In today’s society, we all seek a brighter and whiter smile, which is why many people decide to undergo teeth whitening treatments to improve the appearance of their smile.
Well, what is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening treatments can be performed in many different ways depending on budget and your individual preference. In practice whitening with a trained dentist can dramatically whiten teeth, however added whitening treatments may be required as your teeth develop new stains and become discoloured over time. Moreover, a custom mouthpiece can be formed for you by your dentist and used at home.
Although whitening may seem like a good idea, not everyone’s teeth are suitable for whitening. If your gums and teeth are not in a healthy condition before whitening treatments, the procedure may cause further damage. Teeth whitening treatments generally pose no serious risk if done correctly, although if whitening products are applied incorrectly serious damage may occur, including:
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Irregular coloured teeth
- Dampened enamel strength
How to whiten teeth
If you’re looking for an alternative to whiten and brighten your smile, then listen up. There are some ways to keep your teeth looking whiter and brighter, naturally. The secret to healthier and better-looking teeth is quite simple, just maintain good oral health. It might sound a little too easy for your liking, but it’s that simple. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth daily, chewing sugar-free gum after meal consumption, drinking water throughout the day, consuming a sensible diet and visiting your dentist regularly. In addition to maintaining good oral health, individuals should look to avoid common foods and beverages that stain teeth, such as:
- Coffee or tea
- Red wine
- Spicy foods
Furthermore, smoking cigarettes also causes unsightly stains on teeth which can be extremely difficult to remove.
When it comes to achieving a healthier, brighter and whiter smile, Dr Curtis Couch can help remove extrinsic stains on the tooth’s surface by performing a simple scale and clean.
For the first time Chronic Maternal Stress has been linked to a higher prevalence of cavities in children.
A recent study undertaken by King’s College London and the University of Washington has uncovered that Chronic Maternal Stress can be linked to lower probabilities of breastfeeding and dental visits.
Researchers found dental cavities were more common in children whose mother had two or more indicators of chronic stress, an incident known as “allostatic load” (or AL), compared to children with mother’s displaying no markers of chronic stress. Analysis then tested the association between maternal AL and care-taking behaviours such as breastfeeding, dental visits, and providing daily breakfast. It was discovered that the percentage of cavities in children not provided with the above care had risen by half when compared to children who had been breastfed and provided with routine breakfasts in conjunction with regular dental check-ups.
What is Chronic Maternal Stress?
Stress is part of most people’s every-day life and in some cases can be beneficial; producing a boost that helps the individual’s drive and energy to meet deadlines and push through situations like exams. However, in most cases these stresses are short-lived, subsiding once the deadline is met. For individuals who suffer chronic stress, this is not the case at all.
An extreme amount of stress can take a severe emotional toll on the individual, proving to be not only psychologically but also physically debilitating. Further side-effects can include insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system, all of which are extremely detrimental not only to a new mother, but also to an unborn or new born baby. These symptoms of stress have the ability to impair the affected person’s ability to perform daily tasks.
Chronic Maternal Stress has been linked to women from a lower socio-economic status, with concerns regarding family and/or financial stability.
How does Chronic Maternal Stress affect your baby?
Most people are aware of the effects drinking, drugs and cigarettes can have on your unborn baby’s health, but did you know unborn babies are extremely sensitive to the mother’s stress levels while in the womb? Researchers have linked the level of exposure to cortisol (a stress hormone) while in the womb to increased cortisol spikes in response to their first draw of blood, infants with higher cortisol exposure proved harder to settle.
The effects of raised cortisol levels during pregnancy were also prevalent after the birth of the baby. While exposed to a recording of their baby’s cries, mothers suffering Chronic Stress also displayed reduced brain activity in the areas of the brain linked to maternal behaviours.
In turn this is thought to affect the mother’s resolution to breastfeed as well as ability to maintain regular activities such as dental check-ups, and providing breakfast daily.
Breastfeeding and your baby’s oral health
Breastfeeding is commonly known as the most preferred method to nourish your baby during his or her infancy (providing the mother is able). Did you know this can also benefit your baby’s oral health?
