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Can My Sleep Apnea Be Treated with Something More Comfortable than a CPAP Machine? Sep 1st, 2019

Over the last couple of decades, the prevalence of sleep apnea has been on the rise, and it now affects more than 25 million Americans, which is 26% of adults between the ages of 30 and 70. And the condition extends far beyond the loss of sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea...

Laser Dentistry: Little to No Pain and Lots of Gain Aug 2nd, 2019

There are people who associate the dentist with pain, which is why they hesitate to get treatment. This can be very dangerous and result in more serious issues. Laser dentistry is an amazing breakthrough that offers treatment with little to no pain.  At the office of Hyun S. Bang, DDS...

The Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease Jul 12th, 2019

Gum disease starts out innocently enough — your gums become inflamed, and they may bleed a little. Left unchecked, however, the bacteria can run rampant, causing extensive damage to your dental health, and possibly even your mental health. Here at our Pacific Heights practice, Dr. Hyun S. Bang and our...

What your Sleep Dentist Sees Feb 3rd, 2016

One of the first things I see that alerts me that my patient may have Sleep Apnea is Bruxism. This may or may not be related to Sleep Apnea. But there are other signs besides signs of teeth grinding and clenching.  Some research shows that in order to compensate for...

Can Snoring Cause Grinding and Clenching of Teeth? Feb 3rd, 2016

The answer is YES!We call this Sleep Bruxism.Not all Bruxism is related to snoring, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea, but Sleep Apnea often comes with Sleep Bruxism. Most people are not aware they have any type or degree of Bruxism. One of the first responses a practitioner gets from a patient who...

Benefits of Laser Surgery: A Myth? Jan 5th, 2016

People tend to want magic. Some verbal command, or a magic wand that can make everything better. We grow up hearing of fairy tales but eventually grow out of it...or not. In my practice, I have realized we, as adults, are still looking for this magic to happen...in the dental chair. Laser has been...

Bruxism and Pain after Dental Treatment May 13th, 2015

When you grind and clench your teeth, you're essentially eating away on your own teeth. Along with that, the dental materials in your mouth just won't last as long. They can break, loosen up, or the seal will break without you knowing and get another cavity easier. Your old fillings...

Advanced Orthosis Splint Therapy (MAGO) vs Night Guard Oct 31st, 2013

You may have all heard the phrase "Night Guard" and "Teeth Grinding" associated with it. Unfortunately, most dentists who prescribe and fabricate night guards have little or no advanced training in the area of TMJ treatment or balanced occlusion. A common night guard will help protect your teeth from wear,...

Grinding Teeth and Clenching Teeth, What Can it Do To You? Jul 22nd, 2013

Have you heard of the term Bruxism?  If your spouse/sleep partner, parent, sibling, or next-door neighbor who you share an extremely thin wall with is telling you they hear you grinding your teeth together at night, you most likely have Bruxism. Even if you are not actively grinding with noise, but...

Teeth Grinding, TMJ Issues, and Night Guard Jul 22nd, 2013

Some of us know a "joint" to be like a "ball-in-a-socket" where there is a nook where the ball shaped object sits in and can roll around in it.  The TMJ is also a joint and is a part of our head and neck. It is made up mainly of the upper jaw, lower...

Night-time and Bad Breath Jun 11th, 2013

At night, generally, we have our mouths clamped shut. This reduces saliva flow up to 10 times than during the day. Since saliva carries factors which balances the pH in your mouth, a significant lack of this will allow more bacteria to grow and also create a more acidic environment than during...

Toothbrush + Softened Teeth = Teeth Exfoliation Jun 11th, 2013

When you have just eaten, or just drank an acidic drink like soda, juice, or Gatorade, you have just contributed to softening the outer surface of your teeth/enamel. Many people brush directly after this. But when doing so, you are essentially exfoliating a very thin layer of your teeth off,...

Things in Your Body Which Love Acidity Jun 11th, 2013

First, let's go over things that can cause acidity in your body. I listed some common things which all of us know whether we are health practitioners or not. Saturated/Trans fats:red meat, overcooked vegetable oils, dairy productsSugar:table sugar, other unhealthy "white" carbs like white bread, white rice, white pasta, we all know sweets...

Frequent Snacking and Oral pH Jun 11th, 2013

Did you know that your mouth goes through a change in pH or acidity throughout the day and night?  Not only does an acidic pH create a friendly environment for bacteria to grow and expand in number, it also softens the outer surface of your tooth called enamel. When you...

