Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?

Rancho Santa Margarita Oral Dentistry I’m Lincoln Parker DMD of Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch. My patients often ask me if chewing xylitol gum is an effective substitute for tooth brushing and regular dental exams.

Before I answer that question, let me tell you a little bit about xylitol:

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first discovered in birch tree bark but is also found in many fruits and vegetables. Unlike most other sweeteners (natural or synthetic), xylitol is actually useful for your teeth.

Numerous clinical studies have established that xylitol prevents the growth of the bacteria that initiates tooth decay. It also lessens plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many of my patients with diabetes enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. For my patients that live with frequent dry mouth, I recommend xylitol gum or mints to stimulate saliva production while preserving against tooth decay.

Now, back to the golden question. Is xylitol gum just as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing your family dentist regularly? Absolutely not! If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chewing xylitol gum for five or ten minutes is probably a good idea. However, you should still brush your teeth thoroughly (with a soft brush) after meals and get twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings.

At Parker Dentistry, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life by preventing dental troubles before they start. If you postpone dental visits until you feel pain, you risk losing teeth and most certainly will require more extensive treatment than if the trouble was caught earlier.

Is it time for a dental exam? Call us at 949-429-0717 to book an appointment. Our friendly team is waiting to take care of all your dental needs.

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92694

 


Energy Drink Warning For Ladera Ranch

Las Sorres Smile Redesign Hello. I’m Dr. Lincoln Parker.

Welcome to my Las Sorres dental blog. Today’s topic is energy drinks and the damage they can cause to your teeth. I am seeing more and more Las Sorres teens and adults with tooth enamel erosion caused by frequent consumption of sport drinks.

Most of these Las Sorres dentistry patients take good care of their teeth, brush and floss, and come into Parker Dentistry for a twice-yearly exam and deep cleaning. But guess what? If you drink energy drinks regularly, your enamel can erode even if you practice immaculate oral hygiene.

Energy drinks like Red Bull, Rock Star, and Monster are a cocktail of powerful acids and other enamel-eroding substances. Most of them contain citric acid, fruit juices, loads of sugar, and a potent chemical that gives them their bright fluorescent color.

Perhaps, like myself, you have often noticed young people walking out of Las Sorres convenience stores swigging 32-ounce energy drinks. I am concerned that Las Sorres teens do not understand the serious dental consequences of frequent acid baths.

The following is from ABC Sports:

“Sports drinks are increasingly damaging the teeth of professional and recreational athletes, one of Australia’s top sports dentists has warned. Dr. Brett Dorney says he has witnessed a huge increase in dental erosion since the Sidney Olympics, when he was the event’s deputy director of dental services.”

Here is an excerpt from a recent CNN Story:

“Researchers at the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry found the energy drinks and sports drinks eroded the enamel more than soda and fruit juices.”

I need to add the caveat that soda and fruit juices also contain acids that can damage teeth.

If your teeth have enamel erosion, whatever the cause, we can restore your smile with advanced cosmetic dentistry. Crowns, porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays can correct both structural and cosmetic problems.

Our phone number is 949-429-0717. If you are interested in re-designing your smile, come in for an exam and consultation. With cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry, we can repair acid-damaged teeth and dramatically increase your face value.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
Ladera Ranch, CA
92694

 


Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Floss picks vs regular floss? While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. Dr. Parker recommends traditional floss or dental tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small piece of floss stretched in a straight line. Looking down, a tooth is shaped somewhat round or oval, with occasional irregularities. A straight piece of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically because it doesn’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional floss used correctly. By wrapping the floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more efficiently clean that critical area around and just below the gumline. And your fingers are much more agile than a piece of plastic.

We have seen patients who are faithful floss pick users who developed decay due to a a minuscule crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Here is a refresher course on proper flossing:

  • Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  • Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  • Thread the floss between two teeth.
  • Hold the floss securely against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s essential to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  • Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface – especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean piece for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new segment.
  • Some people find it more straightforward to commence on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch. Whatever method you elect, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the rear molars.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding commonly stops within a week or two.

