Filtered La Mesa Water And Oral Health

Cosmetic Dental Health Tips In La Mesa

A simple way for San Diego residents to choose beverages that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink. However, for safety, thrift, and convenience, many cosmetic dental patients choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventer.

If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.

Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and benefitting your teeth.

I’m Dr. Jeff Gray, an experienced cosmetic and sedation dentist serving the La Mesa and San Diego areas, and I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. Contact us today at 619-717-8560 and we can answer any questions you have about dental health, cosmetic dentistry, or smile makeovers.

We have been serving the La Mesa area since 1986, and we would love to make you another one of our satisfied patients. If you’re wondering about fluoride and tooth decay, or dental veneers and teeth whitening in La Mesa, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Call now!


Smokeless Is Not Harmless For La Mesa Tobacco Chewers

Oral Cancer Detection La MesaHello La Mesa dental friends. Today’s topic is ‘The Dangers Of Smokeless Tobacco’.

Cigarette sales at most La Mesa stores have decreased in the past decade, but some tobacco consumers have switched to smokeless products.

There is a common misconception in the La Mesa area (especially among teens) that smokeless tobacco is harmless. This is absolutely not true. Regardless of the specific type: spit tobacco, snuff, chew, or pinch, this form of tobacco is as deadly as conventional cigarettes.

At Jeff Gray DDS, we encounter serious consequences of smokeless tobacco use because many occur in the mouth. Oral cancer, mouth lesions, gum disease and tooth decay are the most common dental problems caused by smokeless tobacco.

Keeping a pinch between your cheek and gum all day is worse than keeping an all-day sucker. The tobacco contains almost as much sugar as the candy but delivers harmful chemicals as an added bonus. The dangers are two-fold: the tobacco erodes the teeth and also causes the gums to pull away from teeth.

Precancerous Mouth Lesion Screening: Mouth Lesions are painful sores that could eventually become cancer. If smokeless tobacco use is stopped, the lesions often disappear within a year for cosmetic dental patients.

Oral Cancer Detection in La Mesa: Smokeless tobacco use in San Diego increases the risk for several types of life-threatening cancers including those of the mouth, gums, lips, tongue, and throat.

Oral cancers can be as deadly as lung cancer and usually require surgery. If the La Mesa patient is fortunate and the cancer is successfully removed with surgery, the collateral damage to the face, neck, or jaw is not pretty.

These are the main dental risks of smokeless tobacco. I should also mention two other biggies: addiction and heart disease, though those are topics for another day.

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, we perform oral cancer screenings and mouth lesions examinations as well as sedation dentistry and a variety of cosmetic dental procedures. To schedule an appointment, call 619-717-8560.

If want to quit using smokeless tobacco products, we recommend that you consult Dr. Gray at Jeff Gray DDS, your primary care doctor, or your La Mesa pharmacist.

Jeff Gray DDS

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California 91942
https://www.smilesandiego.com


Preventative Maintenance For Your Irreplaceable Smile In La Mesa

Cosmetic Dentistry La Mesa

Hi, I’m Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS. If you are one of my existing patients, welcome back. If this is your first visit, I appreciate you stopping by.

My friendly and professional team and I love taking care of our La Mesa area laser dentistry patients.

Today’s article is for La Mesa area people who are overdue for a cleaning and exam.

During dental deep cleanings, our hygienists thoroughly remove the plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. By scaling and planing, they remove areas where bacteria can easily multiply. If you are due for a cleaning, call us today at 619-717-8560 to schedule.

After your teeth have been cleaned, I perform a thorough examination. I check for overall tooth and gum health, the presence of cavities, gum pocket depth, bite issues, and signs of oral cancer.

Some La Mesa people mistakenly believe that they can skip cosmetic dental visits if they don’t notice anything out of the ordinary. This attitude is risky. Many dental problems advance silently. When the patient experiences pain, much damage has been done. Gum disease, especially, often progresses unnoticed.

If you don’t have dental insurance, ask us about dental financing options. It costs far less to prevent problems than to treat them after they have become severe.

If you perform regular auto maintenance, you understand the wisdom of prevention. Don’t you value your smile far more than your car? Call Jeff Gray DDS today to schedule preventative maintenance for your irreplaceable smile. We also provide a variety of cosmetic dental procedures including dental implants and teeth whitening.

Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
619-717-8560
https://www.smilesandiego.com/meet-dr-jeff-gray/


A Facial Or Filling In San Diego?

Cosmetic Dentistry San DiegoAt Jeff Gray DDS, we know that we can’t completely fool you. When you receive treatment at our comfortable cosmetic dental practice, you won’t actually believe you are at a plush San Diego spa relaxing with cucumbers over your eyes.

Just because we can’t recreate an identical San Diego spa experience, that doesn’t stop us from trying.

We have a full-service dental comfort menu for our cosmetic dentistry patients.

  • Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry: Choose your level of sedation for confident relaxation
  • Topical analgesic
  • A variety of media choices
  • Soft bite blocks to rest your jaw during treatment
  • Personalized attention from our trust-building Jeff Gray DDS team
  • Ergonomic reclining chairs for maximum back and neck comfort
  • Rigorous infection control protocols for peace of mind

Are you in need of tooth restorations, teeth whitening, orthodontic solutions, or just a thorough dental cleaning in San Diego?

Enjoy a luxurious dental spa experience at Jeff Gray DDS without paying extra. Schedule gentle dentistry today by calling 619-717-8560.

Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California 91942
619-717-8560
https://www.smilesandiego.com/

We treat people, not teeth


Full Mouth Reconstruction in San Diego

Cosmetic Dentistry San Diego Cosmetic dental techniques and materials have advanced to a point where total and near-total mouth reconstruction is possible right here in the San Diego area.

Unlike conventional removable dentures, extensive mouth reconstruction involves strong, functional and aesthetically pleasing teeth with roots permanently anchored into the jaw bone.

You have probably heard around San Diego about dental implants; the tooth replacement option that is, in most cases, the best possible replacement for a missing tooth. Dental implants have been used in the San Diego area for many years to replace one or two missing teeth. However, they can also provide a structure for crowns, bridges, and anchored dentures that replace nearly every tooth in the mouth!

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

‘Linda’ was a 52 year-old San Diego patient with a mouthful of problems. She was missing most of her back teeth on both her upper and lower arch. Four of her front teeth were chipped and her gums had eroded revealing the metal bases of two old crowns.

To restore a beautiful, strong and youthful-looking smile, she would receive dental implants to anchor partial dentures for her upper and lower back teeth. After soft tissue grafts, her front teeth would receive a combination of porcelain crowns and veneers.

The result? A stunning smile, renewed confidence and no more slipping dentures!

Jeff Gray DDS
https://www.smilesandiego.com
619-717-8560


Not Happy With Your San Diego Dentist?

San Diego Cosmetic DentistyHello San Diego dental blog visitors. Whether you stumbled upon this blog by mistake, or clicked here on purpose, welcome!

I am Dr. Jeff Gray. My cosmetic dental practice is called Jeff Gray DDS. We are located at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 in La Mesa. You can find information about my practice, services, and professional San Diego dental team at https://www.smilesandiego.com.

In my Jeff Gray DDS dental blog, I post informative articles about dentistry including new San Diego cosmetic dental treatments, preventative dental care, and news about my dental practice. Many of my patients visit my blog regularly and I hope you will also find useful dental information here.

Do you currently have a San Diego dentist? If you are in need of a dentist or are not happy with your current San Diego dentist, I invite you to visit my office, meet my friendly and professional staff, and discuss your dental needs with me.

My approach to my profession emphasizes you, the patient.

My first priority is exceeding my patient’s expectations. Before I can provide dental treatment, however, I must become familiar with each patient. That is why your first consultation will take some time. We can’t get to know each other in five minutes.

How are you doing? What is the current condition of your teeth and gums? What are your fears and expectations about San Diego dental treatment? Do you have financial concerns regarding your dental needs? I recognize that each one of my patients has a unique set of circumstances.

At Jeff Gray DDS, we emphasize preventative dental care. When restorative dental treatment is necessary, I recommend the most conservative procedures. If you have pressing dental needs, let’s talk about your options and consider the long term consequences of each treatment. If I believe it is best to refer you to another specialist, I’ll do so without hesitation. I am committed to your well-being and want you to receive the best possible care.

If you are interested in San Diego sedation dentistry, I can also help you. I pursue continual training in the latest cosmetic treatments, including laser dentistry. I have extensive experience performing individual porcelain crowns, complete smile makeovers and everything in between. Did you know that I can completely redesign your smile if that is what you desire? Miracles are possible with San Diego cosmetic dentistry.

Please call us at 619-717-8560 to book a consultation. I am confident you will feel good about choosing Jeff Gray DDS for your dental care.


Stick Out Your Tongue In San Diego!

San Diego oral cancer exams As health professionals, we know that San Diego dentists diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums, but we sometimes overlook the importance of the tongue.

Have you ever considered all the amazing things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow. This strong and nimble gymnast is in near-constant motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal problems with your health, including digestive problems, infections, and diseases of the blood.

When Jeff Gray performs oral exams, the tongue is always checked for signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.

Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

  • Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
  • White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia or other nutritional deficiency
  • Canker sores: may be triggered by stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try eliminating products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a cheap foaming agent that is found in many personal care products. It can be difficult to find SLS-free dental products in San Diego. The following brands have previously offered SLS-free versions but check labels carefully every time you buy a new tube. I have noticed that SLS has re-appeared in some brands.

