Importance of Dental Health

Did you know that researchers have found a  direct link between gum disease and heart disease? Your Orange CA General dentist reminds you how important it is to brush and floss. Brushing and flossing are vital to the health of your teeth as well as your overall health.

How does brushing your teeth help keep them healthy?

Brushing your teeth removes up to 65% of the bacteria from your mouth. You Orange CA general dentist warns that is you skip brushing you are letting plaque and bacteria attack your teeth. Consistant attacks on the enamel will eventually wear it down and cause problems later on.

Flossing helps to remove the remaining 35% of bacteria. Flossing allows you to clean I n areas that the toothbrush cannot. It can clean between the teeth and along the gum line. Flossing goes a long way in preventing gum disease.

Benefits of healthy teeth:

Not only will adequate oral hygiene habits help you avoid gum disease, but they can save you money in the long run. If you do not brush and/or floss, you may need to visit your Orange CA general dentist to have an expensive dental procedure down the line.

Having healthy teeth can also help to ensure that your breath is as fresh as can be. It can also help to keep your teeth shiny and white. If you do not keep up with your oral hygiene and dental checkups, your Orange CA general dentist reminds you that you could end up losing your teeth early on.

Healthy teeth not only look good, but they can make you feel good as well. Those with a beautiful smile are more likely to have high self-confidence and be successful in life. Not only that, but they are more likely to smile as well!

Give yourself a reason to smile and take care of your teeth! If you think you may be developing a cavity or another oral issue, be sure to contact your Orange CA general dentist as soon as possible by calling (714) 744–1242 to schedule an appointment.


Preparing for Braces

As a family dentist in Orange CA, Dr. Bagai has many patients that get braces to straighten their teeth. If you have an upcoming appointment for braces, there is some things you should know and understand in order to be prepared.

  1. The first thing you should know is that braces are not just for kids! We have many adults visit our family dentist in Orange CA in hope to straighten their teeth. Many of these adults have had braces in the past, but they did not wear their retainer. Braces are for children, teens, and adults!
  2. Braces not only straighten your teeth, they could correct your “bite” as well. An uneven bite can cause pain and discomfort as well as other issues. Your “bite” refers to the way in which your top and bottom teeth meet.
  3. Unfortunately not everybody is a candidate for Invisalign. Many people visit their family dentist in Orange CA hoping to straighten their teeth inconspicuously. Even though you may not be a candidate for Invisalign, there are other options.

Dentists can now use ceramic, or tooth-colored, brackets. These tend to better match the color of your teeth and blend in for a more natural look. To find out which type of braces your dentists recommends, call (714) 744–1242 to schedule an appointment.

  1. Your treatment period may be longer or shorter than it is for others. Treatment time and price varies depending on each unique situation. You may be required to have your braces on longer if your teeth re extremely crooked. It may also cost more depending upon your dental insurance as well as your treatment type.

The average cost of braces ranges from $3,000 to $6,000. It can, however, be more or less depending on your dental insurance coverage and a other factors. To find out more about how much it will cost to straighten your teeth, schedule a consultation.

  1. You will still need to care for your teeth the same as before your braces—possibly even more! It is important to brush twice daily, and with braces, it is extremely important to floss. Braces make it easier for food and other particles to get trapped, so we recommend rinsing your mouth out with water after every meal.

To find out which type of treatment plan your family dentist in Orange CA recommends, contact Smart Smile Dental today! Call (714) 744–1242 to schedule an appointment for your smile makeover.

Learn About Teeth Whitening in Orange CA

Teeth whitening in Orange CA is very common; however, there are many different myths that are associated with the procedure. Whiter teeth can help to increase one’s self-confidence and make a good first impression. Many who are highly-confident are more successful in life in general.

The first myth associated with teeth whitening is that it causes your teeth to be very sensitive. Immediately after the procedure, your teeth may feel temporarily sensitive, however, that should go away within a short time frame.

Sensitivity is avoidable, but dentists have a special gel to help patients that suffer from sensitivity. Another whitening myth is that the procedure harms your enamel. If the proper amounts of chemicals are used during the procedures, your enamel should not be affected.  The chemicals used in these procedures are FDA approved and have been tested many times before being brought to the market.

A lot of people think that this is painful procedure, however, generally it is not. The dentist will use a gel where your gums meet your teeth, however, if the whitening chemicals get past gel it may feel slightly irritating. This would only be temporary and can be relived with the use of an over-the-counter aspirin.

It is also quite common for people to accuse mouth whitening of increasing your likelihood of obtaining oral cancer, however, this also is not true. There has been no scientific proof of this, and eeth whitening is a safe procedure. When done in a dentist office it is easier to administer the chemicals properly using the right amounts.

To learn more about teeth whitening, call (714) 744–1242. You can call or click here if you would like to schedule an appointment for your teeth whitening.

