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Last Dental Cleaning of the Year!

September 26th, 2017

Fall is here and now is the time to get your last dental cleaning of the year. For those of you who have only had one dental cleaning so far this year, now is the time to schedule your next appointment. For those of you who have kids, you know how busy everything gets once Halloween arrives and before you know it, Thanksgiving is here and the rest of the holiday obligations pop up, we start traveling and we forget to take care of ourselves. For those without children, life is just as busy with family and friend obligations. Now is the time to take care of yourself. Call San Marcos Family Dental in San Marcos Ca at 760-798-4178 to schedule your appointment today.

A professional dental cleaning is needed twice a year because over time, about six months or less, plaque and tarter begin to build-up. The build up of plaque, which contains bacteria, can lead to the beginning of tooth decay and gum disease. Similarly, tartar build up makes the smile less attractive and once build up begins, can only be removed by a professional, your hygienist.

I did not know this, but some foods vs. other foods cause more build up than others. The first rule of thumb is to avoid sour candy. Bread, alcohol, potato and soda pop are all foods to avoid as the body naturally converts those into sugar, which get trapped between teeth and gums and causes the plaque and tartar described above. Dentists will also recommend avoiding anything hard such as a lollipop, hard candy or even ice as many cracked and chipped teeth happen this way. Sticky foods like taffy, cotton candy or even dried fruits and can get stuck between the gums and teeth and that will lead to plaque and tartar build up, which is what we are all trying to avoid.

We hope these tips and information help you make better decisions when it comes to your oral health. If you have NOT had two professional dental cleanings this year, call San Marcos Family Dental to schedule your appointment today. Our office is located in San Marcos City Hall located at 1 Civic Center Dr. Ste 230, San Marcos Ca 92069. Our phone number is 760-798-4178

 

How to properly clean your gums

September 10th, 2017

How to properly clean your gums

Plaque and tartar can build up over time and your gums can easily become infected. The way you can tell if your gums have been infected is there is usually some pain and swelling involved. If you are eating or drinking and feel a little discomfort in a particular area, your gums may be infected in that area only or perhaps in more places that haven’t become inflamed yet. Here are some great tips for keeping your gums clean and healthy.

The best and easiest way to keep your gums clean and healthy is to use mouthwash after brushing and flossing. I know this is an extra expense for most households, but I want to share with you the importance of using mouthwash. First, it kills germs that cause plaque build-up, gingivitis and bad breath. Second, it reduces the bacteria in the mouth. Thirdly, when gums get infected, cleaning the gums with floss and following it up with mouthwash will help reduce the inflammation and help heal the gums faster.

You must brush your teeth twice a day as a minimum, but I say after every meal when possible. Every dentist that I have ever spoke to, will recommend an electric toothbrush. They also recommend you brush for the entire two minutes with gentle strokes using fluoride toothpaste.

We already talked about flossing above, but flossing is probably one of the most important things you can do for healthy gums. The reason flossing is so important is because it is the only way to clean under the gums, where food and debris get stuck, causing inflammation and infections. Most dentists that I speak to will recommend flossing twice a day, not once a day as we have been told in the past.

Be sure to schedule your regular cleanings at the dentist as this is really the only way to get a professional cleaning, which needs to be done at least twice a year. For the best dental service in North County San Diego, visit SanMarcos-FamilyDental.com in San Marcos. The office is located at 1 Civic Center Dr. Ste. #230, San Marcos Ca 92069 760-798-4178

We're Having a Baby!

August 24th, 2017

Congratulations goes out to Dr Constantine Reppas and Dr Joanna El-Maasri, who are having a baby girl. We are so happy for these two. Dr Joanna and Dr Constantine met in dental school in 2008. They immediately hit it off and became best of friends before tying the knot in 2013. Fast forward to 2017, they have a thriving dental practice and they are having their first baby. Congratulations to you both. We can't wait to follow along on your journey through this blog and your Facebook page.

As you may or may not know, Dr Constantine Reppas has recently joined San Marcos Family Dental full time just a few months ago. We couldn't be more excited for you both for growing your amazing dental practice so fast and and for growing your family. Now that Dr Constantine Reppas is there full time, it gives Dr Joanna and Dr Constantine several months of working together, knowing the patients together, before Dr Joanna takes a few weeks off in October to have their baby girl. Dr Joanna's last day of work before taking a few weeks off will be October 8th, with the baby due on October 20th. Dr Joanna will be off for about six weeks in total and will be back right after the Thanksgiving holiday, Monday November 27th.

