Chemotherapy and Radiation: Why You Should See Your Dentist before Cancer Treatment

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When you receive a diagnosis of cancer, making an appointment to see the dentist is probably the last thing on your mind.  Yet, seeing your dentist before treatment, when possible, is recommended and can play an important role in your journey back to health.

When you come in, our main goals will be to:

Treat and Prevent Infection

Many oral health issues involve infection and bacteria which have the potential to drain your immune system.  During cancer treatment you are more susceptible to infections and they can become dangerous for you.

Decrease the Risk of Dental Problems During Therapy

Dental treatment is usually not allowed during chemotherapy and other cancer treatments as your immune system will be compromised.  Making sure your teeth are healthy and strong can prevent pain, emergencies, and other dental challenges that might cause you to interrupt your cancer treatment or suffer needlessly as you go through it.

Professional Teeth Cleaning

Your dental hygienist is expert at keeping the millions of bacteria and organisms in your mouth in balance, which will help prevent periodontal gum disease or keep it under control if you already have it.

If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with cancer, be sure to ask your doctor about seeing your dentist if she has not already recommended it.

And, if you are in our area, we would love to support you in having optimum oral health during your cancer journey.  Call our Dentist in Orange, CA at (714) 633-2562.

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Cosmetic Dentistry for a Smile You Will Love to Share

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We have been truly blessed to be able to change people’s lives and witness transformations through cosmetic dentistry.  Some of the people we have helped did not even realize how great their smiles could look.  Most felt embarrassed or experienced low confidence and self-esteem because of their teeth.  We have seen many tears of joy when our cosmetic patients see their new smiles for the first time and sometimes find ourselves crying along with them.

Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t have to be a full smile makeover. Sometimes there are little changes that can help you feel better about your smile. Some of the things we change for our cosmetic dentistry patients include: Continue reading

Tooth Friendly Stocking Stuffers Your Kids Will Love

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It used to be that filling Christmas stockings for your children meant lots of candy and little toys that barely lived through the day. We have done a little shopping for you and found some great tooth friendly ways to treat your kids on Christmas day.

Here are some treats we know they will love:

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3 Healthy & Meaningful Holiday Gifts

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Finding the right holiday gifts for the people around you can be challenging. Many times the things we give are set aside and never used. For kids, the excitement over something new is short lived and gifts are soon forgotten.

Giving gifts that are meaningful and become part of daily life will ensure that what you give is  more than just a token. And, surprisingly your dental office may be an easy resource for finding gifts that will be appreciated over time.

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Smile! We Have Some Silly Dental Jokes for You

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  • What did the judge say to the dental hygienist?  Do you swear to clean the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth?
  • What time do most people go to the dentist?  Tooth-hurty
  • What does the dentist do during an earthquake?  She braces herself.
  • Why did the king go to the dentist?  To get his teeth crowned

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Sleep Apnea – When Sleeping Leaves You Tired

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If you are continuously waking up in the morning with headaches or feeling as if you haven’t slept well,  it is possible that sleep apnea may be affecting your ability to rest.

Sleep apnea is a condition where breathing is decreased or completely interrupted while you sleep, sometimes as much as a hundred times a night. It is often associated with snoring, but not all snorers have it. The most common form of sleep apnea OTA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) happens when your muscles relax and create an obstruction in your throat. It can also be caused by sinus issues or a deviated septum that keeps you from breathing well.

You may be at risk of sleep apnea if you are:

  • Overweight
  • Male
  • Over 40
  • Have a family history of apnea
  • Have a large tongue or tonsils
  • Have GERD or acid reflux
  • Have sinus issues, allergies, or nasal obstruction

Often, your sleep partner is the first to tell you that there may be a problem. And, a serious problem it is. Untreated sleep apnea can put your life at risk and lead to:

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Why You Should Use Your Dental Benefits Before the Year Ends

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You pay for your dental insurance in some way even if it is part of a benefit package. So, when you don’t take advantage of your benefits, it is like throwing money away.

Most dental insurance companies will pay a percentage of dental services up to a maximum amount each year. When the year is over any unused benefit dollars will go away forever. If you have unfinished dental treatment or are not going to the dentist, you are letting those dollars go to waste.

After a while, dental needs and potential dental emergencies start to pile up. When this happens it is very possible that you will have more urgent needs in one year than your dental insurance will pay for. Things that could have been covered by dental insurance in a previous year now have to be paid in full by you.

It is also likely that your postponed treatment will result in more extensive damage, higher costs, and a greater risk to your teeth.

We encourage all of our patients to maximize their insurance when they have dental needs. This is especially important if you:

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5 Star Reviews for KN Dentistry in Orange CA

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We love our patients and are humbled by all of the 5 star reviews we receive online. We would love to share them all with you, but thought that might be overwhelming, so we are sharing some of our favorites instead.

