How Oral Inflammation Affects Your Health

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Swollen and painful gums are symptoms of periodontal disease, an inflammatory gum disease. At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA we see patients every day who complain about pain and discomfort.

Swelling of the gums occurs from an auto-immune response of the body reacting to an infection. Infections are noticeable through pain, redness, and warmth.

If the infection is left untreated, it can affect the bone near the teeth. The body’s immune system wants to rid the bone of the dangerous material the bacteria is creating. Over time, bone loss will occur.

Inflammation in the gums also is associated with atherosclerosis, the occurrence of fatty deposits inside of the body’s arteries. Inflammation coincides with an increase of the blood protein CRP (C-reactive protein), produced by the liver.

The more inflammation there is, the more the liver produces CRP. The more CRP present, the more likely cardiovascular disease is present, along with related problems. CRP production is also related to arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and intestinal problems.

If inflammation is left untreated, gums can develop pockets that provide the perfect breeding ground for infection. The longer the infection persists, the more likely bone loss will develop, eventually causing tooth loss.

All of this underscores the importance of flossing and brushing at home, every single day. At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA we offer complete general and restorative dentistry. We serve satisfied patients in San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee. Schedule an appointment 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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7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

Anyone with chronic bad breath understands the embarrassment and frustration associated with this condition. As unpleasant as it is, rest assured we can help at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA.

Possible Causes for Bad Breath

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Systemic infection
  4. Bacteria on dentures
  5. Gum disease
  6. Food particles on tonsils
  7. Dry mouth

If your bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, you’re in luck; this is one of the easiest types to treat. Make sure you brush for a full three minutes before you climb into bed, and don’t forget to floss.

People who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer. There is probably one on your smartphone. In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to floss around each tooth to wash away the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

You can also brush after each meal to prevent food debris from sitting on their teeth. In addition to freshening your breath, brushing after each meal will improve your dental health.

Treating bad breath starts with a visit to Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA. Be sure to mention it! People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee come to us for our comprehensive general dentistry, dental implants, and so much more! Schedule an appointment 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

 


Why Improve Your Smile?

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Would you like to improve the appearance of your smile? With cosmetic dentistry from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, transforming your smile has never been easier.

Cosmetic dentistry is a term that refers to dental techniques that enhance the appearance of your smile. We can make teeth brighter, in better alignment with each other, and get rid of the chips or cracks that have detracted from them for as long as you can remember. We can even replace a tooth that is missing with one that is indistinguishable from a natural tooth.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

  • Teeth whitening: Professional teeth whitening surpasses any product you’ll find at the grocery store.
  • Porcelain veneers: Thin shells of medical-grade porcelain are attached to the front of your teeth to cover imperfections like stains, chips, or gaps.
  • Invisalign® Clear Braces: Invisalign clear braces straighten teeth and fit like a mouth guard. They can be removed for meals and when you brush your teeth.
  • Dental implants: State-of-the-art dental implants are titanium posts inserted into your jaw, where the fuse with bone to form a rock-solid support for an artificial tooth.

Does any of this sound too good to be true? Well, seeing is believing! Cosmetic dentistry from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA can transform your smile into something spectacular. Patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee also come to our office for general dentistry. Request an appointment 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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The 4 Stages of Gum Disease

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It’s a progressive condition, and is easily treatable in its earliest stages. In this article from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we have put together a list of the four main stages of gum disease, in order to keep our patients aware and educated on this all-too-common problem.

  1. Gingivitis: This first stage includes red or swollen gums that cause discomfort while brushing and flossing. You may notice bad breath on occasion. Gingivitis is often caused by the buildup of bacteria on teeth and the gum line.
  2. Early Stage Periodontal Disease: During the second stage, infection has spread beneath the gums, allowing harmful bacteria to begin eating at the bone holding your teeth in place. An aggressive treatment plan can prevent it from getting worse.
  3. Moderate Periodontal Disease: This third stage involves more advanced care. Surgery can reshape your gums and close pockets between the gums and teeth to reduce plaque buildup. This may sound intimidating, but the prognosis can be good.
  4. Advanced Periodontal Disease: Flap surgery is common for this stage and involves cleaning the actual roots of your teeth by scrubbing behind your gums. Weakened bone can be smoothed or shaped to avoid bacteria from collecting.

Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular checkups at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA can prevent gum disease. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee rely on our care, and come to us for full general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment 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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Improve Your Smile for Yourself (And Those That Look at You)

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Losing one or more of your natural teeth impacts your smile, and your ability to bite and chew. But with dental implants from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, you can regain your smile and the ability to eat just about anything.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are anchored into your jaw. They are solid foundations for artificial teeth. Because they are physically attached to your jaw,  they also prevent the loss of bone that usually accompanies tooth loss.

