A Lesson in Halitosis

When bad breath isn’t masked by mints or mouthwash, the odor may become a chronic problem. Unlike morning breath, halitosis, also known as chronic bad breath, may be a sign of a more serious medical condition. If you have an adequate oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing at least twice a day, you may need to visit Dr. Jia Y. Lee, DDS to discuss your treatment options.
Halitosis has a range of causes, such as dry mouth, dental problems, or underlying medical issues. Lack of saliva flow due to dry mouth can lead to chronic bad breath, especially if the dry mouth is caused by smoking. Additionally, dental problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease can cause a foul odor in the mouth. Treating the problem will depend on the severity of halitosis, but the condition is treatable and you can have your breath back to fresh in no time.
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Crown Lengthening

At the office of Dr. Jia Y. Lee, we see many patients who think their gums keep them from their perfect smile.  It is normal for some people to have more gum tissue than others, and when it results in a gummy smile we can correct it by a procedure called crown lengthening.  
Crown lengthening is the term for removing excess gum tissue from the surface of the teeth and sculpting the gum line.  Dentists often do this in order to expose more of a tooth and affix a restoration like a crown. We also offer crown lengthening for cosmetics so that any patient can have their perfect smile.  Local anesthetic is used while your dentist removes excess gum tissue with either a scalpel or laser tools.  The procedure only comes with minor discomfort afterwards, and result is a pleasing ratio of teeth to gums that creates an even smile.  Contact us if you think your smile would benefit from crown lengthening!
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Braces Pain

Dr. Jia Y. Lee sees patients at various stages of braces treatment.  Braces are a powerful straightening method that can transform smiles, but braces are a long process and there is some pain and discomfort along the way.  Patients with braces often feel a little discomfort after their wires have been tightened, and patients with new braces usually experience some uncomfortable chafing as their mouth gets used to braces.  These are both normal occurrences and you can ease the pain while getting to your perfect smile!  
With a new set of braces, the insides of cheeks and lips will rub against the brackets and wires.  The soft tissue will toughen as your mouth gets accustomed to the braces, but at first it can create sore spots.  Dental wax is a great defense against this.  Just a small piece can cover the edge of a bracket and relieve any chafing.  After a set of braces is tightened a patient will also feel some pain and soreness.  The patient should eat soft foods right after a tighten…

Scaling and Root Planing

If gingivitis is left untreated, you are putting yourself at risk for more invasive dental procedures in the future, such as a deep cleaning of the gums, also known as scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning below the gum line to treat gum disease after it’s evolved into periodontitis. If the gums develop pockets due to chronic periodontitis, Dr. Jia Y. Lee, DDS will suggest scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing work hand-in-hand to reverse periodontal disease. Dr. Jia Y. Lee, DDS will begin the procedure with dental scaling. Dental scaling uses manual hand instruments in addition to ultrasonic instruments to remove plaque from the teeth. Root planing involves a detailed scaling of the root surface to decrease inflammation of the gum tissue. This process may take two to four visits depending on the patient’s condition.
If you have questions or concerns regarding gum disease or scaling and root planing, please give us a call. To learn about serv…

Types of Teeth

We believe in improving patient education at Dr. Jia Y. Lee’s Rancho Cucamonga dental office, which is why we’re using this week’s blog post to provide information about different kinds of teeth. Understanding their function helps to understand different procedures associated with them.
Normally, each jaw grows sixteen adult teeth. The incisors are the four flat teeth at the front of each. They shear food and are the most important teeth for speaking with. The upper (maxillary) ones are also the most likely to have a gap. On each side of the incisors are the cuspids, which are also called canines and eye teeth. They pierce food and the maxillary ones sometimes are prevented from erupting completely. In teenagers, this is a common reason for orthodontic treatment.
The premolars and molars are the teeth used for chewing and grinding. The thick ligaments supporting them give them the stability they need to withstand bite pressure, but their enamel can be worn down by nighttime tooth grindi…

Acid Reflux and Tooth Sensitivity

If you’ve been experiencing teeth sensitivity and don’t know why, come to the Rancho Cucamonga dental office of Dr. Jia Y. Lee. While the small infections called caries are the most common reason for loss of enamel, patients also need to be on the look-out for acid reflux. This disease has consequences for oral health but is preventable through lifestyle changes.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a more accurate term for what is commonly called heartburn. When the sphincter separating the stomach from the esophagus fails to close, stomach acid escapes upwards and burns tissues as it goes. When it reaches the mouth, it dissolves tooth enamel. The top back teeth are the first to be affected because of their position. They become discolored as they erode, acquiring a glazed look before small pits develop.
GERD also puts patients at risk of developing esophageal cancer, providing one more reason to prevent it. Quitting smoking and cutting back on alcohol as well as caffeine, fatty f…

Flossing Your Teeth

Dr. Jia Y. Lee encourages patients to maintain a great oral health routine at home, and the staff here likes to see patients set themselves up for a lifetime of good oral health.  Regular flossing is essential to maintaining oral health and you should floss once a day, either before or after brushing. Remember these tips to help you floss effectively:

·A strand of dental floss about 18 inches long allows you to wrap the ends of the floss around a finger on each hand. This gives you excellent control over the portion of floss you are using.
·The proper technique to flossing is sliding the floss between the teeth and rubbing the floss back and forth up until you reach your gums.
·Pushing at your gums too hard with floss can damage your gum line and isn’t necessary to floss properly. Think of a small swooping motion as you rub the floss up to one gum, then down and back up towards the other.
·As you move on to the next tooth, adjust the floss to expose an unused portion. Repeat this rubbi…