Cuts On The Tongue

Published on January 26, 2018 by

Should you ever have to deal with a cut on the tongue, or need to help someone who has, we can give you some treatments and knowledge to assist you.

Bleeding is usually a concern for any kind of cut, but tongues can be a special case. Your tongue carries quite a bit of blood, so you need to stop it quickly.

Try to find something to place over the wound. Use a sterile gauze if you can, as this is the highest recommended tool for this particular job.

Apply pressure for about 15 or 20 minutes. This should help get the bleeding to at least ease off.

Once you have the bleeding under control, we recommend that you rinse out the wound. You can use salt water for this. You can also use hydrogen peroxide mixed with water, though we warn against swallowing it.

Using these methods, you should be able to care for the wound and allow your body to heal. However, should the cut be deep or should bleeding continue in spite of your efforts, then you should seek emergency care.

We hope this information will help you, should you ever need it. If you need any other help from us, come see Dr. David Gonzalez and our team at our office in Chula Vista, California. We will see to whatever needs you may have. Call us at 619-422-5365 to schedule your visit.

The Steps to Building a Better Smile: Dental Bridges

Published on December 27, 2017 by

If you want your smile to thrive long into life, you will need to continue to take care of it even when oral accidents and injuries arise. Although oral emergencies will pop up from time to time, it doesn’t mean the end of the world for your oral health. Even severe damage in the form of multiple knocked out teeth, can be repaired to give you a glowing smile once more. If you have any missing teeth or are scheduled for a tooth extraction, consider a replacement prosthetic such as dental bridges.

If taken care of properly, your dental bridges can enhance the look of your smile, its function, and its durability. Dental bridges can be fashioned for the needs for which they are used. Usually, with an individual that has lost teeth, they suffer from poor oral hygiene and tooth slippage. Dental bridges can remove the space upon which plaque buildup can manifest as well as hold other teeth in place to prevent tooth slippage from arising once again. Dental bridges can also enhance your eating, speaking, and chewing capabilities.

Dental bridges, also known as fixed partial dentures, are safe and effective prosthetics designed to bond to the rest of your teeth in your mouth in gaps left behind by missing teeth. When inserted, dental bridges cling to nearby teeth and are fused in your mouth for a permanent hold that can potentially last a lifetime.

If you require further treatment with dental bridges, Dr. David Gonzalez and our team at David Gonzalez will help you with your oral health care. If you would like to book an appointment with our dentist office in Chula Vista, California, please call us at 619-422-5365.

Laughing Gas: The Dentist’s Choice in Anesthesia

Published on November 29, 2017 by

A normal dental appointment won’t necessarily require a sedative, but not every person can handle a visit to the dentist as well as some others. An extensive procedure may necessitate a type of anesthesia, not only to help dull the pain but calm an anxious patient.

Laughing gas, technically known as nitrous oxide, is the safest sedative of choice for most dentists who decide a sedative is necessary. Universally well known as a dental anesthetic, laughing gas can be used alone or with other types of dental anesthetics.

Nitrous oxide has no odor. Its popularity is because of its proficiency to produce a pleasurable, even euphoric feeling and to immediately relax patients, all while it dulls the pain. Also, its effects are easily vacated from the system simply by introducing oxygen.

While uncommon, some people may see side effects. This rarely occurs, and only when the level of laughing gas inhaled is too high, or the nitrous oxide is not fully purged from the lungs afterward.

Potential Side Effects:

– Shivering
– Sweating
– Headache
– Nausea and Vomiting
– Fatigue

After concluding a dental visit where laughing gas was administered, the dentist gives oxygen to the patient to remove any remaining gas from the lungs, returning the patient to normal wakefulness. This also avoids a headache.

While it is suggested that the potential patient eat something light before an operation where nitrous oxide will be used, but that they should keep from eating anything for at least 3 hours post-visit. Also, check with your dentist if you will be driving.

Dr. David Gonzalez would be happy to answer your questions regarding dental anesthesia. Please contact David Gonzalez at: 619-422-5365, or drop by in Chula Vista, California.

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
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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.