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The Truth about Baking Soda & Teeth Whitening…

February 12, 2019

Patients ask us about various topics all the time. As their doctor, and an
expert, we really want to feel comfortable answering those questions
with accurate information. I’ve received several questions from dentists
about the use of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) as an alternative to
commercial toothpaste, and especially regarding its claimed ability to
whiten teeth.  Obviously, these dentists have been asked these same
questions by their patients, who’ve seen wild claims all across the
internet. As a consequence, I took a look at the claims on the Internet
about baking soda. To say I was blown away with the inaccuracy
(including some articles written by dentists) is an understatement. So
I thought the following information may be of help to you. Search the
Internet regarding brushing your teeth or whitening your teeth with
baking soda, and among other ridiculous things, you’ll routinely see
the claim that baking soda is VERY abrasive to use on your teeth –
so if you use it, don’t use it every day. Absolutely wrong! These
statements are not only wrong, but they’re pretty much as wrong as
you can get. Baking soda (the stuff in the box in the super market) is,
by far, the lowest abrasiveness of anything you would ever brush your
teeth with. Here’s the problem – non-scientists writing articles based
on assumption, and not proven fact. And once ONE person writes
something, others quote him or her. Then when you have several
people saying that same [false] thing, people state it and believe
it as fact. After all, if enough people say the same thing, it must be
fact, right? Wrong! And the most disconcerting thing for me is that
some of these articles have been written by dentists, who also simply
read what others said on the internet, so they too assumed that
baking soda is excessively abrasive. Why do so many people
“assume” baking soda is extremely abrasive? It’s because the
particles are large and have sharp edges, so it “feels” gritty when
you touch it. Below on the left you see a microscopic photo of
baking soda particles. Notice how they have edges and corners.
Below on the right you see silica particles, which would be the
most common abrasive in toothpastes. Notice how rounded and
smooth the silica particles are. But also realize that the baking
soda particles are much, much larger than the silica particles.
Baking soda particles can be as much as 15 times larger than silica
particles in toothpaste.
So what’s the difference? Silica particles are much, much harder than
baking soda particles. When you forcefully rub two hard objects
against each other, the harder object will have almost zero damage,
and the softer object will be greatly scratched and damaged.
For example, a diamond is a hardness of 10 on the Mohs Hardness
Scale, and glass is rated at 5. So diamond is two times harder than
glass. Well, that’s not exactly true because the Mohs Hardness
Scale is an ordinal scale, so there is no data on how much difference
there is between the numbers. But you already know if a diamond is
firmly rubbed against glass, it will scratch the glass, but the diamond
will not be damaged. Mohs Hardness of materials (remember this is
an ordinal scale, so there is no mathematical formula of consistent distance between each number):Tooth enamel = 5Tooth dentin/root = 3Baking
soda = 2.5Hydrated silica in toothpaste = 5-7Baking soda “feels” much
more gritty than regular toothpaste (which usually has hydrated silica
as the abrasive) because the particles are larger, and the edges are
rough. Whereas silica particles are more round, smooth, and many
times smaller. So baking soda “feels” more abrasive – but it’s not. 
The fact is that Baking Soda, being much softer than tooth enamel,
and very slightly softer than even tooth dentin, will not create much
damage (abrasion) to the tooth. The American Dental Association has
published their RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasivity) to measure the
abrasiveness of various toothpastes. The RDA abrasiveness categories
are:Low 4-70 (plain water is 4. Baking soda is 7.)Medium 70-100High
100-150Harmful 150-250 The FDA limits abrasiveness to a maximum
of RDA 200. Get this…the RDA of Arm & Hammer baking soda is only 7.
Whereas the most typical tooth paste will be in the 70-100 range with
many far above that. THAT is how gentle baking soda is, as far as
abrasion to your teeth. Of course, keep in mind that commercial
toothpastes that claim to be baking soda toothpastes also contain other
abrasives. So using baking soda in the commercial toothpaste may
be thought of as somewhat of a marketing gimmick to get you to buy
the toothpaste. This means you can brush your teeth with more paste
and for a longer time if you’re using straight baking soda mixed to a
paste with only water. That alone will help physically remove more
bacteria and more stain. Why? Stain will typically be softer than baking
soda, so, though baking soda will not cause much abrasion of your teeth,
it’s still hard enough to scrape off many types of stain from your teeth. 
The main problem with using straight baking soda/water paste? No
fluoride. And of course, baking soda is harder than gingival tissue, so
brushing longer may cause gingival abrasion and recession over time.
So there’s good and bad here.
Baking Soda to Whiten Your Teeth
So now let’s talk about the ridiculous claim that brushing with baking
soda will whiten your teeth. This is simply wrong…period! There has
never been any scientific study that even hints that baking soda may
whiten your teeth.
 
