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Crowns Vs. Veneers: Which Are Best For Me?

Posted September 24, 2019 in Porcelain Crowns, Porcelain Veneers

Concerns such as crooked or discolored teeth can be embarrassing enough to make you want to hide away your smile for good. There are several methods to improve your smile from within, but one way to improve its appearance from the outside is by using crowns and veneers.

These nifty little dental improvements are designed to cover your existing teeth with a tough new shell that immediately makes teeth look better while also strengthening your smile. But what option is the best one for you? Dr. Tomazin offers both individual crowns and full veneers to make a beautiful, healthy smile a reality.

Royal Treatment: How Crowns Can Improve Your Smile

Much like the royal tiara that they get their name from, porcelain dental crowns go over the surface of the tooth like a cap to cover it and restore its shape and size. Crowns are then cemented into place, fully encasing the visible portion of the tooth and improving the overall appearance.

Dr. Tomazin offers individual crowns made out of specialized porcelain, which are designed to blend in with the rest of the teeth and provide the most natural appearance.

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What Can Crowns Do?

Crowns are useful in restoring individual teeth that show signs of damage such as cracks, severe wear and tear, or discoloration. Crowns can restore teeth that have been worn down due to grinding or other conditions. Crowns can also help strengthen teeth that are starting to grow weak or have sustained damage due to dental conditions.

Crowns Procedure & Recovery

Dr. Tomazin will first examine the tooth in need of a crown to better prepare for its placement, typically by getting X-rays done to clearly see the teeth and surrounding structures. The application process is fairly simple and involves some enamel being removed from the surface of the tooth receiving the crown.

Once the tooth is prepared, the crown is applied over it and adhered using a form of cement paste. An anesthetic may be used to numb the tooth right before the crown is placed to minimize any discomfort, but most crown placements are pain-free.

Porcelain crowns are closely matched to the color of the rest of your teeth, ensuring results look as natural as possible. The tooth will be sensitive for a few days following the crown placement, but this should dissipate within a few days. Crowns are designed to last up to 15 years with proper dental care.

Veneer of Excellence: How Veneers Enhance and Improve Teeth

If crowns are designed to improve on individual teeth, veneers take smile improvement one step further. By using wafer-thin shells designed to closely match shape and tone, veneers get rid of unattractive-looking teeth and replace them with ones that look and feel like the real thing, only better. They’re stain-resistant and very durable, designed to last up to 15 years or longer.

Dr. Tomazin offers porcelain veneers specially formulated to match and improve existing teeth. Veneers can even help improve a patient’s overall bite, helping to improve overall dental health in the long run.

How Do Veneers Work?

Veneers are essentially tiny shells made out of porcelain that are then adhered to the surface of the teeth, similar to crowns. What makes veneers a bit more versatile, however, is how their design can be expanded to improve large swatches of teeth all at once, drastically enhancing appearance right away.

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Veneers Procedure & Recovery

Much as with crowns, Dr. Tomazin will first examine the teeth in question to see which teeth need veneers and where the veneers will be placed. On the day of the procedure, a thin layer of enamel will be removed to allow the veneer to better adhere to the surface. An anesthetic may be used to reduce tooth sensitivity after veneers are placed.

The procedure is usually painless, with Dr. Tomazin using a special cement to adhere the veneer in place before a light beam is used to “cure” the adhering agent and keep veneers in place. As with crowns, recovery for veneers is fairly simple, with some sensitivity in the treated areas for a few days after the procedure. Proper dental hygiene is recommended to ensure veneers stay in good shape.

Should I Get Crowns Or Veneers?

It really depends on just how much damage your teeth have sustained and what your appearance goals are. Patients who only need a few replacements here and there will probably benefit from crowns, which are best suited to repair individual teeth. Crowns are also better suited for teeth which are weakened, as they cover the tooth’s surface in a way that strengthens it greatly.

For more extensive signs of damage, veneers are the better choice, as they provide dramatic improvement almost right away. With veneers, patients can improve the appearance of several teeth at once. Veneers and crowns may also be used together for optimum results.

