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July 25, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Dental professionals agree that brushing is the best way to remove harmful bacteria and plaque from the teeth and gums. Removing thisoral hygiene quickly helps to prevent bacteria from turning into acid leading to cavities later. A good oral hygiene routine helps keep the teeth and gums looking their best. Dr. Richard Hamaty, a Yorba Linda, CA dentist, can offer helpful brushing and flossing tips to his patients.

About Oral Hygiene Habits

Dr. Hamaty suggests brushing at least two to three times a day with a fluoride toothpaste for optimal brushing. Use a circular brushing motion allotting 30 seconds in each quadrant of the mouth. Don’t forget to brush the tongue too to remove harmful germs that can stay trapped in the mouth leading to dental issues and bad breath. Replace the toothbrush every few months. Our Yorba Linda dentist can show you how to brush the best way.

When it comes to flossing, at least once a day is required. Flossing helps to remove bacteria and other things from places that the toothbrush can’t reach on its own. This is considered a great preventative technique against plaque. This helps prevent cavities, gum disease and future dental issues. It also helps to improve blood circulation to the gums too. The spool or loop method can be learned at Dr. Hamaty’s office.

Dr. Hamaty, a Yorba Linda, CA dentist, prides himself on teaching his patients the proper oral hygiene habits. After a thorough examination and cleaning, he can learn of any dental issues that need to be treated in each patient’s teeth and gums. Seeing a dentist every six months will help prevent serious dental issues from occurring. In order to schedule an appointment at our dental office today, call 714-779-1313. We cannot wait to serve you and your family.

By Richard Hamaty
July 22, 2017
Category: Oral Health

When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right?

For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on Newton as he sat on the bench. The 2015 MVP was clearly seen stretching a string of dental floss between his index fingers and taking care of some dental hygiene business… and thereby creating a minor storm on the internet.

Inappropriate? We don't think so. As dentists, we're always happy when someone comes along to remind people how important it is to floss. And when that person has a million-dollar smile like Cam Newton's — so much the better.

Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about flossing. News outlets have gleefully reported that there's a lack of hard evidence at present to show that flossing is effective. But we would like to point out that, as the saying goes, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” There are a number of reasons why health care organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA) still firmly recommend daily flossing. Here are a few:

  • It's well established that when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are bound to follow.
  • A tooth brush does a good job of cleaning most tooth surfaces, but it can't reach into spaces between teeth.
  • Cleaning between teeth (interdental cleaning) has been shown to remove plaque and food debris from these hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Dental floss isn't the only method for interdental cleaning… but it is recognized by dentists as the best way, and is an excellent method for doing this at home — or anywhere else!

Whether you use dental floss or another type of interdental cleaner is up to you. But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss. It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it!

If you would like more information about flossing and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


Many people learn they have periodontal (gum) disease after noticing gum swelling, soreness or bleeding. But what you can see or feel may be only the tip of the iceberg — the damage may extend much deeper.

Gum disease is caused mainly by dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles built up on teeth due to ineffective brushing and flossing. Infection of the visible gums is only the beginning — left untreated, it can advance well below the gum line and even infect supporting bone.

One critical concern in this regard is the areas where the roots of a tooth separate from each other, known as furcations. Here an infection known as a furcation invasion can cause the bone to weaken and dissolve.

This usually occurs in stages (or classes) we can detect through manual probing and/or with x-rays. In the earliest stage, Class I, we might only notice a slight pocket in the gums with no significant bone loss. In Class II, though, the pocket between the roots has become a horizontal opening of two or more millimeters, indicating definite bone loss with increased pocket depth getting “under” the crown of the tooth. Class III, the last and most serious stage, describes an opening we can probe under the crown all the way to the other side of the tooth; the bone loss now extends “through and through” the furcation.

The basic goal of gum disease treatment is to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from all tooth and gum surfaces. But removing plaque below the gum line, especially “into” the furcations, can be challenging. We will need instruments called scalers to clean root surfaces, assisted sometimes by ultrasonic equipment to vibrate plaque loose. With furcations we may also need to employ surgery to aid gum or bone tissue regeneration or to make the area easier to access for future cleaning.

Of course, the best way to protect against furcation invasions is to prevent gum disease in the first place. Be sure to brush and floss daily and visit us for thorough dental cleanings and checkups at least every six months.

And don’t delay contacting us if you see any signs of teeth or gum problems. The sooner we can identify gum disease, the more likely we’ll be able to prevent it from doing serious damage to your gums, bone and teeth.

If you would like more information on treating gum disease, 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 “What are Furcations?

By Richard Hamaty
June 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

June 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Gaps in your smile are embarrassing, but dental implants can help restore your smile.Dental Implants

As a child, losing a tooth is a special occasion. Losing a tooth meant you could put it under your pillow for a special little gift. Of course, as we get older, we certainly don’t have the same positive sentiments regarding tooth loss. If you are an adult who has lost a permanent tooth, don’t fret. Our Yorba Linda, CA, dentist, Dr. Richard Hamaty, is here to offer a long-term solution for replacing those teeth.

How Dental Implants Work

The sole purpose of this small metal post or screw is to take on the role of your missing tooth roots. Tooth roots are important not only for the health of your tooth but also your jawbone. Without tooth roots the jawbone will begin to break down and shrink. To prevent this, our Yorba Linda general dentist will place the implant into a pre-drilled hole in the jawbone during a minor procedure.

As your mouth begins to heal, something pretty incredible will happen. The implant and the jawbone will osseointegrate, or bond together naturally. This can take a couple months for the implant and jawbone to become one, but once it does, you’ll have a restoration that will last you a lifetime.

Now that the implant and the jawbone are one, the next step is to place an abutment on top of the implant. An abutment is a structure that serves to connect the implant lying under the gums with a dental crown or artificial tooth. If you need to replace more than one tooth or even a full set of teeth, several implants will be surgically placed throughout the jawbone to support multiple restorations or even dentures.

Dental Implant Candidates

So, you may be wondering if implants are right for you. Let’s find out! Some factors that play into whether or not you are an ideal candidate include your age, your health, your oral hygiene and dedication to proper oral care, lifestyle habits and budget. When you come in for an evaluation we will be able to determine whether or not you are the perfect candidate for implants.

If you are ready to say goodbye to those gaps between teeth and get back your smile, then call our Yorba Linda, CA, dental office. We would be happy to schedule your next consultation with us so we can help you decide whether implants are just what you need to restore your smile. Call us today!

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