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

 


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

 


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

 


Happy Teeth Don’t Just Happen

Your California Dentist And Cleaning Your Teeth California is known for its beautiful smiles, and our local Sherman Oaks community is no exception. Keeping your teeth clean is a critical factor in maintaining a beautiful smile. One of the benefits of regularly visiting your dentist is receiving a thorough teeth cleaning and a review of your brushing habits.

Our Sherman Oaks dental hygienist helps you keep your teeth clean by assessing the condition of your teeth and recommending improvements to your daily teeth cleaning habits. Our Sherman Oaks oral hygienist can also professionally clean and polish your teeth at your regular dental check-up.

Having a professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove plaque (a sticky deposit that gets left on teeth in which bacteria thrives) and tartar (a calcium deposit that forms on teeth and contributes to tooth decay).

Brushing and flossing at least twice each day can keep plaque and tartar from building up on your teeth and results in cleaner, healthier teeth.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting your local Sherman Oaks, California dentist at least once every 6 months for a dental check-up and teeth cleaning.

To keep that beautiful smile in top condition, come in for a dental check-up and teeth cleaning. Call Sherman Oaks Dental in Sherman Oaks California to make an appointment.– Michael Bjornbak

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Saliva

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Hello, my name is Dr. Michael Bjornbak and I want to welcome you to my Sherman Oaks dental blog. My dental practice, Sherman Oaks Dental, wants to help our Van Nuys, Studio City CA, and Sherman Oaks patients to be knowledgeable about oral health issues.

Today we are going to discuss the complexity and importance of your saliva. This typically yucky substance is, in reality, a finely balance body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food. So, without further adieu, here are the main components of saliva.

1. Water. No surprise here! You saliva consists mostly of water.

2. Enzymes. Enzymes are important biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.

3. Immunoproteins. These are effective cells that fight cellular invaders, such as bacteria. Those in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential to avoiding gingivitis and keeping a healthy pH balance in the mouth.

4. Minerals. Saliva minerals assist in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.

Most Sherman Oaks dental patients produce enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be dangerous to your dental health, so be sure to speak with your Sherman Oaks dentist if you are experiencing this.

If you are in the Van Nuys, Studio City, or Sherman Oaks area and are in search of quality dental care, please call my office today at 818-465-9704. Our compassionate staff would be happy to talk to you about our services, which include:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
teeth whitening
dentures

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


Oral Health For Sherman Oaks Diabetics

Oral Health For Sherman Oaks Diabetics

Today’s Sherman Oaks dental article is entitled ‘Oral Health For Sherman Oaks Diabetics.’ Many Sherman Oaks people with diabetes have dental problems. However, gum disease, tooth loss, and periodontal disease are not unavoidable.

Blood sugar is the complicating factor. Sherman Oaks diabetics who control their blood sugar have lower rates of dental problems. In fact, many Sherman Oaks dentists have noticed no increased risk of dental disease among diabetics who maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

When blood sugar levels rise, the amount of sugars and starches increase in your mouth. These substances combine with the bacteria naturally present to create enamel-eroding plaque. Untreated plaque creates cavities.

In addition to cavities, Sherman Oaks dental patients with diabetes need to be vigilant about gum health. Because diabetes can make it harder to control the growth of bacteria, the amount of plaque in your mouth can multiply quicker. Plaque not only causes cavities, it inflames and weakens gum tissue and eventually the bone surrounding teeth.

Untreated gum disease progresses to periodontitis, a more severe infection. Because Sherman Oaks diabetics have a lower resistance to infection, it can be difficult to reverse periodontitis in people with diabetes. To make matters even worse, the presence of infection can make it harder to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

Bottom line? 1: Brush and floss regularly to prevent plaque build-up. 2: See your Sherman Oaks dentist for twice-yearly cleanings to remove any plaque and tartar that has accumulated under the gumline.

Dr. Bjornbak of Sherman Oaks Dental is accepting new patients in the Sherman Oaks and Studio City area. We can help diabetic dental patients keep their smile beautiful. If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry because of diabetes related decay or gum disease, we can restore your beautiful smile with the latest tooth restoration options. Ask us about crowns, dental implants, implant anchored dentures, porcelain veneers, inlays/onlays, and same-day restorations.

