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Tuesday, August 01, 2017 10:00:40 PM

Have you heard the dentist or hygienist saying numbers like this and wondered what it means?

He or she is measuring your periodontal pockets. The periodontal pocket is the pocket formed by your gum tissue that surrounds each tooth. At Goldenberg Dentistry we measure it to aid in diagnosing a patient’s periodontal health: the health of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth.

We use a periodontal probe, an instrument that is inserted into the gum pocket to measure the depth. The measurements are in millimeters and smaller numbers are better.

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As seen in the chart 1-3mm is a normal, healthy periodontal probe reading. 4mm means there is some inflammation, known as gingivitis, and there may be some bone loss starting which can be verified with radiographs. A pocket of 5mm means the beginning stages of periodontitis, inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth leading to bone and gum loss. The higher the number, the deeper the pocket, the more bone loss there is.

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When a new patient comes in for a comprehensive exam, periodontal probing measurements are recorded in the patient’s chart as a baseline. Each tooth is probed at six different sites; three on the facial (cheek) side of the tooth; another three on the lingual (tongue) side of the tooth. The measurements and radiographs are used to evaluate the overall loss of attachment and help diagnose if a patients needs a routine prophy cleaning or a deep cleaning, also called scaling and root planning. The measurements are checked at recall cleaning appointments to aid in monitoring a patient’s periodontal health

Dr. Joel Goldenberg and Dr. Jessica Goldenberg not only love treating patients, but educating them as well. Call or e-mail Goldenberg Family Dentistry to set up your comprehensive examination today! (805) 642-4541 jagdds@pacbell.net


Posted by Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS | 8/1/2017 3:00:40 PM



Thursday, June 01, 2017 10:00:46 PM

 

We love seeing patients of all ages at Goldenberg Family Dentistry! It is so important that children get regular dental care and that from their very first visit they know the dentist can be a fun place to visit.

Dr. Jessica Goldenberg answers more common pediatric dental questions below:

‘I can hear my child grinding their teeth at night.’

Bruxism is the medical term for grinding teeth. It is very common in children especially in the mixed dentition, both adult and baby teeth present, since the bite is usually not stable. Other causes may be stress or hyperactivity. Most children outgrow it and do not require any intervention. It is always important to inform your dentist at Goldenberg Family Dentistry so that any adverse effects may be monitored. If the grinding continues and causes damage to the adult teeth or pain to the joint, a night guard may be recommended.

‘Will my child need braces?’

There are many reasons your child may benefit from orthodontic care. The fist thing Dr. Jessica Goldenberg will evaluate as the primary teeth are erupting is if they have space between the teeth. If they do not have spaces it is likely that the adult teeth, which are bigger than the baby teeth they are replacing, will be crowded. As a child develops their dentist at Goldenberg Dentistry will continually evaluate how the teeth are erupting. Some orthodontic issues are best treated early on, sometimes called phase I orthodontics, whereas other problems can wait until all of the primary teeth are lost.

Signs your child may benefit from braces:

  1. Bite is not aligned properly: cross bite, underbite, overbite
  2. Missing or extra teeth
  3. Difficulty chewing or biting
  4. Crowding or misplaced teeth
  5. Jaw and teeth are not proportional to face

Once it is determined by your child’s dentist at Goldenberg Dentistry in Ventura that they need orthodontic care, a referral will be made to a caring and gentle orthodontist. A consultation appointment will be set up to discuss treatment needs and help guide you and your child through the process.

‘When should we start using fluoride toothpaste?’

Baby teeth should be brushed as soon as they begin to erupt into the mouth. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry children under 3 years of age should have their teeth brushed twice a day with a smear of fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. From ages 3 to 6, parents and caregivers should brush with no more than a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. It is extremely important that children’s brushing is supervised. Most children do not have the dexterity to properly brush all surfaces of their teeth until the age of 8. Daily use of a fluoride toothpaste from eruption of the first baby tooth is an effective way to prevent cavities and is recommended by the American Dental Association.

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If you have any questions regarding your child’s dental health, give us a call today!


Posted by Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS | 6/1/2017 3:00:46 PM



Saturday, April 01, 2017 3:00:00 PM

So often I am asked ‘My child’s adult tooth is coming in behind the baby tooth and it isn’t loose yet. They look like a shark. What should we do?’

