Not getting a good night sleep?

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

obstructive sleep apnea

Are you having problems sleeping at night? Do you sometimes wake up the next day and still feel tired? Do you sometimes wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air? If you exhibit these symptoms or others such as a morning headache, high blood pressure, and difficulty concentrating during the day, you might need obstructive sleep apnea solutions.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when something partly or completely blocks your upper airway when you are sleeping. This causes the muscles used for respiration to work harder. This increased force working with the narrowed airway causes the snoring or gasping sound that the body creates during apnea. This can lead to the symptoms mentioned above and even worse issues such as decreased libido and irritability.

What are our solutions?

Luckily, Trident Dentistry has teamed with SGS, to bring our patients obstructive sleep apnea solutions. We believe in products known as intra-oral appliances which help people with obstructive sleep apnea and bruxism.


Intra-oral appliances are pieces that rest in the client’s mouth. When in the mouth, they help pull the jaw forward. With the jaw being pulled forward, the airway is opened allowing positive airflow to occur through the nasal duct. There are a variety of options available. Such types offered are thinner centerpieces, which allow more room for the tongue and increased lateral mobility.

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Tips for a Healthier Halloween

Halloween is around the corner, which for most children and “kids at heart” means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present a variety of health and safety challenges.

Here’s how you can help your family stay MouthHealthy on Halloween and year-round.

Time It Right

Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.

Stay Away from Sweet Snacks

Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet.

Choose Candy Carefully

Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.

Avoid Sticky Situations

Sticky candies cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.

Have a Plan

It’s tempting to keep that candy around, but your teeth will thank you if you limit your stash. Have your family pick their favorites and donate the rest. Look for organizations that help you donate candy to troops overseas, like Operation Gratitude.

Drink More Water

Drinking more water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are high in minerals like calcium and magnesium and check the alkaline.

Brush Twice a Day

Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Remember, replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

To schedule an appointment and keep your teeth Boo~tiful all year long, call 310-444-1445.



We’re excited to be included in VIOLET GREY’s list of top cosmetic dentists in the world. Check out the article here:

Meet the Doctor

Dr. Elaine Gorelik is a graduate of the UCLA School of Dentistry. Upon graduation Dr. Gorelik completed extensive post-graduate training in complex prosthodontics, cosmetic, reconstructive, implant and laser dentistry.

Dr. Gorelik’s credentials include memberships in the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Laser Dentistry, American and Academy of General Dentistry and International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.

Dr. Gorelik has an interest and skills to treat patients in a biologic sense- understanding dental materials biocompatibility, periodontal disease process and using the safest protocols for removal of mercury.

As a part of continuing education, Dr. Gorelik and her team regularly attend seminars and conferences devoted to aesthetic dentistry, technology and general dental care.

More Info on Same Day Crowns with CEREC technology and 3D printing

Dr. Gorelik specializes in same-day smiles with the help of CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology. This allows patients the option of having inlays/onlays and crowns placed in one appointment—no temporary crowns necessary—while prioritizing comfort with ErgoSoothe massage chairs, fleece blankets, and Netflix.

With this new technology including ortho scanning and a device similar to 3D printing we can create a natural-looking, healthy smile that is minimally invasive and long-lasting. Same-day crowns and inlays/onlays are now an option we can offer to patients who want to eliminate a second appointment and get everything taken care of all in one appointment.  Just call 310-444-1445 to schedule.

STOP FLOSSING?!? …Ur kidding, right NY Times?

Here’s the article everyone in dentistry is talking about this week…
Before you start celebrating and throw out all of your floss, this article is directed towards patients with advanced periodontal disease.  Prevention is the key to avoiding periodontal disease in the first place.Flossing teeth is the single most important factor in preventing gum (periodontal) disease. Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, and advanced gum disease affect more than 75 percent of the U.S. population.

Benefits of flossing

  • Reduces risk of gum disease
  • Freshens breath
  • Removes plaque between teeth (when done every 24 hours)
  • Polishes tooth surfaces

Flossing every 24 hours is just as important as brushing because it helps remove the plaque and debris that adhere to teeth and gums between the teeth. Flossing also helps polish the tooth’s surface and control bad breath.