Of course, if you’re talking about using baking soda to simply brush
with to remove stain from the surface of your teeth, then yes, baking
soda will do that, just like any other toothpaste in the world. But does
it have any other chemical or other means of any kind that will “whiten” your teeth? Absolutely, positively not!
But now….the REALLY DANGEROUS information.
Of course, all dentists know how acid ravages tooth structure. When you do an Internet search of whitening your teeth with baking soda, often
you’ll find instructions to add lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or some
other acidic ingredient along with the baking soda. And you already
know what a bad idea THAT is! 
But wait…it gets even worse…
You’re mixing baking soda, which is at least somewhat abrasive, and acid together. Gee, doesn’t that remind you of microabrasion products that
we dentists use on teeth to remove the surface of tooth structure – such as removing surface dark or white spots? Possibly the most popular
microabrasion product out there is Ultradent’s Opalustre. It’s an excellent product. It has hydrochloric acid mixed with silicon carbide
microparticles. The acid SOFTENS the surface tooth structure, which
the abrasive particles quickly remove. Mixing baking soda and lemon
juice or apple cider vinegar will do exactly the same thing, but on a
less aggressive scale. When thinking about patients doing this
continually over time, this is the perfect way to wear away their tooth
structure. And the thing that really kills me is that most using this
technique falsely believe it’s a very safe and “natural” way to whiten
teeth. Yeah, sure! “Natural” like a rattlesnake bite! But it’s one of the
worst, most ineffective, and especially permanently damaging things
you can do to your teeth.
Dr. Rod KurthyFounder/CEOEvolve Dental Technologies, Inc.

Thanks Dr. Kurthy for a great informative article…
~ Dr. Greg Friedman

MOD Squad Dental 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.


A Special Invisalign Offer Only You & Your Dentist Will Know About…

July 19, 2016

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Beautiful before & after Invisalign case for our Sacramento beauty!  If you have ever been interested in straightening your teeth but did not want to wear traditional wires & brackets, Invisalign could possibly be for you.  And now is a great time to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Friedman & MOD Squad Dental as they are having an incredible offer now until September on Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, & Invisalign Express as a Preferred Invisalign Provider.

***Also take note that Invisalign results WILL NOT be the same at every office.  Here at MOD Squad Dental, your individual Invisalign results are determined by Dr. Friedman & his diagnosis after your 3-D Cad Cam Scan of your mouth.  This advanced technology allows Dr. Freidman to determine the best option for when & how he writes your prescription to Invisalign, & ultimately your end smile & bite results.  This compared to other offices that still take putty impressions for an Invisalign case falls short of your end result & precision of diagnosis & treatment plan.

Mention this post & receive an additional $1000 off a full Invisalign case, & $350 off an Invisalign Express case.  Call Jess or Julie today, 858-547-0070, to schedule your complimentary consultation.  The schedule is limited & we are now scheduling into August.

 

Enjoy the Benefits of Straight Teeth with Invisalign® in San Diego, CA

October 14, 2014

invisalignSo, you’ve decided that you want to have straight teeth. Good for you! What you don’t want, however, is the appearance and hassle of metal braces and brackets. Whether you are an adult with a professional reputation to consider or a teen who just plain doesn’t like the look of metal braces, you shouldn’t have to compromise. Not to worry, because with Invisalign aligners from Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, you can have braces that are virtually invisible.

Invisalign aligners are made of clear, PBA-free plastic that fit smoothly and snugly over your teeth. With no sharp wires or brackets, there’s nothing to poke or irritate the inside of your cheeks or your gums. And best of all, Invisalign—as the name implies—are all but invisible to people who see you when you are wearing them.

The Steps to Straight Teeth with Invisalign

First, you and your dentist at Mod Squad Dental will meet to discuss your smile goals and how Invisalign can help. Then, your dentist will develop a treatment plan based on x-rays, pictures and an impression of your teeth. This plan will allow you to see how your teeth will move during the course of treatment and even how your teeth will look when the plan is completed.

Of course, your role in the plan is to wear your custom-designed Invisalign aligners for a majority of the day. You’ll remove them only to eat or to brush and floss your teeth. Approximately every two weeks you’ll begin wearing a new set of aligners. Gradually, as you progress through the sets, you’ll begin to see your teeth move into their proper position. Regular check-ups at Mod Squad Dental will be scheduled, and soon you’ll have the smile you’ve always wanted!

Call Our Office Today

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign aligners, then call the Mod Squad Dental office today in San Diego, CA. Our office also conveniently serves patients in Scripps Ranch, Rancho Pensaquitas, Poway and the surrounding areas.

It’s Not Easy Being Green- It’s Great!

June 25, 2014

shutterstock_185075840A tall, ice cold glass of tea is a wonderful way to cool off in the summer heat. A summer staple, tea of all types has been able to cool us down, quench our thirst, and please our taste buds. From black tea to herbal, from peach to spearmint, the options often are overwhelming, but the end results are always delicious! What you may not know is how green tea is able to give you amazing benefits, both to your smile and your body! This summer, we want to make sure you are fully knowledgeable about what type of tea you are drinking and how it can promote your body’s wellness!

