Woodland Hills Dentist Special Offers for Fall 2016!

woodland hills dentist special offersIn case you haven’t seen them yet, Mint Dentistry is running awesome special offers that won’t last forever! These limited-time Woodland Hills dentist special offers give patients a chance to save BIG this Fall. All of our Fall special offers may be viewed below. Please call us @ (818) 716-0297 if you have any further questions.
 

Woodland Hills Dentist Special Offers – Fall 2016

1. ZOOM! Whitening for Two – only $599!
 
For only $599, you and a loved one* can experience the power of ZOOM! professional teeth whitening, capable of removing even the toughest stains in under an hour of time. That’s much better than constantly paying for whitening gels, strips, mouthwashes, and toothpaste that show no significant results.
*offer is valid for any TWO individuals.
 
2. Implant-Supported Dentures Discounted!
 
A complete, full set of Implant-Supported Dentures start at $8,500 for only a limited time. Implant supported dentures are the currently one of the best ways to replace a full set of teeth. This is a great deal offered by your implant dentists of Woodland Hills.
 
3. Professionally Teeth Cleaning for ONLY $90 (new or cash patients only)!
 
We’re discounting our dental cleaning for a limited time. For $90, no insurance necessary, you will receive a professional dental cleaning, an oral examination, and dental X-Rays. Again, this offer is for NEW or CASH patients only.
 
4. Straighten Your Teeth with Invisalign®
 
Our Invisalign invisible braces start at only $3,600! This is a competitive price for a treatment that is very popular among adults in straightening your teeth for an aesthetically pleasing appearance that often results in a HUGE boost to your self-esteem. You’d be surprised the many benefits that occurs from smiling often.
 
5. Braces Removal & Hawley Retainer Discounted
 
For those with traditional metal braces, we have a special for you. We will carefully remove your braces and replace them with a Hawley retainer for only $650. Retainers are necessary for maintaining the results gained from braces treatment. Our orthodontist will cover everything you need to know following your braces treatment.
 
Claim your special offer today by scheduling an appointment with our dentists.
 

Latest News: UK Study Finds Promising Results in Chewing Sugar-Free Gum

uk chewing gum dental studyThe United Kingdom (U.K.) has recently further added to the positive results already found regarding the act of chewing sugar-free gum and its effect on tooth decay. The researchers were able to find positive correlations between chewing sugar-free gum and the prevention of tooth decay.
 
What Did They Find?
 
The recent study included only 12-year old children in the U.K. Just some background information: The National Health Service in England backed this research in an attempt to find feasible ways of saving money. Knowing that children suffer particularly from high rates of tooth decay, it made a lot of sense to combat this growing issue, while also helping the nation save money.
 
The study found that the National Health Service in England could save up to 8.2 million pounds every year IF all 12-year old children across the entirety of England chewed sugar-free gum after eating and drinking. This is an interesting way to report results.
 
We aren’t exactly sure how these numbers were calculated and came about, but the one thing we do know are that these results serve as convincing evidence that chewing sugar-free gum most certainly plays at least a small role in the prevention of tooth decay.
 
Many studies have already shown the effectiveness of Xylitol (often found in gum) on the prevention of tooth decay, but this takes it a step further claiming sugar-free gum aids & not just gum containing Xylitol.
 
So… Should I Start Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Now?
 
According to these results, yes we do feel inclined to recommend chewing sugar-free gum after meals as another tool to aid in preventing tooth decay. The reason this makes sense are because when you chew gum, you stimulate saliva production in the mouth and saliva is one of the best ways to combat all of the bacteria floating around ready to eat away at our enamel (especially when we consume sugars).
 
However, we want to stress that you should not view chewing sugar-free gum as a replacement to brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis. Brushing and flossing should be considered the most important prevention tools against tooth decay. Chewing sugar-free gum should be viewed as a supplemental tool, much like mouthwash or mouth rinses are.
 
We also want to encourage you to only purchase sugar-free gum that contains the ADA seal of approval. This ensures that the gum is compliant with the standards set out by the American Dental Association (ADA).
 

New Study Shows Link Between Gums & Cancer in Men

men periodontal disease cancer studyAfter a series of recurring cases that were just too similar to ignore, professionals took it upon themselves to find the link between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer. The study was orchestrated through a collaboration of researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of San Juan and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
 
The Study Revealed Dangerous Results
 
After reviewing 51,000 male health professionals between the ages 40 and 75, the study resulted in information on how men that have a history with periodontal disease could have an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
 
It’s surprising just how common periodontal disease is, and if discovered in the earlier stages it can be easily treatable. It is best to consult a professional before letting the condition worsen and end in risk of cancer.
 
