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Pregnancy and Oral Health

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in your life. However, pregnancy has a profound impact on oral health—and vice versa. Tooth pain during pregnancy is very common. Other tooth issues common in pregnancy include cavities and gingivitis. This article will discuss a rundown of pregnancy and oral health. For example, what to expect while pregnant, what to consider for the health of your baby, and what procedures you can and can’t get while pregnant.

What are the risks to myself

Don’t be alarmed if you get a cavity while pregnant. During pregnancy, the body changes its hormone levels. Some of these can make it easier for plaque to build up, leading to gingivitis and cavities. Aching teeth during pregnancy is usually attributed to one of those two causes. Moreover, if you already had swollen, painful gums, pregnancy often makes your condition worse.

One distressing, but usually benign side effect of pregnancy on teeth, is the presence of oral tumors. These typically grow during the pregnancy, but shrink when the baby is born. Fortunately, they typically don’t require treatment, unless they cause excessive discomfort, or make chewing and brushing difficult.

What are the risks for the baby

While cavities and gingivitis typically aren’t that bad for the mother, they can be difficult for a baby. Having moderate to severe gingivitis increases the risk of premature, low birthweight babies. With that in mind, it’s best for pregnant women to seek dental care at every stage of pregnancy.

Can I go to the dentist while pregnant

You may wonder if a dental visit is possible during your pregnancy.  Yes, pregnancy dental care is not only possible, but highly encouraged. Getting dental work while pregnant will reduce the risk of gingivitis, and help you keep that risk low for your whole pregnancy. You should aim to get one cleaning per trimester of your pregnancy. If you discover gums bleeding during pregnancy, call your dentist. Even if you’re practicing good oral hygiene, your risk of dental problems is elevated.

Your dentist can perform many basic procedures. Cleanings are fine, and filling basic cavities can be handled as well. If you’re experiencing an emergency, your dentist will find some way to help you. You cannot live while needing a root canal until the baby is born, for example. In general, however, preventative measures like using fluoride during pregnancy are better than tackling issues that crop up.

What procedures should I avoid while pregnant

Unfortunately, there is no direct answer for all dental procedures. For example, getting dental X rays while pregnant is a gray area. If you’re struggling with a dental emergency, they may be unavoidable. On the other hand, your dentist will want to limit these as much as possible. If you scheduled any cosmetic procedures prior to your pregnancy, you will more than likely have to reschedule them. Anything that requires more than local anesthesia, and anything that requires medication, will be limited.

Pregnancy health is a holistic topic. Good oral health will help you have a healthy baby. Pregnancy itself can work against you, making you more prone to cavities and gingivitis. Together, alongside Dr. Peabody, we can map out a plan to limit cavities while pregnant and keep gingivitis at bay.

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Three Steps to Finding the Right Cosmetic Dentist

cosmetic-dentist-santa-cruz-smile-makeoverA winning smile is high on the list of most desirable features. Many people desperately want to do something about their teeth, but they’re not sure what to get. They think that accidents or bad habits of the past have permanently ruined their grin. After all, when was the last time you heard of a “Smile Makeover”? Cosmetic dentists perform these actions every day. You can find the cosmetic dentist in Santa Cruz who will work for you in three easy steps.

1. Pick a goal grin

Before you start looking online or flipping through the phonebook, have a concrete idea what you want. Everyone’s grin goals are different. Maybe you want to straighten your teeth, close some gaps, or replace a missing tooth. Maybe you’re unhappy with the shape of your teeth. No matter what your primary concern is, most people agree that their pearly whites could use a polish.

Go to the mirror and decide what, specifically, you want to fix about your smile. It’s impossible to get a “smile makeover” where you don’t know what you’re asking for. Cosmetic dentistry can give you what you want, but you have to be specific.

2. Explore your options

When you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist, Santa Cruz has the options to help. It’s not enough just to find a dentist. You have to find one that specializes in your goals from the first step. While every dentist can whiten your teeth, not every dentist does dental implants, for example. The more complex and/or specific your goals are, the more difficult it will be to find a Santa Cruz cosmetic dentist who can help you.

You should also do some research on pricing. The exact amount you’ll pay depends on a lot of factors. Not every Santa Cruz cosmetic dentist will charge the same price for the same procedure. Your insurance company may cover some or all of some procedures that are not purely cosmetic, even if you want them for cosmetic reasons. You should know the general range of prices for each procedure that you want done. You don’t want to waste your time planning visits with dentists if there’s no chance that you’ll be able to afford the procedure. In general, the more information you have going into the third step, the better your outcome will be.