 

Interested in learning more about porcelain crowns and veneers? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tomazin soon by filling out our contact form online or calling our Riverside office at 951-686-3666.

 


Better Safe Than Sorry: A Guide To Dental Preventive Care

Posted August 26, 2019 in Laser Cavity Detection, Preventive Dentistry

Most of us are taught the importance of keeping teeth clean and healthy. But hectic schedules can make it easy to miss regular dental checkups and slide into bad habits, like skipping out on regular flossing.

But when it comes to dental health, it really is better to be safe than sorry. Preventive care plays a major role in ensuring our teeth stay healthy and beautiful. Setting a good dental routine early on is crucial to good future dental health.

Get In The Habit: Setting a Regular Dental Routine

It sounds simple enough: brush often, floss as much as you can, and be sure to keep in touch with your dentist to make sure there aren’t any further issues.

But statistics show that 80 percent of people will have some form of periodontal disease—inflammation or infections of the structures around the teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to tooth loss or more severe health issues that affect other areas.

With numbers like these, it’s even more important to learn about preventive dentistry and its benefits in keeping dental disease at bay.

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What is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry, or preventive care, involves all the ways to keep teeth and general oral health in good shape. It primarily revolves around setting good hygiene habits to prevent decay or disease from occurring in the first place.

Preventive dentistry can help patients avoid:

  • Gum irritation and disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Oral cancers
  • Other general health issues

Preventive care typically involves setting a dental hygiene routine that includes:

Teeth Brushing: There’s no underscoring just how crucial regular brushing is to maintain oral health. Brush teeth at least twice a day and always brush the tongue, which can also carry bacteria. Toothbrushes should be replaced three or four times per year for the best overall experience.

Flossing: After brushing, flossing is the best way to really get teeth sparkling clean. Most dentists, including Dr. Tomazin, recommend daily flossing as a part of your dental health routine.

Regular Dental Checkups: Make sure you schedule a visit with your dentist at least once a year to make sure there aren’t any more serious problems with your teeth or gums.

Any person can turn to preventive care, regardless of age or the condition of their teeth. Preventive care is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to ensure teeth stay healthy in the long-term.

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Go The Extra Mile: Simple Preventive Dentistry

Along with setting a good hygiene routine, there are other preventive dentistry methods patients can seek. Dr. Tomazin offers his patients a few treatment options that can be used for preventive care and to ensure teeth and gums stay healthy.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are small pieces of tooth-colored resin that can be placed into deep grooves inside the teeth. They dry into a hard, clear coating on the tooth and make the surface of the tooth tougher and harder to break, preventing cavities and decay from occurring.

To prepare, Dr. Tomazin first cleans the surface of the tooth before washing and drying the entire tooth. An acidic solution is applied along the crevices before the tooth is washed again and the sealant is applied.

Laser Cavity Detection

Dr. Tomazin offers his patients laser cavity detection, which uses laser technology to penetrate the surface of the teeth and gums and identify any defects. This method is typically safer and more effective than traditional methods.

Laser cavity detection can be extremely useful in identifying cavities, cracks, or other defects in teeth and gums that may not be visible through X-rays or an examination.

There are two laser cavity detection methods used by Dr. Tomazin:

DIAGNOdent™ laser: A non-invasive laser that scans each tooth to identify early signs of cavities or other forms of decay.

DEXIS™ CariVu™: This system uses infrared light, which makes healthy tooth enamel transparent and fractures dark—an easy way to visibly identify defects.

Ozone Therapy

This method involves the use of ozone gas applied in small doses along areas where decay is detected, killing bacterial growth. Ozone therapy is particularly useful at reaching tight crevices and other hard to reach places, preventing future disease.

Ozone therapy is very easy to apply and minimally invasive—it can even be used to help manage discomfort during other dental procedures, such as a root canal. Ozone therapy can also strengthen teeth and decrease enamel sensitivity.

Would you like to learn more about preventive dentistry? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tomazin by calling our Riverside office at 951-686-3666.


What Are the Best Ways To Keep a Bright Smile?

