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Cleaning and Disinfecting in the Dental Office

Cleaning and Disinfecting in the Dental Office

Pinole Dentist Dalia Perez-Salinas DDS • Pinole, CA

Cleaning and Disinfecting in the Dental Office

If you visit our office during these difficult times, rest assured that your health and well-being are important to us and our team. That’s why infection control procedures are in place at our office. 

Our office has newly installed air filtration systems and our team only allows one patient at a time in the office. We will text patients to come to the front door when we are ready and have disinfectants in plain view for them to use. All surfaces such as the dental chair, light, drawer handles, and countertops have been disinfected. We also cover some of our equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.

All members of our dental team are required to use protective gear such as gloves, masks, gowns, and eyewear. Once a procedure is completed with one patient, gloves and masks are thrown away. Everyone on the team washes their hands and puts on a new pair of gloves before seeing the next patient. 

Our team is dedicated to providing you and your family with a safe and sterile environment where you can feel comfortable. 


Better Oral Health, Better Immune System

Better Oral Health, Better Immune System

Pinole Dentist Dr. Dalia E. Perez-Salinas •  Pinole, CA

Better Oral Health, Better Immune SystemDuring these times of worry regarding COVID-19, it is important to do everything you can to boost your immune system. Taking better care of your mouth will give you a better immune system. Enjoying a proper diet with essential nutrients helps to avoid diseases and chronic health conditions. A diet that is low in sugar will make it easier for your mouth to make less decay-causing plaque. Plaque is a byproduct of bacteria in your mouth and sugars in your foods and drinks. It’s also what leads to tooth decay and gum disease.

Preventative Dental Care
If you currently have gum disease or are susceptible, you should brush and floss more to reduce symptoms. The American Dental Association recommends brushing and flossing twice a day. If you have an autoimmune disease or diabetes, you should brush more often than this. You should also be seeing your dentist at least 2 times a year, if not every 3-4 months. Regular dentist visits can help keep your oral health in better check to reduce your immune system problems. Better oral health can lead to a significantly better immune system.


5 Tips for Calming Your Dental Anxiety

5 Tips for Calming Your Dental Anxiety

Dr. Dalia Perez Salinas • Pinole, California

5 Tips for Calming Your Dental AnxietyMissing dental appointments due to phobias not only can prolong your dental discomfort, but it can also add to your anxiety because you may feel guilty for missing dental offices.

Here are some tips and tricks that will help you relax so you can get the care you need.

  1. Talk With Your Dentist

Having an open dialogue with your dentist can help you. Dentists understand that people have phobias about being at the dentist because they’ve helped other people like you. 

  1. Chill Out with Music

Bring your music and headphones for your appointment. Music is especially useful if one of your specific anxiety triggers is the sound of the dental office. You may need to listen for directions from the dentist or team, so keep the volume at a reasonable level.

  1. Meditate into Tranquility 

There are some great meditation apps where you can learn how to put yourself into a more relaxed state. The great thing about this is that it can help you with more than just your dental anxiety.

  1. Imagine Your Happy Place

This visualization technique can seem overly simple, but sometimes simplicity is just what you need. Just close your eyes, and imagine the one place in the world that makes you feel the most at ease. Imagine the park, the beach at sunset, or another scene in your mind and pretend you are there. 

  1. Sedation Options

When being open with your dentist, listening to music, visualization, or mediation doesn’t help your dental anxiety; it’s time to consider sedation dentistry. Often with sedation dentistry, you’ll be relaxed enough that the dentist can provide you with the necessary treatments, and they can accomplish more in one appointment to prevent having to prolong how long the full treatment plan will take. It can be easier to know you have one significant appointment rather than several smaller appointments.


Break Bad Dental Habits This Year!

Break Bad Dental Habits This Year!

Break Bad Dental Habits This Year!

Dalia E. Perez, Pinole, CA

Chewing Your Nails

This nervous habit can chip teeth and impact your jaw. Placing your jaw in a protruding position for long periods of time can place pressure on it, which is associated with jaw dysfunction.

Solution: Stress reduction and holding something to keep your fingers busy if certain situations are triggering.

Brushing Too Hard
Brushing with a hard toothbrush, or brushing too hard, can damage your teeth and irritate your gums.

Solution: Use a soft toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance at the proper pressure. Don’t think ‘scrub’ think ‘massage’.

Grinding and Clenching
Grinding and clenching cause muscle tenderness and joint pain, not to mention chipping and cracking of the teeth.

Solution: A mouthguard at night can help along with relaxation exercises and staying aware. You will have less pain, soreness and tooth damage.

Chewing Ice Cubes
Most of the time the ice will break when crushed between your teeth, but sometimes the tooth or a filling will break.

Solution: Drink chilled beverages without ice, or use a straw so you’re not tempted. The pleasure that comes from chewing ice is not as great as the risk of chewing it and breaking a tooth.

