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Oral Rinses: An Extra Measure Of Protection For La Mesa Kids

Oral Rinses: An Extra Measure Of Tooth Protection For Santee Kids

Hello, I’m Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. Santee parents usually know the basics on children’s oral health: limit sugar, make sure they brush and floss regularly, take them to the dentist for twice-yearly exams and cleanings, discourage between-meal snacking, see that they get enough calcium and Vitamin D, etc. Many parents also give their kids fluoride supplements if their municipal water supply has an inadequate level of fluoride.

Is there anything else a concerned parent can do to promote children’s oral health? Yes! Have children use an oral rinse that contains fluoride.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but fluoride rinses help teeth that have already come in. A fluoride rinse is an added measure of protection.

I recommend children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss. They should swish it around in their mouth for thirty seconds or so, and then spit it out. (Make sure your child doesn’t swallow it!) This should be the last substance in their mouth before they go to bed. The fluoride will remain on the teeth and help prevent new cavities from forming. It can also help stop any demineralization that has already begun by accumulating in the tiny fissures and fortifying the enamel.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we focus on preventative dentistry for San Diego families. We believe that today’s children can enjoy healthy teeth for life.

In addition to all general dentistry procedures, we also offer complete smile makeovers. If you are interested in transforming your entire smile with precision cosmetic dentistry, call us at 619-717-8560 to schedule an appointment.

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


The Dangers Of Oral Infections

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“It’s just a small sore, it will go away.”
“I’m too busy right now, I’ll go to a dentist later.”
“A little sensitivity is no big deal.”

It happens to most La Mesa residents at least once in their life. Your teeth become sensitive to cold drinks. A tooth develops a dull ache. A sore on the gums doesn’t heal up. An injured tooth darkens. A pain develops in your lower sinus area.

This is definitely not a situation where the “ignore it and it will go away” mentality is wise. If the pain is the result of a dangerous infection, there are grave consequences of postponing treatment. Oral bacterial infections can destroy teeth, gums and jawbone and even lead to life-threatening sepsis. In fact, prior to the 19th century, tooth decay-related infection was a leading cause of death.

An oral infection doesn’t always cause pain. Bad breath, fever, swelling in the gums, glands or jaw, or a strange taste in the mouth can indicate the presence of an infection.

If an infection is caught and treated early, there may be no additional problems. However, usually the infection is the result of a dental trouble that needs to be treated. If the infection is caused by tooth decay, the decay will have to be removed and the tooth filled. If the decay has penetrated to the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be required.

The infection may be the result of a pocket of undrained pus called an abscess. Pus is a by-product of the immune system’s efforts to fight infection and consists of dead white blood cells.

Mouth sores have various causes including an infection or virus. White patches in the mouth can indicate thrush (an oral yeast infection). All of these conditions can be treated – but you need to see your dentist.

I am Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. If you have any signs of oral infection, or haven’t had a dental exam in the past year, I encourage you to meet with me. To schedule an appointment, call my office today 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 Ways To Minimize Candy Intake At Parties

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1. Lock yourself in a closet.
2. Sew your mouth shut.
3. Wear a shock collar that’s sensitive to sugar particles.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we understand how hard it is to avoid sweets altogether at Halloween and other sugar-filled holidays. We encourage both unfettered joy and healthy living for all of our La Mesa patients.

Moderation in candy intake can help with the prevention of dental caries, but so can consistent brushing and flossing and regular cleanings and check-ups at your San Diego family dentist. Keeping the mouth clean and being meticulous are strong indicators for a happy mouth.

We’re not here to tell our La Mesa and Alpine patients to avoid sugar altogether. We’re not even here to tell you just to sneak a little. Eat as much as your child will let you, just be sure and brush thoroughly – same as any other time of year. Keep in mind that eating a candy bar and then brushing is better than sucking on a lollipop for a half hour.

When it comes to caring for La Mesa, California’s teeth and cosmetic dentistry needs, Dr. Jeff Gray works tirelessly to make quality Invisalign, dentures, and teeth whitening available to this entire California community. Services such as laser dentistry and porcelain veneers really set us apart from the competition. If we can help you with cosmetic dentistry or dental implants, then we’ve done our job!

