FAQ

You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers. At Encino Dental Care, we welcome questions from our patients. We’ve found that patients who are interested and informed have better outcomes, so we encourage you to ask us about the services we provide, our practice, and any other dentistry questions you might have.

To help you, we’ve compiled a collection of questions we are often asked. If your question isn’t answered here or if you’d like more information, you are always welcome to call our office at 818-990-6659 or send us an email using our convenient online form.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common condition in the United States. It can occur when the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly during sleep, reducing or completely stopping airflow. This is known as obstructive sleep apnea. If the brain does not send the signals needed to breathe, the condition may be called central sleep apnea.

How can a dentist treat sleep apnea?

Some sleep apnea patients may benefit from an oral dental appliance.

Should I worry about snoring?

Snoring disturbs the sleeping patterns of the snorer, making restful sleep difficult. Snoring can be an indicator of Sleep Apnea and can be a serious medical problem.

Can adults get braces?

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How often should I get professional cleanings?

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Will gum disease shorten my life?

Your gum and periodontal health is crucial to you overall health. Your gums and the bone around the teeth and the connective tissues are connected by direct pathways to other areas of your body. The blood that supplies your gums circulates around your whole body. This means if you have gum disease your blood is carrying mouth bacteria, infection and inflammation everywhere else in your body.

I’m pregnant. Does that make a difference in my dental care?

Routine dental care can be done any time during pregnancy. Any urgent procedure can be done, as well. All elective dental procedures, however, should be postponed until after the delivery. Before you have your dental appointment, check with your obstetrician to see if she has any special precautions/instructions for you.

What is bad breath a sign of?

Most bad breath starts in your mouth, and there are many possible causes including food, tobacco products, poor dental hygiene, dry mouth, medications, infections in your mouth, and other nose and throat conditions.

How can I get rid of bad breath?

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I really don’t like the yellow color of my teeth. What are my options?

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My jaw hurts all the time, and it makes a clicking noise when I open and shut my mouth. Can you help me?

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Do you offer digital dental x-rays? Are they safer?

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