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No Extra Time To Brush Between Meals? Follow These Novel Dental Hacks

When it comes to keeping your teeth in tip-top shape, it’s important to keep the ongoing battle in your mouth, in mind. In other words: remember that bacteria is constantly trying to fight its way inside your teeth to feed and thrive. Until it makes there (often through damage, or a cavity), it uses food debris to create acid, to weaken your enamel, and gradually eat its way through your teeth.

Our dentists in Garden Grove will be the first to tell you: this generally takes quite a while. However, after the first stages of decay begin – it gets faster and faster, which makes it even more important to take care of problems as soon as possible before they become larger and more expensive to treat.

With that said, one of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy is to brush and floss between meals. It literally only takes a couple minutes and it can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars, as well as hours upon hours of time in the dentist’s chair fixing a problem that could have been solved by a couple minutes in front of your sink.

So, without further ado – take a look at this short list of suggestions to help keep your teeth healthy, even if you don’t have time to brush (or if you forgot a brush) between meals.

Eat Crunchy Vegetables

Crunchy veggies like celery and carrots are GREAT for your smile because of the way they both stimulate saliva growth and gently scrape gunk and debris off your teeth because of their natural abrasiveness.

Drink More Water

Water truly is the stuff of life. It can help you lose weight, it protects and benefits all of the systems in your body, and – when it comes to your teeth – it helps rinse, wash, and protect them from decay.

Don’t Brush for 30 Minutes After Eating

While conventional wisdom says to brush between meals, do be careful when you brush. If you’ve eaten anything acidic, the time immediately after your meal is actually a vulnerable time for your teeth because they’re essentially bathed in acid – brushing will only rub that acid into your teeth, further weakening them.

We hope these tips will prove helpful in your quest for healthier teeth. Are you a patient in the Orange County area looking for a dentist nearby? We can help! Schedule a consultation today to learn more. 

Why your teeth break and What we can do about it

Your teeth are actually petty amazing little things, but you might not even realize it. It goes without saying that each tooth is an essential tool, doing its part. That is, helping you eat and speak properly. But that’s not all. On top of the millions of tiny nerve endings in each tooth, you have dentin and enamel; they are the two hardest substances in your body. In addition to the protection of dentin and enamel, your teeth have also developed an amazing set of abilities to protect themselves in other ways.

A great example of the way your teeth have adapted to protect themselves also sheds light on why teeth often break unexpectedly. This is because, the tiny nerve endings in your teeth (and mouth) tie into your central nervous system directly. Using your brains complex system of memory and recognition, your teeth are capable of understanding different textures and types of food, which allows them to tell the brain – at the blink of an eye – which chewing technique will be best.

More often than you’d think, the feedback received by your brain is to stop chewing immediately. Your teeth absolutely rely on this impulse in order to safely eat all sorts of food. This fast reaction is second only to the protection system used by your eyes.

Throughout your life, your teeth rely on these impulses to smash hundreds (if not thousands) of pounds of food. So it’s important for them to stay sharp. But when they do falter, which can happen from time to time under certain circumstances, accidents can happen – like chipped or broken teeth.

Repairing a number of different kinds of dental cracks and fractures requires a variety of repair techniques.

Dental bonding

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Composite bonding is a technique used to repair cracked, decayed, chipped, and otherwise misshapen teeth. The nice thing is, bonding will last about 10 years. On top of this, anesthesia generally isn’t required and the procedure is relatively quick.

First, the tooth is roughed up a little bit to make a suitable surface for bonding. Then, a putty is applied, molded to the proper shape, and then smoothed out. Next, a UV light is applied to harden the material before finishing it off with a nice, natural looking polish.

Veneers

A veneer is a covering for the tooth that covers up and irregularity and protects it from future damage. The veneer is carefully bonded to to the tooth so that it can last up to 30 years, if taken care of properly.

Veneers can be a great way to perfect your smile, but if you tend to grind your teeth you might not be the best candidate. Or, sometimes our dentists in Orange County recommend simply treating that symptom first, such as with a mouth guard.

