Give Your Valentine a Healthy Smile and some Clean Kisses
to Love this February!
Eye-dry kisses, soft, shy kisses, “Oh hi!” kisses, bye-bye kisses: whatever the occasion, nobody wants to be turned down as they offer a juicy kiss this Valentine’s day! Make sure this doesn’t happen to you by keeping your oral health in top shape, even in the face of some holiday sweet-tooth satisfaction.
Don’t Let Your Kisses be Sour Just Sweet!
Most candies are packed with sugars that can quickly destroy your teeth! The worst offenders of this nasty attack are sour candies, full of citric acids that rapidly destroy your tooth enamel. It’s best to avoid sour candies, from gummies that stick in your teeth easily to hard sour candies that release acid into your mouth continuously for an extended period of time, don’t let your kisses be sour for your Valentine this year!
Crack Down on Sweets that are Tough on Your Teeth
Did you know that Americans consume around 58 million pounds of chocolate between February 1st and February 14th?! That’s a lot of cavities waiting to happen. Consider giving your sweetheart something sweet from the heart this year, instead of giving into the sugar craze the grocery stores might lead you to “buy” in to.
Remember that You’re Someone Special Too
Loving yourself on Valentine’s Day and every other day of the year means taking great care of yourself each and every day and that includes your oral health! By brushing at least twice a day, and remembering to floss daily, you can keep your oral health in lovable condition for yourself and for others! Don’t forget that the healthier you eat by remembering your fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates, the sweeter your kisses will be! Nutrition affects your body’s overall function as well as your oral health, and the best way you can spoil yourself is to maintain daily healthy habits.
You can love your healthy teeth, and your Valentine can love your sweet kisses this February 14th!
We would LOVE to see you soon! Call (510) 243-0213 today to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas
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.
Give Yourself the Gift of Good Oral Health this Holiday
Oral Health El Sobrante
You’ve probably written to Santa a time or two this holiday season to convince him that you should be on his Nice List this year, but would your dentist agree? It’s not always easy to stay away from sweets during the holidays, and some people might find it difficult to schedule time for tooth-brushing with all the gifts to be wrapped and the holiday cheer to be spread, but there are a few things you can do to give yourself the gift of a healthy smile all season long!
Be Smart with your Sweets
Just like any time of the year, holiday sugars in candy and cookies help plaque and cavity-causing bacteria destroy the enamel in your mouth. When you indulge this holiday, try and eat sweets along with your other meals, rather than snacking throughout the day, to minimize the time period acid is allowed to develop in your mouth. If you’re hosting a holiday party, or if you’re asked to bring a dish along to a family get-together, opt for healthier options like veggie trays or cheese boards rather than chocolates or gingerbread snacks.
Keep Yourself in a Routine
Don’t let the stress of the holidays break you from your good habits! If you have a regular brushing and flossing schedule down before the chaos of December and the New Year strikes, you should be in good shape to maintain a healthy smile all winter long. Keeping time to calm and collect yourself is important, especially during times of high stress, and you should make sure you have time to unwind at the end of every day to avoid picking up negative habits, like teeth grinding or stress-snacking, due to holiday overload. If you find yourself getting stressed out with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, consider talking to Dr. Perez-Salinas about a custom night guard to keep you from grinding your teeth.
Most Importantly, Don’t Forget About your Dentist!
The holidays can be a very busy time, but make sure you’re not too busy to keep up on your regular visits to Dr. Perez-Salinas. The best gift you can give to the whole team at Advanced Dentistry is an oral exam and cleaning appointment just in time to ring in the New Year.
Good oral health is the gift that you can give yourself this holiday. Call 510-243-0213 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas, so she doesn’t have to call Santa while he’s checking his list a second time.
Could You Have Gum Disease?
Oral Hygiene El Sobrante
Bad breath, aching jaw, painful chewing, and swollen gums — sound familiar? It might surprise you to learn that hundreds of Americans suffer from gum disease, or periodontal disease, and if these painful symptoms remind you of your daily life, you may be one of those hundred.
Addressing and correcting your gum disease before it becomes detrimental to the overall health and wellness of your mouth is crucial. Our mouths are full of bacteria that cause plaque on teeth, and if left to develop, this plaque can quickly cause inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis. Gingivitis has mild symptoms, and can often be treated through regular brushing and flossing.
If left untreated, the swelling and redness of gingivitis worsens, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth, and this is known as periodontitis. As the gums pull away from the teeth, the pockets created often fill with bacteria; the body’s natural response is to fight off this bacteria, and consequently creates a situation in which the body begins breaking down bone and tissues surrounding the area. The destruction in and around the tooth can become so detrimental that the tooth must be extracted.
