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Teeth Whitening in San Diego: At Home or In-Office?

 

If you want teeth whitening, the first step is to decide on a method. There may seem like a lot of options, but most use a peroxide-based whitening solution. The difference is in the strength of the solution and method of delivery. At Jeff Gray DDS in San Diego, we offer patients a choice.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of DIY and in-office teeth whitening.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Advantages
• Generally less pricey
• Doesn’t require a trip to the dentist
• May cause less tooth sensitivity and pain

At-Home Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
• Takes longer to achieve desired results
• Whitening appliances don’t protect gum tissue
• Solution must be applied many times over a period of weeks

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Advantages
• Same day results
• Administered by a dental professional
• Gum tissue is protected

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
• More expensive

Did you know that in order to maintain the brightness achieved from an in-office teeth whitening treatment, a patient must follow up with at-home touch-ups? Therefore, a combination of in-office and DIY methods is often the most effective solution.

A note about non-professional teeth bleaching kiosks:

A few years ago, during the height of the teeth-whitening craze, whitening kiosks starting popping up in San Diego area malls. Some have closed, but a few remain in business. We urge patients to avoid them. There is little regulatory oversight, and customers have no guarantee of the safety of their services – to say nothing of the qualifications of the providers. As always, it is important to trust your smile to dental professionals.

Jeff Gray DDS Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry advises patients to meet with with us before starting any teeth bleaching regimen. We offer both at-home and in-office teeth whitening, including Zoom! Laser Tooth Whitening. We also provide other cosmetic dentistry services, as well as general dentistry.

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

 


Eating Got You Down? Dental Implants in La Mesa

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Men and women who have lost one of their natural teeth know it can make chewing problematic, and even painful. Dental implants are an excellent solution to this problem. If you are thinking about dental implants in La Mesa, the office of Jeff Gray, DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry can offer guidance.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically attached to a patient’s jaw. An artificial tooth, along with supporting structure, is affixed to the top of the post. Because they are physically attached to the bone, they function just like a natural tooth.

It’s great to fill the gap caused by a missing tooth, but dental implants are important for more than just cosmetic reasons. They help to maintain the integrity of the jawbone, which would otherwise grow weaker because of the missing tooth root.

Improving a smile cosmetically beyond just the functional needs can also be discussed during an informative consultation. Dr. Jeff Gray offers dependable advice about restoring your smile while still keeping it comfortable in the pocket book. Come explore the possibilities, including the cost of smile redesigns.

Jeff Gray DDS Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry offers many services, including general dentistry. If you have missing teeth, come see our friendly and professional team and let them improve your eating experience. After all, eating is pretty important.

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

 


Beautiful Smiles in La Mesa

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This post is for people in La Mesa who are looking for beautiful smiles.

There are a lot of reasons why so many people would like to improve their smiles. Common issues include yellow teeth, misaligned teeth, too much or too little gum tissue, missing teeth, or broken teeth.

Few individuals are naturally blessed with perfect smiles. By practicing good oral care, you can avoid many of the problems that can hurt your smile over the years. But sometimes, even those who practice daily oral hygiene are unsatisfied with their smiles.

The friendly and professional team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry wants you to know that cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile, regardless of the imperfections. Dr. Gray has the experience and expertise to turn ordinary smiles into extraordinary smiles.

We offer dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implant procedures, teeth whitening, and other services. And we use the very latest in dental technology.

For a beautiful La Mesa smile, call the office of Jeff Gray, DDS, Sedation and find out what cosmetic dentistry can do for you.

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

 


General Dentistry in La Mesa: Protect Your Teeth from Enamel Erosion

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Our teeth work hard, and are constantly under attack. It’s no wonder that nature encases them in enamel—the hardest substance in the body. Unfortunately, enamel erosion is common. But with general dentistry and your at-home regimen, you can protect it in La Mesa.

Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Others include certain medications, teeth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal problems, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and keep erosion at bay.

Here are some quick facts about enamel:

  • Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body. Once it has worn away, it cannot be regenerated.
  • According to the National Institute of Health, 41% of adolescents already have enamel erosion.
  • Brushing too hard can hurt enamel. We recommend a soft-bristle brush and a gentle hand.
  • Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as dangerous as sugared sodas.
  • Dry mouth can weaken enamel because it results in less saliva which helps keep enamel healthy and strong.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion, it’s vital to take action. There are several dental procedures that can protect teeth that have been compromised. Call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry today.

We also provide cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and use state-of-the-art dental technology.

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

 


Oral Cancer: Early Diagnosis Makes A Big Difference

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When it comes to oral cancer survival outcomes, two numbers are key: 40% and 90%.

40% of individuals who receive a late-stage diagnosis die within five years. However, the survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.

