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Posts for: October, 2015

By Golden Dental
October 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Milk  

What do celebrities like Hayden Panettiere, Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson, Danica Patrick, Taylor Swift, and Wolverine himself Hugh Jackman have in common? At one point or another they’ve all donned the “milk mustache” to help advertise the health benefits of drinking enough milk. And while we’ve all heard it repeatedly that milk does a body good, what effect, if White Smileany, does milk really have on the appearance of your smile?

Drink Your Way to a Whiter Smile

As it turns out, the benefits of regularly drinking milk are not just the stuff of sleek ad campaigns and old wive’s tales. According to Roland Markarian, DMD, a dentist in Lancaster, CA, consuming dairy products like milk will give people a reason to smile for several reasons. In addition to the high calcium content, which is essential to strengthening and protecting the bone structure that supports the teeth, dairy products like milk and cheese are also high in lactic acid.

How can lactic acid make your teeth look whiter?

Studies have found that lactic acid can serve as a barrier that can protect teeth from decay. Which brings us to enamel. Drinking milk, especially in childhood, helps to strengthen enamel, a tooth’s very own shield of armor.

Good Oral Hygiene and Your Smile

While eating and drinking, oral health-friendly foods like milk and cheese will certainly help to keep your gums healthy and contribute to a whiter smile, maintaining good oral hygiene habits is a critical component to avoiding periodontal disease. Dr. Markarian advises his patients at Golden Dental to invest in the appearance and health of their smile by practicing comprehensive preventive care, including regular oral examinations and professional cleanings, as well as daily flossing. Professional cosmetic whitening is always an option to make the smile a little brighter, and preventing gum disease should always be the priority.

To learn more about getting your healthiest, brightest smile, contact Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA at 661-948-8100 to schedule a consultation today!

By Golden Dental
October 22, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: gum disease  

In the fight against dental disease and other conditions your general dentist is your first line of defense for prevention strategies and treatment. Sometimes, however, your condition may require the services of a dental specialist to restore health to your mouth.

A good example of this is an advanced case of periodontal (gum) disease. While your dentist and hygienist are quite skilled at removing plaque and calculus, there may be extenuating circumstances that may benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a specialist. In the case of gum-related issues that would be a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or disorders related to the gums and bone that support teeth.

There are a number of reasons why you may be referred to a periodontist regarding your gum health. Besides advanced stages of the disease (loose teeth, periodontal pocketing or bone loss) that require surgery or other invasive techniques you may have a particular form that requires advanced treatment, or a secondary condition, like pregnancy or diabetes, which could impact your periodontal condition. There may also be a need for a periodontist’s consultation if you’re preparing for cosmetic restoration, most notably dental implants, that could have a bearing on your gum and bone health.

As your primary oral health “gatekeeper,” your general dentist is largely responsible for determining what you need to achieve optimal health. Likewise, your periodontist or other specialists for other problems will be equally committed to providing you the right care for your situation. Your general dentist and other specialists will work together to ensure that your condition will be cared for, and that you’ll continue to enjoy the highest level of oral health possible.

If you would like more information on the role of periodontics and other dental specialties in oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Referral to a Dental Specialist.”


A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill.

We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth?

Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration.

When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged?

In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life.

So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys.

If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”

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