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Regular Cleanings

It is recommended by the Academy of General Dentistry you have a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every six months.  Dr. Jia Y. Lee encourages patients to maintain a great oral health routine at home, but it is still important to come into the office for regular professional cleanings.  However much you brush and floss, some harmful bacteria grow in your mouth that cause gum disease and can only be removed by a dental professional.
It’s important to see a professional regularly to locate and monitor areas in the mouth that may need special attention, and a dentist can tell you if you may be missing a spot or skipping an important step in your regular oral care routine.  During a teeth cleaning, a hygienist thoroughly clean the area above and below the gum line with scaling tools to rid them of plaque and tartar. After the surfaces of the teeth are cleaned, the hygienist flosses between every one of your teeth and may apply fluoride if recommended by the dentist.
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Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, comes in a variety of stages that Dr. Jia Y. Lee, DDS would like you to avoid at all costs. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, and if you spit a little bit of blood in the sink when you brush and floss, this simply means that you aren’t brushing enough, or you aren’t doing it right. Gingivitis is reversible, and you may notice less blood by flossing at least twice a day for one week straight. However, when you reach periodontitis, treatment becomes a little more complex.
Gingivitis is reversible and is a mild form of periodontal disease that results in gum inflammation and gum sensitivity. When gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis which will require a deep cleaning of the gums to treat. Periodontitis can lead to tooth decay and eventual tooth loss if not properly addressed, but remember that you can avoid periodontal disease at all costs by visiting us twice a year for professional cleanings.
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Brushing Basics

Most of us know that there are a right way and a wrong way to do things. What you may not know is that this rule applies to oral hygiene practices as well as everyday life choices. Dr. Jia Y. Lee, DDS is almost certain that his patients know the wrong way to brush their teeth, but he is here to provide you with the right technique.

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.
Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up-and-down stroke.
Brush your tongue to remove bacteria.

If you have questions or concerns regarding preventive dentistry or oral care, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.myranchocucamongadentist.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jia Y. Lee, DDS in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, call …

Oral Cancer Screenings

Our dental office wants you and your family to be aware of oral cancer and we encourage you to ask about a screening with every checkup.  Of course, heavy smoking and drinking increase the risk of oral cancer but oral cancer can still occur if someone never smokes. Recently, the human papilloma virus (HPV) was found to be responsible for most oral cancers that originated in the back of the mouth.
To screen for oral cancer, our doctors perform a visual exam and uses an ultraviolet light device to detect any cancerous irregularities in tissue.  This exam can be done in a short length of time and in addition to any dental appointment.  Regular screenings are the best way to protect you and your family, but always contact us if you notice any inexplicable pain, swelling, or numbness in your throat or jaw.
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Post-Operative Tooth Extraction Care

There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted.  After a tooth is removed, the extraction site will require stitches and the patient will need to follow strict instructions that Dr. Jia Y. Lee, DDS will provide. After the procedure is complete, the patient will need plenty of rest and a change in diet. Here a few things to remember during post-operative care.
If the extraction site is bleeding for longer than 24 hours the patient should call our office immediately. Once the patient returns home, he or she should rest, but do not lie flat because doing so could prolong the bleeding. Dr. Jia Y. Lee, DDS will prescribe pain medication, as well as a cleaning solution for the extraction site, so if the patient becomes sore it should be taken as directed. It’s important to eat soft foods such as gelatin, pudding, yogurt, mashed potatoes, etc. so that the stitches are not punctured. When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw, because the sucking motion can loosen your suture…

How to Brush Your Teeth the Right Way

This may sound a little extreme, but it’s the truth, if we didn’t practice proper oral hygiene habits, our teeth will eventually fall out. If you want to keep your permanent teeth for a lifetime, you have to brush at least twice a day for two minutes to eliminate food particles that can cause bad breath and periodontal disease. Dr. Jia Y. Lee, DDS wants patients to know that there is a proper way to brush the teeth, and he would like to share it with you.

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.
Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up-and-down stroke.
Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and don’t forget to floss!

If you have questions or concerns regarding dental health or oral hygiene, please give us a call. To learn more abo…

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Each of us has a joint that acts like a sliding hinge and connects the jawbone to the skull. This joint is called the temporomandibular and it helps us chew, speak, swallow, and yawn. Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and the socket. Any problem that prevents these muscles from moving can result in a painful TMJ disorder. Fortunately, when this happens, Dr. Jia Y. Lee, DDS can suggest treatment options.
Diagnosis is an important part of the treatment process. Dr. Lee may check the jaw for tenderness, clicking, popping, or difficulty moving. A common symptom of TMJ disorder, aside from jaw pain, is a clicking or a popping sound that often occurs as you chew. Eating soft foods may solve the problem, and applying hot or cold packs may reduce pain, but Dr. Lee will most likely suggest a nightguard or a mouthguard for the patient to wear to alleviate pressure on the jaw.
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