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By SAN MARCOS DENTAL ARTS
July 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Is your smile dragging your self-esteem down? Crowns and bridges can help your damaged smile by stabilizing compromised teeth and restorative dentistryreplacing missing teeth. However, determining whether these porcelain dental restorations are right for you will take some help from your dentist. Find out more about crowns and bridges with Dr. Khanda Miller at San Marcos Dental Arts in San Marcos, CA.

What is a dental bridge?
If you have a missing tooth between two healthy, natural teeth and want to fill the gap, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge. The bridge, consisting of three prosthetic teeth in a row with a dental crown on either side, fits onto the surrounding healthy teeth via the crowns and replaces the missing tooth above the gumline. A dental laboratory creates this restoration, made from porcelain, to fit right into your smile, color-matching and designing the bridge to match your natural teeth.

What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns protect a tooth which has been damaged or compromised by decay, trauma, injury, or breakage. Unlike a bridge, which uses crowns on either side to stay in place, a crown stands alone, covering only one tooth. Dentists most often use crowns to cover a tooth which has a large filling, such as a tooth which has undergone a root canal. Crowns can also cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, and improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth.

Dental Bridges and Dental Crowns in San Marcos, CA
Porcelain dental restorations like crowns and bridges are made to last many years before requiring replacement. However, patients must properly care for both their teeth and their restorations to see these results. A solid at-home oral care routine of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once will keep your teeth healthy between regular dental examinations and cleanings performed by your dentist every six months.

For more information on these dental restorations, please contact Dr. Khanda Miller at San Marcos Dental Arts in San Marcos, CA. Call (760) 744-3693 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Miller today!

By SAN MARCOS DENTAL ARTS
May 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If whitening toothpastes and DIY remedies aren’t doing the trick, then talk to us.teeth whitening

Have you tried every trick in the book to whiten your smile? Perhaps you’ve noticed a little bit of a difference but not enough to satisfy you. If this is the case, why don’t you stop using these products and turn to our San Marcos, CA, family dentist, Dr. Khanda Miller, for teeth whitening that’s sure to get you the look you want?

There is a reason teeth whitening has become such a popular option for so many people in the San Marcos area. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you wish that your smile was more radiant and didn’t look so dull?
  • Have you tried commercial whitening products but haven’t achieved the ideal results?
  • Do you want to get a vibrant smile as quickly as possible?
  • Are you dealing with external stains caused by coffee, wine and certain foods?
  • Are you a smoker dealing with brown or yellow stains?
  • Are you dedicated to caring for your whiter smile after treatment to ensure that your results last?
  • Would you be willing to spend a bit more money to get obviously whiter results more quickly?

If you said “yes” to most, if not all of these questions, then professional teeth whitening might just be the perfect option for you. In-office whitening can get your smile several shades whiter in about one hour or less. Of course, stains can continue to form on teeth the moment you start eating or drinking certain things like coffee, black tea, red wine or tomato sauce. By changing around what you eat and drink, and by maintaining good oral hygiene, some patients may be able to maintain their results for up to two years.

Our San Marcos general dentist can also offer at-home whitening treatment to help maintain your results for longer. This at-home bleaching agent may have a lower percentage of the active ingredients necessary for removing stains, but it is still a much more effective way to whiten at home than with over-the-counter products.

San Marcos Dental Arts in is dedicated to giving you a beautiful smile, regardless of whether you are looking for restorative or cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, CA. Call our office today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.

By San Marcos Dental Arts
February 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Families

Good oral health is important at every age. Healthy teeth and gums signify more than an attractive smile—it often reflects good general health, confidence and a personal sense of well-being. Proper oral hygiene starting at home can help protect your family’s teeth from cavities and prevent gum disease. 
 
The following tips can help your family reach optimal oral health to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles:
 

1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The health of your smile is a reflection of how well you take care of your teeth and gums. It should go without saying that you and your family should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily to remove plaque build up from the large surfaces of the teeth and under the gums.  Most of us learn these habits as children, and that’s why it’s important for parents to play an active role in helping kids learn the proper techniques for brushing and flossing. 
   

2. Snacking & Tooth Decay

Frequent snacking can be your mouth’s biggest enemy.  That’s because when sugars or starches in your mouth come in contact with plaque, the acids produced can attack teeth for several minutes after you finish eating. Repeated attacks can break down the enamel on the surface of teeth, fueling tooth decay. To prevent cavities, consume sugary foods and drinks with meals rather than in between. If you must snack throughout the day, then brush immediately after to cleanse the mouth of food.
 
