Category: General Dentistry
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
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
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
In this blog post from Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla CA, we are going to talk about stomatitis. Stomatitis refers to non-specific irritations in the mouth. It is usually caused by cold sores, gum disease, or even from biting the inside of the mouth.
Most of us have probably had stomatitis at one time or another and didn’t think it was a big deal. That is generally the case, because most of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks.
However, there are cases...Read More