On Valentine's day, love is in the air. You might want your teeth whiten for a brighter smile on your date.
A visit to your dentist is advisable especially when you haven't been to your teeth doctor for a while. We recommend a twice a year dental check up & cleaning.
On Valentine's day, according to mouthhealthy.org, three is a crowd - you, him/her and bad breath. You don't want the third party.
Some causes of bad breath is oral microflora or what we call bacteria, dry mouth, gum disease, diet, smoking and other medical conditions. To conquer bad breath, proper oral hygiene at home is necessary. Brushing 2-3x a day and flossing at least once a day in addition to your regular dental exams & cleanings is very important.
Also on Valentine's day, we celebrate our relationships, our partners, spouses or loved ones with a kiss. Make sure your gums, teeth & surrounding tissues in the mouth are in good health. If not, this is what happens when
we kiss someone on the lips, we exchange saliva and germs. Bad breath and cavities are contagious. We transfer our own bacteria to our partners when we kiss passionately.
Keep in mind that with our love ones, we can share a life, a kiss, a dentist, a house but DO NOT share a toothbrush.
To celebrate Valentines day with a healthy KISS, visit your Dentist.
"It seems to me that what we call BEAUTY in a face lies in the SMILE." - Leo Tolstoy
Benefits of a Smile.
By vbav & drjeff
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE GRINDING
There are some other ways to train yourself in preventing clenching and grinding habits. One way is to deprogram your muscles by placing the tongue between your teeth and swallowing. Do this a few times during the day, especially if you think you're grinding & clenching more often. This will prevent activating the jaw muscles to clench. Long Beach dentist Jeff Velasquez offers Occlusal Guard or Splint deprogramming device for night time use to prevent grinding. It is during sleep where most of the damage occurs.
When you think you're grinding your teeth always remember: Lips Sealed, Teeth Apart. Your teeth should be touching only when your chewing. Lips close, slightly drop jaw, and maintain that feeling. The signs and symptoms of someone who is grinding and clenching are morning headaches, jaw muscle pain, worn down teeth, gum recession and abrasions on the neck of the teeth, so if you think you exhibit this signs consult your dentist.
Jeff Velasquez, DDS
(are you grinding & clenching?)
Another Smile saved at Jeff Velasquez DDS dental office.
Patient was happy with his new smile. He's not afraid to open his mouth and smile. He feels really great about it.
This is one of the many examples of Dr. Velasquez' works on satisfied & grateful patients. Even when they move out of state, they find a way to keep in touch and say hello.
Jeff Velasquez, DDS
For many families, Halloween means bags of free candy and a chance to stockpile sweets for the winter. But this sugar-powered holiday can also trigger concerns about children’s dental health. How can you let your kids enjoy Halloween while preventing cavities later on?
Here are 7 healthy tips for Halloween and all year long.
1. Enjoy Halloween treats with meals
When it comes to sweets and your teeth, timing is everything. If you have a little candy with meals (or right afterward), you’ll benefit from the extra saliva your mouth automatically makes while you’re eating a full meal. This helps rinse away leftover bits of candy and the cavity-causing acids produced by bacteria in your mouth.
2. Don’t snack on sugar
Frequent snacking can boost your cavity risks, and it’s double trouble if you choose sugary treats like Halloween candy. If you need an energy boost, go for low-sugar options such as nuts, fruit, veggies or crackers. (Here’s how to read nutrition labels for total sugar content.)
3. Skip sticky or sour candies
Avoid hard candy and sticky, gummy sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. These can cling to your teeth, elevating cavity risks. Unless they’re sugar-free, it’s a good idea to skip these candies altogether.
Sour candies are high in dietary acids that attack the hard, protective coating on your teeth (enamel). They’re tasty, but they’re some of the worst offenders when it comes to tooth decay.
4. A little chocolate is fine
As sweet treats go, small amounts of chocolate are a decent choice. Chocolate is the most popular kind of Halloween candy and it doesn’t stick to your teeth as readily as other candies. If you like dark chocolate, that’s even better, since there’s less cavity-causing sugar in semisweet and dark chocolate than in milk chocolate.
5. Don’t keep a big stash of candy on hand
It’s tempting to keep Halloween or other holiday candy around, but your teeth will thank you if you don’t. Have your family pick their favorites and donate the rest. Organizations that send candy to troops overseas, like Operation Gratitude, will be glad to receive your extra supply.