 

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

 


Test Your Cosmetic Dentistry IQ

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Are you up on the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at Jeff Gray, DDS Sedation and Cosmetic Dentistry? Take our quiz and find out!

1. This popular treatment uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This composite is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted, and then hardened and polished.

A. Veneers
B. Flossing
C. Defanging
D. Bonding

The correct answer is D, bonding.

2. This procedure, which can be done by your dentist or at your La Mesa, California area home is very common and its main purpose it to lighten the color of one’s teeth.

A. Teeth Bleaching
B. Teeth Whitening
C. Inlays and Onlays
D. Buffing the Ol’ Pearly Whites

The correct answer is B, teeth whitening, though it is also called teeth bleaching.

3. These thin, porcelain coverings are custom-made for each mouth and are usually used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

A. Wax lips
B. Bleaching trays
C. Veneers
D. Tooth socks

The correct answer is C, veneers, however, tooth socks do sound cozy!

4. Which dentist serving the San Diego area can skillfully perform state-of-the-science cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you a celebrity-caliber smile?

A. Dr. Jeff Gray at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry
B. Dr. Bertha Bicuspid
C. Dr. Leo Spaceman
D. Dr. Whitey Toothson

The correct answer is A, Dr. Jeff Gray.

Hi, I’m Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. We serve the Alpine, Jamul, and Santee areas with superior experience and care. If you have any questions about our services or about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth whitening or smile makeovers, please contact us 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

 


To Chew Or Not To Chew

To Chew Or Not To Chew In La Mesa

Hello gum chewers, today we’re going to talk about that sticky wad of candy in your mouth. You know that it can freshen your breath, but can it really help safeguard your smile from tooth decay?

It really depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum can be helpful in removing bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.

However, gum with some alternative sweeteners has an added benefit for your pearly whites. Xylitol is a sweetener which not only has fewer calories than traditional sugars, but it also has antimicrobial properties that cut down plaque build-up. This means that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes dental caries.

So if you’re headed out to a restaurant, bring a pack of sugar-free gum with you and pop it in your mouth when your meal is done. Of course, brushing and flossing are the ideal practices for your oral health, but when you can’t brush, select a sugarless gum with xylitol.

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. We offer Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening. If you have any questions about how to upgrade your oral health, or if you would like information about any of our unprecedented cosmetic dental care such as teeth whitening, veneers, sedation dentistry, or complete cosmetic dental smile makeovers, give us a call today at 619-717-8560.

Call our friendly and professional team today for an appointment!

 

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

 


Five Fast Ways to Improve Your Smile

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Do you have a special event coming up? Perhaps a wedding, graduation, milestone birthday, anniversary, or reunion? These celebrations usually involve a lot of photographs and, of course, you want to look pleasing. You may not have time to lose 20 pounds, but you can dramatically transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry.

Here are five cosmetic dental procedures that can usually be performed in one office visit.

1. Veneers
Porcelain veneers have been a celebrated treatment for decades but we never fail to be amazed by the remarkable results they deliver. A veneer is a super-thin layer of porcelain bonded permanently to the tooth. A veneer can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or repair a misshapen tooth.

2. Gum Contouring
Perhaps your teeth are brilliant and healthy but you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation. Gum contouring can reshape the gumline and perfect your smile. Book a consultation with Dr. Gray today for a thorough examination and superb advice regarding your gumline.

3. Enamel Shaping
Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the features of a smile even if all the other teeth have a positive appearance. (Your mouth is no place for a sore thumb, right?) Let us reshape the tooth so it blends in seamlessly.

4. Bonding
Dental bonding just gets better and better as additional state-of-the art materials are developed. Bonding is used in a multitude of applications to repair teeth with cosmetic and structural troubles. The newest prep processes are minimally invasive – leaving you with more of your own tooth structure.

5. Teeth Whitening
Make your smile pop with professional in-office teeth whitening. There is nothing like an exceptional white smile to give you ultimate confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry is an investment that will bless you with increased self-esteem every day. We look forward to getting your smile ready for all those hugs, laughs, and, of course, pictures.

