4 Ways We Can Help You Have the Smile of Your Dreams

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Smile makeovers are some of the most rewarding work we do. We have seen many of our cosmetic dentistry patients cry tears of joy and change their lives for the better when they finally have smiles they are confident to share.

We can help you feel as confident and happy as they did. Sometimes it only takes a few small tweaks and other patients prefer full smile makeovers. Here are some of the common techniques we use.

Teeth Whitening – One of the simplest ways to update your smile is by whitening and brightening your teeth.  Our professional level products will give you quick and long lasting results and we will support you every step of the way.

Porcelain Veneers – If you want to change the shape of your teeth, hide imperfections, or have a complete smile makeover, porcelain veneers are a great option.  They are a celebrity favorite because they are strong, naturally beautiful, and very versatile, allowing us to create what you want for your smile.

Invisalign – Misaligned or crooked teeth can be moved almost invisibly with Invisalign tray aligners.  The process is easy and requires fewer appointments than traditional orthodontia with unsightly braces.  And, the results are amazing!

Snap On Smiles – These simple and affordable smiles simply cover and snap onto your existing teeth.  We often use them as a temporary solution for people who have lost a front tooth.  This allows them to keep smiling as they heal, implants integrate, or until they can afford other treatment. Some of our patients also use Snap on Smiles long term to hide their smile imperfections.

These are just a few of the many cosmetic dentistry options we have available. Your smile will be in great hands with our experience, expertise, and careful attention to detail. We listen carefully to what you want and then make it happen!

Call to schedule a consultation at: (714) 633-2562 

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Cavity Causing Foods – It’s Not Just about Sugar

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It makes sense that what you put in your mouth will impact your teeth. Most people know that sugar can cause cavities, but there are other ways that food can contribute to problems in your mouth, as well.

  • Some foods are stickier or take longer to digest and spend more time sitting on your teeth.
  • How often you eat and drink sugary or acidic foods matters. Short term exposure is better than sipping at a sugary drink over a long period of time.
  • Acidic foods can erode the enamel of your teeth and change the PH balance in your mouth.
  • Foods that may seem healthy like fruits and carbohydrates often break down into sugars as they are digested.
  • Acid reflux can contribute to tooth erosion and cavities making it important to eat foods that do not trigger this condition.
  • Not drinking enough water can lead to a dry mouth condition that sets you up for more cavities.

So, what foods are good for your teeth?

Healthy foods to focus on include high fiber fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and high quality protein. Calcium rich foods also support strong teeth and probiotics can help keep the organisms in your mouth in balance. And, of course, we recommend drinking plenty of water to keep your mouth hydrated and your teeth rinsed clean.

In addition to a healthy diet, it is important to stay up to date with regular dental check ups and teeth cleaning. If you are due or overdue for a dental visit, please give us a call at (714) 633-2562 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

4 Reasons to Replace Missing Teeth that Might Surprise You

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It may seem like the easy and less expensive thing to do after losing a tooth is to avoid going to the dentist again. But, what many people don’t realize is that losing even one tooth and not replacing it can create a domino effect of serious dental problems, including the loss of more teeth.

We recommend replacing missing teeth to:

1. Protect Your Remaining Teeth – Your other teeth have to work harder to do the work for the ones that are no longer there. Some teeth may be hit harder when you chew, causing fractures and cracks that put them at risk.

2. Prevent Further Tooth Loss – Your mouth is a dynamic system and the loss of even one tooth can throw off the delicate balance.  Teeth next to an empty space often tip or grow into the gap, exposing their roots to cavities and gum disease. When you don’t replace missing teeth, you put your other teeth at risk of being lost too.

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Help for People Who Gag Easily During Dental Treatment

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If you gag easily you may feel anxious about dental appointments or try to avoid them completely. But, trying to dodge the dentist only results in unhealthy and unsightly teeth with more dental needs later.

We care about you and your ability to have a comfortable visit in our office. Gagging is not something to be embarrassed about and we will never think less of you for it. Over the years we have learned ways to support you and there are also some things you can try to help your appointments go smoothly.

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Graduates, Brides, and Wedding Parties: Is Your Smile Photo Ready?

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June, the month of weddings and graduation parties is coming faster than you think. Whether you are formally a part of the celebration, a family member, or friend, it is very likely that you will have your picture taken.

Is your smile camera ready?