Because the baby has to actually suck for the milk to be expressed, the baby has to swallow what is in his or her mouth. This limits the amount of contact with the baby’s gums or growing teeth, unlike a baby fed from a bottle which can drip into the mouth even if the baby isn’t actively suckling. This can cause pooling at the front of the mouth/gum area.
Breastfeeding has also been linked to better jaw structure/tooth development than babies who are left to suckle on bottles, although the presence of a pacifier may negate some of those benefits.
Chronic Maternal Stress and childhood cavities with Dr Curtis Couch
If you feel you or someone you love may be suffering from chronic stress, contact your healthcare practitioner. To start your regular oral health check-ups, or discuss your children’s oral health contact us at Thousand Oaks today.
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Are you considering replacing one or more of your teeth with dental implants? Dental implants have a number of fantastic benefits for patients compared to alternative tooth replacement methods. Find out the benefits of dental implants compared to other alternatives and see the results for yourself with our dental implant before and after images from our Thousand Oaks dental practice.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implant treatment is one of the most innovative restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments available today. When a dental implant is set in the jaw bone, it follows a process called osseointegration where the titanium implant fuses with the jaw bone. Osseointegration has been practiced in medicine for decades – not only in implant dentistry but also for the medical replacement of bones and joints and improved prosthetics.
Benefits of dental implants:
- Renewed appearance
- Keep the facial structure intact
- Function as natural teeth would
- Strong, stable and natural-looking
- Can be color matched to your preferences
- Can last a lifetime with proper care
- Maintain the alignment of teeth
- Protect the bone from thinning
- Promote good gum health
- Don’t inhibit speech
- Don’t get cavities
- Don’t stain
Dental implants are the clear choice when it comes to replacing missing or severely damaged teeth. Dental implants can replace one tooth, more than one tooth in a row (multiple teeth), and can even be used as an alternative to dentures where full tooth loss has occurred.
Dental Implants Before and After Thousand Oaks
Patient A – Before and After Dental Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry
Patient B – Before and After Dental Implant
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A smile is perhaps the single most powerful human expression
Studies have proven that a healthy and warm smile can improve self-confidence, influence how others perceive and think about us, and directly increase our success within any working or social environment. A healthy and beautiful smile also has numerous internal health benefits.
Let’s take a closer look at the science behind a beautiful smile…
For the first impression
The bottom line is this – first impressions are important. It only takes a quick glance, just a few seconds for someone to evaluate and form an opinion about you, it sounds superficial but it’s a reality.
One of the first things a person will look to is your smile. A beautiful, healthy smile will convey happiness and confidence; two qualities sure to get you off to a great start in any social or working environment.
For our internal health
When we have a positive experience, neuronal signals are sent from the cortex of our brain to the brainstem and then toward the smiling muscles on our face. When we smile, a positive feedback loop goes back into the brain further reinforcing the joyful feelings.
It’s hard to argue that a beautiful and healthy smile breeds trust, makes you genuinely happy, and helps you live a longer and healthier life.
Gaining the confidence to smile more often
While a smile has the potential to bring all of the above benefits, it can only do so if the smile is genuine. Often, people will easily gauge the difference between a fake and genuine smile. Similarly, our brain can distinguish very easily between the two.
A cosmetic dental procedure can provide you with the confidence and encouragement to smile genuinely and regularly.
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Dr. Couch provides a range of modern cosmetic dental treatments to which he applies a unique blend of dental science and artistry.
Restore your smile and maintain your oral health with dental implants in Thousand Oaks
When you lose a tooth much more is affected than just the appearance of your smile. One tooth lost also affects your jaws, gum and remaining teeth.
By replacing just one tooth you can look after your remaining teeth as well as your ability to chew and speak. Why?
When you lose a tooth, jawbone starts to dissolve, gums start to recede, and teeth on either side of the gap start to shift in order to cover the gap. Crooked teeth also adversely affect your gums as well as throwing off your bite (misaligned bite). A misaligned bite can cause headaches, neck and back pain.
Just think: all of this could—potentially—be avoided by replacing one tooth with a dental implant.
