At Parker Dentistry, we are proud of our legacy of dental excellence. If you are interviewing family dentists in Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, or San Juan Capistrano, we invite you to visit us.
Our dental service menu includes general, cosmetic, and orthodontic services for every member of the family.
We create a pleasant dental experience for our youngest patients and want to make sure they look forward to visits and never develop dental anxiety.
If you have toddlers and young children, we can guide you in pediatric oral care, sealants, and fluoride treatments.
If you have older children and teens, in addition to general dentistry, we provide orthodontic services, custom sports mouth guards, and wisdom teeth removal.
Hundreds of Parker Dentistry patients have dramatically improved their smile with the marvels of cosmetic dentistry including cosmetic dental smile makeovers.
Cosmetic dentistry techniques and materials are better than ever and some procedures can be completed in just one visit!
At Parker Dentistry, we treat you like family. To schedule an exam and cleaning, call us at 949-429-0717.
Dental patients in the Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, and San Juan Capistrano areas know that regular brushing and flossing are essential for optimal oral health. However, the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach into every small groove and depression in your teeth, especially the really bumpy back teeth. That’s where sealants can be invaluable.
Dental sealants are a plastic material that is applied by your dentist. This material is a resin that bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures. The plastic acts as a shield against acids and plaque that can damage the enamel.
You might think that sealants are only for children and teenagers, but they are beneficial for adults as well. If you are wondering if sealants are right for you, give Parker Dentistry a call. This simple dental procedure can improve your oral health by protecting the surfaces that are particularly vulnerable to decay.
Many California dental insurance providers include dental sealants as a covered benefit, so check with your provider if you are considering them. If you don’t have dental insurance, ask us about financing options. Because they can prevent cavities, dental sealants can save you money in the long run.
I’m Dr. Lincoln Parker, an experienced Ladera Ranch dentist. Thank you for visiting my dental blog. Our practice offers:
cosmetic dentistry dental implants sedation dentistry family dentistry CEREC crowns
If you have any questions about these or other cosmetic dental procedures, call us today at 949-429-0717 to schedule a consultation. Our friendly staff would be happy to assist you.
Men and women who have chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration associated with this condition. There are several possible causes, some that are often overlooked:
Poor oral hygiene
Bacteria on dentures
Food particles on tonsils
At Parker Dentistry, we can help you with this unpleasant problem. If your bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, you’re in luck – this is one of the easiest types to treat. If you have visited our Ladera Ranch dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.
People who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then, take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to remove the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.
Brush after each meal to prevent bacteria-causing food particles from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, practicing proper oral hygiene will improve your health.
Schedule an examination and deep dental cleaningwith us. Our dental hygienist will get all the plaque and calculus off your teeth. During your examination, Dr. Parker will determine whether you have a dental problem that is contributing to your breath.
Possible dental causes are: a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease. If we suspect that your bad breath is caused by a non-dental problem, such as a respiratory infection, you will be referred to an appropriate medical professional.
Treating bad breath starts with a visit to Parker Dentistry. In addition to general dental care, we provide a complete menu of cosmetic dental services including cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, and dental implants. Call 949-429-0717 today!
Your child should be naturally proud of his or her smile. It expresses joy, laughter, and fun! To make sure your child has a healthy and desirable smile, start early. Really early.
Dr. Lincoln Parker recommends that you bring your child in for their first dental visit soon after their first birthday. An early check is the first step in preventing issues and setting the stage for lifelong dental health. Dr. Parker will keep the visit short, but perform a thorough visual examination to make sure there are no concerns.
Dr. Parker will advise you on good dental procedures at home, such as correct brushing and flossing. You will also be guided regarding healthy eating choices and the impact of poor choices. It is especially vital to keep your toddler from eating sticky or hard candies that lodge in molars and spaces between teeth. It is also important to monitor the amount of juice they drink and keep it in a cup instead of a bottle.
Any time sugary foods or drinks are in contact with teeth, the enamel is weakened from the acid those substances contain. Prolonged exposure begins to wear the enamel away, setting the stage for cavities. Unlike broken bones that regenerate, once enamel is gone, it’s essentially gone, though fluoride can remineralize weakened enamel to a small degree.