Dental Crowns

Sometimes, a severe chip or crack while eating or drinking might require a more robust solution, such as dental crown. Dental crowns are one of the most widely used dental restorations for their comprehensive ability to fully protect and restore the tooth.

 

Simple Tips To Keep Your Teeth Through the Holidays

In the months following every Holiday, it’s not uncommon for dentists far beyond Orange County to see signs of rampant decay and enamel damage caused by too many sweets and not enough oral hygiene.

Of course, most patients don’t need to worry too much – but it’s easy to let the busy nature of the holidays put your diligent oral hygiene routine in the back seat.

On today’s blog, we’ll talk about a few different tips we tell our dental patients in Garden Grove to help them avoid dental damage from all of the sweets and treats they’ll encounter in the holiday season. Here’s the deal – you can enjoy some sweets without ruining your teeth right way. You just have to be careful. That’s because tooth decay stems from a few different factors.

When bacteria is left to hang out on your teeth, it slowly breaks down the foods you eat, which forms weak acid. When this happens, the acids weaken the surface of the tooth and kickstart the process of decay. Eating sweets fuels this process wonderfully for those acids, striving to eat away at your enamel.

Your job, is to stop them.

One good thing to remember is this: with sugar, it’s more about your teeth being exposed to it, than the actual sugar itself. But don’t let it go to your head, sugar will still go to your waistline perfectly fine after it’s washed beyond your teeth.

What to Do

  1. Limit Sugar Exposure: Pouring a cup of sugar over your teeth for a few seconds and slathering sugary icing over your teeth so it sticks for hours are two very different scenarios. Limiting sugar exposure is critical, so be sure to brush your teeth and try to keep sweets designated to dessert time.
  2. Use a Straw: If the sugar in a sweet drink bypasses your teeth completely, it does a lot less damage in the long run.
  3. Satisfy a sweet tooth with dark chocolate: Studies have shown that dark chocolate may in fact be good for your teeth due to the presence of specific compounds in the cocoa bean that help fight bacteria and prevent decay.
  4. Drink plenty of water: Drinking plenty of water ensures that extra bacteria and sugar gets washed away, limiting it’s ability to help fuel damage.

What to Avoid

  1. Skipping brushing: Drinking anything but water after brushing for the night: never skip brushing. Skipping brushing means that dangerous acids and bacteria are allowed to fester on your teeth – contributing to damage.
  2. Eating sugar by itself : Other foods, like vegetables and even proteins help take sugar along with them. This means that, as long as you’re sticking to foods that aren’t all sugar, more of a balance gets you your “sweet” fix without doing too much damage.
  3. Gooey, sticky candies: Sticky sweets do exactly that, stick! In doing so, they hang around on your teeth for much longer and multiply the damage to enamel.

Have questions about dental care? Our dentists in Orange County have pretty much seen it all. Looking for more helpful tips and better care? We can help!

Unusual Teeth problems You (Probably) Don’t Need to Worry About

 At our dental practice in Garden Grove, more often than not – our patients sit in our chair with perfectly normal teeth. Sure, there’s the occasional cavity, or problems with decay, gum inflammation and disease – but it’s important to remember that while these are problems that you need to get taken care of (before they become bigger problems), they are common, they’re treatment is well known, and we’ve handled them successfully time and time again.
But what about some of the dental conditions that aren’t quite as common. Of course, in our Orange County dental practice – simply due to the number of patients we’ve seen, we’re not fibbing when we say we’ve pretty much seen it all. But if you’re curious about some of the conditions that we don’t see every day – read on!

 Anodontia/Hypodontia

 Also known as Hypodontia, this condition is an incredibly rare genetic condition where a patient is missing all of his or her teeth. It’s not painful, it’s not sudden, and it’s not exactly a surprise – they simply just never grow in. While this condition sometimes affects the baby teeth of the patient, more often than not it occurs with the permanent teeth.
Typically, dentists that are looking into cases of hypodontia don’t generally see all of the teeth missing and more often see a distinct absence of six or more.  Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot you can do about this situation. The most common treatment is typically dental implants or dentures to ensure the patient can eat and speak properly while also (of course) improving their self confidence.

