Category: Dental Care
The most common times people brush their teeth are morning and night, either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. But sometimes hiccups in the schedule can knock you off a well-established routine. At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA, we have some thoughts on that.
Sometimes after dinner isn’t super cut and dried. An irregular schedule generally disrupts regular dental maintenance. What are you to do?
One suggestion is to try doing a better job at cleaning...Read More
Is an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush for cleaning your teeth? In this article from Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA, we won’t recommend one over the other. We’re just going to take a closer look at the electric toothbrush.
Electric toothbrushes have been commercially available in the United States since the 1960s. But they first appeared in Switzerland, where they were invented. They caught on quickly, and have come a long way since then. With the modern...Read More
The people who are happiest with their smiles have healthy, straight teeth that sparkle when they laugh. If nature didn’t bless you with attractive teeth, you are not alone. Most perfect smiles you see were not always that way: they are the result of cosmetic dentistry, like what we provide at Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA.
Two common smile issues are yellow enamel and chipped teeth.Discolored Teeth
Few of us are blessed with pearly white smiles that stay that way forever....Read More
Too tired to touch a toothbrush? We’ve all been there. At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA, we have two quick ideas to overcome your exhaustion and pick up your toothbrush.
Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth
As you lie there in bed after a long hard day and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times. As you do, visualize plaque: that filmy stuff on the teeth and gum-line. It’s loaded with the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Then,...Read More
Can you remember what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? If you are like most of us, you got some cavities fairly young, and the ubiquitous silver fillings that were once standard. At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA, there is a better option.
Composite fillings can be made to match the color of your teeth, so even though a cavity has been filled, they’ll blend in seamlessly. They are made of a composite resin material that is strong when bonded to the...Read More
A healthy, pleasing smile can have a positive impact on anyone’s life. It lets us convey confidence and friendliness in business and social settings. If dental problems have dulled your smile, cosmetic dentistry from Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA can revive it.
It’s been said that cosmetic dentistry is part science and part art. That’s a good definition, but we would add that we use sound dental techniques to bring positive changes to the smiles of our...Read More
When a wisdom tooth tries to come in but is obstructed by the adjacent tooth, it becomes impacted and can result in such complications as pain, inflammation, or tooth decay. At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA, we can extract wisdom teeth.
It’s challenging to clean partially-erupted wisdom teeth. Since they have a high risk of decay, we pay special attention to them. They can also cause decay in the neighboring molars.
For most people, wisdom teeth come in in the late teens or...Read More
Are you up on the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA? Take our quiz and find out!
1. This popular treatment uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This composite is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted, and then hardened and polished.
A. Veneers B. Flossing C. Defanging D. Bonding
The correct answer is D, bonding.
2. This procedure is very common and its main purpose is to lighten the color of one’s...Read More
If you are worried about swollen gums or an aching tooth, you’re not alone. You should have your symptoms checked out right away, because they could be a sign of gum disease, a serious but treatable condition at Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA.
Gum disease is progressive. Before it reaches the advanced stage, it is called gingivitis, which is inflammation in the gums. An early sign of gingivitis is bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth.
Gingivitis develops when plaque is...Read More
This message from Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA focuses on a very serious issue: oral cancer. Oral cancer claims tens of thousands of lives each year, which is why we offer oral cancer screenings at each checkup. Early detection can make all the difference!Signs to Look For A lump or thickening in your throat White or red patches on your tongue, tonsils, or lining of your cheeks and gums Numbness of any oral feature Any type of lesion, cut, or canker-type sore that doesn’t heal...Read More