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3 Simple Strategies for Avoiding Cavities

A great many people live their lives nervous about going to the dentist because they’re nervous about getting cavities. What they need to remember is that you don’t get cavities at the dentist….it’s just where you find out about them. And if you’re only finding out about your cavities when you go to the dentist – you’re fighting a losing battle.

Ideally, you’re finding out about cavities or other potential problems early. Either by discovering them through your immaculate care or our Garden Grove dentists discovering them long before they become a serious problem.

3 Simple Strategies for Avoiding Cavities

First: Start at Home 

Avoiding cavities starts at home with proper care. That means daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing to prevent tooth decay. In doing so, you give your teeth a leg-up in their constant battle against the bacteria that creates acid and eats away at your dental enamel.

Then….In the Kitchen

But protecting your teeth doesn’t just happen at the bathroom vanity. It happens in the kitchen, the break-room, and on the road. With your diet. A healthy diet will help keep your teeth healthy. Period. That means minimizing things like sweets  and getting all of the vitamins and minerals your body (and your teeth) need.  Need help with your diet? Read our recent post about How Your Diet Could Be Affecting Your Teeth

Next, Take it to your Dentist’s Office

There are some things your dentist can see that nobody else can. More often than not, if you have a cavity brewing that you can’t even feel yet – your dentist will find it at your next exam. That’s why keeping your appointments with your dentist is incredibly important. Even if you don’t have dental insurance – prevention pays. 

Is Coffee Bad for My Teeth? Our Garden Grove Dentists Weigh In.

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Every year you probably see stories in the news and articles online about how this food or that drink is suddenly very bad for you.

Then, months or years later you see a similar story – except now the food and drink is suddenly responsible for protecting you from cancer, the common cold, flu, bad grades, indigestion, and truancy.

The general rule of thumb when it comes to staining your teeth is that if it can stain your clothes, it can stain your teeth. The ingredient in coffee that actually stains your teeth is called tannins – which are a type of substance that gradually break down in water.  But don’t forget – they’re not just found in coffee, they’re also found in drinks like tea, wine, and grape juice.  The thing about tannins are that they cause many color compounds to more easily bind to substrates – like your teeth. But when they do this, they won’t turn your teeth purple or brown. Instead, they leave behind a somewhat yellow hue.

Did you know that it only takes about a coffee or two a day to cause stained teeth?

Fortunately, there are ways to avoid it – and you don’t even really have to give up your precious morning cup.

You can start by trying to avoid cream and sugar. According to most research these substances can accelerate the rate that bacteria builds up on your teeth – which can provide more ammo for stains to stick around. It also helps if you drink your coffee in one sitting – rather than one long cup that lasts the entire day.  Finally – if you’re able to, brushing your teeth can also go a long way to prevent the stains. But if you can’t brush your teeth during the day  – even drinking a glass of water can help wash away some of the debris and residue that can contribute to staining.

Have a question about protecting your teeth? Our dentists in Garden Grove can help. For new patient specials and all the help you need for healthier teeth – contact us today.






Do I need to brush more than twice a day?

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Is it possible to brush your teeth too much? 


Is it possible to do anything too much? Of course.

Eat too much healthy food. Drink too much water. Excercise too much – and you’ll run into problems. If you believe it, the same can be said for brushing your teeth.

Every day, our dentists in the Anaheim area and dentists around the world see patients who have slowly but surely worn down their teeth.  They didn’t do it with candy or nailbiting though. Many of them did it with their toothbrushes, a little too much enthusiasm, and not quite enough instruction or care.

Word to the wise: just like working out or staying hydrated – there is certainly too much of a good thing when it comes to taking care of your teeth.

Fortunately, there’s another step in this manufacturing process that most (not all) quality toothbrushes undergo. After the bristles are cut to be the same height, they are treated in such a way that the sharp edges of the nylon bristles are rounded into hemispherical, soft domes – this, too, is visible underneath the microscope. This process makes the toothbrush bristles safe to use. After being rounded, they are far less abrasive than when they are freshly cut and safe to use because they don’t scrape away tooth structure.
The smoothness of your bristles also gets worn away back to its original jaggedness via brushing, which is why you may have heard that dentists recommend you replace your toothbrush often. The key is to throw away your toothbrush before the bristles splay, because by that point, it’s too late. Splayed bristles mean you’ve been using a worn toothbrush that is too abrasive and has been wearing away your tooth structure.

