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How are Gingivitis & Periodontitis Different?

October 21, 2022

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 3:54 pm
A woman with gum disease in Scripps Ranch

If you’ve visited your dentist often enough, you may have heard them use the words “gingivitis” and “periodontitis.” In fact, you might even realize the terms have to do with gum problems. However, there’s a good chance you don’t know their precise meanings. The short answer is that they refer to the two distinct stages of gum disease. If you want the long answer, though, your local dental practice can help. Learn how gingivitis and periodontitis differ as forms of gum disease with a Scripps Ranch dentist.

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How Does Alcohol Relate to Gum Disease?

October 19, 2022

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 2:50 pm
A woman holding a bottle of alcohol, something that can lead to gum disease

Gum disease is a fairly common condition, so much so that 1 in 2 U.S. adults will experience it in their lives. It’s no surprise, then, that various things can cause this infection, including poor oral hygiene, genetics, and more. However, did you know even alcohol consumption can be a contributor? Namely, drinking too many beers, wines, and cocktails might trigger the disease. If you want to know more, your San Diego dentist can help you. Read on to learn how alcohol and gum disease relate and tips on preventing the latter.

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Can Veneers Give You Straighter Teeth?

July 27, 2022

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 3:51 pm
Close-up of porcelain veneers

Let’s say you’ve finally decided to do something about your crooked teeth. However, you want your treatment to give you quick results. The thought of a year or more with traditional braces or Invisalign just doesn’t sound appealing. That said, is there any dental procedure that could meet your wants? As it turns out, there is one: porcelain veneers! They can correct minor tooth misalignments almost instantly. Read on to learn how veneers give you a straighter smile and the other benefits of “instant orthodontics” in Scripps Ranch.

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Can You Get Cavities with Porcelain Veneers?

February 16, 2022

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 3:13 pm
person with veneers wondering if they can still get cavities

The original purpose of veneers was to temporarily improve the smiles of movie stars so their teeth would look more stunning on the silver screen. Over time, they became more widely available to the average person and were designed to last longer, too. Today, veneers are used to correct a range of cosmetic issues, including gaps, cracks, misaligned teeth, chips, discoloration, and misshapen pearly whites. Though they cover up part of the teeth, this doesn’t mean that you no longer have to care for your pearly whites at home. Read on to learn more about maintaining your veneers and whether you can still get cavities if you have them.

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What Is the Recovery from Gum Reconstruction Like?

November 4, 2021

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 1:15 am
up-close look at woman’s teeth and gums

Making changes to your smile often results in an improved appearance and boosted confidence. But before you can begin to feel good about your new look, you must complete the healing process. What does recovering from gum reconstruction in Scripps Ranch look like? A dentist explains what you can expect and why you’ll be pleased with the results.

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Find Out How to Ditch Those Stubborn Tooth Stains

September 24, 2021

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 5:26 pm
illustration of cute tooth characters cleaning stains

Think about some of your most sociable friends and how much of a joy they are to be around. When people give off good vibes, it draws others like bees to flowers. A big part of being friendly is smiling.

There’s nothing worse than wanting to smile and be friendly, but then second-guessing yourself due to insecurities stemming from your smile. There are several types of tooth stains, and you shouldn’t let any of them stand in your way.

Below you will find more information on the different types of tooth stains and what your dentist can do to help brighten your smile!

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Can Someone with Diabetes Get Dental Implants?

September 17, 2021

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 3:45 pm
older woman taking her blood sugar levels

Did you know that more than 30 million Americans have diabetes? Perhaps you or a loved one is part of this number. Unfortunately, this disease can impact every organ in the body, including your heart, eyes, nerves, kidneys, as well as your gums and teeth. But does having diabetes automatically exclude you from replacing your missing teeth with dental implants? Not necessarily! Are implants safe for diabetics? The answer to this question is complex, so keep reading to learn in what situations a diabetic person may still be able to benefit from this treatment.

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Can Gum Disease Be Cured by Removing Teeth?

June 17, 2021

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 1:11 pm
Woman lifting lip to show inflamed gum

Almost half of Americans over the age of 30 are affected by gum disease; if you fall into this group, then you’ll want to seek treatment as soon as you can before it has devastating effects on the rest of your body. You might have heard that tooth extraction is a possible form of treatment for gum disease in Scripps Ranch. Could giving up a few teeth really be the solution for restoring your oral health? Read on to learn more about why this procedure is performed to treat periodontal disease and whether it will truly solve your underlying problem.

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Shocking Evidence of a Link Between COVID and Gum Disease

March 7, 2021

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 4:11 pm
woman has gum disease in Scripps Ranch

For over a year, the world has been trying to recover from the COVID pandemic. During this time, scientists and medical professionals have considered all the relevant information in an attempt to find viable solutions. As a result, they have discovered a connection between COVID (which affects the respiratory system) and gum health. Continue reading to learn how untreated gum disease in Scripps Ranch can leave you more susceptible to serious health problems.

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The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Your Mouth After Getting Dental Implants

February 27, 2021

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 6:22 pm
Dentist talking to patient about dental implant aftercare

Whether you are struggling with a single missing tooth or advanced tooth loss, dental implants can restore the look and function of your smile for 20+ years! To ensure they are successful in the short and long-term, it is important to care for them properly, especially in the weeks following your procedure. With this in mind, keep reading for a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to dental implant aftercare.

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