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Pamper Yourself With Professional Teeth Whitening

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Teeth Whitening | Comments Off on Pamper Yourself With Professional Teeth Whitening

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Do you ever treat yourself to a few hours of pampering and leave feeling relaxed and refreshed? Perhaps you get a massage or have dinner at a nice San Diego restaurant. Have you ever thought about getting your teeth whitened? You get to relax in a comfy chair and enjoy a bright smile when you leave. Our distinctive dental practice in San Diego has a warm, friendly, and relaxing atmosphere.

The proven teeth whitening system used in our San Diego practice has been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness. We brighten smiles every day and have hundreds of satisfied San Diego cosmetic dental patients.

If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry to remedy some problems with your smile, we can also help you with that at Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego. We have beautified countless San Diego area smiles using a variety of common and not-so-common cosmetic dental procedures.

Ask us about invisible braces, crown lengthening treatment, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers and tooth implants. To schedule a teeth whitening or cosmetic dental consultation, call Marcos Ortega DDS at 619-717-8459. We are outstanding dental practice serving the greater San Diego area from our well-appointed San Diego facility.

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You deserve to be pampered! Experience a comfortable, relaxing dental visit and receive top quality dental care at Marcos Ortega DDS.

 

Contact Marcos Ortega DDS:

619-717-8459

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

306 Walnut Ave Ste 25
San Diego, California
92103

 

Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in General Dentistry | Comments Off on Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

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People that are plagued with dental phobia (Dentophobia) may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously.

Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia: (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be problematic, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a jet or riding an elevator to the top of the Chrysler Building.

A person who suffers from dental phobia or dental anxiety is at risk of getting into a vicious cycle of declining oral health.

Fear causes the person to skip dental checkups for years. When a minor dental trouble (like a tiny cavity) proceeds until it taps a nerve and leads to pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.

At this point, the needed treatment is a major procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The procedure reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some individuals end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.

Experts believe that the scope of dental phobia may be as high as one in four individuals. Are you one of them?

At Marcos Ortega DDS, we want to help nervous patients successfully overcome or at least manage their trepidation so they can endure twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the only method to protect teeth and gums.

If you haven’t had a dental evaluation in a while, please schedule a consultation. You can talk to Dr. Ortega about the many options available including behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and conscious sedation (sleep dentistry).

If you dread going to the dentist, there is hope. At Marcos Ortega DDS, we have successfully treated many patients just like you. We invite you to book a consultation today.

 

Contact Marcos Ortega DDS:

619-717-8459

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

306 Walnut Ave Ste 25
San Diego, California
92103

 

Healthy Habits To Keep You Smiling

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Oral Health | Comments Off on Healthy Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In today’s post, we will focus on important behaviors that impact oral health. Of course, effective brushing and flossing are two important habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to preserve a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

  • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is required for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
  • Do enjoy calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are harmful to enamel.

Diet Don’ts

  • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar generates the production of harmful cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to cavities.
  • Don’t snack throughout the day. This speeds up plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
  • Don’t chew on ice. (It really can chip teeth.)
  • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are harmful to teeth.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is better to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
  • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
  • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • If you have children, communicate with Dr. Ortega about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your kids fluoride supplements.
  • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.
  • If you have an eating disorder – seek professional help ASAP. Bulimia and anorexia are extremely damaging to teeth. (Not to mention the toll they take on the heart and other organs.)

We urge all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. At Marcos Ortega DDS, we serve the San Diego area with exceptional dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about dental implants, sedation dentistry, dental crowns and teeth whitening.

 

Contact Marcos Ortega DDS:

619-717-8459

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

306 Walnut Ave Ste 25
San Diego, California
92103

 

Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Oral Health | Comments Off on Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

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Today, we’re reviewing the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was developed in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The device is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its conception, several other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: Marcos Ortega DDS does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.)

A water irrigation instrument oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out particles of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you put the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water dribble out as you maneuver the stream of shooting water around the gumline, stopping momentarily at each gap between neighboring teeth.

There have been over 65 studies that have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis treatment.

Should I Use a Water Flosser?
If you don’t floss at all, absolutely. If you have periodontitis, possibly. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have braces.

First, communicate with Dr. Ortega to obtain an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. The following circumstances may influence whether or not Dr. Ortega advises you to use an interdental irrigation device.

Braces or other orthodontic appliances
A physical disability that reduces ability to brush and/or floss
Periodontal disease
Gums that bleed when flossing
Bleeding around dental implants when flossing
Aversion to flossing
Sensitive teeth

The very comfortable and friendly team at Marcos Ortega DDS would love to help you learn the most appropriate processes for keeping your gums pink and healthy and firmly attached to cavity-free teeth. To schedule an appointment, call 619-717-8459.

Sources:
Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS, “Interdental Cleansing,” The American Dental Hygienist Association, https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/7123_Waterpik_Irrigation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
Carol A. Jahn, RDH, MS, “The Water Flosser: Your Tool For Optimal Oral Health,” https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/pro/education/pdf/Waterpik_WaterFlosser_ContinuingEducation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
“Water Flossing,” MouthHealthy (ADA), http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers, accessed March 10, 2017

 

Contact Marcos Ortega DDS:

619-717-8459

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

306 Walnut Ave Ste 25
San Diego, California
92103

 

Suspect A Bite Problem?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in General Dentistry | Comments Off on Suspect A Bite Problem?