Any dental patient should understand that overbrushing can (and usually) will gradually wear away at your dental enamel. And there are a few different parts to minimizing the damage. First: you should understand how your toothbrush is made. Every toothbrush bristle is an amalgamation of nylon strands that are then softened down (and microscopically rounded) to prevent them from being jagged.

Over time, the smoothness of your toothbrush’s bristles gradually gets worn down – returning your toothbrush bristles to their original jaggedness. This is a primary reason why your dentist encourages you to change your toothbrush often, to make sure that you’re getting the best of it and not doing any unnecessary damage.  

So, do you need to brush 2 or maybe 3 times a day? Sure. Go for it! But 5 or 6 times a day could be overdoing it. For better results, don’t brush more – brush right. Check our latest post on brushing for some helpful tips: Are You Brushing Your Teeth Right?



Does My Tooth Need to Be Removed?


One of the most important aspects of keeping all of your teeth, is making sure you treat each tooth with care individually. This is one of the key reasons why our dentists in the Anaheim area are so adamant about patients brushing their teeth carefully and consciously.

Why? Because when one tooth is neglected for long enough to cause problems – it can cause problems for the rest of your teeth. And if a tooth falls out and isn’t treated – it can lead to further problems down the road like alignment and wear issues.

The most important thing to keep in mind is this: just like the average dental patient doesn’t want to remove a tooth – your dentist generally doesn’t want to either. This is because your biological tooth is always stronger than an artificial replacement. Unless it’s really not, which can sometimes mean that you need to get it replaced.

The ADA (and the dentists in our Anaheim area dental office) often suggest that teeth get surgically removed due to various reasons ranging from crowding and genetics to disease and trauma.

In some cases – when a tooth simply can’t be repaired with crowns or fillings due to damage or decay – they might need to be extracted. On top of this, when teeth lose valuable bone density they also run the risk of breakage or damage.  Finally, teeth that have been impacted by decay and infection are also ripe candidates for removal due to the way infection will spread and lead to further health issues.

Do you have a tooth that might need to be extracted?  Our dentists in Garden Grove have years of experience helping patients from all backgrounds get healthier teeth and happier lives. To learn more about new patient specials and our practice, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. 



Can You Convince Your Dentist You Floss Every Day?


You might hear about some people who claim to never floss, visit the dentist, and still get a squeaky clean bill of dental health. They walk away thinking they’ve fooled the dentist into thinking they actually floss. This is despite all of the advice you’ve heard and – if you’re a patient – that you’ve (hopefully) been convinced of by our Anaheim area dentists.

The thing is, everyone’s teeth are different.

In some cases, diligent brushing, rinsing, a healthy diet, and maybe even a little extra luck from the genetic lottery might mean that some people can get away with slacking off when it comes to flossing. On top of that, being healthy, young, and living a life that cuts out as much inflammation as possible can also help give your gums the extra boost they need to stay healthy – even in the presence of some abuse.


But a lifetime of no-flossing is never a good thing. And you likely won’t “get away” with not flossing forever.

Even if someone slacks off on flossing by getting lucky (or being diligent) with their brushing routine – it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re not doing any damage to their teeth. This is because the side-effects of not flossing don’t exactly show up right away. Think about it this way – if you’ve ever had a workout habit, you’ll know that you don’t lose your muscles the minute you break routine. It takes time. But after not working out for months – you’ll definitely start feeling the difference.

It’s been proven that flossing is good for your teeth. So why not add an extra layer protection and keep your healthy teeth around for that much longer?

Have questions about keeping your teeth healthy? Our dentists in the Anaheim area are here to help. Inquire today to learn about new patient specials. 


3 More Conditions Your Teeth Can’t Hide from Your Dentist


A few days ago, we blogged about how dentists (like ours here in the Anaheim area) are trained to understand your teeth. So naturally, it’s rather simple to understand a great deal about a patient by looking at their teeth. In fact, as we discussed, your teeth can provide important signals to conditions as serious as kidney failure or diabetes.

But that’s not all. You might actually be surprised by the sheer number of “conditions” your teeth can shed light into. Read on and let our Anaheim area dentists explain.