Dental implants: what’s involved
While treatments like dental bridges and traditional dentures only replace the crown of your tooth, dental implant treatment replaces the whole tooth. The dental implant replaces the tooth root: this is made from biocompatible metal that will, over 3 months, fuse with your jawbone.
Once this fusion has taken place, the next stage of treatment will commence.
The next stage is for an abutment to be attached to the dental implant and the gums sewn closed. Once your gums have healed and the dental crown or bridge is ready, it will be attached to the abutment and you will have a whole tooth.
Replace one tooth and help to keep the rest
Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in America? The latest research from American Dental Association says that as many as 64% of Americans will have no natural teeth by the time they are 70. 64%! That’s scary.
Better oral hygiene and dental education can play a big role in patients keeping as many of their natural teeth as possible. And by replacing one missing tooth you have the potential to help maintain your other healthy teeth.
Dental implants can last a lifetime provided you look after your oral health. However, while the dental implant may last a lifetime, the dental crown, bridge or denture attached to the dental implant will usually only last 10-15 years depending on how well you look after your oral health.
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If, prior to treatment, Dr. Curtis Couch D.D.S. ascertains the reason for tooth loss was gum disease then this will need to be managed prior to implant treatment. The reason for this is that the leading cause of dental implant failure is perioimplantitis—essentially this is gum disease for dental implants and can have devastating effects on your remaining teeth and gums.
In this blog we look at the most prevalent reason for dental implant failure
Dental implants are one of the best treatment options to replace missing teeth. The treatment involves the dental implant—which acts as an artificial tooth root—and either an implant crown or bridge depending on the number of teeth which need to be replaced.
When you visit Curtis Couch D.D.S.’s dental practice in Thousand Oaks one of our friendly dentists will assess you oral health and determine the best treatment for you. Part of determining which treatment is right for you is treating any underlying problems you may have, as well as looking at why or how you lost a tooth.
Reasons for tooth loss
There are many reasons why you might lose a tooth, such as accident, injury or disease. Gum disease is still the leading cause of adult tooth loss. And it is also partially responsible for dental implant failure.
Looking after your oral health is important, as is maintaining as many of your natural teeth as you can. However the team at Curtis Couch D.D.S’s dental practice understand that accidents and injury do occur.
Have you lost a tooth to gum disease?
If gum disease is the reason you’ve lost a tooth, then the gum disease will need to be managed prior to your dental implant treatment. When gum disease progresses to the stage where it causes tooth loss it can become chronic and cannot be cured—this form of gum disease is known as periodontitis.
Perioimplantitis: gum disease for dental implants
Made from biocompatible metal the dental implant is not susceptible to decay like a natural tooth. After all, it’s made from metal. The problem occurs when you don’t take care of your oral health. Looking after a dental implant is just like taking care of a natural tooth, you need to brush and floss your teeth regularly.
Perioimplantitis is an infectious disease which causes inflammation and bone loss around a dental implant. It essentially has the same result for a dental implant as gum disease has for a natural tooth.
How to prevent perioimplantitis
At the moment there is still debate as to the exact cause and best treatment method for perioimplantitis. What we can say is that you can lessen your chance of suffering perioimplantitis if you:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss at least once a day
- Consume less sugary food and drink
- Attend regular check-ups
After you have undergone your dental implant treatment, one of our friendly team will explain in detail the best way to maintain your oral health after dental implant treatment.
If you would like to know more about how Curtis Couch D.D.S. and his team can help you, or to book an appointment, please contact us today.
Find out why Dr. Couch and his team of dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and supporting staff have created the ideal dental practice for you.
Here at Curtis R. Couch, DDS we practice exceptional dentistry with quality treatments that are performed by skilled, experienced dentists. Get to know our dental team and the treatments available with Dr. Curtis Couch in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Meet the team
Dr. Curtis Couch
Since graduating from the University Of Southern California School Of Dentistry with honors in 1994, Dr. Couch has undergone further training in cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, and full mouth reconstruction. He is a highly sought after professional, celebrated for his expertize and genuine gentle patient care.