Oral Cavity and Oropharynx—Mouth and Throat

Cancers that start in the mouth (or oral cavity) are termed oral cancers. The oral cavity is comprised of the inside tissue of the mouth and cheeks, the lips, the tissue underneath the tongue, the roof of the mouth, and the front two-thirds of the tongue. “Why only two-thirds of the tongue?” you might ask. Because the back third of the tongue is considered part of the throat. Throat cancers, or oropharyngeal cancers, start in the oropharynx, the part of the mouth behind the parts considered part of the oral cavity. The oropharynx consists of the soft palate, the tonsils, and the throat.

How Are Oral Cancers Diagnosed?

Some oral cancers produce symptoms which prompt the patient to see a doctor and others are caught by your La Mesa dentist or doctor during exams. Thousands of lives could be saved every year if more individuals received regular screenings.

A visual oral cancer exam is relatively quick and convenient, especially as compared to other cancer screening tests such as colonoscopies and mammograms. If an abnormality is discovered during an exam, the patient is referred to an appropriate specialist for further testing and diagnosis.

Be proactive. Ask your dentist or doctor to complete an oral cancer screening during each examination or physical. If you have one or more risk factors, it’s essential to meet with your health care provider for counsel on oral cancer screenings and prevention.

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

  • Tobacco use (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or snuff)
  • Heavy drinking
  • Unhealthy diet
  • HPV infection
  • Weak immune system
  • Frequent exposure to UV light (a risk factor for cancers of the lips)

To set up a dental oral cancer exam and general dentistry checkup, I invite you to call 619-717-8560.

Sources:
http://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/todays-dental-news/item/1882-awareness-is-the-key-to-fighting-oral-cancer#sthash.HhX8jCtf.dpuf
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/oral-cavity-and-oropharyngeal-cancer/about/what-is-oral-cavity-cancer.html

 

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


Hiccups In Your Dental Routine

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The most common times people stop to brush their teeth are morning and night – either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. Common concerns that come with this routine involve hiccups in the schedule, from family life, shift work or exhaustion.

Sometimes after dinner isn’t super cut and dried. Many San Diego families face irregular weeknight routines. As the school year progresses, some have games to attend, band concerts, play practice, youth groups or other weeknight commitments. An irregular schedule often disrupts regular dental maintenance.

Many Santee workers have daily commutes or shift work to battle with. Due to the changing landscape of La Mesa’s job market and the greater variety in shift schedules we see patients who are adjusting to irregularities in sleep patterns. This leads to exhaustion and often sleep takes priority over consistent brushing – either morning or night.

The most important time to be sure to brush is after eating sugar or carb-intensive foods. These foods kickstart bacteria growth on the teeth without vigilant attention.

Highly acidic foods weaken the enamel, so it is best to swish with water immediately after consuming acidic foods to lessen the acid. Then brush about 30 minutes later when the mouth is less acidic. The fluoride in toothpaste helps remineralize the enamel.

Dr. Jeff Gray’s hygiene staff at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry has been assisting California families since 1986 to prevent hiccups in their dental routines. See how we demonstrate professional and educated instruction at http://www.SmileSanDiego.com/.

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry provides more than just cosmetic dentistry or sedation dentistry. In addition to teeth whitening, dentures, Invisalign, and laser dentistry there is hygiene education, teeth whitening and cleanings to be discussed. Sure, the cost of cosmetic dentistry, dental veneers, invisalign braces and dental bridges can all seem confusing. The key is to stay on top of the important habits that you can control. We can help you make sense of the other stuff.

Regular checkups are important for catching decay, infection or other troubles early so let us make an appointment for your next preventative visit and keep those hiccups from causing permanent damage. Call us at 619-717-8560  to schedule!

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 Reasons Not To Skip A Dental Checkup

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Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you “gotta do”. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we understand that. But we encourage you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a general dentistry checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty items on your to-do list.

Twice-yearly dental exams are indispensable for keeping your smile in ideal shape!

“But my teeth feel fine.”
We’ve heard this excuse. The fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental troubles can be progressing without you being aware of it.

1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are at risk.

2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any damage.

3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 men and women will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.1 Dr. Gray will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is indispensable.

After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Gray will detail what is necessary moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as invisible braces, we will be sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful! Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Jeff Gray at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry will ensure you avoid extreme dental troubles.

1http://oralcancerfoundation.org/

 

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


Teen Teeth: Adolescent Oral Health

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If you are a teenager or the parent of a teenager, today’s Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry post is for you. Today’s post discusses dental issues of special concern to adolescents. Dental risks for La Mesa teens include both developmental and lifestyle-related factors.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we see cavities and gum disease far too often in teens. Possible causes and complicating circumstances include insufficient dental hygiene, unhealthy diet, malocclusion (misaligned bite), smoking, hormonal changes, tooth grinding, mouth breathing, eating disorders, and side effects of medications.

As children become more independent, some get lax about brushing and flossing. Furthermore, some teens’ diets become worse when they have more freedom to choose what to eat. Few parents let their four year-old drink an energy drink, but they are consumed frequently by La Mesa teenagers – presumably without their parents’ knowledge.

