Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS


5 Reasons to Brush Your Tongue Every Day

Did you give your tongue a thorough brushing this morning?

If not, you should have.

Because brushing your teeth might actually be more important than you think. That’s right, you might hear about brushing and flossing all the time – but you hear about the importance of brushing your tongue a lot less, which is unfortunate. That’s why our Dentists in Garden Grove are coming to you today with a tip that’s so simple it would almost be impossible not to follow: brush your tongue more. Here’s 5 reasons why.

It’s Really, Really Easy

If there was a surefire way to save money, become healthier, and get better tasting food in the process – would you do it? Of course you would! The simplest and most straightforward reason to brush your tongue is because it’s so easy to do – even easier than brushing your teeth. It’s the fastest way you can quickly take care of a large percentage of the bacteria in your mouth that can contribute to cavities, bad breath, and gingivitis.

Yes! it makes your food taste better

Imagine drinking a beverage through a straw that’s covered in a thin film of bacteria. It probably wouldn’t taste as good as it could, would it? In the very same way, brushing your tongue is also an easy way to enhance the flavors of your food by scraping away the extra gunk building up on your tongue. When you scrape that layer away – your taste buds are much more exposed to your favorite flavors.

It helps you get rid of bad breath

Some studies say that the largest cause of your bad breath is the crap that’s hanging out on your tongue. Food particles, bacteria, and fungus all stick to your tongue – and if you stick it out right now, you’ll probably see a bunch of build-up already there. It could be white, yellow, or even brown. The thing is, if you don’t scrape away this build-up, it can get pretty stinky. Brush your tongue for an instant boost to your breath.

Tongue scrapers lead to fewer cavities

Cavities occur because of bacteria and toxins that contribute to plaque. When plaque builds up on your teeth – cavities happen. But by taking care of one of the largest bacteria havens in your mouth, your tongue, you’re significantly cutting back on the available fuel that plaque has to feed on.

It’s good for your immune system

By scraping your tongue, you actively prevent certain toxins from getting into your body. Think about it this way – when you’re sick, sucking on a cough drop, sneezing, coughing, and hacking up a lung, a lot of germy gunk can build up on your tongue. If you haven’t learned by now — build-up is bad. With a quick scrape, you take care of all of it and prevent any problematic germs from sticking around in your system for too long.

Brushing your tongue is just the beginning. Have you put off dental treatment for too long? Our dentists in Garden Grove work with all kinds of patients to make safe, modern, and affordable dental care a reality for patients of all ages in the Anaheim area. Check out our new patient specials and get in touch today to learn more

How Flossing & Brushing Help You Reduce Pneumonia Risk

A year ago, the Wall Street Journal reported on a very important and troubling problem facing hospitals across the country: Pneumonia. The unfortunate truth is this: all too often, patients go into the hospital feeling sick only to get sicker because of how many different germs and illnesses tend to hang around.

But did you know that brushing and flossing can reduce your risk of getting illnesses like pneumonia?

That’s right, our dentists in Garden Grove (and dentists around the world) will be quick to remind you that brushing your teeth isn’t just good for your teeth alone. By cutting down on the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth – you also cut down on the amount of bacteria that could go on to make you ill.

Researchers behind the pneumonia study found a well-documented relationship between oral health and the occurrence of pneumonia. While the human body contains far more microbes (bacteria, fungi, etc) than it does human cells – even the dangerous microbes end up causing damage or illness in only the most specific circumstances.

That said, the bacteria that contributes to pneumonia needs to be inhaled to cause its special kind of infection. Because of this – brushing your teeth and tongue is actually a very effective way to fight against the illness.

But before you brush this aside because it only talks about pneumonia, think again – good oral healthcare can prevent much more by fighting inflammation throughout your body.

So remember, next time you’re feeling like you don’t want to go to the dentist or you’re contemplating going to bed without brushing and flossing, think again. Your good decision could be the choice that helps you dodge an illness like pneumonia.

Avoid Cavities for Christmas with some Helpful Dental Hints from your Dentists in Garden Grove

You might love your family dentist. But even still, there’s a great chance that your dentist isn’t someone you want to see because of an emergency over the holidays. So with this in mind – our dentists in Garden Grove have compiled a list of suggestions on how to protect your teeth throughout the holiday season.

