Dental Blog


a patient reading the dental blog from Kelly Smile Dentistry
Dr. Kelly has created this informative blog to help educate the community.

If you like an article or the dental blog in general please use the "share it" button to post to Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

Did you like a topic? Please contact us today!

Click an icon below to share our blog.





Latest Posts:
What Materials Make up Composite Fillings?
Posted on 8/30/2018 by Kelly Hong
Dental composite fillings are used to close off spaces in your mouth where bacteria could make its way into your blood stream. While there they also prevent further decay from happening. Composite resin is the most commonly used material for these fillings today. What Composite Fillings are Made Of Composite resin is a tooth-colored filling. Research says they last for about 5 years because they're made from semi hard materials. This consists of a mixture of tooth-colored plastic and some glass – a major improvement over the mercury-containing silver amalgam that was used in the past. Sometimes acrylic resin is also used in the manufacturing of composite fillings. Advantages to Composite Fillings These fillings are often preferred because they match the shade of your existing teeth. This makes them much less visible, so you have a more natural-looking smile. However, it's best suited for a small filling in an area of your mouth that experiences only a moderate amount of pressure from chewing (in comparison to those areas of your mouth that handle most of your chewing). How Composite Fillings Work Whether you're experiencing tooth decay, a chipped or broken tooth, or a gap between your teeth, you should talk to us about getting a composite filling. The procedure is relatively easy and pain free since we will numb this area of your mouth before getting started. We'll then remove any decay portion of your tooth before applying a substance that opens your teeth's pores so that the composite filling is able to form a stronger bond there. We'll use a special light to harden and cure this before applying thin layers of the composite filling until a complete tooth filling is present. Once this material hardens we'll smooth and polish it so you have a comfortable fit and bite. Call us today to get this "simple" procedure taken care of soon....
Read more...

What Happens When You Brush Too Much?
Posted on 8/20/2018 by Kelly Hong
You may wonder if there is truth behind the saying "too much of a good thing". Brushing the teeth is a good thing. It is an important part of maintaining good oral health and keeping your bright white smile for your entire life. If brushing twice a day is good, is brushing three times a day better. When do you brush your teeth too much or is that something you cannot do. The Standard Dental professionals have set some standards when it comes to brushing your teeth. They recommend using a soft bristled brush twice a day. Most people should brush their teeth in the morning and before they go to bed. You should use a fluoride toothpaste when you brush your teeth. You should also brush your teeth for two minutes and brush all the teeth in the front, side and backs. You should also brush your gums and tongue. This is the best way to clean the teeth of any bacteria that grown on them during the day. Brushing Too Much One of the things that you should not do when brushing your teeth is to brush too hard. This can cause damage to the teeth and gums and can lead to many problems. Brushing the teeth too much can lead to the same problems as brushing too hard. It can lead to abrasions and can wear down the protective enamel of the teeth. Another possibility from overbrushing is receding gums. The more damage you do to the gums, the more they will recede. Receding gums can lead to gaps between the teeth and gums, loose or lost teeth and gum disease. It is not worth the risk. Following the standard of brushing twice a day and using the right technique along with professional checkups and cleaning are the key to healthy teeth and gums. There are times when something happens that make you want to brush your teeth a little extra, but this is the exception and is not something you should do every day. For more help with your dental health, contact the professionals at our offices today....
Read more...

The Different Stages of Dental Decay
Posted on 7/20/2018 by Kelly Hong
The term tooth decay is very general. While it is always scary to hear that you have a decaying tooth, you may not realize that there are different stages of tooth decay. The type of treatment offered depends on the stage of the decay. When you learn the stages, you become more likely to catch a problem at an earlier stage and save yourself a lot of trouble. The Early Stages of Dental Decay The best time to stop tooth decay is during the early stages. Regular visits to the dentists is a good way to learn about the possible problems and what the solutions are. In the early stages of tooth decay, white spots will appear on the surface of the teeth. This is due to plaque and the loss of calcium. At this stage it is possible to reverse the damage through good oral hygiene habits. If the decay continues, the enamel will start to erode. The enamel is a layer of protection for the tooth. If caught early enough, it is possible to stop the decay and repair the damage. If left untreated, the enamel will continue to decay, and bacteria will find places to grow. As Tooth Decay Continues As the decay of the tooth continues the cavity moves on to different stages. After enamel decay, the next stage is dentin decay. The dentin is the part of the tooth that is between the enamel and the pulp of the tooth. As the enamel collapses, a cavity forms and a filling is necessary to fix the problem. When the decay gets to the tooth, the damage is harder to fix. The bacteria will continue to attack the tooth and toothaches ensue. The solution to this stage is often root canal therapy. Without treatment, an abscess can form. This is an infection that can not only involve the teeth but can spread to the rest of the body. Treatment involves antibiotics and oral surgery. The last stage is the removal of the tooth. When it is beyond repair, the tooth must come out. We recommend that people get help for cavities as early as possible. The treatment only gets harder the longer a person waits. If you are worried about a possible cavity or want to get a checkup, please contact our offices today....
Read more...


All Posts:

Victorville Office

12120 Ridgecrest Road
Suite #203
Victorville, CA 92395

(760) 242-2338

Century City

2080 Century Park E
Ste 1103
Los Angeles, CA 90067

(310) 553-2233
Copyright © 2017-2018 Kelly Smile Dentistry and WEO MEDIA. All rights reserved.  Sitemap | Links