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Are You Being Screened For Oral Cancer? Ask a Dentist in San Diego!

March 2, 2018

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 4:18 pm

Sign saying oral cancerThanks to modern medicine over the last several decades there have been significant advances in treating cancer and survival rates are up overall. However, the rate at which people are getting some types of cancer has actually increased. Sadly, this is the case with oral cancer. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 1.1% of all men and women will be diagnosed with either oral or throat cancer in their lifetimes. As with all cancers, early detection is critical. The good news is that your dentist in San Diego can perform these screenings for you. But how often are they recommended and what is your dentist looking for? In this blog, we’ll answer those questions and more.


Can’t Shake Your Morning Breath? A Dentist in San Diego Explains

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 1:24 am

Woman covering her mouth with her handBeep…beep…beep…Good morning! As your alarm clock goes off and wakes you out of a sound sleep, you groggily get up and head to the kitchen. As you go to give your significant other a quick peck, they hastily turn their cheek at the last second. Yikes! In a not-so-subtle way, your partner might be giving you a clue that your breath isn’t so great. Unfortunately, even if you feel as fresh as a daisy after a good night’s sleep, your breath doesn’t smell like one. Considering that you brush and floss each night, you may be confused as to why this is still happening. Not to worry! As a dentist in San Diego, we’ll explain why no one is immune from morning breath and what you can do about it.


Are White Teeth Necessarily Healthy Teeth? Ask Your Dentist in San Diego

February 15, 2018

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 7:15 pm

Woman holding a picture of black and white teethThese days it’s easy to feel self-conscious about your smile if it isn’t as white as you’d like. Especially since it seems like everyone else has a perfect, sparkling set of pearly whites! But if your teeth are discolored does that mean that you have cavities or other issues? Not necessarily, according to a dentist in San Diego. In fact, someone with stained or yellow teeth can actually have great oral health. Somewhat surprisingly, the appearance of the teeth isn’t always an indicator of how strong they are. Keep reading if you’d like to know more about the difference between white teeth and healthy teeth – and how you can have both!


Are Implants a Good Idea if You Smoke? Ask a Dentist in San Diego

February 2, 2018

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 8:21 am

Picture of someone smoking a cigaretteIf you’re one of the 178 million Americans with missing teeth you’ve probably spent some time looking at replacement options. After all, even just one missing tooth can affect your confidence, your ability to eat all your favorite foods and your appearance! Dental implants are an excellent option for a wide range of patients because they can be customized, regardless of how many teeth are missing. Not to mention that implants look and feel more like your natural teeth than other any other option. But what if you’re a smoker – can that impact an implant? In this blog, your dentist in San Diego will answer that question and explain how you can increase your chances for success.


5 Facts About Cavities Explained by Your Dentist in San Diego

January 15, 2018

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 3:48 pm

monstrous cavity crawling out of toothSince childhood, you’ve been hearing about the infamous character called the ‘cavity.’ This monstrous little creature has the ability to multiply and wreak major havoc, but you’re not sure what his origin is and what drives his destructive tendencies. Your dentist in San Diego has been studying this matter very closely and is willing to share 5 facts about the notorious cavity. He’ll also explain how to defeat it with simple hygienic practices and preventive dentistry. Read on to learn more.


A New Year for Oral Health with Your Dentist in Scripps Ranch

January 7, 2018

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 2:17 pm

man writing goals coffee cup glassesSo it’s a new year! Are you excited? Have you written out your goals for the next 12 months? Here’s a chance to add a very necessary item that many people could possibly be overlooking – oral health. This is a super simple resolution that is very attainable. It doesn’t demand any miraculous events to occur or for the stars to align properly. It just requires a few daily disciplines. And your dentist in Scripps Ranch is so passionate about the benefits that this outlook will provide for you in the new year, that he has decided to weigh in and offer is expert advice. Continue reading to learn what oral health goals you can set for the upcoming year and how they will enhance your life.


Your Cosmetic Dentist Helps You Create the Perfect Smile in 2018

December 20, 2017

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 5:28 pm

selfie with attractive coupleDid you know that the average child smiles 400 times a day? That is 10 times more than happy adults, who smile an average of only 40 to 50 times each day. Adults who aren’t so happy might only smile 20 times a day. Where do you fall on that spectrum? If you don’t smile as often as you would like to, is it because you’re embarrassed by the way your teeth look? Well, we encourage you to make 2018 the year you finally get the smile you’ve always wanted! Your cosmetic dentist in San Diego will be happy to help you reach your goals.


Your Children’s Dentist in Scripps Ranch Says Seize the Moment!

December 5, 2017

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 4:15 pm

woman driving notes covering steering wheelTime, oh precious time. How elusive you are. You are only here for a moment and then you’re gone forever. Is that the way you feel sometimes with your busy life and hectic schedule? As a parent, you’re being pulled to and froe. You have work and family obligations, and they are equally demanding. That’s why your children’s dentist in Scripps Ranch wants you to seize the day. When your children are out of school for the holiday break, it’s the perfect time to schedule them for one of their twice a year cleanings and examinations. Learn more about how to juggle your busy life without compromising the oral health of your family.


MOD Squad Denetal is Changing the Dental Implant Process for the Better with PRF

November 28, 2017

Dr. Friedman & his team are taking dentistry to the next level by adding the revolutionary technique of PRF (platelet rich fibrin) to his dental implant procedures, & extractions. PRF accelerates the healing process, decreases surgical pain & swelling for dental implants and tooth removal. PRF also improves the strength of bone surrounding Dr. Friedman’s implants after placement.

Instead of using man-made or cadaver bone after an extraction or in preparation for a dental implant, Dr. Friedman draws one vial of blood, similar to taking blood for a routine physical. The use of, PRF, protects the bony surgical site from infection, accelerates the healing process & decreases pain after a procedure. PRF is 100% natural with no additives or preservatives. The blood is drawn immediately prior to the procedure normally while the patient is getting numb for the surgery. The blood is then put into a centrifuge at 2700 rpms for 13 minutes. After 13 minutes, the blood is separated into 3 layers; clear liquid or plasma layer, red layer rich in red blood cells, & a yellow thick layer which is the PRF layer.

The PRF Layer is a yellow & thick jello-like biologic material derived from the patients’ blood. The PRF layer is rich in fibrin, platelets and growth factors. PRF is a much better alternative to sending a tooth removal patient home with an unfilled bony extraction socket or implant site.

If you have questions about this procedure or would like a complimentary consultation for dental implants or extractions with PRF, please call Jess today, 858-547-0070.

Trusted Dentist in San Diego Reveals Benefits of Mouthwash

November 22, 2017

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 5:29 pm

bottle mouthwash glass mouthwahTonight’s the night and you want to make the absolute best impression that you can. It’s your first date and everything must be perfect. Your plans are to go to Balboa Park for a fun-filled evening of enjoying the sites, eating dinner, and having lively conversation. But your dentist in San Diego wants you to be sure that your breath stays fresh so that your date is a success.


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