“Dr. Kaitlyn has made me feel so ‘at home’ in her office. She and her staff are truly angels and I have had lots of dental work done……I know an angel when I see one.” – L. Leach

“Dr. Nguyen made me feel so comfortable at my 1st appointment! I am so scared and traumatize of going to the dentist, but Dr. Nguyen was so patient and gentle that before I knew it…she was done!!! Also, the staff were so kind and professional! Thank you!” – B. Ruiz

-“My kids absolutely love their new dentist. I overheard one of them giving their friend her name as a referral! What more can I say, from a parent standpoint as well, she is awesome. We have had very pleasant experiences with her times 2! And she have us a great orthodontic referral. Could not be happier. Highly recommend for kids and adults alike.” – C. Luther-Jorgensen

-“I’m a dental coward but I know I need to go – so I go here! They always take great care of me and are both kind and thorough. I have recommended friends and family here because of the quality of care.” – S. Carlson

-“Dr. Nguyen and her team have the best dental services offered! They are very professional and you won’t leave her office without a smile.” – M. Tjoa

-“Awesome!!! Sweetest and most honest DDS ever!!! Dr Katelyn Nguyen is Very patient and kind, not only to her patients but also her staff.” – J. Phui

-“Dr. Nguyen and her staff are very professional, friendly and just all around wonderful. Her office is clean and modern. Dr. Nguyen fully explains the procedures she is doing and you can tell she cares about her patients. She is great with kids, too. When I told my son that he had a dental appointment today, he said, “Yay! I like going to the dentist.” When I asked why, he said, “Because she gets all the sugar bugs out and it doesn’t hurt.” We highly recommend KN Dentistry.” – E. Ares

-“She was amazing and informed me everything she was doing step by step. She was very gentle, I hate needles and she made sure I didn’t feel a thing. Not even the poke of the needle.” – M. Vue

-“They absolutely took care of me when I needed them. I will definitely recommend them to my friends and family!” – J. Garcia

-“Dr. Nguyen’s office is amazing. She and her staff are wonderful. I am now looking forward to my next visit at her office. Before visiting her office, I was extremely nervous about going to the dentist. Dr. Nguyen was extremely gentle and made me feel so comfortable. My teeth feel cleaner than they have ever felt in my life! Highly recommend!” – A. Nguyen

-“Dr. Kaitlyn has been my dentist for over 10+ years and I would not go anywhere else. She does a fantastic job in taking care of my smile and keeping my teeth clean. Her staff is very friendly, helpful, and organized. She is also amazing with kids in making them comfortable and enjoy going to the dentist. My kids actually get excited when they have to see the her and get teeth cleaning! I could not recommend another dentist who would be better!” – A. Stein

-“She is very gentle and thorough without overselling. She gives her recommendations but doesn’t push them. The other staff are very friendly, outgoing, and do a great job. Will definitely be back!” – M. Kraft

-“Excellent service from start to finish. Welcomed to the office with a kind greeting, the dental assistant was very friendly and made x-rays as pleasant as they could be, and Dr. Nguyen was fantastic. She completed the entire cleaning herself with a gentle hand, and pleasant demeanor.” – J. Hernandez

-“KN Dentistry has by far given me the best experience out of all the practices I have been to. The interior is very nice and always kept clean, and the people working here are amazing. Kaitlyn Nguyen is a perfect example of an ideal dentist. She is very professional, friendly, and works diligently to meet the needs of her clients. Not only that, but she makes you feel extremely safe and comfortable, so that all of the procedures go nice and smooth. If you are like me and have always had a fear of going to a dentist, you have absolutely nothing to worry about when you’re here. I had to get a root canal, which was a really scary thought, but I felt almost nothing throughout my procedure, it was amazing! If you are in need of a dentist, or want to find a new one, look no further! I am extremely glad that I came to KN dentistry and hope that others find this place.” – C. Vue

You can become one of our happy patients too! Just call (714) 633-2562 to get started. We promise to take great care of you!
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Invisalign: The Easiest Way to Straighten Teeth

Invisalign in Orange, Ca

We love helping our Invisalign patients transform their smiles. With Invisalign, you can enjoy orthodontia that is comfortable and virtually invisible, with no wires or brackets. The aligners can be taken out for eating, easy cleaning, and special occasions.

Invisalign teeth straightening is comfortable, convenient, and healthy for your smile.

Watch these videos to learn more:

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4 Ways to Protect Your Children’s Teeth

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We know you want the best for your children and would like them to grow up free of dental problems and the fear they often bring. We want the same and are sharing these tips to support you in your goal of raising children with healthy, happy smiles.

Feed Your Kids Cavity Fighting Foods – The most dangerous foods for teeth are sodas, sugars, and white processed foods like bread and pasta that break down into sugars when they are digested.  Cavity causing bacteria love these foods and use them to damage tooth enamel.   We recommend choosing teeth friendly foods like

  • Crunchy fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Sugarless gum

Save sugary snacks like cake, cookies, and candy for special occasions.

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