The Procedure

After your dentist or endodontist, has numbed the tooth with an anesthetic a dental dam or rubber sheet will be placed over the tooth to keep it dry. Once dried, small holes will be drilled into the tooth. The inside of the chambers will be cleaned and sealed before a temporary or permanent dental crown is placed over the top to protect the tooth.

Depending on the severity of the infection, your dentist may prefer to medicate the inside of your tooth before sealing. If this is the case, your dentist will schedule a dental appointment to replace the temporary filling, fill the tooth and reinforce the tooth with a dental crown, which may require a third dental appointment.

The best way to prevent root canal therapy is with regular dental checkups. Call or click and make yours today.




6/1/2017 8:00:06 AM

Porcelain Veneers could be the answer if you are unhappy with your pearly whites. Tooth whitening is great if you just want a brighter smile, but tooth whitening doesn’t work for everyone. People with dental restorations or intrinsic staining may not get the results that they are looking for and that is where porcelain veneers come in.

Your Glendale dentist Dr. John Asano can determine if you and porcelain veneers are a good fit.

Cosmetic veneers can address a variety of problems including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Teeth that are misshapen
  • Chipped teeth
  • Teeth that are worn
  • Teeth that are too large or too small
  • Uneven or unwanted spaces

What are veneers?

Porcelain veneers are tooth shaped thin pieces of porcelain that are custom made to fit the front of your teeth.

The veneer process

If Dr. Asano and his team determine you are a good fit for porcelain veneers, a small portion of the enamel will be removed to make way for the veneer. A mold or impression will be taken before being sent to a dental lab for manufacture. You may or may not be required to wear temporary veneers.

Once your veneers are ready, they will be checked for color and fit before being cleansed for a durable bond. Bonding cement is placed between your tooth and the veneer. Once Dr. Asano is satisfied, a light or laser will be used to set your new smile.

Porcelain veneers are permanent, but will not last forever. It is important to be diligent with your oral hygiene habits to prevent any damage to your beautiful new smile.

If you would like more information regarding porcelain veneers or any other cosmetic dental procedure, call or click and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with your Glendale Dentist Dr. John Asano.

Your new smile is waiting. Call or click for your porcelain veneers appointment with your Glendale Dentist today.




5/1/2017 8:00:41 AM

Unhealthy foods for your teeth and gums are more than hard candy, salt water taffy and starchy foods.

Your oral health and your diet really are connected, and if you think you eat a healthy diet because you enjoy snacking on citrus fruit all afternoon, think again. According to Dr. John Asano, the food and drinks you consume, even though you think they are healthy, could cause tooth decay and gum disease. Unhealthy foods for your teeth and gums can sometimes be deceptive.

Those sports and energy drinks, that dried fruit and those low fat pretzels may be making your scale happy, but your mouth would beg to differ. Dr. Asano explains that those fat busting snacks and drinks are just as bad for your teeth as that white bread you used to enjoy.

Sticky Foods

You may have given those gummy bears the flick, but the sticky dates, apricots, papaya and figs that you have swapped them for are just as bad when it comes to your teeth. The sugary snacks can stay behind long after you have enjoyed. If you must eat, sticky dried fruit rinse with water.

Whole Grains

Processed white flour, rice and other processed foods may be long gone from your diet, but those healthy grains can be just as bad. Whole wheat bread is just as bad as it sticks to the fissures and grooves at the back of your teeth. Enjoy as part of a meal and be sure to rinse with water after eating if you want to avoid unhealthy foods for your teeth and gums.

Energy and Sports Drinks

Watch out for those acidic sports and energy drinks. Quench your thirst after a workout with water as energy and sports drinks contain sugar and enamel eating acid. Skipping the Red Bull in favor of a glass of unsweetened ice tea will be much better for your oral health.

Citrus Fruits

Tomatoes, yes they are a fruit, lemons, limes, Kiwi, oranges and grapefruit may be your favorite snack, but citrus fruits can eat away at the enamel on your teeth. Never suck on a lemon and if you must indulge, enjoy with your meal.

