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Jawline exercises

How to have a chiseled jaw.

In a society obsessed with perfect looks, it doesn’t come as a surprise when people come to Royal Dental West Hills to seek consultation for a sharp jawline. Though defining a jawline takes time since the facial fat goes away only with exercise and a healthy lifestyle, however, dermal fillers can give instant results. 

Jawline exercises- although the efficacy of jawline exercises for reducing facial fat specifically, has no science-based backing, there are abundant claims and facial exercise programs that guarantee results if you perform certain facial exercises that involve a particular muscle group of your face. You may try exercises like smiling, chin-lifts, neck curls, making a fish face and vowel sounds, chewing gum, kissing the sky, and such to tone your facial muscles. However, it may cause more harm and injury if done without proper consultation. Contact the best dentist in West Hills to get an expert consultation today at Royal Dental West Hills

Healthy lifestyle– it is a general belief that losing fat from your body will automatically enhance your jawline and its even true to an extent. However, to lose fat from the face will require intensive exercises since face fat is hard to melt. Not only a workout but, dietary changes need to be incorporated to make your weight-loss program work. Excessive intake of salt will only cause water retention in the body giving it a puffy appearance and hence a weak jawline. Excessive sugar will only add to the fat content eventually. Therefore, drink plenty of water and cut out the refined carbohydrates from your diet. You start noticing a sharper jawline sooner than later.

Proper grooming- while it may be convenient to let your beard grow freely for a while, investing a small amount of time to groom your beard will go a long way to maintain a chiseled appearance of your jaw.  For men who already have a strong jawline, shaving daily may seem a task but is worth it. You can shape your beard to suit your face shape and make your jawline appear stronger.

Fake a chiseled jawline with make-up- ladies can easily fake a strong jawline by using make-up such as contouring of face. Contouring can be used to define your jawline as well as enhancing your cheekbones to give an overall sharp appearance of the face.

Collagen boosters- with age, the jawline also becomes weak, partly due to loss of collagen which is a protein responsible for keeping your skin plump and full. So, when collagen is lost, your skin sags and so does your jawline. Therefore, collagen-boosting creams and serums can boost collagen production and not only give you a younger-looking skin but also a strong jawline. 

Dermal fillers- dermal fillers are a great way of contouring jawline without resorting to surgery.

Surgery- surgical procedures such as liposuction will remove the fat deposition on the jawline and therefore make it prominent post-surgery.

At Royal Dental West Hills, we have a dedicated team of professionals to take care of all your needs in one place. For queries or consultation, f today and/or also visit our expert Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. A. Yaghoubian’s website at Aesthticala.com .

What is a Dental Crown?

If you have a damaged tooth or teeth, it’s paramount to get them fixed. A dental crown is a cap used by dentists to repair a damaged tooth. It’s made from various materials, including metal and porcelain. If you choose to get a crown, you need to consider your dentist may recommend certain restorative steps to ensure durability and long term success of your crown.

Factors your Dentist Consider when Selecting a Dental Crown

There are factors your dentist considers when choosing a dental crown and generally your trusted dentist will recommend the best option to suit your needs. 

  1. Tooth Location
  2. Appearance
  3. Tooth Color

The expert will check the current color of the teeth hence giving you a crown that matches the rest of your teeth . This will make your teeth appear more natural. 

  1. Remaining Tooth Size

The remaining intact tooth structure to support your crown is crucial for the longevity of your crown.That is why often your dentist may recommend additional gum surgery or gum recontouring  to increase the amount of tooth structure for the purpose of more retentive crown,

Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are made from various materials. Here are different types to choose from: 

  1. Porcelain Crowns

Also known as ceramic crowns, porcelain crowns are the most preferred by people who need dental crowns. These crowns are made of porcelain material and offer a more natural look compared to others. 

Pros

  • The closest resemblance to natural teeth color. 
  • Can be shaped to match the shape and size of the damaged tooth
  • With the natural resemblance, they’re best for front teeth repair.

Cons

  • Unlike other crowns like metallic ones, porcelain isn’t resilient
  • They’re not suitable for patients suffering from bruxism.
  1. Gold Crowns

You might have come across a person with a gold tooth before. What they have is a gold crown . Many people prefer gold crowns for molar repair. 

