Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS


Does Charcoal Toothpaste Work? (And other questions, answered)










When it comes to getting whiter teeth, many people won’t think twice about taking a shortcut. In fact, many people might remember dabbing baking soda on their toothbrush to get that extra bit of whiteness before a school dance or special event.  Unfortunately, the truth is that even baking soda (by itself) isn’t all that healthy – because it’s abrasive and tough on your enamel! But the superior cleaning power of baking soda isn’t the only product that’s promised results and come up short for our teeth.

What about CHARCOAL?

Charcoal has become a bit of a fad with social media stars like Kylie Jenner even pushing her own line of charcoal-infused products. But unfortunately – it might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Because recently the British Dental Journal  has reported that charcoal – while popular – provides very little (if any) protection against decay, with limited evidence to show that it can even help whiten teeth.  In fact, what the dentists in charge of the study discovered was that – when used too much – the activated charcoal had a habit of working its way into peoples fillings, becoming difficult to remove.

Using hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth

This one’s another common “tip” that gets passed around without much thought for the precautions that must be taken to protect your teeth if you attempt it. While hydrogen whitens just about anything it comes into contact with our dentists in Garden grove don’t recommend you try this method, because you have to do it just right, not too frequently, and with the correct dilution. The risk? Very expensive and potentially uncomfortable damage.

And crunchy foods?

Ah, nature’s whitening strip. Crunchy foods like granola won’t actually whiten your teeth as you would typically think – but they act like nature’s toothbrush by helping scrape the gunk off your teeth that contribute to staining.

Feel like getting it done the right way? In-office whitening is the easiest route. 

Whether you have sensitive teeth, severe staining, or you just want to make sure it’s done right the first time, our dentists in Garden grove provide in-office dental whitening for patients every day. In just a single visit, your teeth can be noticeably whiter. The best part? It’s really, really easy.

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Do Whitening Strips Really Work? Our Garden Grove Dental Team Weighs in…

It’s a pretty common occurrence that a patient might want to whiten their teeth. Whether a big day like your prom or a wedding is coming up – or you’ve recently stopped smoking and want to make a concerted effort to reverse the damage you’ve been doing with tobacco, you’re in luck. These days – it’s pretty easy to whiten your teeth.

But one of the most common questions people tend to have about whitening products is whether or not the whitening strips you can find in the store will do any good. Unfortunately, the answer is one of those answers everyone hates to read: it depends.

Everyone’s teeth are different and the strips you can get in stores will certainly work for some patients. The way they work is with a gel that usually contains hydrogen peroxide (or something similar) this is pressed against the teeth long enough for the peroxide substance to work its way into your enamel.

For many patients, this works okay. But sometimes, the plastic used for the strips and the adhesive chemicals used can sometimes lead to some irritation.  And that, irritation, is the big advantage of in-office whitening.

Dentists across the country will often advise patients that they should go ahead and try over the counter whitening strips if they’d like – especially when those patients have never experienced any allergies or sensitivity symptoms. But when patients have a tendency to have more sensitive teeth – in-office whitening offers the most controlled, measured, and reliable way to whiten your teeth.

For example, when we perform in-office whitening in Garden Grove – we often see more consistent results faster simply because the tools are better, the environment is right, and the product is specialized for use by a dentist.  This also means we can accommodate for patients that have dealt with sensitivity in the past.

So, should you try over the counter whitening strips? If you have healthy teeth and no history of chronic dental sensitivity – go ahead! Or, if you live in the Garden Grove area and want a more reliable (and even) whiteness – contact our team today.






Is it normal to have pain after a visit to the dentist’s office?

Every day, our dentists in Garden Grove see patients of all ages. Do you know what that means? That means they see teeth of every variety, with every type of sensitivity and variable that you can imagine.

So that leads us to a common question that we’ve never actually covered on the blog before:

“Is it normal to have some pain after a dental visit?”

The answer, of course – is not as simple as you’d like it to be and probably falls somewhere between sometimes and depends on what you call “pain“.

When you have a variety of dental procedures completed, there are more than a few reasons your teeth might be a bit sore afterward. And while not all dental work hurts – there are certainly some reasons you might have a bit of pain after a dental visit.

In general, when it comes to any pain after a dental visit the big thing to remember is that it should always lessen with time. If it doesn’t go away shortly after your appointment (depending on the procedure), you need to speak to your dentist. So, when it comes to pain after a dental visit – what can you expect as reasonable? 

Your jaw might be sore…

One of the most common sources of pain people experience after a dental visit is a bit of jaw soreness, purely from having your mouth open for so long. Just like any other muscle that can get tired, this is the exact same thing. Just give it a few days.

Ever heard of pulpitis? 

Pulpitis can occur from something as simple as a cavity procedure and is something that should never happen in a modern dentist’s office due to the availability of advanced, modern tools. But what it is it? Basically an inflammation of the dental pulp tissue which results in symptoms almost exactly like a toothache. While it can occur naturally (often the sign you may need a root canal) it can also happen due to heat or trauma (such as from a drill).

Or dry Socket…

You might have heard of dry socket before – especially in regards to a patient recovering from wisdom tooth surgery. That’s because dry socket is one of the most common healing complications encountered by patients who aren’t quite careful enough with the way they eat (or apply suction) to a healing tooth extraction. Dry socket is when the blod clot that’s forming gets sucked out, which can cause moderate to severe pain, an unpleasant taste in your mouth, and maybe even a fever. When this happens shortly after a procedure, your dentist will likely need to intervene.

Soft Tissue Pain…

This is as simple as it sounds – the simple soreness caused by nicks and scrapes from everyday dental tools. In almost every case – this will clear up very quickly and shouldn’t bother you too much – unless your gums are a bit sensitive (which you might have learned while your dentist was working on them anyhow!)

And the mouthful: Referred Myofascial Pain

This is a more common type of pain, that will often feel like a persistent dull pain in your teeth. But it also might feel like an earache – or a knot. The reason, however, could be as simple as nerves that are irritated by dental work – which is radiating to the nerves nearby.  Getting over this pain can sometimes require treatment.

Have questions about dental pain and looking for a dentist near Garden Grove? We’re here to help.