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By Apple Valley Dental
March 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Wouldn’t you like to look at yourself in the mirror and bask in how radiant and white your teeth are? Unfortunately, everybody will have to contend with teeth stains at some time in their life. Fortunately, getting rid of unsightly stains and discoloration is easier than ever. The trick is to figure out the kind of stains you need to get rid of and which teeth whitening treatments will work best for you.

Here at Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley, CA, you can talk to one of our dentists to determine the most suitable teeth whitening option for you so you can smile confidently with your pearly whites.

What are Extrinsic Stains?

Extrinsic teeth stains are essentially stains on the teeth’s outermost surface. They develop right on your teeth’s enamel. Your enamel is the tooth layer responsible for safeguarding your tooth’s softer portion, which is the dentin. While your enamel is your teeth’s sturdiest part, it’s also the part that comes in direct contact with all the things you put inside your mouth.

Over time, some of these things, particularly food and drinks that stains like coffee, tea, and red wine, would be absorbed by your enamel and cause significant discoloration. Fortunately, extrinsic stains are the easiest stains to remove because they’re surface stains. You can treat them with a whitening kit from your dentist or in-office whitening performed by your dentist.

What are Intrinsic Stains?

These stains develop right on your dentin, which is underneath your enamel. It’s important to point out that your dentin is inherently more yellow and darker than your enamel. When your enamel wears away from everyday wear or improper oral care habits, your dentin will definitely show through and absorb stains. While these stains are harder to eliminate, professional teeth whitening done by your dentist in Apple Valley, CA, will surely do the trick. You can also opt for porcelain veneers if you’re looking for a more permanent solution.

What are Teeth Stains from Aging?

In general, you can expect your enamel to become thinner and your dentin to become darker. These natural changes are due to aging and cause deep stains in your teeth. Like intrinsic stains, these types of stains will only respond to professional, in-office whitening treatments. Likewise, veneers are another option if for some reason the stains you have don’t respond well to teeth whitening.


Want to Know Which Teeth Whitening Solutions Will Work for Your Stains?

Contact Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley, CA, to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists. Call (760) 247-6007 for more details.

By Apple Valley Dental
February 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

Why does your tooth hurt so much? At Apple Valley Dental in Helendale, CA, our team of five specialty dentists uncover the reasons for dental pain and effectively treat them. Combining innovation with expertise preserves as much natural tooth structure as possible.

Never wait on dental pain

At Apple Valley Dental in Helendale, CA, your dentists see numerous patients who are experiencing dental discomfort ranging from intermittent sensitivity to extreme toothache pain and everything in between. If you're one of them, please don't wait. Call the office right away so we can make you comfortable, examine and X-ray your teeth and formulate a treatment plan to restore you to full oral health.

The American Association of Endodontists cites several causes for dental pain:

  • Sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure due to cracked fillings, exposed roots, dental abscess, decay or thin enamel
  • Toothache from decay, infection, teeth clenching (bruxism), traumatic injury or poor dental bite
  • Abscess, or infection of pulp in the interior chamber and root canals
  • Traumatic injury, causing tooth avulsion, fracture, chips or lateral displacement
  • Gum disease, or periodontitis, which degrades the support structures surrounding teeth

Treating dental pain

Common treatments for dental pain include:

  • Fillings made of amalgam, composite resin, porcelain or glass ionomer
  • Porcelain crowns to cover and protect damaged tooth structure
  • Root canal therapy which removes the inflamed pulp, seals the tooth and covers it with a filling or crown
  • Tooth scaling and root planing for gum disease
  • Extraction for impacted wisdom teeth or hopelessly damaged teeth
  • Replacement of old fillings or crowns
  • Revision of dental bite with orthodontic treatment (traditional braces or aligners)
  • Customized mouth guards for bruxism
  • Regular use of a sensitivity toothpaste for exposed roots and thin enamel
  • Splinting of mobile or displaced teeth
  • Orthodontic correction for malocclusion and jaw joint dysfunction

Of course, your professional team at Apple Valley Dental always recommends consistent brushing and flossing at home, a nutritious diet, plenty of water and preventive exams and hygienic cleanings every six months.

Feel better and be healthy

At Apple Valley Dental, our team excels at the latest in preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental services. Whatever you need, we can provide it on-site at our modern facility in Helendale, CA. Call us at the first sign of a problem: (760) 247-6007.

By Apple Valley Dental
November 15, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Dental pain can be extremely uncomfortable, and it's normal to want it diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. However, many dental dilemmas happen suddenly and often after regular business hours, and then you're left wondering how to manage your problem. What you may not know is there is a hierarchy associated with dental problems, meaning that there are certain injuries and other problems that can wait until the next day to be treated by your dentist in Helendale, CA, Dr. Samuel Kim at Apple Valley Dental.

What isn't a dental emergency?

First, let's discuss what doesn't usually qualify as a dental emergency. These mishaps are typically not associated with lasting damage or life-threatening complications and can be managed at home until your Helendale dentist is available.

