Maybe you’ve been battling bad breath for years. Or, perhaps, it’s a new problem – either way, you probably want it to go away.
Before you can get rid of bad breath, you have to pinpoint what’s causing it. Is it a lack of good oral hygiene? Gum disease or gingivitis? Or maybe it has to do with something going on deeper inside your body – a medical condition, perhaps.
It’s an image that fascinates and horrifies dental health professionals; a mummy’s mouth with a mouthful of cavities and tooth ailments. But it’s not the cavities alone that are shocking, it’s the state of the mouth in general and an unusual looking dental filling.read more
When it comes to keeping your teeth – be careful when you eat. Research shows that sneaking out of bed for late night snacking might translate into more missing teeth later in life.
A 2010 study shows that nocturnal eating (a.k.a. late-night snacking) can predict tooth loss among men and women over the age of 30.read more
More pregnant women in the U.S. are making oral health a priority. A new Delta Dental survey finds that dental care for pregnant women is on the rise. In fact, the number of pregnant women going to the dentists is up nearly 6% from last year.read more
Redheads. They are not like everyone else in many ways. Genetically speaking, they are mutants. They are more sensitive to hot and cold — and they are a whole lot harder to numb up.
Past research has shown that, on average, redhead men and women require 20% more anesthesia than their non-redheaded peers.
A recent study from the Journal of the American Dentistry Association also shows that people with copper locks tend to be more afraid of going to the dentist and are twice as likely to avoid dental care — presumably because their need for more numbing leads to unexpected complications in the dentist’s chair.
So what’s the deal?read more
How often are children’s dental x-rays taken?
THE SCIENCE OF SMILES adhereS to the guidelines established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Dental Association. The following chart, adapted from those guidelines, gives a basic timeline for recommended frequency of X-rays by age group.read more
As you age, your teeth are right there with you. Just as your body endures wear and tear, and subtleties of age, your pearly whites and oral health can become impacted as well. You know that popular idiom “long in the tooth”? It references how gums wear away in the aging process, leaving the root of the tooth exposed.read more
I hesitate to put certain foods in the “cavity causing” category, because if you don’t brush your teeth you will get cavities no matter what you eat. However, there are foods out there that will make your teeth more prone to decay and infection than others. Sweets and starchy foods are prime examples – and then there’s energy bars.read more
A leading cosmetic and laser dentist in the greater Los Angeles, I take great pride in the dental technologies available at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES. Unfortunately, many of our patients do not know about the all of the fascinating technology that surrounds them at our practice. From lasers to bacteria-killing gas and powerful microscopes — the dental technologies in use at our office will simply blow your mind.
Next time you’re in for a dental exam, be sure to see these 4 dental gadgets in action.read more
Which top songs are guaranteed to get you smiling? Here’s some music that will get you toe-tapping and feeling happy — according to science.read more
According to the American Dental Association (ADA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), here are 10 reasons why people should kick their smoking habit immediately.read more
When it comes to cavities, do some people have a genetic predisposition? Or is bad behavior to blame?
Research shows that may be it’s a little of both.read more
There’s no doubt about it: Brushing your teeth is a MUST. BUT, there are occasions when it isn’t such a great idea. Here are 4 times when tooth brushing can wait.read more
No matter how often you brush or floss your teeth, sometimes a toothache is inevitable. Usually a cavity is to blame, but there are some other alternative causes of a toothache. Here are 3 causes to look for before you call the dentist.read more
During the months of May and June, custom teeth whitening treatments will be 40% off! All treatments with our Opalescence Boost Power Bleaching are deeply discounted!read more
DTR is evidence based — and it works. It has a high degree of success for people suffering with specific symptoms, especially TMJ pain.read more
While most of us have their evening routines down pat, there are questions surrounding the best time to brush in the morning. Should you do it first thing, or wait until after breakfast?read more
Here’s a secret: The best tool to use to get rid of bad breath is very cheap, and can be found at any convenience store.read more
As a Pasadena dentist, I’ve seen it all — patients with excessive wear-and-tear, tooth damage, gum disease, even tooth loss all caused by bad oral habits.read more
The decisions some dental patients have to make about their oral care can be a real struggle. One of the more complicated choices patients must make is whether to chose a tooth implant over a root canal to repair a damaged tooth.
There are benefits from each treatment.read more
Here are some eye-popping facts about your teeth and how incredibly lucky we are to have them.
> An American Academy of Periodontology study reveals that 50% of people say that a nice smile is the first thing that they notice when meeting another person.
