Can You Handle A Dental Emergency?

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At Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS, we hope you never experience a serious dental emergency. It’s important, however, to know what to do in such a situation. Here is a quiz on dental emergencies and less urgent oral issues.

1. One of the wires on your braces breaks. What do you do?

a. Cut off the loose piece.
b. Put a piece of orthodontic wax on the end if it is irritating your tongue or gums. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist to have it fixed.
c. If the wire has cut your gums, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Both b and c are correct. If you don’t have a piece of orthodontic wax, you can use a cotton ball to cover the sharp end. If you cut off the loose end of the wire, you risk swallowing it.

2. Your five year-old falls off his bike, hits his face on the sidewalk, and knocks out one of his front teeth. What do you do before driving immediately to the nearest Van Nuys dental office or Sherman Oaks ER?

a. Put the tooth back in the socket.
b. If the tooth is dirty, scrub it with a brush.
c. Put the tooth in milk.

The answer depends on whether it is a permanent tooth or a baby tooth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done quickly. Make sure you only hold the tooth by the crown, never touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water being cautious not to brush off any tissue attached. It is best to reinsert the tooth into the socket. This may not be possible with younger children. Because it is essential to keep the tooth from drying out on your way to your Van Nuys dentist or nearest Sherman Oaks area emergency room, you can put the tooth in a cup of milk. Baby teeth should not be reinserted because it can potentially damage the emerging tooth.

3. You lose a filling and the tooth starts hurting. After
scheduling an appointment with your Sherman Oaks  dentist, what do you do in the meantime?

a. Save the filling.
b. Take an OTC pain reliever.
c. Put an aspirin on the tooth.

Both a and b are correct. Though your Sherman Oaks dentist probably can’t use the same filling to repair the problem, it may reveal important information about the cause of the separation. Never put an aspirin on a tooth because the acid in it could irritate your gums.

4. One of your teeth suddenly darkens. What are the possible causes?

a. The nerve inside the tooth is damaged.
b. It is side effect of a medication you are taking.
c. Gum disease.
d. An infection.

The answer is all of the above.

For any dental emergency or other oral condition, call an urgent dental care office or Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS in Sherman Oaks. We have been providing quality dental care for Sherman Oaks residents since 1987. If you add our address and phone number (818-465-9704) to your phone contacts right now, you won’t have to search for it in the case of an emergency. When trying to save a knocked-out tooth, every minute counts.

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


Does Your Teen Have Unique Dental Challenges?

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When it comes to oral health, adolescence is a pivotal time.The last of the permanent teeth come in, giving young people their “adult smile.” Good habits can be forged and reinforced. Teeth can be straightened with orthodontia, providing increased confidence when it is often sorely needed.

On the downside, some teenagers take up habits that are harmful to their teeth. Adolescents often don’t understand the importance of proper dental hygiene and how itimpacts lifelong oral health. Some develop teenage cavities that can cause recurring dental issues in later years.

Eating disorders are far too common among teenagers. Bulimia can cause enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. We strongly recommend parents  to intervene immediately and seek appropriate medical care if they suspect their teen has an eating disorder.

The importance of diet cannot be overstated. Adolescence is a time when many kids decrease their calcium intake – a danger to both bones and teeth. The consumption of energy drinks and sugared soda also contribute to tooth and gum problems in teenagers.

Additionally, those use tobacco and illegal drugs have an increased risk of dental caries and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely harmful. The health risks include tooth and gum damage, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and excessive swelling that can block airways.

Teens who are undergoing orthodontic treatment often have a difficult time thoroughly cleaning their teeth. It is a challenge to fit toothbrush bristles and floss under dental hardware. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help clean their teeth and gums.

Make sure kids receive twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings.We’ll identify and treat oral issues in their early stages so that further damage can be prevented or minimized.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following essential guidelines for adolescent oral health:

Teens should drink fluoridated water.
Fluoride supplementation is recommended for high risk teens that don’t have access to fluoridated water (up to age 16).
Teens should use fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
Teens should floss daily.1

To schedule a thorough teen dental examination and cleaning, call Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS at 818-465-9704. The team of compassionate dental professionals is passionate about oral health for patients of all ages.

1“Protecting All Children’s Teeth, Oral Health in Adolescence,” http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/pact/, accessed September 17,  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


Do You Have A Thumbsucking Toddler?