Dr. Inbo Cho
Dr. Cho graduated from Columbia University School of Dental Medicine with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He has continued his education, earning a certificate to perform sleep dentistry in the state of California and is certified and experienced in the application of Invisalign for patients.
Dr. Eva Yancey
Dr. Yancey moved from Sweden to California in 1977 with her family. Since graduating DDS degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Yancey completed a residency in Periodontal Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. She has a great reputation in the dental industry and has been teaching as a lecturer at the Advanced General Education of Dentistry Residency and the Esthetic Clinic at the UCLA School of Dentistry for over a decade and a half.
Mike Frisbee is a leading ceramist who has been in the art ceramic restoration design and creation for over 30 years. His restorations are fabricated in-house to improve treatment productivity and quality control for patients who have broken, chipped or missing teeth.
Hygienists, Dental Assistants and Support Team
We have a number of Hygienists available to help assist in promoting quality care and effective oral health practices for our patients.
Choosing the appropriate treatment for your needs or desires
Dr. Couch and his dedicated team offer a variety of treatment options for patients:
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Reconstructive Dentistry
- Implant Dentistry
- Sleep Dentistry
- General Dentistry
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Dr. Curtis Couch and the dental team at Curtis R Couch DDS in Thousand Oaks works towards developing long standing relationships with patients based on respect, trust and understanding.
Dental implants are an investment in the future of your oral health. But one question we are frequently asked is: how long do dental implants last?
It’s a fair question. The treatment process can take between three to six months and nobody wants to go through more than they need to.
Why does it take up to six months?
Dental implant treatment can take up to six months depending on:
• your body’s ability to heal
• your oral health
• dental implant placement
If the dental implant is placed in your upper jaw it will take longer to heal than if it’s placed in your lower jaw. Typically it only takes 3 months for your jawbone to fuse with the dental implant. Once this takes place it’s only a matter of 4 to 5 weeks before the treatment is complete.
In these 4 to 5 weeks, an abutment is placed in the implant and your gums close around it. Once this has healed an impression will be taken and your dental crown will be fabricated in our lab. When this is complete we will attach the dental crown to the abutment and you’ll have a new tooth.
How long do dental implants last
The dental implant itself, the titanium rod inserted at the site of the missing tooth can last a lifetime. There are of course certain factors which could alter this, such as accident, injury or perioimplantitis.
Perioimplantitis is essentially gum disease for dental implants and is the highest cause of dental implant failure.
The dental crown attached to your dental implant will last—if proper care is taken—up to 15-20 years. Obviously if you do not take care of your teeth it could be significantly less.
Taking care of your dental implant
One of the advantages of this treatment is taking care of a dental implant tooth is the same as looking after your natural teeth. With regular brushing and flossing you can help to keep your teeth healthy:
• brushing twice a day
• flossing at least once a day
• drinking plenty of water
• eating less sugary snacks
• drinking less sugary drinks
A simple at-home oral hygiene routine and regular visits to Curtis Couch D.D.S in Thousand Oaks can help you to maintain your oral health for longer.
If you have had any restorative dental work carried out we strongly advise you to maintain regular check-ups. This will allow us to not only look after your natural teeth but to ensure the health and vitality of your restorative work.
When you receive dental implant treatment from Curtis Couch D.D.S. you will be given clear instructions of what to do immediately after treatment. Our friendly team are always here to help and are more than happy to answer any questions you have during any stage of treatment.
If you would like to know more about how Curtis Couch D.D.S. in Thousand Oaks can help you, or to book an appointment, please contact us today.
Did you know teeth whitening is the 3rd highest cosmetic treatment in America?
When it comes to whitening your teeth there are plenty of options. You can get tooth whitening products from a chemist; some cosmetic surgeons offer it: and then there are dentists. There are even dietary options which can help to keep your teeth white.
But what is the best way to whiten your teeth?
Please don’t use whitening strips.
Don’t use some over-the-counter product high in peroxide.
Really, as a dental practice, Dr. Curtis Couch DDS and his team would prefer if you visited your dentist. After all, would you go to an optometrist because you needed a better pair of shoes?