> We go through 14 million gallons of toothpaste every single year.read more
There are apps for everything these days, so it only makes sense that there are a few designed specifically for oral health. Whether you’re having trouble sticking to an oral care routine, or you want to make sure your pearly whites stay bright and sparkly — here are 5 apps you’ll want on your smartphone or tablet.read more
Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for people who want to take their smile to the next level of perfection — and to correct worn out, damaged teeth.read more
Step in front of the mirror and smile wide. What do you see? Do your teeth appear healthy and vibrant — or dark, damaged, and worn? Taking care of your teeth should be a seemingly simple part of your health routine, but for so many people it’s not. In fact, many people are making big oral health mistakes that are causing, sometime un-repairable damage.read more
The quest to get bright, white teeth is starting to become an addictive overbleacher obsession called bleachorexia. This is a term specialists use to describe someone who has become addicted to bleaching their teeth to the point it affects their dental health.read more
Numerous studies have shown that people with uncontrolled diabetes have more severe periodontal disease. Interestingly, the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes appears to be two-directional. If periodontal disease is worse, diabetes is worse and vice versa.read more
Do you ever wonder why some people crave to crunch on ice cubes? It’s not entirely driven by enjoyment alone. There is actually a scientific reason behind this phenomenon.read more
Tooth decay is as much a problem in seniors as it is in kids. It’s also a more persistent threat now that most aging adults keep at least some of their teeth. Just 50 years ago, more than half of people over age 65 in the United States had lost all their teeth and needed dentures. Now, recent data finds only 15% of people ages 65 to 74 and 22% of those over 75 are toothless, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.read more
With so many over-the-counter teeth whiteners available, patients commonly ask if there any risks associated with store-bought teeth whitening kits.
The answer is simple: Yes, there is a risk for tooth damage.read more
Chances are you pay a lot of attention to your teeth and think very little of your gums. Unfortunately though, neglecting that part of your mouth can lead to big problems, like receding gums — and that can affect your overall health. This is why we make your gums a priority at every dental appointment.read more
We love texting. Roughly 85% of American adults own cell phones and three-quarters of them (73%) send and receive text messages. And, according to the Pew Research Center, heavy text users prefer texting to talking. Some 55% of those who exchange more than 50 messages a day say they would rather get a text than a voice call.read more
Tall tales are being told inside dental offices across the country — and chances are you’ve even fibbed in the dentist’s chair once or twice.read more
As your baby’s teeth emerge within the first year, it’s time for parents to start thinking about kids oral hygiene. Regular brushing, a healthy diet, and dental visits (after age 1) are some of the best ways to prevent cavities. Yet, experts say many parents are still falling short when it comes to taking care of baby teeth.read more
H. Robert Stender, DDS of THE SCIENCE OF SMILES in Pasadena, CA has been named one of “2016 Southern California’s Top Dentists” by Los Angeles Magazine, appearing in the January 2016 issue.
This is the second consecutive year that Dr. Stender has received a “top dentists” recognition by Los Angeles Magazine.read more
Revolutionary genetic sequencing may change the future of cancer prevention and screening. Illumina is developing a blood test called a liquid biopsy that can diagnose cancer — including oral cancers — in people long before they have any symptoms.read more
As the saying goes, “Out with the old, in with the new.” And there is no better time than right now to revamp your oral health routine by, perhaps, tossing that old standard toothbrush for a sonic toothbrush. But with so many on store shelves, and at various prices, how do you know which one to buy.read more
Severe pain in your jaw, unexplained headaches and earaches all can be attributed to a TMJ jaw pain disorder called Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disease.
The condition is common, yet extremely painful and deserve immediate attention from a dentist.read more
There is increasing evidence showing a link between oral health and general health. Furthermore, your mouth is part of your body — so why not take care of it?
Here are 3 reasons why dental health matters for the health of your body.read more
Your sinuses are hollow cavities in your upper jaw bone. They are also lined with a pink membrane — similar to the one lining your stomach. When this lining gets infected or inflammed, as sinus infection has developed (also called sinusitis).read more
If you often grab a sugar-free drink instead of juice because you think it is safer for your teeth, it may be time to rethink your decision.
Scientists in Australia say that sugar-free drinks and sweets are just as bad for teeth as their sugary counterparts. The reason: Chemical composition.
The idea behind Power Energy is simple: Merge two traditional morning substances, toothpaste and caffeine. Instead of waiting for your coffee to brew, Power Energy makers say you can get a much quicker buzz when you deliver caffeine around on your gums while brushing. Plus, there are no unsightly coffee stains to deal with, no coffee breath and no coffee mugs to clean up.