Open Bite For years, parents have been warned that thumb-sucking can cause future dental problems for their thumb-loving toddlers. One of these problems is a type of malocclusion called an open bite.

An open bite occurs when the front teeth in the lower and upper jaw have been moved forward; often to the extent that they do not meet when the mouth is closed. In most cases, an open bite has been caused by thumb sucking, but pacifiers and tongue thrusting can also move teeth out of alignment.

Tongue thrusting refers to an abnormal swallowing action in which the tongue is pushed forward during swallowing. Normally, the tongue is on the roof of the mouth and the teeth closed completely when swallowing. A tongue-thrusting habit can develop due to factors other than thumb sucking, though this is a common cause. Allergies, large tonsils, tongue size, jaw angle, muscular problems, frequent sore throats, and anything that makes swallowing difficult can result in a tongue-thrusting habit.

At Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS, we diagnose bite problems in young dental patients. This includes underbites, overbites, crossbites and open bites. If dental treatment is started early in a child’s life, many bite issues and their associated problems can be prevented.

Call Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS at 818-465-9704 to schedule a dental examination for your toddler or child. If you need dental treatment for your child and do not have dental plan insurance, talk to us about financing options.

We offer comprehensive dental care in the greater Sherman Oaks area. Because our friendly staff puts our youngest patients at ease, your child can grow up without fearing visits to their family dentist.

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


Super Smiles For Life

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Your child should be naturally proud of his or her smile. It expresses joy, laughter, and fun! To make sure your child has a healthy and attractive smile, start early. Really early.

Dr. Michael Bjornbak recommends that you bring your child in for their first dental visit soon after their first birthday. An early check is the first step in preventing troubles and setting the stage for lifelong dental health. Dr. Bjornbak will keep the visit short, but carry out a thorough visual examination to make sure there are no concerns.

Our staff will advise you on good dental procedures at home, such as correct brushing and flossing. You will also be guided regarding healthy eating choices and the consequences of poor choices. It is especially essential to keep your toddler from eating sticky or hard candies that lodge in molars and spaces between teeth. It is also important to monitor the amount of juice they drink and keep it in a cup instead of a bottle.

Any time sugary foods or drinks are in contact with teeth, the enamel is weakened from the acid those substances contain. Prolonged exposure begins to wear the enamel away, setting the stage for tooth decay. Unlike broken bones that regenerate, once enamel is gone, it’s essentially gone, though fluoride can remineralize weakened enamel to a small degree.

Promoting a healthy, low sugar diet is always optimal for your toddler’s teeth. If your baby or toddler needs a bottle to calm down and go to sleep, make sure that the bottle contains only water.

Other critical habits are to brush and floss your teeth in front of your child. (If you have never been regular flossing – it’s time to start!) Let them see that it is a priority and a comfortable habit in your life. Brush their teeth with a soft bristled brush and a small amount of toothpaste. Let them try it, but always go over their teeth afterward, making sure each tooth is brushed. When finished, give them a cup of water to help rinse the toothpaste out.

Before your appointment, let your child know that their teeth are going to be checked. Dr. Bjornbak will help them feel proud of their effort and feel positive about their visit.

Call Dr. Bjornbak at 818-465-9704 to schedule an appointment. Remember also to call any time between scheduled visits with any questions or concerns that might arise. We are committed to your child’s lifelong dental health.

Dr. Bjornbak serves many families in the Sherman Oaks area with knowledge and compassion. Some of our patients come from Van Nuys, Studio City CA, and Sherman Oaks. We love working with children and will help your child have a good experience learning to care for their teeth.

Each member of our compassionate team is committed to making our youngest patients feel safe and comfortable. Our patients enjoy the friendly atmosphere while benefitting from our state-of-the-art technology.

Some of our most popular services include dental implants, porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. We are located at 4849 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 101 in Sherman Oaks.

Creating Beautiful, Healthy Smiles

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


5 Benefits Of Preventive Dentistry For Sherman Oaks Kids

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At Sherman Oaks Dental in Sherman Oaks, we promote preventative dental care by developing decay prevention plans and helping our patients establish and preserve proper dental practices. If today’s Sherman Oaks kids can avoid dental caries, it will benefit them more than you may realize.

