Bright Whites, Big Smiles | Millbrae Dentist

We’ve all seen the celebrities on TV with those beaming white smiles. And we have done our best to have one of those smiles, though ours doesn’t seem to have that certain dazzle. What can you do to get that glowing white smile? Today’s modern dentistry offers several options, from toothpaste to professional treatments, depending on the level of whiteness you’d like to achieve.

The most basic form of teeth whitening is available as toothpaste, but did you know that all toothpaste contains small abrasive components that gently polish the surface of your teeth, removing discoloration caused by surface staining. Other over the counter whitening products typically contain a bleaching agent – such as hydrogen peroxide – to lighten the color of your teeth by chemically bleaching them.

If you are looking for a professional whitening treatment, you may be offered two different whitening options. The first is a custom-made, take home tray, using chemicals stronger than over-the-counter trays, but working on the same basic principle. Beyond the trays, dentists can often perform whitening in the office, using light and heat activated bleaching chemicals, providing a significant whitening in as little as 60 minutes. Because the procedure is supervised by a dentist, much stronger chemicals can be used, and much more dramatic results can be seen almost immediately.

No matter which method of teeth whitening you choose, the results will likely not be permanent. Your teeth are exposed to foods and drinks that will stain them over time, but your dentist can advise you on the proper procedure for repeating the whitening process at regular intervals.

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 and all surrounding areas.

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Your Dingy Smile May Not Be Poor Hygiene | Milbrae Dentist

Are your teeth becoming increasingly yellow and stained as time goes on? Does it cause you to cringe when asked to take a photo? Are you confused why they are turning this way because you keep up with your dental hygiene? Believe it or not, teeth still get stained and discolored. And who wants to walk around with a dingy smile? To get it back to a bright shade of white, a professional teeth whitening is in order.

But 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 is no need to worry, because 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 some of the following:

  • 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 the causes of yellowing teeth, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

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When You Can’t Eat Ice Cream Without Pain | Millbrae Dentist

This is the time of year when everything we eat is cool and refreshing. After all, it’s a million degrees outside – is there anything better than a nice ice-cold drink or a triple-scoop of ice cream. But when you indulge in these refreshing treats, are you feeling pain?

The most common cause of tooth sensitivity is worn tooth enamel, often from brushing too hard or grinding your teeth. While worn enamel cannot be replaced, once sensitivity is noticed, you should switch to a softer toothbrush, use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. If you have a problem grinding your teeth, your dentist may be able to provide mouth guards to protect your teeth while you sleep.

Certain foods are more likely to cause symptoms – sweet food, very hot and very cold foods, in particular, are likely to trigger nerve pains. Highly acidic foods will continue to damage your enamel, so avoid acidic drinks such as soft drinks and citrus juices & rinse your mouth afterwards to remove the acidic residue.

If your sensitive teeth persist, consult your dentist so they can identify and eliminate potential serious problems and recommend a more moderate treatment plan. No matter what the cause, your dentist may have helpful advice for addressing the cause of your tooth sensitivity.

It is important that you don’t neglect your oral hygiene routine just because of sensitive teeth. Make sure to purchase soft-bristled toothbrushes as well as toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth to help alleviate sensitivity.

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

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

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DIY Your Gum Disease | Millbrae Dentist

zoom teeth whitening smileHaving gum disease is never easy. While mostly treatable, gum disease can be prevented by practicing proper dental hygiene on a daily basis. Unfortunately, once gum disease spreads throughout your mouth most individuals are prone to experience bleeding gums, gum sensitivity, and swollen gums. However, these simple home remedies will help fight off gum disease and maintain optimal oral health:

Reduce stress. Believe it or not, stress is not only the cause for lots of illnesses, but one of the largest causes of gum disease. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, people with more stress have compromised immune systems, which makes it harder for them to fight off the bacteria that causes gum disease and makes them more prone for infection.

Salt water rinse. Salt water helps draw infection out of abscesses and reduce swollen gums, so take a small amount of salt and dissolve it into a cup of warm water, then swish it around in your mouth for about 30 seconds.