Goldenberg Family Dentistry is a family dental practice. That means we treat patients of all ages from a child’s first visit to the elderly who need to remain in their wheelchair for treatment. Some parents prefer to bring their child to the same dental office they go to. They find it more convenient for the whole family to be seen at one location and parent and child appointments can be booked at the same time limiting how long the family must stay at the office. Other parents prefer to take their children to a Pediatric Dental office and if that is the case, the team at Goldenberg Dentistry can make a great recommendation.

Dr. Jessica Goldenberg sees the majority of the pediatric patients in the practice and noted a few the most common questions she gets from concerned parents.

‘My child’s adult tooth is coming in behind the baby tooth and it isn’t loose yet. They look like a shark. What should we do?’

Ectopic eruption is when the lower adult teeth erupt when the baby teeth haven’t fallen out yet. It is fairly common and nothing to be alarmed about. Sometimes the adult teeth fail to signal the roots of the baby teeth to resorb so that they don’t become loose and fall out as they should. This can also happen if there is not adequate space for the erupting permanent teeth. Typically ectopic eruption resolves on its own without dental intervention. If you are concerned it is always a good idea to make an appointment with Goldenberg Dentistry so that either Dr. Joel Goldenberg or Dr. Jessica Goldenberg may perform an examination.

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‘My child is _____ old and still doesn’t have any teeth.’

Most children’s first tooth erupts around 6 months of age, however, all of the charts used to determine eruption patterns are based on averages. Some children are born with teeth and some do not have their first tooth erupt until after age 1. Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the age of 3.

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‘Why do we need to fill cavities on baby teeth? They are just going to fall out.’

Baby teeth are very important for more than just chewing. They allow your child to speak properly and smile confidently. The primary teeth also hold the space for the developing permanent teeth. If teeth are lost prematurely, the other teeth can drift in to the space left behind. Then when the adult teeth are ready to erupt they may have a difficult time coming in leading to crowding and years of orthodontic care. Of course, before any treatment is rendered, x-rays will be taken and Dr. Goldenberg will evaluate when the decayed tooth will fall out to determine if treatment is necessary.

We love seeing your little loved ones at Goldenberg Family Dentistry! Call today to set up an appointment!


Posted by Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS | 4/1/2017 8:00:00 AM



Thursday, February 02, 2017 4:16:17 AM

Do you feel like no matter how much you brush or swish with mouthwash you are always self-conscious of your breath? Halitosis, also known as bad breath, can be caused by a variety of things and figuring out the cause will help you find a solution. According to American Breath Specialists it is estimated that over 60 million people in the US will suffer from chronic halitosis.

Bad breath can be caused by internal and external factors. External factors would include the types of food you eat such as onions, garlic, fish, etc. The Colgate website has some great tips, including keeping a log of foods you eat to help determine if what you consume may causing your bad breath. According to the doctors at Goldenberg Dentistry, tobacco and alcohol can also lead to bad breath.

The American Dental Association provides information explaining that bacteria in our mouth may be the cause of bad breath. We have hundreds of types of bacteria that reside in our mouths and feed on the food left behind after we eat. They produce a bad smelling waste if not removed by rinsing with water or brushing after a meal.

Do you ever feel your mouth is dry? Dr. Goldenberg explains that medications, mouth breathing or a salivary gland issues may be affecting your ability to produce enough saliva. Saliva helps to wash your mouth of food and bacteria and also has protective factors to prevent cavities. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating or sucking on sugar-free candies can help stimulate more saliva flow. Goldenberg Dentistry offers Ice Chips Xylitol candies which not only help produce more saliva, but prevent cavities too.

An easy way to combat bad breath is to brush twice a day and floss once a day. That will ensure you are removing the plaque that forms on your teeth. Dr. Goldenberg also wants you to remember to regularly clean your tongue. Bad breath bacteria form a white or brown coating at the back of your tongue. This can be removed with a toothbrush or tongue scraper.

If your bad breath or bad taste won’t go away even after brushing and flossing, you may be suffering from gum disease. It is important to visit Goldenberg Dentistry twice a year for an examination and cleaning. At the appointment, your dentist or hygienist will assess your gum health and determine if you have dry mouth. If you suffer from either, they will make recommendations how to treat both before they become more serious.

If your dentist rules out any of the above causes, you may have a medical condition that is causing bad breath. Diabetes, gastric reflux, or sinus conditions are all internal causes of bad breath. If this is the case, it is important to see your medical doctor as soon as possible.