Hyperdontia

 Hyperdontia – also referred to as “supernumerary teeth” is the exact opposite of hypodontia and means that there are too many teeth in the mouth. More often than not, this fortunately only manifests as one or (sometimes) two extra teeth that don’t erupt like other teeth – but actually develop within the gum. Naturally, this can quickly cause over-crowding, while also delaying the eruption of regular, healthy teeth. In almost every case of hyperdontia – your dentist will most likely recommend having the extra teeth removed as soon as possible so that the remaining healthy teeth aren’t negatively affected.
 

Geminated Teeth

 Geminated teeth are similar to teeth that have been fused together. This condition occurs when multiple teeth develop from a singular tooth bud. The result is an extra-large (or strangely shaped) tooth that may have two pulp chambers but only a single room. The number of problems this can cause are varied, and range from a bad bite or accelerated decay, to the overcrowding of other normal teeth in the mouth.
Do you think you or your child is affected by a rare dental disorder? Our dentists in Orange County can help! When it comes to treating any condition, the best and most reliable method of treatment always starts with careful examination, compassionate advice, and precision.  

3 Key Signs That You Picked the Right Dentist

Finding a great dentist isn’t always easy. In fact, for some patients it can be a downright struggle, because your teeth are important – and dental care isn’t always cheap, so naturally you want to feel like you’re in good, capable hands that ensure you always get the care and the treatment you deserve.

You’re Kept Informed

Simply cleaning your teeth and recommending the right treatments isn’t all there is when it comes to thoroughly caring for your teeth.  One of the best signs that you’ve found a great dentist is that he or she keeps you informed. Nobody wants to feel helpless or unsure of what’s going on when they’re in the dentist’s chair. With that in mind, understanding that you didn’t go to dental school and that you likely want to know what’s going on in your mouth is a vital part of building your trust and keeping you comfortable. At our dental practice in Garden Grove, education is about keeping you informed and keeping you comfortable. Because if you don’t know what’s going on – how can you be comfortable?

Everything You Need, Nothing You Don’t

It’s important that your dentist recommends all of the treatment you need, without recommending products you don’t need. Of course, if there’s something you’re concerned about that isn’t required for your health (like whitening, or even Invisalign) it’s something your dentist might inquire about – but you should never feel pressured!

A Modern, Clean, and Well Equipped Office

Someone, somewhere coined the phrase “a poor craftsman blames his tools”. However, there’s a good chance that person would be singing a different tune if they had to get a cavity drilled with a drill bought at the hardware store. There’s a reason so many dental offices strive to keep the most modern, and updated equipment – because it can really help do the job faster, more precise, and – many times – much more delicately.

On top of this, your dentist’s office should be clean, sterile, and free of dirt, dust, and clutter.

Have questions about finding a dentist in Orange County? We’d love to help! Contact us today to inquire about our specialties or to set-up a consultation.

“Are floss alternatives as good as the real thing?” and Other Questions about Flossing

When it comes to the health of your mouth and your teeth, you would think that 100% of our mouths consisted of teeth. Of course, that would look a bit “off”, because we also rely on our gums when it comes to supporting and nourishing our teeth. Just like our adult teeth, protecting our gums from day one is integral to a life-time of healthy smiles.

But if you came here looking for an alternative to flossing, our dentists in Orange County have bad news for you – you still have to floss, but that doesn’t mean it has to be hard. Learn more about flossing below, and the tools available to make the whole process easier.

Regular Floss

Chances are you’re already acquainted with regular dental floss of the stringed (and sometimes waxed) variety. More often than not you can also find it flavored to impart a nice mint, cinnamon, or wintergreen aftertaste – all methods to make the flossing process more. For some patients, we recommend waxed floss, since it can be easier to slide between the teeth.