A team of scientists from the U.S. and Europe are reporting that the HPV vaccine may be effective in reducing the incidence of oropharyngeal carcinoma — which are cancers at the base of the tongue and tonsils that are commonly associated with high risk HPV infection.
Cranberries are actually one of the top antioxidant-rich foods — rivaling spinach and blueberries. Here are six amazing health benefits of cranberries.read more
Nothing can replace the effective value of a toothbrush and floss. They are the #1 dentist recommended tools for good oral health. But thanks to modern technology, there are other tools and gadgets we can use to supplement tooth brushing and flossing. They make taking care of our teeth and mouths fun, convenient — even cool.read more
Oral health experts are warning patients about the harmful potential of bad dental fillings. Specifically, they say, if they are done using an out-dated technique, filling could do more harm than good inside a patient’s mouth.read more
I am pleased to announce that I have been recognized as one of the top dentists in the country for 2015.
The America’s Best Dentists program is operated by the National Consumer Advisory Board and allows outstanding oral health professionals to exclusively be awarded for their commitment to superior patient service and advanced education in the field of dentistry.read more
Oral health is not just about how well and often you clean your teeth. It’s about keeping your entire mouth healthy – even your gums.
TV’s Bachelorette Trista Sutter is leading some star-power to a new campaign sponsored by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) about the importance of healthy gums and smile.read more
While most parents think of the oral health concerns or the sugar rush and hyperactivity that seems to follow candy, there are also long term effects. The body’s internal response to all of that junk is not a small concern. Sugar can be brushed and flossed and rinsed off of the surface of the teeth, but once you’ve chewed and swallowed, your body is left to pay the consequences.read more
With the holiday season right around the corner, we know you want to look and feel your best. Wouldn’t it be great to have a bright white smile for that office party, or gathering with family and friends?read more
A Florida mother was arrested this month for allegedly neglecting her child’s dental care after doctors repeatedly told her treatment was needed on her 4-year-old’s black, rotting teeth.read more
Back to school season is a time many parents reflect on what their kids’ need to kick-off a successful school year. Backpacks, notepads, pencils and crayons usually make the list of basic needs. Unfortunately, oral heath exams are rarely on the list.read more
H Robert Stender, DDS of THE SCIENCE OF SMILES has been selected for the 2015 Best of Pasadena Award in the Dental Bonding & Cosmetic Dentistry category by the Pasadena Award Program.
Each year, the Pasadena Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and communities. These exceptional companies help make the Pasadena area a great place to live, work and play.read more
The newest fad of DIY braces is sweeping the Internet, and while teenagers think it’s all the rage… dental health professionals are sounding an alarm.
A series of viral videos across the Web show young teens sticking elastic bands (such as small hair elastics) around their teeth in an attempt to help straighten them, or to close gaps. The practice is also called “gap band.”read more
As the lazy days of summer wind down here in Southern California, excitement is brewing in many households over going back to school. New school supplies, an awesome new lunch box, and fall sports are on the minds of many parents and children. This time of year also means squeezing in one last trip to the beach, haircuts, sports physicals and dental appointments.
Now is the time to schedule your child for a back to school dental cleaning and exam at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES. Regular dental examinations to diagnose and treat, or prevent dental problems are vital. As summer schedules vary, so do eating habits. More soda, ice cream and sweets are likely to be consumed during summer break — so having a thorough cleaning prior to heading back to the classroom is a necessity.read more
Getting your bi-annual teeth cleanings and dental checkups may prove to be monumentally important in cutting your risk for cancer.
Scientists have found that the same bacteria that causes gum disease may also fuel the growth of cancer cells.
Published in the journal Immunity, scientists say the bacteria could hamper the body’s ability to fight off cancer.read more
For the millions of people looking for a cure for TMJ pain, a revolutionary therapy promises relief in as little as a week. The therapy is called Disclusion Time Reduction, or DTR; a computer-guided TMJ pain treatment that is proven to be much faster and more permanent than other traditional TMJ pain treatments, such as mouthguards and appliances.
Only a handful of dental practices in the United States offer this treatment. Among them is THE SCIENCE OF SMILES.read more
Ozone Therapy has been used here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES for many years to treat tooth decay and gum disease. Now, scientists are taking the treatment one step further, developing an ozone antiseptic agent called “ozone nano-bubble water” to treat severe gum infections.
