Smile More, Live Better

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If you feel that you have an unattractive smile, you probably don’t smile very often. Perhaps you make a conscious effort to refrain from smiling in social and professional settings.

Do you think frequent smiling has a meaningful effect on your life? You bet it does.

In addition to simply making us happier, smiling supports our quality of life in a host of ways.

1.  Look Younger and More Attractive

It doesn’t take a scientific study to validate this fact. No matter your age, you always look better with a smile on your face.

2. Smiling Decreases Stress

When you smile, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that decrease your stress level.

3. Smiling Bolsters Your Confidence

Who doesn’t want to reap the benefits of more self-assurance?

4. Smile For Success

Researchers have established several ways smiling can improve the chance of a favorable outcome in personal and professional pursuits. These benefits stem from the fact that smiling impacts your behavior as well as the behavior of the men and women with whom you interact.

5. Help People Trust You

Authentic smiles that involve the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, convey honesty and trustworthiness.

How would your life improve if you loved your smile?

Even small cosmetic changes can yield meaningful improvements in the attractiveness of your smile. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer everything from tooth whitening to complete smile makeovers. Let’s discuss the possibilities for your smile. Call 619-337-7700 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

Sources:
Horn P.W. Scharlemann, Catherine C. Eckel, Alex Kacelmik, Rick K. Wilson, “The value of a smile: Game theory with a human face, “ScienceDirect, October 2001, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167487001000599, accessed April 4, 2017
Ronald E. Reggio, PhD, “There’s Magic in Your Smile,” Psychology Today, June 25, 2012, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile, accessed April 4, 2017
“10 Hidden Benefits of Smiling,” Psyblog, http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/06/10-hidden-benefits-of-smiling.php, accessed April 4, 2017

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

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8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Whitening vs Bleaching At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry

Whitening vs Bleaching At Jeff Gray DDS - Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry In La Mesa

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental service that Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry provides in-office or through a take-home kit. Results vary, but most patients observe significant lightening that lasts up to a year. Our teeth whitening patients affirm that a whiter smile boosts self-confidence and can take years of wear and discoloration away to reveal a brighter smile.

Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching, however, refer to two different things. Surface cracks and stains arise on tooth enamel, exposing the yellower dentin below the surface. Discoloration can be the result of the natural aging process, illness, genetics, or dark-colored food or drink. Foods and beverages that are both dark colored and acidic— like wine, coffee, and tomato sauce—have even stronger staining power.

Teeth whiteners can refer to any product used to remove stains from tooth enamel: toothpaste, DIY strips, and some mouthwashes are safe and reasonably priced and can illuminate teeth with continued, regular use. The extent of whitening varies, and it takes dedicated, regular use to see results.

Whitening products that do not contain bleach can usually make teeth two to four shades lighter. These are a good choice for men and women with sensitive teeth and gums that can react to products containing harsher whitening chemicals. Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry advises pregnant or nursing mothers to decide on the non-bleach whitening products.

The term “bleaching” is used to describe a tooth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, in varying concentrations. For best results, teeth bleaching should be carried out in-office by your dentist. Bleaching can commonly achieve more noticeable results, sometimes up to seven shades lighter. Intrinsic stains on the dentin, as well as surface stains, can be effectively lightened under an experienced dentist’s supervision.

Call the friendly team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation!

We Bring Smiles To Life

The following online articles were used as source material for this post:

Linda Dyett, ‘Teeth Whitening: How it Works and What it Costs,’ Consumer Guide to Dentistry, September 12, 2011, http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/teeth-whitening/.htm, accessed on February 6, 2012
‘How to Whiten Teeth,’ What’s Cooking America, http://whatscookingamerica.net/HealthBeauty/TeethWhitening.htm, accessed on February 6, 2012

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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Some of the most common concerns of Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee dental patients pertain to cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening.

Because many dental products such as toothpaste and mouthwashes say they can brighten your teeth, it’s natural to think about changing your brand of toothpaste.

Whitening toothpaste works by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This commonly results in whitening by roughly one shade.

On the other hand, plenty of La Mesa dentists offer speedy in-office teeth whitening procedures that can frequently improve your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office whitening, why not go for the whole smile makeover? Using unprecedented cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, crowns, inlays, braces, dental implants, bonding, gum contouring, San Diego dentists are helping patients get the remarkable look they desire.

Hi, I’m Dr, Jeff Gray, a La Mesa dentist. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Alpine, El Cajon, or Santee area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 619-337-7700.

Here at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer gum disease treatment, Invisalign, sedation dentistry, and TMJ treatment.

Call for your appointment today!

 

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8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
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91942

 

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Is Mouthwash A Must?

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If you’ve ever walked the oral care aisles of any drugstore, you know that there are many different types of mouthwash. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others emphasize their fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but will they help meet your oral care needs?

Many men and women wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two critical habits that have the greatest effect on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash required?

