Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS


“Can I chew gum after getting my wisdom teeth out?” or How to: Avoid Drysocket

For our dentists in the Anaheim area, wisdom tooth extractions are one of the most common procedures we do. This isn’t a huge surprise, considering just about everyone has wisdom teeth and – for the most part – almost everyone has to eventually get their wisdom teeth taken care of.

But why? why do most patients need their wisdom teeth out? Can’t we just leave them in?  

While some patients can safely live their life without ever removing their wisdom teeth – these patients are the lucky ones. This is because their wisdom teeth had enough room to safely grow in. However, many times patients’ wisdom teeth don’t have room to grow. This can lead to problems like crowding, infection, and gum disease, and is typically the reason why our dentists in Garden Grove will recommend you remove one or all of your wisdom teeth.

Can I chew gum after getting my wisdom teeth removed?”

Unfortunately, no. When it comes to chewing gum after your wisdom tooth extraction the best advice is to wait for two weeks. This is to protect the blood-clots that are forming on the incisions, which could create a suction force that pulls the clots right out, preventing healing. It’s best to wait until the tissue is completely closed before chewing gum again. If not, you risk getting drysocket, which can be pretty uncomfortable.

“What’s drysocket?”

Drysocket is a more memorable name for what dentists call alveolar oseitis. It’s a painful (and pretty common) complication that can occur after getting a tooth removed. When you get a tooth removed, a blood clot forms where the tooth was to protect the tissue, bone, and nerves where it once was. This is a normal part of the healing process. When this clot doesn’t form – or when it gets dislodged (such as by a premature piece of gum), the bone and nerves in this spot are exposed. Treating this will take extra pain management and further precautions to promote the healing process.

Could your wisdom teeth need extraction? If you’re a patient in the garden grove area – our dentists are here to help.

Reasons You Might Be Grinding Your Teeth (and what to do about it)

Teeth hurt? Waking up with headaches? you might be grinding….

If you’re wondering if you grind your teeth – there’s a chance that you might not even notice because grinding typically happens at night. But, more often than not – patients in our Garden Grove dental practice often experience common symptoms like morning headaches, jaw soreness, and sensitivity from enamel erosion.

If you ever notice any of these symptoms – do follow up with your dentist. If you’re our patient here in the Anaheim area (or any dentist’s patient anywhere!) – your dentist will want to examine your mouth and jaw for the signs of bruxism, a fancy term for teeth grinding.

What causes bruxism (or teeth grinding)?

In many cases, grinding your teeth at night can be the simple result of stress or anxiety. Unfortunately, with more patients taking their work home with them with their laptops and smartphones, it doesn’t exactly help.

Think about it. Stress from work makes it hard to sleep. So you read an article on your smart phone, but the light from the screen keeps you awake – and after you finally fall asleep you wake up with a headache. Why? Because mental stress kept you up and physical stress from poor sleep made it worse. This perfect little cocktail of insomnia and stress can easily trigger bruxism.

Many times, a solution is found with meditation, calming music, or other relaxation aids. However, if this doesn’t work (it can honestly be tough!) our dentists in Garden Grove often recommend a night guard to protect your teeth and jaw from the damaging effects of grinding.

In a short visit to our office, you’ll be fitted for a custom mouthpiece that’s longlasting and comfortable to sleep in. While a nightguard can sometimes take a little getting used to (just a couple nights) – patients love the way they can eliminate the irritating symptoms of grinding.

How to Know When You Need to Get a Dental Filling

For many dental patients around the world – it can be quite the scary (or at least, nerve-wracking) realization that often goes a little something like this: “I need a filling, I think”  followed by days, weeks, or even months of waiting before actually calling the dentist and scheduling an appointment.

This is often the first mistake that patients make – waiting. If you think of your tooth according to the layers that comprise it, you only have so much time before a small problem eats its way deeper to become a big problem. Because don’t forget: teeth don’t exactly heal themselves (yet).
Many times, getting an ache or chip fixed quickly can minimize residual damage that occurs as a result of the problem in the first place.

If you do need a filling – take a deep breath. It’s not that bad – especially with all the options available for anesthesia and even sedation if you need it.

