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4/1/2018 8:00:27 AM

TMD often referred to as TMJ, which is actually the name of the joint, is a disorder that affects millions of people all over the planet. According to Dr. John Asano, TMD is a disorder that can cause your jaw to pop and click. temporomandibular joint discorder can also make it uncomfortable to open your mouth or talk and chew.

Your temporomandibular joints allow you to chew, speak, and move your mouth. TMD causes discomfort and sometimes-severe pain, which can last for years, or a few months and can affect both or just one side of your face. It affects more women than men and is usually more common between 20 and 40.

Common Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder include:

• Problems opening mouth
• Pain in jaw, mouth, neck, or shoulders
• Ear pain when you open your mouth, chew, or speak
• Lockjaw
• Popping, clicking, or grating when you open and close your mouth
• Tired face
• Trouble chewing
• Uncomfortable bite
• Facial Swelling
• Toothaches
• Dizziness
• Earaches
• Shoulder pain
• Toothaches

What Causes TMD?

Although researchers aren’t quite sure what causes the disorder, Dr. Asano believes that it could have something to do with the joint or jaw muscles.

If you have had and injury to your neck or head, your TMJ or your jaw, have experienced a heavy blow to the head or whiplash, TMD could be an issue.

Other causes of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder could include:

• Teeth grinding
• Movement of the disc or soft cushion between the joint and ball socket and the disc
• Arthritis
• Stress

Dr. Asano can help TMD with oral appliance therapy that will help your TMJ. With oral appliance therapy, you can relax and be pain free with TMD oral appliance therapy that really works.

If you would like more information regarding oral appliance therapy for TMD, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Asano who can design a custom-made oral appliance to make you more comfortable.

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3/1/2018 8:00:15 AM

With National Mouth Protection Month just a few weeks away, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your Glendale dentist for a custom made mouthguard.

April is National Mouth Protection Month and with active families participating in spring and summer sports, a custom-made mouthguard is a must when it comes to the uniform. Whether you and your family ride mountain bikes together or you like to play racquetball every Saturday, a custom-made mouth protector should always be included in your gym bag.

According to Dr. John Asano, hundreds and thousands of amateur and professional athletes succumb to mouth injuries every year. What’s most unfortunate is that most of those mouth injuries could have been prevented had the athlete worn a custom made mouth protector.

You may think you are safe with a conventional or boil and bite mouth protector, but ask yourself how often you actually wear it. If you are like most athletes, yours will stay in your locker. Standard and boil and bite mouthguards are uncomfortable. With these types of mouth protectors, which are available from your local pharmacy or sports store, it’s difficult to talk and speak. In a team situation, some players avoid the constant in and out of the mouthguard during the huddle, and leave it in their gym bag.

Dr. John Asano can fit you and your family with a custom made mouthguard that you and your children will actually wear. With a custom fitted mouth protector, you can be assured that you and the family will spend more time on the playing field, and less time in the ER.

Regardless of the activity, a custom-made mouthguard is essential. Call or click and schedule a consultation for a custom-made mouth protector from your dentist in Glendale today. It really can save you time and money.

2/1/2018 4:00:50 PM

A smile makeover could be the answer if you are puzzled about what to get your Valentine.

Your Glendale Dentist Dr. John Asano could be the answer if you want to surprise your Valentine with something that will last much longer than a dozen roses or a box of chocolates. A cosmetic dental consultation with Dr. Asano will give your partner, mother, daughter, BFF, or just someone you care about something to smile about for years to come.

When you schedule an appointment for dental restoration or cosmetic dentistry treatment in Glendale, you can be assured that you will be getting the best advice possible whether you want to give your Valentine a professional tooth whitening gift certificate, or would like to grant his or her wish with porcelain veneers. You really can surprise your Valentine with a dental implants consultation. You won’t believe how grateful he or she will be when that missing tooth can finally be replaced.

A smile makeover is good for the body and good for the soul. When your Valentine can smile again their self-esteem level will be off the charts. Even something as simple as professional tooth whitening can lift the spirits and brighten the smile and will be appreciated for months or even years to come.

Professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental crowns, clear braces or cosmetic dental bonding are just some of the cosmetic dental procedures offered by Dr. Asano. Your Glendale dentist has the skills and the experience to give your Valentine something to smile about.

Don’t disappoint on the most romantic day of the year and give your Valentine a cosmetic dental consultation in Glendale. After all, don’t you want to give the gift that keeps on giving? Call or click for a no obligation smile makeover consultation for your Valentine today. Neither one of you will be disappointed.

The big day is just around the corner. Call or click now.

1/1/2018 8:00:32 AM

Porcelain veneers may be what you need if you promised yourself a new you in 2018. Porcelain veneers can correct short teeth or teeth that are too long and can close that gap that you can’t stand. If you have chips or cracks, teeth that can’t be lightened with professional tooth whitening products, or teeth that are worn from tooth grinding, talk to your Glendale Dentists Dr. John Asano about porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers are Permanent

Unlike cosmetic dental bonding, which can be reversed, porcelain veneers are permanent. If you and Dr. Asano decide that porcelain veneers are the best solution for your dental issues, a portion of the enamel on your teeth needs to be removed for a natural fit. Unless you opt for ultra thin porcelain veneers, some of the enamel needs to be removed so that the veneer will lay and fit properly on the tooth. If this bothers you, talk to Dr. Asano about cosmetic dental bonding. Although bonding is not as strong or stain resistant as veneers, it can still give you a beautiful smile.

Porcelain Veneers are Good for Dental Health

If you have teeth that are crooked, crowded or teeth that are unevenly spaced you are in the high-risk category for tooth decay and gum disease. If you are unable to reach behind a tooth or floss around a crooked tooth, you are much more susceptible to gingivitis and dental caries.

Porcelain veneers will give you a straight and beautiful smile that is easy to brush. Just like your teeth, you will teeth to brush twice every day. Make sure to floss once each day and use an antibacterial mouth rinse to keep away gingivitis and cavities. Ask Dr. Asano to recommend a good mouthwash that can help kill bacteria.

If you would like a straighter smile for the New Year, call or click and schedule a no obligation porcelain veneers consultation with your Glendale Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. John Asano. He really will give you a reason to smile again.

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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.


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.

Glendale, California Dentist, Dr. John Asano is dedicated to cosmetic dentistry such as Exams, Teeth Whitening, Veneers, Makeovers and more.

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