If you want to do something good for your heart right now, you could do a few jumping jacks, go for a power walk, or… brush your teeth? It’s true: people who take care of their smiles and have good oral health are less likely to experience gum disease and the host of related health issues that come with it. Heart conditions are the most significant factor linked to gum disease. Keep reading to learn more about the link between your gum health and your heart, and how you can enjoy a clean, healthy smile and better systemic well-being for a lifetime to come!
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February 8, 2018
January 26, 2018
Have you ever wondered why you need to have your teeth professionally cleaned? Seeing your dentist regularly is important for many reasons, but professional cleanings are essential to maintaining good oral hygiene. Check out what our patients have to say about us!
What is a Dental Cleaning?
A dental cleaning is a procedure that removes plaque and tartar from our teeth. Plaque is a biofilm and the byproduct of bacteria. These bacteria break down food and drink causing a sticky film to grow on the surface of teeth. When plaque hardens over time, it turns into tartar. Tartar is much more difficult to remove with at-home cleaning and once it starts to build-up around the gum line can cause bleeding and tooth decay.
A professional cleaning uses special instruments to remove the plaque and tartar allowing your gums and teeth to be free of havoc-wreaking bacteria buildups. However, a dental cleaning at Advanced Dental Care in Costa Mesa is much more than that.
When you visit your dentist for a dental cleaning, the procedure is most often performed by a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). The RDH will perform an examination complete with photographs, x-rays, probing and charting.
- Obtain medical history, learn more about you as a patient, and brushing and flossing habits.
- Visual inspection for redness, swelling, bleeding, and plaque and tartar.
- Assess your bite, the condition and shape of the tongue, the condition of the palate and throat, and alignment of your teeth.
- Evaluate for areas of potential decay, malocclusion (misaligned teeth), sleep apnea, and oral cancers.
- Keep a visual record of your teeth both from outside of your mouth and of the inside of your mouth.
- Photos are also easier for the patient to see compared to x-rays.
- Digital radiographs of the tooth, changes in density under the surface, the tooth root, and surrounding bone.
- Helps detect decay, infection, bone less, and physical abnormalities.
- Uses a dental probe to measure depth of space between the gum line and where the gum attaches to the tooth, gingival margins, plaque levels, bleeding, and furcation (bone loss).
- Documents health and condition of your gums.
Once the initial exam is complete, the RDH will determine what type of dental cleaning you require. Depending on the condition of your gums and teeth, your RDH might recommend one of the following:
- Full-Mouth Debridement
- Scaling and Root Planing
- also known as a deep cleaning or SRP
- can be localized to a few teeth or up to the entire mouth
- patient is usually numbed with local anesthetic
- scaling removes plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from the entire tooth, both above and below the gum line using an either a hand scaler, an ultrasonic scaler, or both
- planing uses a tool to smooth the surface of the tooth root reducing the chance to harbor bacteria
- can be covered by dental insurance under Periodontics – No dental insurance? Click here!
- Periodontal Maintenance
Gold Standard Treatments
At Advanced Dental Care, our focus is on keeping you in the best shape possible! We consider a dental cleaning as the standard treatments, and not the “gold standard” as some refer to it as. Our gold standard of treatment includes providing the best and most advanced treatment to ensure the most effective results. Your RDH may also recommend one of these treatments in addition to your cleaning:
- after the cleaning, the RDH will use a laser diode to zap any remaining bacteria in or around the gums
- leads to more effective reduction of bacteria than scaling alone
- can help speed healing process
- only takes 5-10 minutes to perform
- Oral Irrigation
- a liquid medication that promotes gum healing and helps the gums adhere back to the teeth to reduce pocket depths and eliminate places for bacteria to hide
- takes 1-3 minutes to perform
- fluoride varnish is applied to the surface of the teeth to protect the enamel from plaque and tartar action
- can be used on children and adult teeth
- Prescription Rinses
- we also offer a variety of medicated oral rinses to help keep bacteria at more manageable levels and speed the healing process
We’re always accepting New Patients and Dr. Jorgenson and his team can’t wait to meet you! We value our time with patients as dental cleaning and they aren’t just “routine” to us. Each visit is as special as the patient and we love getting to know more about you, your family and friends, and how we can help you lead the healthiest life possible. Schedule your dental cleaning today at Advanced Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA! Get Directions!