Water Flossers (Also known as waterpiks, and oral irrigators)

Many patients have heard of flossing equipment that uses a high-pressure stream of water instead of a thread. In most cases, these tools use a pulse of water to effectively cut away food and plaque. On top of this, it can also help with your gum health – and it only takes a minute or two to finish with your whole mouth by gently aiming just above the gumline and between your teeth.

Floss Sticks / Floss Picks

One of the most popular options available today are floss sticks, or floss picks. They are available with all sorts of bells and whistles, but when it all comes down to it they’re just a stick, with a more conveniently oriented thread – which can make flossing much easier and more convenient.  Ideally, when you floss you should be making a “C” shape around your tooth, so floss picks aren’t the best or most thorough solution – but if they get you flossing more regularly, they’re much better than nothing!

Have questions about your teeth? If you’re a patient in Garden Grove looking for a dentist – you’re in luck! Schedule today for great new patient promotions. 

Common Causes of Dental Dilemmas for Adults Under 40

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If you’re a dental patient who’s under the age of 40, there’s a great chance you probably don’t have a need for a denture dentist yet. There’s also probably a good chance that you may not even have had a need for a dental bridge or implant

But there are a wide variety of dental dilemmas you can encounter, even when your teeth may still seem to have plenty of useful years left.  So, if you’re not encountering issues and you’re a patient under 40  – you might be wondering, “am I missing something?” The simple truth of the matter could be the fact that you’re just doing a good job. But no matter what, every dental patient has to keep an eye on decay.

As an experienced dentist in Orange County, we frequently see  patients of all ages. But many times, patients under 40 think that they’re somehow immune to the never-ending pursuit of tooth decay. Unfortunately, that’s just not true. As long as you have teeth, the bacteria naturally living in your mouth (at all times, no matter how many times you rinse), and the healthy desire to eat – you’ll always have to contend with tooth decay.

While some think that tooth decay is just something that children have to worry about – all of them are wrong. Preventing tooth decay actively protects your teeth. Otherwise, say hello to plenty of dental crowns and bridgework to replace the constant damage and tooth loss that occurs when fractures become cavities, and cavities become infections that, eventually, go far beyond just undermining your oral health.

Fortunately, when it comes to preventing tooth decay and dental damage, the preventative measures are incredibly simple. In fact, all you have to do is keep doing what you’ve been doing. Or, if you’ve been a bit lackluster in your oral care, you need to start doing what you haven’t been. That includes:

  • Bi-annual trips to the dentist: For checkups, X-rays, and cleaning
  • Twice a day brushing: And, if possible – you can even try brushing after every meal (as long as your technique is good)
  • Regular Flossing: Flossing helps ensure that your gums stay strong and healthy, while also getting rid of stubborn food, debris, and bacteria.
  • A Good, Healthy Diet: Keeping a healthy diet is one of the central tenets to keeping healthy teeth. By limiting sugar and  remaining careful with overly hard foods (that can cause cracks and chips), you help ensure your teeth stay in your mouth and in-service for years to come.

Are your teeth feeling a little worse for wear? Have a question about your oral health? Our dentists in Orange County are here to help. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a consultation. 

3 Changes You Can Make For Healthier Teeth

Everyone wants to have nice teeth, but does your oral hygiene routine pass by like a blur? If you think you might be able to do a better job with your teeth to help avoid the need for treatments like dental crowns or cosmetic dentistry, try the 3 tips below to start getting back on track. 

You’re not brushing, your scrubbing

We all know that it’s important to brush our teeth regularly. But as a dentist office in the Garden Grove area that’s seen countless teeth, one of the most common problems we see is sensitivity or discomfort related to over-brushing. When you brush with too much force, you’re really just scrubbing. Remember: you’re polishing your teeth, not pressure washing them!

 Avoid Drinking Soda, Period.

Whether it’s diet or sugar-free, there’s always an option that’s healthier than soda. Even if you avoid the sugar of traditional soda, they still contain artificial colorings, and a high level of acid that can put your teeth at risk for decay and cavities.  But it’s not just sodas, it’s really any unnecessary snack that introduces new bacteria and acid into your mouth with every bite. Think about it this way: every sweet you eat doesn’t just coat your teeth in more sugar, it increases acid production in your mouth for 20 minutes.

