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Whiter Teeth For Sherman Oaks Smiles

Whiter Teeth for Sherman Oaks Teeth whitening has become very popular in Sherman Oaks, California as an easy way to change your smile with little effort and no pain.

Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS can help you understand your options for teeth whitening and the results you may expect from various teeth whitening options.

Over the counter whitening systems can give varied results, with many users feeling unhappy or dissatisfied with over-the-counter teeth whitening products.

Your Sherman Oaks, California cosmetic dentist can help you whiten your teeth effectively and achieve professional results. If you are ready to try a teeth whitening product, please give us a call at 818-465-9704 to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.

Our compassionate staff would love to answer any questions you have about general, cosmetic, restorative, or pediatric dental treatment. Here are some of our services:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
teeth whitening
dentures
dental crowns

If you are searching for quality, friendly dental care in the Sherman Oaks area, call us here at Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS. We have been serving the greater Sherman Oaks area since 1987. We are currently accepting new patients at our comfortable, state-of-the-art dental office. At Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS, we are committed to providing superior dental care to our valued patients.

 

Michael Bjornbak

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 101
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


What Is Oil Pulling?

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Today’s Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS dental post looks at oil pulling; an alternative practice that has been generating a lot of buzz around Sherman Oaks. Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for twenty minutes to benefit the teeth, gums and overall health and well-being. The oils most commonly used are coconut oil, sesame oil, and sunflower oil.

Proponents claim that it detoxifies the mouth, cleans plaque, reduces inflammation, cures bad breath, whitens teeth, kills infection, and boosts the immune system. Some advocates even claim that it “cures” cavities and periodontal disease.

What does the American Dental Association say about oil pulling? Here is an excerpt from a May 2014 article:

“To date, scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being. Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities. The ADA recommends that patients follow a standard oral hygiene regimen that includes twice-daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, using ADA-Accepted products. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth help prevent cavities and keep gums healthy.”1

While we support any habit that improves oral health, Sherman Oaks Dental cautions patients not to replace brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings/exams with oil pulling.

At Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS, we provide top-quality dental care for every member of your family. We serve all of your preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental needs including dental implants, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dentures, and dental crowns. Our comfortable, state-of-the-art office is located at 4849 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 101 in Sherman Oaks.

1“The Practice of Oil Pulling,” American Dental Association, May 14, 2014, http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/the-practice-of-oil-pulling, accessed on June 19, 2014

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 101
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


Get On Top Of Your To-Do List by Calling Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS

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Is it time to get your life back in order, Sherman Oaks? Call it Spring Cleaning. Call it a Hard Reset.  I like to call the small and simple tasks cling-ons. These are things like refill a prescription, change your furnace filter, get your oil changed, replace the lightbulb or make a dental appointment.

If you’ve been pushing dental work onto the back burner, maybe it’s time to just get it out of the way and move on to your other tasks. Call 818-465-9704 to set up a consultation. Once and for all determine your dental needs and create a manageable, extraordinary, all-encompassing plan.

Here at Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS we see patients for many smile corrections including the following:

teeth whitening
dental crowns
dental implants
dentures
porcelain veneers

Dr. Michael Bjornbak strives to provide superior service to our amazing patients in Sherman Oaks, California. At your consultation feel free to ask about veneers, implants, invisible braces, bridges and all things dental. We answer cosmetic dentistry questions all day long and Dr. Bjornbak knows how to clearly explain the pros and cons related to various treatment plans.

Move through your to-do list today – change your oil, check. Replace that lightbulb, check. Make a dental appointment, check. It feels great.

Michael Bjornbak

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 101
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


7 Ways Bonding Can Beautify

Sherman Oaks Cosmetic Dentist

Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the Sherman Oaks area, but there are many patients who don’t know exactly what it is. Today in the Sherman Oaks Dental dental blog, we explain 7 ways dental bonding is used in cosmetic dentistry.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is sturdy and tooth-colored. It is applied to the teeth while soft, like putty, and then hardened or set with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists will usually consider the option of bonding when 1) decayed, 2) chipped, or 3) cracked teeth need to be repaired.

4) Large spaces between teeth can be filled with bonding material, and 5) roots can be protected by bonding after gums recede.

6) Discolored teeth can also be improved using the bonding process, and, since the material is easily shaped, teeth can be made to 7) look longer or just have the general shape changed. Bonding is often used, along with teeth whitening as part of a total smile makeover.