One of the amazing advantages to drinking green tea is the fact that it helps with your brain and your heart. Green tea is full of catechin, which are antioxidant that fight off, and have the ability to prevent, cell damage. Studies have proven that drinking green tea is directly linked to having a larger amount of activity in the working memory part of your brain. Also, drinking green tea has been shown to block the development of plaques that have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

For those with diabetes, green tea helps been the blood sugar level stable! If you are over worked and very stressed, green tea has an amino acid called theanine, something that can have a calming effect on people. For those trying to lose some weight, green tea can help increase your metabolism, helping you burn more fat calories! There are so many amazing advantages to having a cup of delicious green tea, and you should definitely experience it for yourself!

Contact our office in Scripps Ranch today and schedule your consultation. We are happy to take care of whatever general, cosmetic, or preventative dental need you may have! We also happily serve patients from Rancho Penasquitas, Poway, throughout San Diego, and beyond.

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

May 28, 2014

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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 Paying it Forward to SD Firefighters

May 19, 2014

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

April 29, 2014

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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

Are You a New Patient?

March 28, 2014

Are you going to be visiting MOD Squad Dental for the first time? We recommend exploring our website so you can know what to expect. We especially want to recommend our New Patient page. Among the helpful things you’ll find here are the various forms you’ll need to fill out before your appointment begins. By offering these forms to our future visitors online, we’re able to streamline your appointment. Simply hand them, filled out, to someone behind our front desk and we’ll start processing your paperwork immediately.

Those forms include:

  • New Patient Registration Form
  • Medial History Form
  • Dental History and Smile Evaluation Form
  • Consent Form

You’ll also find some helpful information about the forms of payment we accept, and a few answers to your questions about dental insurance. What’s more, the page also features a some excellent specials you may want to consider taking advantage of.

Do you have questions about our new patients forms, your dental insurance, or any of our specials? Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Dr. Friedman’s dental office is located in Scripps Ranch and serves patients from Poway, Rancho Penasquitas, and all surrounding areas.

Dentist Scripps Ranch, MOD Squad Dental-Deep Bleaching

February 6, 2014

Get WOW teeth whitening results with the KoR Deep Bleaching Whitening System!!

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Common questions about KöR Deep Bleaching Whitening System are below.  If you are interested in this procedure, phone Jess today for more details, 858-547-0070…

1. Why does KöR Whitening work so well?
The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System works by restoring your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen. The oxygen from its whitening gel is absorbed deeply into the tooth, dissolving stain molecules.
2. How long does KöR Whitening last?
Unlike other whitening methods, with easy periodic home maintenance, the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System is entirely permanent.
3. Is it safe?
Whitening products have been clinically studied and safely used on millions of patients without harm to teeth or gums. Whitening is considered entirely safe.
4. Is there pain or discomfort with the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System?
Many have experienced pain during teeth whitening. Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself. After several years of research, development and clinical testing, the inventor of the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System introduced a whitening gel that, in most cases, produces low to no sensitivity. As a result, most patients have no discomfort from whitening when using this technique. Testing has shown that patients who do feel some sensitivity using the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System typically feel no more than 10% of the sensitivity they’d feel from other whitening gels.
5. Does it matter how old I am?
The ideal age to whiten teeth is about 14. The younger teeth are, the more brilliantly they whiten. However, the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System rejuvenates even older teeth back to their youthful ability to whiten incredibly well, even if you’re 90 years old.
6. How white will my teeth get?
The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System whitens teeth dramatically, often lightening them 16 shades or more. Although everyone is different, with the proper KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching system, all teeth will have stunning results. It even whitens tetracycline-stained teeth, previously thought to be impossible!
7. Will my teeth look too white and unnatural?
No. Real teeth can’t look unnatural, they just look beautifully white. If you have seen people with ultra-white, fake-looking teeth, these were probably false teeth, teeth with porcelain crowns or veneers that may have been made too white and too opaque. You’ll get the ideal shade that’s right for you.
8. Will my crowns, veneers or fillings whiten too?
No. If you have any of these on your front teeth, you may need to replace some of them after whitening.
9. How will coffee, tea, smoking and red wine affect my teeth after KöR Whitening?
With your easy home maintenance, these staining foods will have no effect on the brilliant color of your teeth.
10. Will the whitening trays be uncomfortable, difficult to sleep with or will the bleach leak out of the trays?
No. KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ trays are very different. They’re comfortable; because they’re thin and form-fitting, you’ll forget they’re even in your mouth. They’re convenient; by wearing these only while you sleep, it doesn’t interfere with your busy day. Also, unlike regular trays, the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ Trays seal the bleach inside the tray, preventing the gel from quickly leaking into your mouth.
11. How does the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System work?
First, a dental professional will make molds of your teeth so you can have your own unique, ultra-comfortable KöR Whitening Trays. Then, you’ll have a simple visit in the dental office, followed by wearing KöR Whitening Trays for two weeks at home while you sleep. The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System is completed with a final visit in the dental office.
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