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September: National Gum Care Month!

September: National Gum Care Month!

General Dentistry Pinole

In honor of National Gum Care Month Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas wants to encourage the health of all their patients with some educational information about oral care and gum disease.

Gum disease – or periodontal disease – is a long-term infection in your gums that if left undiagnosed and untreated results in loss of gum tissue, the underlying bone, and eventually loss of your teeth in the infected areas. Over 80% of Americans suffer from periodontal disease-inflicted damage to their gums, teeth, and surrounding bone by the age of 45.

Early signs of gum disease are:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Gums are tender to the touch, or hot / cold
  • Gum noticeably receding from teeth
  • Bleeding easily from brushing or flossing
  • Changes in bite

Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease and bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. They may cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. Plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus – or tartar. This can occur both above and below the gum line. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth and bone loss. Your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas and their dedicated staff will make sure you leave their office with plaque and tartar free teeth and the knowledge and tools to help keep your smile disease free.

The health of your gums plays a key role in your overall physical health. You can prevent periodontal disease with regular checkups with your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas and of course with daily brushing and flossing. If you notice your gums are red or bleeding easily, call your Pinole dentist at 510-243-0213 today for a periodontal checkup and cleaning.

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Dental Emergency Travel Tips

Dental Emergency Travel Tips

Dental Tips Pinole

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Dental Emergency?!

No one ever plans on having a dental emergency, especially while on vacation! Whether you are traveling for fun or for work  it’s important to know what you can do if one pops up on your itinerary. Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas has some tips that can ensure you are prepared for  common dental accidents.

  • Research: Any small accident or issue can develop into an emergency if left untreated, so your first step in preparing for potential dental travel emergencies is to research the area for local same-day or emergency dentists, should your require urgent care.
  • Toothache: A toothache is often a sign of infection in or around a tooth and is a very common dental emergency. Make sure to pack some Tylenol or aspirin to help in comforting the pain. If the pain becomes severe, lasts for longer than 24 hours or if you see signs of swelling, contact a local emergency dentist promptly.
  • Chipped or fractured tooth: After a tooth is chipped or cracked rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek to combat potential swelling. If you break a tooth you should eat only soft foods and try to avoid food and drink that are hot and cold to the touch for the remained of your trip. If the fracture is painful or if swelling lasts longer than 24 hours contact a local urgent care dentist.
  • Adult tooth falls out: If a permanent adult tooth is knocked out you will need to go directly to an emergency dentist. While in route try to place the tooth back in place and hold it there. If that’s not impossible, take care to not touch the root of the dislodged tooth and put the tooth in a container of milk or water if milk is not available. The likelihood of saving the tooth decreases after about 30 minutes so immediate response is crucial.
  • Tongue or lip laceration: Biting or lacerating your tongue or lip may cause inflammation and possible bleeding. Use ice or pressure to control the swelling or bleeding, and any swelling should subside within twenty-four hours. If bleeding or swelling persists or pain is severe contact a local emergency dentist immediately.

Most importantly, visit Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas before your trip! Coordinating one of your bi-annual dental visits with your travel plans will allow for you to voice any concerns you might have, and Dr. Perez-Salinas can look for any signs of issues that could interrupt your plans. Not getting a check-up before your trip can allow problems to go undiagnosed and lead to bigger, more complicated dental emergency that could ruin travel plans.

Planning your next adventure? Call Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas at 510-243-0213 to schedule a check-up today!

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Mothers Day Gifts Everyone Will Smile About

Mothers Day Gifts Everyone Will Smile About

General Dentistry Pinole

This year get the mother figure in your life a gift that shows them how much you love their smile! Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas has a couple suggestions that will promote oral health that they will love.

A Reusable Straw

A reusable straw is an inexpensive way to help support oral health and our environment. Using straws helps protect your tooth enamel from the negative effects caused by sugars, acids or syrups found in many beverages . Having a plastic free and reusable utensil helps eliminate plastic pollution threatening our oceans and aquatic friends.

A Healthy Dessert

Spoil them with treats that will satisfy their sweet tooth and won’t compromise their oral health. Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas suggest fresh berries, because they packed with vitamin C and fiber. But if candy is a must, pass on hard candies and chewy taffies and choose chocolates instead! Chocolate dissolves fast, minimizing the amount of time it stays on teeth.  

An Electric Toothbrush

Give them a gift of perfectly clean teeth everyday. Some clinical studies have shown that an electric toothbrush removes plaque from your teeth and gums 21% more effectively than manual brushing. If you choose to gift them a new electric toothbrush, Pinole dentists Dr. Perez-Salinas suggests making sure the brush is round, and has an oscillating head. Plus an electric brush with a 1 or 2 minute timer can be helpful to ensure they are brushing for the appropriate amount of time, everytime.

A Convenient Travel Size Oral Health Kit

Put together an small kit of everyday essentials like sugar free gum, floss, and a travel toothbrush. This is an easy way to show you care about their health and want to help make their daily routine easier.

Give your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas a call today at 510-243-0213 to schedule an appointment or to get more dental tips!