Hi. I’m Dr. Michael Bjornbak, of Sherman Oaks Dental in Sherman Oaks.  My practice, Sherman Oaks Dental, offers the following services:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
teeth whitening
dentures

And more! So, if you are in the Van Nuys, Studio City CA, or Sherman Oaks area and are in need of dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at 818-465-9704.

We hope to hear from you soon!

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding, accessed on March 7, 2013

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


Take 5: Straight Talk About Braces

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Having braces in Sherman Oaks uncovers unique concerns.

Hello, I’m Dr. Michael Bjornbak at Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS. I support healthy oral hygiene and regular, consistent check-ups. Hygiene for braces is a bit different.

Here are five important concerns to keep in mind with braces:

1. Be Careful What You Eat

Sweets and extra food stuck in hard-to-notice spaces may lead to plaque and yellowing around the appliances in your mouth. Avoid sweets, juices, sodas, anything that will stain your teeth. Also, sticky things like gum and caramel can break the equipment in your mouth.

2. Consider a Mouthguard

Sports are the center of life for many Sherman Oaks families. We’re an active community. I love that. A quality mouthguard provides important protection for both your teeth and braces.

3. Take Time for Gum Health
Maintaining healthy gums requires deliberate brushing and flossing. In the past, two minutes of quality brushing was acceptable. Braces are trickier to clean. What’s another minute to make sure every nook and cranny is taken care of?

4. Check the Mirrors
Humans are exceptional at noticing flaws. Check your smile often in a mirror to keep your braces free of obvious food particles.

5. Smile with Confidence
At first, people will notice the change in your smile. But if you’re relaxed about your new braces, soon your friends will simply look past them without even noticing.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, hope it helps.

I’ve been treating patients in Sherman Oaks, Studio City CA, Sherman Oaks and beyond since 1987. You name it – Invisalign, sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry – we do it.

I’ve got the expertise, experience, tools, and team you need to maintain a healthy smile. I deal daily with dentures, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental crowns, and dental implants. The cost of a smile makeover, cosmetic dentistry, and celebrity-caliber teeth may be more affordable than you think.

Meet with me today and we can go over the possibilities and manageable options to meet your needs. Can’t wait to see you!

 

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 101
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


Relax. Your Teeth Will Thank You.

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Most Sherman Oaks adults have been warned about the physical effects of stress. Our doctors remind us to protect ourselves from the dangers of un-managed stress by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep.

We know that we shouldn’t try to relieve stress with overeating, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or compulsive spending. (Even though many of us are guilty!)

Stress that is not sensibly managed can affect the heart, nervous system, immune system, and digestive system. It can also affect – you guessed it – your teeth.

The obvious risks to oral health are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, smoking, and the over-consumption of sugary foods. But did you know that stress can increase plaque production, trigger canker sores and increase the risk of periodontal disease? Another problem is that when people are under excessive stress, they often neglect basic oral hygiene.

If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment with Michael Bjornbak at Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS today. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dental services including dental implants, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and dentures.

It’s ironic, but for some Sherman Oaks residents, dental visits cause major anxiety. What if the thought of visiting a dentist sends your blood pressure through the roof? Talk to us about sedation dentistry.

Relax. We can help you get the dental treatment you need.

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 101
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


Pregnancy And Oral Health

Pregnancy And Oral Health In Sherman Oaks

In today’s Sherman Oaks Dental blog we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. I am Dr. Michael Bjornbak and I want all expectant California mothers to realize the importance of good oral hygiene during pregnancy. Because of the changes going on in a pregnant woman’s body there are potential dental health issues that may arise.

Many Sherman Oaks women experience morning sickness accompanied with vomiting. The gastric acid increases the acidity in the mouth which can easily lead to enamel loss and tooth decay. Heightened levels of progesterone and estrogen may relax the ligaments that support the teeth causing them to loosen.

Most Sherman Oaks residents have experienced gingivitis, but during pregnancy the hormonal changes increase your risk for gingivitis. Without proper dental care gingivitis can lead to gum disease.

If you are a pregnant California woman, my staff and I at Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush for daily brushing. Floss carefully and rinse your mouth with a fluoride wash. If you experience morning sickness, clean your mouth with a baking soda and water mixture.