Along with limiting how frequently you eat, you should also pay attention to the types of foods and drinks your family is consuming. Limit your intake of sugary, starchy foods, and replace them with healthy choices, such as raw vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains. 
 

3. Fluoride

Teeth are attacked by plaque daily. The acids produced by plaque weaken the enamel, which eventually leads to decay. That’s why it is important to make sure you are getting enough fluoride. Fluoride is absorbed into the enamel, helping to repair and prevent cavities. Some children may benefit from fluoride supplements. Ask San Marcos Dental Arts about the best fluoride treatment plan for your family at your next visit. 
 

4. Check ups

Regular visits to your San Marcos, CA family dentist are a very important part of maintaining good dental health. The American Dental Association recommends scheduling dental appointments twice a year.  A professional dentist can detect problems in their earliest stages, and will make sure your kids’ teeth are developing properly as they grow.  San Marcos Dental Arts can clean the areas of your teeth that regular brushing can’t, helping you avoid unnecessary cavities and dental treatment. 
 
If you neglect the care of your teeth at home and fail to go to the dentist regularly, accumulated plaque could potentially lead to the development of tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. The good news is that being diligent about your dental health care at home and by seeing your dentist on a regular basis, you and your family will be more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.
TVDesignGuruNateBerkusSharestheSecretsBehindHisDazzlingSmile

Perhaps you've seen Nate Berkus on The Oprah Winfrey Show or watched his television program, The Nate Berkus Show. You may even have read his best-selling book, Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live Into a Place You'll Love. Regardless of where or how you discovered Berkus, you will surely have noticed his dazzling smile.

Berkus recently opened up about the facts behind his trademark smile during an interview with Dear Doctor magazine. First off, his smile is totally natural, as he never wore braces or had any cosmetic work, including porcelain veneers. However, Berkus does give credit to his childhood dentist for the preventative healthcare he received as a young boy. “I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child,” he said. Nate also shared the important flossing advice he learned from his dentist that he still follows today: “Floss the ones you want to keep.” Berkus went on to say that he feels, “healthy habits should start at a young age.”

And we totally agree! For this reason we have put together the following list of facts and oral hygiene tips:

  • Over 50% of plaque accumulation occurs in the protected areas between teeth — a place that may be difficult or even impossible to reach with a toothbrush.
  • A thorough brushing may take up to two minutes at first, and it may feel awkward as you reach some places in your mouth.
  • Remember, more is NOT always better! Brushing or flossing too hard can be damaging to your teeth and gums. And never saw back and forth with your floss.

To learn more about oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing techniques, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor article “Oral Hygiene Behavior - Dental Health For Life.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination, review your brushing and flossing techniques, and discuss any questions you have as well as treatment options. As needed, we will work with you to teach you the proper brushing and flossing techniques so that you feel confident before you leave our office. And to read the entire interview with Nate Berkus, please see the Dear Doctor article “Nate Berkus.”

ProperOralHygieneisJustasImportantforImplantsasitisforNaturalTeeth

One of the great benefits that patients with implants enjoy is their imperviousness to decay: unlike a natural tooth, bacteria have no effect on the materials in an implant’s construction. That doesn’t mean, however, you can become lax in your hygiene habits — although the implants may not be susceptible to disease, the surrounding gum tissue and bone are. If those tissues become infected you could start to lose the implant attachment and, as it progresses, the implant itself.

In fact, the gum tissue that surrounds the implant may be more susceptible to infection than those around natural teeth. Teeth maintain a connection with the jawbone through the periodontal ligament. Besides securing the tooth, the gum tissue has fibrous attachments to the tooth to help the gum tissue endure a lot of wear and tear and resist the invasion of bacteria and food particles. Implants are anchored directly into the jawbone (where bone eventually grows and attaches to the titanium implant surface) and don’t develop an attachment with the ligament. Implants, therefore, don’t have the benefit of resistance to bacteria and food particles that natural teeth receive through these fibrous attachments.

As a result, patients with implants need to establish a conscientious habit of effective oral hygiene. Daily removal of bacterial plaque from teeth surfaces through brushing and flossing (and semi-annual office cleanings and checkups) greatly reduce the risk of infection and subsequent inflammation. It’s also important to monitor the condition of your gums, especially around implants. If you begin to notice bleeding, red or swollen gums, or other signs of possible gum disease, you should contact us as soon as possible for an assessment.

Proper care for implants and their supporting tissues is just as necessary, and perhaps more so, than it is for natural teeth. By providing that care, you’ll help ensure years of effective service from your implants.

If you would like more information on hygiene practices with implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Infections Around Implants.”





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