Posted July 15, 2019 in Teeth Whitening

Keeping your teeth clean is essential to dental health and the simplest way to keep that smile sparkling. But age, certain foods, and your lifestyle eventually cause teeth to start to yellow or stain no matter how strict your hygiene habits are.

Yellowed or stained teeth can drastically affect a person’s confidence, and more people are seeking ways to reverse the discoloring. When asked what they’d most improve about their smile, most people say they’d like whiter teeth, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.

For some, stains or yellowing can be so detrimental they stop smiling out of embarrassment. There are several methods offered by Dr. Tomazin that all restore brightness and help repair other signs of damage to keep that smile shining bright.

What Causes Teeth to Yellow?

Enamel works as our teeth’s front-line defense against damage, absorbing most of what the teeth come into contact with.

Teeth begin to yellow due to:

  • Food and Drink: Foods or beverages with dark pigments can stain teeth.
  • Smoking: Tobacco contains several chemicals, and the smoke itself causes teeth to yellow.
  • Age: Brushing and everyday wear and tear causes enamel to thin and look dull.
  • Medications: Certain medications can darken teeth.
  • Injury: Some injuries can be bad enough to chip or otherwise damage tooth enamel.

Teeth Whitening: How Does It Work?

Teeth whitening is one of the least invasive ways to brighten a smile and can remove years of stains or yellowing. Dr. Tomazin offers patients three different options:

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Bleaching

This process uses hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide to break down stains. Dr. Tomazin will use a protective gel or rubber shield to protect the gums and mouth before applying bleach to the teeth.

At-Home Whitening

This process also uses bleach, via whitening strips or special trays, to remove stains and yellowing. Patients are given the option of a 22 percent bleach or a 35 percent bleach solution.

The 22 percent bleach is used for an hour twice a day and overnight. The 35 percent bleach may only be used for 15 minutes twice a day or 30 minutes once a day. The entire treatment usually takes about two weeks.

In-Office Whitening

This process uses the Venus White® Max Whitening System, made with hydrogen peroxide and potassium nitrate to help ease the tooth sensitivity that often happens after whitening treatments. The in-office process takes about two hours and about two weeks of at-home treatments with special bleach syringes and trays.

Bonding, Crowns, and Veneers: How Do They Brighten Smiles?

Clearing up years of stains can sometimes be harder than it seems. Enamel doesn’t grow back, so any damage done is permanent and must be repaired through other means.

Dr. Tomazin offers bonding, porcelain crowns and veneers, and same-day crowns for patients who need to repair damage like cracks or chips on their teeth or repair a tooth that has grown discolored due to decay.

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Bonding

With bonding, Dr. Tomazin uses a resin (durable plastic) material applied to the tooth. The material is color-matched to the tooth and hardened under a special light to “bond” the material to the tooth, restoring its appearance.

Dr. Tomazin can perform direct composite bonding, where the tooth’s surface is first roughened with an acid solution before the resin is applied, molded, and hardened. Adhesive bonding is used together with other procedures, like veneers.

Bonding is quick and painless—most procedures are able to be completed within one office visit—and leaves patients with very natural-looking results that can last up to five years.

Same-Day Crowns

Dr. Tomazin uses CEREC® restorations to offer patients beautiful, natural-looking crowns that are crafted and placed all in the same office visit, avoiding a more cumbersome procedure.

CEREC® uses 3D technology and specialized cameras to take precise, digital impressions of each tooth. These images allow Dr. Tomazin to design the crown and get it milled in-office, typically within 15 to 20 minutes.

Same-day crowns are made with a unique type of porcelain that’s superior to the traditional material. This porcelain is less abrasive and wears down at the same rate as the rest of your enamel, ensuring results are as natural as possible.

Patients can walk in for a visit with Dr. Tomazin and walk out with brand-new crowns that last between 10 to 15 years. No temporary crowns are needed with same-day crowns.

Porcelain Crowns and Veneers

The gold standard for repairing damaged teeth, porcelain crowns and veneers are long-lasting and designed to blend in seamlessly for a beautifully enhanced yet natural-looking smile.

