Fighting Gum Disease | Manhattan Beach Dentist


Approximately 75 percent of Americans over 35 have some form of gum disease. Most Americans don’t realize they are suffering from any type of gum disease until it has progressed into more of the worsening stages. In early stages, you will begin to notice your gums swelling and bleeding more easily than before. If bad enough, gum disease may eventually make you lose your teeth altogether.

Gum disease is a progressive disease in the mouth that affects the tissue surrounding your teeth. After a while, gum disease begins to deteriorate the support around your teeth, ultimately causing you to lose your teeth altogether. It all begins with plaque build-up in the teeth. Plaque is constantly accumulating in the teeth, however there are some instances in which it builds to an excessive level. At this stage, plaque hardens and bacteria begins forming. This causes the earliest stages of gum disease.

In order to fight gum disease, you must exhibit excellent dental hygiene habits such as sufficient brushing and flossing, as well as healthy eating, and non-surgical therapies that control the growth of harmful bacteria.

If your gum disease has progressed to a worse case, surgical procedures may be required to restore supportive tissues in the mouth.

For more information about periodontal disease and treatment options call Dr. Yamada in Manhattan Beach, CA at 310-567-2595 or visit

Dr. Yamada of Manhattan Beach, CA also proudly accepts patients from Ranchos Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, Redonda Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Torrance, Playa Del Rey, and surrounding areas.

Best Candy for Halloween | Manhattan Beach Dentist

This Halloween, there is no doubt that your children or even you are going to binge even just a little bit on some candy. We’ve created a list of the best and worst types of candy to help you get through this sweet season without causing any major damage to your teeth!
Worst Kinds of Candy:

  • • Chewy/sticky sweets, such as gummy candies, taffy, and even dried fruit can be difficult for children and adults to resist, and even more difficult to remove from teeth. “These candies are a serious source of tooth decay, particularly when they get stuck in the crevices between teeth, making it nearly impossible for saliva to wash them away,” Dr. Sherwood says.
  • • Sour candies are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly. The good news: Saliva slowly helps to restore the natural balance of the acid in the mouth. Dr. Sherwood recommends that patients wait 30 minutes to brush their teeth after consuming sour/acidic candies; otherwise, they will be brushing the acid onto more tooth surfaces and increasing the risk of enamel erosion.
  • • Sugary snacks, including candy corn, cookies, and cake, all contain high amounts of sugar, which can cause tooth decay.

Best Kinds of Candy:

  • Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies stimulate saliva, which can help prevent dry mouth. “A dry mouth allows plaque to build up on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities,” Dr. Sherwood says.
  • • Sugar-free gum can actually prevent cavities as it not only dislodges food particles from between the teeth but also increases saliva—which works to neutralize the acids of the mouth and prevent tooth decay.
  • • Dark chocolate and its antioxidants, according to some studies, can be good for the heart and may even lower blood pressure.

For more information on how Dr. Anthony Yamada and his staff of skilled professionals can assist you call his office in Manhattan Beach, CA at 310-546-2595 or visit
Dr. Anthony Yamada also proudly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, Redonda Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Torrance, Playa Del Rey, and surrounding areas.