Last updated 13 days ago
When you get a dental checkup, your dentist can identify far more than cavities. He can also see if you have any signs of oral cancer. This type of cancer can affect anyone, though studies have found that some behaviors may substantially increase a person’s risk. The leading contributing factor to oral cancer is tobacco. If you use tobacco by any method, be it smoking or chewing, you are raising your chances of getting oral cancer. Sun exposure can also develop into oral cancer; that’s why dentists caution patients to apply lip balm with an SPF each time they head outdoors. Your dentist may also recommend that you monitor your alcohol consumption, as drinking excessively has been found to be a contributing factor to oral cancer.
Foothill Ranch Dentist offers regular examinations and digital x-ray screenings for oral cancer detection. If you would like to learn more about these preventative measures, call (949) 382-1243. Residents in the greater Lake Forest community may also want to visit our website for more information on our full range of cosmetic and implant dentistry services.
Last updated 19 days ago
Periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. This video describes how your dentist can identify this condition during a periodontal screening:
A periodontal screening can determine if you have periodontal disease with a few simple tests. Your dentist may first inspect your mouth for signs of inflamed, bleeding, or receding gums. He may then conduct a procedure that measures the pockets of space between the teeth and gums. Most spaces deeper than four millimeters indicate periodontal disease. If you are diagnosed with this condition, your dentist will recommend a course of action to prevent additional gum deterioration.
Foothill Ranch Dentist provides a comprehensive array of dental services, making us a sort of one-stop shop for all your dental needs. Call our Lake Forest office today at (949) 382-1243 to learn more about our periodontal screening, teeth whitening, and implant options.
Last updated 26 days ago
Do you have a chipped or cracked tooth? Does your smile suffer from extreme discoloration? Both of these cosmetic issues can result in significant social discomfort, which can interfere with work relationships and personal friendships. If you don’t show off your smile as much as you would like, now is the time to ask your dentist about dental veneers.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are incredibly thin yet durable porcelain coverings. Crafted to perfectly fit your tooth shape and color, dental veneers can conceal multiple cosmetic flaws. Veneers can mask chips and cracks, and can cover discoloration that teeth whitening cannot remedy. Dental veneers can even disguise malocclusions, including minor gaps between teeth.
How are Dental Veneers Applied?
Getting porcelain veneers is typically a two-part process. During your first dental visit, your dentist creates an impression of your natural teeth that will be used to create your veneers. After the veneers are made, you will return for a second appointment. At this appointment, your dentist adheres your veneers to the surface of your teeth with a bonding agent. To ensure that the veneers blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, your dentist may remove a small portion of your tooth enamel. This procedure is generally painless, and allows patients to go home with an enhanced smile.
Who Should Consider Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are ideal for anyone suffering from an ongoing cosmetic issue. If teeth whitening cannot correct your teeth stains, or if you have mildly crooked teeth for which you’d rather not receive braces, veneers might be the perfect alternative for you. This simple cosmetic procedure has enabled countless patients to have the smiles they want; consult your dentist to find out how dental veneers can help you, too.
Foothill Ranch Dentist aims to provide our patients with not only healthy teeth, but also beautiful smiles. If you’re tired of hiding your crooked, cracked, or discolored teeth, we can help. Call our Lake Forest practice at (949) 382-1243 to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist.
Last updated 1 month ago
Do you ever feel embarrassed about your smile because your teeth are not as white as you’d like them to be? If so, you’re not alone. Many people want to have whiter, brighter teeth to improve their appearance and their personal and professional interactions. In fact, 99.7% of adults believe that a great smile is an essential social asset. Teeth whitening is a great solution for people who want to improve their smiles. Your Orange County dentist can talk to you about different teeth whitening procedures so you can choose the one that’s best for your smile. Whether you whiten your teeth at home or at your dentist’s office, you’ll experience improved self-esteem thanks to your whiter smile. Check out this infographic to learn more about the benefits of having a white smile. Feel free to share these benefits of teeth whitening with your friends and family!
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There have been incredible advances in cosmetic dentistry in recent years. Cosmetic dentists can repair or cover up virtually any flaw or discoloration. Still, dentists emphasize that preventative care is critical for a healthy, radiant smile. Observe the following tips to ensure that you can enjoy your smile for a lifetime:
Oral Care Routines
Ask your dentist to demonstrate the proper brushing and flossing techniques. Many people miss hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Brush your teeth thoroughly with a soft toothbrush at least twice every day, and floss between every tooth at least once daily. Your dentist can recommend a brand of fluoridated toothpaste that will work best for your needs. You should also choose mouthwash that does not contain alcohol, as mouthwashes with alcohol can dry out your mouth and encourage the development of cavities.
Dentists recommend foods that contain calcium and phosphorus, as these vitamins help strengthen your teeth and protect against acid erosion. Choose low-fat cheese, chicken, nuts, and milk. Additionally, foods like apples and pears can help keep your teeth clean. Avoid or limit sugary and sticky foods, and drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush away food particles from your teeth.
Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and certain lifestyle factors can encourage its development. If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, talk to a doctor about quitting. Tobacco products contribute to oral cancer and the loss of bone mass in the jaw. If you chew gum, remember to select the sugar-free varieties. Dentists also recommend brands that contain xylitol, which is beneficial for oral health.
Regular Dentist Visits
Schedule visits with your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and check-up. Some people may need to see a dentist more often due to certain medical conditions or dental issues.
Schedule your dental check-up today by calling Foothill Ranch Dentist. Our cosmetic dentistry practice is conveniently located in Lake Forest and offers a comprehensive range of services. Contact us at (949) 382-1243 or visit our website to learn more about us.