The Truth About Periodontal Disease and How to Prevent it
 
Periodontal disease, although common, it’s actually fairly preventable. Men often develop this condition due to poor oral hygiene and it often results in infection around the tissues that support the teeth. It usually attacks just below the gum line, where it causes the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues. Periodontal disease can usually lead to tooth loss and it is known to increase the risk of heart, lung diseases and now pancreatic cancer.
 
Some of the symptoms include:
 
•Swollen Gums
•Red Gums
•Tender Gums
 
In most cases, a professional cleaning will work wonders. That is if the case is in it’s initial stages, but for more complex and advanced cases, surgery can an option. Remember that anything is better at this point when it comes to treating periodontal disease and avoiding developing pancreatic cancer.
 
Gum Disease Treatment in Woodland Hills.
 
Lower The Risks of Developing Periodontal Disease
 
Although it is known that there’s a link between periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene, there are other things that will help prevent developing this condition. Some of the things professionals encourage to avoid or decrease the consumption of include:
 
•Tobacco smoking or chewing
•Systemic diseases such as diabetes
•Some types of medication such as steroids
•Certain anti-epilepsy drugs
•Fillings that have become defective
•Pregnancy or use of oral contraceptives
 
In most cases, the risk of developing periodontal disease can be avoided by brushing twice a day and cleaning between the teeth with floss or an inter-dental cleaner once a day. For other unusual cases, a professional can provide additional instructions on cleaning methods or products for use at home.
 
If there is anything to keep in mind when it comes to avoiding periodontal disease is establishing a controlled brushing routine, a nutritious diet and avoiding tobacco. But most importantly, being vocal with a professional that can best offer insight and information.
 

Latest Dental News: Pancreatic Cancer Risk Linked to Specific Mouth Bacteria

dental news pancreatic cancerIt’s always important to stay up to date with the latest news. We have you covered here at Mint Dentistry of Woodland Hills when it comes to important dental-related news.
 
In a recent study that was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research held in New Orleans, LA, researchers were able to pinpoint two specific mouth bacteria that are linked with the possibility of developing pancreatic cancer.
 
The Study Background
 
The research team compared mouth bacteria samples between two groups:
 
• 361 American men and women before developing pancreatic cancer.
• 371 similar individuals that did not develop the disease.
 
These groups were followed for roughly 10 years where any presence of cancer was closely noted. After monitoring both of these groups, the researchers found that those who contained two specific types of bacteria had a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer than those whose mouths did not contain these bacteria.
 
The two bacteria in question are:
 
Porphyromonas gingivalis – this bacteria was linked to a 59% overall higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
 
Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans – this bacteria was linked to a 50% overall higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
 
The interesting part about these bacteria is that both types are known to be associated with gum disease or periodontitis.
 
What The Study Means
 
In order to fully understand what this study means, it’s important to have an understanding of what mouth bacteria actually is. We have millions of bacteria that exist within our mouths. There are many different types of bacteria strains as well.
 
One of the doctors involved with the study, Dr. Jiyoung Ahn, mentions:
 

“Our study offers the first direct evidence that specific changes in the microbial mix in the mouth – the oral microbiome – represent a likely risk factor for pancreatic cancer along with older age, male gender, smoking, African-American race, and a family history of the disease.”

 
Given the results of this study, we now have evidence to help in the diagnosis & prevention of pancreatic cancer simply based on a sample taken from your mouth to see whether or not these bacteria strains exist, which is great news!
 

Limited-Time Special Offers by Woodland Hills Dentists, Mint Dentistry!

woodland hills dentist special offersIn case you haven’t seen them yet, Mint Dentistry is running awesome special offers that won’t last forever! These limited-time Woodland Hills dentist special offers give patients a chance to save BIG this Spring. Without further ado, here they are.
 

Mint Dentistry – Woodland Hills Dentist Special Offers

St. Patrick’s Day Specials
 
What better way to celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day than by discounting our teeth whitening trays, which include 2 syringes, for only $150!
 
This gives our patients a great opportunity to experience the power of professional teeth whitening. Our dentist will give you complete instructions on how to utilize your whitening trays for the best results.
 
Complete Set of Dentures Discounted
 
We’re offering a complete set of FULL DENTURES for only $2,199! This is a very competitive price for a full set of dentures and this opportunity will not last much longer. Combined with the experience of a 5-star dentist, this is the perfect opportunity to receive a full set of new teeth!
 
Dental Cleaning Discounted (For NEW or CASH Patients Only)
 
We’re discounting our dental check-up for a limited time. For $90, no insurance necessary, you will receive a professional dental cleaning, an oral examination, and dental X-Rays. Again, this offer is for NEW or CASH patients only.
 