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Hello! I’m Marcos Ortega, DDS, of Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego. Thanks for visiting my dental blog. The topic of today’s post is malocclusion – literally – “bad bite”.

Edward Angle, a pioneer in modern orthodontics invented the term malocclusion. Malocclusion is fairly common in the population as a whole but, fortunately, in most cases the misalignment is so slight that it causes no problems.

When you combine multiple teeth on two arches and a jaw joint with a considerable range of motion, it is easy to see how these elements can fail to align properly. In fact, it is a wonder that they work correctly for most people – allowing them to talk, eat, and breathe without giving it a second thought.

There are many causes of malocclusion – some originating with the teeth and some originating with the jaw. Misshapen teeth, extracted teeth, impacted teeth, crowded teeth, and widely spaced teeth can affect the bite. Injury to the jaw can also cause malocclusion as well as improperly fitting restorations and other dental appliances.

Children with a normal bite can develop bite issues with prolonged pacifier use, thumb sucking or bottle drinking. In rarer cases, oral tumors can move a bite out of alignment.

The treatment for malocclusion depends on the cause. Orthodontics can move teeth into alignment to fix bite issues. Overcrowding often requires extraction of one or more teeth. Misshapen teeth that affect the bite can often be fixed with crowns or dental bonding.

If the jawbone is significantly misshapen or misaligned, maxillofacial surgery may be required. Jaw surgery is a serious undertaking with significant risks and a long, painful recovery. While the jaw heals, it is secured with wires and screws. Ouch!

If your jaw hurts or you see unusual wear to your teeth, it is essential that you are examined by a professional. Call 619-717-8459 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Marcos Ortega.

Our friendly dental team has been serving patients at our comfortable San Diego office since 1986. We can give you more details about malocclusion, dental crowns, dental implants, or teeth whitening.

Dr. Ortega also advises San Diego parents about critical issues such as tooth development, thumb-sucking, water fluoridation, dental sealants, oral sports protection, and orthodontia. If you suspect that your child has any degree of malocclusion, schedule an exam ASAP. Untreated bite troubles in <~URVChildren> can inhibit proper nutrition, breathing, tooth development, and speech development.

 

Contact Marcos Ortega DDS:

619-717-8459

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

306 Walnut Ave, Ste 25
San Diego, California
92103

 

Take Care Of Your Toothbrush!

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in General Dentistry | Comments Off on Take Care Of Your Toothbrush!

San Diego Dental Patients Take Care Of Your Toothbrush!

The common household toothbrush. Every San Diego home has at least one, and hopefully all San Diego residents are brushing their teeth after each meal. While cosmetic dentistry and a complete smile makeover seem to be all the rage these days, daily brushing is still the most important thing you can do for your oral health.

It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But don’t worry, those bacteria come from our mouths, which harbor equal amounts of bacteria. For a person with a healthy immune system, these bacteria pose no threat.

However, a few common sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting the toothbrushes of Hillcrest, Mission Hills, and Bankers Hill dental patients.

First, be sure to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray.

Next, since bacteria like a moist environment, store your toothbrush upright and without a travel case so that it can dry completely between uses.

The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. Brushing and flossing are the key to good oral health, and doing both each day will keep San Diego dental patients’ risk for gun disease, cavities, and bad breath low.

Keep your smile bright by visiting Marcos Ortega DDS regularly and practicing proper oral hygiene.

Dr. Marcos Ortega has been a dentist in the San Diego area since 1986. We can answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and clear braces.

Call to schedule an appointment today!

 

Contact Marcos Ortega DDS:

619-717-8459

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

306 Walnut Ave Ste 25
San Diego, California
92103

 

How To Get The Whitest Teeth

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Teeth Whitening | Comments Off on How To Get The Whitest Teeth

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Some people’s teeth are whiter than others, but I think it’s safe to say that most of us San Diego residents want our teeth to be pearly white! If you are one of those people, then Marcos Ortega DDS can help you achieve that remarkable smile you deserve. Today we want to share some tips on teeth whitening and what we can do for you!

Don’t Forget to Brush
The first tip seems like a no-brainer, but many men and women still overlook this practice. We are talking about daily tooth brushing. Brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean and prevent cavities. Often our teeth become discolored or stained because of what we consume (drinks, food, etc.) but when we brush our teeth, it reduces the damage.

After brushing teeth, another tip is using a fluoride rinse to finish the cleaning job. Fluoride helps get into the cracks where bacteria can be hiding away. When the bacteria is killed, it prohibits it from spreading and discoloring your teeth. When you are shopping for a fluoride rinse, check the labels. Some ordinary mouthwashes don’t contain fluoride.

