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We love to give recognition to our new friends. Here are the new patients that became members of our practice family this September. Weíd like to welcome you & wish you all the best.


Sophie Aguilar, Massimo Alfonso, Brooke Brown, John Butler, Siena Cadle, Leyla Calobbuna, Jacob & Noah Castillo, Rowan Cilloniz, Isabella Correa, Asianni Dode, Courtney Falcon, Steven Fullilove, Malik Ghoch, Ethan Godfrey, Lisa Gonzalez, Carys Haesly, Jordyn Hayes, Connor Hodam, Alexis Jette, Garrett & Gavin Jones, Jacob Kerns, Katheryn & Lewis Knapp II, Caden & Laina Mesdag, Emma Monzon, Makenna Morris, Genesis Mutu, Nohemi Navarro, Benjamin Pokroy, Vanessa & Vince Por, Sunjuda Rahman, Miki Ramirez, Audrey Ramos, Citlaly & Leonel Reyes, Liya & Maya Rodriguez, Olga & Reyshua Rodriguez, Scarlett Shepard, Joshua Tiller, Joshua & Ryan Vega, Penelope & Vincent M. Vega, Andrew Walsh, Nicholas Washington, Rachel West, Cooper Whitman, and Avery & Elijah Wu.

Thank You For Choosing Us!

From the desk of Dr. Stella.......

Now is the time to think about "Open Enrollment" for Dental Insurance and it is also the time to prepare your Flex Spending Accounts for the coming year.

Most businesses have the month of October as the time to make changes to your dental plan that will become effective in January. Often, we find that people seem to think they know what they have signed up for, only to find out they wished they had chosen the other insurance for their orthodontic needs. Sometimes this mistake can delay treatment for a full year.

We would like to help you in making the best choice. Please call the office now, (562) 627-8800, for your FREE orthodontic consultation appointment. At this appointment Dr. Sanjideh (our incredible orthodontist) will do a complete exam and let you know if treatment is recommended. Also, Veronica or Kerin (our incredible treatment coordinators) will go over your expenses to help you prepare your finances and insurance choices.

In addition, having an orthodontic consultation appointment before January 2011 can help prepare you for your medical and dental taxed-free savings known as Flex Spending Accounts (FSA) or Cafeteria Plans.

Tell a friend too! They would be grateful that you reminded them about their benefit.

Best,
Dr. Bob Stella
 

Success Story of The Month
(Names and Details Have Been Changed To Protect Privacy)

 

Scott had a problem. Actually Scott had two problems, the second problem being that he didnít have a clue about the first problem. So what was his first problem? Well, his love of sweets and his careless disregard for his teeth were joining forces and were ready to deliver a knockout punch to his very nice, healthy, set of bright white teeth. Scott could be forgiven his youthful apathy toward his dental health since he was only 12 years old; we still had plenty of time to get him fixed up and on the right path.

Luckily Scottís parents became aware of the problem and got him into our office. It seemed that young Scott wasnít really doing his nightly brushing and that he had a secret stash of candy in his room. (Something you parents may want to be on the look at for with Halloween and all!). That lack of brushing coupled with the late night sweet treats made for one big bacteria party in Scottís mouth every night.

The bacteria in your mouth (donít worry every one has them!) use sugar as a source of fuel and as they eat up the sugar they produce acid which in turn starts to dissolve the minerals around your teeth that make your enamel hard. Once the acid eats through the enamel it leaves tiny holes and after a while those tiny holes join up to become one big hole and that my friends is a cavity! And Scott was on the verge of having a lot of cavities if he didnít control his bad habits.

We gave Scott a good cleaning and sent him home with our 5 Steps to a Healthy Smile guide:

Step 1: Donít wait until itís too late! Be sure to come in for regular check-ups and cleanings. We are trained to find things that you wonít be able to see until itís too late!

Step 2: Floss is the boss! Floss once a day at least, floss reaches places your toothbrush canít!

Step 3: Eat & drink just be sure to think! Eat a well balanced diet and donít hide candy under the bed.

Step 4: Be good to your gums! Keep an eye out for red, puffy, or tender gums those can be signs of gum disease.

