National Dental Hygiene Month
General Dentistry Pinole
Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? Most people think of tricks and treats this Halloween season, but here are a few other things to keep in mind while you’re costume prepping this year:
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), not only should you be brushing your teeth every day, but rather you should be brushing at least twice a day, for two minutes at a time! You should use a soft bristled toothbrush, and should brush in circular movements rather than back and forth. Don’t scrub too hard! You can damage your gums, or even start to wear away at your tooth enamel if you’re using too much elbow grease when brushing your teeth.
How often do you tell Dr. Perez-Salinas you’ve been flossing regularly, when in fact you’re not even sure where to find dental floss in your home? Flossing is absolutely as important as brushing your teeth! If you brush alone without flossing, you’re only cleaning about 65% of your teeth. Plaque and bacteria can build up between your teeth and along your gum line, leading to dental decay and gum disease. Floss floss floss!
Maybe rinsing your mouth with mouthwash seems a little excessive after brushing and flossing, but with the right product, you could save yourself (and your loved ones) from suffering through your mid-day bad breath. Rinsing your mouth can help protect you against excess plaque build-up, and reduce your risk of developing gingivitis. Look for a mouthwash with the ADA seal of approval for best results.
October means Halloween, right? Inevitably, you’ll be chewing on some extra candy this month, but if it’s not possible to brush your teeth soon after, chew a piece of sugarless gum instead. The gum will help you salivate more, and your saliva will then work to neutralize the acids in your mouth that develop after you eat or drink.
Remember, the best way to take care of your oral health year-round is to be proactive about your oral health regime, and to schedule and maintain regular visits with your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas. If you have any questions about National Dental Hygiene Month, or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!
New Year’s Pledge to Our Patients
General Dentistry El Sobrante
The American Dental Association, or ADA, has a code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that each and every dentist agrees to abide by. While each dentist may each have his or her own style or professional opinions, the ADA code ensures that dentists act in such a way as to uphold their ethical obligations to society.
Our El Sobrante dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas lives by the values set forth by the ADA, and wants to take her promise to society one step further by reevaluating [HIS/HER] pledge to clients, and highlighting the key pillars she strives to exemplify in this new year.
I, Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas, pledge to dedicate myself completely to having the knowledge and performance skill to execute the highest standard of oral and total health care.
It is my responsibility to stay current and ever-practicing of the highest concerns for safety and well-being of oral care for all who come to me. I will ensure that my patients are comfortable and relaxed during their entire visit.
I, Dr. Perez-Salinas am honored to enlighten patients on their own oral health, and I take pride in helping my patients become the best versions of themselves without discrepancy or judgement.
I pledge to live by these values every day, both in and outside of the office, and I pledge to give my all to my patients, peers, and community through all that I do.
From all of us at Advanced Dentistry El Sobrante, happy new year! We’re excited to demonstrate our core values in 2018, and we can’t wait to serve you!
For more information about Dr. Perez-Salinas’s pledge to patients, or to schedule your next appointment with your El Sobrante dentist, call Advanced Dentistry El Sobrante at 510-243-0213 today!
Tips for Healthy Teeth
General Dentistry El Sobrante
Maintaining a strict dental hygiene routine is one of the best ways that you can keep a healthy and happy smile for yourself and for the world. However, have you ever wondered about the little things you do everyday that could be hurting your teeth? More than just brushing and flossing regularly, consider these tricks and tips for keeping your smile safe.
Change your toothbrush regularly, and make sure you’re brushing with a soft-bristled, multi-tufted brush as to avoid rough abrasion on teeth and gums.
Watch what you’re crunching! Chomping on fingernails, ice cubes, or using your teeth as tools to open plastic bags or bottle caps strains your teeth much outside the realms of what they are designed to withstand! Forcing so much pressure on your teeth can easily and immediately cause cracks or fractures.
Refrain from constant acid consumption through sugary drinks like sodas, sports’ drinks, or coffee. Monitor your regular sugar intake through candies and carbohydrates as these too lead to immediate and intense acid production in the mouth – inevitably breaking down tooth enamel and lead to gum erosion, leaving your mouth defenseless against lurking bacteria.