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New Year, New Dental Goals

New Year, New Dental Goals

General Dentistry Pinole

The new year marks a new start, and is a great time to set resolutions! You would be surprised at all the benefits improving your oral health routine can have on your daily life and overall wellness. Here are some of Pinole Dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas’ top oral health tips that can help improve your daily health in 2019:

Watch What You Eat

Eating crunchy veggies helps you naturally combat plaque, and provide vitamins and nutrients that are great for your overall health. Apples, Celery, and Carrots are some healthy snacks with fiber that help scrub away buildup and plaque on your teeth.

Drink More Water

Choosing water over juices or sodas will cut out a big cavity causing culprit – sugar – as well as cut down your daily caloric intake. Eliminating as much sugar in your diet as possible can help ensure a cavity free 2019 and have some slimming effects as well! Water also aids in keeping your mouth clean by stimulating saliva production, and washing away food debris that can be harmful for tooth enamel.

Quit Smoking

Tobacco use is extremely detrimental to your oral health. Smoking leaves your teeth noticeably discolored, while also doubling your risk of gum disease, and increasing the likelihood of throat, lung and oral cancer.

Visit Dr. Perez-Salinas in Pinole

Schedule a check-up with Dr. Perez-Salinas to get a clear understanding of the goals you should set for the new year. Dr. Perez-Salinas will give you the best advice to help improve your overall oral health as well as help ensure a healthy 2019!

For more tips on how to maintain your oral health this year, or to schedule an appointment with Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas call 510-243-0213 today!

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Time to Fill You In on Fluoride (It’s Not Just For Kids!)

Time to Fill You In on Fluoride (It’s Not Just For Kids!)

Time to Fill You In on Fluoride (It’s Not Just For Kids!)

Fluoride Preventative Dentistry El Sobrante

Flouride El Sobrante Dentist Dr. Dalia Perez Salinas

Time to Fill You In on Fluoride (It’s Not Just For Kids!)
Fluoride Preventative Dentistry El Sobrante

Many people are familiar with the health benefits of adding fluoride to drinking water for the strengthening and protection of children’s teeth, but did you know that those same restorative properties of fluoride hold true for adult exposure as well? Researchers are excited to have found increasing evidence suggesting fluoridated tap water not only prevents pediatric cavities, but also prevents tooth decay in adults.

Although the understanding for years has been such that fluoride worked by strengthening teeth while they were still developing, new professional discoveries show that topical fluoride treatments, such as those through toothpaste, mouth rinses, and specialized fluoride treatments, helps to fight oral decay for people of all ages.

If your gums have started to recede from your teeth, you wear braces, have chronic dry mouth, or have had radiation to your head or neck that could have damaged your salivary glands, a fluoride treatment could be a quick and painless first step solution to a better tomorrow!

To learn more about how a fluoride treatment can help protect your teeth, or to schedule an appointment with your El Sobrante dentist Dr.Dr. Dalia Perez Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!

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New Year’s Resolutions for Optimal Oral Health

New Year’s Resolutions for Optimal Oral Health

New Year’s Resolutions for Optimal Oral Health

Preventative Dentistry El Sobrante

 

As the holiday buzz comes to an end, many people are getting into new habits they wish to maintain throughout the new year. When considering your new resolutions, don’t forget to put Dr. Perez-Salinas and your oral health in the forefront of your planning! Here are a few key notes to remember when planning for optimal oral health throughout the new year and for years to come.

 

Preserve and Improve Your Teeth

Tobacco, wine, and coffee can stain teeth to the point of no return! Consider giving up your addictions as a part of your resolution for a brighter smile, and call Dr. Perez-Salinas to schedule a whitening session if you think your teeth could use a little brightening. Preserve your bite by sleeping with a mouth guard if you know you grind your teeth at night. Dr. Perez-Salinas can evaluate and diagnose your teeth- grinding symptoms, and can quickly get you on track to a peaceful, painless, night’s sleep!

 

Floss Floss Floss

And buy a new toothbrush! The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush every three months, so if you haven’t done so in a while, the new year is the perfect time to get yourself back on schedule! It’s important to remember that although you may have slacked off during the holidays, brushing three times and flossing at least once per day are both crucial in maintaining oral health.

 

Good Oral Health is a Key Component to Overall Fitness

Focusing on your oral health seamlessly leads to better overall and physical fitness. Once you become focused on attaining your oral health goals, like flossing every day and brushing for two minutes two times a day, your mind will already be more in-tune to achieving larger goals, like going on runs or maintaining a healthy diet! Making healthier choices for your oral health, like drinking water instead of sugary juices, are healthier choices for your body’s overall well-being, and will only make you feel encouraged to pursue further goals.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the energy you’re committing to oral resolutions rather than those in which you might see immediate results, consider the double-duo your body is getting through your commitment to bettering your health and wellness for both your body and your mouth! Oral wellness resolutions can quickly become a part of your regular wellness routine, and before you know it, you’ll be a healthier person on your way to a much happier 2017!

Remember to make your resolutions fun and attainable by taking small steps towards a greater goal! If you find yourself struggling to cut back on coffee, or if you just can’t seem to remember to floss every day, give yourself a break by reminding yourself that every day you achieve a small goal is one day closer to optimal health for the whole year.

Call 510-243-0213 today for tips, tricks, and support with your oral health resolutions, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas for your next oral exam.

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