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Dental Care For ICU Patients Lowers Infection Risk

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Hi, I’m Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. Today’s post focuses on an interesting article that appeared recently on Science Daily.com. The article describes a study of Brazilian ICU patients that compared infection rates of those who received enhanced oral care instead of routine oral care. The patients who received the more intense dental care were 56 percent less likely to develop a respiratory infection during their stay.

“Enhanced dental care included teeth brushing, tongue scraping, removal of calculus, atraumatic restorative treatment of caries, tooth extraction and topical application of chlorhexidine corresponding to each patients’ needs four to five times a week. Comparatively, regular treatment consisted of mechanical cleansing using gauze followed by topical application of chlorhexidine three times a day.”1

“Bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections often start in the oral cavity,” said Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, MD, lead author of the study. “This study suggests that having a dentist provide weekly care as part the ICU team may improve outcomes for vulnerable patients in this setting.”1

If a member of your family has serious health concerns, you may want to talk to their doctor about the oral health implications of their condition. In unfortunate cases where one of my patients experiences severe health issues, I am happy to work with their medical team to ensure that their dental health is not compromised. Even some manageable chronic conditions can require more frequent exams and cleanings.

Though this study pertains to ICU patients, it is also a reminder to all of us. Receiving consistent quality dental care and practicing proper daily oral hygiene is critical for everyone. Some patients have an inaccurate view of oral health – they seem to have the notion that it exists autonomously. It is actually interdependent with general physical health.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we see ourselves as key members of your healthcare team and are dedicated to your physical, mental, and emotional health. If you are looking for a friendly and professional dental practice in La Mesa, we invite you to schedule a consultation by calling 619-717-8560. You can meet me, Dr. Gray, and my team of dental professionals. Thanks for visiting our dental blog.

1Wanessa T. Bellissimo-Rodrigues, Mayra G. Menegueti, Gilberto G. Gaspar, Edson A. Nicolini, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins, Anibal Basile-Filho, Roberto Martinez, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues. Effectiveness of a Dental Care Intervention in the Prevention of Lower Respiratory Tract Nosocomial Infections among Intensive Care Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2014; 35 (11): 1342 DOI: 10.1086/678427

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


6 Ways To Prepare For Your Dental Procedure

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Perhaps dental sedation can be scary or the drilling of a cavity or even cosmetic dentistry. Let Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry offer 6 ways to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and physically before your big dental day.

First, remember Dr. Jeff Gray is trained to provide the best care and comfort possible.

Second, take some time to relax and consider what you are anxious about. Take deep breaths in and slowly let them out as you weigh the reasons for and against taking these steps to a better you. Remember that many folks have been in your shoes and everything worked out fine. Especially all of our visitors who came in for sedation dentistry, our most popular service.

Third, know your medical history. You may be asked to fill out a medical history and medications form, so be sure you know what medications and supplements you are currently taking and review past hospitalizations and illnesses.

Fourth, have a dental plan. Come in for a thorough consultation. If we know all the dental work or cosmetic dentistry you want to get done, then we’ll know if combining any of it can save you time and money. We offer Invisalign, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, laser dentistry, and dentures to name just a few.

Fifth, trust the outstanding staff at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry to guide you through the before, during and after process. We’ve been doing this since 1986.

Sixth, our final and most important suggestion! Ask all the questions that you actually want answered before you have dental tools and gloved hands in your mouth!

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Limit Sugar For Healthier La Mesa Kids

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Every health-conscious La Mesa parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities for California kids – and plenty of us adults also snack on too many sweet snacks and beverages.

Because of cavity risks, low nutritional value, and high calorie content, many La Mesa parents want to limit the sugar in their children’s diets. Obviously, there is a lot of sugar in bubble gum, lollipops, and gummy candy. But there is also sugar lurking in so-called ‘healthy’ snacks.

Here are some popular San Diego kid’s snacks with significant amounts of sugar:

yogurt covered raisins
fruit snacks including the roll-up and syrup-filled varieties
rice cakes
many brands of yogurt including the hand-held type
juice drinks
flavored milk
barbecue sauce
fruit smoothies
cereal bars

Controlling sugar intake in your La Mesa child’s diet is essential for lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks at your Alpine market, San Diego convenience store or Jamul recreation center snack bar, read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.

