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How Does Water Help Your Teeth

May 12th, 2022

We all know that drinking water daily is great for our bodies. It has been drilled in our heads that we must drink 8 glasses of water each and every day to stay hydrated and healthy. Have you ever thought about the great benefits that it does for you too?

To start off, water is a great way to wash those leftover foods after a meal that get stuck behind your teeth causing bacteria to grow and eventually cavities to form. Those cavity-causing bacteria love to eat the sugar and produce acid that destroys your enamel. Slowly your teeth will start to deteriorate, requiring a lot of dental treatment in the future. Drinking juice, soda, or any sugary drinks can also leave unwanted sugar behind, so wash it away by simply drinking water!

Another great reason why water is the best, is that it helps with lowering the chance of having dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition that makes it hard to swallow and chew because of a lack of saliva. Saliva is 99% water, so when you are low on saliva, you will most likely experience dry mouth. Saliva is your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay. It washes away leftover food, helps you swallow with ease, and keeps your teeth strong by washing them.

There are so many other great reasons why drinking water is good for your oral health, however drinking plenty of water does not mean that you can diminish the time and effort for the other ways to keep your teeth strong and healthy. On top of drinking water throughout the day, you should still floss and brush your teeth regularly. As well as seeing your favorite dentist for your biannual teeth cleaning! (Don't forget to call Live & Smile Dental to make an appointment!)

But don't worry, Dr. Zoe, Dr. Brodsky, Dr. Hanamova, and Dr. Leung will always be happy to answer any questions you may have in regards to prevention for your oral health.

Floss, brush, & drink water!

What is the iTero intraoral scanner?

April 28th, 2022



Here at Live & Smile Dental, we do everything that we can to help your dental journey be better and exceed your expectations; this would include investing in new technology. Technology is constantly changing, so when it comes to our patients’ dental health, we want to create a smooth, comfortable, and positive experience for all restorations and orthodontic treatments.

You may have seen a machine that looks like a computer on wheels at the office, but it features so much more! It is called the iTero scanner! 

The iTero scanner puts a whole new definition in restorative dentistry. The scanner is able to replace alginate impressions, which is that goppy soft material that takes impressions of your teeth and sometimes makes you gag or hard to breathe while the material sets in. Good riddance! 

It also provides an excellent source for visualizing restorative dentistry treatments, such as dental crowns. The iTero scanner assists our doctors and assistants to take a quick, accurate, and comfortable 3D digital impression of your teeth to help design your treatment. This would include scans for invisalign, night guards, and retainers. It can demonstrate a full 360 view of all your teeth that have been scanned, and helps our team create and build a perfect dental plan that works best for you.

By using the iTero as our intraoral scanner this helps make the process for your dental treatment a breeze and we are able to send the scans out to dental labs ASAP. Which means the faster it goes out, the quicker it comes back. The speed and accuracy of the scanner helps your dental experience become even more pleasant and enjoyable. 

Dr. Huang, Dr. Brodsky, Dr. Hanamova, Dr. Leung, Dr.Yoon, and Dr. Ted all approves of our new intraoral scanner because it has given our office an advance in efficiency and effectiveness to help our patients smile bigger with great teeth! We constantly look for better ways to advance your experience with us as well as becoming the best dental office in Dublin,CA.

Tooth Extraction and Braces

March 30th, 2022

Perhaps you’ve heard from parents or older relatives what braces used to be like years ago—obvious, uncomfortable, hard to clean, and with inevitable tooth extractions to start off the whole lengthy process.

Today, brackets are much smaller and wires are more pliable. You can even choose ceramic brackets or clear aligners for an almost invisible effect. New tools make cleaning your braces easier than ever. And new braces technology means that treatment is often shorter. But what about extractions? Are they still inevitable?

For orthodontists like Dr. Zoe Huang, Dr. Zoryana Brodsky, Dr. Stephan Yoon, Dr. Mandy Leung, and Dr. Enejan Hanamova, the objective is saving teeth. And modern practices and technology have made this goal more attainable than ever before. There are several ways that modern treatment procedures can help avoid extractions.