When it comes to unhealthy foods for your teeth and gums, do your research and talk to your dentist. A dental checkup will go a long way when it comes to oral hygiene.

Call or click and schedule an appointment with your Glendale dentist Dr. John Asano today.




4/1/2017 8:00:23 AM

A custom-made mouthguard is essential, especially if you want to avoid an unnecessary trip to the ER this spring.

April means more time outside and more time on the field with kids and adults playing baseball, water polo, golf, tennis, and racquetball. If you and your family enjoy mountain biking, soccer or volleyball, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist for a custom made mouth guard.

Your dentist will tell you that the majority of mouth injuries could have been avoided had the player worn a custom fitted mouth protector. Wearing a custom fitted mouthguard can prevent injuries to your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks. However, it is important to remember that not all mouthguards will give you and your family the protection you need when playing sports.

According to the American Dental Association, there are three types of mouthguards. Stock or standard, Boil and Bite and Custom Made mouth protectors.

Stock-These one-size fits all mouthguards are available at your local pharmacy or sports store, and although they are inexpensive, are bulky, cumbersome, and uncomfortable. Standard mouth protectors also make it difficult to talk and breathe.

Boil and Bite-Also available at drugstores and sports outlets, Boil and Bite mouthguards are a bit better than stock as they are heated before being put in your mouth for a custom fit. However, these types of mouth protectors can also be uncomfortable and bulky as the fit isn’t exactly custom.

Custom MadeMade to fit by your dentist, a custom-made mouthguard is the best protection for your teeth and gums. A mold will be taken of your teeth and gums to create a custom-made mouth protector that will be comfortable and easy to wear, and unlike the other types of mouth protectors, a custom-made mouthguard is less likely to end up unused in a locker or gym bag.

Custom made mouthguards should be used for all types of contact and non-contact sports including soccer, baseball, racquetball, surfing, and gymnastics. If you or a family member enjoys football, lacrosse, martial arts, motorcycle, or quad riding, a custom-made mouth protector is highly recommended.

If you want to keep your family safe this spring, call or click and schedule an appointment for a custom made mouthguard with your dentist today.




3/1/2017 8:00:19 AM

Gum disease is serious. Bleeding puffy gums are a sign that you may be suffering from gingivitis, or periodontal disease, which is irreversible.

When you practice good oral hygiene, brushing twice and flossing each day along with regular dental checkups and a healthy diet, you can avoid gum disease. Thankfully, gingivitis can be reversed if you take good care of your teeth and gums. You may want to schedule a professional dental cleaning in Glendale as well. Dr. John Asano will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums before advising any treatment such as root planing and scaling.

Gingivitis

Caused by bacterial infections, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease if left untreated. When your teeth and gums begin to separate forming a pocket, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your Glendale Dentist. Those pockets will fill up with food particles, debris, and plaque. Eventually, tartar, impossible to remove at home, will be the result of untreated gingivitis.

What Causes Gingivitis

Known as the sulcus, that little space that forms at the lower part of your teeth is an invitation for food, bacteria, and plaque.

Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth, even when you sleep. That thin sticky layer of bacteria will harden if not removed. The tartar that is left behind will result in an infection when the plaque starts to grow underneath your gum line.

Tooth Separation Leading to Periodontal Disease

If your gums have started to separate from your teeth, you will damage the bone and the soft tissue that supports your teeth. Your teeth will eventually become unstable and loose leading to tooth loss. Tooth loss from periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.

Puffy, red, and bleeding gums are a sure sign that your mouth isn’t healthy. Avoiding the dentist for whatever reason could lead to serious problems including tooth loss.

Don’t wait until it is too late. Call or click and schedule a dental appointment with Dr. John Asano.

Gum disease is serious. Call or click and talk to your Glendale Dentist today.




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