Month: May 2022
How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of those who are sixty-five and over? Well, at Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA, we have some good news and bad news.The Good News: Tooth decay rates in older Americans has decreased in the past thirty years. The Bad News: 25% of people over sixty-five have no remaining teeth Nearly 20% have untreated cavities 10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease. There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum...Read More
Do you have a sweet tooth? Join the club! No one confuses dessert with healthy food, but for many of our patients at Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA, it’s just not realistic to recommend avoiding sugary treats.
If you fit that category, here is something useful to know: eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than others. For instance, when you eat a full meal, your saliva production increases. Saliva is necessary to neutralize acids and rinse bits of food off of...Read More
Saliva is an important part of good oral health. Without an adequate flow, you’d find it very difficult to chew and swallow. If you have a problem with dry mouth, let us know at Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA.
Saliva is produced by several glands in and around the mouth, and it is mostly water. No surprise there! Aside from chewing and keeping your mouth moist, saliva fights germs in your mouth and helps prevent bad breath.
Sometimes people have a reduced flow of saliva, a...Read More
Gum disease is more common than you might think. At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA, we see patients with gum disease almost every day. It’s a serious matter, because gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss.
Some people aren’t even aware they have it until we see it during a checkup. It’s a treatable condition, although the earlier the diagnosis, the better.
Gum disease is an inflammation or infection of the gums. It†is usually the result of poor brushing and...Read More