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 […]

Not Your Mother’s Jewelry: 5 Reasons Tongue Piercings Are Dangerous

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Let’s get right to it; while tongue, cheek, and lip piercings are “so in” right now, here’s five reasons to keep piercings where they belong—in your ears: Excessive drooling—YIKES! Chipped teeth Infection (some even in places you wouldn’t think can get infected) Hypersensitivity to metal Nerve damage Drooling Lip and tongue piercings may make you […]

Infant And Toddler Teeth Q&A

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Today’s post is for new San Diego parents. It contains beneficial counsel about caring for baby’s and toddler’s teeth. How should I clean my toddler’s teeth? For infants, gently clean their gums with a piece of gauze or soft cloth. The ADA does not recommend any toothpaste for infants. When your child is three, a […]