Brush for the Right Amount of Time

You might not realize it, but brushing your teeth is a fine balance between getting all the debris, plaque, and bacteria you can – while also protecting your enamel by not brushing too hard or long. In order to protect your teeth and your enamel, aim to spend about 30 seconds in each area of your mouth, so that it takes about 3 minutes to brush.

Brush After Meals, If You Can

While it’s not always possible, brushing after meals can help a great way to help ensure that sugars don’t have a chance to hide in your teeth and “settle in”. However, do be careful not to brush too soon after eating. You should typically wait about a half hour, so as not to simply grind food into your teeth that hasn’t had a chance to wash away from either your drink or your saliva.

The Bottom Line on Flossing: Have You Read the News

Weeks ago, headlines were filled with the glorious news that so many dental patients have been waiting to hear for years -that flossing isn’t necessary!

Of course, when you read the headlines the first time – you got very happy. Then, there’s (hopefully) a good chance that you realized that it might be too good to be true. Despite the fact that some studies show that the benefits of flossing are inconclusive, the American Dental Association still maintains that flossing still can help.

We’re not entirely surprised. For many years, our team of family dentists in Garden Grove have extolled the virtues of flossing and their ability to improve oral hygiene and prevent dental emergencies in the future, which makes us wonder – what’s in a study, after all?

Cochrane is an organization dedicated to gathering high-quality information to help patients make better healthcare decisions. The Cochrane Review says that there still remains some evidence that flossing can help reduce the earliest stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. This bears repeating – flossing can help combat gingivitis, which is also known to be a leading precursor of late-stage gum disease. Keep this in mind when anyone tells you that “flossing doesn’t work”. Because if it can do anything to prevent gum disease, it’s doing a lot in terms of helping to ensure you live with your natural teeth for as long as possible.

So, despite the fact that flossing might not help with reduction of plaque or prevention of tooth decay, it can still protect your gums – which remain a vital and incredibly important foundation for your teeth.

You might be thinking: why should I keep flossing if a scientific study clearly shows it’s ineffective? And the answer is simple: flaw.

The Cochrane review has found that even the best flossing studies have issues. From poor controls and the difficulty of properly studying and measuring subjects, to study periods that are far too short – a number of flaws weaken flossing studies and leave scientists with rather inconclusive results.

But why? Not only are studies expensive and difficult, but studies about flossing also don’t bear the promise of other, more ground-breaking research. There’s no glory in researching flossing!

With all of this in mind, ask yourself – would you change your entire oral hygiene routine because of a simple study, with a simple premise, in a field of study that’s woefully under-studied? No!

Whether you’re having a dental emergency in Garden Grove, or you’re just looking for a good family dentist that’s nearby Orange County – our dentists have the experience and technology to help give families great smiles for years to come.

Avail the Comfort and Expertise for Your Kids Dental Treatment with the Help of Primary Dental Clinic

Are you searching for a dental clinic for your child in Costa Mesa? If yes, then find the one that have expertise over providing oral treatments for kids. Since kids have baby teeth that require the highest level of care, friendliness and patience to provide relief to children. Therefore, you should trust to “Primary Dental Clinic”. We are a leading Kids Dentist. We specialize in general as well as cosmetic dentistry. Apart from the Costa Mesa, we are also providing our services in some other areas like Garden Grove, Anaheim, Santa Ana and other surrounding areas in the Orange County.

Our clinic is blessed with a team of caring and experienced team of surgeons capable of providing all sorts of dental needs to kids of all ages. Each and every patient is receiving personalized attention to them. In order to keep our little patients in comfort, we are always exploring new technologies and techniques that are cutting-edge to bring more effectiveness in the offered treatments. We have networked with a number of a profound dentist, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry as well. This has made us well-established Children Dentist Costa Mesa clinic. Since, we have been providing complete treatments at very affordable rates. To acquire more details about our clinic, you can visit at www.gardengrovedentalarts.com.