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Category: General Dentistry

Debunking Dental Myths

In this post from Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla we focus on three common myths about dental health.

All Sugar Is Equally Bad For Teeth. We all know that sugar increases our risk of tooth decay, but some types are worse than others. Sugar-based foods that sit on the teeth are more dangerous than those that are swallowed immediately. For example, sipping a soda or sucking on a mint can be worse than eating a candy bar all at once. You Don’t Need To Worry About Baby Teeth Because They Will...Read More
Posted on July 23, 2021 By mark in ,

Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

In this blog post from Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

Many dental patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists? How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal? The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a...Read More
Posted on July 16, 2021 By mark in ,

An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush

In this post from Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla, we highlight simple things you can do with your toothbrush to keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible.

One of the most important habits anyone can form is to always let their toothbrush completely air dry between uses. The best way to do this is to place it in a toothbrush holder on the counter with the bristles pointing up. This is much better than tossing it into a drawer, since it will take longer to dry in there.

Also, when...Read More

Posted on June 18, 2021 By mark in , ,

A Noteworthy Dental Experience

At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla we make every checkup a noteworthy experience with our attention to detail, and committment to each patient’s dental health.

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and regular checkups.

Your dental health strategy should include:

Daily brushing and flossing. You...Read More
Posted on June 11, 2021 By mark in ,

Let’s Make A Plan

Most people would like to have the best smile possible. Have you given much thought to improving yours? At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla we have some thoughts on that. Cosmetic dentistry can make a huge difference, but a great smile comes down to making a plan and sticking to it.

One of the best things you can do for your smile is to brush and floss your teeth every single day. Twice a day is even better! In this way you’ll keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, and it will shine...Read More

Posted on May 14, 2021 By mark in , , ,

5 Critical Things To Know About Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, periodontal disease is preventable. It is also treatable, at Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla.

Gum disease is so pervasive in the US that it has been called a health crisis by the American Dental Association.

If left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage such as tooth loss.

Practicing daily dental hygiene and having 6-month dental exams are the best way to prevent periodontal...Read More
Posted on May 7, 2021 By mark in , ,

3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy!

At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla our objective is to help every patient who comes in for an appointment to have the best possible oral health. This post focuses on something that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. Healthy oral habits benefit our taste buds as well as our smiles. Here are some recommendations to help you better...Read More

Posted on April 23, 2021 By mark in ,

Your Smile Says Keep Trying!

This message from Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla is for anyone who is finding it difficult to improve their dental health. We urge you to keep working at it and assure you that we’re here to help!

Keep Trying To Floss

Many people are good about brushing their teeth, but sometimes skip flossing. This is a bad idea. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from between teeth.

Failure to floss can lead to cavities, and even gum disease. Our recommendation? Brush...Read More

Posted on April 16, 2021 By mark in ,

Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to autopilot morning and night and get it done. But Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla has a question: are you doing it right?

We ask this in all seriousness. There is always room for improvement, even in something as basic as brushing your teeth.

Essential Dental Health

Brushing, after all, is an important part of any daily dental health routine. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. We...Read More

Posted on March 12, 2021 By mark in , ,

Bad Breath Q & A

In this blog post from Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla, we have some answers to frequent questions about bad breath.

Q. My wife says my breath is repulsive, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough?

A. Bacteria can propagate and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start flossing. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can explore other possible causes of your halitosis.

Also keep in mind...Read More

Posted on March 5, 2021 By mark in ,

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