Maintain Optimum Oral Health with Enhanced Oral Health Care Treatments

Published on November 22, 2017 by

If you want to achieve the best possible smile for not only aesthetic reasons but also for optimum oral health, it is important to always practice effective oral health care techniques that can drastically improve your smile. Caring for your teeth and gums is a daily routine that must be practiced frequently. Everything from the products you use to the safety guards that you employ can help keep your teeth safe, effective, and beautiful.

The products you consume can easily damage your smile. Sugars and substances that have a low pH level are known to be extremely damaging to your tooth enamel and can lead to dental erosion. Furthermore, eating healthy meals can help protect your teeth and gums in numerous ways. Minerals such as calcium and phosphorus have been shown to help protect and remineralize your tooth enamel.

Practice safe and effective methods to keep your smile clean. This includes using cleaning tools and utensils that are highly effective at removing plaque and limiting the spread of bacteria. Furthermore, focus on products that can function to remove any residue that may linger in your mouth. Plus, it is important to always brush your teeth at least twice a day. In addition, chewing sugarless gum or using mouthwash after eating improves your smile and limits tooth decay. For additional oral health care treatments, visit your dentist for routine checkups and examinations, as well as professional cleanings every 6 months.

An oral health care disorder can be treated with the help of our team of experts at David Gonzalez. If you need a dentist in Chula Vista, California, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. David Gonzalez at our dentist office, by calling us at 619-422-5365.

Debunking Myths about Root Canals

Published on October 24, 2017 by

If you are preparing for a root canal but aren’t familiar with how it’s performed, it’s easy to be nervous about it. There are many counterfeit rumors about them. Here are a few myths and their corresponding truths:

Myth: Root canals are painful.

Truth: Root canals were actually invented to eliminate pain created by infected tissue inside the tooth. Decades ago, the procedure likely did hurt, but today there are anesthetics and advanced technology that ensure that a root canal is about as uncomfortable as a dental filling.

Myth: It’s better to have an extraction.

Truth: Rescuing a natural tooth is always the best option, and that is exactly what root canals do. Moreover, root canals have a high success rate and usually last an entire lifetime. Extractions, however, require additional procedures, like bridgework, dental implants or dentures as tooth replacements, and even dental work to nearby teeth.

Myth: Root canals lead to illness.

Truth: There is no scientific evidence between root canals and other diseases. This myth has its roots in badly designed research from almost a century ago which has been debunked.

If you would like to schedule your root canal, please call David Gonzalez in Chula Vista, California at 619-422-5365. Dr. David Gonzalez and our excellent dental team would be delighted to offer you the fast, high-quality relief that you seek.

How Much Do You Know About Toothbrushes? Find Out Now by Taking This Toothbrush Quiz!

Published on September 23, 2017 by

It’s important to know everything there is to know about oral hygiene so you can have the best oral hygiene routine possible. That means you need to know the facts about toothbrushes, brushing, dental floss, flossing, mouthwash, rinsing, and visiting your dentist, Dr. David Gonzalez, for your routine dental checkups. Today, our dental team would like to see how much you know about toothbrushes and brushing. We encourage you to take our toothbrush quiz!

1. When it comes to using the best toothbrush for your smile, it’s recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
A. True
B. False

2. What can soft bristles do for the smile?
A. Deeply clean your teeth
B. Care for your gums
C. Both A and B

3. You should brush your teeth every morning and night.
A. True
B. False

4. How long should you brush your teeth?
A. One minute
B. Two minutes
C. 30 seconds

5. An electric toothbrush cleans better than a manual toothbrush.
A. True
B. False
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ANSWERS
1. A
2. C
3. A
4. B
5. B (They both effectively clean the smile)

How did you do on our quiz? We hope you did well. To learn more about brushing and toothbrushes in Chula Vista, California, please contact David Gonzalez at 619-422-5365 when you get the chance. Our dental team will be more than happy to teach you more so you can have the best brushing routine possible!

A Chipped Tooth Needs to Be Examined by a Dentist

Published on August 24, 2017 by

Chips and minor defects to a tooth’s enamel layer might not cause pain, sensitivity, or undue distress. However, you shouldn’t let this lull you into thinking that the integrity of the tooth remains unchanged.