If you are planning to become pregnant, we recommend that you have a cleaning and exam prior to your pregnancy. If you need any dental procedures, it is a good idea to get them done as soon as possible. If you experience any dental problems during your pregnancy, please call and schedule an appointment at 818-465-9704. Untreated dental disease can affect your overall health.

At Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS we not only offer excellent dental care to our pregnant patients, we provide quality preventative care and dental implants for the entire family. Our Sherman Oaks patients can expect professional sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and teeth whitening.

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 101
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


Dental Specialties Available In Sherman Oaks

Dental Specialties Available In Sherman Oaks General dentists in the Sherman Oaks area are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures. However, sometimes, your Sherman Oaks general dentist will refer you to a local Sherman Oaks specialist, or include a specialist as part of your treatment team.

Following are some of the most common dental specialties found in the Sherman Oaks area:

Endodontists
Endodontists in Sherman Oaks specialize in root canal therapy and other procedures involving the root and surrounding parts of the tooth.

Periodontists
Periodontists practicing in the Sherman Oaks area treat the conditions affecting gum tissue and the bone surrounding the teeth. If you have gingivitis or more advanced periodontal disease, you may be referred to a periodontist in Sherman Oaks.

Prosthodontists
Repairing damaged teeth and replacing lost teeth for Sherman Oaks patients is called ‘restorative dentistry’. Prosthodontists have advanced training in procedures involving crowns, dental implants, bridges, veneers, inlays, and partial or complete dentures.

Pediatric Dentists
Infants, young children and teenagers in the Sherman Oaks area have different dental needs than adults. Pediatric Dentists undergo additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases affecting the youngest population in Sherman Oaks.

Oral Surgeons
Oral Surgeons serving the Sherman Oaks area perform surgical procedures involving the teeth, mouth and jaw. These include dental implants, surgery to repair damage due to injury, tumor surgery, and cleft lip and palate reconstruction.

If you are interested in learning more about these specialties, or have a concern regarding your oral health, please visit us at Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS. You will find us at 4849 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 101 in Sherman Oaks California 91403. Please give us a call at 818-465-9704.

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 101
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


3 Problems Which May Require A Root Canal

Sherman Oaks root canal

Hello California, let’s talk about the root canal procedure (“endodontic therapy” in dentist – speak). The root canal may be the most cringe-worthy dental treatment commonly done today, but it is important that dental patients in the Van Nuys, Studio City CA, and Sherman Oaks areas know what is happening during this anxiety – inducing, though routine, procedure.

At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. This thread-like tissue can become damaged due to a:

An injury to a tooth
A very deep cavity
A crack in the tooth

If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.

When an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist in Sherman Oaks or Sherman Oaks performs a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out, the space that is left is cleaned and then it is shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled and continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.

Hi. I’m Dr. Michael Bjornbak of Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS in Sherman Oaks. I hope that today’s Sherman Oaks dental blog post has helped you to better understand root canals. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible and accurate dental information. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, dental implants, or teeth whitening, please give us a call at 818-465-9704.

At Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS we offer:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
teeth whitening
dentures

Creating Beautiful, Healthy Smiles

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Popular-Topics/Common-Dental-Procedures/article/What-is-Root-Canal-Treatment.cvsp, accessed March 14, 2013

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 101
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


Smile Like You Mean It!

Sherman Oaks Smile Like You Mean It!

Hello Sherman Oaks friends! Have you ever noticed someone who refuses to flash a genuine smile? Even in a family picture, they stay tight-lipped. Even if they’re laughing at the funniest joke ever, they cover their mouths. Maybe this person is you and maybe you need a smile makeover.

Don’t be embarrassed! Here at Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS we provide the most advanced cosmetic dentistry services for our Sherman Oaks area patients. There are many reasons a dental patient could be shy about their smile, such as injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, or missing teeth. But chances are, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help.

Wouldn’t it be outstanding to have the confident smile you’ve always wanted?

Many patients start with teeth whitening. Other procedures include dental implants, veneers, crowns, enamel shaping, bonding, and more! We can also refer you to an orthodontist if needed.

I’m Dr. Michael Bjornbak and I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. If you would like to know more about smile redesigns, give us a call at 818-465-9704 and our compassionate staff can schedule an appointment.

Call today to get a smile you’ll never want to hide!

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 101
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


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