Say ‘No’ to Chewy Candy

Many times, holiday candies present the same risks you’d expect from Halloween candies. If it has a chance to be incredibly sticky – it has a good chance of sticking around on your teeth for long enough to be a problem. That means things like caramel, taffy, and other stickiness that can go so far as to pull out your fillings. If you can’t resist these sticky delights – eat them with something else (like a pretzel?) to prevent the stickiness from sticking to your teeth.

Watch out for Ice and Hard Candy

Hard candy like candy canes and the ice cube covered in the sweet or savory remnants of your slowly emptying drink can both seem like the perfect thing to chew on. But do try your best to resist the temptation. Crunching down too hard on a piece of hard candy or an ice cube can easily chip or crack your teeth.

Don’t even think about cracking a nut with your teeth

Just don’t. While nuts are – nutritionally – great for your teeth, cracking through with your teeth could defeat the purpose by defeating your teeth before they have a chance to do any good. You can seriously hurt your teeth and your gums by trying to crack them with your teeth.  The same goes for opening packages, bottles, and gifts. 

Try not to bite your nails over the details…

The holidays can be stressful – and one of the most common coping mechanisms for anxiety can be biting your nails. Just remember: it’s not going to help! Not only that but biting your nails can also contribute to sensitivity, teeth grinding, jaw pain, and clenching. Distract yourself and try to see if the urge subsides. If it doesn’t – you might need to go nuclear with some bittering polish to force your habit away.

As always – if you have questions about your teeth and live in the Garden Grove area, our dentist are here to help. Have you been putting off dental care? Take advantage of our new patient specials 


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.


What are the Lines on my Teeth and How Do I Get Rid of Them?


Do you have lines on your front teeth that seemed to come out of nowhere?

If this sounds like you, there’s a great chance you have what our dentists in the Anaheim area (and dentists everywhere) call craze lines. They aren’t problematic cracks. They aren’t irreversible damage. They aren’t even that big of a problem.

So go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief (There you go, isn’t that nice?).

Craze lines are simply tiny hairline cracks in the enamel of your teeth. While they might not be what you hope for from your teeth cosmetically, the good thing is that they aren’t dangerous.

What Causes Craze Lines?

Craze lines can come from a number of sources. The first and most common is everyday wear and tear. The biting, gnawing and chomping that you do on everything from your dinner to your fingernails (stop that!) can definitely contribute to craze lines. On top of this, even some dental procedures that are used to protect your teeth can contribute to craze lines by weakening the enamel.  But this isn’t a reason to not get treatment for a more serious dental issue – because craze lines are harmless, and problems like cavities and decay are most definitely not harmless.

So, what should I do?

Interestingly, you might notice that fancy glazed pottery often has these vertical “lines” as well. Guess what? In pottery – those lines are called “craze lines” too. Keep this in mind. It’s to remind you that while these lines are present in the enamel, they do not impact that structural integrity of the pottery (or your teeth).

So just like these lines technically can’t be removed from the pottery – they can be hidden by repainting it. This is where our dentists often recommend teeth whitening services for our patients in the Anaheim area. These lines become visible because stains settle into the microscopic cracks. By bleaching the stains that settle into the tiny microscopic cracks – the lines will almost be completely invisible.

Have dental questions? We have dental answers?

Whether you have craze lines, stained teeth, or a problem that calls for an emergency dentist in the Anaheim area – our team can help. Having contended with just about every dental issue for patients ranging from newborns to the elderly, our team has seen it all. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to act. We’re here to help! While you’re at it – check out our new patient specials. They may make getting timely treatment easier if you don’t have dental insurance.

When Indigestion Signals Dental Danger


Do you suffer from indigestion that never seems to go away?

You might find yourself keeping a daily supply of antacids, or even attempting to adjust your diet to cut-back on the heartburn that you live with every day. But while you remain focused on what you’re eating and how your digestive system feels – are you taking a look at your oral hygiene?

Our dentists in Anaheim recommend you do.

If you have indigestion or a stomach ache that’s recurring, there is a chance that it’s your teeth to blame – and not your diet, or your digestive system. So ask yourself: do you have a hard time chewing?