Call/text us at (714) 424-9099, on our website at www.mycostamesadentist.com where you can choose your appointment day and time or live chat us or send us a message, by email at email@example.com, or through our social media accounts.
January 16, 2018
When you see someone with a perfect set of teeth, what do you think? Are you drawn to that person, or do you come up with excuses not to like them because you’re jealous of their smile? If others’ gorgeous grins make you a little self-conscious, why not take steps to join the ranks of the countless people who have discovered the marvels of teeth whitening in Costa Mesa? A brighter smile could help make 2018 your best year yet!
January 15, 2018
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Types of Teeth Whitening?
There any many types of teeth whitening on the market, some available for purchase over-the-counter and some administered in a dental office. If you’ve ever tried teeth whitening strips or teeth whitening toothpaste, you may have seen little to no change in the shade of your teeth. If you’ve ever done in-office professional teeth whitening, you know that to see the most effective results, whitening should be performed by a professional.
- Zoom! In-Office LED Whitening
- In-Office, Powerful Whitening using LED light
- See results immediately
- Takes approximately 1 hour
- Epic Laser Diode In-Office Whitening
- In-Office, Powerful Whitening using Laser
- See results immediately
- Takes approximately 1 hour
- Custom Take-Home Bleaching Trays
- Zoom! At-Home Whitening Solution (carbamide peroxide with amorphous calcium phosphate) or
- Ultradent Opalescence PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride) 20% or 35%
- Two Appointments – total of 20 minutes
- First appointment – take impressions for custom trays
- Second appointment – pick up trays and bleaching solution
How does teeth whitening work?
Stains on teeth appear when colored molecules stick to the plaque, tartar, and the surface of our teeth. Dental cleanings help remove plaque and tartar, but sometimes the stains still appear in the layer below called the dentin. The bleaching solution applied to the teeth combines with oxygen from the air and carbon in the dentin to break apart the staining molecules stuck on the teeth.
What is the solution used to whiten teeth?
We offer several types of whitening including Carbamide Peroxide, Carbamide Peroxide with Potassium Nitrate Fluoride, and Hydrogen Peroxide.
Will teeth whitening work for me?
Results from whitening vary from person to person and on the type of stains. Teeth whitening generally works best on yellowish-brown stains compared to gray stains.
How long does it take to whiten teeth?
Our in-office, immediate whitening procedures take just one hour in most cases! You can relax and watch DirectTv or use our free internet to post videos and pics of your whitening experience in our comfortable, cozy office. Of course we’ll be there to bring you anything you need!
At-home whitening trays can be used as little as once every few months of up to several times a week until the desired outcome is achieved. At-home trays provide a more gradual transition and are also great for maintaining shade after an in-office treatment. Results vary depending on the type and level of staining and from person-to-person.
Should I get a dental cleaning before or after teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening works best on teeth free of plaque and tartar. Staying current on your dental cleanings is important for your health, but will also ensure the best possible results for whitening. If you are due for a cleaning, you can schedule the dental cleaning and the teeth whitening on the same day. The cleaning should be complete before the teeth whitening.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
Teeth whitening can cause sensitivity to the teeth and gums. Some patients experience little to no sensitivity, while other patients may need to limit the strength and time of the bleaching to avoid sensitivity. Speak to your dentist about ways to avoid sensitivity and always have the procedure performed by a licensed professional.
Your dentist may recommend a special toothpaste to use prior to and after the procedure, as well as suggest only certain types of whitening. If you do experience sensitivity after treatment, an OTC pain reliever can usually help to reduce the symptoms.
Will whitening my teeth damage my enamel?