If you’ve lost one or more teeth, a conventional dental bridge or dentures are certainly better than nothing. But because they are not solidly anchored to your jaw, they do not provide full biting and chewing function. This is, of course, a major drawback.

This is what makes dental implants so brilliant. They don’t look any different than natural teeth, and better still, they feel and function the same. Once the implants are in place and the jaw has fully healed, most patients report full chewing power. That means they can enjoy just about any food they choose.

At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA we provide single-tooth dental implants and implant-supported dentures. They look great! People from
San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee trust us with their dental health! Call to schedule an appointment with 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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Should Teens See a General or Pediatric Dentist?

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Kids grow up, whether we like it or not. Every parent knows that, and knows the mixed feelings that come with it. When they’re toddlers we take them to a pediatric dentist. How do we know when the time has come to transition to a general dental practice? At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we have some thoughts on that.

Generally speaking, pediatric dentists see their young patients until they’re eighteen years old. But experts say there really is no age limit. Instead, it’s one of those decisions that parents come to naturally. When the time is right, you usually know.

By the time our patients move on to a general dentist, pediatric dentists have met their developmental needs. They are trained in the way that mouths change as people grow up.

Growing up is the whole point. As a general dentistry practice, Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA can provide care as they transition to young adults. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee trust us with their dental health, and also come to us for complete cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment 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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Why Trust Your Smile to Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental?

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Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and seeing us at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa twice a year.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There are dozens of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize.
  • Seeing the dentist twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist. A professional teeth cleaning alone is worth the trip, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa we are humbled that people from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee trust us with their smiles. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Please call to schedule a cleaning and checkup with 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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Implants or Traditional Dentures? Ask Yourself These Questions When Choosing

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If you want to restore your smile due to extensive tooth loss, you have a decision to make. Should you choose ordinary dentures or go with state-of-the-art implant dentures, like those at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa?

One of the biggest disadvantages to ordinary dentures is a greatly reduced ability to bite and chew food. The reason for this is that they rest on top of the gums. Implant dentures are secured directly to the jaw.

In fact, most people who switch from traditional to implant-supported overdentures say their ability to bite, chew, and taste is greatly improved. Most wearers also say that implant-supported dentures are a lot more comfortable.

In case you haven’t heard, dental implants are metal posts that are placed in the jaw, where they fuse with the bone. Multiple implants can anchor a full dental arch. They also help to preserve bone mass, because by chewing they stimulate the bone enough to prevent bone recession.

Implant dentures from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa are state-of-the-art. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee come to our office for them, and take advantage of all our advanced dental care. Call us to schedule an appointment 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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We Understand Dental Anxiety

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If you tense up just thinking about going to the dentist, you may benefit from sedation dentistry offered by Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa.

Millions of Americans stress out when they have to see the dentist. It is referred to as dental anxiety. There is a more severe form, too, called dental phobia. In both, some people would rather skip the dentist altogether than sit down for a checkup. The problem with that, of course, is it puts their dental health at risk.

There are lots of reasons why people develop anxiety or phobia over dental care. It often stems from a bad experience they had with a dentist as a kid. Fear of pain may be involved, as well as a fear of anesthesics and possible side effects.

Whatever the cause, sedation dentistry has helped millions of people get through their appointments.

We offer oral conscious sedation. You take a prescribed sedative called Triazolam an hour or so before the appointment. You won’t sleep, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. When the appointment is over, someone will have to drive you home.

Remember, it is essential that you do not compromise your dental health by skipping the dentist. Sedation dentistry from Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa may be just for you. People throughout San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee come to us for complete general dentistry. Schedule an appointment 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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What Have We Done For You Lately?

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If you explored our website before landing on this blog, you have may noticed the term “general dentistry” on the menu, along with other services. “General dentistry” may sound bland, but it isn’t. At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa, it’s your assurance that we can diagnose and treat your most essential issues, and ensure your overall dental health.

One of our watchwords is prevention. That’s why we start each of your appointments with an exam by one of our dental hygienists, who cleans and inspects your teeth and gums. Then it’s the dentist’s turn. In this way we make sure that your teeth, and the soft tissues of your mouth, are free of decay or disease.

A Wide Range of Services

If we find any issues, we are equipped to deal with most of them. If there is something beyond the scope of general dentistry we’ll give you an excellent referral. Examples of what we can do include:

  • Repair damaged teeth
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canals
  • Dental implants
  • Oral cancer screenings

Your dental health is closely linked to your overall health. In fact, research has established links between common oral infections and conditions such as cardiovascular disease. That’s one of the best reasons to see us for regular checkups.

Too often, people put off going to the dentist. Some even wait until they suspect there is a problem. Needless to say, we do not recommend this approach. Prevention really is the best medicine.

At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa we want to see each of our patients for a general dentistry cleaning and checkup every six months. Find out why people from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee trust us with their dental health! Our services also include cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment 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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