When patients begin to have a hard time chewing their food properly, they often begin to swallow food that’s bigger than it should be. That can be pretty tough on your stomach, and if it’s happening to you it’s important to pinpoint why it’s happening.

Whether you have a tooth-ache, a cracked molar, or a more serious problem like a dental abscess that needs root canal treatment – getting to the bottom of the problem is important. If you’re a denture wearer – it could also mean that your dentures are no longer fitting properly, and could need an adjustment.

What you should do: If you suffer from frequent indigestion and have been noticing pain, soreness, and similar symptoms from your teeth – a visit to your family dentist could be exactly what you need.

Let our dentists in Garden Grove assess the situation – not only can we help remedy your indigestion, but we can also provide relief from the dental problems you’ve long-since “gotten used to” that could have created the problem in the first place.


How Your Teeth Will be Fixed in the Future: Dental Innovations Right Around the Corner


The interesting thing about visiting the dentist is that we’re now in a day and age where you never know what new innovation will come up next.

Think about it this way, if you consider how drastically dental technology’s changed over the years, you wouldn’t be surprised by the fact that there are dental treatments around the corner that you might not even believe.  Think about it this way – treatments like braces and fillings have been used for thousands of years. Yet, dentists haven’t stopped making them better and better.

In under 100 year’s time, dental procedures have gotten faster, easier, less painful, and infinitely more successful.  Our Garden Grove Dentists are always interested in where the technology is going, because that‘s the way to offer the best available treatment.  So, what’coming around the corner in the dental world of dental technology?

3 Dental Innovations to Keep an Eye On

Stem Cells

Imagine being able to actually regenerate damaged teeth with stem cells? From fillings to implants – research into stem cells could someday completely rewrite the way your dentist approaches fixing one of your teeth. But don’t wait to get your teeth fixed – this one could take a while.


While stem cells might be able to grow your teeth back in the not-so-near future, implants continue to be revolutionized in their current form. No time in history have dental patients been able to get a dental implant that was virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth. The better part is it’s only getting better as more and more dentists research how to make implants capable of restoring more teeth, with more success.

Preventative Care

Without preventative care, dental care would be much different. For this reason, dentistry is unique in that almost everything you need to get fixed with your teeth can be prevented with proper care. For example – consider fluoride. Fluoride has gone down in history books as one of the most successful public health decisions in recent history. Just like it – more research and more innovations are being made every year.

Are you a dental patient in the Anaheim area looking for top-notch care? Our dentists in Garden Grove offer it daily to existing and new patients alike. 


Should I have upper wisdom teeth removed at the same time as lower wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are one of those topics that patients are always wondering about – especially young patients who know they’re quickly approaching the special time in their life when the decision to have them removed comes into play.

Many of the stories about wisdom teeth removal used to center on how painful and uncomfortable the process was – but times have changed. Today, with the advent of social media, our “viral video culture”, and the help of much more effective dental procedures and anesthesia, the most memorable part of wisdom teeth surgery is generally the silly things patients say after they’ve woken up from sedation.

The thing is, while some people are born without wisdom teeth entirely – others have extra wisdom teeth that eventually become apparent in X-rays in early adolescence (between the ages of 10 and 16). Fortunately though, even if your family dentist finds the wisdom teeth early – you generally have until the age of 17 or 18  (or even longer) before the wisdom teeth can start causing a problem.

Today, our dentists in Garden Grove will talk about one of the most common questions patients tend to have about wisdom teeth – remove all at the same time, or remove some?

What you need to understand about the relationship your wisdom teeth have with your mouth as a whole and the rest of your teeth is that a number of facgtors come into play when it comes to deciding whetehr to remove them all or not.

The position of the wisdom tooth

Generally, there are a few different rules of thumbt oc onsider when it comes to the actual position of your wisom teeth. In these cases, you can expect the following:

  • Wisdom teeth that have erupted (broken through the surface of your gums) are easier to remvoe than wisdom teeth that have not (known as being impacted).
  • The way your tooth/teeth are tilted can also impact how hard it is to remove, and whether or not all are remived at once. Wisdom teeth that are upright or leaning forwward are generally easier to remove when compared to wisdom teeth that are leaning back or oriented sideways.

