Developing Good Dental Habits

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Developing Good Dental Habits In Hillcrest

  If you wait too long to teach your child how to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they are doing it enough, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of work down the road. It’s very hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three times […]

Peace Begins With A Smile

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Mother Theresa once said “Peace begins with a smile.” Perhaps that peace should start with the person who is smiling. How do you feel about your smile? Are you at peace with it? Are you proud to flash a wide, happy grin? Do you believe it is beautiful? Does it express your best self? Let’s […]

What is Patient-Centered Dental Care?

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What is your perception of the patient-dentist relationship? Would you characterize it as one-sided? In other words, the dentist examines the patient’s teeth, decides on the course of treatment, and performs the procedure-while the patient is an inconsequential participant. It Starts With The Atmosphere At Marcos Ortega DDS, we don’t do things that way. You […]

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 […]

What Have We Done For You Lately?

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At Marcos Ortega DDS, everything we do is for the well-being of our valued patients. We are devoted to offering quality, compassionate dental care tailored to each patient’s individual needs. We know that optimum oral health is a critical element of overall physical health and that dentists do more that just “drill and fill.” Like […]

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

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Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that general area, the individual location can be hard to pinpoint. Allergies, infections, and […]

5 Critical Things To Know About Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease, frequently called gum disease, is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, periodontal disease is preventable. This condition is so prevalent in the US that it has been called a ‘health crisis’ by the ADA. Fortunately, periodontal disease can be treated. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage such […]

3 Tips To Make Brushing In San Diego Count

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Many of Dr. Marcos Ortega’s patients walk in for cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, or Invisalign invisible braces. Many for routine checkups and cleanings. Most really want to know if they are brushing properly. Having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered – from which toothpaste to buy to proper tools and techniques – […]

Why You Should Fix Your Child’s Crooked Teeth

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Parents want what’s best for their kids, but some can’t always provide everything their children need when the family budget is tight. If your child has crooked teeth and you are on the fence about braces, we encourage you to read this post. 1. A beautiful smile with straight teeth boosts your child’s self-esteem. Young […]

Avoid These 5 Smile Wreckers

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We hope today’s post will alert blog visitors to some harmful oral health threats. At Marcos Ortega DDS, too often, we treat cavities and damage caused by the following: 1. Sports Injuries Many parents send their youth out on the playing field with a mouthguard but fail to safeguard themselves when they participate in activities […]