Oil pulling. Take a tablespoon coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes, then rinse your mouth out with water. For best results, repeat daily.

Tea bags. You can also reduce swelling and infection by steeping a tea bag for about 2-3 minutes, let it cool a bit and place on the affected area of your gums for about 5 minutes.

Lemon paste. Lemons are an anti-inflammatory, making them helpful in treating infected gums. Make a paste using the juice from one lemon and some salt, then apply to your teeth for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.

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

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

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Have Some Dental Flaws? Try CEREC | Millbrae Dentist

When it comes to improving our smiles, we will generally choose the best options with the least amount of hassle or pain. And guess what? There is a way for you to have a beautiful smile in a single office visit thanks to CEREC®.

CEREC® allows our doctors to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience because the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations takes place in one office visit. We no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated. Imagine that – you are in and out with a permanent, all-ceramic dental crown, onlay, or veneer. Fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care!

The tooth that requires a CEREC® restoration is prepared and a 3D photograph is taken of the prepared tooth. From there, we use computer-aided design CAD software to create the restoration digitally.

Using a single block of porcelain that is color-matched to your current tooth shade, the digitally designed restoration is sent to a milling machine where your restoration is cut. The milling process usually takes about 15 minutes per restoration. Once the restoration is finished being milled, it is fitted onto the prepared tooth and adjusted until the bite is accurate.

Not only is it a time-saver, but these tooth-colored restorations mean no more silver fillings or discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant giving you the longest-lasting, best-looking restorations.

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

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

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What Foods Your Teeth Want You to Avoid | Millbrae Dentist

If there is anything we want to avoid is a painful checkup, so, wouldn’t it be nice to seriously lower your chances of needing dental work with some strategic eating? There are plenty of foods that people should be avoiding if they want to keep their teeth in good shape. But which are the ones we should avoid as much as possible?

Soda. Whether it is diet or not, your favorite sugary soda is a total smile saboteur.

Hard candy. Savoring a sweet sucker might seem innocent enough but sucking on these candies exposes your mouth to harsh sugars for longer periods of time. And chewing on them can break or crack teeth, fillings, and sealants.

Ice. Ice is just frozen water but chewing on the cubes can cause major damage. Dental experts say nibbling on ice is a major no-no as it can easily crack or break teeth.

White wine. While red wine can cause discoloration, white wine might actually trigger even more damage due to its acidity.

Chewy candy. Sticky candies get stuck between braces and teeth, allowing plaque to build up. Plus, a chewy candy can easily take a tooth out.

PB&J. The high sugar content of all three ingredients means that as soon as you bite in, enamel-eroding bacteria go on a feeding frenzy. And because peanut butter and jelly are both sticky, they allow the bacteria to adhere to your teeth.

Dried fruit. Things like raisins, figs, and dried apricots are bursting with nutrition, and packed with a dense dose of sugar and non-soluble cellulose fiber, which can trap sugars around the tooth.

To learn more about foods to avoid, 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 a Dental Implant Entail? | Millbrae Dentist

When we discover a toothache, our first inclination is to go to the dentist to fix the pain. In all honesty, if the pain could go away, we probably wouldn’t even bother making the appointment. Unfortunately, in order to fix the flawed tooth, a dental implant may be the ideal solution. But, what exactly entails a dental implant procedure?

Dental implant treatment is usually a three-part process and takes several months to complete. It is important that patients are well informed of all procedures offered to them, how they work and take you through the implant process step-by-step:

Step one. The implant is surgically placed in the jaw. The top of the implant will be slightly above the top of the bone. To prevent debris and gum tissue from entering, a screw is inserted. The gum is placed over the implant for about 3 -6 months. The implant needs this time to fuse with the bone.

Step two. The implant is uncovered, and a post is attached to the implant. In some cases, the implant and post are both placed in the mouth during step one. Once the gum tissue is healed the implant and post are ready for the new tooth.

Step three. A crown is made that will match your other teeth. Once the crown is made, it is attached to the implant post. You now have an artificial replacement tooth that doesn’t need to be removed for soaking and cleaning and no adhesives needed, as with dentures. Your new implant acts and looks just like a real tooth.

