Not Your Mother’s Jewelry: 5 Reasons Tongue Piercings Are Dangerous

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Let’s get right to it; while tongue, cheek, and lip piercings are “so in” right now, here’s five reasons to keep piercings where they belong—in your ears:

  1. Excessive drooling—YIKES!
  2. Chipped teeth
  3. Infection (some even in places you wouldn’t think can get infected)
  4. Hypersensitivity to metal
  5. Nerve damage

Drooling

Lip and tongue piercings may make you look cool and edgy. They may express your personality and creativity. But they can cause repeated drooling. That may not be the look you’re going for.

Broken Teeth

Another important reason to keep piercings away from your mouth, lips, and tongue, is because having any metal in your mouth can chip your teeth. This can happen while eating, drinking, or sleeping. Or even while playing with said piercing.

Do you already have a tooth that’s broken? Repair these cracks early before more damage ensues.

Small cracks in a tooth can be filled or crowned. But often patients with piercings come in with more serious issues. These may require a root canal or tooth extraction.

Infection

Beware of infection. When it comes to oral piercings, you have to really watch the pierced area. Your mouth is a bacterial zoo, so to speak. Upon piercing anything in your mouth, the bacteria can enter your bloodstream. Neglecting correct brushing habits can lead to infection. As well as touching the piercing with dirty hands.

Hypersensitivity or Allergic Reaction to Metal

Many people love body jewelry. But too much of a good thing (like metal) can be bad. Having metal piercings can lead to hypersensitivity to any metal in your mouth, such as silverware. This is problematic for most people. (Stock up on plastic utensils!)

There is also the risk of an allergic reaction at the piercing site. If you have a sensitivity to certain metals, you can get your piercing in a metal you aren’t allergic to. But you are still in danger of the other risks discussed here.

Nerve Damage

Finally, there’s the risk of permanent nerve damage. If the previous dangers don’t dissuade you, this one should. Experiencing a numb tongue is usually temporary. But in extreme cases, like if you can’t stop playing with the piercing, it can become permanent.

 

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Small Dental Annoyance Or Serious Problem?

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Today in the La Mesa dental blog we are going to talk about stomatitis. Stomatitis is dental-speak for something very common: non-specific irritations found in the mouth. Stomatitis is commonly caused by cold sores, gum disease, or even from biting the inside of the mouth (ouch!). Any time the membranes in the mouth become inflamed, they are referred to as stomatitis.

Most people have probably suffered from stomatitis and don’t think it’s a big deal. The good news is that these patients are usually right because the majority of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. While they might affect the ability to speak or eat or fall asleep, they are often just a temporary inconvenience.

However, there are cases where a bacterial or a viral infection can occur in these areas of inflammation.

Because of this possibility, your San Diego area dentist should be aware of these issues. Even if you are fortunate and there is no infection present, your dentist can always help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

Hi, my name is Dr, Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. I provide the highest quality preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry for my La Mesa area patients.

Source:
“Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed September 5, 2015

 

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Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile

Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile In La Mesa! No one likes to settle for less than the best, especially with something as important as your smile. Jeff Gray DDS at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa has the solutions for your smile problems.

You don’t have to live with crooked or chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers are an economical and non-invasive way to correct misshapen or damaged teeth that are otherwise structurally sound. If you have a tooth that is beyond repair, don’t despair—a tooth implant may be the answer.

You don’t have to watch your teeth become duller and more discolored every year, either. Whether you are young, older or somewhere in the middle, professional teeth bleaching works wonders to perk up your smile.

I have been practicing dentistry since 1986. I have noticed that my patients who receive dental makeovers have only one regret; they wish they would have done it sooner! Patients with dazzling new smiles are surprised by how much confidence they gain. Because they love their smile, they smile more often.

Come in and see us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

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What Does Your La Mesa Dentist Need To Know?

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For optimal dental health, all La Mesa, residents should be visiting their dentist twice a year for scheduled cleanings and exams. This is a good time to make sure that you are brushing and flossing properly. It is also essential that you discuss issues related to dental health.