Invisalign® Discounted
 
Our Invisalign invisible braces start at only $3,400! This is a competitive price for a treatment that is very popular amongst adults in correcting issues with the jaw, as well as straightening your teeth for an aesthetically pleasing appearance that often results in a boost to your self-esteem.
 
Braces Removal & Hawley Retainer Discounted
 
For those with traditional metal braces, we have a special for you. We will carefully remove your braces and replace them with a Hawley retainer for only $650. Retainers are necessary for maintaining the results gained from braces treatment. Our orthodontist will cover everything you need to know following your braces treatment.
 
Claim your special offer today by scheduling an appointment with our dentists.
 

Mint Dentistry @ Smith Bros P.L.A.Y. Football Skills Event!

1590139_origMint Dentistry @ Smith Bros P.L.A.Y. Football Skills Event!
 
Exciting news! Your Woodland Hills dentists recently sponsored an exciting event hosted by NFL Super Bowl Champions Malcolm and Steven Smith! Malcolm was voted Super Bowl XLVIII’s Most Valuable Player.
 
Smith Bros P.L.A.Y. Foundation
 
The 2 Super Bowl Champs have a mission to provide opportunity to young, aspiring athletes by using sports as a stepping stone. They have a philosophy known as P.L.A.Y. which stands for [P]ractice [L]isten [A]pply [Y]ourself. They are a nonprofit organization trying to make a positive impact on our youth and we’re happy we had the opportunity to sponsor them!
 
Our Involvement
 
Mint Dentistry participated in the event by sponsoring a booth where custom mouth guards – specifically made for engaging in physical activities – were conveniently sold to event goers. It was a success, too!
 
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Why Custom Mouth Guards?
 
Custom mouth guards are highly recommended, especially for aggressive contact sports such as football. Custom guards are tailored to your mouth for a more snug fit that results in the prevention of damage to your teeth and/or gums.
 
A clinical study published in the journal of Academy of General Dentistry has shown the effectiveness of a custom-fitted mouth guard in the prevention of sports-related injuries (i.e. concussions) as opposed to over-the-counter mouth guards that are not custom. The reason why is because the mouth guard helps stabilize the neck and jaw, while absorbing shock in the case a direct hit to the head/jaw is made.
 
Shots to the head in any sports are always looked down upon or are simply against the rules, but accidents happen and in the event that it occurs, you want to make sure you’re taking necessary action in doing your best to prevent a bad outcome. Investing in a properly fitted custom mouth guard is a great starting point.
 
We do offer custom mouth guards @ our office if you are interested! We can be reached at (818) 716-0297.

14,000-Year-Old Tooth Gives Insight into Dentistry During Paleolithic Era

14000 year old tooth discoveryA 14,000-year-old tooth that was found in northern Italy in 1988 has just been recently brought back into the limelight because of a study performed at the University of Bologna.*
 
Interesting… tell me more!
 
Well, the researchers found evidence of a cavity on the 14,000-year-old tooth. It was described as “extensive enamel chipping”. This chipping led researchers to believe that even back in those times the people around had at least a small amount of knowledge in cavity treatment and/or diseases in general.
 
You have to think, this is pretty impressive. The idea is simple – the people of the time figured that scratching the tooth’s enamel away with sharp objects would rid of the cavity. Of course, they didn’t know the issue was called a “cavity”, but they felt pain and looked for a remedy. Smart for their time!
 
Our Thoughts
 
We call it a cavity now, but it’s worth mentioning the opinion that perhaps it wasn’t a cavity on this tooth, but rather just a worn down tooth as a result of constant gnashing and grinding of the types of foods consumed during the era.
 
However, the images and research the team has come up with seem to point strongly towards evidence of an actual cavity, or tooth decay.
 
On another notion, it’s studies like these, which make us appreciate how far we’ve come in addressing issues in dentistry.
 
Back then; you would have to deal with the pain. Nowadays you book an appointment, receive a cavity filling of your choice, and you’re set! Provided you continue to stay on top of oral hygiene brushing and flossing twice a day. 🙂
 
*The full study and picture of the tooth can be found here.
 

New Study Reveals Interesting Information Regarding Flossing

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Be a role model for children!

A recent study performed through an online poll conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology surveyed roughly 2,000 adults above the age of 18 and found some very interesting results regarding flossing.
 
What The Survey Revealed About Flossing…
 
Of the 2,021 adults surveyed:
 
• 27% admitted to lying to their dentist about how often they floss.
• 36% of the respondents revealed they would rather partake in an unpleasant activity than floss their teeth.
 
WOW!
 