Pros

  • In terms of strength, they’re the best of all crowns
  • Gold crowns are highly durable
  • They cover your tooth margins well
  • Metal crowns don’t wear out easily
  • Suitable for molar repair

Cons

  • In terms of appearance, they won’t resemble the natural tooth
  • Not the best for anyone with metal allergies
  1. Porcelain fused with Metal Crowns

Also preferred by patients who require teeth repair, they’re porcelain crowns lined with metal inside. 

Pros

  • Gives a more robust fit to the damaged tooth
  • Appear more natural with the porcelain outer cover
  • They last longer

Cons

  • Greyline on your gum is possible due to the metal inside
  • High cost

Final Point

Get your questions about dental crowns answered at the Royal Dental Practice in West hills. Please book a consultation today, and let’s work to restore your smile. 

What does a Jaw Cyst Feel Like?

What is a Jaw Cyst?

A cyst is a sac of tissue that has either fluid or soft material inside it. Cysts can grow in different parts of the body, including in the face or mouth. Thus, a jaw cyst is a growth or a lesion of fluid that forms inside the soft tissues underneath the jawbone. They usually form around the roots of your teeth. These cysts are typically benign (non-cancerous).

Jaw cysts can vary in size and severity. They grow gradually, and they can either remain sterile or become infected. Some can grow quite aggressive and can upset the surrounding bone and tissue or displace teeth.

Why do Jaw Cysts Form?

Jaw cysts usually form around dead, buried, or broken teeth. A dead tooth is a tooth that is no longer receiving a fresh supply of blood, usually as a result of infection or trauma. It is usually characterized by a (black or brown) discoloration.

A buried/impacted tooth is a tooth that is barely or partially erupted from the gum. If there is a disruption of normal dental development, the soft cells in the mouth can take advantage of this abnormality and develop into a cyst. Jaw cysts will rarely grow under a healthy, properly aligned tooth.

In rare cases, dental cysts are part of a genetic syndrome that has other symptoms (e.g., Gorlin’s syndrome). Your dentist or surgeon can help you identify the cause of your jaw cyst.

How do I know if I have a Jaw Cyst?

Most jaw cysts can grow very slowly for months or even years undetected. On its own, a cyst is rarely painful. Most of them remain small, so unless it grows dangerously big, you might never tell that you have one.

Many jaw cysts are only detectable when;

  1. They become infected and form an abscess. This can cause swelling and incredible pain.
  2. They steadily grow and replace bony tissue in the jaw. This can weaken the jaw leading to damaged or loosened teeth.
  3. They press again the teeth and other soft tissue impacting the structure of the mouth.
  4. They disrupt the normal function of the teeth and mouth. This can make it harder to speak, chew, or swallow.
  5. They press against and damage the nerves in the jaw bone, leading to numbness, sensitivity, or tingling in the gums, teeth, or lips.

Some people only find out about the cysts if they encounter some trauma to the face, and the jaw breaks easily due to the weakening of bones. In some cases, a dentist might need to take an x-ray for unrelated dental issues and coincidentally finds the cysts (they show up as darker areas or ‘holes’ in the x-ray).

How Do I Prevent/Treat a Jaw Cyst?

As stated above, as long as your teeth remain healthy, there is a very minimal chance of cysts forming. However, in the event a tooth dies or remains buried, it is essential to visit your dentist immediately so that they address the nerves and tissues around it to minimize the chances of a cyst forming.

Assuming you already have a cyst, the size, severity, and type of the cyst will inform your dentist or surgeon on the best course of action. As such, treatment can range between extracting some teeth, root canal, and/or minor dental surgery. Usually, the best treatment could include all three procedures. These procedures will simultaneously address the cause of the cyst, support the healing and repair process, and prevent the formation of another cyst.

The bottom line is, one sure way of preventing cysts is making sure you visit your dentist at least twice a year so that he/she can monitor the state of your dental health.

How Do I Stop Grinding my Teeth?

