• How to Choose The Right Toothbrush

    You’ve probably noticed that toothbrushes have different bristle firmness ratings – soft, medium, and hard. This tells you how firm the bristles are and how much pressure they put on your teeth and gums when you brush. It also makes it more confusing when you select a toothbrush. Which is a better – a soft or hard toothbrush?

    If you have sensitive teeth

    According to a survey by the Academy of General Dentistry, one in three dentists report that brushing the teeth with too much force is the #1 cause of tooth sensitivity.

    Many people think all that elbow grease using a hard or medium-bristled toothbrush gets the teeth cleaner, but in reality, it does more harm than good. Hard and medium-bristled toothbrushes alone can cause bleeding or receding gums and wear down the enamel to expose the dentin (that’s what causes sensitivity).

    Rule of thumb when it comes to a soft vs. medium or hard toothbrush: soft is always best … and soft bristles are just as effective as cleaning the teeth.

    Here are some guidelines from the American Dental Association:

    • Any toothbrush you choose should have soft bristles. Hard bristles may cause gum tissue to pull back from teeth, which can expose the tooth root and lead to increased sensitivity to heat, cold or certain foods and drinks.
    • Select a toothbrush head size that can easily fit into the mouth and can brush one to two teeth at a time (the general size is 1″ long and ½” wide).
    • Powered toothbrushes don’t clean teeth any better than regular toothbrushes. However, if a powered toothbrush motivates you to clean your teeth more often and for the required length of time, it is worth the investment.
    • Powered toothbrushes are better choices than manual toothbrushes for anyone who needs assistance brushing teeth, including people with arthritis (or any condition that may limit mobility), anyone wearing braces or people with misaligned or uneven teeth surfaces that make a thorough cleaning more challenging.
    • Replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head for a powered toothbrush) as soon as the bristles begin to look worn or frayed (usually every three months). A worn toothbrush does not do a good job of cleaning your teeth. Remember always to replace your toothbrush after an illness.
    • If you’re still undecided about which toothbrush to use, consult your dentist for advice.

    If you are shopping for a child, select a toothbrush with the following characteristics:

    • Soft bristles (for gentle cleaning)
    • Very small heads (designed for baby teeth)
    • Large handles (easier for children to grip)

    Here’s the bottom line when it comes to choosing a toothbrush: start with a soft or extra soft-bristled brush to protect your enamel and gums (here’s one we love), and then find a size and shape that’s comfortable for your mouth and allows you to reach all your teeth. Happy brushing! 

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  • Why veneers fail

    An important consideration prior to having any dental cosmetic work is to understand both the pros and the cons of each particular dental procedure. And while porcelain laminate veneers are among the most aesthetic means of creating a beautiful, more pleasing smile, they are permanent and non-reversible and should be maintained properly.

    On average, you can expect porcelain veneers to last anywhere between 7 and 20+ years. However, much of that depends on whether or not you care for them properly in addition to the quality of the dental porcelain, the craftsmanship, and placement of them. Not everyone is a candidate for veneers. People who have a closed bite or are heavy grinders or clenchers are usually poor candidate for dental veneers. The jaw movement during clenching can cause the veneers to loosen and fall. Also a strong bond to your teeth depends on how much enamel you leave behind after initial preparation. If you have severe crowding and need major change, the dentist need to remove more tooth structure in order to get to a desirable result. Veneers don’t bond well to dentin, the second layer of your tooth structure. For those patients with the above issues we recommend to have all porcelain crowns for better stability and retention. Porcelain crowns are made of the same material as veneers. The only difference is the preparation of your tooth. For porcelain crowns, the back part of your tooth is prepared as well.
    How long your veneers last can also depend to some extent upon how you age. This is because the gum tissues attached to the living tooth that your veneers are cemented to may shrink or pull away from the tooth exposing its root surface. If this occurs, you should see your dentist for an evaluation, as it may require veneer replacement. Or, the issue might be resolved through some minor periodontal (gum) plastic surgery.

    Porcelain veneers are a low maintenance solution for solving a multitude of cosmetic dental challenges, but they do require that you protect them during sports or vigorous activity. You should also wear an oral appliance or mouthguard (nightguard) to protect them from grinding or any other involuntary damage during sleep.

    To learn more about porcelain veneers, continue reading our blogs at www.doverdental.com.

    You can also request a virtual consultation with Dr Kate Sahafi via FaceTime. Schedule your consultation by emailing drsahafi@gmail.com.

  • Importance of dental check-up

    Neglecting oral hygiene can end up in a lot of progressive diseases by age and they are costly over time, and losing your teeth will make you have difficulties in chewing and affect the beauty of your smile. Of course, there is no need to talk about bad breath.

    What is the importance of dental check-up?

    Cavities detection; as by clinical examination and x-ray, your dentist can detect if there are any visible or hidden cavities between any two teeth so that he can restore them before they get worsen.

    Gums check-up & cleaning; The dentist can also detect the presence of plaque, calculus and inflammation as calculus and inflamed gums is the first reason for bad breath, bleeding during brushing and loosening of teeth by time. Scaling and polishing your teeth in the dental clinic every 6 months will remove calculus, decrease inflammation and make your gum and teeth healthier.

    Check your bad habits; grinding your teeth during sleep, eating hard food and sweets or biting your nails can remove the external hard layer of your teeth by time, leading to their sensitivity and making them more capable of fracture later. Your dentist will help you a lot to get rid of these bad habits.

    Oral cancer detection & Lymph node check-up; as early detection of any abnormalities can be lifesaving in many cases.

    Call us today for an appointment with the top best dentist in Newport Beach.

  • What is the importance of dental flossing?


