Dental Tips for a Merry Holiday
Dental Tips Pinole
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
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!
National Dental Hygiene Month
General Dentistry Pinole
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!
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!
A Guide to Your Teeth!
General Dentistry Pinole
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
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
Preventative Dentistry Pinole
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!
Things That Could Hurt Your Teeth
Preventative Dentistry Pinole
Taking care of your teeth if one of the easiest and most aesthetically pleasing ways to live a healthy and happy life! Improving your oral health care is the first step towards improving your overall wellbeing, and it’s important to be aware of the little things you can avoid in your daily life to ensure your teeth are at their healthiest!
Food and Drink
Food and drinks full of sugar create a bacteria breeding haven in your mouth! That bacteria can then cause cavities and tooth decay, often leading to gum disease. Acidic foods break down tooth enamel and often start to dissolve tooth structure, inevitably causing cavities. To make matters worse, dehydration and a dry mouth allows for bacteria to multiply even more quickly, and that bacteria can then prevent saliva from protecting your teeth from the acid in your mouth!
Using your teeth as tools, biting your nails, chewing ice, or grinding your teeth, are all not only often painful, but also cause excessive wear and erosion on your teeth. This excessive strain can lead to unsightly chipping and cracked teeth, leaving your teeth exposed and sensitive.
Failure to brush and floss regularly, or a disregard for oral safety practices like wearing an athletic guard while playing sports, are both examples of neglect that can be dangerous for your oral health. While failure to brush and floss regularly can leave your mouth exposed to internal problems like oral disease, external dangers from unprotected athletic activity can result in traumatic injuries.
Remember, upkeep of your oral health is one way you can strive to be your healthiest every day!
If you have any questions about taking care of 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
General Health and Wellness El Sobrante
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!