Make sure to tell your dentist about any medications that you are taking. If you are using any tobacco products, you should also meet with your dentist about the practice. Your dentist might be able to offer you a program that can help you stop.

Furthermore, let your dentist know if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you have any type of eating disorder, you should also discuss this with your dentist. Ditto if you have a special health issue such as a heart condition. Oral health is an integral part of your overall physical health and cannot be isolated.

Your regular check-up is also the perfect opportunity to inquire about cosmetic dentistry procedures. Many dentists in the San Diego area combine multiple procedures to give you a total cosmetic dental smile makeover. If you have ever wondered what a new smile could do for you, now is the time to find out!

Hello. I’m Dr, Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. At my La Mesa dental practice, we offer comprehensive general and cosmetic dental services including; gum disease treatment, Invisalign, and sedation dentistry

Thank you for visiting our dental blog. Please connect with us today for all your dental needs!

We Bring Smiles To Life

 

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Total Mouth Reconstruction Is Now A Reality

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Dentistry has evolved to a point where total mouth reconstruction is possible!

Have you had several teeth extracted? Do you have other oral problems like bone or gum recession?

Implants Can Be Used In Many Ways

Dental implants are strong, functional, and naturally-looking restorations with roots permanently anchored into the jaw bone.

Dental implants have been used for many years to replace one or two missing teeth. They can now be used to provide a foundation for bridges and anchored dentures!

Missing Teeth, Bone Recession, Gum Recession, and Broken Crowns

Every cosmetic dental smile makeover patient requires a unique combination of cosmetic dental procedures, but let’s talk about a hypothetical case involving numerous restorations:

‘Margaret’ was a 67-year-old woman with a mouthful of troubles. She had undergone extensive radiation for cancer several years earlier. The radiation therapy damaged soft tissues in her mouth and exacerbated tooth decay.

Eventually, most of her back teeth top and bottom had to be extracted. Four of her remaining teeth were cracked and her gums had regressed revealing the metal bases of two old crowns.

Margaret was also missing bone structure due to a recession after the extractions. To build a stable site for the implants, she received bone grafts.

To restore a pleasing smile, she received eight tooth implants. The implants anchored partial dentures for her upper and lower back teeth.

Gum grafts applied to exposed tooth roots protect teeth from continuing gum recession and decay and reduce tooth sensitivity. After soft tissue grafts, her front teeth received a combination of porcelain crowns and veneers.

The outcome? A brilliant smile and renewed confidence! Plus no more dentures masking the taste of food and moving around in her mouth.

This case is representative of many of our patients who have a combination of problems and multiple missing teeth. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we solve problems that many patients thought were impossible.

 

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Cosmetic Dental Artistry

La Mesa Cosmetic Dental Artistry La Mesa cosmetic dentistry is part science and part art.

I’m Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry and enjoy using my extensive dental training and artistic skills to design treatment plans unique to each of my La Mesa cosmetic dental patients.

In order to achieve an attractive, yet natural-looking result, I do much more than recommend specific procedures. I consider the shape, alignment, color, and condition of the teeth. In order to create a balanced look, the facial shape and coloring are taken into account. The San Diego dentistry patient’s age, health condition, and lifestyle all influence the plan.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan.

My artistic abilities have been perfected over several years of creating smile transformations for my Alpine and El Cajon cosmetic dentistry patients. Even fairly recent cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers have advanced considerably. Dental implants are a truly remarkable solution for our California dental patients who have lost one or more teeth.

I would love to perform a personalized smile makeover for you. When the work has been completed and you are enjoying your new look, it will only be obvious to those who see you all the time. Others will assume you have always been blessed with a naturally beautiful and healthy smile.

 

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Don’t Underestimate The Importance of Retainers

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The retention phase is an essential milestone. When you’re ready for an orthodontic retainer, the slow, challenging work of moving teeth is over.

Your smile looks extraordinary, but stay with the program.