To learn more about dental implants, 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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Before You Grab that Second Cup o’ Joe, Read This | Millbrae Dentist

Can you start your day without a hot cup o’ joe? Do you find that your coffee intake isn’t limited to the mornings? If any of these answers are a yes, you may need to ask yourself – is this caffeinated crutch good for you?

Studies show we consume an average of 3 cups of any variety of coffee a day in the United States. That’s about 150 million Americans wondering if they’re compromising their teeth with every sip.

The cons of coffee are fairly obvious – tooth stains and bad breath. Coffee stains appear to be even more persistent than tobacco stains and seem to be more resistant to brushing and more likely to become discolored again after whitening.

Acids in coffee directly attack your tooth enamel, leaving teeth vulnerable to cavities, cracked and broken teeth. Bacteria left in your mouth love to feed off of the acids found in coffee. They multiply rapidly and become responsible for cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

But, what about pros? Research suggests that drinking coffee can help protect your teeth from periodontal disease, the inflammation of your gums and jawbone. After studying more than 1,000 men for up to 30 years, the researchers found that those who drank one or more cups of coffee each day had fewer teeth with bone loss, or the hallmark of periodontal disease that leads to the loosening, and ultimate loss, of your teeth.

Coffee will still stain your teeth, but you don’t have to worry about it leading to any dental demise. Plus, it’s less acidic than many other common beverages, like fruit juices, sodas, and energy drinks.

To learn more about the effects of coffee, 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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Keep Your Smile Bright with These Simple Tips | Millbrae Dentist

Having a bright smile is not only a great way to make a first impression but can also help your overall health because our mouths are our first line of defense against most illnesses. Good dental hygiene helps maintain a healthy mouth, but if it’s poor your teeth will reflect it. Not only because it will become dingy, but because it will also cause other dental issues to develop over time. In fact, your teeth are very susceptible to decay if you do not take proper care of them and practice good oral hygiene regularly. But don’t worry – there are ways to prevent your teeth from decaying while keeping them bright white. Here are just a few simple tips:

Make an appointment with your dentist to make sure your mouth, teeth, and gums are healthy before beginning a whitening program.

Choose a supervised whitening option for your safety and maximum results.

Stick with your maintenance schedule to keep your smile bright. No whitening treatment is permanent – regular professional cleaning is essential to remove stains and the tartar that can cause gum disease.

Keep sweet foods, desserts, and overly-sugary drinks to a minimum and brush thoroughly after eating. The consumption of those products over extended time periods heightens the risk of decay.

Acidic food and drinks, like orange juice or tomato sauce, can be just as harmful to your teeth as sugar. The acid erodes tooth enamel and can make your teeth sensitive, more vulnerable to cavities, and lose its luster.

To learn more about keeping your smile bright and healthy, 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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Invisalign: The Secret Smile Straightener | Milllbrae Dentist

You may have already thought of getting braces before. However, you most likely dismissed it because of how you thought the whole ordeal would only make you conscious about yourself and less confident about yourself. And you have a point – traditional braces weren’t the most discreet option. They are clunky, metallic and very obvious to others.

If this is what is deterring you from taking the dive to straightening your smile, consider Invisalign as an alternative orthodontic treatment to help fix your smile.

Invisalign straighten your teeth using clear plastic trays known as aligners to move teeth to their ideal places. The aligners are custom-made according to the shape of your teeth, similar to a traditional retainer. The trays or aligners are different in that they’re not perfect molds of the teeth to prevent them from moving but differ slightly from your teeth, so they move and shift to fit the tray.

What’s great about Invisalign is that patients can remove them whenever necessary. Though, it is recommended that patients remove the aligners when eating or drinking, as well as when they brush their teeth after every meal. The patient should also have to clean the aligners to prevent staining resulting from the exposure to the remaining food particles in the mouth.

The main reason why you should consider this type of orthodontic treatment is that it is practically invisible, making it ideal for those who don’t want to people to know that they are having their teeth straightened. Think you’re ready to take the dive and get yourself a straight smile? Time to make an appointment with your local dental professional for an evaluation.

To learn more about Invisalign, 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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