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777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
Ladera Ranch, California
92694

 


Preventing Gum Disease At Parker Dentistry

Preventing Gum Disease at Parker Dentistry Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus.

Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth and bone.

At Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch, we perform the most thorough dental cleanings possible. Gum disease can be reversed in its early stages.

Our goal is to help our Rancho Santa Margarita dental patients prevent gum disease before any damage occurs. Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and, especially, below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.

To schedule a deep cleaning, call 949-429-0717. We are located at 777 Corporate Dr Ste 100 in Ladera Ranch. In addition to providing comprehensive dental cleanings, we create mega-watt smiles for cosmetic dentistry patients in the Mission Viejo and Las Sorres area. See http://theladeraranchdentist.com for more information about our state-of-the-art dental practice.

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949-429-0717

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
Ladera Ranch, California
92694

 


Are All Carbs Created Equal?

Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Ladera Ranch

Hello, I am Dr. Lincoln Parker of Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch. Today, we are focusing on diet and oral health.

I’m sure you brush and floss regularly and hopefully visit your Ladera Ranch dental practice for necessary cleanings, but did you know that making small but essential changes to your diet can improve your oral health?

Most Ladera Ranch residents are aware that the sugar found in candy, cookies, juices and sodas can harm your teeth, but some Rancho Santa Margarita people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

At Parker Dentistry, I continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

Another vital way Rancho Santa Margarita residents can improve their oral health is to get 800mg of calcium a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

Diet alone will not prevent cavities and dangerous gum disease for Ladera Ranch dental patients, however, wise eating advances healthy teeth and gums.

My staff and I at Parker Dentistry are accepting new general dentistry patients in the 92694 zip code area. I encourage you to call 949-429-0717 today to schedule an exam and cleaning, if required.

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949-429-0717

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
Ladera Ranch, California
92694

 


Let’s Make A Plan

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When you are committed to reaching a goal, the difference between success and failure often comes down to whether or not you follow a plan. Occasional effort is hardly ever effective.

Do you have a goal to improve your smile? Perhaps you have not thought much about your teeth in the past, but lately have noticed problems. These issues can be purely aesthetic such as tooth staining or a grave hazard such as gum disease.

Do you have an objective for your smile?

  • Reverse gum disease
  • Whiten your teeth and inhibit future staining
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Straighten crooked teeth
  • Repair broken teeth
  • Prevent tooth loss
  • A complete smile makeover

Here at Parker Dentistry, we are committed to customized patient-focused care. This means that we compose a personalized treatment plan for every single patient; after all, each patient is unique. Age, lifestyle, current state of oral health, overall physical health, and risk factors are all taken into account.

Ready to get started? Schedule a consultation by calling 949-429-0717. Lincoln Parker, DMD will discuss your goals and concerns with you, carry out a comprehensive examination, and explain your options. You will leave with all of your questions answered and a personalized dental treatment plan.

Parker Dentistry is located at 777 Corporate Dr Ste 100 in Ladera Ranch, California. 

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92694

 


Do You Eat A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

Healthy Teeth and Your Rancho Santa Margarita Diet Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern for our local Rancho Santa Margarita dental patients. As your dentist, I’m devoted to helping you care for your teeth and keep them healthy. Everyone in the Rancho Santa Margarita knows that maintaining healthy teeth requires thorough daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your local Rancho Santa Margarita dental practice is also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining proper dental hygiene.

We typically forget that maintaining a healthy diet can also be beneficial to your teeth. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and healthy teeth. Examples of foods to include in your diet include foods rich in vitamin B such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, usually fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

Saliva is critical to healthy teeth because it aids in maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution when deciding whether to chew gum.

Just as certain diet choices can be beneficial to the health of your teeth, others can be dangerous. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars – especially soda and energy drinks – are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay. And while table sugar is often associated with the formation of cavities, other sugars such as glucose, fructose, and maltose are also causes, and are often found in juices and sodas. Limiting the consumption of sugars to mealtimes lessens the amount of time your healthy teeth are exposed.