A major benefit of whitening your teeth under dental professional care is that you significantly reduce the risk of any damage to tooth enamel, gums, or otherwise. Obtaining teeth whitening from a dental professional ensures you are getting legitimate whitening products from reputable vendors applied by professionally trained staff. This will also reduce your chances for tooth sensitivity or root damage.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
The cost of teeth whitening procedures varies depending on the services you desire. Custom take-home trays and bleach is the least expensive in most cases, because it does not require any special equipment or materials. In-office whitening costs more, because it requires professional staff, materials, and equipment to perform the procedure, however, the results are immediate and effective!
If you are looking for teeth whitening in Costa Mesa, we offer different specials each month. Check out our Patient Specials to see if whitening is being promoted this month.
Do I have to do anything special before teeth whitening?
There is nothing special you need to do before whitening, however, the treatment does work best on healthy teeth free of plaque and tartar. If you know you have teeth sensitivity, please schedule a consultation about two weeks prior to the whitening to pick up a special toothpaste.
Do I have to do anything special after teeth whitening?
To ensure the best results, you will want to avoid eating any foods or drinks that can stain teeth for at least 48 hours. This includes coffee, tea, red wine, juices, berries, foods with artificial colors, etc. You should also refrain from smoking as long as possible.
Will teeth whitening work on dental veneers?
Whitening does not change the color/shade of dental veneers or any non-natural tooth restoration.
Will teeth whitening work on composites or bonding?
Whitening does not change the color/shade of dental bonding/composite or any non-natural tooth restoration.
Will teeth whitening work on crowns or bridges?
Whitening does not change the color/shade of dental crowns/bridges or any non-natural tooth restoration.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening lasts longest when patients follow a healthy diet, avoid smoking, avoid teeth staining foods and drinks, utilize a straw when possible, and maintain regular dental cleanings.
Custom take-home whitening trays and bleach can last several months and can be maintained by the patient as necessary. In-office whitening results can last several months to a year also be maintained at-home with custom whitening trays. We do not recommend in-office whitening more than once a year to protect your tooth enamel and gums.
How do I make an appointment?
Schedule your FREE consultation now by calling/texting us at (714) 424-9099, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or live chatting on our website at www.mycostamesadentist.com. Our friendly and knowledgable staff is standing by! : )
December 18, 2017
If you have just gotten porcelain veneers in Costa Mesa, you know they are a significant investment — and you want to make sure yours last as long as possible. To help you enjoy your new, beautiful smile for years and years to come, we’ve got the top 5 porcelain veneers maintenance tips below!
Dental veneers are an excellent, permanent solution to achieving that perfect smile. Whether you’re wanting to fix a cracked tooth, chipped tooth, broken tooth, straighten teeth, or just need to update your smile, there are some key things you should do to prepare for your appointment. If you have not already had a dental veneer consultation, schedule one! The first step is getting the information you need to be able to move forward with veneers. Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson and the Advanced Dental Care team are here to help with all of your questions!
Step 1: Finding a Cosmetic Dentist
Getting dental veneers is a personal, exciting experience! You want to make sure you fully understand the process, and more importantly, trust the doctor who will be placing your veneers. When looking for a cosmetic dentist, check dentist review websites to ensure the doctor is reputable and has experience placing veneers. Ask others for recommendations online or in cosmetic dentistry forums in your area. Look at dental veneers “Before and Afters” on review sites and on the doctor’s website.
Step 2: Scheduling a Consultation
Scheduling the consultation may seem like an administrative step, but there are many early signs that can predict what your experience with the office will be like. When you find a dentist you want to schedule a consultation with, take note of the ease and convenience of the booking process. Was the office easy to get a hold of? Did they answer the phone promptly or respond quickly to email and text? Were they able to schedule you within the next 2-3 days or at the time your requested? You’ll want to feel comfortable in knowing you can always reach the office in case of an emergency.