There is still a lot going on behind the scenes—under the gums. Your jawbone, muscles, and soft tissues are adapting. This takes a while.

What is a Retainer?

A retainer is a custom-made appliance that helps teeth maintain their new position after orthodontic treatment. Retainers may be removable or fixed in the mouth.

Patients who neglect to wear their retainers are at risk. Their beautifully-aligned teeth may shift. If your bite was corrected during treatment, it may revert back to the original condition.

Follow Dr, Gray’s Recommendations

Your dentist will prescribe a schedule for wearing your retainer. Your orthodontic treatment plan is unique. It may differ from that of other patients.

What If I Lose My Retainer?

Occasionally, patients lose their retainers. If this happens, contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry ASAP for a replacement. We understand that life can get hectic. We urge you not to let weeks pass without getting a replacement retainer.

We teach our patients how to care for their retainer. It’s helpful if parents reinforce this training at home for their kids undergoing treatment.

Keep Your Retainer Clean

After eating, clean the retainer with a toothbrush. Brush it carefully with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You can use denture cleaner regularly for a deeper clean.

If your teen has a cell phone, set an alert to remind them to clean their retainer. While you’re at it, set an alert reminding them to keep the retainer in its case when not in use.

Keep Your New Smile Clean!

If it’s important to clean your retainer, it’s no surprise that it’s even more important to clean your beautiful new smile. It will be more straightforward now that the braces are off.

Practice proper oral hygiene. This includes brushing after meals and flossing at least once a day. Flossing and brushing before bed ensures that bits of food don’t sit on teeth all night. For extra cavity prevention, use a fluoride rinse before going to sleep. Saliva is necessary to neutralize acids and rinse bits of food off of teeth.

 

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Signs Of Oral Cancer: What Not To Ignore

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Today’s article focuses on a very serious issue—oral (oropharyngeal) cancers. The medical community categorizes oral cancers as a subset of head and neck cancers.

Oral cancers can arise in the following locations:

  • The tongue
  • The roof of the mouth and under the tongue
  • The inside of the cheeks
  • The oropharynx (the part behind the soft palate)
  • The salivary glands
  • The lips

Oral Cancers Are Particularly Deadly

Over 50,000 men and women annually are diagnosed with a type of oral cancer. They are more than twice as prevalent in men. There is no disparity when it comes to blacks or whites. Oral cancers claim over 10,000 victims per year.

The statistics reveal that only 57 percent of those diagnosed this year will be alive in five years. Talk about a grim outlook.

Let’s talk about the common—and the not-so-common—warning signs of oral cancer.

Any sore or lump in the mouth or throat should be taken seriously. Any white or red patch could also be a symptom.

Receiving an oral cancer screening is another reason to visit Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry twice a year for an exam. Healthcare providers who don’t have the specific training for early-onset oral cancer may confuse or fail to recognize early symptoms.

Here, at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr, Gray can tell you if you should be worried or not.

The Cold Sore Connection

Firstly, we know cold sores are not dinner-talk for most men and women. However, did you know that if you have a history of cold sores, you are at an increased risk for receiving oropharyngeal (oral) cancer?

Don’t Ignore These Signs!

You will want to get checked out if you:

  1. Have a lump or thickening in your throat
  2. Have white or red patches on your tongue, tonsils, or lining of your cheeks and gums
  3. Notice numbness of any oral feature
  4. Have any type of lesion, cut, or canker-type sore that doesn’t heal within 14 days

Less-common symptoms include tongue pain and loose teeth. A hoarse voice that doesn’t go away should be a concern. Unexplained tooth discoloration is rare but not unheard of.

It’s a misconception to think any of these signs can’t lead to problems.

Early Diagnosis Can Save Your Life

Getting checked for oral (or any) cancer regularly is essential for multiple reasons, but it is ultimately necessary because you want to catch it early. So you have the highest chance of survival. While it usually does not start to show symptoms until around age 40, it occurs in younger patients as well.

