Is Grandpa Smiling?

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How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of those who are sixty-five and over? Well, at Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego, we have some good news and bad news. The Good News: Tooth decay rates in older Americans has decreased in the past thirty years. The Bad News: 25% of […]

Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Plaque is that filmy stuff that forms on teeth. Since it is caused by the breakdown of the foods we eat, plaque formation is a constant process. And that’s why we keep reminding our patients to brush and floss twice a day, at Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego. The plaque process goes something like […]

What Does Your Saliva Reveal?

In  this blog post from Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego we examine saliva, and its role in your dental health. Don’t be squeamish! Saliva is mostly water. No surprise there. A small portion of it, though, is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The ideal pH balance of the mouth is […]