If you’re already pregnant, be sure to take extra good care of your teeth  – because almost 40% of pregnant women develop some form of gum disease during pregnancy due to increases in hormones that facilitate the growth of new bacteria. Unfortunately, this also can trigger gingivitis.

It should be mentioned however, that most women will generally be further along in the pregnancy before their gums are affected enough to start bleeding. That said, it’s likely your dentist won’t be breaking the news to you that you’re pregnant. But – it’s worth knowing that pregnant women should be extra careful when it comes to their dental hygiene.

Vitamin Deficiency

A lack of proper vitamins and minerals can make itself known in a number of rays – many of them in your mouth. They range from increased infections, bleeding gums, delayed healing, and ‘burning tongue syndrome’. Sometimes, iron sores can cause patients to get some pretty significant sores in their mouths – but every patient is different. Fortunately, your dentist can help you spot and correct any issues you may have.

Eating Disorders

Sometimes, patients are surprised when their dentist of all people is the first to delicately ask them if they have a strained relationship with food. What some might not realize is that conditions like bulimia create a very specific wear pattern on teeth – which makes some eating disorders easy to identify. If you do suffer from conditions like these, you can be at risk for increased cavities due to enamel erosion from acid.


What Happens to Your Teeth as They Age


As you get older, your body happens to change quite a bit. Fortunately, many of those changes are good. You get older, wiser – better able to handle everything that time throws at you. Unfortunately, your teeth don’t always get better with age.

As you age, the risk you have for certain conditions goes up. In your mouth, these can vary from gum problems – like recession and gum disease – to cavities and tooth loss. In many cases, aging can have a factor when it comes to the gradual changing of your teeth. However, our dentists in the Anaheim area remind patients that we can’t blame everything on age. In many cases, external factors (and decisions) can be making an even greater impact on the teeth than age.

So, what does age do to your teeth? And could it one-day mean you may need to talk to our denture specialists in Anaheim? Maybe, maybe not. Read on to learn more.

How Age Affects Your Teeth

They can wear down

Your teeth are incredibly strong, but they can still gradually be worn down. After years of chewing, grinding, biting, tearing, and living the hard outer shell of your teeth – otherwise known as enamel – begins to wear down. Your teeth will also begin to slowly change shape.

It is very hard to maintain perfect teeth for your entire life – unless of course you only eat soft foods and never leave the house. Just about any healthy mouth will need some form of dental restoration at some point – and you’d be smart to be ready for it, because delay will only make it worse.

But it’s not just time that wears down your teeth. Enamel can be chipped and teeth can be broken by eating hard foods or chewing on things like ice – or your fingernails. A poor bite and/or grinding can also lead to accelerated wear – which can often be corrected by an orthodontist or a mouthguard


Keep your Mouth Moist

As you age, your mouth can often get drier. This can also increase your likelihood of decay and cavities – since it’s your saliva that helps fight against food, debris, and bacteria all day. This can often happen due to medication – which frequently causes dry mouth.

The easiest solution here is to just drink more water. Always have a water bottle on hand! Better yet -hold the water in your mouth for just a little bit longer before you swallow to help take some of the work off of your spit. It could use a break.

Get help when you need it.

The fact is, just like your muscles aren’t as resilient as they used to be – your teeth aren’t as tough either. If you suspect a problem with your teeth and you live in the Garden Grove area. Contact us today. 714-537-5700


What Your Dentist Can Tell About You Right When You Open Your Mouth

You would be surprised by what our dentists here in Garden Grove could tell you about your life and your body by taking a look at your teeth.

It’s true – after only being in the dentist’s chair for a few minutes, you can give your dentist a pretty great snapshot of what your life is like and what your life has been like.

It’s no surprise that archaeologists and detectives alike use teeth to learn more about the historical figure or criminal at hand. So, of course, there’s too much to cover in a single blog post – but we’ll start with something familiar: you, sitting in the dentist’s chair. That’s right…

1. Your dentist can tell you flossed with before your appointment

If you’re someone that doesn’t always floss your teeth, you might be wondering – does my dentist know that I just flossed for the first time in a while before my cleaning appointment? Yup. We definitely do.

Even flossing the night before your appointment won’t convince anyone but a blind dentist that you floss daily – or even every other day. And you don’t want a blind dentist. If you only floss every once in a while your gums will look damaged, inflamed.