For the best defense against tooth decay, wait about 30 minutes after eating or drinking to brush your teeth. While you’re eating and drinking, acid is created as a part of your body’s natural process to break down food. Immediately brushing after food consumption can allow that acid to break down tooth enamel, rather than scrubbing your enamel clean.
To learn more about maintaining healthy teeth and gums, or to schedule your next appointment at Advanced Dentistry El Sobrante, call your El Sobrante dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas at 510-243-0213 today!
Time to Fill You In on Fluoride (It’s Not Just For Kids!)
Fluoride Preventative Dentistry El Sobrante
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!
Same-Day CEREC Dentistry
Restorative Dentistry El Sobrante
If you’re interested in dental restoration, but dread multiple, timely visits to your local dental office, then we have the solution for you! In our El Sobrante office, Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas offers same-day CEREC dentistry, so that you can leave our office with a new smile, often after only one appointment!
CEREC technology allows us to create a new cap or implant for your damaged tooth in a short amount of time, so that after just one appointment, Dr. Perez-Salinas can not only take the first steps towards tooth restoration, including injecting the area with anesthesia and taking an impression for a new tooth to be made, but can also create that new tooth and restore your mouth to the strong, beautiful smile that you want and deserve.
Dentists without CEREC technology risk sending their patients home with fragile, temporary crowns that place harsh restrictions on diets and lifestyles until another appointment for a custom-designed tooth can be implanted. With CEREC same-day technology, Dr. Perez-Salinas can personalize your smile within hours, and send you back into the world with a smile stronger than the one you came in with.
CEREC technology is proven and reliable technology serving hundreds of confident dentists and thousands of happy, smiling patients. The ceramic restorations created by CEREC technology are metal free, biocompatible, plaque resistant, and specially designed to expand and contract at rates similar or exact to your natural teeth, ensuring that neither your implant nor the teeth surrounding it will crack or become damaged due to the implants inconsistency with your smile’s natural patterns.
To learn more about the safety, practicality, resilience, and convenience of CEREC same-day technology, or to schedule your CEREC appointment with Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas call 510-243-0213 today!
Teeth Whitening El Sobrante
Your smile creates an immediate, subconscious, visual impact on people you meet. A brighter smile gives the impression of youth, vitality, radiant health, happiness, and warmth. A bright smile is perceived as a healthy smile.
TYPES OF TEETH WHITENING
There are various ways to whiten your teeth, but the two most common are in-office treatment and the do-it-yourself approach, with over the counter products.
IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING
El Sobrante Dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas offers Professional teeth whitening services, this is the preferred whitening method because even though stronger agents are applied, the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected from these materials. The best whitening systems feature a buffer in the gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage, are extremely effective,and can transform teeth in a single office visit. Your teeth can literally brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour.
In-office whitening affects only the front eight teeth and is a great jump start for take-home whitening, which is always part of an effective whitening program.
El Sobrante Dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas is best qualified to handle any issues that may arise from whitening treatments, such as tooth sensitivity. Today most tooth sensitivity cases are easily managed.
Tooth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth, and if you’re following up regularly with a home whitening product for regular maintenance.
Please contact El Sobrante Dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas today to schedule your in office teeth whitening appointment.
Affording Dental Veneers El Sobrante
We’ve all at one time or another wanted that celebrity smile. You know, the one that glows with radiance like the celebrities have as they pace down the red carpet. However, many of us simply can’t afford that million dollar smile. Fortunately, there are some things we can do to financially equip ourselves for that new smile.
The first step you should take in your quest to pay for your veneers is contact your insurance company. Although many insurance companies typically don’t cover cosmetic procedures, some may be able to pay a percentage of it. This is nice considering that veneers can go for as much as $1,000 a tooth.
If you’ve been in some sort of accident that’s somehow disfigured your teeth, it might be worth mentioning it to your insurance company. If you convince them enough, they might empty their pockets and fully cover your dental veneers.
