Why We Need Saliva | Milbrae Dentist

When I see someone spitting, I get completely grossed out. I understand that you want to discard the excess in your mouth, but it is not something anyone wants to see. But do you know why we have saliva at all? More importantly, is it even necessary to have it? The answer is yes.

We know saliva moistens our mouths and helps us digest food, but you’d be surprised to know that saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. And what causes us to create saliva? Chewing. Every meal and every snack you eat, every piece of bubble gum you chew is all helping to create the saliva that fights against germs and bad breath.

Unfortunately, there are some conditions that prevent a healthy amount of saliva to produce in our mouths. Certain medications or diseases can also affect the way your body produces saliva. Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is more likely to develop conditions like rapid tooth decay, gum disease, cavities or even bad breath. This may be able to be cured naturally by drinking lots of water and chewing on sugar-free gum or candy, but you should consult a medical professional, in case it is preventable.

Saliva is your mouth’s first line of defense when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy. It is nature’s disinfecting cavity fighter. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your teeth healthy, both at home and when visiting a dental professional.

To learn more about the health benefits of saliva, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.

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White, Bright and ZOOM! Out of Sight | Millbrae Dentist

Not that summer is over and we are at the cusp of the holiday season, it’s time to take a quick break to visit the dentist for a quick checkup, and if time allows, a whitening procedure would be lovely. After all, the holidays bring lots of gatherings between friends and family, which means lots of photo opportunities. You shop for new outfits and dress to the nines, so why not look your very best?

Here’s the problem…which whitening procedure do you choose? With technology constantly improving, there is no doubt that the amount of tooth whitening systems over the last ten years has taken a leap in numbers. As a consumer, it should get a little difficult at times to distinguish the differences that may be found in all of them. Some offer a variety of different advantages over the other, while others offer less time-consuming tactics. We’re here today to talk about one specific procedure known as ZOOM! Whitening System.

ZOOM! is a bleaching process used widely throughout the country. This in-office procedure uses the ZOOM! Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to accelerate the bleaching process. Not only does it brighten your smile, it takes less than an hour to complete the whole procedure. Using 15-minute intervals, a gel is applied and a light is activated in which the hydrogen peroxide begins breaking itself down to remove any discoloration.

Looking your best during the holiday season is something everyone strives for. Consult your dental professional today about the best teeth whitening options for you.

To learn more about ZOOM! Teeth Whitening System, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.

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If Your Tooth Hurts, Get It Fixed | Milbrae Dentist

We all get toothaches. The problem is, if we ever feel an ache or a pain, the last thing we do is schedule an appointment to get it checked out. We will take over-the-counter medication, pretend it doesn’t exist, anything to not have to go fix it. But therein lies the gamble – sometimes it’s a simple procedure, but if left unattended, it can become something much worse.

If it turns out you have an abscessed tooth, know that it is something that is caused by decay, trauma to the tooth, gingivitis or other gum diseases. An abscessed tooth begins when bacteria infect the soft tissue core (or pulp) of a tooth, travels through a cavity or cracked tooth, and progresses until pockets of pus begin to form at the root of the tooth.

Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold, a bitter taste in mouth, bad breath, swollen glands at the neck or jaw and painful chewing. The problem is an untreated abscessed tooth can spread infections to other areas of the mouth and can also put your immune system at risk of developing other health problems.

Do not risk losing your teeth because you are trying to forget about the pain – it really isn’t worth the issues that will arise otherwise. If you suspect something is wrong with your teeth, do not hesitate to contact your dental professional to schedule an appointment as soon as you feel your first symptoms.

To learn more about abscessed teeth, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.

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Back-to-School Dental Tips | Milbrae Dentist

Autumn is officially here. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and the little ones are starting a new year of school. It is a wise decision to schedule appointments with the dentist to find out what kind of issues may have taken place during those lazy summer days. But what should we do to keep an eye on the oral health of a little human during this chilly time of year?

It’s important to consider your child’s diet as they transition to the new school schedule. When it comes to the sweet snacks in their lunch, keep the same rule of thumb in mind. Choose something small they can eat at once, like a fun-size candy bar. When it comes to snacks, there are loads of options that not only taste yummy, but also help fight against cavity-causing bacteria.