If you feel you have bad breath or want a dental consultation, make your appointment with the team at Goldenberg Dentistry today!


Posted by Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS | 2/1/2017 8:16:17 PM



Thursday, December 01, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Tooth Replacement Options

Imagine you break a tooth and get the devastating news that it is not restorable and can’t be saved. Once it is extracted, what are your options for replacing that tooth?

According to the dentists at Goldenberg Family Dentistry there are many reasons a tooth may need to be extracted; severe bone loss from periodontal disease, a large cavity in which there isn’t enough tooth structure remaining to restore, a tooth that breaks from an old filling, a crown that breaks off at the gumline, or even from trauma. Before the tooth is removed it is important to know what your options are and have a plan in place.

The least expensive option is to have a removable partial denture made. Usually a single tooth partial that is made for temporary use is called a flipper. It looks like a plastic retainer with one or more teeth on it and sometimes has metal wire clasps. Impressions for that can be made and the appliance fabricated before the extraction is completed so that it may be delivered the day of the extraction and the patient is never without a tooth. Another type of partial available is a flexible all acrylic partial with pink acrylic clasps that look more natural than the traditional metal clasps. This type of partial can be used on a temporary basis, but can last many years. The most durable type of partial that works best for patients who are missing a lot of teeth, especially in the posterior region and need to regain chewing ability, is a metal framework partial with natural looking teeth and pink acrylic to look like gums.

Another option to replace a missing tooth is to place a fixed partial denture, also referred to as a bridge. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth are prepared for crowns and the bridge consists of crowns fused together that will cover the natural teeth and replace the missing teeth. This is a great option if you have teeth on either side of the missing tooth. A drawback though is the neighboring teeth need to be prepared for crowns which could mean removing healthy tooth structure. Also, if in the future there is an issue with one of the teeth, the entire bridge may need to be remade.

The most natural looking and easiest option to maintain is a dental implant. Implants can either be placed at the time of the extraction or after 4 months of bone healing. Implants are titanium posts that are drilled into the bone and allowed to integrate for 3-4 months. Then an abutment is screwed into the implant and the crown can either be screwed in or cemented on to the abutment.

If you are not sure what your treatment options are, call or click to make a consultation appointment with Goldenberg Dentistry today.

Partial Denture:

Advantages: low cost, quick fabrication, slight drilling on teeth, no surgical procedure, can replace multiple teeth, very little discomfort, average 10 year life

Disadvantages: must be removed daily, must be cleaned nightly, not secure, uncomfortable for some, does not maintain bone shape, does not look natural

Bridge:

Advantages: quick fabrication, securely cemented, looks good no surgical procedure, 15-25 year life

Disadvantages: cost, requires drilling of teeth, difficult to clean, decay around crowns possible, does not maintain bone shape

Dental Implant:

Advantages: no drilling on adjacent teeth, looks natural, securely cement into place, does not place stress on teeth, maintains bone health, easy to clean and maintain, 25+ years of use

Disadvantages: cost, surgical procedure necessary, longer treatment time from start to finish


Posted by Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS | 12/1/2016 8:00:00 AM



Saturday, October 01, 2016 3:00:29 PM

The Pinhole Surgical Technique in Ventura is the revolutionary procedure that can help receding gums without invasive techniques. However, not all dental practitioners are trained and certified to provide patients with the Pinhole Surgical Technique in Ventura.

Invented by John Chao DDS, this amazing technique is scalpel and suture free, is the modern way to correct gum recession and is now available from Goldenberg Family Dentistry in Ventura.

What Causes Gum Recession

Bacterial gum infection from periodontal diseases will destroy your gum tissues right along with the support bone that holds the teeth in place. Periodontal disease, the more severe form of gum disease, is the number one cause of gum recession.

Thirty percent of the population could be predisposed. When it comes to gum disease, research shows that genetics could play a part in gum disease regardless of oral hygiene habits.

Overly aggressive tooth brushing is another cause of gum recession. If you brush too hard, or the wrong way, you could wear away the enamel on your teeth that could lead to gum recession.

Improper brushing, flossing, rinsing and inadequate dental care can also cause gum recession. If you don’t floss or use an antibacterial mouthwash, you could be dealing with tartar, hardened plaque that can only be removed by a professional cleaning. If left to its own devices, tartar can cause gum recession.

Hormones can also play a role in gum disease and gum recession. Fluctuations during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation and menopause could make your gums more sensitive and vulnerable to gum recession.