I’m Dr, Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. When my dental patients ask about mouthwash, I tell them that as long as they follow the instructions on the bottle, mouthwash may slightly benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise as touted. Rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride can’t hurt your teeth, but allowing a bit of diluted toothpaste to stay on tooth surfaces after brushing probably has the same merit.

People who suffer from bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve the problem. Actually, mouthwashes that contain alcohol can worsen the problem because they can cause dry mouth—a condition that can worsen bad breath. Mouthwashes without alcohol are usually more effective for freshening breath. These products are often called fluoride rinses.

If you have severe bad breath, however, you should have your teeth checked out for plaque build-up. No amount of mouthwash can remedy a mouth full of plaque. If your teeth and gums are healthy and you still suffer from bad breath, it’s important to ascertain the cause. Bad breath can be an indication of a physical condition, so see your doctor soon.

Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for proper brushing and flossing. And if you use mouthwash, decide on a brand that contains fluoride and no alcohol.

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My practice, Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, provides premium dental care to our valued patients. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call us at 619-337-7700. A member of my friendly staff can answer any questions you have about our services.

Call today!

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8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
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91942

 

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Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In today’s post, let’s look at some information about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpaste is creating foam when normally brushing.

Working up a good foam is accomplished by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than a 90-degree angle. The foaming aids in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are ideal for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may notice tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

Additionally, remember that flossing is critical and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

To recap:

  • Wet a soft bristle toothbrush
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste
  • Brush at a 45-degree angle
  • Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
  • Cover every surface of every tooth
  • Swish around in the mouth before spitting out
  • Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
  • Rinse out debris

This article is brought to you by Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, outstanding dental practice in La Mesa. We are committed to dental education and confident smiles for all.

Dr, Jeff Gray has been serving La Mesa area families since 1986. We are located at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 in La Mesa. Contact us at 619-337-7700.

Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general and cosmetic procedures we offer. And brush well until we see you, it will be worth every foamy second!

We Bring Smiles To Life

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91942

 

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The 411 on TMJ

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Do you have unexplained pain or clicking sounds in your jaw? They can be signs of serious oral issues.

Some ailments with the jaw and the muscles that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But it’s also frequently called TMJ, because that’s the acronym for the name of the joint. Technically, that’s not correct.

“Temp-or-o-man-di-what?!

Let’s talk about what this means. The word temporomandibular (pronounced ‘temp-ur-o-man-di-bye-ler) is defined as ‘of, relating to, being, or affecting the joint that connects the temporal bone and the mandible.’

(We are not betting people, but if we were, we would bet that you did not foresee an anatomy lesson from your dentist.) The temporal bones are found at the sides and base of your skull and incorporate five parts, the squama, the petrous, mastoid, tympanic parts, and styloid process. The mandible is the lower jaw, and, anatomically speaking, holds your whole face together.

What are the signs of TMD?

If you have jaw problems, either due to a collision, arthritis, misalignment of teeth or jaw, teeth grinding and clenching, poor posture, or chewing gum, you may experience:

  • tooth grinding or clicking
  • jaw pain
  • earaches
  • popping sounds in your ears
  • headaches
  • stiff or sore jaw muscles
  • locking of the jaw joint
  • pain in the temple area

Quite often, TMJ symptoms will go away on their own. Some individuals who experience TMD notice flare-ups when they are under a lot of stress.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of problems, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. A correct diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.

If your TMD symptoms don’t go away on their own, seek professional help. Chronic TMD can be debilitating and your dentist can help. Dentists that treat TMD work hand-in-hand with a network of specialists including ENT specialists, neurologists, and physical therapists. Talk to a healthcare professional.

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8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
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Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

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Too tired to touch a toothbrush. We’ve all been there.

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa and Dr, Jeff Gray are committed to helping patients throughout the Santee, Alpine, and El Cajon neighborhoods to maintain balanced hygiene and to correct imperfections that can lead to inhibited confidence and self-assurance.

On our blog today we are offering two fabulously smart ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night.

Idea #1 Drag Your Tongue Along Your Teeth
After a long thankless day as you are lying there in bed and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times while mentally reviewing how plaque and tartar form. Within 48 hours they can start the dirty work of eating away at the teeth. Then jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of a gentle, thorough cleaning. It’s that easy.

Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and uncomplicated approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea, or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over the mouth as do bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to taking care of the particles as soon as possible.

Shredded meat can remain lodged between teeth for days if you don’t pull it out with floss. Plan to floss or brush after eating if possible. With each particular type of food, learn to assess the effect it could have on your smile. Make the decision to brush before you are tired. By simply visualizing and committing, you reduce the likelihood of hemming and hawing later when you’re yawning and fading and have to choose between settling into bed and spending 2 minutes cleaning your teeth.

We know a long day of work or play can yield a worn-out body. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will reduce buildup and help prevent decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.

Some smile problems can be prevented and some just can’t. We are happy to help with sedation dentistry, implants, gum disease treatment, TMJ treatment, or Invisalign. Come see our comfortable office at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 in La Mesa, California 91942 and we’ll help with any dental issues we can.