3. Prepare for your smile’s critical interview

Hopefully, by this point you know who you’d like to have as your Santa Cruz cosmetic dentist. Schedule the initial consultation and bring questions with you. You should ask general and specific questions to get a feel for the dentist. It’s important to feel comfortable with your dentist. The more relaxed and honest you are; the better treatment you’ll receive. Your research should hopefully have generated some questions. Talk to your dentist and get an idea of how they operate and what plans they could make towards reaching your goals of a better grin.

A “smile makeover” isn’t something that should be rushed into. Taking your time and deciding specifically on what you want will save you headaches down the road. An initial interview will let you know whether you click with a cosmetic dentist in Santa Cruz, or if you should keep looking.

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Foods That Stain Your Teeth

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Any Santa Cruz Dentist will agree that health is a constant balancing act. For every delicious and nutritious bite you put in your body there’s an equal word of warning about why doing it might not be the best idea. Many of the healthy foods we love are also edible bombs that destroy our white smile. Keeping those pearly whites sparkling between trips to your Santa Cruz dentist is a challenge even for diligent brushers and flossers. Here are the foods to be aware of in regards to tooth discoloration.

Fruit juices

A nice glass of fruit juice or a delicious smoothie is a great way to start your morning with energy. Be sure that you’re brushing after the meal, however. Citruses in particular are highly acidic and can eat away at the portion of enamel that holds whiteness best. While citrus juice is the biggest offender, acidic foods like tomato sauce can also cause this affect.

Coffee, tea, and wine

Alas, all good things in life are a double-edged sword. Coffee and tea both contain very high levels of tannins. These acids break down enamel and stain what’s left. Wine is also tannin rich, which is why all three of these beverages share some health benefits.

Your Santa Cruz dentist will tell you: be aware of the sugar content of coffee and tea as well. The longer sugars are on your teeth, the longer the germs have to feast and produce cavity-causing plague and tartar. Consider abstaining from these drinks unless you’re able to quickly brush your teeth soon after.

Fresh blackberries, blueberries, and more

If you can’t get the food out of your sweater, you probably won’t be able to get it out of your teeth. Blackberries, blueberries, and beets are all foods with a heavy coloring. It doesn’t just wash itself off. If you are a fan of these delicious snacks you’re going to have to spend extra time on whitening. While some dentists are sticklers for avoiding these heavy staining berries, most Santa Cruz dentists are in favor of enjoying the local produce.

Soy and curry

The dark or distinctive coloring of these treats is the clue that they can harm your teeth. Soy leaves a yellow, unpleasant stain behind. Curry can also be highly acidic, which compounds the effects of its bright yellow or green coloring. Neither of these go well with your enamel.

Quick tips to combat stains from your Santa Cruz Dentist

The easiest tip to minimize stains is to brush as soon as possible after eating or drinking, every time. What feels like a burden at first will quickly become a habit. Two minutes in a restroom after lunch or drinks out will lead to a whiter, effortlessly more attractive smile. Your teeth won’t just look better, but they’ll be healthier as well. The next time you stop in at your Santa Cruz dentist it’ll be a much cheaper visit.

If you can’t brush, chew a fibrous food like an apple. This will give your teeth a “rough brush” experience as the fiber helps strip away plague and stains.

Once a week or so, dip your tooth brush in baking soda and use that instead of toothpaste. Be sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards. The abrasiveness of baking soda is perfect for scrubbing teeth pearly white again, just remember it can be too tough on teeth.

Food that stains your teeth are impossible to avoid. Some of your favorite treats are probably culprits in your dingy smile. A few simple steps and a little knowledge will let you know when you can dive in, and when it’s better to pass on the coffee until you’ve got your toothbrush with you. Your smile will thank you!

To learn more about how to keep your teeth white or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Peabody today!

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Santa Cruz Teeth Whitening for Life

Santa Cruz Teeth Whitening For Life

Even dentists know that people don’t like going to the dentist. Dr. Peabody knows you need an extra incentive to get into the dentist chair twice a year. Out of an effort to provide exceptional care, Santa Cruz Teeth Whitening for Life was born. This program rewards patients who prioritize their oral hygiene appointments with low-cost cosmetic tooth whitening—for life! Here’s what the program looks like for you.

Reduced whitening costs

The first step in the Whitening for Life program is customizing your bleaching trays and gels. The bleaching tray is customized to fit your mouth securely in order to hold the whitening agent in place. This first round and the trays typically cost around $400. However, Dr. Peabody’s Whitening for Life program reduces the cost to $119. With a savings of $281, whitening is more affordable than ever.