Promoting a healthy, low sugar diet is always ideal for your toddler’s teeth. If your baby or toddler needs a bottle to calm down and go to sleep, make sure that the bottle contains only water.
Other essential habits are to brush and floss your teeth in front of your child. (If you have never been regular flossing – it’s time to start!) Let them see that it is a priority and a comfortable habit in your life. Brush their teeth with a soft bristled brush and a small amount of toothpaste. Let them try it, but always go over their teeth afterward, making sure each tooth is brushed. When finished, give them a cup of water to help rinse the toothpaste out.
Before coming to Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch, communicate with your child about the upcoming appointment and let them know that their teeth are going to be checked. Dr. Parker will help your child feel proud of their effort and help them have a pleasing visit, the first of many to come.
Call Dr. Parker at 949-429-0717 to schedule an appointment. Remember also to call any time between scheduled visits with any questions or concerns that might arise. We are devoted to your child’s lifelong dental health.
Dr. Parker serves many families in the Rancho Santa Margarita area with proficiency and compassion. Some of our patients come from Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, and San Juan Capistrano. At Parker Dentistry, we love working with children and will help your child have a good experience learning to care for their teeth.
At Parker Dentistry, each member of our friendly team is dedicated to making our youngest patients feel safe and comfortable. Our patients enjoy the friendly atmosphere while benefiting from our state-of-the-art technology.
Did you know that The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to a dentist should occur around twelve months of age?
For many parents in the Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, and San Juan Capistrano area, this may come as a surprise. Today in the Parker Dentistry post, we are going to review 4 reasons why your toddler’s teeth are worth a dental visit.
1. Twelve months of age happens to be about the time when a child’s first teeth tend to erupt. Once those teeth are out, it’s time to get them looked at by a professional.
2. One of the most important things your Las Sorres or San Juan Capistrano dentist will do at this visit will be to clean those young teeth and apply fluoride.
3. Visiting the dentist at a young age is a great way to help your child get used to the dentist’s office. This will help them to be more comfortable with the dentist as they grow older.
4. Visiting the dentist also helps parents enlist the help of other adults is establishing good dental habits in their children. Starting early dental visits will mean that later in life your child is less likely to require braces or other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants.
If your child is apprehensive about visiting the dentist, you might want to bring them for a short tour of our office beforehand. They can meet our friendly staff and learn what to expect when they come in for their exam.
I’m Dr. Lincoln Parker, of Ladera Ranch. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact my friendly dental team at 949-429-0717.
The American Dental Association offers some welcome advice for choosing a dentist in Ladera Ranch. We have already talked about how word of mouth is an important factor for choosing a dentist. Here are some things you should look for:
Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist. If you live in the Ladera Ranch, California area, there are many options, and most Ladera Ranch locations are not too far out of the way. While location plays an important role in convenience, many people are willing to drive a little farther for a better experience with their Ladera Ranch dentist.
Relationship is a strong factor. Your dentist should be approachable and should make you feel comfortable when you are in the dentist chair. After all, your Ladera Ranch dentist will be working very close with you to help you achieve a high level of oral health; you most certainly will want to have a good, professional, comfortable relationship with your dentist and the dental office staff.
Specialty is another important factor in choosing a dentist. Some dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Others specialize in corrective dentistry such as braces. Depending on your need, you may select a local Ladera Ranch dentist who can solve your immediate concern. Bear in mind, however, that it is good to have a general dentist who can maintain your dental history and provide general dental care through the years.
We are accepting new patients. Give us a call at 949-429-0717 to schedule a friendly consultation.
Most San Juan Capistrano parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Parker Dentistry recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.
Sealants Fluoride supplements Oral rinses
Resin dental sealants are applied by your Rancho Santa Margarita dentist. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay. Some California dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are considering them.
Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your San Juan Capistrano pediatrician or talk to us at Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.
If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Oral rinses containing fluoride can be purchased at any Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, or San Juan Capistrano grocery store. Make sure you buy one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.