 

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

 


Healthy Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In today’s post, we will concentrate on vital behaviors that affect oral health. Of course, effective brushing and flossing are two critical habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to preserve a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

  • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is necessary for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
  • Do enjoy calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are detrimental to enamel.

Diet Don’ts

  • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar results in the production of dangerous cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to cavities.
  • Don’t snack throughout the day. This revs up plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
  • Don’t chew on ice. (It really can break teeth.)
  • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are detrimental to teeth.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is better to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
  • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
  • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • If you have children, communicate with Dr. Gray about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your children fluoride supplements.
  • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.
  • If you have an eating disorder – seek professional help immediately. Bulimia and anorexia are extremely damaging to teeth. (Not to mention the toll they take on the heart and other organs.)

We urge all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that supports dental and physical health. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we serve the La Mesa area with exceptional dental care, including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about Invisalign, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and laser 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

 


Solving Tough Dental Problems

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Have you ever been told that your smile is beyond repair? That may not be true. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we perform dental miracles every day. Here are some tough dental problems we routinely solve:

Tough Problem 1: Insufficient Bone for Dental Implant

As a replacement for a missing tooth, a dental implant has many benefits as compared to a dental bridge. However, there must be sufficient bone to support the titanium post (screw) that is surgically implanted.

Solution: Bone Grafting

In some cases, implant patients need some level of bone grafting, and the procedure has a high success rate. Disinfected, processed donor bone is inserted at the implant location where the bone needs structural augmentation. The grafting material is in granular form that can be packed into the contours. It activates growth, and eventually the patient’s newly-produced bone replaces the donor bone material.

If you have had another dentist tell you that you don’t have enough bone to place an implant post, talk to Dr. Gray. The team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry has carried out many bone grafting procedures for dental implant placement.

Tough Problem 2: Severe Tooth Loss

Solution: Full Mouth Restoration

If it feels like your dental troubles are beyond repair because you have few or no teeth left, take heart. Regardless of the cause—chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, acute mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health—there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, attractive smile or give you the unforgettable smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally.

Full mouth restoration consists of a combination of dental procedures as required according to the patient’s particular situation. These can include dental implants, implant-supported bridges, orthodontia, crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, and teeth whitening.

Problem 3: Tetracycline Stains

Solution: Porcelain Veneers

Perhaps as a teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne, and as a result now have discolored teeth. Or maybe the municipal California water you drank growing up had excessive fluoride, another cause of darkened teeth.

We treat severely discolored teeth with beautiful dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain laminates). Veneers not only restore discolored teeth, but they can cover worn, chipped, and cracked teeth. This is done by placing a thin composite of porcelain over the damaged tooth or teeth leaving an attractive, white smile. Porcelain veneers are one of the least invasive forms of cosmetic dentistry, yet the payoffs are stunning.

By listening carefully, asking the right questions, communicating clearly, and counseling with you, Dr. Gray can fully analyze your seemingly impossible dental dilemma and deliver a solution. Call us today 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

 


Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other issues. However, it is typically the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus needed for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prevent bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the detrimental infection.

Gum infections can advance undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increase the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if necessary.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

I am Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. If you have experienced bone recession due to gum disease, an abscess, an extracted tooth, or any other reason, let’s talk about your options. You may benefit from a dental implant, soft tissue grafts, or bone grafts. Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life and prevent further recession. Call 619-717-8560 to make an appointment for an informative exam and consultation.

I pride myself in the personal attention and trusted dental care I provide to each of my patients. I understand that visiting a dentist can cause anxiety for some people. I promise you that you will feel comfortable in my care and leave the appointment with accurate information and an individualized treatment plan.

 

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

 


How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in La Mesa If you are one of the many La Mesa denture wearers, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth.

The problems with dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and inability to taste food due to a covered palate. Clearly, dentures do not feel and function like natural teeth.

Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help you avoid the need for dentures later in your life, but other factors can make dental replacements an inevitability.

The good news? Modern dental implant technology offers a better tooth restoration solution. If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures may dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again.

How about a thick T-bone at your favorite San Diego steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your meal, you will avoid the embarrassment of having your dentures rattle around in your mouth in public.

Before you pay for another denture reline, ask our team about the possibility of 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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