Sensitive Teeth

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Sensitive Teeth People who suffer from sensitive teeth feel pain when they drink or eat cold and hot foods, an even breathing in puffs of air can cause pain and discomfort. Causes for sensitive teeth can include an abscessed tooth or an unnoticed cavity. 

Fluorosis

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Fluorosis Fluorosis is a medical condition where your body is exposed to high levels of fluoride.  In regular doses of fluoride (such as the regulated amounts in ADA-approved toothpaste and fluoride found in the drinking water system), fluoride is a safe and healthy for

Dry Mouth

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Dry Mouth One of the natural defenses of your body is saliva.  Saliva is our body’s natural defense against plaque because it rinses out the bacteria in our mouth, which causes cavities as well as other harmful particles.  The medical term for dry mouth

Abscessed Tooth

  By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Abscessed Tooth When your tooth becomes infected, it is clinically known as an abscessed tooth.  The main reason for an abscessed tooth is tooth decay.  An abscessed tooth can lead to serious damage including rotting of the pulp, and core of the tooth. 

Gingivitis/Gum Disease

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Gingivitis/Gum Disease Periodontal disease refers to the breakdown and infection of the tooth’s structure, including the surrounding bone and gums.  Your child’s natural response to the bacterial infection also influences the periodontal disease.  Prevention is the key because periodontal disease can later cause gum

Cavities and Tooth Decay

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Cavities and Tooth Decay The term “caries” is the more commonly know disease called tooth decay.  The disease caries is the result of the destruction of the enamel, dentin, or cementum of the tooth due to the long-term exposure to noxious bacteria. Many diseases

Diabetes

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Diabetes People who live with diabetes are susceptible to a multitude of systemic problems throughout their body.  Like the rest of the body, for people with diabetes, the mouth and teeth are vulnerable to problems and complications.  Sometimes these problems go undiagnosed. Some common

Tobacco

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Tobacco There are many questions about oral health that relate to smoking and tobacco.  Are products of smokeless tobacco safe?  Are cigars really a safe alternative to cigarettes?  The ADA (American Dental Association) has posted several alarms related to smoking and tobacco and its

Tongue and Oral Piercings

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Tongue Piercing Is Not Cool Some children are allowed to have small piercing (usually steel balls) on the lower or upper pare to the tongue.  Like a pierced ear, a tongue piercing is a small perforation on the tongue. I do not recommend that

Mouth Guards

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist About Mouth Guards If your child is an athlete and takes part in sports, a mouth guard could save your child’s life and appearance. According to the ADA (American Dental Association), all people who participate in sports that carry significant risk of physical injury