Crowns and veneers are non-porous and resistant to stains, which means teeth stay brighter for longer. Veneers completely cover the front surface of the tooth, a permanent way to repair heavily damaged or stained teeth.

Impressions of the teeth are made before the crowns and veneers are specially fabricated. Patients may need to use temporary crowns in the meantime. Dr. Tomazin ensures crowns and veneers are color-matched to blend in with the rest of your smile.

Application is generally painless. A thin layer of enamel is removed before the crown or veneer is placed over the needed tooth or teeth. They typically take about two office visits to complete.

Crowns and veneers can last up to 15 years without replacement.

Are you looking for ways to get a brighter smile? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tomazin by calling 951-686-3666


What is TMJ and How Can I Treat It?

Posted June 3, 2019 in TMJ Disorder

The temporomandibular joint plays an integral role in the motion of the jaw and mouth. Located on each side of the mouth, each joint acts as a sort of “hinge” that allows you to open and close your mouth, making it possible to speak, chew, and swallow. Together with facial muscles and ligaments, the temporomandibular joints control the mandible, or lower jaw, allowing it to move forward, backward, and side to side.

TMJ is used as an abbreviation for disorders of the temporomandibular joint. TMJ affects the muscles and ligaments that make up the temporomandibular joint and cause pain, tenderness, and stiffness in the area. They are caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, injury, and stress levels. In more extreme cases, TMJ disorder can cause so much pain and stiffness that it can be difficult to open or shut the jaw.

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TMJ Signs and Symptoms

TMJ disorders can cause symptoms such as:

  • Pain, tenderness, and stiffness of the jaw
  • Pain in one or both temporomandibular joints
  • A “clicking” or “grating” sound when you chew or open your mouth
  • Pain or aches in or around the ear
  • Difficulty or pain while chewing
  • Facial pain or tenderness
  • Recurring headaches
  • Joint “locks” up, making it hard to open or close your mouth

Common Causes of TMJ

The area that controls the movement of the jaw muscles contains a disk of cartilage between the ball and socket of the temporomandibular joint. If that disk gets damaged for any reason, such as arthritis or an injury to the jaw, TMJ disorder may develop. An uneven bite or misaligned jaw can also cause the disk to get damaged or misaligned, leading to TMJ pain. Long-term teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is another common cause of TMJ. A diet with many hard or hard-to-chew foods, such as crunchy potato chips or chewy candy bars, may also play a role in causing TMJ pain. Stress has also been linked to both bruxism and TMJ. The causes behind TMJ disorders are not always apparent, but the pain will continue to worsen if left untreated.

Diagnosing TMJ

If you’re experiencing symptoms that indicate you may have TMJ, you should see your doctor or dentist, such as Dr. Tomazin, as soon as you can. Your dentist will check your jaw and teeth by observing the motion of your mouth as you open and shut your jaw and also pressing on specific areas to check for tenderness or pain. Your dentist will also listen for any audible “clicking” or grinding. You may need to get X-rays or other scans if further examination is needed. Once diagnosed, you can begin to discuss what treatment options are available.

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Treating TMJ

Your dentist will help you develop a plan to treat your TMJ upon diagnosis. Some treatments for TMJ include:

  • Medications
  • Therapies
  • Change in diet
  • Physical exercises
  • Pain relief remedies
  • A night guard to decrease bruxism

Know Your Treatment Options

The causes of TMJ disorder can vary from patient to patient. Factors such as diet, jaw placement, previous trauma or injury to the area can all play a role, along with other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, also causes TMJ pain.

Dentists, such as Dr. Tomazin, work closely with their patients to accurately diagnose TMJ and come up with a treatment plan that works to relieve the effects of this often painful disorder. A good treatment plan will help to decrease the pain, tenderness, and stiffness associated with TMJ and can even help prevent what causes the disorder in the first place. A combination of treatments may be the best way to help alleviate your symptoms.

Treating TMJ with Medicine

Your dentist may need to prescribe certain medications to help deal with the pain and other symptoms related to TMJ. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, may be used for a limited time to help decrease pain. Some dentists may prescribe certain types of antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications, as in low doses they can be used to decrease bruxism. If needed, a dentist may also prescribe muscle relaxants, which help ease tension and pain from muscle spasms related to TMJ.