Thoughts on Thumb-Sucking

As your Family Dentist in Orange CA, Dr. Lori Bagai wants to warn patients of the dangers and issues that can result from thumb-sucking. Both extended use of pacifiers and thumb-sucking can cause an undesirable shift in a child’s teeth.

Typically, however, the damage caused by thumb-sucking and pacifier use can be reversed. The teeth may shift forward and cause an overbite, and the teeth may also become crooked and overcrowded. Since the baby teeth fall out, it is not the worst thing in the world if your child’s baby teeth are a bit crooked.

It is, however, important to still try to cease their thumb-sucking/pacifier use habits. If you do not, your child may continue to suck their thumb as they get older, and if they suck their thumb once their permanent teeth come in they may need braces.

Crooked teeth can be fixed with the use of orthodontics. To avoid braces and other teeth straigtening methods, however, it is important to stop your child as soon as possible. They may need braces regardless, but at least it won’t be because they suck their thumb!

No need to pull your child’s thumb out of their mouth. It has been found that most children stop on their own before they start kindergarten. Only one in five children continues to suck their thumb after the age of 5. More than three-quarters of infants suck their thumbs during the first year.  They may be sucking their thumb because they are upset, bored, or even tired.

To find out if your child has any dental issues resulting from their thumb-sucking habit contact your dentist and schedule an appointment by calling (714) 744–1242.

Improving Smile with Veneers

It is common for people to get veneers put on by their Orange CA Cosmetic dentist, Dr. Lori Bagai, but there are many who are unfamiliar with this procedure.

What are dental veneers?

Dental Veneers are a thin shell-like material made from porcelain and/or ceramic. They are bonded to the front of the teeth in order to improve color and appearance. They can help to give you the desired smile makeover and help you to achieve your dream, celebrity-like smile!

Many people want their teeth to be whiter, and veneers can help them to achieve this. They are a much more conservative approach to dental crowns, and they can alter the size, shape, and color! If taken care of properly, and if the procedure is done correctly, veneers can last for many years. They can help to fill gaps between front teeth and they can mask cracked or broken front teeth.

The Procedure

Veneers can take up to three dental visits for the entire procedure. First, patients need to come in for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment plans, next the patients need to have their teeth prepared, an then finally the dentist will bond the veneers onto the teeth.

During the preparation period the dentist will lightly buff the teeth to allow for the small added thickness of the veneers. Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will carefully bond and sculpt the composite material onto your teeth. For ceramic veneers, a mold is taken of the teeth and then sent to a laboratory. These type of veneers may take a bit longer to complete and may require more than one dental visit.

If you are interested in learning more about how your Orange CA cosmetic dentist can improve your smile with dental veneers call (714) 744–1242 to schedule an appointment or consultation today!

Nature’s Cleansing

Have you ever wondered what people did before there was toothpaste and toothbrushes? Even before your general dentist Orange, CA Dr. Lor Bagai was around, people knew healthy, clean teeth were important. Since at that time much of what we use today didn’t exist, they used many different natural resources.


Charcoal was one of these natural ingredients. As crazy as that sounds considering charcoal is black, it actually worked, although, it did have to be crushed into a fine powder before usable. Not only did it clean the teeth and remove stains, but it also helped to get rid of bad breath! When the charcoal is first applied it of course turns your teeth black, however, it is easy to rinse off by swishing a little bit of water around the mouth.


Another natural tooth cleaning remedy is twigs. Certain types of twigs when chewed on causes the twig to splay like bristles. Once this occurs, they are able to be used as a modern toothbrush is. The twigs contain natural oils and antibacterial agents that fight germs and prevent various diseases.

Chewing on certain leaves can also be beneficial to your mouth, for example, mint and parsley leaves. These types of leaves can be chewed on in order to get a disinfectant effect as well as fresh breath. Sage leaves are another type of leaf that can be beneficial; theyare antiseptic and are good to relieve ulcers of the mouth.

Although there are many natural teeth cleaning remedies, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss are still the best. Now that we have them introduced into our world, it is important to utilize them.

Your general dentist Orange CA wants your teeth to not only be clean, but healthy as well; schedule an appointment to begin your journey towards a healthier smile. 

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

From job interviews to first dates, whiter teeth can make your self-confidence increase tremendously! If you’re looking for teeth whitening in Orange, CA, Dr. Lori Bagai at Smart Smile Dental can cater to your unique needs and work with you to get the desired results.  Teeth are one of the first thing people notice about you, and teeth whitening procedures are generally affordable, so why not brighten your smile?

Whiter teeth will not only want to make you smile whenever possible, but they also tend to cause patients to look younger. They are associated with beauty and a healthier lifestyle and tend to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles. Call today at (714) 744–1242 for more information on teeth whitening in Orange, CA at Smart Smile Dental, or click here.