Smokeless Tobacco

It is also more common for those who use smokeless, (chewing or spit) tobacco to get oral cancer. Many people argue that these are safer than smoking traditional cigarettes. This may be true when it comes to lung cancer. But you need to look at the contracting other conditions like oral cancer(s), pancreatic cancer, and/or chronic infections that can result in heart issues later on.

Also, don’t assume vaping is less dangerous. Though there is less research on the health risks of vaping, it certainly hasn’t been proven to be risk-free.

Smoking + Alcohol = A Dangerous Combination

While we are highlighting tobacco and vaping, we also need to mention alcohol. For many folks, they go together. Those who both smoke and drink have a 15 times higher possibility of developing oral cancer than those who do neither.

Exposure to UV Rays Bolsters Risk of Lip Cancer

Lip cancer can be considered both oral cancer and skin cancer. Most of us have been warned that unprotected sun exposure is harmful. But many of us forget about the lips when applying sunscreen. Pick up some SPF balm when you shop for sunscreen. Don’t forget that eating, drinking and licking your lips can wipe it away. Reapply often. Wear wide-brim hats as protection. Be especially careful between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Sources:

https://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/oral-cavity-and-oropharyngeal-cancer/about/key-statistics.htm

 

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Smile Makeovers? Yes, We Do Those, Too!

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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are known for emergency dental care. This includes extractions, root canals, and treatment for a knocked-out tooth.

Our patients appreciate the fact that we take walk-ins. We are also open late on weeknights and even have weekend hours.

If that were not enough, we also provide cosmetic dentistry—even complete smile transformations.

If you are not happy with the way your teeth look, you may be considering a smile makeover. We hope you don’t overlook our practice. We provide excellent cosmetic dental care.

Let’s talk about jaw-dropping smiles.

What makes up a perfect smile? White teeth? Straight teeth? Teeth with pleasing proportions relative to one another? A stunning smile is more than the sum of its parts. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe that your perfect smile also contains another element—your unique personality.

What is a smile makeover? It is a combination of procedures that remedy any problems with your existing smile.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer all the state-of-the art treatments available. On the least invasive end, we have dental bonding and inlays/onlays. These can often be completed in just one visit. Porcelain veneers can fix small tooth imperfections like chips. A veneer can also correct the shape of a tooth that is misaligned.

If you have teeth that are not structurally sound, you may need a dental crown. The crowns we provide at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry blend perfectly with your existing teeth.

Maybe your greatest need is to fix prior dental work that was performed elsewhere. We can remove old silver fillings and replace with natural tooth colored fillings. We can also replace broken dental crowns.

Give us a call to schedule a smile makeover consultation.

We Bring Smiles To Life!

 

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91942

 

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Same-Day Tooth Pain Relief

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When you have a toothache, that’s all you can think about. It makes it challenging to handle your everyday tasks.

If the tooth starts hurting after business hours or on the weekend, you may resign yourself to waiting until a traditional dental practice opens.

When others are closed, Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry is here for you. We treat walk-in dental emergencies. That means you don’t need to make an appointment.

We will determine the cause of the tooth pain and take care of you.

Is A Toothache A Dental Emergency?

Yes. Here’s why. Tooth pain may be a symptom of an urgent ailment. We are equipped to treat many causes of tooth pain. Your tooth pain may be caused by one of the following:

Decay

Eventually, cavities can reach the tooth nerve. Ouch! The earlier the issue is addressed, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

Gum disease

Gum disease (or the more serious periodontitis) may cause pain. It should be treated immediately before teeth loosen. At that point, you risk losing them.

Damaged Tooth Pulp

When the inner nerves down in the root of the tooth become infected, an emergency root canal can allow you to save the tooth. Plus it ends the pain!

Maybe It’s Not Your Tooth

Everything’s connected, right? Problems with surrounding systems can cause tooth pain along with a plethora of other symptoms. Your tooth pain may be caused by an ear or sinus infection.

Whether it’s a condition with your tooth, or something else, let’s get it taken care of.

 

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91942

 

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