If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

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This is an important question occasionally asked by patients at Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS. The answer, however, is “No!” Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly – not leave them alone. It is impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times you use floss. The bleeding may be due to detrimental gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding frequently stops within a week or two.

Gingivitis (gum disease) and the more advanced periodontal disease is extremely common in California and around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease. https://www.perio.org/consumer/cdc-study.htm

If you don’t make flossing a habit, and your gums become sore, swollen, and tender, it could cause gum disease. The good news is that, unlike tooth decay, gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene.

It is vital to correctly use dental floss to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth:

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
  2. Securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  3. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  4. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  5. Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s critical to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  6. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface – especially those that your brush can’t reach. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean section for every tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new one.

Some people find it easier to start on one end on the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side. Then repeat for the bottom row. Whatever system you opt for, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the last molars.

What if you continue flossing for a few weeks and still observe bleeding? Call Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS at 818-465-9704 to schedule a consultation. Michael Bjornbak, DDS, will perform a comprehensive examination to determine the cause of the bleeding.

Our goal is to help patients keep healthy teeth and gums. Our dental hygienists not only carry out the most thorough dental cleanings, they also educate patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you have a child who needs extra help learning how to brush and floss correctly, schedule an appointment with our Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS child-friendly team.

Some patients have perfectly healthy teeth and gums but are not satisfied with their smile due to cosmetic troubles. If you want to explore possibilities for improving your smile, speak with us today at 818-465-9704.

We offer state-of-the-art cosmetic dental procedures including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, and tooth-colored filling replacement. Ask us about oral sedation options if you need help relaxing during dental treatment. You can trust in us to maintain the highest standard of safety and sterility at Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS.

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 Have We Done For You Lately?

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At Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS, everything we do is for the well-being of our valued patients. We are enthusiastic about providing quality, compassionate dental care tailored to each patient’s individual needs.

We know that optimum oral health is an essential element of comprehensive physical health and that dentists do more that just “drill and fill.” Like your primary care doctor, Michael Bjornbak is an essential member of your family’s team of healthcare providers.

What Has Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS Done Lately?

  • Diagnosis and treatment of gum disease
  • Oral cancer checks
  • Diagnosis and treatment of chronic bad breath
  • Coordinated care with medical doctors for dental patients with cancer or other chronic conditions
  • Guidance on the oral health implications of medication side effects
  • Custom night guards for people who grind their teeth
  • Oral conscious sedation, patience, and compassion for patients with dental anxiety
  • Specialized care for woman who are pregnant
  • Pediatric dental advice for new parents
  • Emergency care for victims of a mouth injury
  • Referrals to and coordination with trusted specialists for procedures we don’t perform at Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS
  • Custom mouthguards for athletes of all ages
  • Guidance on correct dental hygiene
  • Diagnosis of bite issues
  • Replacement of old amalgam fillings
  • Improved confidence for cosmetic dental smile makeover recipients
  • In-office and at-home teeth whitening
  • Dental deep cleanings that include scaling and root planing for plaque and tartar removal

What Can We Do For You?

The compassionate team at Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS would love to help you with any of your dental needs, but we can’t help you unless you come in. To schedule an appointment, call 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


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

 


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

 


Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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Today’s post focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home.

The answer is that both processes are critical because they work in tandem to maintain oral health.

Dr. Michael Bjornbak encourages patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

Brushing
Flossing
Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
Regular dental cleanings
Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate regardless of daily brushing and flossing. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

A hygienist will first use a vibrating ultrasonic tool to dislodge the largest pieces of tartar. This process may tickle a bit. The hygienist will then use tools with finer attachments to remove the smaller pieces of calculus. When all plaque and tartar is gone, polishing is the final step in the cleaning process.

The goal is to make your tooth surfaces as smooth as possible, to prohibit food particles from lodging in little spaces that are difficult to clean. If you are having an exam during the same visit, your technician may take dental x-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities while they are small and can be easily filled.

Let your hygienist know if your teeth are sensitive so he/she can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

Before your hygienist leaves, you may want to ask if there are areas you can improve. Your hygienist can tell you which tooth surfaces had the most build-up. If the back teeth are presenting a problem, you can talk to Dr. Bjornbak about sealants.

