June 12, 2018
Healthy teeth are always your dentist’s number one priority. However, sometimes patients with healthy teeth still wish their smile looked as good as it felt. Chips and cracks that are purely cosmetic only put a damper on self-esteem, making it difficult to smile for photos or even during first impressions. For these reasons, patients are asking many questions about one of the most effective treatments for improving their smile: porcelain veneers.
Here are a few of the most common questions about porcelain veneers in Costa Mesa your dentist hears.
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May 9, 2018
Are you tired of living with the daily struggles of missing teeth? We recommend that you think about getting dental implants in Costa Mesa. They’re the best tooth replacement option available! However, we don’t want you to leap into anything without first knowing the answers to some common questions that many people have about this remarkable treatment.
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April 13, 2018
Oral Cancer Facts
The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates approximately 132 patients are diagnosed with an oral cancer EVERY DAY! That means over 51,550 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Early detection of neck, mouth, and throat cancers is critical to identify the appropriate treatment and reach the best outcomes.
The main causes of oral cancer are alcohol and tobacco use and human papilloma virus (HPV), specifically strain HPV16. You can reduce your risk of getting oral cancer by avoiding excessive alcohol intake, avoiding tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, vaping, chew, snuff, pipes, dip, etc.) completely, and by reducing direct skin/mouth contact with another person with HPV.
Oral cancer has lower survival rates than cervical cancer, thyroid cancer, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Survival rates have not increased in over a decade. When detected in early stages, there is a 70-80% survival rate. However, when detected in later stages, the survival rate is less than 50% after 5 years. Most oral and neck cancers are not detected in the early stages, because of lack of patient awareness and the overall difficulty of detecting these types of cancers. This is why it is critical to visit your dentist every 3-6 months for your professional exam or any time you detect something unusual.
Oral Cancer Self Exam
The Oral Cancer Foundation has put together this instructional video so you can perform your own at-home exam between dental visits or if you notice something unusual.
Schedule your free oral cancer screening with Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson today! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to answer any questions 24/7. You can reach our Costa Mesa dental office by phone at (714) 424-9099 or book online anytime at www.mycostamesadentist.com.
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April 11, 2018
Doing your best to look after your health is a key to enjoying the highest quality of life possible, which is why we’re always encouraging our patients to make choices that keep their mouths — and the rest of their bodies — in great shape. We’re particularly concerned about oral cancer. This devastating illness affects tens of thousands of lives each year, and we don’t want you to become another victim. Your dentist in Costa Mesa is here to talk about some of the facts surrounding this fearsome disease.
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February 8, 2018
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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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!
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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!
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January 15, 2018
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.
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