Suzanne Haeri DDS

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Losing the First Tooth

If you have a kid at home that’s growing into a big kid, losing the first baby tooth is on the horizon.  It’s an exciting sign of growing up, but many kids still feel anxious or uncomfortable dealing with the unfamiliar sensation of a loose tooth.  Dr. Suzanne Haeri wants kids and parents to be prepared and understand why this pain occurs so your child can still have a positive tooth loss experience!


Before a baby tooth is lost, it begins to break free of its nerve endings.  This is the natural process that makes the tooth feel loose and wobbly at the gums, and the area will become swollen and red.  It can be painful, and for kids a great way to soothe tooth pain is applying a cold compress to the outside of the mouth in the affected area.  Children may complain that they find it hard to bite or chew with loose or missing teeth.  It’s still important to keep eating healthy while they grow new teeth so encourage soup, pureed fruits, and cooked vegetables.  A few tales of the tooth fairy can usually ease a little pain, too!


To learn more about tooth loss and the services we provide at the practice, visit www.suzannehaeridds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS herself in our Los Angeles, CA office, call 310-657-2200.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Important Biannual Cleanings

It is recommended by the Academy of General Dentistry to have a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every six months.  Dr. Suzanne Haeri encourages all her patients to maintain a great oral health routine at home, but it is still important to come into the office for regular professional cleanings.  However much you brush and floss, some harmful bacteria grow in your mouth that cause gum disease, and can only be removed by a dental professional.


It’s important to see a professional regularly to locate and monitor areas in the mouth that may need special attention, and a dentist can tell you if you may be missing a spot or skipping an important step in your regular oral care routine.  During a teeth cleaning, a hygienist thoroughly clean the area above and below the gum line with scaling tools to rid them of plaque and tartar. After the surfaces of the teeth are cleaned, the hygienist flosses between every one of your teeth and may apply fluoride if recommended by the dentist.


To learn more about teeth cleanings and all the services we provide at the practice, visit www.suzannehaeridds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS herself in our Los Angeles, CA office, call 310-657-2200.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Dental Anxiety

It’s OK to be afraid of the dentist, but there is a strong difference between a person having mild anxiety before a dental appointment and putting one off for years because of a serious phobia. People are anxious about the dentist for different reasons. Perhaps, they anticipate pain, have had a horrible experience in the past, or worry that the dentist might neglect his or her concerns. If you anticipate your dental appointment or haven’t visited the dentist in years, Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS can ease your fears and address your concerns.


Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid the dental office because of anxiety or fear. These folks have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease, cavities, and bad breath because of the neglect the mouth the has been shown. Unaddressed dental anxiety can lead to oral health problems such as these, which is why it’s important to share your fears with Dr. Haeri. Depending on the level of anxiety, we can discuss sedation options with you.


If you have questions or concerns regarding mouthguards, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.suzannehaeridds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS herself in our Los Angeles, CA office, call 310-657-2200. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Prevent Dental Trauma with a Mouthguard

Mouthguards, also known as mouth protectors, are beneficial for athletes who play contact sports because they help cushion a blow to the face. Dental trauma is defined as any injury that occurs to the face and/or the oral cavity. Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS doesn’t want her patients to get hurt, nor does she want them to lose a permanent tooth when trauma could have been prevented.


A properly fitted mouthguard will not only protect the teeth and gums from dental trauma, but it can protect braces and fixed orthodontic appliances from becoming broken, and it can be a great tool to keep patients from grinding his or her teeth. Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS is likely to fit her patients with a custom-fitted mouthguard for ultimate protection and comfort.


If you have questions or concerns regarding mouthguards, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.suzannehaeridds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS herself in our Los Angeles, CA office, call 310-657-2200. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Teeth Whitening

Dr. Suzanne Haeri knows patients always want to present their brightest and whitest smile.  Many ask the doctor and his staff about over the counter products, and have tried them with underwhelming results.  Instead of winging it with retail products, come see us for a consultation and get your own custom whitening system!


During a consultation, your dentist will examine the level of staining on your teeth and be able to tell you what kind of results you can expect from the whitening system. To whiten your teeth at home, you will be fit with custom whitening trays made from molds of your teeth.  For a treatment, apply the whitening gel directly onto the trays and fit them over your teeth.  Your dentist will advise how often you should treat at home and how long each treatment can last.  Following dentist’s instructions, patients have seen this system whiten their smiles 4-8 shades!


To learn more about teeth whitening and all the services we provide, visit www.suzannehaeridds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS herself in our Los Angeles, CA office, call 310-657-2200.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Everyone has a set of wisdom teeth but this set of ‘final molars’ often stays impacted.  Some patients experience these teeth beginning to erupt, usually between the ages of 17 and 24.  Even when that happens, there is not enough space in the mouth for these wisdom teeth to grow, which is why Dr. Suzanne Haeri typically recommends extraction. 


Keeping wisdom teeth too long can cause oral discomfort, headaches, damage the surrounding teeth and put a patient at risk for infection. If you experience swollen or tender gums around the wisdom teeth, jaw pain, or facial swelling, give us a call to determine if you need your wisdom teeth removed, and discuss sedation options and procedure with you.  The procedure will include stitches and some down time, but following instructions, a patient’s recovery shouldn’t take more than a week.


To learn more about wisdom teeth extraction and all the services provided at the practice, visit www.suzannehaeridds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS herself in our Los Angeles, CA office, call 310-657-2200.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Take Proper Care of Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush is the primary instrument you need to keep your gums and teeth in tip-top shape. As you reach for your toothbrush at any time during the day, you may not realize what is festering on those bristles. Proper toothbrush maintenance is important in keeping your oral cavity clean and your optimal health in good shape. Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS, is here to tell you how to take good care of your toothbrush.


Toothbrushes are necessary to eliminate plaque that can lead to the destruction of our tooth enamel. Because a toothbrush is highly exposed to bacteria, it’s important to never share one with your significant other and you should always store them in a dry, open space. Appropriate toothbrush care and maintenance are necessary for a healthy oral hygiene routine. You should replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when bristles are frayed.


If you have questions or concerns regarding oral care and dental health, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.suzannehaeridds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS in our Los Angeles, CA office, call 310-657-2200.