The best way to whiten your teeth depends on the health of your teeth. That’s right. It’s not how stained are your teeth? It’s: how healthy are your teeth?
Why the health of your teeth matters
Whitening your teeth depends on whether or not the stains are surface stains or internal stains. This is why it’s important to visit a dentist. If the cause of your stained teeth is internal, no amount of over-the-counter tooth whitening is going to work.
If the stains are external than generally speaking tooth whitening treatments like ZOOM! Tooth Whitening is an effective option. ZOOM! Tooth Whitening is an in-office tooth whitening treatment that takes an hour and can brighten your teeth up to eight-ten shades.
To help you maintain the results of this teeth whitening treatment we will provide you with a take home kit. This kit can be used at night to help you maintain results.
Another effective way of whitening your teeth is with porcelain veneers. These are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of your teeth. The porcelain is stain-resistant and will match the shade and colour of your natural teeth.
If your teeth are stained from the inside this is usually due to decay, or certain medications. If the problem is due to a type of medication then sometimes porcelain veneers are suitable.
However, if the cause is decay then you may need either a filling or root canal therapy. If you do require root canal therapy you might also need dental crown. A dental crown is a restoration that covers a tooth and looks and feels just like a natural tooth.
So, what is the best way to whiten your teeth?
The most effective way to whiten your teeth depends on the health of your teeth. Which is why you should visit Dr. Curtis Couch DDS in Thousand Oaks. By assessing your oral health our team can determine the best treatment for you and your health.
If you would like to know more about teeth whitening treatments, or to book an appointment at Dr. Curtis Couch DDS in Thousand Oaks, please contact us today.
A missing tooth causes problems: is unsightly: is bad for general health
If you’re missing a tooth then replacing it is in your best interest for your long-term health. While there are few immediate effect of tooth loss—other than the gap between two teeth—the long-term effects can be as extreme as further tooth loss.
A missing tooth causes problems
Let’s take a step back.
Why have you lost the tooth?
If your tooth loss is from an accident then replacing the tooth can be fairly straight forward. However, if you have lost a tooth because of periodontitis (severe gum disease) then this changes how you will be treated.
The reason being your gum disease would have to be managed prior to treatment. Otherwise it can lead to complication with treatment.
The problem that a missing tooth causes has to do with your remaining teeth, your gums and jaw.
Each tooth is ‘held’ in place by a particular part of the jawbone called the alveolar bone. When you lose a tooth there is nothing to stimulate the alveolar bone which then causes it to atrophy (shrink).
Once the alveolar bone atrophies, it will not grow back. And it starts atrophying as soon as you lose a tooth. That is why you should replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. Because if you wait too long this jawbone atrophy continues and it starts to affect the alveolar bone around other teeth and you could lose other teeth.
When you lose a tooth the teeth on either side will start to shift trying to close the gap left by the missing tooth: which causes crooked teeth and can affect your bite. A misaligned bite can result in headaches, difficulty chewing as well as neck and shoulder pain.
Why you should replace a missing tooth
It’s easy to shrug off a missing tooth. A staggering number of Americans between the ages of 20-65 have at least one missing tooth. And besides what’s one missing tooth when you’ve got so many more?
The problem is that one missing tooth causes other problems. By replacing one missing tooth early on you can prevent a swathe of oral and general health problems.
With dental implant treatment your jaw, gums and remaining teeth are taken care of. The dental implant replaces the tooth root, which helps your jawbone. The dental implant crown then helps to restore chewing function and lessen the chances of crooked teeth.
Dental implant treatment and your health
It is important to remember how your oral health can affect your general health. Gum disease has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. A crooked bite can cause headaches, neck and shoulder pain. Multiple missing teeth means you aren’t necessarily able to chew your food as well which can cause digestive problems.
By replacing a tooth you are able to help maintain not only your oral health but help to maintain your general health as well.
At Curtis Couch DDS in Thousand Oaks offers a range of dental health treatments from fillings to dental implants. If you are missing a tooth then please contact us at our Thousand Oaks dental practice today.