How Your Dentist Celebrates Halloween
General Dentistry Pinole
Learn how Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas makes the idea of a healthy Halloween less scary with these tips – and tricks!
Wait Until The Last Minute
Our team has no problem celebrating Halloween all month long, but the one thing Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas suggests putting off the longest is buying the candy. Keeping bite size candies out of the home or office for as long as possible will mean you will have less temptation. Halloween is technically only one day a year, but if you want to celebrate sooner, do so without the sugar. The more sugars you eat, the more damage it can cause to your tooth enamel, ultimately leaving you defenseless to cavities.
Beware Of The PSL Trend
Did you know one medium (grande) Pumpkin Spice Latte has 50 grams of sugar, 380 calories and 52 grams of carbs? That’s almost 50% of the suggested carbohydrates for a day and double the amount of sugar in one cup! If you can’t say no to your annual PSL treat there are simple ways to cut the calories and sugar:
- Order only 2 pumps of pumpkin syrup (half the normal amount) and save 15 grams of sugar
- Save around 70 calories by passing on the whip cream
- Order a small (short) instead of a medium (grande) to cut out 170 calories
Boooo At The Guilt Trip, Celebrate!
There are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween by including healthy versions of your favorite treats, like warm cider made with real apples and spiced cinnamon sticks, or adding fiber packed pureed pumpkin to your pancake mix. Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas avoids dried fruits, as they contain much more sugar than raw fruits, and they are sticky and sugary on teeth. And feel free to indulge a little with some dark chocolate. Yes! Eat the chocolate! The higher the cocoa content, or the darker the chocolate, the better. If you can’t find the time to brush your teeth after your chocolate treat, make sure to rinse your mouth with water to help remove excess sugar or debri that could harm your tooth enamel.
To learn more about how sugary halloween treats affects your teeth and how you can prevent any dental scares this October, call your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas at 510-243-0213 today!
September: National Gum Care Month!
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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.
Dental Emergency Travel Tips
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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!
Mothers Day Gifts Everyone Will Smile About
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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!
March into Spring with a Smile!
Cosmetic Dentistry Pinole
Spring has sprung and it’s time to do some spring cleaning! And just like your home, your smile could use a refresh this season! Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas wants to help make sure your smile stays just as bright while also helping you achieve your cosmetic dental goals.
Are there things you wish you could change about your smile? Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas will work with you to customize a treatment plan to correct all the issues impacting the appearance and function of your smile.
Common treatments may include:
Porcelain veneers: With veneers, there is no reason to put up with gaps between your teeth, teeth that are stained, badly shaped, or crooked. A veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct these maladies, simply and quickly and help you achieve a beautiful smile! The ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. Porcelain Veneers can also last well over a decade.
Dental bonding: Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas has a simple remedy for tooth chips, small cracks, uneven spacing, and other cosmetic problems. Dental Bonding is the perfect solution for minor enamel issues that have been holding your smile back. Your Pinole cosmetic dentists can complete several tooth bondings in just one visit to help you achieve a more attractive, balanced smile.
Dental crowns: Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas can offer dental crowns for patients who have teeth that need more protection and reinforcement than a filling can provide. Think of a dental crown as a way to protect a badly damaged tooth, a kind of armor for weakened enamel. A crown may also be used for cosmetic reasons to hide flaws like chips, cracks, or discoloration.
Tooth whitening: A full range of cosmetic dentistry is available to Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas’ patients, including professional teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is the #1 requested and performed cosmetic dental procedure. Teeth whitening is a procedure that brightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration.
Tooth Colored Fillings: There are many advantages to tooth-colored fillings; mainly that the color matches the rest of your teeth but also these types of restorations strengthen your teeth. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas uses restorations like this in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost.
To learn more about all the cosmetic procedures Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas offers or to schedule an appointment call 510-243-0213 today!
Super Bowl Snacks and Oral Health
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A super bowl party is a time gather up your friends and family and watch the game, comment on the crazy commercials, and chow down while watching the halftime performance.
Whether you are hosting or attending a party to watch the big game this year Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas suggests trying these foods to help maintain your oral health this season.
Cheese helps lower the pH in your mouth, which will neutralize acids caused by consumption of other foods. That means reducing the risk of dental decay while you enjoying appetizer boards… yes please! Additionally, cheese is full of essential nutrients like calcium and protein, so every bite is another step towards optimum dental health.
Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas suggests choosing foods with fiber that help scrub away buildup and plaque on your teeth like apples, celery, and carrots. These types of snacks are an easy finger food, great for dipping and full of vitamins unlike greasy chips, or carb defense crackers.
Avoid fried foods and fill up on things like nuts and seeds. Nuts are full of calcium and proteins that strengthen your teeth and benefit your overall health as well.
Choosing these snacks is a great way to keep your Superbowl Sunday healthier, but don’t forget to bring your water bottle! Water aids in keeping your mouth clean by stimulating saliva production, and washing away food debris that can be harmful for tooth enamel.
For more tips on how to maintain your oral health, or to schedule an appointment with Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas call 510-243-0213 today!