If you have braces, you may want more frequent dental cleanings because food can easily lodge between the wires.

Call Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS at 818-465-9704 to schedule a professional cleaning today! Your smile will thank 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

 


Can You Name 9 Dental Specialties?

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Most Sherman Oaks people probably know how a pediatric dentist differs from an orthodontist. Some Studio City CA dental patients may even know the unique focus of endodontists. But few California residents probably know that the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties. Today’s post looks at the specific disciplines within the fascinating world of dentistry and the years in which they were formally recognized by the ADA. (If you want a challenge, see if you can name all nine before you continue reading this post.)

Endodontics (1983): This area focuses on “the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.”1 If you need a root canal in Sherman Oaks, you may require the services of an endodontist.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003): If you want to straighten your teeth, you need an orthodontist. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.

Pediatric Dentistry (1995): Sherman Oaks pediatric dentists provide dental care for infants, children and teenagers.

Periodontics (1992): “Periodontics is that specialty of dentistry which encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes.”1 Periodontal specialists perform crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and soft tissue (gum) grafts.

Prosthodontics (2003): Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform cosmetic dental treatments including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, invisible fillings, and teeth bleaching.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1991): This specialty concerns “the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations.”1

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
(2001): Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1990): Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.

Dental Public Health (1976): This discipline focuses on “preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.”1

General dentists and cosmetic 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.

1Specialty Definitions, The American Dental Association, http://www.ada.org/495.aspx, accessed May 22, 2013

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

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Too tired to touch a toothbrush. We’ve all been there.

Michael Bjornbak, DDS in Sherman Oaks is committed to helping patients throughout the Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, and Studio City CA neighborhoods to maintain balanced hygiene and to correct imperfections that can lead to inhibited confidence and self-assurance.

On our blog today we are offering two fabulously bright ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night.

Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth
After a long thankless day as you are lying there in bed and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times while mentally reviewing how plaque and tartar form. Within 48 hours they can start the dirty work of eating away at the teeth. Then jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning. It’s that uncomplicated.

Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and manageable approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to take care of the particles as soon as possible.

Shredded meat can remain lodged between teeth for days if you don’t pull it out with floss. Plan to floss or brush after eating if possible. With each particular type of food, learn to assess the effect it could have on your smile. Make the decision to brush before you are tired. By simply visualizing and committing, you reduce the likelihood of hemming and hawing later when you’re yawning and fading and have to choose between settling into bed and spending 2 minutes cleaning your teeth.

We know a long day of work or play can yield a worn out body. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will lessen buildup and help prevent decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.

Some smile problems can be prevented and some just can’t. We are happy to help with teeth whitening, dental crowns, dental implants, dentures, or porcelain veneers. Come see our comfortable office at 4849 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 101 in Sherman Oaks, California 91403 and we’ll help with any dental problems we can.

Cosmetic dentistry enhances a smile in several ways – straightness, coloration, conformity, and natural feel. Cosmetic dentistry helps our valued patients talk clearly, smile freely, and eat comfortably. A consultation with Dr. Bjornbak can open your eyes to the unique possibilities for your beautiful smile. Contact us at 818-465-9704 for an appointment or visit our website https://www.shermanoaksdental.com/meet-dr-bjornbak/.

If we each do our part to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, then all of us can sleep at night.

 

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

 


Questions To Ask Your Sherman Oaks Dentist

Questions To Ask Your Sherman Oaks Dentist Sometimes Sherman Oaks residents research their mechanic or hairdresser more thoroughly than their dental professional. Shouldn’t your dental care be far more critical than the condition of your car or the style of your hair? At Sherman Oaks Dental, we love to answer questions about all facets of dentistry.

For instance, you may have questions about a dentist’s training and experience. Dr. Bjornbak has been performing complex dental procedures since 1987. If you have questions about the dental school Dr. Bjornbak attended, be sure to ask about it during your consultation.

You probably have questions about the types of procedures your dentist offers. These may include crowns, braces, fillings, dental bridges, root canals, dental bonding, white fillings, and gum contouring. These services may not be critical to you now, but it is a good idea to have an understanding of your options.