    Dentists and hygienists always recommend flossing your teeth once per day either before or after teeth brushing. Flossing remove food remnants, dental plaque and calculus from those tight areas between the teeth and under gumline; these areas cannot be cleaned properly through using toothbrush alone.

    “Take the F out of floss and you get loss”

    Accumulation of dental plaque between teeth can lead to gum inflammation; this will lead to more serious problems as bleeding during teeth brushing, bad breath and even spreading of inflammation to the underlying bone causing teeth loosening!

    How to floss my teeth?

    • Take about 18 inches of the floss.
    • Wind most of it around your middle finger then wind the remaining floss around the middle finger of the opposite hand.
    • Hold the floss between your thumbs and middle fingers.
    • Put the floss between two teeth till just below the gumline.
    • Adhere the floss to one of the two teeth then pull the floss out slowly.
    • Repeat these steps on all your teeth.


    Which is better waxed or unwaxed dental floss?

    According to the material used there are waxed and unwaxed dental floss, make sure to use the waxed one as it slides easily between teeth and it is less likely to break.

    Are there other types of dental floss?

    Yes, and they are for more specific cases and easier to use as:

    • Floss threaders for people who wear braces.
    • Disposable dental flossers for children.
    • Electric flossers for people who cannot manipulate normal dental floss.

  • Teeth Whitening Dental Office in Newport Beach

    A bright white smile means health, beauty & success. And in the era of selfies and social media, we all want to look our best.
    Teeth Whitening or dental bleaching is getting popular every day, and you need to know all about this process to determine what is the best for you.

    Why my teeth are getting yellow?

    There are many reasons but the main cause is getting old; by time the inner layer of the tooth (Dentin) is getting darker, while the outer layer (Enamel) is getting thinner exposing the dark dentin.
    There are other causes like genetic factors, fluorosis, rare dental disorders, trauma, tetracycline stains before the age of 10, silver restorations and finally root canal fillings.

    How teeth whitening works?

    The bleaching gel removes remove either external or internal stains and alter the light reflecting nature of the enamel to make your teeth looks whiter and brighter.

    Is teeth whitening a painful process?

    Bleaching gel will cause soft tissue irritation if it touches your gums. Your dentist will avoid this by covering your gums first with a gingival barrier. your teeth may become sensitive in the 24h after teeth whitening, you can overcome this by taking a painkiller.

    What can I do to ensure long lasting results after teeth whitening?

    You should rinse your mouth after eating and drinking, floss daily to remove dental plaque and use a whitening tooth paste once a week to remove any stains.

    Teeth bleaching and teeth whitening are fast, easy ways to brighten teeth and enhance your smile. If your near Newport Beach call Dr. Sahafi at 949.514.8408 for a consultation.

  • Improve the look of a gummy smile

    Gummy smile also known as excessive gingival display is a smile that shows an excessive amount of gum under the upper lip. It is a common unaesthetic clinical condition, which can be caused by an abnormal dental eruption(delayed passive eruption), or hyper-function of the upper lip elevator muscle or by an excessive vertical growth of the bone of maxilla or over-eruption of the maxillary anterior teeth, or a combinations to one of the above described factors together.Several treatment options have been proposed to enhance the smile display and to reduce the gingival exposure.

    Before and after gum lift.

    Before and after gum lift.

    How to improve the look of a gummy smile

    Dr Kate Sahafi uses few ways to fix the gummy smile including gummy smile surgery – though not all cases require surgery. Here’s some of the ways gummy smile can be fixed:

    1) Lip Lowering – The upper lip is re-positioned to make the gum line less exposed.

    2) BOTOX – To reduce high pulling effect and lets the upper lip better rest over the gum tissue. Studies have shown gummy smile treatment with on botulinum toxin into the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle is an efficient method, with minimum risk of complications and very high patient satisfaction.

    3) Gum Contouring/Gum Leveling – Removes excess gum tissue around the teeth.

    4) Crown Lengthening – Gum tissue is removed, the bone is modified, and the gum line is re-contoured to establish a longer crown appearance.

  • An affordable way to fix your smile

    Snap-On Smile is a patented, easy and painless way to obtain a beautiful smile. It was invented by a dentist who realized that not everyone can afford thousands of dollars to get a Hollywood smile make-over. After years of extensive research and development, your dentist can now provide you with a Snap-On Smile that is thin and strong with the look of natural teeth. You can eat and drink with your Snap-On Smile. It’s easy to care for and can be a temporary or long-term provisional cosmetic solution. It’s available for upper and lower teeth.

    Snap-On Smile’s unique, proprietary formula of hi-tech dental resin make it very thin yet extremely strong. It fits right over your own teeth to give you a beautiful, natural looking smile—even if you have stains, chips, gaps or missing teeth.

    And for many people, Snap-On Smile can be life changing. It gives back the confidence to smile. Thousands of people worldwide have already experienced the unique benefits of Snap-On Smile.

    Snap-On Smile is for just about everyone!
    Snap-On Smile is an affordable and life-changing solution for people of all ages. Getting a Snap-On Smile simply requires two, short, painless visits with no drilling, no shots and no change in tooth structure.

    It is an excellent choice for:
    • Gaps, crooked, stained or missing teeth
    • Those who are not candidates for bridges or implants
    • Anyone who would like a Hollywood smile without the expense and discomfort of complex and invasive dental procedures
    • Anyone who has an old-fashioned removable partial denture and wants a beautiful, more comfortable alternative

    It’s easy, it’s painless and you can start today
    1. You pick the style and shade of your new smile
    2. Your dentist takes an impression of your teeth
    3. You come back in about three weeks for a final fitting and you wear your Snap-On Smile home