  • Biotene
  • Sensodyne Pronamel
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Rembrandt Low Abrasion

If you can’t find an SLS-free toothpaste at your local San Diego Walmart or Target, I would suggest trying health food stores, specialty drug stores, or trusted online sites.

Many of my San Diego patients have asked me about tongue-scraping. I recommend thorough dental hygiene including cleaning the tongue. To schedule a consultation to discuss any dental health issues including tongue scraping, please contact my office at 619-717-8560.  We also offer help for patients suffering with bad breath.

Dr. Jeff Gray DDS
Jeff Gray DDS
Providing general and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry


Does My San Diego Dentist Treat Bad Breath?

Cure Bad Breath In San Diego When my San Diego dental clients ask me if mouthwash cures bad breath, I tell them that treating bad breath with a mouthwash is like drenching yourself with cologne instead of taking a shower. Mouthwash is only a temporary mask for odor caused by poor oral hygiene, tongue bacteria, or digestive problems.

The best-selling mouthwashes in San Diego have a significant amount of alcohol, which can even exacerbate bad breath by drying out the mouth. Some bacteria grows even faster in a dry environment.

To eliminate bad breath, you need to find the cause. To get rid of hidden bacteria multiplying between teeth, pay more attention to thorough flossing and brushing.

A haphazard thirty-second brushing won’t prevent halitosis (or cavities). Try to brush for at least three minutes. It may seem like overkill if you have been a speed-brusher but remember that there is a lot of area to cover on multiple planes.

Devise a system to brush every reachable surface of every tooth. Then floss carefully around every tooth, pulling the floss down into the space at the gumline on both sides. Brush your gums, sides of mouth, palate, and tongue, also.

Schedule a deep dental cleaning at Jeff Gray DDS with the best hygienist in the San Diego area and request a refresher (no pun intended) course on brushing and flossing.

If your tongue is the culprit, you might want to start using a tongue scraper. Tongue scraping has become quite popular in San Diego, especially among the college crowd.

A tongue scraper is a cleaning tool that works like a squeegee to scrape bacteria and food particles off the surface of the tongue.

I am Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS. At Jeff Gray DDS, we treat many San Diego cosmetic dental patients with bad breath. There is no reason to feel embarrassed. (Leaving bad breath untreated can be more embarrassing.)

Schedule an oral exam and halitosis consultation by calling 619-717-8560. At Jeff Gray DDS, our specialty is cosmetic and sedation dentistry. Thanks for visiting our blog.


Tooth-Colored Fillings in San Diego

Tooth-Colored Fillings in San Diego Hello! Welcome to the Jeff Gray DDS blog. If this your first visit, we hope you find useful information about our San Diego cosmetic dentistry practice. If you have read some of our previous articles, we are glad you checked back with us. We post new articles regularly.

My name is Dr. Jeff Gray, DDS. I have been practicing dentistry in La Mesa since 1986. Jeff Gray DDS is a full-service dental office located at 8555 Fletcher Parkway #102, La Mesa, CA in La Mesa. In addition to providing comprehensive examinations and deep cleanings for clients in the San Diego area, we perform all types of tooth restorations.

When a tooth has decay or has been damaged, a dental restoration is needed to ‘restore’ the tooth to its previous intact condition. A dental filling is one of the most common and well-known types of restorations. A dental filling is used to repair decayed or damaged tooth surfaces. Most people have a few fillings in their mouth.

If you have old silver amalgam fillings, we can replace them with nearly-invisible fillings that are tooth colored. These fillings are made out of a strong composite resin. Many of our San Diego cosmetic dentistry patients have replaced their old silver fillings with fillings matched to their teeth. You can improve your smile instantly and relatively inexpensively by getting rid of the ‘metal’.

Another reason some San Diego clients have had their old fillings replaced with tooth colored fillings is because they are concerned about the possible heavy metal toxicity of the mercury in the silver.

If you would like to replace your amalgam fillings, call us at 619-717-8560 to schedule a consultation. We are currently accepting new patients and would be happy to show you around our San Diego cosmetic dental office and introduce you to our friendly team.

Smile – it increases your face value!


Beware Of Hidden Sugar

preventative dentistry in Alpine We advise our La Mesa cosmetic dental clients at Jeff Gray DDS to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health problems.

If you are trying to unsweeten your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as obvious as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in pixie stix.

Here are some foods found in La Mesa grocery stores and San Diego school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low Fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad Dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Protein Bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar:

raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice (what kind of cane do you think we are talking about?)

Do the math: when shopping at La Mesa markets or health food stores, carefully decipher food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly understand how much sugar an item contains.

At Jeff Gray DDS, we advocate and practice preventative care for lifelong dental health. For more information on how your diet affects your dental health, contact us at 619-717-8560.  We offer cosmetic dentistry services such as teeth whitening and dental implants in the La Mesa, CA area.  We also offer sedation dentistry for anxious patients.

We are located at 8555 Fletcher Parkway #102, La Mesa, CA.