When you call/text/email/live chat Advanced Dental Care, one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members will respond promptly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except if you live chat us at 3:00am, we may be asleep.) We provide cosmetic consultations at no charge and have evening, morning, and Saturday appointments for your convenience. We always prepare for all of our appointments by verifying dental insurance benefits prior to the appointment, and ensure that we are ready to accommodate any requests you might have. Our patients’ satisfaction is our number one priority and we mean that!
Step 3: Meeting the Doctor
It’s your consultation day! When you arrive to the doctor’s office, there are some tell-tale signs of a good staff. Did the front desk welcome you to the office? Is the office is clean? up-to-date? These little details may seem small, but staff who take pride in their workplace will most likely take care of you. In addition, having digital technologies such as electronic records, digital x-rays, and other modern equipment is another sign that the doctor stays up-to-date on the latest and greatest advancements for you.
When meeting the doctor, you’ll want to make sure you feel comfortable and on are the same page. You should also discuss what type of smile you want to achieve. If you have photos of smiles you like or can point out certain things you don’t like, it is important to discuss these things early on. The goal for most dental veneer patients is to achieve the most natural look as possible. However, if your goal was to have a totally different looking smile, even if the final result did not look natural, that is something the doctor should know.
Additional Questions to Consider Asking about Dental Veneers:
- What are the pros and cons of doing dental veneers?
- How much of my natural tooth will you have to remove?
- Will I experience any pain or sensitivity?
- What is the appropriate shade for my smile?
- Do you have before and afters from other veneer cases?
- What is the entire process from being to end? And how long will it take?
- How long will I have to wear temporary veneers?
- What is the upkeep for the permanent veneers?
- What happens if one cracks or falls off?
- How much do veneers cost and do you offer payment options?
Step 4: Scheduling the Appointment
The last step to getting your gorgeous new smile is to schedule your appointment. Any permanent cosmetic procedure is something to research and perform your due diligence, but once you have your dental veneers you’ll wonder why you waited so long to get them!
Call (714) 424-9099 or book online anytime at www.mycostamesadentist.com. We are conveniently located in the South Coast Metro area near the 405, 55, and 73 freeways. Please call, email, text, or live chat us with any questions!
December 12, 2017
Dental Insurance Benefits
Use it or Lose it!
Can you believe that there is only a few weeks left in 2017?! This year has really flown by. We wanted to take a minute to remind you that dental insurance benefits do not roll over. This means that the annual benefit you receive from your insurance company must be used before 12/31/17 or you will lose the money. This money, known as your annual benefit, is what you get in exchange for the monthly premium you pay for your insurance. It is also the total amount each year that your dental insurance will ever give you. Essentially, you are paying for something that you will not be able to use after the end of this month.
What does my insurance cover?
Not only should you be seeing your dentist every 3-6 months to maintain optimal health and to prevent more severe and expensive dental conditions, but also because it could cost you absolutely nothing to do so! Most basic dental insurances cover at least one to two dental exams and cleanings per year at 100%, meaning no cost to you.
Other necessary treatment is often covered at a percent of the total cost. That’s where we can help! We can help you determine what treatment, if any, you might need, and also how much your insurance will pay on your behalf. Keep in mind that once you develop a dental condition, the chances that the condition will resolve on its own or become less painful are highly unlikely. This is why preventative visits are so important.
We are in-network with almost all PPO dental insurances and can help you determine if you have any remaining benefit you can use before you lose it. Just call (714) 424-9099 for a free complimentary breakdown of insurance benefits today. Have your insurance company name, the subscriber’s name, the subscriber’s date of birth, and either the member ID or SSN handy when you call. We will request all of the necessary information from your insurance company and can let you know how much money you have left and what it can be used on.
Common PPO Dental Insurance Plans
- Delta Dental
- Aetna Dental
- Metlife Dental
- Cigna Dental
- Humana Dental
- Guardian Dental
- Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
- Anthem Dental
- Principal Dental
- Ameritas Dental
- Liberty Dental
- United Dental
- Operating Engineers
Even if you don’t have dental insurance and are exploring plans for 2018, we can help with that too! We will take a basic dental history from you and then review your needs and wants with dental insurance to help you choose the plan that will give you the most benefit. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is standing by 24/7 on our live chat at www.mycostamesadentist.com or by phone at (714) 424-9099.
