Entries by Dr. Owen Mandanas

Is Your Mouth Stressed Out?

If you are feeling the effects of too much stress in your life, chances are your mouth is, too. The body works in unison and the effects of stress and anxiety can negatively affect your wellbeing—including your oral health. In fact, stress-related dental conditions such as bruxism and TMJ disorder are not uncommon. Fortunately, our […]

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition where the individual ceases breathing multiple times while sleeping. One of the symptoms can be chronic snoring, but snoring can be the result of many other conditions so one should not jump to the conclusion that they are suffering with sleep apnea just because they snore. Sleep apnea can be […]

What is considered a dental emergency?

Sometimes, patients encounter dental problems that require urgent attention, such as facial trauma that damages or even knocks loose a tooth or a severe toothache that causes significant discomfort. A broken dental appliance may also warrant immediate assistance. An abscess, which is an infection around the tooth’s root or between the tooth and the gums, […]

Do dental implants require special care?

Dental implants offer patients a number of benefits, one of which is convenience. Not only does a dental implant look and function like a natural tooth, it also requires minimal adjustments to a patient’s existing oral care routine. Because dental implants are directly linked to the jaw and require no additional support from surrounding teeth, […]

What Willy Wonka Uses for Toothpaste

Crest has unveiled a new flavor of toothpaste – chocolate!  Chocolate Mint Trek flavor will be available the first week of February 2014.  While chocolate can be good for you (especially in it’s darkest form in moderation), we’re not entirely sold on chocolate toothpaste.  What do you think? Would you use this toothpaste?

Am I a Candidate for Six Month Smiles®?

A discreet method for straightening teeth in a short amount of time, Six Month Smiles® is commonly used for adults in need of orthodontics. Receiving orthodontic treatment during adulthood is becoming increasingly more common—especially because of advancements in treatment methods that work to straighten teeth efficiently and inconspicuously. Instead of using traditional braces, the Six Month […]

Negative Effects of Brushing Too Hard

Scrub those teeth! Get rid of those plaque germs and bad breath! Brush harder! Brush faster! How many of us have given it our all, only to visit the dentist and find out that we still have plaque, cavities, or receding gums? It happens to millions of patients every day, and the problem may have […]

Dental Implants: A great solution to long-term issues

No one wants to just let their oral health slide downhill. Life happens, throwing curveballs that can leave us without enough options or information to protect our smiles. The result can be extensive dental diseases, tooth loss, or insufficient restorations. While these situations are sometimes unavoidable, it is recommended that you take the appropriate steps […]