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Cosmetic Dental Bonding FAQ

Cosmetic Dental Bonding FAQ

Cosmetic Dentistry Pinole

If you’re self-conscious about your teeth, and are nervous about extensive dental procedures, cosmetic tooth bonding may be the perfect solution to get you the attractive, well-balanced smile you’ve always wanted. Repairing chipped teeth, small cracks, uneven spacing, and other cosmetic dental problems can be simple and affordable with cosmetic dental bonding.

Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas will add a small amount of natural-looking material to the tooth in need of repair and then finely sculpt this cosmetic bond into the ideal shape, so your teeth look flawless. All materials used in the procedure are state of the art, the bond is made using the same durable material that we use for tooth-colored fillings and a harmless UV-Light is used to harden the bond in place.

The entire cosmetic bonding process takes Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas  just minutes, and requires no numbing injections or sedation. Thanks to the skills and training of cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas this simple procedure can be completed in one visit and requires no major changes to your dental hygiene routine after you leave the office.

Everyone’s smile is unique and deserves customized care from a highly trained professional like Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas. Call 510-243-0213  to schedule your consultation today and find out if cosmetic dental bonding is good for you.

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Dental Emergency Travel Tips

Dental Emergency Travel Tips

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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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March into Spring with a Smile!

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!

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Super Bowl Snacks and Oral Health

Super Bowl Snacks and Oral Health

General Dentistry Pinole

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!

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New Year, New Dental Goals

New Year, New Dental Goals

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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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Dental Tips for a Merry Holiday

Dental Tips for a Merry Holiday

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!

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Cold Weather and Tooth Sensitivity

Cold Weather and Tooth Sensitivity

Cold Weather and Tooth Sensitivity

General Dentistry Pinole

 

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!

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National Dental Hygiene Month

National Dental Hygiene Month

National Dental Hygiene Month

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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:

 

 

Brushing

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.

 

Flossing

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!

 

Rinsing

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.

 

Chewing

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!

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Porcelain Veneers: FAQ

Porcelain Veneers: FAQ

Porcelain Veneers: FAQ

Cosmetic Veneers Pinole

 

Would you believe that veneers have been around since the 1920s?! They debuted in Hollywood, no surprise, but porcelain veneers have come a long way from the red carpet and are surprisingly more common and more natural looking today than you might suspect.

 

Between the 1920s and the 1950s regular people outside of Hollywood started getting veneers to help improve the look of their smile. The veneers we think of today came about sometime around the 1980s, as veneers became more affordable and easier to place with bonding agents that allowed dentists to make them more permanent and even more attractive.

 

Today’s options for dental veneers include traditional and no-preparation veneers. If you select the traditional route, Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas will shave off enamel from the tooth or teeth receiving the veneer, then take an impression of your slightly shaved tooth so the veneer can be crafted to fit your tooth exactly. Though it will take around three weeks for your veneer to be ready once Dr. Perez-Salinas sends out the impression, there are temporary veneer options you can wear in the meantime, so you don’t have to worry about an unsightly, “shaved” smile while you wait for your custom veneer. No-prep veneers are fitted directly over your existing smile, and do not require any shaving of your natural teeth.

 

Today’s veneers can last anywhere between 10 and 30 years, and can be the solution to the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas takes time and care to craft a smile that will match the shape and style of your natural teeth to give you a smile that looks almost perfect and totally real.

 

For more information about porcelain veneers, or to schedule your next appointment with Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!

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