Using Your Teeth As Tools

Your teeth are not a pair of scissors, they are for eating. You put your teeth at risk for cracking or injuring your jaw when you use them as tools.

Solution: Stop and find something or someone to give you a hand. Your mouth will thank you.


Dental Myths Debunked!

Dental Myths Debunked!

Pinole Dentist 

  1. “It doesn’t matter what time of day I brush.”

Brushing at certain times of the day does have an impact on your oral health. Brushing your teeth at night prevents food particles from sitting on our teeth which contributes to tooth decay over time. Brushing teeth in the morning fights bad breath and decay. It is recommended that you brush right after consuming foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates to prevent cavities.


  1. “Diet sodas are okay to drink because they don’t have sugar in them.”

The acid in diet soda eats away at enamel which can cause tooth sensitivity. Some people tend to slowly sip their sodas throughout the day, which is actually more hazardous. The bacteria in your mouth begins to work with the acid from the soda and attacks your enamel. Other beverages like orange juice can cause similar damage. The best alternative is water, vegetable juice and milk.


  1. “You only need to go to the dentist if your teeth hurt.”

You might be aware of the saying “prevention is better than cure.” What is relatively less heard of is that diagnosing and curing a tooth problem at an earlier stage is much easier and more cost-effective than if it were to be addressed later. Altogether, prevention saves you both time and money in the long-run. 


  1. “Oral health is not connected to the rest of the body.”

There are many correlations between your mouth and body. Tooth decay and periodontal disease can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause other issues in your body.

Studies show there is a link between periodontal disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more. 

Be Proactive About Your Dental Care

Dr. Dalia Perez Salinas in Pinole encourages you to seek preventative care to keep your teeth healthy. Putting off regular dental check-ups will likely lead to problems. A little time dedicated to caring for your teeth each day can save you time and money in the future.

If you’re experiencing problems or have questions about your oral health, request an appointment by calling 510-243-0213 today!


Why You Should Visit Your Dentist This Winter Season

Why You Should Visit Your

Dentist This Winter Season

General Dentistry Pinole

Whatever your December festivities look like, Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas wants to make sure you keep your oral health a priority even during all the holiday hustle and bustle. This time of year is actually an ideal time to schedule one of your bi-annual dental check-ups and here are some reasons why!

Winter Travel PlansIf you plan on taking a winter vacation, coordinating one of your bi-annual dental visits with your trip will allow for you to voice any concerns you might have, and Dr. Perez-Salinas can look for any signs of issues that could interrupt your get away. Not getting a check-up before your vacation can allow problems to go undiagnosed and lead to bigger, more complicated dental emergency that could ruin travel plans.

Flu Season is HereIf your body is busy fighting dental issues – even small cavities – your immune system can become compromised. Keeping up to date on regular dental visits and cleanings from Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas, will help ensure your immune system is ready to keep you healthy during this flu season. If you find yourself battling a sickness this season chances are you taking over the counter medicines or cough drops. These remedies commonly contain large amounts of high fructose corn syrup which can have very damaging effects on your tooth enamel. Make sure that part of your healing and recovery routine includes keeping your oral health a priority.

Greet the New Year With a Smile!You would be surprised at all the benefits improving your oral health routine can have on your daily life and overall wellness. Schedule a check-up with Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas to get a clear understanding of the goals you should set for the new year. Our team will give you the best advice to help improve your overall oral health as well as help ensure a healthy 2020!

If you or a loved one has been putting off a dental visit, winter may be the best time to get back on track. Call 510-243-0213 to schedule an appointment today!


Fall Foods That are Great For Your Teeth

Fall Foods That are

Great For Your Teeth

General Dentistry Tips Pinole


The holidays are filled with lots of laughter over shared meals with the people you love and with so much to be thankful for this time of year, your oral health should one of them! Here are some delicious fall indulgences that both your mouth and your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas will thank you for!

Know Your Seasonal Fruits – Fall produces some delicious seasonal fruits, like pears, persimmons and apples, to name just a few. These fruits are high in fiber, and their crispy, crunchy bite help naturally clean plaque from teeth while they’re being chewed. These raw treats are packed full of healthy vitamins which makes them a great source of nutrients for teeth and gums, so adding fresh fruits to your slice of pie can allow you to indulge a little while keeping your oral health a priority. These fruits are naturally sweet, so consider introducing them as an alternative to more sugar-filled or processed and packaged dessert options.

Pumpkin Is The Season’s Healthiest Craze – As trendy as pumpkin-spiced-everything is this time of year, Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas recommends avoiding the artificial flavors and indulging in the real deal. Pumpkin is a nutritionally rich seasonal superfood, packed with oral health benefits. This veggie is filled with mouth-friendly nutrients like iron, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc. The versatility of pumpkin makes it a great addition to both sweet and savory recipes while boosting the nutritional value of the meal.

