Don’t Be Afraid, La Mesa! Show Us Your Smile!

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Some people don’t feel that their smile is an asset, so they do their best to keep it hidden. Pictures, funny movies, jokes, hilarious internet videos – none of these can coax a smile or laugh.

If you know someone like this, maybe you need some information about complete smile makeovers. A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa is transformative for anyone who has been embarrassed by their smile for years.

We provide cosmetic dentistry procedures for our San Diego area patients who have issues such as a previous mouth injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, or even missing teeth.

Now is the time to get the confident smile that you’ve always wanted!

Many patients start with teeth whitening. This gets them on their way to a brighter smile. It’s a simple procedure, but the results are truly dramatic.

Other procedures that improve the look of your teeth and/or your oral health include dental implants, veneers, Invisalign clear braces, bonding, and more!

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-313-4127

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


6 Ways Dental Crowns Restore San Diego Smiles

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Dental crowns have been around a long time, but they continue to play an important role in cosmetic dentistry. A dental crown, often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth. Needing a crown is one of the reasons people visit us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in and around the greater San Diego and La Mesa areas.

Dental crowns are used for several problems common among San Diego cosmetic dentistry patients:

  • An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
  • A broken tooth
  • An extremely decayed tooth
  • A tooth that has had a root canal
  • A misshapen or tiny tooth
  • A tooth that prevents a proper bite

A dental crown serves both structural and aesthetic purposes. It protects a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. In addition, a dental crown often prevents the need for an extraction and the bone loss that can occur with a missing tooth.

San Diego cosmetic dentistry patients who get a dental crown shouldn’t assume that the tooth is now invincible. Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing just like natural teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gumline could still become decayed and the soft tissue around the crown can still get gum disease.

Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break. (Use scissors to open a stubborn plastic package – don’t bite and pull!) Your La Mesa cosmetic dentist can advise you on caring for your new crown so that it will last as long as possible. Some of our Jamul patients have crowns that are still looking beautiful after ten years.

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-313-4127

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


The Tea And Teeth Question

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Dr. Jeff Gray DDS can help you achieve a beautiful smile in San Diego, La Mesa, or El Cajon. Something that might concern you about your smile is stained teeth. You might wonder if you should investigate tooth whitening.

A common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages including tea. Over time, tea (and the tannins in tea) builds up on the tooth enamel. The darker the tea color, the greater chance it has of staining teeth.

If you want to minimize staining from tea beverages, add some  milk or drink through a straw. Also, rinse your mouth with water. These tips will help reduce future damage.

Good oral hygiene can help reduce stained teeth – but that may not be enough. First, have your teeth professionally cleaned. If that doesn’t help, Dr. Jeff Gray DDS offers a variety of teeth whitening products and procedures. Call us today to get your whiter, brighter smile.

 

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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4 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More OftenVisit Jeff Gray DDS-Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, CA for all your dental needs, including general dentistry.

As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less than once a year.  Some people will even go as long as five years without seeing their dentist. You should visit your dentist every six months to keep and maintain your healthy smile.

Here are the top 4 reasons to visit your dentist.

1. Oral Cancer Detection

Not many people realize the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat, which is a serious problem. While the risk of getting oral cancer is increased significantly for tobacco users, it still exists for non tobacco users as well.

Dentists are trained to spot the signs of oral cancer, and regular checkups can catch issues early. Frequent visits to Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry can increase your chances of having this serious problem detected early.

2. Cavity Damage

Cavities are one of the reasons by most people avoid the dentist because they are associated with pain. But having a cavity detected earlier rather than later tends to mean less invasive treatment and a more favorable outcome.

3. Gum disease

Visiting your dentist more often means keeping an eye on the health of your gums. Your dentist can help you track the health of your gums and can prescribe healthful procedures to avoid or cure gum disease.

4. Bad Habits

Bad habits can have a negative impact on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common.

Don’t let bad habits get in the way of your oral health. It helps to have an experienced professional to help you manage habits so they don’t become destructive.