Although most people don’t show signs of gum disease until their 30s or 40s, some lifestyle risk factors can increase gum sensitivity and therefore increase the chances of early or accelerated gum disease.
These factors include:
Hormonal changes in women
It’s important to visit Dr. Perez-Salinas regularly for oral exams and cleanings, but when should you consider an immediate appointment to address the possibility of gum disease?
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
Unwavering bad breath
Red or swollen, tender or bleeding gums
Loose or sensitive teeth
Receding gums or teeth that appear longer
These symptoms could be signs of a serious problem, and should be evaluated by Dr. Perez-Salinas as soon as they are discovered.
Don’t become another victim of periodontitis! For more information about periodontitis prevention and treatment, call 510-243-0213 to schedule an appointment with your El Sobrante dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas today.
Dental Tips for a Healthy Halloween
How Sugar Affects Your Teeth
Have you heard the old wives’ tale about the people who lost all their teeth? The one in which all their mouths rotted because the people didn’t brush twice a day or floss regularly? The scariest part of the whole story- it’s not just a tall tale! Spooky right? But the good news is, you don’t have to let your mouth become a thing of legend!
Especially around Halloween time, people often forget all they know about dental hygiene in the face of sugary sweets. By stocking up on a few healthy snack alternatives, and remembering key tricks to keeping your mouth in top condition, you can face all of October’s demons with a full set of pearly whites!
It’s important to know that the longer sugars sit in your mouth, the more damage they can cause through the acids they release — destroying your enamel and ultimately leaving you defenseless to cavities! The sugars that are given the time and space to destroy your teeth are fueled by tiny demons like gummy candies, sodas and flavored waters, and candies that expose your teeth to sugar threats for long durations of time, like lollipops and jawbreakers.
By limiting meal and snack time to just a few times a day, or by snacking on sweets as a part of meal time rather than indulging in treats hours later, you can ensure that the acid- attacks harmful sugars cause in your mouth are minimal and short- lived. This can help leave your mouth more equipped to fight off harmful bacteria inevitably waiting to attack from within the next candy bar. Snacking on healthier choices altogether, like yogurt, veggies, or even something sweet like peanut butter, can curb your cravings and still keep your mouth’s defenses armed and ready, rather than breaking down all enamel build- up with every bite. As always, remember that water is essential for your body’s overall health and wellness, and that goes for the function of your mouth as well! Drinking fluoridated water is a great way to help prevent tooth decay and ensure that your body is working in top- condition to help you fight the attacks on your mouth that are unavoidable.
Never forget that brushing your teeth at least twice a day and cleaning between your teeth with dental floss regularly are two of the most crucial care routines you can follow in order to regulate and improve your oral health. Replace your toothbrush as soon as the bristles become frayed or broken, usually about once every three months, and brush for at least three minutes every time. Use ADA approved fluoride toothpastes to ensure you’re providing the best protection for your teeth, and visit Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas regularly so that if there ever is a spooky situation lurking in your mouth, she can “treat” it before it becomes too scary.
To learn more about how sugar affects your teeth and how you can prevent any dental scares this October, call your El Sobrante dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas at and schedule your free consultation today!
Are Silver Fillings Safe?
Restorative Dentistry El Sobrante
Over the last several years, people have talked amongst themselves about the benefits and the dangers of dental fillings: the facts are in, and studies show you likely have nothing to fear, regardless of what material your fillings are made from!
For over 150 years, millions of dental patients have received fillings made from a mixture of silver, copper, tin, and mercury. This substance, known as dental amalgam, has recently become a topic of hot discussion amongst those who are weary of mercury intake, as mercury has become well known for its damaging and debilitating properties when ingested in significant quantities.
Both the FDA as well as the American Dental Association (ADA) have studied amalgam time and again, and both organizations have released statements explaining that the trace amounts of mercury released into the body by way of these dental fillings is nowhere near enough to cause adverse effects in the body. These results have been researched and re- researched so that dentists who have been using amalgam fillings can still confidently provide these safe and affordable dental solutions to their patients. Amalgam fillings are the tried and true method of dental repairs, and are the most affordable solution for patients in need of a dental filling. Depending on the preexisting damage in a patient’s mouth, a dentist might even recommend an amalgam filling over all other options, as it is the strongest and most long-lasting of all filling materials.
Alternatively to amalgam fillings, composite resin has also become a popular choice for dentists and patients alike who value the aesthetic invisibility that this tooth-colored solution provides. This more recently developed and increasingly popular dental filling material not only helps to strengthen and repair a damaged tooth, but also contributes to enhancing a smile post dental- work, as composite resin is completely invisible to the naked eye. Those who value the beauty of a natural- looking smile may be more inclined to opt for this new standard in modern dentistry when considering their options for a dental fillings, and a dentist might recommend composite resin as a solution for those who wish not to disclose their little (silver) dental secrets.