If the insurance route doesn’t go as planned, it might be in your best interest to carefully shop around for another cosmetic dentist. The rates charged for a veneer procedure can significantly vary from dentist to dentist. If you find a price tag you like, make sure you research the dentist plenty before seating yourself in the dental chair.
Finally, it may be worth asking a friend or family member to lend you some money for your dental veneers. Sit down and work out a plan before lending any amount of money. Get a contract together and have both you and the other party sign it. That way, any future problems can be resolved expediently.
Are Any of These Bad Breath Foods on Your Valentine’s Day Menu?
With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, we’d all better make sure we keep these bad breath foods off the dinner menu.
Of course we can all name the usual suspects when it comes to the most offensive bad breath foods.
Garlic, onions, tuna fish, & some stinky cheeses certainly top the list of bad breath foods, but there are a few more everyday offenders that might slip under the breath-sniffing radar.
Thanks to Men’s Health for compiling this list of four more bad breath foods we should be mindful of for the upcoming Valentine’s Day dinner reservation, there may be a couple of surprises in there…
1. Alcohol & Energy Drinks
Well we can all probably kiss that wish goodbye, what’s Valentine’s Day without a libation or two?
Maybe the energy drinks won’t be on the menu…unless of course some guys out there need a Viagra® & Monster Energy® cocktail to rally up the troops…but alcohol seems like a surprising bad breath offender.
According to the Men’s Health article, coffee, alcohol and the caffeine from energy drinks can be dehydrating.
Saliva acts as a natural defense to bad breath – among other oral health maladies – but when our mouths dry out from too much alcohol indulgence, saliva production obviously decreases.
This drying fosters some foul smells, she says….and we should listen to folks with that many letters after their name!
Using mouthwash containing alcohol on your already dry mouth can temporarily take away odor, but it leaves your mouth even drier later.
How to fix it: Drink more water…does wonders for the accompanying day after hangover too if overindulgence made the menu. There’s no magic fix besides drinking good ol’ water. If your breath reeks, electrolyte drinks will replace your fluids, but the acid in them will dry out your mouth, too.
Stinky cheeses like Brie, Munster, Roquefort, & Limburger are some of the top bad breath foods on this planet, but milk and other dairy products don’t exactly make our mouths smell like that Valentine’s Day bouquet of roses either.
Who is going to skip the heart-shaped candies or delectably delicious chocolates on Valentine’s Day?
Turns out candy doesn’t just rot our teeth—it also gives us bad breath.
It’s the combination of sugar and bacteria in our mouths that releases the smelly sulfur compounds. And since candy particles are particularly sticky and tricky to remove, it increases the time bacteria and sugar can react.
So not only is candy a cavity creep inviting treat, it’s also one of the lesser known bad breath foods.
How to fix it: A little water can go a long way. And try a tongue scraper, we advises brushing your tongue because it’s a place that harbors a lot of bacteria. Flossing will also help remove the sugary foods stuck between your teeth.
4. Red Meat
For all those mend & women looking forward to that hefty slab of meat on Valentine’s Day, you may want to rethink the entrée choice.
Who thought steak would actually be one of the most offensive bad breath foods?
Turns out the protein – which is a vital part of our diet – remnants in our mouths can produce quite the nasty smell. Whereas other meats, like chicken or fish, won’t cause quite the same problem.
How to fix it: Chew gum. The rubbing, chewing motion can remove many food particles. We encourage our patients to have a balanced diet rather than avoiding red meat or other foods. Chewing gum also produces more saliva, which can flush out those food particles. Look for gum with xylitol, a clinically proven sweetener and bacteria killer. (The efficacy of similar substances, like sorbitol, has yet to be verified.) We recommend Spry Xylitol Gum, which is sweetened with 100 percent xylitol, or a gum that lists the ingredient first, like Trident Original Flavor.
About Dental Fear
Dental fear is another common fear shared by many individuals. Despite the importance of dental care, there are quite many who despise the idea of going to the dentist for a visit. For some people, the pain associated with any type of dental problems is tied up with the fear of that dreaded visit to the dentist. Statistics reveal that dentists are the most feared out of any type of doctors.