Schedule a visit with your dentist in La Mesa, Jeff Gray DDS-Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry for your next dental checkup.

Visiting your dentist every six months can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a positive outlook on life.

See you soon!

 

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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The Not-So-Obvious Benefits Of A Smile Makeover

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A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa is transformative for anyone who has been embarrassed by their smile for years. But it’s not just about looking younger and more attractive—though it most certainly will do that. It can improve your life in ways that many people might not guess.

How can a smile makeover transform your life?

1. It alters the way you are perceived by others.

A man or woman who smiles often and easily is generally regarded as a forward-thinking problem solver.

2. It brightens the atmosphere in social settings.

When you openly smile, it is contagious. It enhances the mood in any setting and eases tension when required.

3. You will feel more self-assured.

When you quit dwelling on making sure you hide your teeth, you have the strength to focus on ways to realize success in personal and professional pursuits.

A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa is an investment in yourself. It begins with a smile analysis, and keeps getting better from there. Schedule an appointment with 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

 

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Five Cavity Basics

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Cavities and tooth decay are among the world’s most common health problems. They’re especially common in children, teenagers and older adults. But anyone who has teeth can get cavities, including infants.

If cavities aren’t treated, they get larger and affect deeper layers of your teeth.The desire to prohibit cavities is one of the main reasons people visit us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in and around the greater San Diego and La Mesa areas.

Cavities, both treated and untreated, in all adults age 20 to 64 declined from the early 1970s until the most recent (1999-2004) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The decrease was significant in all population subgroups. In spite of this decline, significant disparities are still found in some population groups.

Today we are going to highlight 5 things you need to know about cavities.

1. Cavities are also called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings emerge. These little holes are cavities.

2. Factors that contribute to dental caries are:

  • Frequent eating
  • Consuming sugary beverages
  • Oral bacteria
  • Poor dental hygiene

3. Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call your dentist today to schedule an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common among young children, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. Avoiding cavities is simple. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right, forego frequent snacking, and have regular visits with your dentist.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the La Mesa area, consider us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. We have been providing sedation and cosmetic dentistry in and around San Diego since 1986. Please give us a 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

 


How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

As you stand over your bathroom sink and think about the frayed bristles of your favorite toothbrush, you may wonder whether the time has come to replace it. It’s a good question. Fortunately, we at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, CA have the answer!

We all brush our teeth on a daily basis. Like a good pair of jeans, it seems the more we use a toothbrush, the more comfortable it gets. As it turns out, that’s not a good thing when it comes to brushing your teeth which is critical for the prevention of gum disease.

The angle of the bristles on your toothbrush are an important part of cleaning. Straight bristles scrub your teeth and flex your gums. A light circular motion is enough to clean your teeth without causing damage.Flat or frayed bristles are less efficient and can even cause you to work harder. Pressing harder on your teeth can cause damage.

So how often should you change your toothbrush? Anyone who has worried about changing the oil in their car has learned this basic rule of thumb; change your oil every three months. It’s the same with your toothbrush.

Most dental professionals recommend a new toothbrush every three months and our team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry we agree. The American Dental Association suggests replacing your toothbrush “every three to four months” due to worn bristles and bacteria. Worn bristles just simply are less effective. Bacteria can also built up in the small gaps of your toothbrush and may contribute to decay and bad breath.

Also make sure you keep your toothbrush in a sanitary location. Allow for good drying to help extend its life. Regardless of how long it’s been, if the bristles on your toothbrush look like they’re trying to get away from each other, it’s time to give it up. Otherwise, change your toothbrush at the start of every new weather season to keep it fresh and effective.

For more information about oral health in La Mesa, contact us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, CA. We provide comprehensive general, restorative, sedation, or cosmetic dentistry. Please call today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Gray has been serving the La Mesa area since 1986.

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 Health In Childhood Has A Lifelong Impact

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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in the La Mesa, CA area, we believe that keeping your child’s teeth healthy is critical while they are young. We would be honored to be your choice for our specialized general dentistry services.