In a recent ozone therapy study, researchers evaluated the bactericidal activities of ozone nano-bubble water against the two main bacterial agents that cause gum disease. Their results showed that the agent can kill periodontal pathogens within 30 seconds of exposure. The next step in their studies to determine the extent to which the agent’s potency may be reduced by a patient’s saliva.read more
A debate has opened over the use of graphic health warnings on sugary drinks and sodas. Some dentists and health professionals are recommending that stark images, similar to those used on cigarette packs, are needed to address a pediatric dental crisis of rotten teeth in kids.
Tooth decay is the #1 childhood illness. Research shows that in the U.S. alone, more than 25% of children aged 2-5 years and 50% of those aged 12-15 years suffer from tooth decay. Worldwide, the condition affects 60-90% of school aged children.read more
Whether you just rolled out of bed or getting ready for a date, a new device set to hit the market soon may measure bad breath.
The technology is called Mint, developed by a company called Breathometer, Inc. Put Mint halfway into your mouth, and the device will analyze volatile sulfur compounds (byproducts of bad bacteria). These compounds can be elevated by certain foods or drinks, and may also indicate gum disease and tooth decay. In all cases, higher sulfur compounds indicates poor breath. Mint uses an electrochemical fuel cell and other sensors for detection.read more
A heart wrenching story out of the U.K. spotlights the seriousness of mouth cancer and the critical need for effective preventive dental care.
Widowed wife, Patricia Caton, says her husband could still be alive today if doctors had diagnosed his mouth cancer earlier. Her husband, Christopher Caton, died last summer at the age of 56 after suffering with oral health problems which were allegedly not recognized as mouth cancer for more than a year.read more
Dental health during pregnancy is extremely important, yet a new survey suggests that more women are choosing not to see a dentist during pregnancy.
A Delta Dental survey finds that 42.5% of pregnant women in the U.S. are not receiving thorough dental checkups or cleanings during pregnancy. Oral health conditions can arise – particularly during pregnancy – including:
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Plaque build-up
Do you want whiter teeth? You’re not alone. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular procedures here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES. We offer a variety of teeth whitening procedures, guaranteed to give you a lasting, sparkling white smile in just a few easy treatments.
Here is an info-graphic that sheds some light on the #1 cosmetic dentistry procedure in the U.S. and how more woman than men are choosing to get whiter teeth than ever before.read more
Students living in dorms and use communal bathrooms have a new reason to change their toothbrushes more frequently. Research presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology shows that toothbrushes stored in communal bathrooms have a higher transmission rate of fecal coliforms.
Scientists say the main concern is not with the presence of a person’s own fecal matter on their toothbrush, but rather when a toothbrush is contaminated with fecal matter from someone else, which contains bacteria, viruses or parasites that are not part of their normal flora.read more
Cost is one of the primary reasons people skip out on seeing the dentist. In fact, a recent U.S. Federal Reserve healthcare survey indicated 25% of the population delayed getting needed dental care last year because they were concerned about the cost involved. Unfortunately, delaying dental care can potentially cost you MORE MONEY in the long run.
Here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES, we specialize in biomimetic dentistry – a method that promises to save our patients time and money.read more
Juicing and juice cleanses are extremely popular nowadays, but those who make it a part of their daily diet may be putting their teeth at risk.
While homemade juices and some juice cleanse may be packed with powerful nutrients, they are also loaded with sugar. And, too much sugar can have a detrimental impact on your oral health IF you’re not careful.read more
Dental implants are the modern standard for treating missing teeth. They are a permanent solution that feel and look like natural teeth.
Statistics show nearly 70% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth. And, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their teeth.
If you wonder whether or not you would be a candidate for dental implants, our team at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES will thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, and bone structure to help ensure success before the procedure begins. We have equipped our practice with the latest technology in implant placement, making the process extremely comfortable and minimally invasive.read more
I’m proud to be only a handful of Pasadena-area dentists who practice minimally invasive dentistry. I am committed to preserving natural teeth and restoring them… without stress, pain, and a big price tag.
In keeping with my method of dental practice, I have co-founded The Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry.
Dental technology is what sets our practice apart from other local dental offices. Here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES, I am committed to using only the BEST non-invasive dental technology on patients to help them achieve beautiful, healthy smiles.
One technology that I’m proud to use (and patients love!) is called Ozone Therapy. With this technology, I can treat people with budding cavities and tooth decay… as it’s able to zap those harmful bacteria colonies that lurk on teeth.