As time goes on the compromised tooth could become prone to dental fractures and will be increasingly likely to suffer from a dangerous cavity. Either of these complications can prove painful and require expensive treatment measures.

To prevent this from happening, Dr.David Gonzalez encourages all of his patients to have a chipped tooth examined as soon as possible. The severity and location of the chip will largely influence the treatment and repair options that he suggests.

A basic dental filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If one or more of the teeth in your smile have chips, Dr. David Gonzalez might recommend having dental veneers installed onto your teeth.

A large chip, or a dental fracture that influences the tooth’s biting surface might require Dr. David Gonzalez to treat it with a dental crown. This will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a substance like porcelain, gold, or base metals.

If you are in the Chula Vista, California, area and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 619-422-5365 to have it treated and repaired at David Gonzalez.

Healthy Diet, Healthy Teeth

Published on July 31, 2017 by

What we eat has a direct impact on our oral health. To make it easier to feed a healthy smile, here are some clear-cut do’s and don’ts.

Do:

Eat fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain fiber, which helps balance out the natural sugars present in the food. Crunchy, water-filled fruits and veggies such as apples, pears, and celery help teeth by scraping plaque and food particles away from teeth. They also stimulate saliva production, which is the body’s first defense against cavities.

Choose calcium and phosphorous. Calcium and phosphorous are vital nutrients for a healthy smile. Phosphorus can be found in protein-rich foods such as milk and other lean proteins such as chicken. Calcium can be found in milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products. Try to choose low-sugar or sugar-free dairy products to reduce plaque buildup and tooth decay. Can’t have dairy? No problem. Choose naturally calcium rich nondairy foods, such as beans or dark leafy greens. Or, choose calcium-fortified foods such as tofu, orange juice, or breakfast cereals.

Don’t:

Consume sugars and acids. Cavities occur when damaging bacteria use sugars to create acid that erodes the tooth enamel. This does not mean you should never eat sugar or drink juice again, but you do need to be careful. Drink lots of water and clean your teeth well after eating.

Brush Immediately After Eating:  Brushing immediately after eating can cause damage to your enamel. Wait about 20 minutes before brushing or flossing, especially after eating acidic foods. Try chewing sugar-free gum during that time to help fight cavities while you wait.

For more mouth-healthy tips, contact our team at David Gonzalez at 619-422-5365. We look forward to helping your smile shine!

Dental Bridges Boost Self-Esteem

Published on June 30, 2017 by

Are you missing any teeth or have any severely damaged teeth that are in desperate need of a replacement? If so, dental bridges are a highly effective form of tooth restoration that will improve the look and feel, as well as improve the function of your smile. Dental bridges may even help you to look younger by restoring your lost facial structure.

If you fail to replace a missing tooth, the space can become a area for dangerous bacteria to grow. Oftentimes, this area can be difficult to clean or is easily missed. In addition, the missing tooth will cause your jaw to become weaker and your gums could also begin to loosen. If this happens, nearby teeth can rotate out of position. Dental bridges ensure that other teeth will remain in place and help keep bacteria out of that space.

Dental bridges work by attaching to neighboring teeth within your mouth for a more durable and permanent hold than dentures. In some cases, a dental bridge can survive a lifetime of wear and tear, but if it should become damaged, it can be relatively easy to replace.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with David Gonzalez to see if dental bridgework is right for you, please call our office in Chula Vista, California at 619-422-5365. Dr. David Gonzalez and the rest of our team look forward to improving your smile for many years to come!

The Basics of Dental Veneers

Published on May 30, 2017 by

Have you ever wondered what dental veneers are and if they could work for you? If so, we have great news for you! Dental veneers are a popular form of cosmetic dentistry which has left thousands of people with dazzling smiles in its wake. That is why our team here at our office in Chula Vista, California, is excited to talk to you about the basics of dental veneers.

Frankly, dental veneers are individual, custom-made shells bonded to the front of your teeth. These unique shells are very thin and conceal flaws in your teeth such as cracked teeth, chipped teeth, discolored teeth, stained teeth, and even slightly gapped or misaligned teeth. Because they hide imperfections, your smile appears flawless and beautiful.