1) A healthy mouth equals better overall health and well-being.
Maintaining prime oral health puts children at a lower risk for diabetes and heart disease.

2) A beautiful, healthy smile boosts confidence and self-esteem for children.

3) By keeping teeth and gums healthy as youth, you avoid the need for expensive restorative dental work down the road.

4) Strong teeth helps kids get proper nutrition. Tooth decay makes eating difficult.

5) Proper dental hygiene beginning at birth and twice-yearly exams commencing with the eruption of the first tooth promotes normal speech development. (The American Dental Association recommends toddler dental visits to begin when the first tooth appears.)

If you are looking for an experienced family dentist, we invite you to call Sherman Oaks Dental in Sherman Oaks at 818-465-9704. Our compassionate team ensures that dental visits are pleasant and comfortable for our patients of all ages.

If you have a toddler that has not yet visited a dentist, call 818-465-9704 today to schedule a pediatric dental examination. Effective dental care is just as important as immunizations, proper nutrition, auto safety seats, and medical care.

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA
91403

 


Choosing A Dentist In Sherman Oaks

Choosing A Dentist In Sherman Oaks The American Dental Association offers some welcome advice for choosing a dentist in Sherman Oaks. We have already talked about how word of mouth is an important factor for choosing a dentist. Here are some things you should look for:

Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist in Sherman Oaks. If you live in the Sherman Oaks California area, there are many options, and most Sherman Oaks locations are not too far out of the way. While location plays an important role in convenience, many people are willing to drive a little farther for a better experience with their Sherman Oaks dentist.

Relationship is a strong factor. Your Sherman Oaks dentist should be approachable and should make you feel comfortable when you are in the dentist chair. After all, your Sherman Oaks dentist will be working very close with you to help you achieve a high level of oral health; you most certainly will want to have a good, professional, comfortable relationship with your Sherman Oaks dentist and the dental office staff.

Specialty is another important factor in choosing a dentist in Sherman Oaks. Some dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Others specialize in corrective dentistry such as braces. Depending on your need, you may select a local Sherman Oaks dentist who can solve your immediate concern. Bear in mind, however, that it is good to have a general dentist who can maintain your dental history and provide general dental care through the years.

We are accepting new patients. Give us a call at 818-465-9704 to schedule a friendly consultation.

-Michael Bjornbak, DDS

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA
91403

 


5 Benefits Of Preventive Dentistry For Sherman Oaks Kids

Sherman Oaks Pediatric and Cosmetic Dentistry

At Sherman Oaks Dental in Sherman Oaks, we promote preventative dental care by developing decay prevention plans and helping our patients establish and preserve proper dental practices. If today’s Sherman Oaks kids can avoid dental caries, it will benefit them more than you may realize.

1) A healthy mouth equals better overall health and well-being.
Maintaining prime oral health puts children at a lower risk for diabetes and heart disease.

2) A beautiful, healthy smile boosts confidence and self-esteem for children.

3) By keeping teeth and gums healthy as youth, you avoid the need for expensive restorative dental work down the road.

4) Strong teeth helps kids get proper nutrition. Tooth decay makes eating difficult.

5) Proper dental hygiene beginning at birth and twice-yearly exams commencing with the eruption of the first tooth promotes normal speech development. (The American Dental Association recommends toddler dental visits to begin when the first tooth appears.)

If you are looking for an experienced family dentist, we invite you to call Sherman Oaks Dental in Sherman Oaks at 818-465-9704. Our compassionate team ensures that dental visits are pleasant and comfortable for our patients of all ages.

If you have a toddler that has not yet visited a dentist, call 818-465-9704 today to schedule a pediatric dental examination. Effective dental care is just as important as immunizations, proper nutrition, auto safety seats, and medical care.

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA
91403

 


What Can Sherman Oaks Dental Do For You, Sherman Oaks?

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Hello, and welcome to the Sherman Oaks dental health blog. My name is Dr. Michael Bjornbak and I want to tell you about our Sherman Oaks practice, Sherman Oaks Dental. We work hard to keep our patients satisfied. Our most popular services are:

 

dental implants
porcelain veneers
teeth whitening
dentures
dental crowns

We serve residents in the Van Nuys, Studio City CA, and Sherman Oaks area from ages 18 to 85. Our compassionate staff is there to help you get the healthiest teeth possible.

