As I stand over my sink and ponder the frayed bristles of my number one toothbrush, I question whether I should replace it. It’s a good question. We all brush our teeth on a daily basis. Like a good pair of jeans, it seems the more we use a toothbrush, the more comfortable it gets. […]
Sleep Apnea and Headaches: What Dental Patients Need to Know
Frequent headaches can be a debilitating symptom of a serious condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder where your breathing repeatedly stops and starts as you sleep. It can cause a variety of health problems, including hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. Sleep apnea can also affect the quality of your sleep, leading […]
Not Happy With Your Gums? Ask About Contouring
Some Encinitas and Carlsbad dental patients who are interested in a full smile makeover might want to consider gum contouring. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is helpful for people who feel that their gums rest too low or too high on their teeth. If you feel that your gums cover too much of the surface of […]
Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?
I’m Stephen and Kimberly Dankworth DDS of La Costa Dental Excellence in Carlsbad. My patients often ask me if chewing xylitol gum is an effective substitute for tooth brushing and regular dental exams. Before I answer that question, let me tell you a little bit about xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first […]
Has Your Toddler Had A Dental Exam?
For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to begin children’s dentist visits before the third birthday. The AAP now counsels parents to take their toddler to a dentist before his or her first birthday, or within six months after their first tooth breaks through. Don’t wait! Why? Prevention, prevention, prevention! Sadly, California dentists continue […]
5 Tips For Treating Mouth Sores
Hi. We’re Doctors Stephen and Kimberly Dankworth. When our patients get mouth sores, we guide them to evaluate what they’re eating and make some changes. By following these tips, you too can avoid the discomfort of eating and help to increase the speed of healing. 1. Eat soft or pureed foods. Don’t worry, you won’t […]