Malocclusion can make proper brushing and flossing problematic, leaving even vigilant brushers with decay from food particles that are almost impossible to remove. Malocclusion can also trigger TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) issues. If you suspect that your teen’s bite is not aligned properly, or if your teen notices a clicking sound in the jaw joint, call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry at 619-717-8560 to schedule a general dentistry exam.

In spite of numerous California public service campaigns aimed at preventing teen smoking, many adolescents take up the dangerous habit even before they graduate from high school. Smoking wrecks teeth as surely as it wrecks lungs.

La Mesa parents of teenagers are well aware that puberty has a significant impact on physical and emotional health. Puberty causes all sorts of changes in the body, and the mouth is no exception. Increased hormone levels (especially in females) can cause the body to react to a very small amount of plaque, triggering inflammation of gum tissue and increased risk of the more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Your dentist can guide you if more frequent professional cleanings are required to preserve gum health.

If you visit any soccer field or basketball court in California, you will see that many young athletes fail to protect their teeth. If your adolescent participates in a contact sport, communicate with us about custom athletic mouthguards.

One of the teen dental issues that impacts most young men and women is wisdom teeth. It’s best to start monitoring your teen’s wisdom teeth early so they can be treated before they lead to troubles with the jaw or surrounding teeth. And you certainly don’t want to send your high-school grad to an out-of-state college without addressing his or her third molars. If problems appear, your youth won’t be near their regular dentist, will probably miss class, and will either need to come home or use an out-of-network dentist or oral surgeon. If you don’t have a family dentist, Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry can examine your teen and evaluate X-rays to guide you on the best course of action for his or her wisdom teeth.

This article is by no means exhaustive on the vital subject of adolescent oral health. Future posts will discuss orthodontia, oral piercings, eating disorders, and abnormal teeth growth.

If you are looking for a family dentist in the La Mesa area, I invite you to schedule an appointment at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry by calling 619-717-8560. We have been providing unmatched dental care to La Mesa families since 1986.  For more information about teen dental health or Invisalign, porcelain veneers, or teeth whitening, call 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


Sore Tooth? Don’t Wait!

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Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry patients who wait to have a sore tooth checked end up saying “I wish I had come sooner.” Even with all the various causes of mouth problems, a toothache sends a simple, clear message: “See your dentist!” And it seems like toothaches always get worse on Friday night right before the weekend.

If you wait, the cost to treat it may get more costly as the pain gets more acute. Affordable dental care is available at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. Call us now for a consultation.

Mouth pain is never “normal.” Dr. Jeff Gray will determine the cause of the pain so proper treatment can begin. Possible causes of pain include tooth decay, gum disease, a broken crown, mouth sores, bite issues, and TMD (temporomandibular disorder). Let Dr. Gray take care of you and you will quickly be back to pain-free eating, grimace-free speaking and better sleeping.

Dr. Gray, DDS is also well-versed in the latest cosmetic dental care and is passionate about transforming smiles. Smile makeovers at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry boost confidence and improve a person’s overall presentation. Men and women who have invested in a smile makeover feel that their personal and professional relationships have benefited.

Book a consultation if you have question about dental implants, Invisalign or veneers. Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry offers consumate care when it comes to porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, laser dentistry, dentures, and Invisalign.

Don’t wait to come to Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry if a tooth demands your attention.

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


Say Goodbye To Old Amalgam Fillings

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Remember what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? When you opened your mouth to laugh or yawn, the people with you could see only pearly white molars. (Unless, of course, you had been munching Oreos.)

Like many adults, you probably started developing cavities fairly young and had no choice but to get silver amalgam fillings. As the years went by, two fillings became three. If you didn’t drink fluoridated water, three fillings may have became four. Now, when you open wide, others see a mouthful of metal.

Fortunately, people with silver amalgam fillings can regain the smile of their youth. The replacement of silver fillings with composite tooth-colored fillings is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure available at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry that can transform a smile just as dramatically as more extensive cosmetic dental treatment.

Composite fillings are made up of a mixture of glass or quartz, and resin that resembles the color of your natural teeth. They are strong and durable when bonded to the tooth with adhesive.

Hopefully, you don’t have a new cavity. But if you do, you can start off with a white composite filling. In addition to the cosmetic advantages over silver, the preparation requires the removal of less healthy tooth structure. A conservative (as possible) restoration leaves you with more of nature’s superior dental material — your own enamel and dentin.

If you would like to improve your Jamul smile by replacing silver-mercury fillings, schedule a cosmetic dental consultation today by calling 619-717-8560. We will develop a treatment plan to address all areas of concern. If you have your teeth whitened in combination with silver filling replacement, you’ll be amazed with your new brilliant smile.

Ask us about teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, Invisalign and laser dentistry. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 619-717-8560.

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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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