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
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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!
How to Tell if You Have Dental Cavities
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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!
Things That Could Hurt Your Teeth
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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!
General Dentistry El Sobrante
When most people look at their calendar for the year, they don’t often note how many times they’ll be visiting the dentist as a part of their regular check-up routine. The problem that occurs from this general pattern is that often, when people do visit their general dentist, it’s because they’ve already developed an oral health issue that very well could have been prevented in the first place. Irregularity of dental check-ups is one of the biggest sources of oral health problems that El Sobrante dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas runs in to with patients.
So… how often should you visit Dr. Perez-Salinas?
Adults and children alike should schedule dental check-ups on a regular basis. For those people with a preexisting oral health issue, or one that comes to light as a part of one of your dental check-ups, El Sobrante dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas might request to see you more frequently. For those who proceed with routine, Dr. Perez-Salinas will still probably hope you schedule an appointment at least twice a year. Regular visits to Advanced Dentistry El Sobrante are the best way to ensure your oral health is in top condition, so that your overall health and wellness are aiding you in being the best that you can be!
If nothing hurts, why do I need to see Dr. Perez-Salinas?
Believe it or not, pain is one of the last conditions to surface around oral health issues. Tooth pain is often a serious side effect of cavities that have already become deep enough to disturb gum tissue, meaning treatment might very well be a root canal, or even tooth removal to ultimately destroy the infection. Thankfully, by attending regular dental appointments with Dr. Perez-Salinas, you can ensure that your oral health is not in jeopardy in the face of cavities.
The truth is, there are few things more important than your health and wellness, and one of the best ways to make sure you’re in top shape, is to start with your mouth! Regular dental check-ups are a vital step in keeping your healthiest self, so don’t hesitate to schedule your next dental check-up with El Sobrante dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas today!
For more information about regular dental check-ups, or to schedule your next appointment with El Sobrante dentist Dr. Dalia 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!
Thanksgiving Dinner Tips for Oral Health
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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!
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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!
Preventative Dentistry El Sobrante
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!