Whether waxed or unwaxed, flavored or unflavored, wide or regular size, floss of any type helps clean and remove plaque. Wide floss, also known as dental tape, may be a better choice for people with bridgework. Dental tape also is recommended when people have wider-than-average space between their teeth. Waxed floss can be easier to slide between closely spaced teeth. Unwaxed floss will squeak against cleaned teeth, indicating plaque has been removed.

Although mechanical flossing tools have been introduced, most dentists contend there is no substitute for manually flossing one’s teeth.

Oral irrigation tools should not substitute for brushing and flossing because they do not remove plaque. However, such tools are useful for people who can’t floss due to gum disease pain.

For more information or to schedule a hygiene appointment to assess the health of your gums, please call 310-444-1445.

Is your swimming pool safe for your teeth?

Most people jump into swimming pools to beat the heat or for a cardio workout. They hardly ever think that they could be causing significant damage to their bodies. However, you need to think about more than green hair or stinging eyes—chlorine can also cause dental erosion. Tooth sensitivity caused by chlorine is very common.

According to an article by The Academy of General Dentistry, swimmers who are in the water for six hours or more per week run the risk of yellow or brown stains forming on their teeth. Antimicrobials found in pool water have a much higher pH than our saliva, which causes the proteins to break down and causes discolored deposits to form.

Whether you are an avid swimmer or you just like to take a dip every now and then, protecting your teeth from chlorine exposure is important. Prevention can be as simple as consciously keeping your mouth closed while in the pool or scheduling an extra dental appointment at the beginning of summer for a fluoride treatment which is usually covered by insurance. On a positive note, the number of pools opting for a non-chlorine solution has skyrocketed and keeps on growing, preventing tooth sensitivity and discoloration as a result of recreational activity. And while we offer several solutions such as Kor Whitening, Cerec and Icon, we believe prevention is best and want to keep our patients in the know. For more information, please call our office at (310) 444-1445.

Same Day Smiles

With new technology including 3D printing we can create a natural-looking, healthy smile that is minimally invasive and long-lasting. Same-day crowns and veneers are now an option we can offer to clients who want to eliminate a second appointment and get everything taken care of all in one appointment. We are excited about the possibilities and look forward to designing a personal smile transformation that is as unique as you are.Call 310-444-1445 to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation. #create #digital #smile #design #repair #chipped #teeth #3dprinting #minimallyinvasive #sameday #natural #restoration #beautiful #healthy #perfect #smile #preserving #tooth #structure #bonding #cosmetic #dentist #la #beverlyhills


American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry®

The purpose of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry® is to protect and preserve the validity of the AACD Accreditation and Fellowship examinations while maintaining the standard of excellence the credentials have come to represent. We will assure the rights and privileges of the Accredited members are honored while allowing the opportunity for dentists and laboratory technicians to achieve their full potential in cosmetic dentistry.

Recently, Dr. Gorelik and Dr. Niki attended the AACD conference in Toronto, Canada and were able to learn from some of the best. Dr. Gorelik is in the process of getting her accreditation and although it is a long process, it is well worth it to be a part of the best in the world. The first step is a written examination, then submission of clinical cases, and then the Accreditation Oral Examination is an opportunity for the dentist/ lab technician to verify and authenticate passed casework and treatment planning abilities. The candidate may be asked questions about case selection, diagnosis and treatment planning, or materials and techniques on any of their passed clinical case submissions. Knowledge should clearly demonstrate a familiarity and understanding of these cases. The candidate will also be presented with information regarding a pre-selected case. Adequate time will be allowed for the individual to formulate a treatment plan, which will then be shared and discussed. Additional questions may be asked that cover related topics considered relevant by the examiners…..and Finally, the doctor will receive her award at the next Annual AACD Scientific Session.


Spring Cleaning


Spring signifies renewal, offering an excellent opportunity to make changes.  So we’ve got a few tips on how to refresh your tooth care regimen.

•    Replace your toothbrush. As a general guide, it’s a good idea to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head about every three months. If you haven’t done so recently, take this opportunity to buy a new toothbrush that works for you. It should fit well in your hand and mouth and be made of soft bristles in order to protect your gums.

•    Replenish your supplies. Low on floss? Mouthwash? Toothpaste? Make a list of the dental gear you’re low on and restock before you run out. Travel sizes are good for on the go after lunches and snacks.