Choose Nuts and Seeds This Harvest Season – This time of year offers a large variety of nuts and seeds to snack on. Crunchy snacks like this are great for oral health because they natural scrub your teeth and tongue of any plaque and debris. Roasting Pumpkin seeds is a seasonal tradition and a great way to get essential vitamins and nutrients, like calcium and iron, that help your teeth stay strong.

Now that you know the benefits of some seasonal foods, you can feel even better about indulging this fall and through the upcoming holidays. By choosing whole foods and avoiding processed and sugar-filled options, your overall health and smile will shine!

If you have questions about how to incorporate better food choices that will help maintain good oral health, or to schedule your next appointment with Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!


How Your Dentist Celebrates Halloween

How Your Dentist

Celebrates Halloween

General Dentistry Pinole

Learn how Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas makes the idea of a healthy Halloween less scary with these tips – and tricks!

Wait Until The Last Minute

Our team has no problem celebrating Halloween all month long, but the one thing Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas suggests putting off the longest is buying the candy. Keeping bite size candies out of the home or office for as long as possible will mean you will have less temptation. Halloween is technically only one day a year, but if you want to celebrate sooner, do so without the sugar. The more sugars you eat, the more damage it can cause to your tooth enamel, ultimately leaving you defenseless to cavities.

Beware Of The PSL Trend

Did you know one medium (grande) Pumpkin Spice Latte has 50 grams of sugar, 380 calories and 52 grams of carbs? That’s almost 50% of the suggested carbohydrates for a day and double the amount of sugar in one cup! If you can’t say no to your annual PSL treat there are simple ways to cut the calories and sugar:

  • Order only 2 pumps of pumpkin syrup (half the normal amount) and save 15 grams of sugar
  • Save around 70 calories by passing on the whip cream
  • Order a small (short) instead of a medium (grande) to cut out 170 calories

Boooo At The Guilt Trip, Celebrate!

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween by including healthy versions of your favorite treats, like warm cider made with real apples and spiced cinnamon sticks, or adding fiber packed pureed pumpkin to your pancake mix. Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas avoids dried fruits, as they contain much more sugar than raw fruits, and they are sticky and sugary on teeth. And feel free to indulge a little with some dark chocolate. Yes! Eat the chocolate! The higher the cocoa content, or the darker the chocolate, the better. If you can’t find the time to brush your teeth after your chocolate treat, make sure to rinse your mouth with water to help remove excess sugar or debri that could harm your tooth enamel.

To learn more about how sugary halloween treats affects your teeth and how you can prevent any dental scares this October, call your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas at 510-243-0213 today!


September: National Gum Care Month!

September: National Gum Care Month!

General Dentistry Pinole

In honor of National Gum Care Month Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas wants to encourage the health of all their patients with some educational information about oral care and gum disease.

Gum disease – or periodontal disease – is a long-term infection in your gums that if left undiagnosed and untreated results in loss of gum tissue, the underlying bone, and eventually loss of your teeth in the infected areas. Over 80% of Americans suffer from periodontal disease-inflicted damage to their gums, teeth, and surrounding bone by the age of 45.

Early signs of gum disease are:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Gums are tender to the touch, or hot / cold
  • Gum noticeably receding from teeth
  • Bleeding easily from brushing or flossing
  • Changes in bite

Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease and bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. They may cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. Plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus – or tartar. This can occur both above and below the gum line. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth and bone loss. Your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas and their dedicated staff will make sure you leave their office with plaque and tartar free teeth and the knowledge and tools to help keep your smile disease free.

The health of your gums plays a key role in your overall physical health. You can prevent periodontal disease with regular checkups with your Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas and of course with daily brushing and flossing. If you notice your gums are red or bleeding easily, call your Pinole dentist at 510-243-0213 today for a periodontal checkup and cleaning.


Cosmetic Dental Bonding FAQ

Cosmetic Dental Bonding FAQ

Cosmetic Dentistry Pinole

If you’re self-conscious about your teeth, and are nervous about extensive dental procedures, cosmetic tooth bonding may be the perfect solution to get you the attractive, well-balanced smile you’ve always wanted. Repairing chipped teeth, small cracks, uneven spacing, and other cosmetic dental problems can be simple and affordable with cosmetic dental bonding.

Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas will add a small amount of natural-looking material to the tooth in need of repair and then finely sculpt this cosmetic bond into the ideal shape, so your teeth look flawless. All materials used in the procedure are state of the art, the bond is made using the same durable material that we use for tooth-colored fillings and a harmless UV-Light is used to harden the bond in place.

The entire cosmetic bonding process takes Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas  just minutes, and requires no numbing injections or sedation. Thanks to the skills and training of cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas this simple procedure can be completed in one visit and requires no major changes to your dental hygiene routine after you leave the office.

Everyone’s smile is unique and deserves customized care from a highly trained professional like Pinole cosmetic dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas. Call 510-243-0213  to schedule your consultation today and find out if cosmetic dental bonding is good for you.