Sometimes the discoloration is too acute to be reversed by home remedies. That’s why we at Marcos Ortega DDS offer other efficient services to brighten your smile. We provide in-office teeth whitening and take home teeth bleaching kits. Each of these treatment plans provide an effective solution to teeth whitening. The very comfortable and friendly staff at Marcos Ortega DDS will work with you to find the best solution to beautify your smile.

 

Contact Marcos Ortega DDS:

619-717-8459

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

306 Walnut Ave Ste 25
San Diego, California
92103

 

If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Oral Health | Comments Off on If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

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This is an important question occasionally asked by patients at Marcos Ortega DDS. The answer, however, is “No!” Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly – not leave them alone. It is impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times you use floss. The bleeding may be due to dangerous gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding typically stops within a week or two.

Gingivitis (gum disease) and the more advanced periodontal disease is extremely common in California and around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease. https://www.perio.org/consumer/cdc-study.htm

If you don’t make flossing a habit, and your gums become sore, swollen, and tender, it could cause gum disease. The good news is that, unlike cavities, gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene.

It is important to correctly use dental floss to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth:

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
  2. Securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  3. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  4. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  5. Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s vital to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  6. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface – especially those that your brush can’t reach. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean section for every tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new one.

Some people find it easier to start on one end on the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side. Then repeat for the bottom row. Whatever system you pick, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the last molars.

What if you continue flossing for a few weeks and still see bleeding? Call Marcos Ortega DDS at 619-717-8459 to schedule a consultation. Marcos Ortega, DDS, will perform an extensive examination to determine the cause of the bleeding.

At Marcos Ortega DDS, our goal is to help patients keep healthy teeth and gums. Our dental hygienists not only complete the most thorough dental cleanings, they also educate patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you have a child who needs extra help learning how to brush and floss correctly, schedule an appointment with our Marcos Ortega DDS child-friendly team.

Some patients have perfectly healthy teeth and gums but are unhappy with their smile due to cosmetic issues. If you want to explore possibilities for improving your smile, talk to us today at 619-717-8459.

We offer cutting-edge cosmetic dental procedures including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, and tooth-colored filling replacement. Ask us about oral sedation options if you need help relaxing during dental treatment. You can depend on us to maintain the highest standard of safety and sterility at Marcos Ortega DDS.

 

Contact Marcos Ortega DDS:

619-717-8459

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

306 Walnut Ave Ste 25
San Diego, California
92103

 

Not Happy With Your Gums? Ask About Contouring In San Diego

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry | Comments Off on Not Happy With Your Gums? Ask About Contouring In San Diego

Gum Contouring In San Diego

Some San Diego and San Diego dental patients who are interested in a full smile makeover might want to consider gum contouring. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is helpful for people who feel that their gums rest too low or too high on their teeth.

If you feel that your gums cover too much of the surface of your teeth, it may seem that your teeth are too small and out of proportion with your mouth. For Hillcrest, Mission Hills, and Bankers Hill residents who have teeth that appear too long, gum contouring may help with your appearance, but your San Diego dentist may also feel that it is necessary to counteract gum recession, a condition that can lead to periodontal disease.

Talk to your San Diego area dentist about gum contouring. Many periodontists in the San Diego area perform this procedure, as well as some general dentists.

I’m Dr. Marcos Ortega, and I’ve been practicing dentistry in San Diego since 1986. One of the most rewarding things about my job is seeing my Hillcrest, Mission Hills, and Bankers Hill patients gain renewed confidence in themselves after undergoing simple cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, as well as gum contouring can all have a dramatic effect on a person’s appearance.

We are currently accepting new patients, so if you are looking for quality dental care in the San Diego area, call us today at 619-717-8459 for an appointment!

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Marcos Ortega DDS
306 Walnut Ave, Ste 25
San Diego, California
619-717-8459
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Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Saliva

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Oral Health | Comments Off on Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Saliva

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Hello, my name is Dr. Marcos Ortega and I want to welcome you to my San Diego dental blog. My dental practice, Marcos Ortega DDS, wants to help our Hillcrest, Mission Hills, and Bankers Hill patients to be knowledgeable about oral health issues.

Today we are going to discuss the complexity and importance of your saliva. This typically yucky substance is, in reality, a finely balance body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food. So, without further adieu, here are the main components of saliva.

1. Water. No surprise here! You saliva consists mostly of water.

2. Enzymes. Enzymes are essential biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.

3. Immunoproteins. These are dynamic cells that fight cellular invaders, such as bacteria. Those in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential to avoiding gingivitis and keeping a healthy pH balance in the mouth.

4. Minerals. Saliva minerals assist in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.

Most San Diego dental patients produce enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be harmful to your dental health, so be sure to meet with your San Diego dentist if you are experiencing this.

If you are in the Hillcrest, Mission Hills, or Bankers Hill area and are in search of quality dental care, please call my office today at 619-717-8459. Our very comfortable and friendly staff would be happy to talk to you about our successful services, which include:

dental implants
sedation dentistry
dental crowns
teeth whitening

 

Contact Marcos Ortega DDS:

619-717-8459

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

306 Walnut Ave Ste 25
San Diego, California
92103