Along with healthy teeth, many of our Van Nuys and Studio City CA patients want to know more about popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. These include teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, gum contouring, and more!

A combination of cosmetic dental treatments can remedy every problem to achieve your dazzling smile!

If you live in the Sherman Oaks area and would like to see what Sherman Oaks Dental has to offer, give us a call at 818-465-9704. We are currently accepting new dental patients!

We are located at 4849 Van Nuys Blvd in Sherman Oaks, California and we have been serving the dental patients of the Studio City CA and Sherman Oaks area since 1987. We can’t wait to make you our next satisfied patient.

Contact us today!

Dr. Michael Bjornbak
Sherman Oaks Dental
4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California
818-465-9704
https://www.shermanoaksdental.com/meet-dr-bjornbak/


Does Your Child Have An Overbite?

Treating Bite Problems in Sherman Oaks Malocclusions (bite problems) include overbites, underbites and crossbites. Jaw alignment disorders can restrict proper chewing, talking, and swallowing. They can also cause teeth to shift around in the mouth. Sherman Oaks dentistry patients with bite problems are at a greater risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease, because bite misalignment often makes it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene.

When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the situation is reversed, it is called an underbite. A Crossbite occurs when the lower teeth and jaw are in the wrong position.

Bite problems can cause headaches and TMJ pain. Some Studio City, CA, dental patients with severe bite problems develop a distorted facial shape and damaged teeth.

If you suspect your toddler or child has a bite problem, it is important to see your Sherman Oaks dentist as soon as possible. Bite issues and their various related problems usually get worse over time.

At Sherman Oaks Dental, we diagnose and treat bite problems, referring patients to a specialist if necessary. In addition, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. We can be reached at 818-781-3411. Our office is located at 4849 Van Nuys Blvd in Sherman Oaks. You can find out more about us at https://www.shermanoaksdental.com/.

Most of our patients live in Sherman Oaks or nearby in Van Nuys or Studio City, CA. If you have recently moved into the Sherman Oaks area and need a skilled general or cosmetic dentist, come visit our compassionate team. We pamper every patient (especially our youngest patients) and make dental visits as comfortable as possible.

Creating Beautiful, Healthy Smiles.

Michael Bjornbak
Sherman Oaks Dental
4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California 91403
818-781-3411


Bad Breath Is No Fun For Sherman Oaks Residents

Bad Breath Is No Fun For Sherman Oaks ResidentsImagine you are starting a new job in Sherman Oaks and meeting your new boss for the first time. Confidence is key to your success. As you reach out to shake the extended hand your broad confident smile exposes rows of pearly white teeth, yet when you open your mouth to exchange greetings you worry about bad breath. Perhaps your breath is not as a pleasant as you had hoped. Bad breath is a worry and possible embarrassment for many residents of Sherman Oaks, California, from ages 20 to 80. Regular dental checkups at Sherman Oaks Dental can help alleviate your concern over bad breath. We have been addressing bad breath since 1989.

The technical term for bad breath is halitosis. Many factors can cause or contribute to halitosis. One of these factors is the food you eat. Onions and garlic are both known for having a potent affect on your breath. Simply observing the foods you eat here in Sherman Oaks can result in a change in your breath.

In most cases, bad breath originates in your mouth. Transient bad breath can be resolved through eating or brushing, and is a temporary condition usually associated with a dry mouth. Persistent bad breath can be a serious problem effecting as much as 25 percent of our Sherman Oaks residents. Persistent bad breath can be caused by dry mouth, and is made worse when food is not cleared away properly.

Brushing and flossing daily is a critical step in curing bad breath. Food particles can build up in your mouth and foster bacteria which can cause bad breath. This not only includes the food particles that may get stuck between your teeth, but also the food that collects around your gums or on your tongue. Brushing and flossing daily can help reduce the amount of food particles that stay in your mouth and cause bad breath. Regular visits to Sherman Oaks Dental can also reduce or eliminate the progression of bad breath.

Other factors that can contribute to bad breath for Sherman Oaks residents include dry mouth, tobacco use, and health concerns such as infections. Come visit Sherman Oaks Dental located in Sherman Oaks, California; we’ll provide you with information about bad breath in a professional environment. Give us a call at 818-672-1288 to set up an appointment.

Dr. Michael Bjornbak