9 Ways To Prevent Gum Disease

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Unfortunately, gum disease is very common. But, at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, it is a completely preventable condition. We are ready to help you deal with those swollen gums! But how? The best solution is always prevention. Our team has compiled a list of ways you can reduce your chances of gum disease. Here’s some simple ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy:

  1. Brush Properly: Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gum-line. Scrub away the fragments of food. Don’t brush too hard, but be thorough. Scrubbing your gums aggressively can be painful and damaging to your oral health.
  2. Floss Daily: Flossing removes plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. Don’t like to floss? Try a floss holder, which makes it much easier to insert floss between teeth. But get over your aversion to flossing, unless  you want cavities or periodontitis – advanced gum disease.
  3. Use a Mouth Rinse: Although not a substitute for brushing and flossing, using a mouth rinse can prevent plaque accumulation and keep your enamel strong. Remember that fluoride mouth rinses are not the same as mouthwashes. Mouthwashes have alcohol and are designed to freshen breath. But they can exacerbate dry mouth which can cause other problems.
  4. Eat a Healthy Diet: Starchy and sugary foods increase plaque. A wholesome diet provides the nutrients necessary – Vitamins A and C, in particular – to keep teeth and gums healthy.
  5. Skip Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco: Both of these habits may result in gingivitis (gum disease) or oral cancer. While you’re at it, avoid E-cigs and vapors.
  6. Check Your Meds: Be aware that certain medications can also threaten a healthy mouth. These include oral contraceptives, antidepressants and heart medicines. If your medications are affecting your dental health, it’s time for a visit.
  7. Make Preventative Care a Priority: Exercise preventive care and schedule regular exams — the ideal way to detect early signs of gum disease and make a plan to reverse it.
  8. Talk to Your Dentist: Talk to your dentist about dental issues such as old, broken fillings, or crowded teeth.
  9. Protect Your Teeth: If you grind your teeth, talk to us about ways to protect your smile. If you participate in contact sports, use a custom mouthguard.

At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we offer general and restorative dentistry. Patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee also come to us for dental implants and cosmetic options. Contact us today to find out what we can do for your smile!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

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8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
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91942

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Relax In Comfort And Style At Jeff Gray

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On this blog post from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we want to talk about an often-overlooked feature in practices: the modern dental chair. Did you know that dental chairs don’t come from your local furniture store?

Dental chairs were designed especially for the comfort of patient and dental provider alike. At our practice, we take advantage of advanced ergonomics and top-of-the-line comfort technology to bring you an experience like no other. You’ll be amazed with the recent innovations in seat technology.

Our chairs offer fully adjustable seats and are lined with comfortable, sturdy materials that mold to your weight and shape. It really feels like you’re floating! The cushioned seats allow us to treat our patients easily, while also ensuring your comfort.

The last place you want to feel discomfort is at a dental visit. It can already be stressful to deal with a dental problem; a bumpy, uncomfortable seat is like adding fuel to that fire.

In addition to a comfortable seat, Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA boasts a professional dental team that is trained in direct patient communication and is ready to answer any questions you might have. Whether you need general dentistry for dental maintenance, cosmetic dentistry for aesthetic problems, or dental implants for tooth replacement, take a seat! Your dental assistant will see you shortly. Patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee visit us every day. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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More Ways To Fight Decay

We tend to associate cavities with our younger years, but the truth is that you can get a cavity in one of your teeth at any age. You can minimize the risk, and even prevent cavities, with daily brushing and regular checkups at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA.

Most people have at least one cavity in their lifetime; if not more! Cavities means the plaque on your teeth has converted to acid from food debris. These acids eat through the tooth enamel and create a hole, or cavity. We treat cavities by cleaning out the surrounding tooth area and filling it.

Proper Brushing

Most of us have been brushing our teeth our whole lives, and know what we’re doing. But there is always room to improve, so here are a few basics about the right way to clean your teeth.