Advanced Dental Care is a full-service dental office in Costa Mesa, CA. Located right near the 405 freeway, the 73 freeway, and the 55 freeway. Available for evening, Saturday, and emergency dental appointments. Call now (714) 424-9099!
November 28, 2017
Advanced Dental Care and Families Helping Families
Giving, volunteering, and donating are all things our family dentist, Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson, and our team do year-round, but these things are extra special to us during the holidays. Perhaps it’s because we know how tough the holidays can be for those who are less fortunate or don’t have family or friends surrounding them. That’s why it is more important than ever to spread our love and kindness and smiles! One organization that we partner with is the Child Abuse Prevention Center of OC and their Families Helping Families initiative. Each year we adopt a family that have been victims of domestic abuse or neglect.
The Adkins Family
This year our team has graciously adopted The Adkins Family. Jen is a single mother of FIVE kids! She has 4 boys from ages 7-19 and one girl who is 11. The Adkins really need our help this year and have asked for just basic items such as clothing, shoes, and personal hygiene products. The families greatest wishes are to be able to spend time together doing activities in OC or just getting to share a meal together.
You can read more about the family and their individual wants and needs here: http://familieshelpingfamiliesoc.org/fhf/product/adkins-family-2/
We hope you can join our Costa Mesa Family Dentist in making the Adkins Family Christmas the best one yet! All donations must be dropped off to our office no later than Saturday, December 8th at 12:00pm. Please do not wrap the items as we are required to compile a list of things we are donating. See our Facebook event for more information.
Thank you in advance and Happy Holidays to all!
Advanced Dental Care is owned by Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson, a family dentist in Costa Mesa, CA. Dr. Jorgenson loves seeing family members of all ages and specializes in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. For more information, please call anytime at (714) 424-9099 or chat live with one of our knowledgeable team members at www.mycostamesadentist.com!
November 6, 2017
If you’re considering straightening teeth with either traditional braces or Invisalign in Costa Mesa, you both probably have a lot of questions. These questions may include the cost compared to the benefits of each straightening treatment. Ultimately, these are two factors that help patients make a decision for their health care. Your dentist is here to give you the answers in this week’s blog post.
To get straight to the point, Invisalign has unmatched benefits and is reasonably priced. Let’s explore how a patient can rely on the Invisalign treatment.
October 26, 2017
Operation Gratitude – Halloween Candy Buy Back
Operation Gratitude and Advanced Dental Care have done it again! It’s our third annual Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Buy Back and this year we’ve upped the ante! Not only are paying $1/lb of extra Halloween candy donated to Operation Gratitude to send to our troops overseas, but the donor who brings the most candy will also win an Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Gift Bag!
Operation Gratitude is a non-profit organization based out of Chatsworth, CA. This amazing organization gathers much desired food, toiletry, entertainment, and personal items to send care packages to our troops overseas. Often times, soldiers receive letters, cards, video messages to show our love and support while they serve our country away from their families and friends and comforts of home.
Help show our troops some love and save yourself from sugar and tooth decay! ; ) Bring your extra Halloween candy to Advanced Dental Care 3033 Bristol St. Ste. AA, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Please see reminders and drop off times below.
October 23rd and November 14th
- Mondays 9:00am – 7:00 pm
- Tuesdays 9:00am – 5:00 pm
- Wednesdays 8:00am – 5:00pm
- Thursdays 9:00am – 7:00pm
- Fridays 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturdays and Sundays – Call or email to check our schedule! (714) 424-9099
On November 14th, we’re driving all of your Halloween candy and other donations to the Operation Gratitude warehouse in Chatsworth. The Operation Gratitude volunteers will then package your donations into care packages for the troops!
- Candy must be unopened.
- Personal items must be unused.
- Cards and letters to the troops welcomed and encouraged!