If there is something about your smile that makes you want to hide from the photographer, we can help. We encourage you to schedule a consultation a few months ahead to allow time for a stress free and un-rushed smile enhancement process.

Whether you want to simply brighten your teeth or have a complete smile makeover we will be able to help you smile with confidence when the camera is pointed your way.

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The Scoop on Canker Sores

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Canker sores are usually round with white or grey centers surrounded by red and they can be very uncomfortable. They are not contagious and we are not sure what causes them.

We do know that they tend to show up when someone has been ill or under stress. Other possible triggers are acidic foods or abrasion caused by braces or dental appliances. Some people report that their outbreaks seem to be related to sodium lauryl sulfate, which is a common ingredient in toothpaste. You can find SLS free toothpastes at many health food stores.

Canker sores usually heal on their own, but it is important to see q dentist if your sores are very large, spreading, or last more than 3 weeks. If you have a fever or other signs of illness, see your medical doctor as these sores may be a sign of a health concern that needs attention.

If you find yourself with a painful canker sore, you can try these remedies for relief:

  • Rinse your mouth with a mixture of 1 tsp. baking soda and 1/2 cup warm water several times a day.
  • Put a dab of milk of magnesia directly on the sore.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and a small amount of water to cover it.
  • Over the counter medications with pain relieving ingredients.

If your sores continue or you have other dental needs, give us a call to schedule an appointment at (714) 633-2562.

Could You Have Gum Disease and Not Know It?

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Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss and can even be bad for your health.  It is a chronic inflammation or infection that occurs when the bacteria of your mouth get out of control. It most commonly happens when you haven’t been to the dentist and hygienist regularly or kept up with your oral care at home, although medical conditions may be a factor.

It is definitely not something to ignore.

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease when the gums are irritated and inflamed, but major damage has not occurred. When not resolved it can become periodontitis, a chronic infection that results in lost bone, tooth loss, and a number of other complications. Infections in your mouth can get into your bloodstream easily through swallowing and it is never healthy to let infection go untreated.

While you can have periodontal disease and not know it, there are some symptoms you can look out for:

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums or longer looking teeth
  • Tender or sensitive teeth

Preventing gum disease is one of the most important reasons to see your dentist and get your teeth professionally cleaned regularly. If you have already been diagnosed with it, you may need to come in more often.

When further treatment is needed, we have a periodontal specialist in our Orange office to serve you. You can receive all of your gum disease care in one place.

Our goal is to keep your smile healthy and your mouth disease free. We hope it is your goal, too.

If you would like to find out if you have gum disease or are looking for a new dentist in Orange, CA, please call us at: (714) 633-2562 

Wise Words about Smiles

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  • “Peace begins with a smile.”  Mother Teresa
  • “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”  Phyllis Diller
  • “The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.”  Unknown
  • “Smile!  It increases your face value.”  Unknown
  • “A smile is the universal welcome.”  Max Eastman
  • “Everyone smiles in the same language.”  Unknown
  • “A smile is happiness you will find right under your nose.”  Tom Wilson
  • “Life is like a mirror.  We get the best results when we smile at it.” Unknown

 

How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy in Your Midlife and Senior Years

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With proper care, most of us have the ability to experience good oral health and keep our teeth for our lifetimes. There are, however, some special risks to be aware of as we reach our midlife and senior years.

Dry Mouth – Your mouth can become drier as you get older, especially if you take medications.  This condition is not only uncomfortable, but it can contribute to cavities, sometimes several at a time.

Gum Recession – Your gums can recede due to hard brushing, dental disease, or simply over time. This will expose new sensitive areas of your teeth and could lead to tooth loss.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease – You have a higher risk of developing this condition in your midlife and senior years.  The chronic infection and inflammation that characterize this disease not only threaten your teeth, but have been linked to several serious medical conditions, as well.

Difficulty Caring for Your Teeth – Handling a toothbrush and floss can become challenging, especially if you have arthritis or tremors.

And the Good News Is – We can help.  We are experienced and skilled at supporting people who experience these challenges related to aging.

Our goal is to help you keep your teeth comfortable and healthy for your lifetime.

Orange, CA (714) 633-2562    

 

7 Ways to Relieve Dental Fear or Anxiety

 

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Dental treatment can be a positive experience when we work together to ensure your dental visits are relaxed and comfortable. Our goal is help you become one of our many formerly fearful patients who start enjoying their visits to our office.

Here are some ways that you can help us help you feel good at your dental visits:

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