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Donna S. Bautista, DDS

Donna Bautista, DDS

Tried and True
Dental Habits

As a dentist, part of my job is to motivate and encourage patients towards good dental habits. However, for most patients, being told to brush and floss is not enough. Offering up alternative solutions, suggesting a change in ones dental routine at home, or simply reviewing the basic techniques with a mirror can make a difference in improving ones oral health.

Here are some things to consider towards keeping your teeth in tip-top shape:

1. The basics of brushing: Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush for at least two to three minutes twice a day. Consider brushing your teeth in the shower. It’s a good place to really get in there and spend the time. Don’t forget to focus on brushing close to the gumline where most food and bacterial dental plaque settle. Also, begin brushing the hardest-to-reach areas first (usually the very back and surfaces next to the tongue)–our attention is greatest at the beginning of a task and therefore this ensures that nothing gets missed.

2. Flossing requires time and patience. Most people report that they don’t floss because they don’t have the time. If you can’t floss once a day (which is ideal), floss when you can and do it correctly. (Floss correctly by sliding it along the side surfaces of teeth.) You can even floss while watching television in your favorite chair. By the way, if you notice your gums bleeding from flossing, don’t stop. This bleeding is an indication of inflammation and could be present because you haven’t been flossing. The bleeding should subside and get better in about a week or so. Lastly, although these may not take the place of flossing, other tools can be useful to clean in between teeth also. These include specially-shaped toothpicks (wooden or plastic) and small interdental brushes. Also consider an oral irrigation device that is designed to direct water between teeth. Check out your local drugstore’s oral care section to see what’s available.

3. Be mindful of how certain food textures stick to teeth. Starchy foods tend to be chewy and get caught between the teeth and stick to the smooth surfaces more. Food that sits around your teeth and gum all day encourages more plaque buildup and a chance for cavities or gum disease to develop. Think about how a bowl of pasta would affect your teeth as opposed to a crunchy, crisp apple. Consider snacking on foods that “cleanse” our teeth. Coincidentally, these “cleansing” foods are also nutritionally good for you (e.g. apples, carrots, celery).

4. Many of the things we do everyday can erode tooth enamel. Erosion of our enamel can cause teeth sensitivity and/or discoloration. We expose our teeth to acid through certain foods we eat and beverages we drink. Beverages containing acid include citric juices, carbonated drinks, sports drinks, and even fizzy mineral water. Lessen the erosion of enamel by rinsing with water after your teeth have been exposed to acidic foods or beverages. Try sipping acidic drinks through a straw to minimize contact with the teeth. Also, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing with a soft toothbrush after acid exposure to avoid further breakdown and wear of your enamel.

Achieving good oral health at home requires some thoughtful and detailed attention. Take the steps to brush and floss correctly and do whatever it takes to keep your smile safe including visiting your dentist on a regularly basis. My husband and I have a popular mantra at home, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” For dental health, this means, you can’t have healthy teeth without doing the work to get there.

Children 16 years and younger 
are invited to a complimentary exam
and checkup x-rays.

Donna S. Bautista, DDS, General & Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental Health and Wellness for the Family
949.226.7222 | www.donnabautistadds.com
26137 La Paz Road, Suite 270
, Mission Viejo

Donna S. Bautista, DDS

Donna Bautista, DDS

Preventive Dentistry…
Keeping Our Teeth Forever

I have a 7-year-old nephew who is always “by the book” about everything he does. I knew that if I offered to share some essential tips on dental care, he would be all for it and I would be setting him up for a lifetime of good habits. So I asked him if he wanted to know the secret to keeping his teeth healthy forever. Boy, was he ever attentive! I realized that this was not only good for him but for most everyone else to know (or to be reminded of, at least). So, here go my good-for-the-teeth recommendations (adult version):

1. Brushing & Flossing – Become an expert at brushing and flossing your own teeth. Your technique of brushing is more important than the products you use. It is better to do a good and thorough job once a day compared to brushing three times a day and missing lots of spots. (Just for the record, toothbrushing two times a day is best.) A good way to see where your toothbrush misses is to use disclosing tablets you can get at a pharmacy. It’s an easy (and eye-opening) way to see how thorough you are brushing. After you chew a tablet, it temporarily leaves behind a red stain on areas of plaque left behind. For some, flossing can be such a mental and technical challenge. Get instructions from a dental professional and practice. They say habits become habits after about 21 consecutive times of practicing. Try it out. The main cause for tooth loss is gum (periodontal) disease. Although gum disease can be inherited from our family history, much can be done to prevent its progression with good habits. More than 60% of our teeth surfaces are in between our teeth. Interestingly enough, more than 80% of our gum problems occur there. (Subtle hint: floss). Gum disease is the kind of thing that only causes pain in the later stages of its progression, and once you get to this point, there are very few or no options to treat it aside from extraction. So, don’t delay in getting your gums in good shape. Your dental hygienist can also offer additional hygiene tools and techniques personalized for your needs.