Teeth grinding, known by its clinical term bruxism, is the conscious or unconscious grinding or clenching of teeth. It is a common occurrence in children, but most of them grow out of it with time. However, bruxism can develop at any age. In most people, it usually happens unconsciously at night as rhythmic clenching and contractions of the jaw. During the day, it can occur when one is doing strenuous activities such as lifting heavy objects, or when mentally concentrating on a task like writing or driving. 

Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

The biggest giveaway of teeth grinding is waking up with sore jaws. This means that you grind your teeth in your sleep. Another common symptom is having headaches. According to the Bruxism Association, people who grind their teeth are three times more likely to suffer from headaches. 

Depending on how relentless your teeth grinding is, other symptoms could include stiffness in the shoulders and neck area, ear pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain/discomfort, enlargement of facial muscles, and sleep disorders. Also, teeth grinding causes wear in your teeth, which could lead to fracture, teeth loss, or leave your teeth exposed to dental issues in the future. 

Causes

In children, teeth grinding is mainly caused by anxiety and teeth misalignment. This is also true in adults. Additionally, the Bruxism Association also regards stress, smoking, heavy alcohol use, and caffeine, depression, and sleep disorders as possible causes of teeth grinding in adults. There isn’t enough evidence to elucidate why the above might cause bruxism.  

However, research has shown that bruxism manifests more frequently in people who snore or suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, and in people who regularly use drugs and substances. Additionally, about 70% of adults with bruxism work in stressful environments leading to the correlation between stress and teeth grinding. 

Treatment for Teeth Grinding

For you to know how to stop teeth grinding, it is important to find out what causes it. car

  1. Mouth Guards

This is the most popular and the most instant method of managing teeth grinding, and especially for people with chronic sleep bruxism. Mouthguards are custom-made plastic plates fitted over your bottom and top teeth. They protect your teeth against grinding and can help alleviate jaw pain or TMJ discomfort. 

There are over-the-counter mouth guards, but these might not be as soft or as effective as custom made ones. Consult with your dentist before getting one. 

  1. Coronoplasty

This is a dental procedure that is done to reduce unhealthy or unnecessary contact between teeth. This procedure is recommended if teeth misalignment is the cause of bruxism. 

  1. Stress Management Techniques

For the vast majority of people, teeth grinding is caused by stress. Some recommended stress management techniques include therapy, meditation, yoga, exercising, and so on. You can use an occlusal device like a mouth guard alongside stress management. 

  1. Tongue and Mouth Exercises

Just like with any other muscle, your tongue and jaws could do with some exercises. They will help relax your ocular muscles and maintain proper jaw alignment. 

  • Open your mouth wide and touch the front of your teeth with the tip of the tongue. This will relax the jaw. 
  • Move your lower jaw from one side to another. 
  • Massage your jaw to release tension. 
  1. Sleep Therapy

Sleep therapy would be beneficial to people whose bruxism is caused by sleep disorders. Usually, ocular devices like mouth guards will be used alongside sleep therapy. 

  1. Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback therapy is a mindfulness technique that helps people gain control of their involuntary bodily functions. As stated above, when people are concentrating hard on a task, they do not realize they have clenched jaws. As such, biofeedback therapy would make a person aware of this habit and help them channel the concentration in a less harmful way. 

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Note: Research on this concept is limited. 

Foods to Avoid During Quarantine to Protect Your Teeth

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. As a result, numerous dental offices have closed most of their operations except for emergency dental care only. It is likely that during this period, you will be spending more time at home than you ever have or ever will. Thus, you will need to take extra care of your teeth. The food we eat plays a very important role in maintaining or compromising our dental health. Therefore, we have compiled a list of foods that you should avoid to save yourself a trip to the dentist during this pandemic;

  1. Hard, Long-lasting Candies and Gummies

For obvious reasons, you should try to avoid candies, quarantined, or not. People tend to bite into hard candies, and this can crack a tooth. Additionally, hard candies and gummies stick and cling to the surface of your teeth or in between teeth. These stuck bits can take a while to dissolve or dislodge, and this can encourage bacterial action leading to cavities on or between your teeth. 

It is also important to note that dried fruits are gummier and sticker than regular fruits. Thus, bits of dried fruits can get stuck between your teeth and have the same effect as with gummies. Dried fruits are packed with non-soluble cellulose fibre, which can bind and trap sugars on and around the tooth. 