It is no surprise as to why dental fear is so prevalent given the different situational causes to it.
Cause of Dental Fear
The fear of dentists vary in their intensity such that some people are afraid of undergoing intricate dental procedures while others dislike the idea of seeing the dentist at all. Due to the importance of dental care as part of taking care of your body, it is also important to assess your level of fear so you can undertake the necessary steps to overcome it.
If you examine the causes for dental fear, these are quite familiar. Therefore, you need to be able to identify them before you can think of ways to eliminate them.
- Previous terrible experience with a dentist.
- Fear of being embarrassed or ridiculed for your dental condition. This is quite problematic since your own fear is also the reason for your dental neglect in the first place.
- Fear of certain dental procedures, specially intricate ones that you might perceive as painful.
- Others own scary or terrible experiences with the dentist that impact your own perception about dentists and having a dental check-up on a whole.
- Fear of the anesthesia shots and needles registered by the dentist before proceeding to any dental procedure.
Behavioral Techniques To Overcome Dental Fear
As with any other types of fear, dental fear mostly takes place in the mind. Therefore, you can try to combat it with a few psychological methods that will enable you to confront this fear. By following them, you are not entirely guaranteed of being able to let go of that fear altogether. However, it can help you understand that this type of fear can be illogical and enable you to appreciate the importance of having frequent dental care.
The Comfort Zone
This is an important concept associated with psychological fears involved with your dental fear. Undergoing dental procedures can be scary, but you can get over that by re-learning the emotional responses solicited by the experience. This is most common among children. For example, you can try doing basic check up wherein the doctor examines the teeth using a mouth mirror. If a child shows no signs of fear from that, then you can proceed to a more elaborate test. Taking this step by step process and moving in slowly will enable the child or individual to remain in their comfort zone. This is a more useful approach among adults given that they can voice out their experience so that you remain as relaxed about the entire dental visit.
Knowing You’re In Control
This one is related to the idea of the “comfort zone”, which is basically about letting your dentist know whether or not you are comfortable about the dental proceedings. It is important that you learn how to effectively communicate with your dentist so they remain aware about your state throughout the entire procedure. If at some point you become quite anxious about the situation, then it is best to send out warning signals so your dentist know when to stop or proceed.
Also, you need to keep it in mind that dental procedures are not going to hurt. That is what the numbing agent is for, which is also another reason why you should not fear those shots administered before any procedure. Once you have motivated yourself enough to dismiss all these thoughts of fear and anxiety, then you’d be able to come out of the procedure with a healthier dental condition.
A Guide To Dental Health
People begin to learn about dental health from a very young age, when teeth first begin to show up. But in spite of such early awareness, many people fail to maintain good dental health through their adult life. Good dental health comprises brushing and flossing your teeth every day, and regular visits to a dentist or dental hygienist as well. Besides, people supplement their dental care with the use of products like mouthwash or advanced mouth care systems. You should keep it in mind that the lack of adequate dental care practices will result in cavities and gum disease.
It is generally advised that you use a toothbrush with softer bristles so as to protect your gums. Some people, however, prefer power brush systems that help break up plaque and bacteria in your mouth. But it takes more than brushing to keep your teeth in good health. Some other steps need to be taken to ensure that people do not lose their teeth as they become old.
To begin with, you should understand your own oral health needs, as your oral health depends on your diet, the type and amount of saliva in your mouth, your overall health and your oral hygiene routine. Try to follow a daily routine in consultation with your dentist.
As fluoride strengthens developing teeth in kids and prevents decay in adults, toothpastes and mouthwashes containing fluoride should be used. You should brush at least twice a day, if possible three times or after every meal. You should also floss at least twice a day. Brushing and flossing will remove plaque, a complex mass of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth.
Limit the consumption of snacks and follow a balanced diet plan. Tobacco in any form will enhance the risk of oral cancer and cause stains on your teeth. Visit your dentist regularly and get your mouth examined.