The most common signs of a cavity or decay that would typically require a filling is intense sensitivity or pain that lingers a bit after stimulation, or when exposed to food. If biting down or eating food ever causes you to feel a real jolt of pain – give your dentist a call as soon as possible (waiting until normal working hours are fine – this wouldn’t exactly be a dental emergency).

After a visual assessment and examination, if your dentist thinks there might be a problem, the next step is often x-rays. This enables us to get an inside look at exactly what’s happening inside your teeth – which allows us to determine which type of treatment (and which type of filling) is most appropriate.

Are you experiencing sensitivity or pain? If you live in the Garden Grove area and have a cavity that’s left untreated, don’t leave it to become a more serious problem – contact our dental team today.

The Ingredients to Avoid for Healthier Teeth

Every day, our Anaheim area dentists encounter patients of all ages and backgrounds, with teeth ranging from baby teeth to dentures. We’ve seen it all – and we understand that it’s easy to feel self-conscious about your teeth, but out of all the patients we’ve seen – the ones that have been the happiest have been the ones that have improved their teeth and won back their confidence through careful care and good oral hygiene. You’d be surprised be how often it happens.

Are you on the journey to healthier, longer lasting teeth? One of your best allies will always be your diet. But sometimes it can be difficult to understand which ingredients you need to steer clear of.

Yesterday, we blogged about healthy snack food options you can quickly prepare (and eat) on the go. But in a day and age where many people are paying more attention to what’s on the label of their food – it’s no surprise that many patients wonder what ingredients they should avoid for healthier teeth. Hopefully, today’s information helps!

Refined carbohydrates and sugar: these are the prime offenders. Not only are they terrible for your teeth – but they’ll also make you feel lethargic, tired, and hungry (more often). The thing is, though – when you eat junk with this stuff in it, you get hungry more often and you crave more of it. So it’s never good.

Anything synthetic: ingredients like flavor enhancers, artificial colors, chemicals, and preservatives can all have a definite impact on the way your body responds. Unfortunately, this all comes down to the person.

You’re inevitably going to slip up…

Nobody’s perfect! You’re always going to encounter foods that you know aren’t good for your teeth. In these cases – when a toothbrush and some floss aren’t available, the best possible course of action is to grab a nice tall glass of water. And if you’re really trying to be good – eat a piece of celery while you’re at it. (Celery’s great for your teeth).

Have you noticed any specific foods having a noticeable impact on your teeth or gums? It could be the sign of a deeper problem (it could also be nothing!) To learn more, or to inquire about new patient specials – get in touch with our Garden Grove Dentists today.

On-the-Go Snacks That are Fast & Tooth Friendly


Whether you’re between classes or between appointments – more often than not, it’s when you start rushing when your diet goes out the window. Around the same time is also when you stop treating your teeth like the valuable asset they are.

Think about it. When was the last time that you – in the midst of a rushed lunch-hour or frantic child pickup – ate something on-the-go that probably wasn’t a great choice for your teeth (or your diet in general)?

At our dental office in Garden Grove, we work with patients from all walks of life from the Anaheim area. No matter the age, almost everyone can sometimes become a victim of convenience. Hopefully, some of today’s tips will at least make eating healthier (for your teeth and body) a little more convenient.

  • Vegetable slices: easily one of the healthiest snacks you can possibly eat (easily spiced up with some greek yogurt and ranch-dressing dip) – go for carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. Looking for a bonus? Choose celery – which is so good for you, you actually burn more calories chewing it than you consume eating it.
  • Vegetable chips: veggie chips – while much closer to potato chips (and starchier than fresh veggies) are a pretty decent alternative to regular potato chips. Try kale chips for a great healthy alternative.
  • Fresh fruit: do you have a sweet tooth? Whenever you can – opt for fresh fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and bananas all make for tooth-friendly snacks. Watch out for dried fruit, though. While dried-fruit can be great, some varieties include loads of extra sugar.
  • Nuts: Nuts are a great source of energy, and they aren’t half bad for your teeth either. As an added bonus, If you’re splurging on something with a bit of chocolate (such as a candy bar, or some trail mix) try to opt for something with nuts – they do a great job of helping to scrape the sugary leftovers away from your teeth as you chew.

Have questions about your teeth and live in the Garden Grove area? Our dentists can help! Check out our new patient specials to learn more.