2. Acidic Foods
You probably have a couple of acidic foods and drinks in your house, natural or otherwise. These include lemons, grapefruits, tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, fizzy drinks, etc. While some of these are not necessarily harmful, the acid in them can erode the teeth enamel making it porous and susceptible to cavities and staining. If you have to take acidic drinks, use a straw. If you eat acidic foods, rinse your teeth thoroughly afterward. 

Some chewable vitamin pills and vitamin waters can also have concentrated acids and can have the same effect on teeth enamel. 

3. Junk and Starchy foods 

Most of us are spending a lot of time in front of the TV snacking away. As we munch on those potato chips, it is important to understand that despite them not being sugary, bits of them get trapped between our teeth. Because of the oil and starch in them, the bits will encourage bacterial activity, or the starch will convert into sugar. This can precipitate a gum disease, a cavity, or it can decalcify the enamel. 

4. Sodas, Sports Drinks, Coffee, Iced Tea
These drinks have a triple-whammy effect on teeth. Sodas and energy drinks are the leading sources of added sugar in the food industry. We already know sugar will cause you cavities. The drinks also contain phosphoric and citric acids, which will erode the tooth enamel with time. The drinks are also colored, which means that they can potentially stain your teeth.

5. Alcoholic Drinks, Wines and Cigarettes 

The worst effect of these products on the mouth is that they inhibit the production of saliva, making your mouth dry. Saliva is a very important component of oral health as it helps to wash away food particles and keep oral bacteria balanced. Thus, if your mouth is left too dry, your oral health is compromised. Wines and spirits also contain acids that erode the enamel. Not to mention that the cigarettes are known to stain teeth and compromise the health of the gums. 

The good thing is that, to take care of your teeth, you do not need a special diet. You just need to eat the usual healthy, balanced, stay hydrated, floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day. 

During this coronavirus pandemic, stay healthy and stay safe!!

Mobile dentistry- dental services at your doorstep

Dental appointments can make people anxious enough to skip the visit to their dentists. This may, however, be detrimental to oral health and therefore compromise it. This is particularly relevant for geriatric patients i.e. the elderly patients who are medically compromised already and therefore at a higher risk for dental issues such as periodontal problems. Royal mobile dentist is the solution for such patients who want professional dental services delivered right to their doorstep. Dr. Roya Shoffet, an expert Concierge Dentist ,is very well known in our communities, along with her experienced and highly efficient dental staff provides you with excellent mobile dental services to all kinds of dental patients.

What is mobile dentistry?

In simple terms, mobile dentistry is when the dentist travels to you to render dental services instead of the other way around. As the name suggests, Dr. Shoffet brings the dental equipment required for a comprehensive oral examination as well as those required for dental treatment to your location . Royal Mobile dentistry headed by Dr. Shoffet and her staff are dedicated to providing the best possible dental treatment with that much-needed reassurance and care.

Who all can benefit from it?

There are multitudinous people who can benefit from this service, some of which are :

– residents of senior communities such as assisted living facilities,retirement homes,skilled nursing and rehab centers,or actually their individual homes who require dental services from the comfort and convenience of their homes

– medically compromised individuals who have diabetes mellitus, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, renal disease, liver disease,respiratory disorders such as asthma,patients with Parkinson’s disease, patients who are bedridden due to ALS ,or any other debilitating disease such as obesity etc..

-often celebrity actresses and actors,or ceo and staff of a large company choose  concierge mobile dentistry as the ideal form of seeking dental treatment for purposes of privacy and efficiency.

– pregnant patients who are bedridden or find it inconvenient to travel

– individuals with mental disorders, for example, old patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, etc.

– mentally challenged individuals, for example, those with Autism or Down’s syndrome

-Patients who have psychological disorder,such as anxiety, phobia …

What services do we provide thru Concierge mobile dentistry? 

