A Short List of Some of the Most Common Mouth-Related Ailments

By Dr. Monica Boniadi

As the owner of the Aliso Laguna Family Dental Care facility in Laguna Hills, California, I have experience with many different types of oral health issues. Several common mouth-related conditions can be prevented by the maintenance of daily dental habits, while some oral issues are contracted through external factors. I have compiled a list of some of the most general problems associated with oral hygiene.

1. Canker Sores. These blisters usually form on the inside of an individual’s lips or cheeks, and they can be offset by a change in hormone balance, stress level, or vitamin deficiency. Many over-the-counter medications exist to fight the discomfort caused by this condition.

2. Temporomandibular Joint syndrome (TMJ). A disorder of the jaw, TMJ can cause a painful reaction in an individual’s face, ears, neck, or jaw. Some known causes of TMJ include tooth grinding or mouth-related injuries, and treatment of this condition often involves surgery or the use of medication.

3. Gingivitis. Known as periodontal disease, this medical condition occurs when plaque forms on the surface of a person’s tooth and contributes to an inflammation of their gums. Twice daily brushing and once daily flossing can prevent this disease.

4. Cavities. This type of condition, which is known in the medical world as dental caries, is a product of residual tooth decay. Cavities are holes or imperfections in teeth that cause sensitivity, mild to intense pain, or a moderate achy feeling.

5. Bad Breath. While this can be a sign of a more serious oral health condition, bad breath is caused by the build-up of bacteria in the mouth. Daily brushing and the use of mouthwash can fight this issue. While regular dental hygiene can fight off some of the common conditions, others present problems that should be identified and treated by a professional dentist.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (949)448-7500, or visit us at 27051 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92656.

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History of the Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity

By Dr. Monica Boniadi:

Dr. Monica Boniadi currently serves as owner and a dental practitioner at Aliso Laguna Family Dental Care, a clinic located in Laguna Hills, California. Working alongside Dr. Robert Boniadi, Dr. Monica Boniadi oversees a variety of oral healthcare treatments, including laser dentistry, porcelain veneers and implants setting, and Invisalign applications. Dr. Monica Boniadi maintains membership in the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Orange County Dental Society, and Delta Sigma Delta, the latter of which is considered the oldest international fraternity for dentists. Delta Sigma Delta traces its roots back to Lou Mitchell and Chas Howard, two University of Michigan School of Dentistry graduates. In the early 1880s, Mitchell and Howard received invitations to join the medical fraternity Nu Sigma Nu. Instead of accepting, the two opted to found their own dental fraternity. In 1882, Mitchell, Howard, and five other dentistry students met in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to establish the world’s first dentistry fraternity. For a name, Delta Sigma Delta’s founders reorganized the initials of the D.D.S. degrees they were working toward and replaced them with the Greek letters. After graduating in 1884, the original Delta Sigma Deltas founded an Alumni Chapter to remain in touch. In 1885, a second Chapter of Delta Sigma Delta began operating at the Chicago College of Dental Surgery, which later became known as the Loyola University School of Dentistry. Delta Sigma Delta’s third chapter started at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Today, Delta Sigma Delta maintains undergraduate and graduate chapters throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. The mission of the organization remains to further development of ethical, professional, and scientific standards and ideals in the field of dentistry by promoting fellowship among practitioners.