Paraiso Family Dental & Orthodontics Blog

The Evolution of Dental Implants and How We Benefit Today

May 10, 2022

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Model of dental implant sitting in jawline

It may seem like a modern concept, but dental implants have been around for longer than you’d guess. And unlike what’s used at your dentist’s office, they weren’t always made of zirconia or titanium. In fact, you will be surprised to learn some of the materials that early teeth were made from. Is your interest peaked? Keep reading to learn the origins of tooth replacement, and how we have the technology that we utilize today.


Why People with Full Dentures Still Need to Visit the Dentist

February 21, 2022

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patient attending dental checkup with dentures

Every six months, you should visit your dentist for a checkup. During this appointment, you will have your teeth thoroughly cleaned and your dentist will examine your oral cavity. If you have full dentures, you may think that there’s no reason for you to visit the dentist. After all, why bother if you don’t have any teeth left to lose? Read on to learn why dental checkups with dentures are still an important part of keeping your mouth healthy.


Can Vaping CBD Cause Gum Disease?

January 12, 2022

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closeup of person vaping CBD

Cannabidiol, also called CBD, is a compound that’s found in the cannabis sativa plant. Though this is a type of marijuana, it doesn’t contain the compound in cannabis that gets people “high,” which is called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Taking CBD makes users feel relaxed and can help control mental health and sleep issues like depression, anxiety, and insomnia. It can also be used to treat some epilepsy syndromes, PTSD symptoms, opioid addictions, ALS symptoms, unmanageable pain, diabetic complications, and more. Though CBD offers a range of benefits to one’s overall wellbeing, how does vaping it impact your oral health? Read on to learn why vaping can be bad news for your pearly whites and how to keep your smile healthy.


Why Is the TikTok Trend “Veneers Check” Problematic?

December 4, 2021

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women looking at social media on smartphone

Even if you aren’t on TikTok, odds are someone close to you spends too much time on the smartphone app each day watching short videos. It’s an insanely popular social media platform with over 850 million users worldwide, serving as the home to many emerging video trends. Some have even made headlines, but not for the reasons you might think.

Dentists are sounding the alarm on one of the latest dental TikTok trends – the “Veneers Check” challenge – claiming it’s highly misleading and encouraging people to make irreversible mistakes. Learn more about this prime example of dangerous dental trends from your dentist in Newbury Park.   


Which Toothpaste Is Best for Veneers?

November 15, 2021

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different toothpastes for veneers in Newbury Park making question marks

You recently got veneers to straighten and brighten up your smile, and you couldn’t be happier with the results. Though the veneers have given your pearly whites a much-needed makeover, what can you do to keep them looking their best? Read on to learn about how different kinds of toothpaste can affect your veneers and which one is best to keep them looking lovely.


Famous Folks Also Count on Invisalign for Fabulous Smiles

September 4, 2021

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couple getting out of limousine and walking red carpet

While you may not have a publicist or drive a Lamborghini, you do have something in common with many celebrities. If you desire a smile fit for a Hollywood premiere, you and quite a few big stars are counting on Invisalign aligners!

After all, Invisalign is the least visible and most convenient way to straighten your teeth. Read on to learn about some benefits of Invisalign and discover some of the celebrities who swear by its results!


Is Single Arch Treatment with Invisalign Possible?

August 20, 2021

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Woman using Invisalign on the top teethYou’re never too old to invest in a healthy, straight smile. If you missed your chance for braces as a teen or you’ve experienced orthodontic regression, you might be a candidate for Invisalign. The discreet clear aligners gradually move your teeth without the noticeability of brackets and wires. If you just need to close gaps between your upper teeth or make other minor adjustments, you might wonder if you can use Invisalign on only the top. Although it is possible, it isn’t always a good idea, and here’s why.


What to Expect After You Get Your Braces Taken Off

July 15, 2021

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young woman smiling at her orthodontist because she’ll soon enjoy life after braces

After several months (or even years) of dealing with the inconveniences that come with traditional braces, it’s finally time to get them taken off and view your newly straightened smile! Once your orthodontist removes the brackets and wires from your teeth and you see the end results of your treatment in the mirror, you only have one question: Now what? Here are a few things you can expect with life after braces.


Is Chewing Gum the Secret to a Healthy Smile?

June 12, 2021

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Woman blowing a bubble with chewing gumYour teeth can serve you for a lifetime with the proper care over the years. Without faltering, you brush your teeth twice daily, floss nightly, and visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup; however, is your oral hygiene routine all you need? There might be another important piece to the puzzle that holds the secret to lasting oral health. Believe it or not, reaching for some sugarless gum can support a healthy smile.


Your Medication May Cause Tooth Decay—Here’s How to Prevent It

May 6, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drchaffee @ 12:36 pm
medications that cause tooth decay

We’ve all done it before – whether it’s because we’re battling a cold, suppressing pain, or managing health conditions, we’ve all taken common medications many times throughout our lives. Medications are meant to keep you healthy anyways, right?

Not necessarily your oral health, though. Prescription drugs can come with side effects that negatively affect your teeth and gums, causing dental decay, dry mouth, and more.

But don’t throw out your entire medicine cabinet just yet! Read on to learn exactly which common medications lead to tooth decay and what you can do to keep preserve your oral health.

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