Step 5: It takes a while to brush your smile! Brush carefully at least once a day and brush for at least 2-3 minutes. Many new toothbrushes have built in timers so you know exactly how long to brush.

Weíre happy to report that Scott has kicked his sweet tooth habit and is left with just a sweet smile!

Primary (baby) teeth serve important functions for your child's dental health. They help your child to eat and speak, and they serve as space holders in your child's mouth to ensure that permanent teeth grow in straight. They also are important for the jawbone and mouth muscles to develop normally.

Sometimes a child's baby tooth comes out too soon. For example, it may be lost due to an injury or accident, or it may need to be removed due to decay. Problems can develop if the space from the missing tooth does not remain open. The neighboring teeth may crowd out the space where the permanent tooth should come in, and other teeth may grow in crooked. To help prevent future problems and avoid expensive orthodontic treatment, we may place a space maintainer.
 

How a space maintainer is made

A space maintainer is a dental appliance that fits into the space where a primary tooth (particularly a molar) is missing. It may be made of metal, plastic, or resin materials, and it is created specifically for your child's mouth. In some types of space maintainers, a band or crown is fitted directly over one of the adjacent teeth. A wire loop or splint, braced against the adjacent tooth, is custom-crafted to hold the space open. In other types of space maintainers, a set of bands and wires are fitted into the arch of your child's mouth.

Some types of space maintainers are removable, while others are bonded in place. Some leave a visible open space, while others may have a realistic-looking tooth to cover the space. We will discuss with you the available options that best fit your child's dental situation.
 

How to care for your child's space maintainer

Space maintainers are very small and inconspicuous. Although your child may be conscious of the space maintainer at first, after a couple of days, the mouth should feel normal. To protect the space maintainer, remind your child to:

  • Avoid chewing gum, sticky foods, or hard foods and ice.

  • Avoid pushing or pulling on the space maintainer with the tongue or fingers.

  • Keep the area clean (just like the rest of the teeth) with regular brushing and flossing.

When your child comes in for regular checkups, we will examine the space maintainer to ensure that it still fits properly and that the area is clean. We will also monitor the emerging permanent tooth, so that when the time comes, we can remove the space maintainer.

You may not have thought that it matters very much whether your child breathes through the mouth, but it does. The inability to breathe through the nose leads to mouth breathing, which may be caused by allergies, swollen tonsils or adenoids. These conditions can result in changes in the facial structure, a smaller mouth, or crooked teeth.

Symptoms of mouth breathing:
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, children who are mouth breathers may show any of these symptoms:

  • Face that is long or narrow
  • Eyes that often form tears or dark circles
  • Nose that is difficult to breathe through
  • Mouth that is smaller than usual
  • Teeth that are crowded
  • Lips that are large or dry
  • Chin that appears small or weak
  • Jaw that juts forward
  • Children who breathe through their mouth may be smaller in height or weight than others in their age group.

Problems resulting from mouth breathing:
Several problems may result from mouth breathing. For example:

  • Jaws don't grow together correctly, so problems with the bite may develop, and teeth may grow in more crooked.
  • The child's head may tend to pull forward to compensate for breathing problems, resulting in a "chicken neck" appearance.
  • The shoulders or collar bones may roll forward.
  • Tongue thrusting may result in problems with swallowing, talking, or the position of teeth.
  • The child may become more self-conscious or lose self-esteem because of these changes in the appearance.
  • Headaches, earaches, jaw pain, and sleep apnea also may result.
  • If these problems are not corrected, eventually your child may need orthodontic treatment.

Solutions:

  • To prevent, identify, and correct potential problems with mouth breathing, usually we recommend that children are evaluated for orthodontic treatment between the ages of 5 and 11. At this stage, the jaw and teeth are still growing, so they will be easier to treat.
  • The earlier that we can address this condition, the more likely it is that we can reverse the effects.

The Results?

  • Your child may have less pain, easier oxygen intake, a better night's sleep, a more natural profile, and a beautiful, healthy smile.
     

*If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a visit, please call (562) 627-8800 email Dr. Stella at Info@FuntasticDental.com

 

 

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