  • A chipped tooth. As long as the chip doesn't cause unrelenting pain, it's probably shallow enough to wait. If there is a sharp edge, it can be covered with a small piece of dental wax.
  • A lost filling or crown. Again, as long as you do not have severe pain associated with this common dental problem, it's usually worth it to wait until your Helendale dentist's office opens up. In the meantime, there are materials that you can purchase at any drug store that will cover the affected tooth until you can be treated.
  • Tooth sensitivity. This uncomfortable sensation is often due to an untreated cavity. Avoid chewing on the affected side and try to stay away from hot or cold beverages and foods to keep the sensitivity to a minimum.

When should I seek emergency dental treatment?

If you're experiencing one or or more of the following circumstances, and your Helendale dentist's office is not open, you should go to your local medical emergency room at once:

  • Bleeding that doesn't stop within a few minutes
  • Pain that does not respond to over-the-counter analgesics and interferes with normal activity
  • Swelling around your jaw, especially if accompanied by a fever
  • A tooth that has been pushed out of place or completely knocked out.

In the case of an avulsed, or knocked-out, tooth, it should be replaced gently into the empty socket if possible. If it doesn't go back into place easily, don't force it. There are tooth preservation kits available at drugstores that contains a solution with minerals and other ingredients to maintain the tooth's viability for several hours after avulsion. It's best to have one or more of these kits available at home for immediate use. In a pinch, a cup of milk can be used.

To schedule an appointment with your Helendale dentist, Dr. Samuel Kim, contact Apple Valley Dental in Helendale, CA, at (760) 247-6007 today.

By Apple Valley Dental
August 02, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Are you considering whether you should turn to professional teeth whitening in order to get a more radiant smile? While there are countless over-the-counter options that promise to do just this, they often deliver disappointing, short-lasting results. That's where our Helendale, CA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Samuel Kim, comes in! Read on to learn all about how his professional teeth whitening treatments here at Apple Valley Dental can improve your look.

How does professional whitening work?

The whitening gel that our Helendale dentist applies onto the front of your teeth contains a high percentage of peroxide, a material that brightens teeth by breaking up the stain molecules that form within the outer layers of the tooth (i.e. the enamel and dentin layers). When you come into our office for treatment, we will first clean your teeth to remove any plaque and tartar buildup before applying the whitening gel. The gel will stay on your teeth for around 15 minutes before being removed and reapplied. Multiple whitening applications are performed during a single in-office whitening session to help you achieve results quickly.

Does professional whitening work on all types of stains?

Whitening treatment has certainly come a long way over the years, and they can now address more stubborn stains than ever before. With that said, there are certain stains that will respond better to professional whitening treatment. While yellow stains are the most responsive, brownish stains may also respond well (although they often require more than one session).

Teeth with darker stains, however, may be better suited to other cosmetic treatment options such as dental veneers to get a whiter smile. This is something we can discuss during your consultation.

How can I make sure that my results last?

With the proper maintenance and care, some people maintain their results for up to two years before needing to touch-up their smile. To prevent stains, it’s important that you,

  • Brush twice a day with a whitening toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Avoid dark, stain-producing drinks and foods
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups

Interested? Give us a call

If you want to feel more confident in your smile, then getting professional teeth whitening treatment from our Helendale, CA, office can help! Call Apple Valley Dental today at (760) 247-6007 to schedule a consultation with us.


Every February, the American Dental Association sponsors a campaign called National Children’s Dental Health Month. The purpose of this operation is to raise awareness about how important it is to get an early start on developing good dental hygiene habits — and how this can lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. So we thought this might be a good time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about how to do exactly that:

When is it time to start cleaning my baby’s teeth?
As soon as you see one! The earlier your child gets used to a daily dental hygiene routine, the better. Baby teeth that have not fully emerged from beneath the gums can be wiped with a clean, moist washcloth after feedings. A tooth that has grown in completely should be brushed twice daily (once in the morning and once in the evening) with a soft, child-sized tooth brush and a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is an important weapon against tooth decay, but you don’t want your child to swallow too much.

Can babies get cavities?
Absolutely — especially if they are allowed to fall asleep routinely with a bottle filled with anything but water. Milk, formula — even breast milk — all contain sugars that should not be left to pool around your baby’s teeth during sleep, facilitating decay. Juice is an even bigger no-no because it is not only sugary but also acidic.

Can’t I give my child sweets once in a while?
We realize total avoidance of sweets may not be realistic, as beneficial as this would be for your child’s teeth. If you are going to allow your child to have sweets once in a while, better that the treat be given immediately following a meal, and not as a between-meal snack. Soda should really be avoided completely — it’s that bad.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
The experts say: Get it done in year one. That’s right — even though your child won’t have many teeth by age 1, there’s a lot we can do at that first visit to ensure good oral health now and well into the future. We will do everything possible to make sure your little one has a positive first experience in the dental chair; this helps set the tone for the many important preventive visits yet to come. It’s also a great opportunity for you to ask any specific questions you may have, and receive hands-on instruction on how to care for your child’s teeth and gums.

If you would like more information about children’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids” and “Age One Dental Visit.”

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