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Electric Toothbrushes

Patients often come to Redwood Dental Smiles in Castro Valley with questions about the vast number of oral hygiene products available to them. A lot of people are considering whether to buy electric toothbrushes and we want to help our patients understand the benefits and drawbacks.
With a manual toothbrush, people should brush for two full minutes twice a day. Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes do not get better results than manual toothbrushes that are being used properly, but most people do not use manual toothbrushes correctly. An electric toothbrush can be set to a timer and is able to brush thousands of times per minute. Some also come with settings to inform the user if they are brushing too hard.
Electric toothbrushes are particularly beneficial to people with motor control problems or who have experienced tooth decay in the past. Many modern ones come with phone apps that reward children for improving their brushing or inform users if they are skipping over tooth sur…

ARESTIN for Periodontitis

If gingivitis is left untreated, it will advance into a more aggressive form of periodontal disease known as periodontitis. Periodontitis refers to inflammation of the teeth that attacks the bone structure surrounding teeth, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. To treat this form of gum disease, Dr. Vijay Munagala of Redwood Dental Smiles will clean the pockets around the teeth using ARESTIN.
ARESTIN has the ability to reduce the severity of periodontal disease. In a clinical study, when used in addition to scaling and root planing, ARESTIN reduced harmful bacteria by nearly 2 times as much as scaling and root planing alone. This is because adding ARESTIN to the mix disrupts the progression of periodontitis by specifically targeting the active infection. ARESTIN is easy for the doctor to use and is 100% safe for the patient.
If you have questions or concerns regarding periodontal treatment, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.redw…

Maintaining Optimal Oral Health

It’s important to maintain optimal oral health from our first dental checkup to the last. Oral problems such as bad breath, dry mouth, tooth decay, and TMD, can lead to costly dental procedures down the road. Some patients believe that they only need to see a dentist when he or she is in pain. Instead, it’s critical to visit Dr. Vijay Munagala of Redwood Dental Smiles twice a year to upkeep a healthy smile.

See your dentist regularly -- Regular dental exams and professional cleanings are the best way to prevent problems or to stop small problems from getting worse.
Keep your mouth clean - Brush your teeth and tongue at least twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and bacteria that cause cavities and periodontal disease (gum disease).
Eat, drink, but be wary - Healthy food is good for your general health and your oral health. The nutrients that come from healthy foods help you to fight cavities and gum disease.
Check your mouth regularly – Look …

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

New parents naturally want to know what they need to do to care for their child’s oral health. Maintaining hygiene is indeed important from a very early age, and at Dr. Vijay Munagala’s Castro Valley office, we want parents to understand why Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is of particular concern.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria eat food debris and secrete acid, which gets stuck to our teeth. This can happen from the moment the first teeth push through a baby’s gum line. Typically, the incisors, or front teeth, erupt first. As babies drink from bottles, sugar gets stuck to the fronts of their incisors, resulting in a distinctive pattern of decay.
What makes the use of bottles particularly risky is that babies are often left to drink from them for hours at a time. This means that their saliva never has an opportunity to remove sugar from their teeth for long before new sugar is applied. To lessen the likelihood of decay, don’t let babies have bottles for longer than about twenty minutes, give …

Inlays and Onlays

It’s no fun to have a broken or decayed molar. But at Redwood Dental Smiles in Castro Valley, our staff has the experience and technology to set things right. When a tooth gets damaged, we can mill a replacement crown for it. In cases where only a portion of a large tooth has been lost or needs to be removed, we can mill a partial crown to fill it in.
Partial crowns are known as inlays or onlays, depending on their size. We’ve discussed on our blog before how the crowns of molars are made up of pointy cusps separated by indentations. An inlay would be used as a damaged indentation’s substitute. It can be thought of as being like a more permanent version of the sealants that are used to smooth indentations over and create less space for food debris to get trapped in. An onlay is a larger partial crown and would replace at least one missing cusp.
Once the dentist has drilled away decayed material, we’ll have a better idea of how large a partial crown the patient needs. Normally, this proc…

Teeth Whitening Advantages

Everyone deserves to show off his or her smile, no matter how crooked or lackluster it may be. If your smile is hindered due to lack of self-esteem, Dr. Vijay Munagala of Redwood Dental Smiles has a variety of cosmetic options to create the one you’ve always dreamed of. Tooth whitening is an excellent way to boost confidence and enhance your appearance, without breaking the bank.
Teeth become discolored over time due to the food and beverages we consume on a daily basis. No one wants yellow teeth, and people who have whiter and cleaner smiles will not only improve their mood but will lessen their risk of developing periodontal disease and other oral diseases such as tooth decay or infection. During a consultation, Dr. Munagala will assess you to determine whether or not you are a tooth-whitening candidate. If so, you can choose between in-office whitening or whitening from the comfort of your own home using take-home trays.
If you have questions or concerns regarding teeth whitening or …

TMJ/TMD

Each of us has two temporomandibular joints that act as a hinge which connects the jawbone to the skull. Because these joints control chewing, yawning, and speaking, it’s normal for them to leave a person feeling pain or discomfort. Problems in this area can cause head and neck pain, facial pain, ear pain, headaches, or make the jaw difficult to open. This is called temporomandibular joint disorder and Dr. Vijay Munagala of Redwood Dental Smiles can treat this condition.
TMJ can develop from an injury to the face, wear and tear due to aging, or oral habits such as grinding the teeth. Individuals with TMJ syndrome may notice clicking or popping sounds when chewing or speaking, frequent headaches, dizziness, or a locked jaw.  If these symptoms sound too familiar, discuss your symptoms with Dr. Vijay Munagala. Treatment for TMJ disorder usually requires a night guard to wear during sleep.
If you have questions or concerns regarding TMJ disorder, please give us a call. To learn about the se…