  • Floss: Begin by flossing. String floss is preferred over one of those little floss picks. Work a strand between each tooth and its neighbor to remove any food debris.
  • Brush: Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and plenty of toothpaste. Get all of it wet. Then brush your teeth in a slow circular motion. Be sure you get along the gum-line and all surfaces of the tooth: inside, outside, and chewing surfaces. Brush for at least two minutes!
  • Swish and Spit: Rinse out any remaining toothpaste.

Some people prefer to floss after brushing. It’s one of those six of one, half a dozen of the other situations. Just be sure to floss!

Daily brushing and regular checkups at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA are the best ways to prevent tooth decay. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee come to our practice for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Choosing A Toothbrush

At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA we can’t do enough to stress the importance of dental health. It’s more than having healthy teeth and gums: the link between dental health and overall health is by now well-established.

This means that brushing and flossing your teeth each and every day, without fail, is essential to your overall well-being. Brushing twice a day is better, and after every meal is best of all.

There are lots of different types of toothbrushes out there. Choosing one is largely a matter of personal preference: something that fits easily into your mouth and feels good in your hand are important considerations. Manual or electric? Both do a good job, though people with agility issues like arthritis may do better with an electric brush.

Whatever style you choose, we strongly recommend a toothbrush with soft bristles. They are the easiest on your teeth and gums and still do an excellent job of removing plaque and food debris from the surfaces of your teeth.

Alternatives

But nothing is ever easy any more, is it? More and more people are choosing alternatives to traditional plastic brushes. According to one source, more than one billion plastic toothbrushes end up in landfills every year in North America alone! It takes hundreds of years for these plastics to decompose.

Because of this, non-plastic toothbrushes are becoming more popular. Manufacturers make them out of sustainable materials like bamboo, wood, recycled paper, and recycled plastics. Some companies even have programs to recycle their used toothbrushes.

At the end of the day, the choice of toothbrush is yours. At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we think brushing is the important thing, along with regular checkups. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

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What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

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When a wisdom tooth tries to come in but is obstructed by the adjacent tooth, it becomes impacted and can result in such complications as pain, inflammation, or tooth decay. At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we can extract wisdom teeth.

It’s challenging to clean partially-erupted wisdom teeth. Since they have a high risk of decay, we pay special attention to them. They can also cause decay in the neighboring molars.

For most people, wisdom teeth come in in the early twenties. As many as 85% of wisdom teeth need to be extracted. It is a routine outpatient procedure; most patients experience minimal discomfort and recover in a few days.

If you have a wisdom teeth that need attention, please call us at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA to schedule an appointment. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee come to us for complete general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

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Don’t Like Dental Visits? Go Anyway.

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It’s no secret that many dread going to the dentist. Whether they associate dental visits with shame, pain, or financial drain, they avoid it at all costs. At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we encourage all our patients to see their dentist regularly. This way, you can prevent more uncomfortable dental procedures, like fillings and root canals.

Though it sounds backwards, the truth is that you protect against dental pain by seeing your dentist regularly–even if you hate dental visits!

If you have naturally healthy teeth, you may not realize your amazing good fortune. After all, you can eat whatever you want. You aren’t self-conscious about stained, chipped, or missing teeth. Tooth pain doesn’t interrupt your sleep.

Lucky individuals with great teeth may do fine with limited dental treatment in their twenties and thirties. What we’ve observed, though, is that, eventually, avoiding exams and cleanings catches up with you.

This is especially true for individuals with dental risk factors. These include smoking, recreational drug use, severe alcohol consumption, inadequate oral hygiene, teeth grinding, poor eating habits or crooked teeth.

Notice that some of these things are a conscious choice, and others, like crooked teeth or teeth grinding, may be unavoidable. Regardless, most people who forego dental exams and cleanings eventually experience oral problems.

The first thing that may come to your mind is cavities. While this is an issue for some middle-aged people, it’s actually not the most frequent dental condition. Gum disease earns the dubious honor as the top cause of tooth loss in U.S. adults.

