Category: General Dentistry
When people get mouth sores, one of the things they can do while waiting for it to heal is evaluate what they’re eating and make some changes. Here are some tips from Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA that can help minimize the discomfort of eating and help to increase the speed of healing.Eat Soft Or Pureed Foods: Don’t worry, you won’t have to eat baby food. Plenty of adult dishes fit the bill. Yogurt, mashed potatoes, smoothies are good choices. Keep Your Meals Bland: It...Read More
Who doesn’t love the holidays? They’re a time to take a break from your regular routine and spend time with friends and family. At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA, we encourage you to keep up your dental health routine, even when you’re having the most fun!
If you’re not careful, though, holiday celebrations can take a toll on your oral health. They generally involve delicious food, drinks, and sweets, all of which can put you at risk for decay...Read More
This post from Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA is about your tooth enamel, and how you can best protect it.
Our teeth work hard and are constantly under assault. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel – the hardest substance in the body. Sadly, enamel erosion is extremely common, though largely preventable.
Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Other factors that can weaken enamel or wear it away are certain medications,...Read More
What comes to mind when you think of healthy living? A dinner plate with a grilled chicken breast and a tossed salad? A cholesterol test that shows your arteries are looking good? If you pictured a white, healthy smile free of cavities, Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA salutes you.Essential Dental Health
Brushing your teeth every day is essential to good dental health. We recommend brushing twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It’s the best way to keep plaque from...Read More
In this post from Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA we’re going to talk about that sticky gum in your mouth. You know there can be benefits to gum chewing; but isn’t it a big risk for tooth decay?
It really depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum may be helpful in removing bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.
However, gum with some alternative sweeteners has an...Read More
At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA, we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Providing the best possible dental care goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like it when patients ask questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.Frequently Asked Questions
One of the questions we’re often asked is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our short answer is, yes! But a better answer would...Read More
Superficial cuts in the skin subside without a trace, infections are wiped out with antibiotics, broken bones mend, and inflamed tissues subside. Our teeth, unfortunately, can’t regenerate. Decay can be halted in its progress, but scientists are still years away from actual enamel regeneration. That’s why the team at Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA always emphasizes preventative dentistry.
The healthiest mouths have all teeth intact and free of current or...Read More
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
When is the last time you had a dental checkup? At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA, we recommend you have one every six months. If you have a higher risk for oral diseases, we recommend every four months.Know The Risk Factors For Oral Problems
Most people are in a medium-to-low risk category for dental problems. However, if you use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar, have an eating disorder, don’t brush and floss twice a day, or experience medical conditions that affect your...Read More
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