When it comes to dental care, prevention is the key. Schedule regular checkups with Goldenberg Family Dental, make sure you are brushing properly and don’t forget to swap out your toothbrush every two or three months or when it begins to show wear.

Other ways to prevent gum recession include:

  1. Quit smoking
  2. Eat a healthy diet
  3. Monitor any mouth changes

If you are suffering from gum recession and would like to know more about the Chao Pinhole Surgical technique, call or click and schedule an appointment with the trained and experienced dental team from Goldenberg Family Dentistry today.


Posted by Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS | 10/1/2016 8:00:29 AM



Thursday, September 01, 2016 3:00:40 PM

Have you always wanted straight teeth? Did you have braces and lose, break or never wear your retainer? Invisalign is likely the perfect solution for your smile needs. The best way to find out is to schedule a free consultation appointment with Goldenberg Family Dentistry. Although Invisalign isn’t the perfect fit for everyone, it may work for you.

Goldenberg Family Dentistry is a preferred Invisalign provider and has the experience to provide you with the perfect Invisalign fit.

The Process

If Goldenberg Family Dentistry determines that you are a good candidate for Invisalign, digital photos and radiographs will be taken of your teeth. Once you and your dentist are satisfied with the Clincheck, the virtual layout of where your teeth will be positioned after your Invisalign treatment, it will be approved. Then between 11 and 31 sets of clear plastic aligners will be custom made to fit your individualized teeth-straightening plan.

Removable

Once you receive your new clear plastic aligners, you will need to wear them 20 to 22 hours each day. The only time you remove your Invisalign aligners is for eating, brushing, and flossing.

Time Management

You only need to schedule Invisalign appointments with Goldenberg Family Dentistry every six weeks, giving you more free time to yourself. Less dental appointments also means less money out of pocket.

Oral Health

Conventional wires and brackets are nearly impossible to clean, as it is very difficult to brush under the brackets and wires. Invisalign aligners are removable allowing you to brush and floss better, making you less susceptible to tooth decay.

Comfortable

Standard braces may have changed over the years, but they can still cause pain, especially around tightening time. Invisalign is made of soft, comfortable thin plastic that will fit your teeth like a glove. So invisible is Invisalign, that the only people who will know you are wearing them are you and Goldenberg Family Dentistry.

Quicker Results

Unlike metal wires and brackets, Invisalign eliminates the need for full time braces, which may need to be worn for two years. Invisalign can work in as little as six months with most patients seeing amazing results between 12 and 18 months.

If having straight teeth has been a dream of yours, call or click and schedule a free no obligation Invisalign consultation with Goldenberg Family Dentistry in Ventura today.


Posted by Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS | 9/1/2016 8:00:40 AM



Monday, August 01, 2016 3:00:17 PM

According to Goldenberg Family Dentistry, baby bottle tooth decay occurs if your infant or toddler is exposed to sugary liquids on a regular basis. Liquids that can cause baby bottle tooth decay, also known as early childhood caries, include formula, milk, sodas, sweetened drinks and even fruit juice. The sugars in these types of drinks will pool around your baby or toddler’s gums and teeth allowing bacteria to feed on the sugar. Every time your son or daughter drinks something sugary, the bacteria will start to attack both the teeth and gums.

Goldenberg Family Dentistry explains that baby bottle tooth decay can even be found in infants who are breast-fed and babies and toddlers who use pacifiers that are often dipped in sugar, honey, or syrup. Because the sweet fluids are left in your baby’s mouth during sleep, it will increase the chance of cavities.

Although baby teeth fall out, it is important to remember that baby teeth are just as vital when it comes to healthy teeth and gums. If your baby’s teeth are full of decay, chances are his or her permanent teeth will be as well. It is also important to maintain the baby or primary teeth as they aid in speech and facial development, as well as hold the space for the permanent teeth. If you must fill your baby’s bottle before bedtime, make a healthier choice and fill the bottle with water instead.

Giving your baby a sugary drink before bedtime or naptime is harmful as the saliva levels decrease during sleep allowing sugary liquids to linger over an extended period of time. If left untreated, tooth decay will eventually become a problem. Teeth that become infected or are lost too early because of baby bottle tooth decay can result in crooked teeth, damaged adult teeth, speech problems, and poor eating habits. Healthy baby teeth mean healthy permanent teeth.