6. Chew sugar-free gum with the ADA SealEnjoying sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating helps prevent tooth decay, because your mouth makes extra saliva as you chew. This cleanses away food and neutralizes cavity-causing acids (and freshens your breath, too). Look for brands that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
7. Choose fun giveaways that aren’t candy
At Halloween or anytime, the sweetest gesture might be a longer-lasting item like themed stickers, coloring books and crayons or pens and pencils. There are many great choices you can share with trick-or-treaters or party guests. (Keep in mind the age range of children you’re treating and have a few options on hand that are rated safe for toddlers or preschoolers.)
You’ll find more Halloween health and safety tips here.
This issue is from MOUTHHEALTHY.ORG
We started this case a while back and patient was so happy getting out of his BRACES. It was hard for him coming here every month because they live a little far from us but with his patience & willingness to do the treatment where his family goes for their dental needs, we were able to deliver the treatment.
Thanks to his family for the continued and unwavering trust and loyalty to Dr. Jeff D. Velasquez Dental Office.
Here at Velasquez Dental Office, we love watching transformation of our young patients undergoing Orthodontic treatments otherwise known as braces. Here is another testimony that smile change is possible. This lovely young lady was patient and compliant during the process of her treatment. It took a while but the outcome is rewarding.
Thank you for trusting Jeff Velasquez, DDS for your dental needs.
The happy camper patient. She was really pleased at the outcome of her treatment.
Give us a call at Jeff Velasquez DDS Dental Office 562-424-9473
Patient is very happy with her upper front porcelain crowns & Veneers.
"I've been hesitant to fix my teeth. I came to Dr. Velasquez upon being referred by my friend Merlina Uy. I asked him for long term treatment options. He is accomodating, professional & he listens to your concerns. His staff are super welcoming & pleasant. Now my upper are completely done and amazingly restored. He's superb in his work with such dedication & pride. Definitely I will come back for my lower teeth. I'm a happy camper now. Thank you so much Dr. Velasquez."
Please call us if you think you need the same dental cosmetic treatments at 562-424-9473
Jeff Velasquez, DDS
Long Beach Dentist
We are very grateful that the office staff are fully vaccinated. Even the second dose have gotten to us all in our office, it was worth a sacrifice in combating Coronavirus spread. This doesn't mean that we stop using masks as Covid-19 Vaccine becomes available for everyone, this is not the time to be complacent. We still keep the extra safety protocols that we have implemented. Here at Jeff Velasquez, DDS Dental Office, we have been exercising Universal Precaution even before pandemic. Since the outbreak, we have added a lot of safety precautions. Dr. Velasquez have added negative air pressure room, the rest of the rooms are equipped with extra-Oral Air Suction Machine and air purifiers.
Vaccination is now being given to everyone...
Yet virus variants still coming out, therefore its only wise that we stay vigilant. Keep our mask on when going to public places, wash our hands thoroughly and keep 6 feet away from each other until these viruses are controlled and eradicated, until full protection from its spread is given to us all.
For more updated information go to to the WHO & CDC Websites:
>World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int
>Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov
Bruxism cases has increased in our dental office since Covid-19 pandemic started. During these past few months, there is an increased in Emergency Visits from patients with painful cracked & fractured tooth, broken fillings and TMJ pain especially in the early morning hours. These are all indications of possible grinding and clenching. The stress, fear, worry, and anxiety from this unprecendented situation due to the coronavirus pandemic (maybe increased unemployment, business & school shutdowns, or remote working) is just a little too much that some have unconsciously developed a habit of BRUXISM.
According to Dr. Tammy Chen, a dentist in New York, in the NY Times article, "I've seen more tooth fractures in the last six weeks than in the previous six years." Our office, Jeff Velasquez DDS, in Long Beach, Ca has certainly seen an increased compared to previous years. We’ve remained in contact with our patients, reminding them the importance of taking care of their oral health; from oral hygiene and wearing their nightguards. And if there are early signs of TMJ pain, and toothache, not to ignore them before it fractures. Just see your local dentist. The good news is it can be prevented or treated. Remember, oral health has a definite correlation to over all health. Keep a healthy mouth, healthy mind and healthy body.
By vbav and JeffVelasquezDDS