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Scripps Ranch Dentist MOD Squad Dental answers the question, Do I really need a deep cleaning?

June 17, 2014

Why do I need a “Deep Cleaning”? Can I just get my teeth cleaned?

The question often comes up as to why just a “normal cleaning” cannot be done now and why does a “deep” cleaning even need to be done.  The difference between the two types of cleanings is the state of periodontal health, which is the health of the bone and gums that support the teeth.  The health of the bone and gums is directly linked to the amount of plaque (soft) and calculus/tartar (hard) that is depositing on your teeth.  It is fairly common for most people to develop some calculus (same thing as tartar) between their regular cleaning visits.

The most common place for calculus to develop is the tongue side of the lower front teeth and the cheek side of the upper back teeth.  This occurs to various degrees to those who are routine with their dental cleanings, but the longer you go without removal of the deposits the larger the calculus grows.  This calculus starts to develop usually right at the gumline.  When the deposits are not removed, they start to increase in size and start to move under the gums.  This causes an inflammatory response much like when you get a splinter under your skin.  This response or localized infection causes the bone to move away from the irritant (calculus).  This ultimately causes bone loss and subsequently what we call a periodontal pocket.  This is a deep pocket around your tooth that is even more prone to entrapment of food and debri and the bone loss continues……

A normal cleaning is for individuals that have deposits only at or above the gumline.  These individuals may have gingivitis due to lack of flossing or improper brushing technique (or other contributing factors such as crowded teeth, poor restorations; crowns & fillings), medications, hormones) but do not have bone loss.  A deep cleaning is necessary if calculus is detected under the gumline (subgingival) and there are signs of bone loss.  A deep cleaning (or may be referred to as scaling & root planing) removes the deposits that form on the surface of the tooth’s root (upward).  Unfortunately once bone is lost it is not readily regenerated in the direction of the crown of the tooth.  Our goal is to stop further loss and maintain healthy gingiva free of periodontal pockets (and bleeding).  This helps with the health and the stability of the teeth.  After the initial deep cleaning, these patients are seen for periodontal maintenance visits which generally occur every 3-4 months due to their risk of developing subgingival calculus once again.  Proper brushing (at least twice daily) and daily flossing are a necessity to help fight build up.

Below are radio-graphs taken before and after a deep cleaning.  Notice the spike like fingers coming off the teeth.  This is calculus below the gum line.  The radiograph taken after the deep cleaning reveals smooth, healthy teeth and gums.


If you have any questions about a deep cleaning or think you may need a deep cleaning, phone Jess today for your complimentary consultation.   858-547-0070

MOD Squad Dental hosting Annual Taco Madness 2014 for Patient Appreciation

June 9, 2014










The RSVP’s are pouring in for our annual Taco Madness 2014 for patient appreciation hosted by Dr. Friedman & MOD Squad Dental… Space is limited…Great food by Fridas Cocina Food Truck will be serving up some yummy tacos, tons of door prizes, & a grand prize among great friends & good company. Don’t forget to bring a neighbor so they too can experience why MOD Squad Dental is the leading dental practice in Scripps Ranch. RSVP to Jess at with name and number attending…

Scripps Ranch Dentist Dr. Greg Friedman’s Taco Madness 2014 Patient Appreciation

May 28, 2014


July 17th 5:00 pm

It’s that time again!!!!

Taco Madness 2014 Celebrating Patient Appreciation…

Bring a Neighbor & Share a Taco…

The best taco truck in town will be serving street tacos & Doc will be mixing up his famous margaritas…

A ton of door prizes will be given away…

For all existing patients that bring in a friend or neighbor that also joins our MOD Squad dental family…both parties will be entered into our drawing for a chance to win a choice of child or adult braces or $4000 toward a smile make-over of 8 or more veneers!!

Scripps Ranch Dentist Explains Dental Sealants for Children

May 22, 2014

facts.77If you have any questions about dental sealants for your children, please phone Jess today  858-547-0070.  We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Scripps Ranch Dentist Paying it Forward to SD Firefighters

May 19, 2014


Look at that smile!!!  Dr. Greg Friedman & MOD Squad Dental are so thankful to and for our San Diego firefighters for a job well done with the recent wild fires in and around the San Diego county.  MOD Squad Dental is offering complimentary dental cleanings along with a set of complimentary whitening trays to any and all firefighters during the month of June.

For details or to schedule an appointment, please phone Jessica 858-547-0070.  Again a big thank you to all of our firefighters and service men and women that helped our community.






Porcelain Veneers Scripps Ranch Dentist-Featured Smile of the Week

May 7, 2014

D.S.retracted.b.aDorothy.S _ b.a.faceWe would like to introduce our lovely patient, Dorothy.  She has been chosen as our featured smile of the week.  Dorothy visited the office for her complimentary cosmetic consultation.  She was interested in a whiter smile that she could be proud of.  Dorothy had existing bonding on her front 4 teeth that had been placed some time ago.  Over the years her bonding stained and chipped with natural wear.   Dr. Friedman spoke to the patient about whitening her teeth with home whitening trays and our favorite whitening products by Opalescence.  Once whitened,  Dr. Friedman removed Dorothy’s existing bonding & placed upper 4 porcelain veneers.  The patient was thrilled to show off her new smile on her cruise through Europe.

If you or someone you know is interested in cosmetic dentistry, give Jess a call today for your complimentary consultation & smile imaging make-over. 858-547-0070

Give Your Mom a Reason To Smile for Mothers Day!!!

April 29, 2014

MOD Squad Dental is giving mothers a reason to smile.  For the entire month of May, MOD Squad Dental is offering all of our special moms 15% courtesy for all teeth whitening procedures including zoom whitening, & Kor deep bleaching.

Availability is limited so phone Jess today to reserve your special gift of a whiter, brighter smile.  858-547-0070

Scripps Ranch Dentist-Infertility and Flossing

April 23, 2014

pregnant.Here’s A Serious Reason To Floss.
Not many people like the dentist, but you’d never realize how keeping your pearly whites clean can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Periodontal (gum) disease delays a positive pregnancy test by two months or more, found an Australian study. They found that women with gum disease took an average of just over seven months to become pregnant — two months longer than the average of five months that it took women without gum disease to conceive. Swollen gums and deep pockets around the teeth breed bacteria, which enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation — potentially reducing an embryo’s chances of implantation.

If you are in need of a new dentist or your routine cleaning, call Jess today to schedule your visit.  858-547-0070

Dental Fact-Your Mouth Talks to Your Body

March 27, 2014

Dental Fact-Your Mouth Talks to Your Body, and Your Body Talks to Your Mouth…

Dentist Scripps Ranch-MOD Squad Dental

March 19, 2014

Do you shower with your clothes on?


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