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Pregnancy and Your Oral Health

It is no secret that your dental health is very much connected to your overall health. It is important to be especially mindful of this when you are pregnant. During pregnancy, it is not only your overall health that is affected by your dental habits but also the health and future well-being of your child.

Going to the Dentist: Fears and Phobias

Are you someone who fears going to the dentist and avoids going even if you have a painful toothache? You are not alone. There are millions of Americans who avoid visits to the dentist’s office out of deadly fear. We found a helpful article for you! Read on to learn more about how to cope

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Cosmetic Dentistry for Crooked Teeth: Solutions We Recommend

We offer cosmetic dentistry for crooked teeth. Very few people are born with teeth that are worthy of a toothpaste advertisement. However, some people’s teeth can be misaligned, irregularly shaped, or crooked to such a degree that they go through life feeling self-conscious every time they smile. Not having straight teeth can have consequences far

Why Do Cavities Form?

Why cavities form is an interesting topic that is both useful & informative. In this issue, we’ll be discussing the science of decay formation while giving you some suggestions to prevent cavities from forming in your own mouth. Decay formation is caused by what dentists refer to as “demineralization.” This is a process that occurs

The 40-Year Old Magic Tooth

This is a brief history of a tooth fracture and how it led me to become a dentist. When people visit the dentist to fix a broken tooth, it is common to revisit the history of the tooth and share the confessions or opinions about the tooth within its lifetime. What most people don’t realize

toothbrush and toothpaste

Tips for Picking a Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Picking a toothbrush and toothpaste is an important part of oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day is the best protection from tooth decay and gum disease. It helps remove food particles and plaque that are left on a person’s teeth and gums after eating. The bacteria in the mouth convert these food particles and plaque

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Basic Dental Care

At Vanek Dentistry, we help patients throughout Orange County to stay in excellent oral health. With a focus on preventative care, Dr. Vanek takes the time to get to know each of our patients, creating a plan for lifelong oral health. With only one set of permanent adult teeth, it is important to care for

Tips for Picking a Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Picking a toothbrush and toothpaste is an important part of oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day is the best protection from tooth decay and gum disease. It helps remove food particles and plaque that are left on a person's teeth and gums after eating. The bacteria in the mouth convert these food particles and plaque

What is Tooth Enamel and How To Protect It

Tooth enamel is the protective barrier along the outermost portion of the teeth. This shield safeguards the dentin and sensitive inner portion of the teeth from damage. If the enamel is compromised or simply wears away as time progresses, it will cause some discomfort and make the inner portion of the tooth that much more

5 Important Preventative Dental Treatments

Preventive dental treatments involve instruction, treatment, and the practice of keeping a proper oral hygiene routine. Preventative care is crucial for having healthy teeth and an attractive smile. The procedures are aimed at preventing cavities, enamel wear, and gingivitis (gum diseases). Preventative Dental Treatments Thorough Oral Examination When you have a dental appointment, the dentist