The act of chewing automatically produces saliva production, so handy snacks like popcorn or pretzels are great options when you just want to have something to nosh on. They may not love them the most, but fruits and veggies with high water content, like pears and celery sticks, are also great at keeping their little mouth’s healthy. Protein is also excellent at getting rid of the acids in your mouth so pack turkey sandwiches, cheese & nuts. There are many tasty options much better than junk food. Back to school time is always a kid’s least favorite time of year…make it as painless as you possibly can.

To learn more about pediatric dental tips, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.

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New Veneers? Read This | Milbrae Dentist

Your veneers are officially in place and you have one flawless, beautiful smile. Going forward, it’s important to remember that your smile won’t stay that way if you don’t take proper care of your veneers. Durable as they are, your porcelain veneers won’t last for as long as the 10 to 15 years they’re intended to without proper care and maintenance. Listed below are a few tips to help make sure that you enjoy your porcelain veneers for many years to come:

Take proper care of your teeth.  Proper oral hygiene will not only prolong the life of your veneers, but will also minimize the chances of dental complications. Brush for two minutes twice a day, floss once and rinse with mouthwash.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. While porcelain veneers are certainly durable, they can still be damaged if you use hard-bristled toothbrushes. Ask your dentist to recommend a good toothpaste that doesn’t contain harsh abrasives that may also potentially damage your veneers.

Visit your dentist frequently. Going to the dentist regularly helps make sure that your veneers and oral health are properly monitored, of which can go a long way in prolonging the life of your veneers.

Abstain from chewing on hard objects. Already a bad habit, you may want to stay away from chewing on hard objects to avoid damaging your veneers. The same goes for grinding and clenching your teeth.

Stay away from stain-causing food. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, but your teeth and the adhesive used to keep veneers attached are not.

To learn more about veneer maintenance, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.

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National Smile Week Deserves Our Brightest Grin | Milbrae Dentist

Did you know August is the proud owner of National Smile Week? It’s true. And some of our favorite things about a person is their smile. But what if your grin isn’t as white as it could be? No matter what your daily hygiene entails, teeth still get stained and discolored. The best way to help your stained discolored teeth get back to pearly white status is professional teeth whitening.

There are multiple reasons our teeth can become dingy looking. It isn’t exactly because we aren’t taking care of our teeth on a daily basis, but more due to certain habits we may have picked up in our daily lives. Some causes of discolored teeth are:

  • Tetracycline based antibiotics used before the age of 8 years old
  • Excessive exposure to fluoride as a child
  • Internal bleeding due to trauma
  • Discoloration due to a health condition
  • Natural aging- as time goes by enamel gets thinner and thinner and will get a yellowish hue
  • Soda
  • Wine
  • Smoking
  • Caffeine

But there really is no need to worry. There are plenty of little things we can do to make it tougher for our teeth to become tinged. To stop the yellowing process, try doing some of these:

  • Visit your dentist regularly for teeth cleanings
  • Rinse your mouth out with water several times throughout the day
  • Use toothpaste with whitening agents
  • Try not to consume foods and drinks that can naturally tinge your teeth, like wine and beets
  • Quit smoking

To learn more about teeth whitening, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.

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The ABCs of Cosmetic Dentistry | Milbrae Dentist

Cosmetic dentistry is often seen as an esthetics-first field of dental medicine. However, this statement should not be taken negatively, as the improvement of one’s smile presents a plethora of benefits. In fact, one could say that cosmetic dentistry and the different smile makeover treatments offered can change a patient’s life for the better.

Veneers. Veneers are thin dental appliances used to repair crooked, chipped, broken and even misaligned teeth.

Dental crowns. Dental crowns are cemented over damaged teeth and is used to restore its function and improve the appearance, shape and even alignment of damaged teeth.

Bonding. Bonding is considered as a quick-fix for repairing decayed, chipped, fractured, and even discolored teeth.

Orthodontics. This includes the use of a variety of dental appliances, such as Invisalign, lingual braces, retainers and/or traditional metal braces helping move teeth into their proper position, correcting malocclusions and improving the appearance of one’s smile.

Dental implants. Implants are basically artificial teeth that are bonded to a titanium screw that’s inserted directly into your bones.

