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The Dreaded Gag Reflex

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A dental appointment with a patient who gags can be a challenge for both the patient and the dentist. The pharyngeal reflex or gag reflex is a reflex contraction often caused by touching the roof of the mouth, the back of the tongue, the area around the tonsils, or the back of the throat. The reflex is a physiologic response intended to prevent something from entering the throat except as part of normal swallowing and therefore helps prevent choking.

For patients with this condition, nearly everything about dentistry is harder. A strong gag reflex can present hurdles to both the patient and dentist. Sometimes, even the normally straightforward task of brushing ...

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The Dangers of Consuming Energy Drinks

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There are many stories and studies that take on the deleterious effects of so-called sports drinks or energy drinks. In the last ten years, these products have blossomed on the supermarket shelves. At my office, WinningSmiles in Fontana, I have seen the damaging effects of these products on my patient’s teeth.
Just this week, researchers say MRI scans found that energy drinks put an additional strain on your heart and make them contract more rapidly than normal.

How Energy Drinks Can Impact Your Health

Energy drink manufacturers have long argued the drinks are just as safe as a cup of coffee, but I completely disagree.
Here are just some of the deleterious ...

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WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE A TOOTH?

Often times a patient at my dental office in Fontana, CA, will request that I pull a tooth that could otherwise be saved with a crown or a large filling.

Once a tooth is a removed, it can set off a chain reaction that causes the remaining teeth to shift around…kind of like knocking down a set of dominoes. Teeth need each other for support. If you lose a tooth or one is removed, the teeth on either side may tip inwards and the opposing tooth may drown downward. That is why dentists will recommend a tooth be saved if it can be.

If you do have missing teeth, it is important to ...

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Dry Mouth and Your Teeth

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There is not a day that goes by in my office, WinningSmiles in Fontana, CA, that I don’t see evidence of tooth decay and gum disease caused by dry mouth.

What causes dry mouth?

Dry mouth can be caused from a myriad of factors that range from autoimmune diseases, such as Sjogren’s syndrome, to taking medications like those to treat high blood pressure. Other factors include alcohol consumption, obesity, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. It is a common side effect of many prescription and nonprescription drugs, including drugs used to treat depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, and colds (antihistamines and decongestants), obesity, acne, epilepsy, hypertension (diuretics), diarrhea, nausea, psychotic disorders, urinary incontinence, asthma (certain ...

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8 Fun Ways to Get Your Kids to Care About Their Teeth

Children's Dentist in Fontana

It’s not always easy to get your kids to brush their teeth regularly. Until children reach the more mature age of about seven or eight years old, you may be constantly persuading (or nagging) them to routinely brush their teeth. The American Dental Association has declared February National Children’s Dental Health Month, reminding parents everywhere the importance of educating our kids about proper dental care. At WinningSmiles in Fontana we recommend the following 8 fun, encouraging ways to keep your children’s pearly whites healthy and make dental health fun:

1. Brush to a song

Since brushing your teeth should last about two to three minutes of thorough cleaning, encourage your kids to pick ...

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How To Have Whiter Teeth and a Healthier Smile

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Here are some tips on how to have whiter teeth and a healthier smile.  Here is what we recommend to our patients at WinningSmiles Custom Dentistry in Fontana, CA.:

Tips for a Whiter & Brighter Smile

  1.  Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or a toothbrush. The tongue traps bacteria which can cause teeth staining.
  2. Try not to drink tea, coffee, juices, wine or soda in excess. These products will stain teeth. Limit these items and brush your teeth immediately after consuming them.
  3. Foods that are firm or crisp help clean teeth as they’re eaten. Foods, such as apples, raw carrots, celery, and popcorn.
  4. Brush ...

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Cosmetic Dentures

Cosmetic Dentistry & Dentures in Fontana | Woman Smiling

Comfort never looked so good, especially at WinningSmiles in Fontana! 

Many people think that they have to suffer from old-fashioned, ugly, bulky dentures. Nothing could be further from the tooth…I mean truth.

Dentures have not been forgotten in the cosmetic dental field. With new advancements in acrylic and porcelain technologies, a denture can look as good as natural teeth.

Common Complaints About Dentures

One of the most common complaints I hear from denture wearers is about the unattractive and unnatural look of their dentures. This causes them to be self-conscious about their smile and consequently, they smile less. This grievance is usually accompanied by limitations in their ability to chew their food and ...

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