As dentists, we understand most people dislike flossing, however, we did not expect to see what activities people would rather do than to floss (and keep in mind a thorough flossing job takes only up to 2 minutes!):
 
• 14% thought cleaning the toilet would be better than flossing
• 9% figured doing their taxes would be better than flossing
• 9% thought sitting in gridlock traffic for a whole hour would be better
• 18% decided washing a sick fully of dirty dishes would be better
• 14% thought waiting in a long checkout line would be better than flossing
 
Now, we’re taking into consideration that the poll was done online and perhaps people were exaggerating their hatred for flossing a bit.
 
It would be interesting to see what people would actually choose if they were given, in-person, an unpleasant option (i.e. cleaning the toilet) and some floss and then asked to perform one over the other. That would be a more telltale sign of how people really feel in regards to flossing.

Stressing the Importance of Flossing

 
After the results were published, the President of the American Academy of Periodontology commented by saying: “There’s clearly more work to be done when it comes to educating Americans about the importance of oral hygiene. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in plaque, and brushing alone does not remove the bacteria that live below the gum line.”
 

Beware of Brushing Your Teeth in Public Restrooms: Toothbrush Contamination

study finds fecal contamination in toothbrushesRecent research was performed at Quinnipiac University regarding the use of toothbrushes in public bathrooms. The findings were as expected: fecal contamination was detected on the toothbrushes being observed*.

The Hard Results

  • • Fecal coliforms were seen on 54.85% of toothbrushes in communal bathrooms where an average of 9.4 occupants were present.
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  • • There is an 80% chance that the fecal coliforms seen on the toothbrushes came from another person using the same bathroom.
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  • • No differences seen with the effectiveness of decontamination methods (i.e. hot water rinsing, mouthwash, cold water, etc.)
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  • • 100% of the toothbrushes regularly rinsed with mouthwash had MacConkey agar growth indicating fecal contamination.
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    What The Study Means…
     
    First off, this research further confirms old studies that have been already been performed on the subject matter. Second off, the main issue is not with your own fecal contamination, but that of the others using the restroom.
     
    In short, these studies all point to one thing: AVOID using a toothbrush in a public or communal restroom/bathroom. These environments house many different people who come and go, leaving trace amounts of bacteria each time.
     
    The worst part is that decontamination methods showed no difference in toothbrush contamination. This means that even if you believe running hot water or mouthwash over your toothbrush will destroy all bacteria, chances are it will not.
     
    Is your house safe? Well, not necessarily. Even if you share the bathroom with just one other person, your toothbrush is at risk for contamination – especially if you have a toothbrush that is stored open in the bathroom. At the very least, cover it with a cover that will allow the toothbrush to dry and sanitize it as often as you can. Also, try getting in to the habit of swapping your toothbrush out roughly every 3 months.
     
    *Source: http://www.asm.org/index.php/communications/92-news-room/press-releases/93536-toothbrush-contamination-in-communal-bathrooms

    Researchers Pinpoint Plant Chemical That Prevents Tooth Decay

    plant chemical tooth decayStudy Background:
     
    Researchers at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Chemistry have found that a chemical compound known as trans-chalcone may seriously help in the prevention of tooth decay.
     
    Trans-chalcone is a compound that is related to chemicals naturally found in licorice root. Licorice root is a natural substance that offers many holistic benefits.
     
    The study suggests that trans-chalcone blocks certain enzyme activity responsible for supporting bacteria in our mouths. The bacteria are known as Streptococcus mutans.
     
    Streptococcus mutans is a bacterium that feeds off of the foods and sugars in our mouth. The byproduct of this process is an acid that leads to decay if you do not follow a strict dental hygiene routine.

    What The Researchers Found

     
    What the researchers found is that trans-chalcone literally blocks the harmful bacteria from assembling protective layers, known as biofilm, which binds to our teeth and leads to decay.
     
    They found this by analyzing a 3D structure of the enzyme, Sortase A, and observing trans-chalcone’s effect on disrupting the harmful bacteria’s biofilm construction process.
     
    What the Study Means for Dentistry and the Future of Oral Care Products?
     
    Currently a lot of oral care products contain chemicals that provide varied effectiveness in providing cavity protection, however, with these new findings we may be able to see more natural alternatives that offer more effectiveness without unwanted side effects.
     
    The researchers concluded that further studies will be conducted to gain more insight into this phenomenon – opening doors to more natural oral care product options for consumers to choose from.
     
    The researcher who led the study commented, “We were delighted to observe that trans-chalcone inhibited Sortase A in a test tube and stopped Streptococcus mutans biofilm formation. We are expanding our study to include similar natural products and investigate if they can be incorporated into consumer products. This exciting discovery highlights the potential of this class of natural products in food and healthcare technologies.”