Dental Tips for a Merry Holiday
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Happy happy holidays! How are you celebrating the season this year? Whatever your December festivities look like, Dr. Perez-Salinas wants to ensure that you are informed and prepared to keep your oral wellness in top shape throughout all your celebrations. Here are some of her best dental tips for your holiday celebrations:
Feast Away! But Avoid Frequent Snacking
Eating stimulates saliva production in your mouth, which can help in neutralizing acids. When you sit down to eat a meal, the acids that are produced by the foods you’re eating and quickly neutralized as you continue to eat, whereas if you snack on foods here and there, acids are produced, but your mouth often doesn’t have enough time to stimulate the saliva needed to thereafter neutralize those acids.
Use a Straw
Enjoy sipping on ciders or relaxing with coffees and teas this holiday, but remember that most dark liquids will inevitably stain your teeth. Using a straw minimizes the direct contact the liquid has with your teeth to reduce your risk of staining.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Remember how important it is to produce saliva for neutralization? Chewing sugar-free gum stimulates that saliva production. Plus, the person with a pack of gum at a party is always instantly popular, right?
If you have questions about keeping your teeth in great shape this holiday, or to schedule your next appointment with Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!
Cold Weather and Tooth Sensitivity
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There are so many things to look forward to with the change of the season, but the effects of the cold weather on your teeth aren’t usually included in that list! Here’s a little overview of how your teeth can react to changes in the weather, as well as Dr. Perez-Salinas’s top tips for protecting your teeth this holiday season.
Weather sensitivity can occur no matter the condition of your teeth, but it’s always important to practice good oral health care so ensure your teeth are maintaining their best defense against hot and cold elements. Weather-sensitive teeth could be the result of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. These come from the wearing of your tooth enamel, leaving the soft, nervy middles of your teeth, called the dentin, exposed. Brushing your teeth too vigorously, exposing your teeth to acidic foods and beverages, and even clenching or grinding your teeth throughout the day or night, can all contribute to the wearing and exposure of your teeth.
For the best protection against tooth sensitivity, and in order to keep your oral health in top condition, it’s best to visit Dr. Perez-Salinas regularly for dental check-ups. Your Pinole dentist might recommend a fluoride treatment while you’re visiting, so that your teeth are protected well after you leave the dental office. A solution for those who are frequently clenching or grinding their teeth might be a custom mouth guard. Extreme cases might call for a root canal treatment.
In your daily life, remember that being proactive about your oral health by brushing and flossing your teeth every day is one of the best ways to keep your teeth protected from the elements and avoid temperature sensitivity. Limit the amount of acid foods and drinks you consume, and check in if you suspect a problem with your oral wellness.
If you have any questions about protecting your teeth from cold weather sensitivity this season, or to schedule your next appointment with Pinole dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!
A Guide to Your Teeth!
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Brush and floss daily, avoid staining food and drink, schedule regular appointments with your Pinole dentist, but amid your extensive dental treatment plan, are you curious about what exactly is going on in there? You know you’ve got molars, maybe canine teeth, maybe you’ve seen you X-rays and talked about tooth decay and how to avoid it, but it’s also important for you to be well-informed about each and every one of your permanent teeth so that you know what exactly Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas is talking about when you discuss oral care.
Follow this guide to learn more about your teeth so you can feel more informed next time you visit Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas:
Adults have 32 permanent teeth, and those teeth are numbered in a clockwise fashion from the dentist’s perspective. Teeth 1-16 are the top half of your mouth, while 17-32 are the lower half (including your wisdom teeth!) This means that your wisdom teeth are numbers 1, 16, 17, and 32. Your front, most visible teeth are 6-11 on the top, and 22-27 on the bottom. Your “eye” teeth, or canines, (the sharp, vampire-like teeth!) are numbers 6, 11, 22, and 27.
Consider the benefits of being comfortable with the numbers of your teeth next time you go in for dental treatments, especially if you’re having cosmetic work done. Being able to communicate effectively could mean becoming more comfortable and relaxed before you undergo treatment.
To learn more about navigating your teeth, or to schedule your next appointment with Pinole dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!
How to Tell if You Have Dental Cavities
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Wondering if you could have a cavity? If you’ve never had a cavity before, or if it’s been awhile since you have, it can be difficult to know for sure. The best way to ensure your mouth is in top shape is to schedule regular check-ups with your Pinole dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas. In the meantime, here’s a few ways to help you determine if you could have a cavity:
Tooth decay or cavities can appear in a number of forms; it can look like light discoloration on the teeth, or darker spots and holes on the surface of teeth. To save your natural tooth, you will most likely need a filling.
If your dental cavity has gone deep enough into your tooth to touch your root, you will likely feel sensitivity to certain food and drinks. Many people explain feeling sensitivities especially when crunching into tart foods like apples, or tasting temperature-extreme foods like hot pasta or cold smoothies. You might eventually feel pain when you eat or drink, so it’s important to have your sensitivities addressed when you first notice them.
Remember to make an appointment with Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas as soon as you notice a cavity developing, and the best way to maintain your oral health is to brush and floss your teeth every day, and schedule regular check-ups with Dr. Perez-Salinas.
If you suspect a cavity forming in your mouth, or to schedule your next appointment with Pinole dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!