  • Early Intervention

We recommend that children visit our Dublin, CA office for an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. Because a child’s jaw is still forming at this age, early intervention can lead to orthodontic treatment that expands the jaw in order to make room for permanent teeth, or starts correcting bite problems before they become more serious.

  • High-Tech Planning

Today’s technology allows us to map out the progression of your treatment before we begin. Scanners, X-rays, and computer programs help us to design a treatment plan which will accurately predict how best to move your teeth and correct your bite, taking into account the size and development of your teeth and jaw.

  • Surgical Options

By the time you reach your late teen years, the jaw bones have stopped growing and it’s no longer possible to expand them without surgery. Oral surgery can treat serious jaw problems that impact your teeth and bite, usually as part of a combined treatment plan designed by your orthodontist and your oral surgeon.

Because we always work to keep teeth intact—using these methods and others—you can be sure that, if we recommend extraction, it is absolutely necessary. What could make an extraction necessary?

  • Severe overcrowding. Sometimes, there’s just not enough room in the jaw for all of your teeth.
  • A tooth or teeth that prevent us from correcting a problem with your bite.
  • Wisdom teeth. Usually, orthodontic work takes place before a patient’s wisdom teeth start to erupt. If yours do make an appearance before or during treatment, we can adapt our treatment plan accordingly.
  • An extra tooth. It’s rare, but an extra, or supernumerary, tooth sometimes develops, and your jaw is not designed to accommodate extras!

It’s important that you talk to Dr. Zoe Huang, Dr. Zoryana Brodsky, Dr. Stephan Yoon, Dr. Mandy Leung, and Dr. Enejan Hanamova about every step of your treatment, including extractions. We want you to understand the treatment plan which will give you your best outcome. If we recommend extraction, it is because this decision is the best way to achieve a healthy bite and alignment, creating your beautiful smile—and protecting it—for a lifetime.

Why Do We Need To Floss Our Teeth?

March 28th, 2022

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We all know that we have to brush our teeth at least twice a day, but how often are you flossing your teeth? Every time you brush? Only when you feel something stuck in between? Do you ever wonder, "Why are my gums bleeding?" 

Regular flossing helps your gums and teeth stay healthy and strong. Flossing in between your teeth helps get rid of those food particles and plaque that are in those hard to reach areas that sometimes your toothbrush cannot reach. You sometimes may not see it in the mirror, but trust us, it is doing damage to your teeth. As the plaque and food sits in between rotting away and causing bad breath, it is breaking down your tooth little by little, without you even noticing. Eventually, it leads to severe tooth decay, gum infections, and gum diseases. 

Bleeding gums tends to happen when not enough flossing is being done. The buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar rest along your gum line irritating and inflaming your gums. When you attempt to remove that buildup by flossing, your swollen, inflamed gums start to bleed. If only a little bleeding occurs, do not be alarmed, it just means that not enough flossing has been done. Continue to floss daily and slowly it will subside. However, if excess bleeding continues, please visit one of our wonderful dentists (Dr. Huang, Dr. Brodsky, Dr. Hanamova, and Dr. Leung) to get your teeth examined for possible dental treatment. 

Flossing doesn’t just help keep your teeth clean and healthy, but it is also linked to your heart health as well. Most infections, especially in your mouth, cause a spike in your system that causes the levels of inflammatory substances in your blood to promote blood clots and slow blood flow to the heart. Researchers have found that the bacteria in your mouth infection can easily enter the bloodstream and impact your cardiovascular system. 

Our lovely and gentle dentists here at Live & Smile, recommend that you at least floss once at night. This will help minimize the gum infection and bleeding, while working to keep your smile at its best. Dr. Zoe Huang suggests to “wrap around the tooth like a letter "C" and go up and down around the tooth.” 

Our amazing Dublin dentists love that our patients practice and continue to floss daily to help keep those pearly whites at its tip top shape! Flossing is a simple, easy, and low cost way to prevent cavities and boost your oral hygiene, as well as your overall health. Also, saves you money on future dental treatment! 

Just remember, that flossing: 

  1. Gets rid of plaque 
  2. Reduces the risk of cavities 
  3. Helps prevents gum disease 
  4. Reduces bad breath 
  5. May help your heart health 
  6. Saves you money

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