Take-Home Whitening Apr 14th, 2013

This is a good way to whiten teeth if you are okay with wearing plastic trays with bleaching gel in it varying from 30mins - 8hours a day consistently for 5-10 days.  Your Dentist will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and make plastic trays that mold/fit over...

In-Office Laser vs Gel Whitening Apr 14th, 2013

What is the hype about Laser whitening? Is it really that much better than the gel whitening? Even if the gel is the in-office kind? Laser whitening is a combination of the gel + laser/light. What the laser does is it activates or catalyzes the gel to start the whitening...

Whitening Toothpaste Apr 14th, 2013

Research shows many different things. But toothpaste by itself cannot do sufficient whitening where you get long lasting results. It can be abrasive and is like scratching off a thin layer of your enamel which can be seen at the moment as some degree of whitening. So I wouldn't call it true...

Over-the-Counter Whitening Apr 14th, 2013

Some research shows Over-the-Counter Whitening gives similar results as the Take-Home type you get from the Dentist. I've had conflicting responses from my patients. If you tried the OTC whitening and it has not given you results, it would not be a bad idea to try the In-Office Whitening, Laser/Gel...

Whitening for Worn Down Teeth Apr 14th, 2013

I personally have sensitive spots due to tooth wear on my back teeth. These are spots where the outer protective layer, enamel, has been worn down. The take-home whitening system with the trays cover the entire tooth inside out and really caused a lot of sensitivity almost pain to those spots...

Newborn Oral Habits and Problems to Watch For: Thumb Sucking Oct 7th, 2012

A very common habit babies have is thumb sucking. The first year or so, your baby may be prone to thumb sucking as a comforting mechanism. But if this habit continues on past the age of 4-5, it can contribute to an open bite. To encourage your child to help stop...

Newborn Oral Habits and Problems to Watch For: Tongue Thrust and Breastfeeding Oct 7th, 2012

Tongue thrusting is a habit which can end up in abnormal bone development leading to an open bite and crooked teeth. There are many speculations as to what causes it such as breathing problems, large tongue, genetics, etc. But one theory which I found interesting and wanted to share as food...

Newborn Oral Habits and Problems to Watch For: Bottle for Bedtime Oct 7th, 2012

If your child needs a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, only water should be used for the bottle. Milk, breastmilk, formula, juice, all contain sugar and having it for a long period of time make it easier for bacteria to cause cavities. This habit can lead to a serious...

Newborn Oral Habits and Problems to Watch For: Teething Oct 7th, 2012

Teething happens when the baby's teeth are starting to grow out of the gums. Your baby can be irritable due to the soreness from it. Using a clean moist washcloth or gauze to wipe your baby's gums clean once a day can help alleviate some of the soreness that occurs...

Your Baby's First Tooth to Toddler Oct 2nd, 2012

As soon as you see your child’s first baby tooth appear (usually 8-12months), they should be seen by a dentist. This visit is not just a checkup for the child, but also to educate the young parents on how to take care of their child’s oral health.  It is quite...

Will You Let Your Young Child Ride a Bike on Their Own Unsupervised? Sep 2nd, 2012

"I told you you need to brush your teeth." My disappointed mom is telling her child after hearing their 5-year-old has cavities. Then the mom tells me,"I told them to brush but they don't listen." or "They brush so quickly."  At times I get the 'hush-hush version' where the parents whisper...

A Gift that can last a Lifetime Sep 2nd, 2012

Good oral hygiene and habits is a great gift parents can give their children. But doing so is not always easy. If the routine can be started early on in the child's life, even before your child's first tooth appears during the teething stages, it may increase the chances your child will retain these habits as...

Baby Teeth Don't Matter: A Common Misconception Sep 2nd, 2012

Cavities on baby teeth are often thought to be ‘ok’ since they will ‘fall off anyway’. This is not true. Baby teeth are vital to your child’s development such as muscle and bone development, speech, and facial profile; they provide a guiding path for the adult teeth to grow in. ...

Controversy: Floss first? or Brush first? Mar 2nd, 2012

I have taken into consideration both approaches and here is my take on this highly debated topic. If you floss first, you're dealing with a larger amount of plaque. You'll see a lot more plaque being removed than if you floss after brushing. Flossing gets the plaque out from under...

Brushing, Flossing and the Secret to Oral Health Mar 2nd, 2012

"I know I have to, but it's too much work." "But I brush really well every day, 3 times a day. So do I have to?""Yes I floss! I floss when food gets stuck in between, only.""I can't get to my back teeth so I don't floss those." These are some common responses...