Goldenberg Family Dentistry stresses that baby bottle tooth decay can be prevented if you don’t allow your infant or toddler to fall asleep with a bottle that contains juice, formula, or milk. You can gradually implement changes by diluting the contents of the bottle with water over one or two weeks. After that, give your child a bottle filled with water only.

If you would like more information regarding healthy habits for babies and toddlers, call or click and schedule an appointment with Goldenberg Family Dentistry today.


Posted by Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS | 8/1/2016 8:00:17 AM



Friday, July 01, 2016 3:00:49 PM

It may sound like a science fiction movie, but thanks to recent research, an anti-cavity pill may very well be in the future. According to Goldenberg Dentistry and HealthDay News, a new discovery could eventually lead to a cavity prevention pill.

Scientists from the University of Florida have recently identified a particular strain of mouth bacteria that could keep tooth decay bacteria in check. Scientists say that it is quite possible to use the beneficial bacteria for a mouth supplement that can help prevent dental caries.

Goldenberg Family Dentistry explains that a neutral chemical environment is needed for a healthy mouth. If the environment in your mouth becomes over acidic, it can cause dental problems and cavities.The bacteria in our mouths essentially eat the food that we eat, especially those with carbohydrates and sugars, and the bacteria produce an acidic byproduct that can dissolve the enamel on your teeth leading to cavities.

The strain of beneficial bacteria that was discovered is called A12, and is a streptococcus strain of bacteria. The researchers actually figured out the genetic code of the A12 streptococcus bacteria in hopes of using it as a tool to help screen individuals who have a higher risk of tooth decay and cavities.

The researchers involved in the University of Florida study want to find out if this type of healthy oral bacteria reduced the incidence of cavities. The researchers also want to find out if people who don’t have as much of the A12 are more susceptible to cavities.

The research team just received a $3 million grant to study related bacteria and A12 from the United States National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

This may seem like a magic pill, and scientists are still not sure how far away it may be. However, that doesn’t mean you can sit back and wait for the magic pill to be available at your local pharmacy. Brushing, flossing, and regular checkups with Goldenberg Family Dentistry should still be part of your oral health hygiene habits.

Even if you aren’t susceptible to tooth decay, it is imperative that you schedule regular dental appointments with Goldenberg Family Dentistry. Call and schedule your dental check up with Goldenberg Family Dentistry today.


Posted by Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS | 7/1/2016 8:00:49 AM



Wednesday, June 01, 2016 3:00:58 PM

If you use tobacco, it’s not just your lungs that are paying the price. According to Goldenberg Family Dentistry, smoking or chewing tobacco can also cause serious problems for your teeth and gums.

Smoking and using tobacco products lead to dental problems that include:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Salivary gland inflammation
  • Plaque and tartar buildup
  • Jawbone loss
  • Risk of white patches, or leukoplakia, inside the mouth
  • Higher risk of gum disease
  • Tooth loss
  • Delayed healing for dental procedures
  • Low success rate for dental implants
  • Increased risk of oral cancer

Smoking and using tobacco products can cause gum disease as it affects the attachment of soft tissue and bone to your teeth. Even more concerning is that recent research has indicated that smoking actually interferes with how your gum tissue cells function. Goldenberg Family Dentistry explains that smokers are more susceptible to infections and gum disease as smoking and chewing tobacco impairs the blood flow to your gums, which can also affect how quickly a wound will heal.

Just like cigarettes, pipes and cigars are also bad for your teeth and gums. The American Dental Association explains that cigar smokers experience bone loss and tooth loss at the same rate as cigarette smokers while pipe smokers have about the same risk of tooth loss as both cigarette and cigar smokers.

Smokeless tobacco products carry the same risks as the above, but are also loaded with chemicals that have shown an increase in oral cancers. Add the fact that chewing tobacco has more nicotine than cigarettes and your risk of other types of cancers increases as well. Just one can of chewing tobacco has about the same amount of nicotine as 60 cigarettes. Sugar is often added as a flavor enhancer with tobacco chewers four times more likely to develop tooth decay than people who do not chew. Smokeless tobacco can also irritate your gums and cause them to recede and pull away from the teeth. Once your roots are exposed, you will have a higher risk of tooth decay.

If you have needed a reason to kick the habit, the health of your teeth and gums could be the push you need. Schedule an appointment with Goldenberg Family Dentistry who can examine your teeth and gums and check for any damage that tobacco products may have already caused.


Posted by Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS | 6/1/2016 8:00:58 AM



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