Gums that are healthy are tight, supple, and pink. But more often than not, patients that don’t floss all that often frequently exhibit tiny little “slices” where they really went after their teeth too hard to make up for lost time.

2. Your dentist can tell you’re a nailbiter

Your dentist doesn’t even really have to look at your fingers to understand that you’re a nailbiter. This often manifests as general wear and tear on your teeth – or even chips and cracks. The constant stress on your teeth can even lead to jaw pain and discomfort.

3. Bad Breath Could be the Sign of Something More

Within moments, your dentist may even be able to understand even more about what’s going on inside your mouth by the smell of your breath. If you have bad breath – clinically known as halitosis – it could come from a number of courses.  Your dentist has received training on identifying what certain smells “mean” with fruity smelling breath – for instance, meaning a problem like unchecked diabetes, or fishy smelling breath potentially being a signal of a kidney problem. Fouler smells could be from infections. And of course – bad breath could just mean that you need to step up your “sink game”.

Have questions about your teeth? Our dentists in the Anaheim area are here to help. Get in touch with us today to learn about new patient specials. 


Do I need dental sealants?


Do you worry about cavities? Or maybe you worry about your children getting cavities? It’s understandable. They’re like the unexpected flat tire of the dental world – frequently a surprise, and always an annoyance for the patient. But fortunately, the dental world has provided a great solution that’s quite simple  and painless for our dentists near Anaheim to apply to give your teeth an extra leg-up against decay and cavities.

That solution is dental sealants.

Dental sealants are a very thin – essentially invisible – piece of plastic coating that your dentist can paint onto the chewing surface of your teeth, giving your enamel a special shield that helps prevent tooth-decay while also smoothing out any crevices or grooves in your teeth.

Sealants are an incredible solution to help make sure you prevent the unexpected hassle and expense of cavities – especially for children, when they’re between the cavity-prone ages of 6 to 13 or 14. Sealants are frequently recommended for children when their permanent molars come in. This can be helpful because they tend to be the hardest teeth for children to brush.

But sealants aren’t just for kids. If you’re an adult who’s prone to decay – sealants could be a very effective solution. They’ll generally protect the teeth for many years – but they should be inspected by your dentist during regular appointments.

How well do they work?

The ADA reports that dental sealants have demonstrated an ability to reduce the risk of dental decay by up to 80% in molars and premolars. As the CDC reported in 2016, sealants can be especially important for children, because children without dental sealants often have a much greater likelihood of cavities (up to 3 times!)

Are you frequently worrying about cavities? Or are your children prone to cavities? Dental sealants are a great way to prevent them. Get in touch with our friendly dentists in Garden Grove to learn how we can help.

Don’t Let Fear of Dental X-Rays Keep You From the Dentist


More often than not, when patients of our dental office near Anaheim are worried about going to the dentist, it’s either because they’re nervous about how much work they’ll need or they’re worried about how much it will cost.

But sometimes, patients are also wary of the dentist’s office because they’re not entirely sure how safe X-rays are. Are we getting dangerous levels of radiation? Today, we’re here to put your worries to rest.

We all get exposed to radiation from sources everywhere – ranging from the sun and appliances at home to minerals in the soil and the phones in our pockets. Too much radiation can damage the cells in your body, potentially causing cancer. But there’s good news – the dose of radiation you’re exposed to throughout the day and the dose of radiation you’re exposed to in the dental chair aren’t enough to pose a problem.

On top of this, numerous advances in the dentistry field have enabled dentists and the scientists behind the equipment we use to consistently lower radiation levels and make X-rays safer and safer.

These advancements range from the ability to significantly minimize where the x-ray is targeting, while also shortening the amount of time the x-ray needs to be used in order to get a picture — all effective methods to minimize how much radiation you get.

So why does the dentist or hygienist leave the room? 

Since the dental profession puts dentists and hygienists in contact with x-ray machines every day, we have to be a bit more careful about how often we’re exposed. Otherwise, the amount of radiation we see would be much higher than the average person. So when you’re the one alone in the dentist’s chair under a heavy, shielding garment – don’t be nervous! It’s never enough radiation to harm you.

On top of all of that – you’re also protected by federal law, which stipulates very strictly how often X-ray machines need to be inspected for safety and accuracy.

Are you over-due for a dental visit? Our dental office in Garden Grove, CA is accepting new patients. Contact us today to learn more!