You may or may not remember in other blogs that we mentioned how Dr Constantine Reppas has been working full time for another dentist as Dr Joanna was building the dental practice, the truth is, Dr Constantine has been there since day one. He was seeing patients in the evenings and on the weekends to help out. I think their drive and dedication to their patients is the #1 reason they have grown so fast. San Marcos Family Dental has about as many patients in just one year, as most dental offices would have in 5 or more years. First of all, they are fantastic dentists, secondly, they work hard, reach out to the community in person and the community of San Marcos and abroad have come to appreciate having a fantastic dentist in their own community.

Dr Constantine has family in Ohio, which will be out for the holidays and for baby Reppas arrival and will be in town for a while to help out. Dr Joanna's family/parents live right here in San Marcos where Dr Joanna grew up and will be able to help out while the doctors get back to work right after the Thanksgiving holiday. Again, we couldn't be happier for you. I am glad to share your story with the world. Congratulations! Enjoy your special time as I only have one child, the birth of my son was precious. I know you will feel the same. Congrats and we can't wait to meet her and to see you both back at San Marcos Family Dental very soon.

What causes Dry mouth? What can I try to help my Dry Mouth?

August 8th, 2017

Does your mouth ever feel so dry that you can't even swallow. Dry Mouth is an epidemic problem among Americans. Tens of millions of people suffer from dry mouth every year and the numbers are increasing. The number one cause of dry mouth are medications. Millions of Americans are on prescribed medications that

clearly cause dry mouth.

The number one way to cure or help elevate dry mouth is drink lots of water. Eighty ounces per day for women and one hundred ounces per day for men will help elevate some of the dry mouth or completely cure dry mouth.

Tips for drinking lots of water per day.

1. Start the morning off with one glass of water

BEFORE you grab the morning cup of coffee.
2. Carry w metal water bottle with you at all times
3. Always ask for water at a restaurant or a water cup at a fast casual restaurant.
4. At 3:30 pm, drink a large glass of water 16-24 oz preferred. You may need to force some of this down, but take 8-10  big gulps per one breath, forcing a large amount of water into your body. I promise you, your body will thank you. Besides, at 4 pm, I'm usually getting hungry, so I start looking for a snack, right before dinner,adding extra calories to my daily intake that I don't really need. Can you hear me?

If you are like me and have this problem too, then drinking a bunch of water at 3:30 pm will really help curve the appetite and your body and dry mouth will thank you.

Another tip I sometimes do is keep some sugar free and/or hard candy at my desk and in my car. Of course, I get cravings just like anyone else, but honestly, I am at the age where I need to watch my weight, so I have become an expert at some this stuff.

This next tip is a really hard one for me.... Drink less coffee, drink less alcohol. Yes, beer is alcohol too. Even though it is made with lots of water, you can't count drinking a beer as any water intake... Sorry!

If you have had recent medical surgeries or have undergone cancer treatment such as radiation, then dry mouth can be a side affect to that treatment. Wait about two to six months after treatment has stopped while trying these tips and the dry mouth should go away.

Another Tip, when I mention drinking water, I really mean drink water. Tea, made mostly from water does not count. Propel, Gatorade or any drink that is not 100% clear like water, is not considered as your daily intake for water. The reason for that is broken down to the cellular level. Only 100% clear water can rejuvenate a human cell in the body, hence cleansing your body completely down to the cellular level. See, I told you I know a lot on this subject....

Smoking causes dry mouth and many other problems. I know for smokers, it is one of the hardest things in the world to do is to stop smoking, so we will just leave it at that. We all know the harmful other side affects it brings that much greater than dry mouth.

In closing, I'll leave you with two final tips for helping your dry mouth symptoms. One, use a humidifier at night, especially in the winter time. Two, Simply Brush your teeth and tongue after every meal and drink some water after you brush and rinse. If you have tried most or all of these tips for curing dry mouth for a period of two months and are still dry mouth, then schedule your appointment with San Marcos Family Dental at 760-798-4178.

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