Childhood tooth decay

Childhood tooth decay is a serious problem and is very common.  According to this article by the BBC, tooth decay affects 12% of 3 year old kids.   We are very sure these numbers are similar to what we see here in the Riverside CA area.

Some tricks to preventing tooth decay in kids is always monitor what they are eating and drinking.  A very common cause is kids who drink juice, milk, or soda.  It is important if your kid is drinking anything besides water, to have them brush their teeth immediately after.   Also having your kid’s teeth checked at least every 6 months can help prevent childhood tooth decay.  Often it is not enough to tell your kid to brush their teeth.  It is important the parent follows up and makes sure the teeth are clean.  If you have any questions or concerns about childhood tooth decay or decay in children and you live in the Riverside CA area feel free to call us at 951-687-8700.

Delta Dental Riverside CA – Dental Insurance

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Peter Mani DDS is a preferred provider of delta dental insurance.  We currently accept delta dental premier and delta dental PPO.   We currently do not take delta dental hmo also known as delta care.  Many dentists in Riverside CA take delta dental but not all are preferred or contracted providers with delta dental.  Some employers that offer Delta Dental Riverside CA dental insurance plans include Riverside Unified School District, County of Riverside, City of Riverside, Kaiser Permanente, Alvord Unified School District, UC Riverside, California Highway Patrol, Cal State University, Walt Disney and many more.

So what is the benefits of going to a delta dental contracted provider?  The fees are set by delta dental and will generally minimize out of pocket co payments.  Generally periodic exams and cleanings have no copay if you have delta dental premier or PPO.

If you have any questions about delta dental riverside ca insurance plans give Peter Mani DDS a call at 951-687-8700 and we will be happy to answer any questions.

Bruxism, grinding teeth, FAQ

What is bruxism?  It is when people grind their teeth.  It is very common that people grind their teeth especially at night time.  Some people grind their teeth all the way through their enamel or most outer layer of their teeth.  It is important to treat bruxism because it is permanent damage and the effects can not be repaired easily.  It is also shown that bruxism can be related to TMJ disorders or disorders of the jaw joint.

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The best way to treat bruxism is prevention.  If you feel like you are grinding your teeth, making a night guard can often prevent the damage that is caused by bruxism.  As you can see in the photo above bruxism can cause abfraction.  (See our post about abfraction).  It can also cause gum recession and attrition.

It is believed that grinding of teeth is related to stress.  So if you are stressed out at work or in life and feel your teeth are getting shorter, worn out, flatter, or loose, get examined for bruxism.

If you have questions about bruxism us at 951-687-8700 or visit our office at 7759 California Ave, Riverside CA 92504.  Peter Mani, DDS is a general dentist who practices in Riverside CA.   Photo courtesy of H. Farran DDS and Dr. J Candia

Thai and Laos Dentist / ยินดีต้อนรับคนใข้ไทยลาว

ยินดีต้อนรับคนใข้ไทยลาว. รับ อินชัวรันร ทุกชนิด.

Did you know we speak many languages at our office?  In addition to English, we speak Thai, Laos, and Spanish as well.  We have patients come from throughout Southern California looking for a dentist who speaks Thai and Laos.  Dr Mani is one of the few Thai and Laos speaking dentists in Riverside County.

Peter Mani DDS
7759 California Ave
Riverside CA 92504
951-687-8700

Changes for denti-cal dentists in riverside ca . Elimination of 4 bitewing xrays on children under the age of 10.

According to the new manual of criteria from denti-cal, 4 bitewing check up xrays on children under the age of 10 will no longer be covered.  They will only allow 2 xrays.  This is not good because it will make it more difficult to detect cavities on children under the age of 10.  This change took effect June 1st 2014.  Now your child will only be allowed 2 bitewing check up xrays when coming to get their teeth cleaned.  It is a set back for children under the age of 10 years old.  However, children can help prevent cavities but continuing to brush and floss regularly after every meal.  If your child is over 10 years old they will still allow 4 bitewing checkup xrays.  If you have questions about the denti-cal program for children in the Riverside CA area, you can call us at 951-687-8700.  This article is more useful information for denti-cal dentists in Riverside CA but it can be useful information for denti-cal patients as well.  Denti-cal is California’s verision of Medicaid.  Often times if the patient has IEHP, molina, or medi-cal then they also have denti-cal.

California and Children Oral Health Report Card

Oral Health Report California

According to Childrennow.org, California is doing a poor job at helping children get oral health.  Although the report card is from earlier this year, most of the article still applies to today.

