Eruption Charts: Not As Scary As They Sound

Cosmetic Dentistry La Mesa

Hello La Mesa! Thanks for visiting our cosmetic dentistry blog. Today we’re talking about eruption charts and what they are used for.

First, an eruption chart is simply a listing of the different types of teeth in the mouth and when, on average, they come out, or ‘erupt’, from the gums. A primary teeth eruption chart will also tell you when to expect the different teeth to be lost.

Dentists in the La Mesa, and San Diego area use these charts to compare the development of their patients’ teeth to the average times in the population.

Hi. I’m Dr. Jeff Gray, an experienced La Mesa cosmetic and implant dentist. The friendly staff here at Jeff Gray DDS would love to schedule an appointment with you and answer any questions you have about eruption times, Diagnodent, dental bonding, invisible braces as well as questions about teeth whitening and dental implants.

Jeff Gray DDS is a full-service dental office. Some of the services we offer are:

sedation dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
porcelain veneers

Give us a call today at 619-337-7700 and we can discuss these services as well as smile makeovers.

Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California

Beware Of An Acidic Diet In San Diego

San Diego tooth strengthening Most San Diego folks don’t often think of a tooth as a body part that fluctuates in strength. Our teeth seem to have a steady hardness and dependably grind food whenever we need them. However, teeth are dynamic organisms with chemical processes that occur continually.

The protective enamel that covers the softer interior is made of minerals. Enamel demineralizes (loses some of its density) when coming in contact with acids. Saliva can dilute and neutralize acid so the tooth can remineralize (re-harden). This process isn’t instantaneous, however. While the enamel is soft, the tooth is vulnerable to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.

At Jeff Gray DDS, we are noticing an increase in cases of serious acid erosion. It is apparent that the typical San Diego diet is becoming more acidic.

The list of acidic foods may surprise you. They include eggs, gravy, asparagus, chicken, cottage cheese, honey, fish, ham, butter, sour cream, aged cheese, and yogurt with active cultures. Generally, food with a high sugar or artificial sweetener content are highly acidic.

Now let’s talk about drinks. You probably already know that soda pop and wine are not good for your teeth. San Diego teens that sip soda all day can have acid erosion while their young teeth should be at their strongest. In addition to soda, energy drinks are very popular and San Diego cosmetic dentists are noticing the effects on their dental patients’ tooth enamel.

If you drink soda or energy drinks often, you may want to drink water or chew sugarless gum after downing a can. Stimulating saliva production can speed up the remineralization process.

If your teeth have become more sensitive in general, or in response to hot or cold foods or beverages, you may have acid erosion. To schedule an examination with implant dentist Dr. Jeff Gray at Jeff Gray DDS, call 619-337-7700 today.

We are a full-service dental office with hundreds of satisfied clients in the San Diego area. We provide a variety of cosmetic dentistry services. We treat offer bad breath treatment, dentures, implant dentistry, oral cancer detection, clear braces, sedation dentistry and more. We are located at 8555 Fletcher Parkway #102, La Mesa, CA. We are working to raise awareness of the oral health dangers of acid erosion. We hope you have benefited from this Jeff Gray DDS blog article and look forward to your visit.