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

 


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

 


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

 


You Can’t Afford Cheap Dental Work

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Have you ever gotten a bargain on a used car that turned out to be a lemon? After a couple years of continual repairs, you realized that it ended up costing as much as a new vehicle would have. And after spending all that money, you still have a a lemon.

The same is true of substandard dental work. You have probably received sleek postcard ads that advertise amazing prices on cosmetic dentistry: porcelain veneers, crowns, white fillings, and dental implants. The prices may be enticing, but make sure you do plenty of research before committing. We aren’t trying to imply that all dental practices that proclaim low procedure prices in their ads provide inferior work – we are just cautioning patients not to pick a cosmetic dentist based on price alone. Unlike a car, you can’t sell your smile and buy a new one.

We will use porcelain veneers as an example. What can go badly if you fall victim to substandard porcelain veneers?

  • The dentist may be inexperienced and make mistakes: improper placement, dissatisfactory color matching, bite complications.
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  • The materials may be deficient: unnatural color, prone to breaking, veneers pop off.
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  • The lab techs that create the restorations may turn out poor quality work: unnatural color, poor fit.


If you are considering a smile transformation, meet with Dr. Jeff Gray at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry first. During your consultation, you will learn about Dr. Gray’s years of experience, techniques, specialty training, number of procedures performed, the most appropriate materials for the restorations, and specifics about the dental lab we use. We can also provide references if requested. And, of course, we will consider how much each procedure will cost. We are certain that you will find that our prices our competitive for the excellent dentistry Dr. Gray performs.

Don’t endanger your smile in an attempt to save some money. You really do get what you pay for.

 

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

 


Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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Hello, I’m Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. Thanks for visiting my blog. In today’s post, we will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry from their La Mesa dentist.

Let me set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the esthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, get a dental implant for a tooth that is missing altogether, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays. The dentist discovers some additional troubles. There are three teeth with moderate decay, one tooth with severe decay, gum disease, an old crown with a crack in it, and severe bone recession at the potential dental implant site where the tooth was extracted ten years ago.

The dentist explains that these issues need to be addressed before the cosmetic dental smile makeover is performed. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

How does the dentist advise Mr. Jones? The dentist will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover.

First things first. It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to correct all of the problems mentioned previously. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

If you are interested in a smile makeover or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment by calling 619-717-8560. I look forward to discussing both your oral health and esthetic concerns.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, CA
91942

 


Pamper Yourself With Professional Teeth Whitening

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Do you ever treat yourself to a few hours of pampering and leave feeling relaxed and refreshed? Perhaps you get a massage or have dinner at a nice San Diego restaurant. Have you ever thought about getting your teeth whitened? You get to relax in a comfy chair and enjoy a bright smile when you leave. Our superior dental practice in La Mesa has a warm, friendly, and relaxing atmosphere.

The proven teeth whitening system used in our La Mesa practice has been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness. We brighten smiles every day and have hundreds of satisfied La Mesa cosmetic dental patients.

If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry to remedy some problems with your smile, we can also help you with that at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa. We have beautified countless San Diego area smiles using a variety of common and not-so-common cosmetic dental procedures.

Ask us about invisible braces, crown lengthening treatment, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers and tooth implants. To schedule a teeth whitening or cosmetic dental consultation, call Jeff Gray DDS at 619-717-8560. We are singular dental practice serving the greater San Diego area from our well-appointed La Mesa facility.

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You deserve to be pampered! Experience a comfortable, relaxing dental visit and receive top quality dental care at Jeff Gray DDS.


Are Dental Veneers Reversible?

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With many La Mesa residents looking to improve their smile, porcelain veneers are a popular option in the California cosmetic dental community. Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of a very substantial porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural, translucent, and perfect new surface. It improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth instantly.

To begin, you will need a consultation with your dentist, who should have competence in cosmetic procedures. You should think about what you do not like about your smile and identify how you want it improved. Veneers may not be optimal for you. Other cosmetic dental procedures are available that may be a better fit for the characteristics you wish to change.