Tooth decay and gum disease can hamper speech development. It can also make it more difficult for the child to eat healthy food. Unhealthy teeth reduce a child’s self-confidence. This, in turn, puts mental health at risk. Mouth pain can also impact school performance. The bottom line is that maintaining a healthy mouth in childhood is essential for a healthy life. And once your youngster moves into adulthood, oral health should remain a priority.

You may be surprised to learn that inadequate oral hygiene may increase the risk of multiple diseases, including:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Blood Cancers
  • Lung Cancer

The truth is that lifelong oral health is a process that starts early. Young children should see a pediatric dentist when their first tooth erupts, which is much earlier than many moms and dads often realize. So parents, please put dental appointments on your “to-do” list, along with well-child check-ups and immunizations.

You might think you know the basics of daily oral hygiene for children, but it is wise to get a refresher course from one of our expert, child-friendly hygienists. We can also review sealants, bite issues, fluoride supplements, thumb sucking, and orthodontia.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in the La Mesa, CA area, we would be honored to be your choice for our specialized general dentistry services. We can help your children and adolescents maintain healthy teeth and gums. We can also detect problems in the early stages when they are easier (and yes, less expensive) to correct.  Call us today to schedule an appointment or consultation. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in the La Mesa, CA

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 To Get The Whitest Teeth

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Most people would like to have whiter teeth. You’ve probably noticed that teeth tend to get yellow and dull with the passage of time. If you are one of those who would like whiter teeth, then Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa can help. This blog post has some tips on teeth whitening and what we can do for you.

Don’t Forget to Brush
The first tip seems like a no-brainer, but many people still overlook it. We are talking about daily tooth brushing. Brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean and prevent tooth decay. Often our teeth become discolored or stained because of what we consume (drinks, food, etc.) but when we brush our teeth, it decreases the damage.

After brushing teeth, another tip is using a fluoride rinse to finish the cleaning job. Fluoride helps get into the cracks where bacteria can be hiding away. When the bacteria is killed, it prevents it from spreading and discoloring your teeth. When you are shopping for a fluoride rinse, check the labels. Some ordinary mouthwashes don’t contain fluoride.

Sometimes the discoloration is too extreme to be reversed by home remedies. That’s why we at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa offer other powerful care to improve your smile. We provide in-office and take-home teeth whitening. Each method provides effective teeth whitening, which among the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer. Schedule an appointment with 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

 

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Not All Smile Makeovers in Santee Are Created Equal

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Welcome to the Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry dental blog. Let’s talk about smile redesigns and smile makeovers in Santee. Some patients wonder if the term is synonymous with general cosmetic dentistry. For examples, is the placement of four veneers considered a smile makeover? Well, yes and no. If your smile is attractive and healthy except for some chips in your upper front teeth, veneer placement may remedy the few cosmetic problems and result in a stunning smile.

Generally, however, a complete smile redesign combines several carefully-chosen cosmetic dentistry procedures performed at the same time for a complete smile transformation. In other words, the sum is greater than the parts. For example, one treatment plan could include crown restorations, porcelain veneers for teeth that are misshapen but otherwise healthy, tooth-colored filling replacement for old amalgam fillings, and professional teeth whitening for the crowning touch.

At our office, we have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry in La Mesa, California since 1986. Performing successful smile redesigns makes my profession extremely fulfilling. Patients who plan to receive a smile makeover should take their time choosing a dentist to perform it. We invite you to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your needs and wishes. During the consultation, our team can tell you about my extensive experience and show you before and after pictures of satisfied patients.

When we design custom smile makeovers in Santee, we study several elements in addition to the teeth. After all, the teeth are just one component of the patient’s face. The gum line, lips, mouth, facial shape, facial structure, coloring, and patient’s age affect the scope of the design. This comprehensive approach to smile makeovers in Santee achieves fantastic results and sets our practice apart. If you are interested in learning more about smile transformations, 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