  • Overhaul Your Diet. Making adjustments to the kinds of foods we eat and the beverages we regularly consume can put us back on track to excellent dental health and health in general – particularly if you have a metabolic illness like diabetes or obesity. Avoid or drastically reduce the amount of sugar and refined carbohydrate you consume. Not only do these foods contribute to tooth decay and the build up of unacceptable and dangerous levels of bacteria in the mouth, but they also lead to metabolic problems. When considering maintaining a healthy mouth, it’s important to avoid sugar – it sticks to teeth and encourages the build up of plaque and the development of dental Take stock of beverages first, paying special attention to those high in sugar such as soda, fruit juice and energy drinks. Replace these with water in order to immediately cut sugar intake and help keep teeth healthy.
  •  Schedule a dental appointment. A quick visit to the dentist to check for periodontal disease and signs of decay could prevent the need for more intensive treatment later on. At the dentist, schedule a deep teeth cleaning if your doctor recommends it. The process scrapes away more plaque and tartar buildup than a normal home care cleaning. In addition to getting this deep cleaning process done – and scheduling it regularly – you should also invest time and energy into developing a home care plan in coordination with your dentist.At home, take extra time to give your teeth additional deep cleaning care, assuming your dental care provider supports the process. Brush your whole mouth gently, use a tongue scraper, floss well, and rinse with a bacteria-killing mouthwash to make sure your mouth is extra clean. Consider investing in a quality electric toothbrush, which can also clean the mouth more effectively.

We can help you come up with a long-term plan for keeping your teeth hygienic and healthy this Spring and for years to come. Call 310-310-4412 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gorelik and Dr. Niki today! :)



5 unique tips for a healthier and happier new year

Alternative therapies, spas, health professionals, different workout regimes, celebrity trainers, books by celebs, online sites, health portals — the traffic on the information highway where health is concerned is only getting crowded.

In this flood of information, we seek to give you a different take and tips on how to take on the New Year on a high and healthy note.

Shameem Akthar, yogacharya trained with Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, shares five tips from her personal experience on how to hit the healthy note this year.

1. Hypnosis work-out

Whether it is dealing with a chronic ailment, a nagging injury that will not heal or struggling to reach weight loss goals, the most important aspect that is often neglected is the mind.

Yes, sure professional hypnotists cost a packet. But these days there are several celebrated meditation healers and leaders in mind control techniques whose transcripts are readily available either free or for a fraction of a cost of a visit to your local hypnotist.

Similarly books, with CDs, are also often available on specific hypnosis transcripts and goals — whether it is to shed fat or unhealthy addictions like smoking or alcohol.

Unless the mind is roped into the strategy, most of your health goal plans are likely to flop.

This is because our goals are set by the rational mind, which is governed by the cerebral cortex, the relatively youngest in the evolutionary history of our nervous system.

The saboteur is usually our subconscious mind, governed by the older limbic system that is very emotional and reflexive.

It does not speak the rational language of the cortex, but speaks the language of emotions.

It needs to be fed goals in a language it understands, which means a visualization that anticipates a goal.

So, here’s what to do — fix your goal, then just go to the nearest bookshop to browse for a do-it-yourself hypnosis guide.

2. It’s in the core

Most problems — whether it is acidity, neck problem, self-esteem, or lower back issues, malabsorption, bad metabolism — can be tracked back to a weak core.

While any or each of these problems must be treated locally, you have to simultaneously begin to connect your health to a terrific and strong core.

Doing 100 push-ups is not how it is reached. It is not in the numbers, but in the technique.

Doing less, but with more awareness, and with the right structural integrity to your abdomen work-out will work miracles, and in just a few days.

Try this:

  • Lie on your back. Place arms alongside the body.
  • Lift legs, so they are at right angles to the floor.
  • Cross the legs at the ankles.
  • Tighten your hips, and press your arms into the floor, as a lever, and lift your hips off the ground.
  • Drop them back. Do ten times.
  • Then cross the legs again, to repeat 10 more times.

3. Brace that back

Back problems, already rampant, is going to reach epidemic proportions soon.

That comes from the sedentary lifestyle we lead. And hence quite often our work-outs, instead of helping us often shock our system, if done erratically or without the right technique.

And there are various degrees to this problem that is going to afflict a majority of us at some point in our life, be it compression of the spine, disc collapse, muscular tension or tears.

