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March 15, 2018

Dental phobia is a serious issue that can make visits to the dentist incredibly uncomfortable. In some cases, dental phobia may be extreme enough to prevent a person from seeking dental care – even in instances where professional dental services are clearly needed.

If you struggle with dental phobia, Mission Viejo dentist Dr. E.M. Makhoul may have the perfect solution in sedation dentistry. Give our office a call at 949-596-0296 to schedule a consultation and learn if the gentle, safe, and effective sedation options offered at our office are right for you.

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March 02, 2018

March is National Nutrition Month, making it an ideal time to consider how your dietary choices impact the health and appearance of your smile. Healthy eating is, of course, essential for leading a full, productive, and comfortable life. But poor food choices impact more than your waist line and heart health, they have a profound impact on the strength and beauty of your teeth as well.

Nutrition and Oral Health | Mission Viejo Family Dentist

We know that certain foods are harmful...

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February 07, 2018

Cosmetic dentistry is a fast-expanding field. According to a recent survey conducted by Grandview Research, it seems this trend is set to continue for the next several years. But who are the people seeking cosmetic treatments? And what secrets do they know about the power of an attractive smile?

According to research conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry...

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January 18, 2018

Types of Dental Retainers | Mission Viejo, CAYou may remember kids in your high school having to wear a retainer after their braces were taken off. This is very common following orthodontic treatment, even in adult mouths.

Teeth can be set into proper alignment through orthodontic treatments, but certain anatomical factors may allow them to shift back out of place. To...

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January 11, 2018

When you smile, do you proudly beam your pearly whites or are you more prone to keep lips tight, hiding cosmetic flaws that you feel embarrassed by? If it’s the latter, you are not alone, but your smile may be impacting your ability to succeed – both in life and in love.

Numerous studies have shown that people with attractive smiles are more likely to get hired, to be promoted, and to find success in business. Similar studies have found that social and love lives are enhanced when smiles are attractive. It’s true: if you want to be swiped right, you may need to perfect your smile first. Not only is it among the first things people...

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December 20, 2017

Embarrassed by Your Smile? Mission Viejo Smile MakeoverHave you long been unhappy with the appearance of your smile? Do cosmetic imperfections – minor or pronounced – make you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable when you grin? Are functional limitations, advanced decay, or infection making your smile uncomfortable or interfering with daily use? If you are uncomfortable with your smile, cosmetically, functionally, or in some combination of the two, Mission...

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December 13, 2017

TMJ, alternately known as TMD, is the name given to any disorder impacting the proper alignment of the teeth. The most common symptom of TMJ is clicking or popping in the jaw – particularly when chewing or biting – which may be accompanied by swelling and some physical discomfort. More pronounced pain around the jaw, even absent clicking or popping, may also be a symptom of TMJ and should be brought to the attention of Mission Viejo neuromuscular dentist Dr. E.M. Makhoul if it lasts for longer than two to three days.

Acute pain in the jaw may be a symptom...

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November 16, 2017

Sugar isn’t bad for your teeth. At least, sugar alone isn’t bad for your teeth. The acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth that feed on the sugar you eat? Those are bad for your teeth. So bad, in fact, that many family dentists recommend avoiding sugar altogether.

In addition to sugar, refined carbohydrates – think white flour – are broken down into simple sugars after they are eaten. As with refined sugar, refined carbohydrates are a food source for acid-producing bacteria in the mouth. Just like sugar, white bread and starchy carbs can...

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November 02, 2017

Snoring is among the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, but not all people who snore are suffering from this more serious condition. If you are a chronic snorer, it is best to have your symptoms evaluated by an experienced sleep doctor to determine if apnea is the cause. However, minus some of the other symptoms of sleep apnea, it is possible your condition is unrelated.

In addition to snoring, symptoms of sleep apnea may include:

  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Waking with a sore throat and/or dry mouth
  • Difficulties...
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October 20, 2017

Laguna Niguel White Fillings | Tooth Colored Fillings Mission ViejoTooth-colored fillings are less noticeable than their metal alternatives. This alone is reason enough for some people to prefer white fillings over the traditional amalgam option. However, aesthetics aside, there are very good reasons to prefer tooth-colored fillings – reasons good enough to have prompted Laguna...

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