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!
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:
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!
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!
Summer Survival Guide
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Summertime, and the living’s easy! Just make sure that easy living doesn’t compromise your dental health. Here are a few things to keep in mind when keeping yourself happy and healthy this summer season:
Chlorinated pool water is acidic, and believe it or not, can actually damage your teeth! It’s hard to imagine not swallowing a little pool water when you’re splashing around and having fun, but take the time to rinse your mouth out with plain, filtered water afterwards. Not only will it help neutralize some of that lingering acid, but will also help keep you hydrated!
Also consider some of the dental injuries that could result from some careless slip-ups and fall-downs around the pool this summer. Remember, walk, don’t run, on slippery pool perimeters, and remind everyone to be attentive to their surroundings when they’re playing in and around the pool.
Snacks and summer munchies will keep you fueled for all your summer fun! It’s important to be mindful of the kinds of food you’re consuming, as well as remembering you good oral cleaning habits in between those snack breaks. Sugarless gum is a great way to neutralize acid in the mouth that’s caused from frequent snacking, and brushing and flossing regularly are the best way to ensure you stay cavity-free all summer!
Regular dental check-ups are the only way to ensure your mouth is in its best shape, and to be sure there are no cavities or other dangers lurking in the deepest corners of those bright smiles. Don’t skip summer dental check-ups because of summer vacation plans or other activities – you deserve the best dental care that Pinole has to offer, so be sure to schedule your summer dental appointments with Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas.
If you have any questions about summer care for your teeth, or to schedule your next appointment with Pinole dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!
Complete Guide to Oral Health
Oral Health Pinole
Springtime means the birds are singing and the bees are buzzing, and life often starts to get-up-and-go for many people! If you’re wondering how to keep up on your oral health this spring, Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas suggests these tips and tricks for optimum oral health:
Brushing: Clean the entire surface of every tooth! Ensure you’re brushing for at least two minutes, and be mindful of the intensity with with you brush – don’t press too hard! Replace your toothbrush about every three months, and be sure to use a brush with soft bristles so that you don’t damage your gums.
Staining Substances: Be wary of food and drink that can be damaging to your teeth! Enamel-destroying bacteria feeds on sugar, so limit consumption and brush teeth thoroughly afterwards. Acidic foods also contribute to the deterioration of enamel, and after enough breakdown, a lack of enamel will leave your teeth exposed and sensitive. Drinks like soda, coffee, and tea all lead to stains on your teeth and smoking contributes to some of the worst stains of all!
Visit Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas regularly: The best way to ensure your oral health is in optimum condition is to visit Dr. Perez-Salinas regularly for checkups and dental cleanings. Plaque on your teeth naturally builds up over time, even if you take great care of your mouth – without regular visits to Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas, that plaque can contribute to cavities and cause larger dental issues that are much more time consuming and costly to address!
If you have any questions about how to maintain great oral health this spring, or to schedule your next appointment with your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!
What Your Teeth Say About Your Overall Health
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Taking care of your teeth does more for you than just keep your smile shining; oral health can help you prevent medical diseases far beyond tooth decay, and the condition of your teeth is often a telling sign of certain medical problems arising in other parts of your body.
Anxiety or Sleep Disorders
Do you find yourself waking up with a sore jaw? Are you perhaps grinding your teeth throughout the day? These could be signs of a sleep disorder as teeth grinding is statistically more frequently found in those who also suffer from sleep apnea. People who suffer from severe anxiety might take to teeth grinding as a subconscious way to cope with stress- a very dangerous habit to develop!
Eating Disorders or Poor Diet
Enamel erosion is often easy for a dentist to spot, and enamel erosion from purging caused by certain eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia may cause the dentist to begin to ask questions of the patient’s health and well being.
Much like oral problems caused by eating disorders, a poor diet can lead to discolored, defenseless, and cavity-filled teeth. Dark liquids like coffee, tea, or sodas can easily stain teeth, and the sugars in food and drinks can cause cavities. Those patients who suffer from alcohol abuse are also likely to be noticed by a dentist, as most dentists can still smell the alcohol on a patient’s breath, even hours after consumption.
Some people may have heart disease or diabetes and be completely unaware! One possible sign to look for is gum problems. Although the connection between gum disease and heart health is not totally clear, professionals do know that those with gum disease are more likely to suffer from diabetes, and those with diabetes are more likely to suffer from gum disease. Brushing and flossing regularly are two ways you can avoid gum disease and keep your oral health in top shape!
If something doesn’t feel quite right in your body, it’s always a good idea to clear up any concerns with a medical or dental doctor. For more information about oral health care in relationship to your overall health and wellbeing, or to schedule your next appointment, call El Sobrante dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas at 510-243-0213 today!
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So what’s the real 4-1-1 on flossing? Flossing is important not only to help remove food that may be stuck between teeth, but also to help scrape and remove plaque that is otherwise left-over after cleaning. Flossing is important when remembering your oral health routine as it can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay that brushing alone might not clear. By being proactive with your flossing, you can avoid being one of the 27% of Americans who lies to their dentists about how often they floss – a lie dentists can easily spot as soon as you open your mouth!
Here are a few tips the ADA recommends about flossing:
Use about 18 inches of floss so that you can use new sections of floss as you move around your mouth.
Wrap the floss around your middle and index fingers, and glide the floss gently in between teeth, forming a ‘C’ shape firmly around each tooth. Use a gentle push-pull motion between teeth to remove any food or plaque stuck between teeth.
Repeat this process around each tooth, and use new sections of floss as you go.
Whatever your technique, remembering to floss every day is one of the best ways you can take care of your mouth! For more tips on flossing, or to schedule your next appointment with your El Sobrante dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas, call 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!
New Year’s Resolutions for Optimal Oral Health
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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.