Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS


The Reason You Have Bad Breath in the Morning

Have you ever been watching a movie – maybe a romantic comedy, where the couple wakes up with a passionate kiss, and all you can think is – “Who the hell wouldn’t brush their teeth first?”

We’ve all been there. Morning breath is a thing, and there’s a relatively simple reason why it happens. When you’re sleeping, your mouth tends to dry out. The whole purpose of saliva in your mouth is to help break down food and keep your teeth clean. Part of the entire reason you need to brush your teeth regularly is because of bacteria that can take hold while you’re sleeping.

Unfortunately, when the flow of saliva decreases at night (especially if you breathe out of your mouth, or snore at night) it can also lead to that distinct foul breath in the morning. On top of that, it means that bacteria is having a much better chance to grow and thrive in your mouth – which means you should probably take some sort of action to prevent any further oral health problems.

How to Fight Bad Breath (and Bacteria)

Our dentists in Anaheim agree – good oral health, including regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing is the best way to fight off bad breath. However, what many patients might not realize is that bad breath often comes from the tongue, which can become a haven for bacteria. So when you brush your teeth, do be sure to brush your tongue too.


Easy Ways to Help Keep Your Teeth White

Unfortunately, sometimes it’s true that appearances can make a difference in our personal and professional lives. On top of that, external stresses from your dating life or even social media can often make any little imperfection seem absolutely horrendous.

As dentists near Anaheim, we see this all the time. Fortunately, there are many occasions where the problem is not as glaringly obvious as patients may think.

Even still, those patients often wonder what sort of natural teeth whitening remedies there are to try before you consider in-office teeth whitening or simply to preserve the whiteness of your teeth.

Use a Whitening Toothpaste

These days, even people with sensitive teeth can find a whitening toothpaste proven to help keep teeth whiter and reverse the progress of stains. It’s always best to choose an ADA approved whitening toothpaste, which ensures the product you use has been tested and given the thumbs up by a panel of dentists.

Buy Some Straws

No, you don’t need to drink wine through a straw. But – if you enjoy drinks like dark fruit juices, or even highly acidic juices (like oranges) it’s best to drink them through a straw. Not only does this help prevent staining from dark juices, it also tends to contribute to the breakdown of enamel.

Continue to Take Care of Your Teeth

To keep your teeth white, part of what you have to do is continue taking care of them. Brush shortly after eating, and your teeth will have a much greater chance of retaining their whiteness.

For some more tips on keeping your teeth white, and preventing yellowing – see the below infographic put together by the great health blog,


From, a handy infographic explaining some reasons your teeth could turn yellow.

From, a handy infographic explaining some reasons your teeth could turn yellow.

Surprising Ways to Help Your Teeth Fight back

Our bodies are strange and complicated things. They react in many interesting ways to how we help them and what we put them through. Your teeth aren’t a whole lot different. Just like there are plenty of ways to try and help out your overall health, there are just as many methods to improve your teeth – some of them tried and true, some of them mumbo jumbo, and some of them simply waiting to be verified by the American Dental Association (it’s always good to look to them when it comes to these judgements)

But it’s not just brushing, flossing, and properly supporting your teeth with fluoride that will ensure your teeth are healthy for years to come.

In order to prevent problems with your teeth, it’s essential that you understand how they’re attacked. Cavities and gum disease all have microscopic colonies of bacteria to thank. To keep both decay and gum disease at bay you need to do everything you can to brush, wash, and rinse this bacteria away. If this doesn’t happen, the bacteria eventually breaks down into starches and sugars – which ultimately produce acids that eat away at enamel and contribute to the decay.

So, what else can you do to prevent problems with your teeth? Our Anaheim dentists have some hints.

Cheese and Tea

Calcium helps both your teeth and your jaw stay strong and healthy. You can find it in many dairy products, including cheese. Along with tea – which happens to be a great source of natural fluoride. Fluoride prevents tooth decay by giving your enamel an extra shield against the damage of acid and bacteria.

Together, responsibly consuming both helps give your teeth an additional boost against damage and decay over time.

Avoid Drinking Acid at All Costs

It may sound silly. But you may be drinking far more acid than you thought you were.

Acid – it’s something we cover a lot. Because whenever our dentists or dental hygienists in the Anaheim area see cavities and other problems – it often started with acid damage. But what can you do to avoid it? Don’t drink acid! Or, at the very least -try to avoid it. This includes drinks like sodas, lemonade, and even water with lemon juice in it. If there’s extra acid added – you aren’t doing your teeth any favors. At the very least, use a straw – or try to remember to drink some water shortly after.