If you have neglected your oral care needs, we invite you to make an appointment at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA. We specialize in general dentistry and oral care. Patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee also come to us for dental implants and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Is Tooth Decay Contagious?

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This post from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA is about dental health and tooth decay. Your mouth has a thriving community of bacteria. There are from 200-300 types, but most don’t cause tooth decay.

Bacteria that cause tooth decay are in the mutans streptococcus family. The bacteria mix with sugar to create a powerful acid. The acid reduces the calcium in tooth enamel.

When the bacteria remains on teeth, it produces a yellowish substance called plaque. Plaque is brutally effective at drilling into tooth enamel and causing cavities. Minerals in saliva and fluoride help enamel re-mineralize.

The tooth decay bacteria can spread through saliva. People in close contact with one another are at risk. Sharing spoons or kissing are two avenues. Mothers, fathers, siblings, and caregivers can actually give the bacteria to babies.

Young children whose teeth are forming are at a heightened risk of decay. Daily oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and fluoride protect young teeth.

At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we want all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. People throughout San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee come to us for comprehensive general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Halitosis And Xerostomia (Bad Breath And Dry Mouth)

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In this post from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we address the unpleasant topic of halitosis, also known as bad breath.

While poor dental hygiene is the most common cause of halitosis, many factors can contribute to it, or even make it worse. One of these is the lack of saliva, or xerostomia.

Saliva and Oral Health

One of the functions of saliva is moistening the teeth and gums and removing odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks and the minerals in saliva help to maintain enamel stability.

Immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby shielding the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This protects against cavities and infections.

Most of us have a dry mouth now and then, like when we’re anxious or under stress. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using over-the-counter saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

If you have occasional periods of dry mouth, there is probably nothing to worry about. Constant dry mouth, however, can result in additional oral and physical health problems.

If you are coping with either condition, be sure to tell us at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA. We’ve helped patients throughout San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee discover the source and guide them on treatment. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Royalty At Jeff Gray DDS

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When we crown one of our patients at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, the coronation is a celebration of a stronger smile.

The need for a dental crown is usually apparent. Crowns (sometimes called caps) restore a decayed or damaged tooth to its original size, shape, and functionality.

Crowns are sometimes extended down to a tooth’s root surface. Most often, though, they replace the top portion of the tooth, also known as the crown; hence the name of the restoration.

Dental crowns are custom-made for each tooth. Once a crown is cemented permanently into place, they strengthen what was a weakened tooth. They prevent cracked teeth from cracking any further and provide support to teeth that have large, existing fillings.

Dental crowns from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA are an excellent solution for damaged teeth. We have placed them in patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee, who also come to our practice for dental implants and much more. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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What Do You Do If You Get Something Stuck Between Your Teeth?

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Ever get something stuck between your teeth? Of course you have. At best, something stuck between your teeth is bothersome, especially if it takes a long time to remove it. At worst, it is painful, and a situation that requires professional attention, like what we provide at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA.

Some people have narrow and tight spaces between their teeth. They seem more susceptible to getting things wedged in there. It can cause pressure and discomfort, and even pain.

Before you head to our office, there are some things you can try at home to dislodge what you have stuck between your teeth.

Tips

  • It may be tempting, and it may even seem like it would work. But never use a sharp object to try to pry out something stuck between your teeth. Repeat, never. That includes toothpicks. You run the risk of damaging your gums, or even your teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth out vigorously. Use lukewarm saltwater. You may need to repeat several times, but this is often enough to loosen whatever is stuck.
  • Dental floss, especially waxed, is excellent for getting things from between teeth. Waxed floss slides easily into tight spaces. If it won’t go in, do not force it. Floss picks with tight strands of floss are useful. Also useful is tying a tiny knot into the floss, to snag the object and free it. But again, never force things.

If these methods don’t work, give us a call. At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we have the tools and skills to help you out. We specialize in general and restorative dentistry, and have helped patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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