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Therapeutic Treatments

There are a few different therapies that can be used to address TMJ and relieve symptoms. Physical therapy, such as exercises to help strengthen and stretch your jaw and mouth muscles, can be used to provide relief. Some dentists also use ultrasound treatments to help relax muscles and a heat or ice pack for pain. If there is bruxism, the use of a mouth guard or splint will also help decrease nighttime grinding and relieve pain and discomfort. Mouth guards can be bought at a local drug store, but a mouth guard or splint customized to fit your bite is the best option. Dr. Tomazin uses a special mold to craft a mouth guard or splint tailored to your needs.

Home Remedies

Some dentists recommend some simple lifestyle changes that can also help ease the symptoms of TMJ. Some home remedies include:

  • Eating soft foods
  • Cutting food into smaller pieces
  • Avoiding sticky, chewy, or crunchy food
  • Avoid chewing gum and biting nails
  • Using heat or ice packs
  • Relaxation or meditation techniques to loosen tense jaw muscles

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Surgery or Other Procedures

In more severe cases, or if other treatments haven’t helped, surgery or other less invasive procedures may be recommended.

Arthrocentesis:

This is a minimally invasive procedure where a dentist injects fluid to irrigate the temporomandibular joint and remove debris, helping decrease inflammation.

Injections:

Some TMJ patients benefit from cortisone injections into the joint to relieve symptoms. In other cases, botulinum toxin type A (commonly known as BOTOX®) injections into the jaw can help relax the muscles associated with TMJ pain.

Acupuncture:

The use of tiny needles inserted into certain points of the face and body may help alleviate some of the pain and muscle stiffness from TMJ.

Dental work:

In some cases, TMJ can be alleviated by adjusting or reshaping some of the teeth. This can help fix an uneven bite that often leads to some of the worst symptoms. Orthodontic treatments, such as tooth aligners or a retainer, may also be recommended.

Modified condylotomy:

This type of surgery is best used if TMJ has caused “locking” or difficulty in moving the jaw, as it is done on the mandible to correct movement issues.

Open-joint surgery:

This type of surgery will help replace or repair the temporomandibular joint and is typically only used if there is a structural issue with the joint itself. This should only be considered if other TMJ treatment options have been tried and haven’t worked.

 

Dr. Tomazin will help you develop a treatment plan that best addresses your TMJ symptoms to find you long-lasting relief. Call our offices at 951-686-3666 to schedule a consultation soon.

 


Maintaining Optimal Oral PH

Posted April 30, 2019 in Oral PH

Having healthy teeth and a bright smile is a significant priority for many people. To keep your teeth at an optimal, healthy pH level, it is essential to know what foods can lead to tooth decay and how to reduce acidity in your mouth to fight off plaque and bacteria that cause cavities. Many contributing factors to tooth decay include diet and lifestyle, which can be easily changed to promote healthier teeth and maintain a brilliant smile. Adopting new eating habits can have a considerable effect on your oral pH levels.

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Highly Acidic Food and Drinks

An essential step toward tooth decay prevention is being aware of what foods are potentially sabotaging your attempts to achieve healthy teeth. Consuming foods high in acidity causes weakened tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay and other adverse side effects. Some examples of food and beverages that are highly acidic include:

  • Coffee or tea, especially if they are sweetened
  • Soda and lemonade
  • Sticky snacks, such as raisins or chewy candies
  • Sugars
  • Tomato products
  • Any foods that stick to your teeth after eating them, such as potato chips

How to Reduce Acidity

Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing are excellent habits to achieve an ideal oral pH level, but they not usually enough to tackle all the acidity that is causing bacteria and plaque. Prevention procedures conducted in Dr. Tomazin’s office can help eliminate a significant amount of acid to help combat bacteria and other concerns that lead to tooth decay. Some behaviors should be avoided while others are healthy options that will assist in lowering acid levels in your mouth for an overall balanced pH.