2. Fix Problem Areas – Totally fix your mouth so there are no areas that trap plaque or food or cause infection. These areas include chipped or fractured teeth, “leaking” fillings or crowns, and missing teeth. See your dentist to remove any decay and replace old, rough fillings and crowns with smooth, tightly-sealed restorations. There is so much available today for the dental patient in terms of materials and techniques. Because of this, we can care for teeth in a way that preserves natural tooth structure as much as possible and provide very nice-looking results. The porcelain onlay is one such example of a restoration that has arisen from newer materials and bonding techniques and has withstood the test of time. The onlay covers the chewing surfaces of a back tooth and protects what has decayed or has become weakened. Instead of a full crown, a partial coverage onlay can protect what it needs to, stay away from the gumline (therefore less irritating), and looks great too.

3. Limit Sugary Foods – Limit the intake of sugary foods and drinks. Sugar in our diet is broken down into acid, which, in turn, works to dissolve enamel and create cavities. Did you know that, aside from water, a lot of beverages already contain some amount of acid? Even though diet sodas are sugar-free, the acid content can still affect teeth. I love sweets as much as the next person, but moderation is always a good rule of thumb. If we’re good with recommendation #1 up above, we can have some of our cake and eat it too.

4. Preventive Maintenance – Make time for your preventive maintenance appointments (dental cleanings). People often times see their dentist more than their family physician. It is during these visits that both patient and provider can pause and focus on better oral health and, consequently, better healthy habits. Did you know that people who floss live longer? It’s true, but probably because people that floss tend to take better care of themselves in general.

After sharing the “secret” with my nephew, he seemed to take my advice to heart and even shared it with his friends. I look forward to seeing him have cavity-free dental checkups from here on out! As a dentist, my goal is to treat dental disease, restore health, and educate — essentially helping you to keep your teeth forever…with some honest-to-goodness effort on your part, of course.

Children 16 years and younger
are invited to a complimentary exam
and checkup x-rays.

Donna S. Bautista, DDS, General & Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental Health and Wellness for the Family
949.226.7222 | www.donnabautistadds.com
26137 La Paz Road, Suite 270
, Mission Viejo

Ocean View Smiles

The Laser Advantage

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Lasers aren’t just in sci-fi movies or torture devices for cats, they are revolutionizing the way we interact the world. From measuring stellar distances to playing a movie on a DVD, lasers use light to perform complex and sensitive tasks. “So why aren’t they being used for medicine?” you may ask. They are, and lasers are enabling doctors to perform complex operations more easily and safer than ever. Laser dentistry is used for more procedures every year, but for now we’ll keep it simple and take a look at how Irvine and San Clemente Dentist Dr. Neda Khodai uses the Picasso Dental Laser to keep your teeth cleaner than ever.

The Old Way

Conventional dental cleanings usually start with using a metal probe to scrape and lightly cut the tooth, which typically also damages the gum tissue surrounding your teeth. While these cuts are avoided as much as possible, they are unavoidable. The damage to your gums doesn’t just hurt, it can allow bacteria from your teeth, residue from food, or other substances into your blood stream. Despite the best effort of your dentist, these can lead to infections or even illness.

Laser Perfection

Laser cleaning doesn’t just avoid those problems, it improves upon the entire procedure. Rather than scraping your enamel with a probe, your dentist uses a state-of-the-art laser to clean the surface of your teeth, while simultaneously killing harmful bacteria and organisms on your tooth and surrounding gums. Best of all, the entire process is entirely pain-free. After the surface of your teeth have been honed to laser-perfection, your plaque is blasted away by an Ultrasonic Scaler. This tool uses powerful sound waves to clean and shine your teeth. Following your ultrasonic cleaning, your teeth are rinsed with a concentrated spray of salt water, promoting healing and leaving your teeth feeling great.

Patient Friendly

The entire process wasn’t just revamped to make your teeth cleaner and healthier than ever, it was designed just for you. Lasers and ultrasonic tools are far more comfortable than metal probes and drills, and natural cleaning solutions don’t leave you tasting chemicals for the afternoon. Many patients who typically suffer from dental anxiety or phobia find that cleanings or procedures performed with a Picasso Dental Laser are stress-free, a minor inconvenience at worst.

Even patients who do not typically suffer from dental anxiety find procedures performed with a dental laser far superior. By eliminating cuts, most blood, and pain while at the same time offering revolutionary sterilization and precision, dental lasers are here to stay.

Spring Special Pricing

$599 Veneer (restrictions may apply)

675 Camino De Los Mares, Suite 304

San Clemente, CA 92673

949.496.5001

www.oceanviewsmiles.com

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