So, where does the “for life” come in? The answer is simple. Once you have your trays and your first round of whitening gel, you receive a touch-up kit every six months, on the house. It’s important to note that membership in the Whitening for Life program comes with only a few requirements. As long you keep the guidelines, you receive your complimentary cleaning kit every six months for the rest of your life.

Make a commitment to great oral health

To maintain your Whitening for Life membership, keep your visits up to date, and schedule routine visits every six months. You’ll receive your touch-up kit after your scheduled dental appointment. These kits keep your smile as bright and white as it is healthy, thanks for your regular preventative maintenance check ups.

Preventative maintenance is always better than emergency repairs. This is true of your car, your roof, and especially your teeth. Twice yearly hygiene visits to your dentist reduce dental and periodontal disease, and give your dentist a chance to check for any emerging issues. Not to mention, your teeth and gums get a good deep cleaning. Emergency tooth problems are expensive and painful; however, regular checkups prevent them from sneaking up on you. Dr. Peabody knows that the need for regular, preventative maintenance is important for your teeth, and is willing to offer the Santa Cruz Teeth Whitening for Life program.

Stay a Santa Cruz Teeth Whitening for Life member through professional notice

The final requirement for maintaining your membership in the Whitening for Life program is to give ample notice of changes or cancellations. Life can be unexpected, but everyone appreciates professional courtesy. Dr. Peabody and staff need time to prepare for every visit. If you need to cancel or change your appointment, a two-day notice is required. Just call 831-457-0343 to request a different appointment date or time and maintain your membership in the Whitening for Life club.

By simply committing to great oral health and giving a two-day notice of any changes, you get free Santa Cruz Teeth Whitening kits for the rest of your life. Prevent dental disease and get the brilliant smile you’ve always wanted with a membership in the Whitening for Life program. Call 831-457-0343 to set up your first appointment and learn more about how the Whitening for Life program can help you.

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Is Mouthwash good?

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A question that many of our patients ask us is “Why should we be using a mouthwash?”

The fact is, mouthwashes may conceal the existence of dental or other health problems. The most common of these is bad breath (halitosis), which can be caused by a range of causes, including poor oral hygiene, decay, infection or xerostomia (dry mouth). If NOT having bad breath is Continue Reading →

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Are Dental X-Rays Safe? Your Santa Cruz Cosmetic Dentist

Why is Dental Radiation (1)Are you worried about getting dental x-rays?  Is the fear of radiation keeping you from getting the x-rays that your dentist has recommended? Worry no more- all of your burning questions about the safety and uses of dental x-rays are answered!  Before scheduling your next visit to your Santa Cruz Cosmetic dentist, take a few minutes to find out more about the benefits and importance of dental x-rays.

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Stop Night Teeth Grinding – Santa Cruz Family Dentist

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Do you wake up with a throbbing headache and aching in your jaw? Does your bed partner complain about the crunching or grating sound you make at night? If so, you might be grinding your teeth at night. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can be caused by a variety of factors. Most grinding is caused by missing or broken teeth or an abnormal bite. Stress and sleep disorders can also contribute to the likelihood of teeth grinding at night. While occasional grinding is normal and harmless, grinding on a regular or nightly basis can lead to the damage of your teeth and other oral health problems. To stop your night grinding and reduce the risk of damaging your teeth, Continue Reading →

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Get your Dental Exam: Healthy Mouth = Happy Life

Healthy Smile Happy Life SiteTaking good care of your oral hygiene does more than help guarantee you have a bright, white smile. A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand-in-hand. Good oral hygiene and oral health can improve your overall health, reducing the risk of disease and sometimes even preserving your memory as you get older.

At the office of Dr. Guy Peabody, a Santa Cruz Dentist, we always say it is never too early to start educating children to take care of their teeth. Healthy habits learned in adolescence can save a lot of money and headache in adulthood. The expression, “healthy mouth, healthy life,” really is true — and is backed up by growing scientific evidence.

Here are six ways that having healthy teeth and gums Continue Reading →

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What is Restorative Dentistry?

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What is Restorative Dentistry?

Santa Cruz Restorative dentistry is a combination of managing dental health and fixing any existing dental problems that are interfering with the your mouth’s look, feel, and functionality. Essentially, restorative dentistry aims to return teeth to their healthiest state- and keep them looking and feeling great. Restorative dentistry encompasses a vast range of procedures and techniques which are used to correct and prevent problems Continue Reading →

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