Other factors your dentist will consider: Root Anatomy

In addition to the actual position of your wisdom teeth, your dentist will also take root anatomy into consideration. Your wisdom teeth have several roots – and the way they’re oriented can impact how they are removed. Sometimes, the roots will be separate and easy to separate. Other times, they can be bundled together.


  • Teeth with irregularly shaped roots are harde rto remove
  • Wisdom teeth with roots that aren’t completely formed generally make it easier to extract your teeth.
  • Teeth that have roots that are fused together are usually easier to remove completely

So, remove them all at once?

Generally, the most logical answer is “Yes” because it’s always better to minimize the number of treatments you’ll need. “Taking care of them all while we already have you ‘under'” is a very common, and cost-effective way of handling wisdom teeth. But there are some cases where it might not be necessary.

Have questions about wisdom teeth and live in Southern California? Our dentists and oral surgeons in Garden Grove can help. 

Halloween Candy Tips from Garden Grove’s Family Dentist


Every year, Fall comes and goes. In some parts of the country, frost colors the leaves before they gradually fall to the ground. But there’s something else fall leaves in its wake – cavities.

Why? We think you know why: Halloween.

Every year, as our pediatric dentists in Garden Grove can attest – plenty of children come into the office with cavities that need filling. With that in mind, families of all kinds can always use a refresher on which candies to avoid (and which to choose) for healthier teeth and fewer cavities.

The Safest Choice…

Whether you’re eating it yourself or checking over candy for your children, it’s fortunate that one oft he most popular candies is also one of the safer for your teeth.  That candy is chocolate. While it’s still sugary and it’s still not the safest choice for your teeth, when compared to all of the other possibilities – chocolate is one of the safer choices due to the relative ease with which it washes off your teeth. On top of this, darker chocolates tend to have less sugar content than regular milk chocolate.

When to Watch Out…

When it comes to candy you really need to watch out for, two of the most dangerous varieties tend to be hard candies and sticky candies. Not only does hard candy pose a risk to your teeth in the way it can contribute to cracks and other damage,  but – like chewy candy – it sticks around. Because it sticks around for so long, the damage its sugar can do to your teeth is multiplied.

When to really watch out…

So what could be worse than hard candy and sticky candy? That would be sour candy. Not only is sour candy usually coated in extra sugar, it also tends to be extraordinarily acidic. This higher level of acidity can drastically weaken and damage the enamel of your teeth – ultimately making them even more vulnerable to cavities.

Could your children be suffering from cavities? Or is someone in your family complaining of a tooth ache? Our dentists in the Fountain valley area are here to help. 



3 Health Problems Your Dentist Can Spot


Every day, our dentists in Garden Grove see patients of all ages. What many of these patients assume is that they’re just in the dentist’s chair for their teeth. What they might not realize is that we’re not just concerned with root canals, dental crowns, and the other “standard” dental procedures. We’re concerned with the health of the whole body.

What some patients are often surprised to learn is that your teeth can truly be a window to your overall health as well. Read on to learn about 3 surprising conditions your dentist might be able to spot before your doctor.


Do you know what the most common dental symptom of diabetics is? Gum disease. Loose teeth, bleeding gums, and gum disease are all prevalent warning signs of diabetes. On top of this, the condition of your gums can make diabetes symptoms worse. And due to the fact that diabetes patients tend to heal slower, it’s extra important to stay on top of your oral health if you’re a diabetic.


Heart Issues

When you go to the dentist for your bi-annual checkup, you probably don’t sit down in the chair anticipating getting any information about your heart-health, but it’s 100% possible. What many patients might not realize is that better oral health care can also contribute to better heart-health. The simple fact is: your gums are attached to the rest of your body, and they have a direct line to your bloodstream. If bacteria develops in your gums and makes its way into your bloodstream – it could eventually make its way to your heart, which can contribute to coronary artery disease. Bacteria can also contribute to the creation of clots – or the gradual depositing of plaque in your arteries, which can affect blood pressure.


Dementia is the medical term for when a patient gradually loses their cognitive function, which can come show in the form of confusion, memory loss, and uncharacteristic disorganization. However, it can also come with a dirty mouth. Studies have shown that one of the early signs of dementia is frequently poor oral hygiene

Do you have questions about your dental health? Our dentists near fountain valley can help!