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Behaviors That Can Hinder PH Levels

  • Between-meal snacking can expose teeth to acids that lead to damage, so limiting this habit can help reduce exposure to harmful acid levels.
  • Cake, candy, cookies, crackers, french fries, mints, muffins, pretzels, raisins, and other dried fruits contain a lot of sugar, which increases acid levels. Eating a diet high in sugar will expose teeth to significant levels of acid.

Foods That Are Beneficial for PH Levels

  • Cheese, chicken, nuts, and dairy products can protect tooth enamel due to their acid-counteracting qualities. Calcium and phosphorus found in these items also help protect teeth.
  • Choose beans, fish, nuts, and seeds as your primary sources of protein, as they are less acidic than other protein sources.
  • Consume a variety of vegetables (especially dark, leafy greens and orange vegetables) for a balanced pH level.
  • Drink any coffee or sweet drinks quickly through a straw with your meal, if you are not able to remove them from your diet.
  • Eat plenty of fruits, such as apples and pears, as part of a healthy diet. Fruits with a high water content can stimulate saliva which helps protect against tooth decay because of its antibacterial properties.
  • Opt for whole grains (brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, etc.) over processed grains, such as white bread.

It is essential to brush your teeth after every meal to remove plaque buildup and bacteria that can damage teeth. Drinking plenty of water with meals, eating any high acidity or sugary snacks with food, reducing coffee, alcohol, and soda intake, and chewing sugarless gum between meals can also help lower the level of acidity in your mouth. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and routine check-ups with your dentist can help prevent tooth decay and protect your smile from damaging acid.

Your dental health is important to us, so please reach out to learn more about tooth decay prevention and your oral pH levels by filling out our online contact form today.

Biological Dentistry

The naturally occurring acidity levels in your mouth are the main contributing factor that leads to tooth decay. The more acidic your mouth is, the more cavities you are likely to develop. Maintaining your overall health begins with a healthy mouth. Our I.E. Dental team approaches oral health using the least toxic techniques available through biological dentistry. Because we consider the impact that dental practices can have on your body, all of our actions and tools are biocompatible choices made with your health in mind. We continuously improve our technology with the most advanced options to treat every patient safely and efficiently.

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Potentially Harmful Materials

In the past, dental practices often worked with materials that were later found to be unsafe. Older materials, such as mercury amalgam fillings, that are potentially toxic can be removed and replaced with a safer material. Dr. Tomazin is SMART (safe mercury amalgam removal technique) certified by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).  These removal techniques focus on preventing additional exposure to these substances during extraction. Swishing fluoride in your mouth is a treatment that can be replaced with acidity-reducing techniques to help reduce tooth decay while avoiding fluoride exposure.

Newer Treatments

Using advanced technology, Dr. Chad Tomazin can treat gum disease, cavities, and other dental concerns using proven, effective techniques that do not require harmful materials.

Oxygen-ozone

Activated oxygen-ozone is an effective approach to oxidizing and destroying bacteria in the mouth while also reducing bacteria colonization. By combining three oxygen molecules, instead of the two oxygen molecules that comprise the air we breathe, it creates a highly antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal component that eliminates bacteria and disinfects the treated areas.

VELscope®

Detecting any traces of cancerous tissue is important for treating oral cancers. VELscope® provides access to clearly view tissues in the mouth, allowing detection of cancer or tissue abnormalities immediately to prevent issues in the future.

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Tips for Increased Oral Health and pH

It is recommended that patients schedule a dental appointment every six months, and more frequently if you have a dental concern or tooth discomfort. Children should also begin this routine at two or three years old, and parents should schedule their initial appointment as early as when their first tooth appears. Switching to an electric toothbrush removes more plaque and bacteria than traditional manual toothbrushes, which can help slow down the tooth decay process. Brushing after every meal, drinking water while you eat, chewing sugarless gum, and reducing acidic beverage consumption can all help to lower your mouth acidity level. Additional tips to help you achieve a healthier mouth can be found on our tips for a healthy mouth page.

 

To learn more about your oral pH levels and to schedule an appointment, call our office at (951) 686-3666 today.