Making good diet choices and limiting between meal sugar consumption can improve the health of your teeth and gums. If you would like to learn how to better care for your healthy teeth in the Ladera Ranch area, contact Parker Dentistry at 949-429-0717. We would love to hear from you.

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92694

 


5 Tips For San Juan Capistrano Residents With Mouth Sores

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Hi. I’m Dr. Lincoln Parker. When my Mission Viejo and Las Sorres area patients get mouth sores, I advise them to evaluate what they’re eating and make some changes. By following these tips, you too can avoid the discomfort of eating and help to increase the speed of healing.

1. Eat soft or pureed foods. Don’t worry, you won’t have to eat baby food – plenty of adult dishes fit the bill:

cream soups
yogurt
hot cereal
mashed potatoes
puddings

2. Keep your meals bland for a while. I know it’s no fun, but watch out for overly spicy, tart, salty or acidic foods while you have a mouth sore.

3. Also, keep it cool. Eat only food that is at room temperature or is served chilled.

4. Use a straw so that whatever you are drinking can bypass the mouth sore altogether.

5. Try to moisten dry foods. This can be done by adding sauces, dressings, and gravies to your meals.

I hope that these suggestions will help you the next time you suffer from a mouth sore. If you are looking for a dentist in the Rancho Santa Margarita area, consider my practice, Parker Dentistry. Call us at 949-429-0717 to schedule an examination and consultation. We offer a complete menu of general and cosmetic dental procedures including:

Family dentistry
Dental implants
Cosmetic dentistry
Sedation dentistry

You can also visit us on the web at http://theladeraranchdentist.com/meet-dr-parker/.

Call today!

Dr. Lincoln Parker
Parker Dentistry
777 Corporate Dr. Ste 100
Ladera Ranch, California
949-429-0717

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/nutrition-concerns/, accessed on Feb. 21, 2013


15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

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  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as essential as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription medications can increase your risk of dental caries.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of youth between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated cavities.
  7. Heartburn can be harmful for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as harmful for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team recently used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. http://www.businessinsider.com/laser-stem-cell-tooth-tissue-regeneration-2014-5#ixzz3fzlosJDMTooth
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

I am Dr. Lincoln Parker of Parker Dentistry. I hope you have found today’s post interesting and perhaps even learned something new about your amazing teeth and some of the lesser-known risk factors for decay.

I am accepting new patients at my Ladera Ranch dental practice. I am devoted to preventative dentistry and lifelong oral health. I guide my Ladera Ranch patients about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and sedation dentistry. In addition, I offer a full menu of cosmetic dental services. If you are seeking a dentist in the Rancho Santa Margarita area, I invite you to schedule an appointment to meet me and my friendly team.


Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In today’s post, let’s explore some specifics about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpastes is creating foam when correctly brushing.

Working up a good foam is accomplished by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming helps with dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are best for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may observe tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in severe cases, tooth loss.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so make certain you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

Furthermore, remember that flossing is important and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

To recap:
Wet soft bristle toothbrush
Use fluoridated toothpaste
Brush at 45 degree angle
Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
Cover every surface of every tooth
Swish around in mouth before spitting out
Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
Rinse out debris

This article is brought to you by Parker Dentistry, an outstanding dental practice in Ladera Ranch. We are committed to dental education and confident smiles for all.

Dr. Lincoln Parker has been serving Ladera Ranch area families since 2013. We are located at 777 Corporate Dr. Ste 100 in Ladera Ranch. Contact us at 949-429-0717 or http://theladeraranchdentist.com/meet-dr-parker/.

Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general and cosmetic procedures we offer. And brush well until we see you, it will be worth every foamy second!

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Contact Parker Dentistry:

949-429-0717

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

777 Corporate Dr. Ste 100
Ladera Ranch, CS
92694