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What You Need to Know About Gum Disease and Pregnancy: Preventive Dentistry in San Diego

April 10, 2014

Shutterstock Perio PregnancyMost people know that gum disease can lead to a variety of dental problems, including bleeding gums, redness, inflammation, and even eventual tooth loss when left untreated. What isn’t common knowledge, however, is how much periodontal disease can affect other areas of the body, particularly in pregnant women. Fortunately, this common disease is relatively easily avoided with routine visits to Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA. Our comprehensive array of preventive and general dentistry services keep your mouth (and your baby) healthy.

Connection Between Gum Disease & Pregnancy

When a woman’s gums are infected, the bacteria there can travel throughout the rest of the body, wreaking havoc on other tissues in a way that isn’t necessarily outwardly noticeable. This bacteria, which is also responsible for the buildup of tartar on the teeth, can cause the uterus to produce excessive amounts of hormonal chemicals known prostaglandins. These are believed to be capable of inducing premature labor, a complication that can be life-threatening for a baby.

Preventing periodontal disease prior to becoming pregnant doesn’t have to be a challenge. Simply follow good oral hygiene habits – including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing at least once per day – and visit your local Scripps Range family dentist for routine exams and cleanings.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Whether you are planning to become pregnant or are currently expecting, the team at Mod Squad Dental is here to help you achieve optimal oral health for a bright future for both you and your child. Do you have questions about the various ways your dental health affects your pregnancy and your overall well-being? Our team of experienced specialists is always happy to address any concerns you may have and help you develop a treatment plan that best fits your unique needs. Contact our office in Scripps Ranch today and schedule your consultation. We also happily serve patients from Rancho Penasquitas, Poway, throughout San Diego, and beyond.

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.

Our Technology

March 16, 2014

dental technologyAs dental technologies change, care gets more comfortable, less invasive, and takes less time to complete. At MOD Squad Dental in San Diego, Dr. Greg Friedman offers exceptional care with many of today’s most advanced tools.

Our technologies include:

  • iTero
  • The Wand
  • Digital radiography and imaging
  • Sedation dentistry
  • Laser dentistry

Have you put off care because of anxiety, conflicts with your schedule, or another reason? Using these tools, we can help you have a completely new kind of dental experience.

Among these tools, two of the most revolutionary are iTero and The Wand. With iTero, we can take digital impressions of your teeth. That means we never have to use the awful-tasting putty that is commonly associated with the impression process. The images captured with iTero are remarkably clear and detailed, and the process is much more comfortable.

The Wand, meanwhile, is changing the way local anesthetic is delivered. A computer controls the process, making the experience more predictable and more comfortable. For many, receiving a local anesthetic is a cause of anxiety, but The Wand changes the experience and removes anxiety from the picture.

Do you have questions about any of our other services? We hope you’ll give us a call. We are located in Scripps Ranch and serve patients from Poway, Rancho Penasquitas, and beyond.

Schedule Your First 2014 Appointment with Dr. Friedman

January 3, 2014

preventive dentistryYou know preventive dentistry is important, but do you know how often you should see a dentist for regular care? At Mod Squad Dental in Scripps Ranch, we recommend that our patients see Dr. Friedman twice in a 12-month period.

Why so often? Because preventive dentistry works best when care is delivered on a regular basis.

What Is Preventive Dentistry?

A preventive dentistry appointment involves two important things: an oral exam and a professional dental cleaning. With both of these, Dr. Friedman and his Scripps Ranch team can help you keep bacteria and plaque in check.

Two of the most common oral health problems—tooth decay and gum disease—are linked to high amounts of bacteria and plaque in the mouth. A professional dental cleaning will help you remove both from above and below the gum line. Plus, with an oral exam, Dr. Friedman can watch for anything that might need to be treated.

Gum disease in particular needs to be treated as quickly as possible. Not only is it a common condition, it’s also the most common cause of tooth loss in adults, and in some studies it’s been linked to other kinds of health problems, like heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. You can prevent or minimize problems with gum disease by seeing Dr. Friedman on a regular basis.

Are you ready to schedule your first 2014 appointment with Dr. Friedman? Call Mod Squad Dental today. Our office serves patients from Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Penasquitas.

Treating Decay with White Fillings

September 9, 2013

Filed under: General Dentistry — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 7:03 am

white fillingsHas your San Diego general dentist told you that you need one or more fillings? In the past, dentists would treat decay with dark, unsightly fillings made of metal. Today, that’s not the case.

With white fillings from your San Diego general dentist, you can get the treatment you need without attracting attention to the work you’ve had done. What’s more, patients concerned about the makeup of metal fillings (which include a small amount of mercury) can relax knowing that white fillings are made of composite resin, a durable material also used in cosmetic bonding.

Your San Diego general dentist offers single-visit care with white fillings. As with traditional fillings, the tooth will be prepped, and then the filling material will be added to the tooth.

White fillings, like conventional fillings, are durable. But what’s more, white fillings support tooth structure in a way conventional fillings don’t, through their bond with what’s left of your tooth. This bond deters breakage and insulates against temperate changes. But the biggest benefit of white fillings is that they let each patient keep more of their natural smile. That, in turn, will improve your smile’s outlook going forward.

Do you have questions about white fillings and how they differ from conventional fillings? Don’t hesitate to give your San Diego general dentist a call with your questions or to schedule an appointment.

Comprehensive Care for San Diego and Beyond

June 20, 2013

Filed under: General Dentistry — Tags: , , , — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 6:24 pm

general dentistryWhat does it mean to have a smile you love? It means, on the one hand, having a healthy, functional smile. On the other, it means having a smile that looks great. Both of these can be achieved with comprehensive care from your trusted San Diego dentist.

Our general, cosmetic, and restorative services include:

These are among the most popular and effective services available today.  With them, your San Diego dentist can help you brighten your smile, prevent common oral health conditions, restore missing teeth, and repair teeth weakened by decay.

But these services are just the beginning. What’s more, not every one of them is right for every patient, though. To find out which service (or services) is right for you, call your local San Diego dental office for a consultation. During a consultation, your doctor will complete a thorough oral exam and talk to you about your goals and your needs. Based on the results of your appointment, we’ll recommend a treatment plan completely customized for you.

Are you ready to create the smile you’ve always dreamed of? Contact us to schedule your next visit. Our office serves patients from Scripps Ranch, Poway, Mira Mesa, and Rancho Bernardo.

We look forward to help you!