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!
How to Tell if You Have Dental Cavities
Preventative Dentistry Pinole
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!
Holiday Time Teeth Whitening
Teeth Whitening El Sobrante
Have you been dreaming of a white holiday? Chances are, your teeth have been too! The holidays can easily creep up on your budget, making it hard to imagine indulging yourself on such a simple confidence booster this holiday season, but at the end of the day, it’s hard to put a price on the long-lasting benefits and cherished memories that a holiday teeth-whitening session with Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas will inevitably help to create.
What better way to dive into the holiday season and the new year than with a smile the whole family will be excited about?! A holiday teeth-whitening session with Dr. Perez-Salinas is a great way to get your smile ready for al the holiday photos and family gatherings you’re already so excited about. It can be unnerving and embarrassing to go into the holiday season with unsightly stains on your otherwise attractive and memorable smile, but with a quick, 45 – minute whitening session, your smile can leave a lasting impression for all the right reasons this season!
A shining white smile is something you can take with you long after the jingle bells fall quiet. To schedule your holiday teeth-whitening session with El Sobrante dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas call 510-243-0213 today!
Thanksgiving Dinner Tips for Oral Health
Thanksgiving Oral Health El Sobrante
You probably have a lot to be thankful for, and if you follow a few of these suggestions for good oral health this Thanksgiving, your healthy teeth can be one of them! Nutrition affects oral health more than you might believe, so by remembering to make careful and conscious meal choices all holiday season long, you’ll be heading into the new year with happy and healthy teeth!
Consider thinking about healthy Thanksgiving choices in terms of courses for your family, so that you can plan a delicious and healthy feast for all to enjoy, without making any teeth suffer!
For appetizers, it’s best to stick with healthy, teeth-friendly options like raw veggies, packed with nutrients and great for naturally fighting plaque, calcium and protein-rich cheeses, or nuts, which contain vital minerals that help to remineralize teeth. By providing healthy snacking options as starters for your family, you’re already setting everyone up to have a great, teeth-friendly Thanksgiving dinner!
Whether you prefer juicy drumsticks or tofurkey this Thanksgiving, don’t forget to think about the sides you’ll be serving with your feast! Did you know that some studies show rinsing with healthy oils instead of mouthwash has shown to reduce plaque, and in some cases, even reduces cavities? Instead of changing up your oral health routine amidst all the holiday chaos, try instead sauteing vegetables in sesame oil for a yummy and healthy side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. You could even top the veggies with sesame seeds for an added “wow” factor for your guests!
Everyone will love some sweet holiday pears atop serving of yogurt and honey as the perfect light finish to a delicious meal. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and you’ll have a healthy treat for the whole family to enjoy!
Everyone will be smiling at the end of your Thanksgiving dinner, and the whole family can enjoy a delicious meal that’s great for both your oral and your overall health! For more information about oral care this holiday season, or to schedule your next appointment with El Sobrante dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!
Dental Tips El Sobrante
Halloween doesn’t have to be filled with sugar to be sweet! El Sobrante dentist Dr. Dalia Perez- Salinas wants to help you treat your teeth to some spooky and nutritious Halloween fun this year!
Have you ever bobbed for apples? This classic fall game is a great way to get the whole family in the spirit of the season, without jeopardizing your teeth while you’re enjoying the fun! The vitamins and minerals in every apple are a great treat for your whole body, and the apples are naturally sweet so they really taste like a Halloween treat!
Another great Halloween treat is roasted pumpkin seeds – especially those you get from carving a pumpkin yourself! Instead of indulging in sticky chocolates or caramels, consider snacking on a few salted pumpkin seeds to curb your Halloween munchies.
If you’re tasked with bringing snacks to a Halloween party for your friends and family, you can help everyone participate in Halloween fun while sparing their teeth the dangers lurking in sweets. Try crafting some tangerine jack-o-lanterns, or creepy-crawly olives cut like spiders! You could even make some spooky vampire mouths from apple slices – a snack everyone will surely enjoy!
When you do allow yourself to indulge in sugary and not-so-nutritious Halloween treats, remember that most things are okay all in moderation. Follow every sugary snack day with at least 2 minutes of brushing with fluoride toothpaste before bed, and remember that oral hygiene shouldn’t hide away, even in the face of October ghouls and goblins at the end of a Halloween night!
To learn more about tips for making your Halloween fun without becoming a haunting dental nightmare, call your El Sobrante dentist Dr. Perez- Salinas at 510-243-0213 today!
Vacation and Oral Health
Travel Tips El Sobrante
Just because your family is taking a vacation this summer, doesn’t mean your oral health and wellness should! School’s out for summer, work is hitting a lull in honor of vacation season, and it’s a great time to soak up some sunshine with your loved ones on this year’s family trip! Before you check out of everyday routine and check into your tropical paradise, foreign excursion, or backyard adventure, consider these easy steps towards maintaining top oral wellness for your teeth and gums this season!