“By kindergarten, over 50% of children in California have already experienced dental decay and 28% have untreated decay. Children who reported having recent tooth pain were 4 times more likely to have a low grade point average.”  What this points out obviously is it is important for your kids to get dental care as it may cause poor performance in school.

“Thirteen rural counties do not have any dentists listed as a Medi-cal provider.”  Luckily for us, Riverside County is not one of those counties.  However there are still many kids in Riverside county who have not received dental care.

Unfortunately, too few children receive basic oral health care. Approximately 20% of California children under the age of 12 have never been to the dentist.  But let me add to this that it is never too late to bring your kid in.  If you are int the Riverside CA area and need a dentist give us a call (951) 687-8700.  Help us help improve the oral health report California.  (Image courtesy of childrennow.org)

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Emergency Dentist Riverside, CA

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Did you know that we have been providing emergency dental procedures for over 12 years to the Riverside, CA area?  Maybe you have a real bad toothache?  Maybe you chipped a front tooth?  Got a broken denture?  We can help you fix all these issues.  Emergencies are generally seen immediately.  If you call after hours you will hear a answering service.  It is important to leave a message as it will page the doctor and or staff and they can get a hold of you.

If you need a emergency dentist Riverside, CA give us a call at 951-687-8700.

If you are looking for an emergency dentist Riverside, CA and it is after hours.  Still give us a call at 951-687-8700 and leave a message to page the doctor and or staff.  After hour visits generally will incur an extra fee to call the dentist and staff out to the office.  The dentist lives in Riverside, CA and is available Saturday and Sundays for an additional fee.

(photo courtesy of ADA american dental association).

FDA updates to teething babies and numbing gels

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Teething baby or Teething Babies

Updates from the FDA in regards to teething babies and numbing gels.

If your baby is teething don’t use any numbing gels (eg orajel, benzocaine, anbesol).  I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of anyone doing it, but apparently it has happened otherwise the FDA wouldn’t put the warning out.  If your baby is teething don’t use numbing gels on their gums as it can be dangerous for them.  According to the FDA website it can cause “methemoglobinemia” where the oxygen in the blood stream is greatly reduced.

Symptoms and signs include: pale, gray, or blue colored skin or lips, shortness of breath, fatigue, confusion, headache, feeling light headed, and or rapid heart rate.

If you put numbing gel on your baby’s gums and they have any of those symptoms contact emergency services immediately.

To aid in teething they recommend using a teething ring chilled in the refrigerator or to rub the child’s gums with your finger.

If you have questions and if you live in the Riverside CA, corona, moreno valley or surrounding areas, give us a call at (951) 687-8700.

Photo courtesy of FDA.  Link to update from FDA website.

When should I bring my kid to see the dentist?

What age should I bring my child to see the dentist?

I hear this question asked all the time.  We usually recommend to bring kids in as early as 6 months old or when their first tooth comes in.

What do we do at the first visit?

We will do a visual exam of the mouth and go over oral hygiene with the parents.

Why bring your kid in at such a young age?

We believe the earlier you bring your kid in, the more they will get used to coming into the dentist.

But they are all baby teeth.  They are going to fall out anyways?

Also it will allow the prevention of cavities.  It is important to prevent cavities in kids because it is often very difficult to fix cavities between the ages of 6 months to 6 years old.  If your child loses his or her baby teeth prematurely, it can cause the permanent teeth to come in crooked.  That will often require orthodontics to fix later.

Conclusion

If you live in the Riverside CA area, bring your kid in to our office to get their teeth checked.  Give us a call 951-687-8700 or stop by our office at 7759 California Ave. Riverside,CA 92504.

Additional updates to Medi-cal Denti-cal for adults

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Additional updates to Medi-cal, Denti-cal, and immediate dentures for adult patients.

Beginning June 1st, 2014 denti-cal will begin covering immediate dentures without authorization.  That is, if you have had teeth pulled on the same arch within the last 6 months, you can get a full upper denture or full lower denture with out prior authorization.   If your current teeth prevent you from chewing or masticating properly and is adversely effecting your health, you can get a denture made without prior authorization from denti-cal.  If your teeth are loose and wobbly, maybe you are a good candidate for dentures.

If you currently have full dentures, then you must still apply for a new set of dentures through denti-cal.  Denti-cal currently covers a new set of dentures if your current set is over 5 years old and is no longer serviceable.

If you are in the Riverside CA area or any of the surrounding cities including Corona, Moreno Valley, Perris, San Bernadino and are having difficulty eating or chewing, maybe you are a candidate for dentures.  Give us a call at (951) 687-8700 to inquire.   Peter Mani, DDS currently accepts medi-cal / denti-cal and is accepting new patients.