Our Mobile dental service covers preventive, restorative, cosmetic,rehabilitative aspects of dentistry such as removable dentures,dentures Reline and repair and more…

 Following are some of the dental services that we provide at the bedside:

-comprehensive dental exam,consultation and oral cancer screening

-patient education regarding tooth brushing and flossing teeth

-Digital radiographic procedures and digital photography

– Routine Prophylaxis,(cleaning) or scaling for removal of plaque

– sealants and topical fluoride treatment

-Deep cleaning and gum treatment

-Emergency relief of pain and infection

-minor fillings

-Removable dentures fabrications,full or partials,and many dentures related issues

Fabrication of occlusal guard,(night guard),retainers and bleaching trays…

FYI,for any complicated and advanced treatment requring multidisciplinary treatment such as surgery,sleep dentistry,perio surgery,implants, and complex restorative procedures ,our efficient staff will make all the arrangements for patients to be transferred to our west hills office. Royal Dental Practice is highly commited to provide all of our patients with the highest quality of dentistry and placing emphasis on our patients’ comfort and safety by practicing the best standards of infection control and sterilization.

Please call for any of your dental concerns, we will be delighted to answer any of your questions ,we are only a click away.

  How can you book an appointment?

Booking an appointment with us is as effortless as ever. Just call us on our number and wait for us to show up at your doorstep. As easy as that!

Why It is Important to Take Care of Your Teeth

Unlike most other parts of our bodies, our teeth are one of the body parts that we cannot naturally replace. Hence, taking care of our teeth is a worthy cause in and of itself. It can prevent a multitude of health issues, improve our quality of life, and save us money.

  1. For Health Reasons

Oral hygiene reveals a lot about the general health of a person. Saliva is an excellent diagnostic tool as well as one’s main line of defense against diseases. Saliva contains antibodies that defend the mouth from various bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

For instance, saliva contains a protein called histatin, which prevents an overgrowth of a fungus called candida albicans. This fungus thrives when there is an imbalance of healthy and unhealthy flora in the mouth. A multitude of reasons causes this imbalance, key among them being poor oral hygiene. The fungus can cause oral thrush and it can travel down the gut and cause digestive problems.

Poor oral care can also result lead to the formation of plaque and tartar. Tartar is impossible to remove with a toothbrush and with time, it hardens around the gum. Tartar can accelerate an overgrowth of bacteria which might attack the soft tissue of the gum making it inflamed, painful, and loose (gingivitis). If not treated, the gum can pull away from the teeth and form pockets that are susceptible to bacterial infection (periodontitis).

Lastly, poor oral care can cause dental cavities. Apart from teeth loss, dental cavities can also cause abscesses, jaw pain, headaches, or in extreme cases, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain.

  1. For Aesthetic and Social Reasons

As vain and trivial as this reason might sound, people are visual beings. We choose who we want to socialize with on account of their physical appearance. For starters, a full straight, healthy set of teeth is responsible for defining our facial structure. A loss of one or two teeth can make a significant impact on our appearance.

Similarly, a smile takes center stage of your appearance, and that is why it is crucial to have it looking presentable. A smile can make or break an entire look. Plaque, cavities, and tartar are unsightly, and on top of that, they might make your mouth smelly (halitosis).

Taking care of your teeth also ensures that they stay healthy as you get older. In essence, good oral hygiene will give you confidence and improve the quality of your social life.

  1. For Economic Reasons

It is no secret that replacing damaged teeth is expensive. Most insurance companies do not (provide adequate) cover for dental care, and especially when the procedures are considered cosmetic. Which might have two implications; either fork the hefty amount from your budget or commit to saving up for months on end to have decent teeth. Neither of these two options is easy nor necessary. Taking care of your teeth now might save you thousands in dental costs later.

Proper oral care entails;

  • Brushing your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. This includes cleaning the gums and the tongue as well.
  • Flossing daily.
  • Making regular visits to your dentist, ideally twice a year.
  • Eating a well-balanced diet.
  • Avoiding tobacco products.

There is a right and wrong way to brush your teeth. Firstly, ensure your brush is of good quality and has soft bristles. Rough bristles might erode your teeth enamel or injure your gums, exposing you to infections. The best brushing technique is a combination of gentle circular motions and short back-and-forth motions. Be especially gentle around the gums and don’t forget to scrape your tongue lightly!