Floss Pick Facts For San Diego

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Dental patients who live in the Alpine, Jamul, and Santee area want to keep their mouths as healthy and clean as possible. However, they are also looking for convenience, and that’s why many of them turn to floss picks instead of old-fashioned dental floss.

These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are inexpensive and can be used more discreetly than floss.

While this may seem like a dream come true for those hoping to make flossing a more regular part of their oral health routine, floss picks are still a step below actual floss in effectiveness.

The American Dental Association has only approved dental floss for cleaning in between teeth. One issue is that floss picks can’t curve and form the angles needed for superior cleaning.

So, what is a responsible dental patient to do? The first thing is to communicate with your La Mesa, California dentist and see what their opinion is. If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient, but still try to use regular dental floss daily.

If you are in the process of looking for a new dentist, we hope that you consider Jeff Gray DDS. We have been serving the San Diego area since 1986 from our La Mesa practice.

Our friendly and professional staff would love to help with any critical questions you have regarding flossing and other dental health concerns, as well as questions about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers.

Call 619-337-7700 today to schedule an exam or consultation.

Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
619-337-7700


The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/product-category-information/floss-and-other-interdental-cleaners, accessed on August 1, 2014


Your Perfect Smile Is Only A Few Dental Visits Away, Jamul!

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What does it take to really change the way you look? Hours upon hours at the gym? Expensive trips to the most cutting-edge salon in the San Diego area? What about a routine trip to your dentist?

You may not love going to the dentist, but you will love the results when they help you find the best way to whiten your teeth. Teeth whitening in La Mesa is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure, but the dramatic results never cease to impress.

Your Alpine, Jamul, or Santee dentist can work with you to develop a teeth whitening regimen that will be most effective. This may include any of the following three methods:

1. Bleaching done in-office. Sometimes called chairside bleaching, a special light is used while a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth. A rubber shield or protective gel is used to keep your tender gums safe from the whitening agent.

2. Bleaching at home. Even though this is done at home, the peroxide-containing whiteners used do have potential side effects, so it’s a good idea to discuss this with your dentist. Also, there are many at-home whiteners available in La Mesa, California drug stores, and your dentist can direct you to the best ones.

3. Toothpastes with whitening properties. When a toothpaste carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance, it means that it contains special chemical or polishing agents. These will provide additional stain removal which complements the surface stain removal offered by all toothpastes.

My name is Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, as is helping them achieve the smile they want using cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, bonding, and complete smile makeovers.

My practice, Jeff Gray DDS, is currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at 619-337-7700 to make an appointment!

We hope to hear from you soon!
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
619-337-7700
https://smilesandiego.com/


The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/whitening, accessed on Sept. 4, 2013


Should San Diego Teens Whiten Their Teeth?

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Getting a smile just like their favorite singer or movie star might be high on your teen’s priority list. However, you may want to talk with your Alpine, La Mesa, or San Diego dentist before buying an at-home tooth whitening product.

As with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening should be overseen by a professional. There are a number of factors that can affect results, such as an existing crown or teeth that have not yet erupted. Some medical conditions can cause teeth to darken. Your San Diego dentist can determine if a teen’s tooth stains are a symptom of an underlying condition.

It’s always a good idea to stress prevention over treatments, especially with kids. Make sure your La Mesa teen is practicing proper oral health habits and help them understand that coffee, tea, cola, and energy drinks can stain their teeth. And if they need another reason not to smoke, remind them that tobacco products will destroy their beautiful smile along with their lungs.

If you or any member of your family decides to use an over-the-counter teeth whitener, be sure to follow the instructions exactly, as the bleaching agents used can damage your mouth and gums.

My name is Dr. Jeff Gray. I am a child-friendly La Mesa family dentist. My passion is helping each of my patients achieve and maintain a healthy, attractive smile, regardless of their age. My practice, Jeff Gray DDS, offers the following services:

Invisalign
Porcelain veneers
Teeth whitening
Laser dentistry

And more! So, if you are in the San Diego area and are in need of cosmetic dental care or have a question about affordable smile makeovers, please give us a call at (619) 337-7700.

Dr. Jeff Gray
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
(619) 337-7700
https://smilesandiego.com/meet-dr-jeff-gray/

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-discoloration, accessed on July 25, 2013


Why Sports Drinks Put Teeth At Risk In San Diego

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Most health-conscious individuals in the San Diego and La Mesa area exercise regularly, and many turn to sports drinks for hydration.

While it’s true that sports drinks help maintain electrolyte levels in the body (and pose fewer health risks than energy drinks), their acidity can erode tooth enamel. And when tooth enamel erodes, those pearly whites are more susceptible to staining, discoloration, and decay.

Nobody wants stained teeth, so next time you’re at your San Diego or La Mesa gym, try substituting water for sports drinks.

If you have already experienced staining and tooth discoloration and would like to know more about porcelain veneers and teeth whitening in La Mesa, give Jeff Gray DDS a call at (619) 337-7700.

We are a superior La Mesa, California dental practice that offers:

Sedation dentistry
Dental implants
Invisalign

Dr. Jeff Gray has been treating dental patients in the San Diego area since 1986. The friendly and professional staff here can answer any questions you have about preventative oral care and cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, dental implants, gum contouring, invisible braces, tooth-colored fillings and smile makeovers.

Call us today for an appointment!

Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
(619) 337-7700

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