Sugar is only one diet component that impacts San Diego kids’ oral health. If your son’s or daughter’s diet is lacking key vitamins and minerals, the tissues in their mouth may have trouble fighting infection. These infections can lead to gum disease.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we provide high-quality family, general and cosmetic dentistry to patients in the California communities of La Mesa, Alpine, and Jamul. The team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry pampers our youngest patients. If you have a toddler who has not visited a dentist, call us today to schedule a first-time dental check-up. Our number is 619-717-8560.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


3-Tooth Solution For A 1-Tooth Problem?

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Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you considering the different types of restorative dental procedures available?
Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?

If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, it is essential to examine the differences between a dental bridge and a tooth implant.

Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of La Mesa dental patients. However, they have some drawbacks:

  • They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem – the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
  • It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
  • A dental bridge does not protect against bone recession at the extraction site.

Why does a tooth implant have advantages over a dental bridge?

  • It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
  • It is usually stronger.
  • Will lessen the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
  • It is usually not as difficult to clean as a dental bridge – lower risk of decay.
  • They ordinarily last longer.
  • Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.

If you need to replace a tooth, talk to your La Mesa dentist about dental financing options. If you choose a dental implant, it will probably be less pricey in the long run.

If you want to learn more about dental implants, I invite you to call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry at 619-717-8560. I am Dr. Jeff Gray, and I am passionate about restoring smiles for my San Diego area patients with beautiful permanent restorations. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation at my La Mesa office.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Dental Problem? There Is Always A Solution!

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There is no doubt that a healthy, pleasing smile positively affects one’s life. It lets us convey confidence and friendliness in business and social settings. A beautiful healthy smile also influences our personal relationships. When we smile, we appear (and feel!) younger and more attractive.

Research has shown that smiling also helps reduce stress, increase productivity, and express empathy.

But if you are troubled by dental problems, then you may feel insecure about your smile. A smile makeover is the solution to your troubles.

When you visit Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, you will find Dr. Gray to be very empathetic about how you feel about your teeth. Together the two of you make a plan to help you gain the stunning smile that you have been missing in your life.

One question to examine before going in is: What changes do you want to see in your smile?

There is no need to feel helpless. There is always a solution. Straightening teeth, fixing chips, replacing missing teeth, re-shaping teeth, and lightening teeth are only some of the changes that Dr. Gray can perform. If you have a problem, your dentist will help you find the solution.

If you are worrying about the cost of a smile makeover, remember there is a way to make it happen. When you and your dentist decide on your smile makeover plan, budgeting becomes part of it. Together, you will figure out how to perform your smile makeover in a timely, cost-effective manner.

If you feel that a smile makeover can improve your life, book an appointment with Dr. Gray at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa by calling 619-717-8560. We will give you the brilliant smile that you can be proud of.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Beautifying With Bonding

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A cosmetic dentist’s toolkit is filled with capable tools for fixing most types of cosmetic tooth problems. In the past few years, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and same-day teeth whitening have received a lot of notoriety. In today’s post, we are going to talk about an effective, yet relatively uncelebrated dental treatment that has been used successfully for decades. We’re talking about dental bonding.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is durable and natural looking. It is applied to the teeth while soft and putty-like, and then hardened (or cured) with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists use bonding to fix tooth issues caused by decay, chips, or cracks. Large spaces between healthy teeth can be filled with bonding material, and bonding can protect tooth roots if the gums have regressed.

Discolored teeth can also be lightened with bonding. Since bonding material is easily molded, teeth can be lengthened or re-shaped to more beautiful proportions. Bonding is commonly used as part of a total smile transformation.

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray, of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. My practice, Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, offers teeth whitening, dentures, Invisalign, laser dentistry, and porcelain veneers.

If you live in the La Mesa area and are looking for quality dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please call my office at 619-717-8560.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

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Men and women who have chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration associated with this condition. There are several possible causes, some that are often overlooked:

  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

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we can help you with this unpleasant problem. If your bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, you’re in luck – this is one of the easiest types to treat. If you have visited our La Mesa dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.

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 carefully floss around each tooth to remove the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Some extra-careful Jamul oral hygiene pros brush after each meal to prevent bacteria-causing food particles from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, practicing proper oral hygiene will improve your health.

Schedule an examination and deep dental cleaning at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. Our dental hygienist will get all the plaque and calculus off your teeth. During your examination, Dr. Jeff Gray will determine whether you have a dental problem that is contributing to your breath.

Possible dental causes are: a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease. If we suspect that your bad breath is caused by a non-dental problem, such as a respiratory infection, you will be referred to an appropriate medical professional.