Sherman Oaks Dental is located at 4849 Van Nuys Blvd in Sherman Oaks. Call us at 818-465-9704 to schedule a consultation. Thanks for visiting the Sherman Oaks Dental blog!

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


Do You Eat A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

Healthy Teeth and Your Sherman Oaks Diet Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern for our local Sherman Oaks dental patients. As your Dr., I’m passionate about helping you care for your teeth and keep them healthy. Everyone in Sherman Oaks knows that maintaining healthy teeth requires thorough daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your local Sherman Oaks dental practice are also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining proper dental hygiene.

We generally forget that maintaining a healthy diet can also be beneficial to your teeth. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and healthy teeth. Examples of local Sherman Oaks foods to include in your diet include foods rich in vitamin B such as eggs, breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, usually fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

Saliva is vital to healthy teeth because it aids in maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution when deciding whether to chew gum.

Just as certain diet choices in the Sherman Oaks area can be beneficial to the health of your teeth, others can be harmful. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars – especially soda and energy drinks – are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay. And while table sugar is often associated with the formation of cavities, other sugars such as glucose, fructose, and maltose are also causes, and are often found in juices and sodas. Limiting the consumption of sugars to mealtimes lessens the amount of time your healthy teeth are exposed.

Making good diet choices and limiting between meal sugar consumption can improve the health of your teeth and gums. If you would like to learn how to better care for your healthy teeth in the Sherman Oaks area, contact Sherman Oaks Dental at 818-465-9704. We would love to hear from you.

-Michael Bjornbak

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


Find A Few Minutes To Floss

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One common excuse often given by people who don’t floss is that the practice is difficult to fit into their daily schedule. If you’ve found this to be true, and feel like you are too busy to floss, here are some suggestions for when to fit this essential dental health habit into your day.

  • The most common time is right before bed, but make sure you aren’t too tired to do a good job.
  • Right when you wake up is also an option, but if food is left between teeth all night, it can result in plaque.
  • Try just after lunch, before you go back to work.
  • Floss while you are in the car sitting in traffic. It’s easier one-handed with the pre-strung floss pics. (You might get some odd looks from other drivers, but it’s worth it.)
  • Keep some floss in your gym bag so you can floss after you exercise.
  • While you’re watching the nightly news.

I hope this gives you some beneficial ideas to help you make flossing part of your daily routine. Flossing is critical for anyone in Sherman Oaks who wants to have a healthy smile.

If you want to improve your smile, look into cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers, invisible braces, teeth whitening, or dental implants.

My name is Dr. Michael Bjornbak. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, as well as helping them obtain the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, and complete smile transformations.

We are currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at 818-465-9704 to make an appointment!

Creating Beautiful, Healthy Smiles

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


Protect Those Nooks And Crannies

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Dr. Michael Bjornbak is committed to the prevention of dental caries, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. Preventative dentistry – brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with a dental hygienist – is crucial for keeping your smile bright and free of dental cavities. There are some places, however, where enamel degeneration can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene.

The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most challenging area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for cavities to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.

While brushing frequently is vital, an additional safeguard against cavities is the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are a plastic barrier that Dr. Bjornbak can apply. The sealants are placed over the top of each tooth, to prohibit bacteria and plaque having direct contact with the tooth.

Many Sherman Oaks parents obtain sealants for their children and teens, and many adults in the Sherman Oaks area are having them applied to help fight dental caries and protect enamel. After sealants are applied, they will be examined at each visit and reapplied as necessary.

Are they cost effective? Sealants are relatively inexpensive initially and downright cheap when you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative services that may be necessary in the future. Sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.

To preserve a healthy smile, follow these vital steps:

Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush that is replaced every few months
Brush with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste after each meal
Eat a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and low fat protein sources
Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially soda and hard or chewy candy
Visit Dr. Bjornbak at least once a year and have your teeth cleaned and examined
Consider having sealants to help protect the enamel in the hard-to-clean places

People all over the Sherman Oaks area trust Sherman Oaks Dental in Sherman Oaks for their family’s dental care. Dr. Bjornbak, DDS, specializes in dental implants, porcelain veneers and teeth whitening.

Call today for an appointment at 818-465-9704 and trust the compassionate team at Sherman Oaks Dental to help keep you smiling.

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California
91403