Monitor Your Munchies
Everyone likes to indulge in sugars and sweets- especially on vacation!- but it’s important to remember that you have sensitive teeth that can be subject to decay if they’re not routinely cleaned and cared for. Try to pack healthy snacks when you’re prepping for you vacation so that you have something nutritious to munch on while you’re out on an excursion or lounging on the beach! Limit the time you spend exploring the dessert bar, and remember that it’s best for anyone to snack on sweets around the same time as eating the rest of a meal, rather than waiting until hours later, in order to minimize acid production in the mouth!
Your whole family is probably going to be exhausted at the end of your long, fun days on the go, so make sure you remember to brush and floss before you crash into bed each night! Being away from home can make slipping out of routine almost more natural than keeping it, but it’s important to remember that plaque and decay never go on vacation, so neither can your healthy habits! Consider using teeth-brushing time as a way for your whole family to debrief about the day passed and to make a plan for the day to come!
Visit Dr. Perez- Salinas Before You Go!
Have you ever heard that the best defense is a good offense? That holds true for dental care too! By taking measures like visiting our El Sobrante office before leaving for vacation this summer, you can ensure that your mouth is in its healthiest state well before your smile is ever put in jeopardy. If you have any underlying dental issues, Dr. Perez-Salinas can ensure they are resolved well before vacation time, so that you can enjoy your getaway from start to finish!
Call 510-243-0213 to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas before your next vacation!
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!
Spring- Start Your Summer Smile!
Teeth Whitening El Sobrante
The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing again! That means it’s time to start thinking about a happy and healthy body and mind for this rapidly- approaching summer season, and the best place to start with any self-improvement project is with your teeth! Your smile the the first thing to introduce you, and the last thing to leave an impression. Vacation season is almost upon us, so don’t let a dull smile make you self-conscious and ruin what could be a lifetime of happy memories to look back on in the years to come. Professional teeth whitening in our El Sobrante office is one of the best ways Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas can prep you for a summer-ready smile this spring!
Your smile will be front and center all summer long, so to ensure a season full of picture-perfect memories to look back on, talk to Dr. Perez-Salinas about coming in for professional teeth whitening sessions this spring! Spending about 45 minutes in our El Sobrante office this spring will leave you with months of a bright and white smile that you can strut with confidence throughout the warm spring and summer months! Dr. Perez-Salinas will take care to monitor your teeth and gums throughout your entire whitening experience to ensure the safety and quality of your treatment. Our in-office treatment uses concentrated whitening solutions that produce dramatic results you can be excited about, and after years of experience and hundreds of happy patients, Dr. Perez-Salinas knows how to create a smile-whitening regime that will be personal and satisfying of all your aesthetic smile desires.
Having a healthy and beautiful smile starts at home. Don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth every day, so that your mouth is healthy and primed well before your professional treatment session with Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas. When you’re ready to spring into a happier life and a healthier smile, call 510-243-0213 to schedule your oral consultation and whitening treatment plan in our El Sobrante office!
For more information about professional whitening services or to address any further questions you may have about how Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas can help you have a healthier life and a happier smile, call 510-243-0213 today.
Go Green This Spring
General Dentistry El Sobrante
There are plenty of ways to show your enthusiasm for the spring season and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without ruining your teeth this holiday! Consider a few new ways to celebrate with friends and family this year.
Green Your Mealtime Without Greening Your Smile
Add some kale or spinach to a smoothie, or smash some avocados on top of your toast for naturally green foods that won’t stain your teeth with the harsh dyes found in artificial food colorings. If that green beer is undeniably calling your name, follow up your holiday festivities with an oral exam with your El Sobrante dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas to ensure your teeth and mouth are well-maintained after an afternoon or two of less-than-ideal oral health influences.
Go Green With Your Oral Health Care
Consider using St. Patrick’s Day as an excuse to help motivate your whole family to “Go Green” with their oral health care! Switch to biodegradable dental floss, and look for toothpaste brands that are natural and non-damaging to the environment. Wooden toothbrushes with natural bristles are also a great way to lessen your carbon footprint and “Go Green” in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day!
Avoid Dental Emergencies
The day after St. Patrick’s Day has become notorious amongst dentists for an abnormally high rate of dental emergencies, as compared to other days throughout the year. Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas understands that accidents happen, but wants to make sure that everyone is on their best behavior during a holiday that might encourage those of-age to participate in of-age activities! If you do by chance find yourself in a dental emergency this St. Patrick’s Day, call Dr. Perez-Salinas to schedule an early appointment so that your smile can be restored and you can be back in action well before the Easter bunny hops your way.
To learn more about Going Green this Spring, and to schedule your next oral wellness exam with Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!
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.