Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS


3 Tooth Healthy Drinks to Try

Your teeth come into contact with quite a lot in your lifetime. If you think about the gallons of sheer beverage that have passed your pearly whites – some estimates have put the number to as many as 5 swimming pools (yeah, seriously)

So, it’s no surprise that many patients at our dental office in Garden Grove  often wonder which beverages are the safest to drink (hint: it’s not beer and wine because of sugar and acid).

One of those questions often centers around milk. Is milk really that good for your teeth? And the good news is – mostly yes. Milk is pretty tooth healthy in that it’s both a good source of phosphorous AND calcium. That being said, it’s important to remember that lactose (the building block of milk) is a sugar. So you really shouldn’t drink milk before bed — and you especially shouldn’t let your baby or toddler go to bed with a bottle.

Water is naturally the best thing for your teeth, especially when it’s fluoridated – which will help strengthen and clean your teeth at the same time. Water is important because – with every sip – it cleans your teeth and washes away bacteria, debris, sugars, and all of the gunk that can lead to cavities.

Low sugar vegetable juice is another great option for your teeth. As you probably know – vegetables are pretty much the best thing you can eat (or drink) because of all the vitamins. Dark green leafy vegetables are often the best for your teeth for two reasons. First, because of the calcium that protects your enamel. But also because of all the B vitamins that help your mouth in the battle against gum disease.

Have questions about your teeth and live near Anaheim? Our dentists in Garden Grove are here to help!

Can Pregnancy Lead to Dental Problems?

These days, when many couples want children they try to have them as close together as possible. It makes sense, right? Get the tough toddler years out of the way as soon as possible and never look back. Sounds like a perfect plan (until they grow up too fast).

But what many young moms don’t realize is that pregnancy demands quite a lot from your body – and that can lead to some specific dental problems.  The good news is that you’re much less likely to experience dental problems in pregnancy if you’re already taking good care of your teeth when you get pregnant. Pregnancy should never be thought of as an excuse for your teeth to go bad! Because with proper care and regular dental checkups during your pregnancy – your teeth will be just fine.

With that said, pregnancy can lead to increased gum disease and tooth decay due to changes in hormones and the way they can influence the plaque in your mouth – which directly affects cavities.

Other problems our dentists in Garden Grove encounter with pregnant patients include:

  • Gingivitis: Gingivitis is run of the mill gum inflammation – and one of the most common afflictions on the planet. It’s most likely to happen in your second trimester in the form of gum swelling and bleeding (especially during flossing).
  • Periodontal disease: this is next level gum disease, and occurs when gingivitis goes untreated. It can lead to tooth loss and blood infection  and should be taken care of as soon as possible. This is incredibly important – since this is where the problem moves beyond your teeth and you risk hurting your baby.

And what about when baby finally arrives? Well – then if you’re a patient in the Garden Grove area – just schedule an appointment when your brand new baby gets their first tooth.

And check out some of our previous articles on pediatric teeth.

Are you Expecting? Our Dentists in Garden Grove Remind You: Your Baby’s Teeth are Growing RIGHT NOW

What to Watch out for With Baby Teeth

Don’t Skip The Dentist When You’re Pregnant


Can I get gum recession from Invisalign?

To date, countless patients around the world have experienced the teeth-straightening benefits of the Invisalign system. For a wide variety of dental imperfections – Invisalign has helped our dentists in Garden Grove build straighter, more confident smiles for patients of all ages.

But it’s not uncommon for patients to have questions. And we’re actually surprised we haven’t answered one particular question about Invisalign, which is: Can Invisalign (or any orthodontics) for that matter cause gum recession?

And it’s a good concern because orthodontics can certainly cause some recession. But the important thing to remember is that this isn’t uncommon at all. Some irritation can be completely normal. But one thing that often happens with brand new Invisalign patients is that they can become hyper-aware of new feelings and sensations in their mouth.

The thing you should remember, though – is that your dentist will take detailed photos of your teeth and gums when you start the process. Recession can be repaired and the symptoms of it can often be treated quite easily.

While this isn’t uncommon – because the retainers do come into contact with your gums, it isn’t something you should be feeling all day every day. Some discomfort can be expected very early on, but if it seems like your Invisalign retainers are causing recession – your dentist can help. Don’t feel bad speaking up about your concerns, let your dentist know to prevent long term damage and correct the fit.