Porcelain veneers can repair many minor to moderate problems, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your attractive smile.

Your dentist will also discuss both types of veneers: “traditional” and “prepless.” Before a traditional veneer is put on the tooth, the dentist first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this protocol is irreversible.

The second method is called “no-prep” or “prepless.” With this type, enamel removal is often not necessary. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible. However, this procedure has specific criteria.

Additionally, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.

Your dentist will help you evaluate your unique needs and counsel you on how to reach your goals. Once you and your dentist have created a dental plan, your dentist will work with a laboratory and dental team to assure everything is carried out as discussed.

If you do not have a cosmetic dentist, we invite you to visit our singular practice at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 in La Mesa. Jeff Gray is an accomplished smile makeover artist. Experience is an important consideration. Call 619-717-8560 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, CA
91942

 


Trust Dr. Gray For Accurate Dental Info

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Dental patients are more informed than ever before and it’s not surprising that much of their knowledge about oral health and dental treatment is gleaned from online sources. Proactive self-education can be beneficial for you and your family, especially if it assists in living a healthy lifestyle. We caution our friends and neighbors in the San Diego area, however, not to trust in online dental information until their dentist verifies its accuracy.

Misconceptions about medical treatment in general and dentistry in particular began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous but the web has exponentially accelerated the speed and distance they can travel.

Some of the most prevalent dental myths are focused on the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.

In worst-case scenarios, patients delay or avoid necessary dental treatment because of something they encounter online. We encourage our patients to discuss all areas of concern with Dr. Gray. You can rely on Dr. Gray for accurate information and quality care.

At Jeff Gray DDS, we are devoted to keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. Our motives are straightforward and transparent. You can’t always determine who operates and funds online dental sites, so be careful out there!

Since 1986, Jeff Gray DDS has provided distinctive general and cosmetic dental services including teeth whitening, dentures, Invisalign, laser dentistry, and porcelain veneers.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, CA
91942

 


Reinvent Yourself With A Smile Makeover In La Mesa, California

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A smile makeover can boost your confidence for an upcoming job interview, promotion or new relationship. The process may include teeth whitening, invisible braces, veneers, dental implants, or gum tissue graft surgery.

Many of these take time. Understanding the process requires only a simple consultation. Small changes can make a big difference.

How The Rich Do It
Public figures and celebrities would probably advise you to:

  • Choose a dental professional with excellent education, a discerning eye, and an impeccable track record in the cosmetic dentistry field.
  • Consult with the professional, chart a course, and trust the course enough to see it through to completion.
  • Websites are great for cosmetic dentistry track records, education info, staff description, and contact details.

Do Not Cut Corners
Cheap glue and shoddy engineering never stopped a plane crash. Every smile transformation should have a unique treatment plan to achieve optimal results. There is no magic pill. Healing takes time before proceeding to the next step. Dental implants, for instance, are valuable in the comfort and beauty they offer but pushing the placement of the permanent restoration before proper healing is dangerous and risky. Learn to be patient with the goal in mind.

Better Smile, Better You
Is this the year to reinvent yourself? Consider improving your physical fitness, taking up a new hobby, pursuing continuing education or a new career to go along with your new smile.

A smile makeover is defined differently for every person. Meet Dr. Jeff Gray, serving La Mesa, California and the Alpine, and Jamul areas since 1986. All it takes is one critical consultation with this dental professional before you are on your way to your dazzling smile.

Dr. Gray’s capable staff schedules patients for consultations and cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and dental implants procedures. We offer services from teeth whitening to dentures including Invisalign, laser dentistry, and prepless veneers.

Call 619-717-8560 to schedule an appointment. We are located at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 in La Mesa, CA 91942 and on the web at http://www.SmileSanDiego.com/ourdoctor.html.

Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, CA 91942
619-717-8560
http://www.SmileSanDiego.com/ourdoctor.html