With excellent care and treatment, dental veneers can last up to ten years! Because they are not made of tooth enamel they are not subject to tooth decay. However, the tooth behind the shell is natural, so you will still need to brush and floss regularly.

Dental veneers can give you the smile you always dreamed of having. Do you still have questions about dental veneers, or wonder if cosmetic dentistry is right for you? If so, please call us today at 619-422-5365 to set up an appointment with Dr. David Gonzalez. Our amazing dental staff is experienced and trained to help you with any questions or concerns you have pertaining to your smile.

A Decayed Tooth May Require a Crown

Published on April 14, 2017 by

A chipped, weakened or otherwise compromised tooth enamel can easily invite the bacteria in your mouth to develop a cavity. Without early, professional treatment at David Gonzalez, the cavity will continue to spread. In time, it might become too large to be repaired by a simple filling.

To effectively treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. David Gonzalez might recommend replacing all of the tooth enamel with a dental crown.

This is a replica of the tooth enamel layer that is crafted from either dental-grade porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys. The material Dr. David Gonzalez recommends for your crown will directly be determined by the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and its appearance in your smile.

This usually requires two separate appointments to fully restore a tooth with a dental crown. During the first appointment, Dr. David Gonzalez will remove the tooth enamel from the tooth to create an abutment. This healthy core of the tooth contains the dentin, pulp, and root.

A detailed impression will then be taken of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.

A member of our David Gonzalez staff will call you to schedule a second appointment when your crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and Dr. David Gonzalez will cement your new crown onto the abutment during this appointment.

If you live in the Chula Vista, California, area and you have a tooth suffering from a large cavity, you should call 619-422-5365 to have it treated by Dr. David Gonzalez.

Avoiding Oral Care: The Consequences

Published on March 16, 2017 by

Do you ever think about your oral health but neglect to visit your dentist on a regular basis? Do you ever wonder why brushing and flossing are so vital to your oral health? Did you know that neglecting the health of your teeth and gums could actually lead to a quite a few serious problems? In fact, the medical issues that come from not cleaning your gums and teeth can also impact your overall health.

Unfortunately, if you do not take care of your pearly whites, you could have to deal with issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. If you don’t remove plaque from your smile, it will harden into tartar. Please note that you shouldn’t try to remove from home, as doing so could actually damage your teeth. Sadly, if you have tartar buildup, bad bacteria may be able to reach beneath your gum line. This can leave you more susceptible to gum disease. To make matters worse, if you don’t floss and brush well, you’ll be more vulnerable to cavities and gum disease. Visiting our team will also help you avoid these problems.

Furthermore, if you don’t take good care of your teeth, you may have to deal with some serious problems, such as heart disease, gum disease, and even respiratory issues. In fact, if you have gum disease and diabetes, your diabetes might become much more serious since gum disease can also affect your blood sugar.

If you are interested in learning more about caring for your oral health and your teeth in Chula Vista, California, please give David Gonzalez a call at 619-422-5365. Our dentist, Dr. David Gonzalez, and our team will gladly address any concerns you have and inspect your teeth and gums. We’ll also offer you individualized advice. We look forward to receiving your call!

A Fractured Tooth Likely Needs Quality Care and Professional Treatment

Published on February 10, 2017 by

Tooth enamel is meant to be strong enough to withstand the daily wear and tear of biting, chewing, and grinding the foods you eat. Yet there are some occasions that cause large chips or fractures in your teeth. The severity of the tooth fracture will largely determine the repair or restoration method that Dr. David Gonzalez recommends.

A large chip or small fracture in a non-critical area of a tooth can sometimes be repaired with a basic dental filling. If the fracture is large but the interior of the tooth is healthy, Dr. David Gonzalez might recommend replacing the tooth enamel with a dental crown.

Some tooth fractures can be so severe that they damage the critical interior structures of the tooth. The most common symptoms of this include a persistent ache, sharp pain, or excessive sensitivity. In a case like this, Dr. David Gonzalez might need to perform a root canal. Once this has been completed, he can fit the tooth for a dental crown made from either porcelain, gold, or base metals.

If you’ve recently suffered a tooth fracture in Chula Vista, California, you should call 619-422-5365 to seek treatment and repair at David Gonzalez.