Cosmetic dentistry enhances a smile in several ways – straightness, coloration, conformity, and natural feel. Cosmetic dentistry helps our valued patients talk clearly, smile freely, and eat comfortably. A consultation with Dr, Gray can open your eyes to the unique possibilities for your beautiful smile. Contact us at 619-337-7700 for an appointment or visit our website https://www.dentalimplants-sandiego.com.

If we each do our part to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, then all of us can sleep at night.

 

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Schedule Your Coronation

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We treat all of our patients royally here at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, but some of them receive actual crowns. We’re not talking about crowns a king or queen wears, but crowns for your teeth! If you live near San Diego, Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry is the best place to get your teeth looking better than ever. And putting a crown on a tooth with problems could be just what you need to obtain a beautiful smile.

Crowns are therapy for a plethora of problems:

  • To protect a weak tooth from decay, breaking, or to hold together a cracked tooth.
  • To cover and provide strength to a tooth with a large filling and little tooth structure remaining.
  • To restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
  • To improve a tooth that is too small or misshapen.
  • To cover a tooth with extreme discoloration.
  • To add strength to a tooth following a root canal procedure.

If you feel like you have a need for a crown, don’t look any further than Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. Our dentists and lab techs have the experience, training, and proficiency to make sure your crowns are created and placed accurately. There are many different kinds of crowns that serve different purposes. We complete an intensive examination to ensure the crown you get is perfect for you and your smile.

We then prepare your tooth so that the dental crown will fit the way that it should. Once the tooth is prepared and ready, we use state-of-the-art tools to fit the crown on your tooth. When done properly, crowns can last many years. Crowns are a marvelous way to protect and improve your smile. Schedule a coronation today!

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New Parents: Educate Yourselves About Children’s Oral Health

Today’s article is for new parents or couples planning for children sometime in the future.

An Epidemic of Tooth Decay in Young Children

The statistics on early childhood tooth decay are sobering. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of U.S. children between 2 and 11 years old have in their primary teeth. https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/research/data-statistics/dental-caries/children

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are committed to helping today’s youngsters avoid the widespread tooth decay that has plagued previous generations. If young children are protected from birth, they are more likely to maintain good oral health throughout the rest of their childhood. But this is only possible if parents make it a priority. We urge new parents to be proactive about their child’s dental health from the moment they leave the hospital.

You do your best to safeguard your children from illness and infection. It’s essential to understand that tooth decay is an infectious disease with serious long-term consequences.

Anticipatory Guidance (ADA-Speak For Preventative Dentistry For Kids)

Here is what we at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry (and the American Dental Association) recommend regarding a toddler’s first dental visit:

It is advantageous for the first visit to occur within six months of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age, and receiving oral health education based on the child’s developmental needs (also known as anticipatory guidance). https://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/statement-on-early-childhood-caries

Educate yourselves on how to prevent early childhood dental decay before teeth erupt. Then you will avoid developing habits that put teeth in danger.

Are You Up To Speed On Best Practices?

For example, you are probably aware that putting a baby to bed with a bottle creates an ideal environment for decay. But did you know that at-will breastfeeding throughout the night is also harmful to a baby’s teeth?

Other common behaviors like frequent juice consumption and toddlers drinking from bottles all have dental consequences. Talk to us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry for critical guidance about children’s oral care needs.

We know that sleep-deprived new moms and dads have a lot to worry about and it’s impossible to act on every well-meaning intention. Just make sure your child’s dental health isn’t put on the back burner while you figure out how to make everything work. After all, you wouldn’t put off using a car seat or scheduling well-child pediatrician visits.

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What If My Dental Crown Cracks, Comes Loose, or Comes Off?

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Quite often, people get upset if their dental crown moves or comes off completely.

This is understandable.

It may have shifted or come off while brushing, flossing, or even simply eating.

If this has happened to you, don’t stress! Here is what to do if your crown comes off.

There are three steps:

1. First things first, find your crown if it has come off completely. If you think you may have unintentionally swallowed it, it’s not the end of the world. This is fairly common. You will need to have a new one made. Whereas the original may be reattached if you find it in your mouth. As long as it’s not weakened.

2. The second thing you need to do is call your dentist. If you’re still going to the same dental practice that originally put it in, they might put it back free of charge. Especially if you got the crown recently.

If you have moved, or don’t currently have a dentist, give us a call. We’ll reattach it for a reasonable rate.

Remember these two important things:

  • Even if we didn’t provide the crown service, we can re-attach it for you.
  • If the crown is broken, we can construct a replacement crown in one visit.

3. What if your crown comes off after business hours or on the weekend?

You can glue it back on while waiting for an appointment. This will guard the exposed tooth. Remember, the tooth is not as strong as an uncrowned tooth.

To reattach it, we recommend using denture adhesive. You can find it at a drugstore.

Follow the directions on the adhesive. To be sure it sets, softly bite down on the crown while the adhesive is still wet. Be extra wary while waiting for your appointment. Eat soft foods so you don’t damage the tooth.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

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8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
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91942

 

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