If you are contemplating smile restoration, tooth implants, or tooth whitening, discuss cosmetic dentistry services with your dentist. Look at before and after pictures and ask your dentist which procedures may be right for you.

At Sherman Oaks Dental, we offer the full menu of general and dental services including sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and Invisalign. Furthermore, our dental hygienists perform the most thorough deep dental cleanings of any practice in California. If you haven’t run your tongue along smooth, tartar-free teeth in a while, come in for a dental cleaning. It’s a wonderful feeling!

We welcome questions about all aspects of Sherman Oaks Dental. Call us today at 818-465-9704 to have your questions answered.

 

Contact Sherman Oaks Dental:

818-465-9704

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California
91403

 


3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Sherman Oaks Dentist

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Looking for the best dentist in Sherman Oaks? You can click around on the computer or watch for postcard ads in your mailbox. Even then, the outcome is shaky at best.

Finding the best dentist in Sherman Oaks truly hinges on what you are looking for. Are you looking for consistent, professional evaluation? Are you looking for an honest, straightforward diagnosis and treatment proposal? Are you looking for affordable dental care without a background agenda from a dentist in the Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, or Studio City CA areas?

Don’t let the myriad of dentists throughout California overwhelm you. Today Dr. Michael Bjornbak offers 3 reliable steps for finding a dentist who will expertly serve your family’s dental needs in comfort and style.

Step 1
Pick up the phone: 818-465-9704. Contact our compassionate staff at Sherman Oaks Dental for your best appointment of the year, a dental checkup with Dr. Michael Bjornbak. Our office offers competitive pricing to go with professional, educated experience. The needs of our patients run the gamut. From teeth whitening to dental crowns, from dental implants to dentures. Providing quality services can make your porcelain veneers or sedation dentistry experience speedy and manageable.

Step 2

Make the appointment. Researching general and cosmetic dental practices starts with a consultation. An evaluation of what your teeth need, what your smile could use and what your budget can afford are all key pieces of the puzzle. Located here at 4849 Van Nuys Blvd in Sherman Oaks, California 91403, we are equipped and proud to handle sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign and everything in between.

Step 3
Meet the good doctor. Dr. Bjornbak has a friendly and comfortable chair side manner, explains concisely and fully the procedures and possibilities, and performs superb dental work day in and day out. Expect to see the metamorphosis you want. Expect to talk to a professional. Expect distinctive, talented service.

Finding a dentist that will bring a smile to your face and put you at ease is just a click away at https://www.shermanoaksdental.com/.

Michael Bjornbak
Sherman Oaks Dental
4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California 91403
818-465-9704


No Dental Insurance? Prioritize Spending To Afford Dental Care

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Millions of Americans don’t have dental insurance, and many California employer plans have limited benefits. Some Sherman Oaks people who fail to get adequate dental care say “It’s too pricey.”

If you are really living below poverty level, this excuse may be valid – but if you have an average income, you can probably shift your priorities to find money in your budget to invest in a healthy smile.

You have probably heard of the “Latte Factor” which refers to the surprising amount of bucks that adds up if you buy a significant caffeinated beverage every morning. Even if you don’t drink coffee, you probably have a personal habit that costs a few dollars daily but adds up to hundreds of dollars a year. Soda pop, beer, an eight-dollar deli sandwich, a game of golf. How about personal grooming – manis, pedis, facials, and professional hair coloring. What about the income you spend for convenience – pizza delivery, ATM fees, heat-and-eat meals. How much do you spend on premium cable, video game rentals, full-price movies, and season tickets to Sherman Oaks sporting events?

If you have foregone dental exams, cleanings and treatments because you think it’s too costly, I hope this dental blog post has opened your eyes to purchases that may be far less essential than a healthy smile. Remember, if you ignore dental problems, eventually they will require more extensive treatments. Filling a cavity is relatively inexpensive, a root canal costs more, and a dental implant is a major investment. What is a tooth worth? Every single one is priceless. And don’t forget that dental troubles impact the well-being of your entire body.

Sherman Oaks Dental in Sherman Oaks provides competitively priced quality dental care including veneers, crowns, bonding, orthodontia, and teeth whitening. Ask us about dental financing options.

Dr. Michael Bjornbak
Sherman Oaks Dental
4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California
818-465-9704