Chew Some Gum

As long as you make it sugar-free, chewing gum can be one of the best things you do for your teeth. While you might consider it candy – sugar-free gum can actually be a very powerful tool when it comes to clearing your teeth of sugars, bacteria, and debris.

Hoping for a quick way to give your dental hygiene a boost between meals? Chew some gum. It’s a great option.

A Simple Dental Tip You Might be Surprised By


If you’ve been reading our blog for any amount of time you understand that there’s a constant battle being waged inside of your mouth. It may sound dramatic at first, but it’s entirely true! Like most living things, the sole motivation for bacteria in-life (whether it knows it or not) is to stay alive, thrive, and multiply. Unfortunately, the way that happens for bacteria in your mouth is for it to slowly work its way into your teeth where it can really settle in.

To do that, bacteria relies on debris, acids, and other junk that get left behind in your mouth by a number of sources. In large part, brushing, flossing and rinsing play a major role when it comes to reducing these decay causing stowaways in your mouth.

But you can always do better.

If you’re one of those people with a flawless dental hygiene routine. You have to wonder, what could you be missing? You brush your teeth after meals – but not so soon that it furthers damage from acid. You floss, rinse, and brush daily. You get your bi-annual dental checkups. To all our dentists in Garden Grove, your routine is pretty much perfect.

But where’s your secret weapon? Could it be chewing gum?

“Wait a second.” You may be wondering. “Chewing gum? Candy?! How is that good for my teeth?” 

Of course, it may be surprising but it shouldn’t be a secret that many chewing gums are sugar-free. Combined with the stickiness of gum, this makes gum the perfect vehicle to clear your teeth of stubborn debris that can contribute to decay and cavities.

Can chewing gum replace your toothbrush and floss? Definitely not. But by helping those classic tools do the job while also helping you keep your breath fresh there’s no reason a pack of sugar-free gum shouldn’t be within reach at all time – the perfect tool for healthier teeth in-between brushings.

Could your teeth use a helping hand? Our dentists in the Anaheim area have all the tips and tools to help.

Why A Cavity Can Be a Major Problem


When it comes to your teeth and virtually everything else in your body – if it hurts there’s a good chance that it’s gone far too long without being treated.

Pain is a wonderful signal from your body (that you might not tend to describe as “wonderful” that amazingly and accurately predicts when something is wrong. But what’s actually “wrong” when you have a cavity? What does a cavity mean?

Let’s take a look.

While you might think a cavity is just the beginning of your problems, it’s actually one of the first (hard to ignore) signs that something has gone very wrong with one of your teeth.

All day, every day your teeth fight against the attack of acid as it tries to wear away at the enamel of your teeth so that bacteria can work its way inward to live and thrive off of the inside of your tooth.

When your tooth is frequently exposed to acids – like if you’re frequently eating or drinking acidic foods, the continued exposure can slowly begin to contribute to decay, which often starts as a simple white spot where de-mineralization has occurred.

At this point, your teeth probably don’t even hurt or feel sensitive. The good thing is that your teeth can actually heal – if you take quick action. This process of decay can and will reverse itself. However, if it gets any worse, and more minerals are lost, the enamel gets weaker and weaker – eventually forming a small hole known as a cavity. This eventually needs to be repaired by your dentist with a filling.

Every year, our dentists near Anaheim fix countless cavities all over the mouth. Fillings can be comprised of a couple different materials – all with their various advantages and disadvantages, from a more natural look, to stronger and longer lasting fillings – the benefits and downsides are all factors you should discuss with your dentist.

But what happens if you don’t fill a cavity?

If you think about any cavity like you’d think about an infection, you’ll understand that like an infection the bacteria at the heart of a cavity moves deeper and deeper – consuming as it goes.

If you don’t treat a cavity, the hole only gets bigger and bigger. Unfortunately, this makes it harder for cavities to treat. And when a conventional filling can’t treat the cavity – all you can do is use a crown. Unfortunately – a crown can make the tooth weaker, and sometimes – all that can be done is to replace the tooth completely.


In the event that the bacteria reaches deep enough in your tooth to affect the pulp chamber, this is when an abscess can form – requiring the intervention of root canal treatment in order to save the tooth.

Are you beginning to experience the signs of decay, or feeling pain? Don’t put it off before it’s too hard to treat with a simple filling. If you’re a patient in the Anaheim area – contact our dental team today!