Prevention is the best intervention. One of the best cure-all preventive exercise (which is also part of physiotherapy in healing, and yoga) is the pelvic tilt.

Try this simple one:

  • Lie on your back, with legs folded at the knees, feet close to hips.
  • Keep arms alongside the body.
  • Press the curve of the back into the floor.
  • Hold your breath, stomach tightly, then release and relax the body.

Do this five to 10 times.

A modified version of this may be done seated, with the curve of the back being pushed into a wall or a chair back (instead of the floor).

If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, do it three to five times over a day.

4. Protect your peripheral vision

Since we are a gadget generation, we have started limiting the movement of our eyeballs.

Unlike earlier where being out in the open, playing outdoor games, or even reading a book meant extending our peripheral vision considerably.

Staring continuously at computer at smartphone screens also causes dry eyes or ee strain.

Again, with less blinking than normal, we reduce the movement of the eye muscles.

It has been found that progressive vision loss (which is normally accepted as part of aging) actually happens due to this limited range of eye muscle movement.

Here’s how you can prevent too much damage to your eyes.

Get out, and play a good ball game. This is one of the best eye exercises there is. Also, it improves the hand-eye-brain co-ordination, which is a biological marker for youthfulness.

If you are too stodgy to do this, then you can try to do this eye exercise:

Move your eyes gently, as if reading a clock-face, in a circular fashion.

Shut your eyes, repeat the eye circle in an anticlockwise direction.

Rub your palms gently, to generate warmth, cup this warmth over your closed eyelids. Hold for half a minute. Repeat the eye circles.

You can do this a few times over the day, to help maintain the integrity of the eye muscles and vision.

5. Hum that song

Yes, hum along any popular tune and be healthy!

Though yoga has a few breathing exercises based on this, you can do a modified version by humming a song several times during the day and remain healthy.

Research has found that humming improves the nitric oxide levels inside your nostrils. This is turn improves oxygen absorption at the nostrils.

Nitric oxide also has an aphrodisiac effect, which means it is a very potent mood elevator. And humming improves the overall feel-good factor.

And significantly, it has been found that humming can facilitate healing inside faster.

So, yes, go ahead, and hum a song. It is an easy way to be happy. And healthy!

Healthy Thanksgiving Tips for a Sparkling Smile

by Rachael Moshman

Thanksgiving is a holiday infamous for rows of food choices, many of which are not especially healthy. Fortunately, you can have a delicious feast that is also good for you with these healthy Thanksgiving tips. Here are some dishes you can serve that include foods recommended for healthy teeth by the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Appetizers: Cheese, Raw Veggies and Nuts

Put out plates of crudités, cheese cubes and mixed nuts for guests to snack on while dinner is being prepared. Cheese is great for teeth because it contains strength-building calcium. Casein, a protein found in milk products, fortifies the surfaces of teeth, helping to prevent cavities. Nuts contain calcium and minerals that strengthen and remineralize teeth. The chewing of hard, crunchy nuts also produces extra saliva, which fights germs and prevents decay. Chewing raw vegetables produces lots of saliva to wash away bacteria. The fibrous strands of celery are particularly good for dental health because they help clean between teeth.

Main Course: Green Beans Sautéed in Sesame Oil

Rinsing with sesame oil in place of a mouthwash has been shown to reduce the effects of plaque and even, in some cases, to reverse the effects of gingivitis. Sauté your favorite vegetables in sesame oil for a tasty side dish. Top with sesame seeds for added crunch.

Dessert: Fresh Pear Slices with Honey Yogurt Dip

Serve this simple yet sophisticated seasonal dessert. Thinly slice your favorite variety of pear. Arrange on a platter. Serve with a dip made by combining a cup of plain Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey and a sprinkling of freshly ground cinnamon.

Fresh pears have been shown to neutralize acid on the surface of teeth. Calcium and phosphates in yogurt strengthen and remineralize teeth. Honey is a natural antiseptic.

Beverages: Tap Water and Tea

Tap water contains fluoride which reverses damage to enamel caused by acids. Green and black tea kill bacteria, thus fighting cavities. Make the tea with tap water and you reap a double benefit.

As a bonus, these tooth-healthy foods are also good for your heart and waistline. With these healthy Thanksgiving tips, it is possible to enjoy a delicious holiday dinner without gaining weight or jeopardizing your sparkling smile.