I recommend San Juan Capistrano children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss at night. They are most effective when they are the last substance on teeth before kids go to bed. At Parker Dentistry, we believe that with proper preventative dentistry, Rancho Santa Margarita area kids can enjoy healthy teeth for life.
Hello California, let’s talk about the root canal procedure (“endodontic therapy” in dentist – speak). The root canal may be the most cringe-worthy dental treatment commonly done today, but it is important that dental patients in the Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, and San Juan Capistrano areas know what is happening during this anxiety – inducing, though routine, procedure.
At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. This thread-like tissue can become damaged due to a:
An injury to a tooth A very deep cavity A crack in the tooth
If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.
When an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist in Rancho Santa Margarita or Ladera Ranch performs a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out, the space that is left is cleaned and then it is shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled and continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.
Hi. I’m Dr. Lincoln Parker of Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch. I hope that today’s Rancho Santa Margarita dental blog post has helped you to better understand root canals. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible and accurate dental information. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, dental implants, or teeth whitening, please give us a call at 949-429-0717.
At Parker Dentistry we offer:
cosmetic dentistry dental implants sedation dentistry family dentistry
We hope to hear from you soon!
Dr. Lincoln Parker Parker Dentistry 777 Corporate Dr. Ste 100 Ladera Ranch, California 949-429-0717 https://theladeraranchdentist.com/meet-dr-parker/
The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Popular-Topics/Common-Dental-Procedures/article/What-is-Root-Canal-Treatment.cvsp, accessed March 14, 2013
Hello! Welcome to our Ladera Ranch family dentistry blog. Today’s message from Parker Dentistry concerns fluoride and California children’s dental health. I’m Lincoln Parker and I have been practicing dentistry in Ladera Ranch since 2013.
When I examine a new Ladera Ranch patient for the first time, I can usually tell whether the person drank fluoride-adjusted municipal water while growing up. Generally, their teeth are healthier than Rancho Santa Margarita people who had lower fluoride levels in their tap water.
Ideally, adequate fluoride intake combined with proper oral hygiene, good nutrition, and regular dental visits keep teeth healthy and free of decay. However, fluoride also helps teeth remineralize if acids have already compromised the enamel. For decay prevention and teeth strengthening, adequate fluoride is indispensable.
If you have children and your California municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, you may want to consider giving your kids a fluoride supplement. The fluoride will strengthen the primary teeth that have already erupted and also the adult teeth that are forming.
The American Dental Association supports water fluoridation:
‘More than 65 years ago, on January 25, 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the world’s first city to adjust the level of fluoride in its water supply. Since that time, fluoridation has dramatically improved the oral health of tens of millions of Americans. Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.’ http://www.ada.org/fluoride.aspx
At Parker Dentistry, we provide exceptional dental care for all members of the family including general and cosmetic dentistry. We serve the Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, and San Juan Capistrano areas. Ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, and short-term braces.
Hello California! Today’s Parker Dentistry blog is for new Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, and San Juan Capistrano parents. We know that your child’s health and safety is your top priority. That’s why you baby-proof your home, serve healthy foods, and buckle them tightly in their car seat before you pull out of your driveway.
I’m Dr. Lincoln Parker. I want to remind Ladera Ranch parents that oral health is an intrinsic component of overall health. Teeth and gum condition can affect speech development, nutrition, and self-confidence. From birth, there are important things parents can do to promote healthy teeth – even before your son’s or daughter’s first tooth erupts.
At Parker Dentistry, we maintain a kid-friendly environment so our youngest patients look forward to dental check-ups and never develop the fear of dentists that was more common in generations past. I love working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life and I can assure you that my friendly staff will help your child have a positive experience.
We recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the visit, we can discuss pediatric dental issues such as fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, orthodontia, and dental sealants. Dental sealants are composed of a plastic material that is applied to children’s teeth. The sealants bond to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures and protects the enamel against acids and plaque.
Ladera Ranch children’s dentists also advise California parents about pacifier use, thumb-sucking and other habits that can affect your child’s tooth development and oral health. Remember to call us immediately at 949-429-0717 if your child (or any member of your family) experiences a tooth injury.
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