For more information about dental fillings and the best options available to you, call your El Sobrante dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas today at 510-243-0213
Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry El Sobrante
What is your confidence worth? At Advanced Dentistry El Sobrante, we believe that there is no better time than the present to take a step towards the comfort and convenience of a beautiful smile, achievable through specialized and expert crafted dental implants.
A dental implant is a specially engineered, titanium tooth root that occupies the space in your mouth where your natural tooth used to exist. This implant creates a permanent space for a replacement tooth, as well as stabilizes the jawbone so that bone density is maintained, and bone loss is prevented. Today’s sciences and technologies allow for dental implants to be minimally invasive, while still being strong and long- lasting embellishments upon your smile’s appearance. They don’t require reducing other teeth like a dental bridge might, and are rapidly becoming the new standard for replacing a missing tooth, because of their success and satisfaction rates among patients. Furthermore, dental implants aid in improving your oral health and overall well-being. The obvious and immediate benefits, including a beautiful and natural feeling smile, improved speech, and convenience eating, are second only to the inescapable self- esteem boosts patients are bound to experience with their extraordinary smile.
You may find yourself questioning whether or not you’re a qualified candidate for dental implants. Do you have a missing tooth or teeth? Do you have trouble biting or chewing? Has your speech been altered due to your missing tooth or teeth? Are you committed to the process of finding a long- lasting and durable solution to your current oral situation? Then a dental implant is probably right for you! Make sure to discuss any ongoing health problems you may have with El Sobrante Dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas, and after a thorough consultation, she will determine if you’re a good candidate for this life- changing procedure. It’s also important to remember that the cost of your specific treatment plan will depend on the specialized care for your individual mouth; these implants are a long-term investment that can last a lifetime when properly cared for. Dental implants can take care of one or two missing teeth, or recreate the whole foundation for a new smile altogether!
Still not sure if a dental implant is right for you? Make an appointment to come visit our friendly and knowledgeable staff, and let us talk you through what your specific treatment will look like. Call Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas of Advanced Dentistry El Sobrante at 510-243-0213 today, and get ready to take a bite out of life again.
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.
Why You Need To Visit The Dentist
If you think that brushing and flossing alone is enough to keep your teeth and mouth clean and healthy, think again. If you think that you can manage to have a clean and healthy mouth without the help of a dentist, then what are dentists here for?
Dentists play a big part in managing the personal dental care of individuals. Dentists check your teeth and mouth for signs of cavities and gum disease.
They will also help you maintain extra clean teeth and they will also teach you the proper ways of brushing
and flossing. They can even demonstrate it to you so that you can really see how it is done.
Be Careful Of What You Eat And Drink Dentists would also give you important advices related to teeth and mouth care. Perhaps one of the most common advices that dentists give their patients is to be careful with what they eat and drink.
Eating and drinking sugary stuffs such as candies, cakes and soda can attract a lot of plaque to stick to
your teeth. If you want to have healthy teeth, do try to eat more fruits and vegetables and drink more water than soda.
More Than Sprays And Breath Mints The world is full of instant solutions and shortcuts and dental care is not exempted from the variety of instant solutions.
A lot of breath mints and breath fresheners are available in the market today, offering instant fresh
breath to individuals who are perhaps too busy to spend at least three minutes to brush their teeth.
If you are one of the many people who are seeking the aid of breath mints and breath sprays to give you fresh breath, you might want to change your approach to personal dental care because it will just do you more harm than good.
Aside from the fact that breath mints and breath sprays can’t really rid your teeth and mouth of minute pieces of food debris, they are also not good for long term use.
The truth is, breath mints and breath freshener sprays are only good at masking mouth odors.
Sure, they can give you instant fresh breath that can probably last for a few hours, but when you look at your mouth through a microscope, you will really be disgusted and appalled by all the bacteria and food debris that can be found in your mouth and in between your teeth.
Simplest Yet Most Essential Brushing one’s teeth may seem to be the simplest and most basic part of personal dental care but it is one of the most needed things to do to achieve clean and healthy teeth.
You see, in order for you to prevent cavities, you need to brush off the plaque stuck in your teeth brought about by the food and beverages that you ate and drank.
Brushing regularly can also save you a lot of unwanted trips to the dentist. Remember, breath mints and breath freshener sprays won’t help in getting rid of the bacteria that causes plaque to build up in your teeth.
If you want to have a nice set of teeth without having to undergo awful toothaches and bad breath, take the extra mile to spend time for your personal dental care routine.