Bridges and partials. Inexpensive and quick, bridges are simply anchored into the opposing teeth, where they’re placed permanently. Though, they’ll have to be removed for cleaning and maintenance.

Unsightly gums. Using soft tissue lasers, the gum lines are the teeth can be recreated to make them look better.

Teeth whitening. Cosmetic dentists can whiten teeth in a variety of ways, depending on their patient’s needs, wants and what they can afford.

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.

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The Name Is Bond…Dental Bond | Millbrae Dentist

Suffering from a chipped or broken tooth? Unfortunately, these accidents happen and are completely out of our control. The good news is, thanks to the latest technology in cosmetic dentistry, your dental imperfection can be solved by dental bonding. Not only is dental bonding a simple process, but it will repair any chip or broken tooth and bring your pretty smile back. What’s more, no one will be the wiser.

Dental bonding may sound a bit intimidating, and you may be under the impression that choosing this option is going to lead to a long, drawn out process. Worry not. It’s actually quite simple. The dental bonding procedure begins by applying a tooth color composite on your flawed tooth and sculpting it until the composite matches the shape of your tooth. Once the composite has been sculpted into a perfect looking tooth, a high-intensity ultraviolet light is used to harden the material. After a quick tooth polish, your dental bonding experience is done and your smile is good as new. Sounds easy, right? It is.

Patients will agree that dental bonding is an excellent option because the composite is stain-resistant and long lasting. So, if you find that you have broken your teeth and would like to get your smile back, it’s time to take a trip to the dentist. With a simple visit, your dental imperfection can be fixed with a simple dental bonding procedure. Avoid waiting and call today – your ideal smile can definitely be achieved.

To learn more about dental bonding, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.

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What Does Cosmetic Dentistry Entail? | Millbrae Dentist

Woman receiving a dental treatment

A cosmetic dentist is an individual with the skillset to perform a series of procedures in which change the cosmetic appearance of your teeth. No matter how minimal or how major the procedure is, there are a multitude of procedures offered under cosmetic dentistry. Here are some things you should know about each procedure…

Bleaching. Bleaching is a common and popular process in which individuals use chemicals to whiten their teeth. This can be performed by your dentist or at home through a series of dental supervised techniques.

Bonding. Bonding is tooth-colored material in which is used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. This usually only requires a single dental visit and bonding lasts for several years.

Crowns. Crowns are caps that are placed over teeth in order to restore it to its natural shape and appearance. Crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations, but also take the most time to complete.

Veneers. Veneers are pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth in order to change the color or shape of teeth. This procedure requires your dentist to take an impression of your tooth. Before the custom veneer is cemented directly onto the tooth, your dentist will lightly buff your tooth to compensate for the added thickness.

Contouring. This is a procedure used to correct crooked teeth or irregularly shaped teeth that may overlap. This is commonly used to alter the length, shape, or position of your teeth. Contouring teeth may also help correct small problems with bite.

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.

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Why Toothaches Shouldn’t Be Ignored | Milbrae Dentist

Let’s be honest – when we get a toothache, the last thing we do is get it checked out. We will take over-the-counter medication, pretend it doesn’t exist, anything to not have to go to see the dentist. Generally, a simple procedure, but left unattended, it can become something much worse.

An abscessed tooth is an infection at the root of a tooth or between gums caused by decay, trauma, gingivitis or other gum diseases. It begins when bacteria infect the soft tissue core of a tooth, travels through a cavity or cracked tooth, and progresses until pockets of pus begin to form at the root of the tooth, creating an abscess.

Symptoms include toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold, a bitter taste in mouth, bad breath, swollen glands at the neck or jaw and painful chewing, but it depends on the patient. Some patients feel excruciating pain right away, while others do not know they have an abscessed tooth until they go in for a routine dental exam.

The problem with an abscessed tooth is that it can become very dangerous if left untreated. It can spread infections to other areas of the mouth causing loss of teeth, facial disfigurement, and can also put your immune system at risk for developing other health problems. If an abscessed grows and spreads, it can cause facial swelling called cellulitis, and in rare cases, death. So, if you suspect something is wrong with your teeth, do not hesitate to contact your dental professional to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

To learn more about toothaches, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.

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