In 1986, Dr. Jeff Gray established Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. Dr. Gray is a well-respected dental professional enthusiastic about preventative and general dentistry in La Mesa.
The goal of preventative dentistry is to maintain oral health so that no restorative dental work ever becomes necessary. In other words, preventing cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear. Brushing your teeth and flossing is a good beginning to preventative dentistry. It is also imperative that you get bi-annual exams and dental cleanings.
With little ones, dental sealants might be a good option. Dental sealants are a thin plastic covering, commonly used on the very back teeth. These teeth are especially susceptible to trapped food particles, and at the same time tend to be the hardest ones to brush. The goal of a sealant is to guard a tooth against decay, which is always preferable to filling a cavity.
Despite efforts to keep children’s teeth healthy with general dentistry in La Mesa, many kids still develop several cavities during their childhood years. Since the rate of tooth decay typically declines with age, if teeth remain intact during childhood, there is a better chance that these teeth can stay healthy for decades.
Fillings, inlays/onlays and crowns do a great job at saving teeth from extraction, but they don’t last forever. When a 10-year-old gets a cavity in a brand-new permanent tooth, that tooth will probably need periodic attention throughout his life, even if no additional decay develops. Once the enamel has been eaten away by acids, the tooth is forever weakened. Brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings help ensure that teeth are strong and will last a lifetime. Changing your toothbrush every few months and using a toothpaste with fluoride are also essential components of proper oral care.
If your teeth and gums are healthy, but you don’t like your smile because of cosmetic issues, call 619-337-7700 to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. Dr. Gray offers general dentistry in La Mesa, along with Invisalign and porcelain veneers. Come learn about revolutionary cosmetic dentistry available at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.