Treating bad breath in La Mesa starts with a visit to Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. In addition to general dental care, we provide a complete menu of cosmetic dental services including Invisalign, laser dentistry, and porcelain veneers. Call 619-717-8560 today!

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


3 Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

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Looking for a dentist in La Mesa because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or dental caries? I’m Dr. Jeff Gray with Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Today’s post offers 3 steps to take before you arrive at our office for a consultation.

The state of your mouth is critical to your energy both emotionally and physically. Everyone wants to make a winning impression when they smile or speak. We understand that.

The look, the odor, the feel, the functionality of your biting surfaces are so important to your everyday experience that we recognize our vital role in finding solutions to these issues.

Of course, your very first step is making contact. Please call 619-717-8560 or visit us at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 La Mesa or online at http://www.SmileSanDiego.com/.

After you schedule a consultation with our friendly and professional team members here at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, please take a moment to review the following checklist for a productive appointment experience:
1. Understand your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can review your habits and determine what is holding you back, if anything.
2. Identify pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is unnecessary with the technology and expertise available these days. Sometimes there are simple solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.
3. What do you want your smile to look like?
If you can describe your ideal smile, we can review how to obtain it. There are numerous possibilities for a terrific smile redesign as well as dental maintenance care. Cosmetic dentistry runs the gamut from teeth whitening to veneers to dental implants.

We anticipate you’ll have questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, cost and time commitment for dental implants, possibility of invisible braces, the price of filling a cavity or placing a crown. We will have answers for you. We are equipped and trained in procedures perfect for your concerns and needs. We see patients for teeth whitening, dentures, Invisalign, laser dentistry, or porcelain veneers.

When it comes to looking for a dentist in La Mesa or the neighboring Santee, Alpine, or Jamul communities please know that you will be in capable hands with me, Dr. Jeff Gray, and my friendly and professional team.

We Bring Smiles To Life

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Crown Or Veneer?

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I am Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa.  Jeff Gray DDS offers multiple cosmetic dental procedures for creating beautiful smiles. Two of the most popular procedures are dental crowns and porcelain veneers. Many patients don’t understand the difference between the two. Generally, a crown strengthens a compromised tooth while a veneer is used mainly for cosmetic improvements.

A dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. A veneer is an ultra-thin layer for the front of a tooth. Veneers are made with several layers of extremely strong ceramic laminate. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold. Both crowns and veneers are affixed to the tooth with special adhesive. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years if properly cared for, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.

Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but dental crowns are usually a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal. Veneers can fix the shape of a tooth, correct a minor crack, cover stains, or straighten the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned.

The success of a crown or veneer procedure depends on experienced professionals at the lab and in the dentist’s office. Your cosmetic dentist must prep the tooth, create a precision mold, and submit an accurate order to the lab.

The role of the La Mesa dental lab technician is equally important.  Highly skilled lab technicians fabricate custom dental crowns and veneers to the specifications of the cosmetic dentist. They must have the ability to meet the precise standards required for successful restorations.

Consider the myriad characteristics of a restoration: the specific shape, the exact size, the precise color, and the proper placement in the mouth. This is a case of all or nothing – each variable must be right on the mark or it must be redone.

The team at Jeff Gray DDS and the outstanding staff at our dental lab work together to provide the highest quality dental restorations for our valued patients.

If you would like more useful details about crowns, veneers, and other cosmetic dental procedures, I invite you to contact us to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. I can help you achieve a smile that is both healthy and stunning. Call us today!

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS:

(619) 894-7393

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Floss picks vs regular floss? While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. Dr. Gray recommends traditional floss or dental tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small segment of floss stretched in a straight line. Looking down, a tooth is shaped somewhat round or oval, with occasional irregularities. A straight length of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically because it doesn’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional floss used correctly. By wrapping the floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more efficiently clean that all-important area around and just below the gumline. And your fingers are much more nimble than a piece of plastic.

We have seen patients who are dutiful floss pick users who developed decay due to a a minuscule crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Here is a review on correct flossing:

  • Cut a strip of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  • Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  • Thread the floss between two teeth.
  • Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s vital to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  • Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface – especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to grant a clean piece for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new length.
  • Some people find it smoother to start on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch. Whatever method you settle upon, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the rear molars.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding commonly stops within a week or two.

Call us to schedule your exam and cleaning, or to book a consultation for cosmetic dentistry including veneers, teeth whitening and dental implants.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


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