Posts for category: Oral Health

By John Baron DDS
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Are you 100% certain that you have good oral hygiene? Essentially, your mouth smells, works, and looks healthy if you practice good oral hygiene habits. This means that you have pink gums that don’t bleed or hurt when you brush and floss your teeth, your teeth look healthy and work properly, and your breath smells clean and fresh.

If you experience bleeding gums, aching teeth, or chronic bad breath, visit your dentist at E.John Baron, DDS Inc. in Santa Cruz, CA, as any of these problems might indicate an oral health issue. Dr. John Baron will recommend the most suitable oral hygiene practices for your case and pinpoint areas in your mouth that need additional attention when performing your oral care routine.

What Does a Good Oral Care Routine Look Like?

Maintaining proper oral hygiene is among the most vital things you could do, not only for your gums and teeth but your overall health as well. Aside from helping you feel and look good, healthy gums and teeth can likewise make it easier for you to talk and chew properly. Daily and proper preventive care techniques will help you halt all sorts of oral health problems in their tracks before they even have a chance to develop.

In between routine visits to your Santa Cruz, CA, dentist for cleanings and oral health exams, here are some very simple guidelines that you can follow to significantly lower the risk of developing gum disease, decay, and other conditions:

  • Brush thoroughly at least two times daily and floss every single day
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit your intake of starchy and sugary items.
  • Use a mouthwash with fluoride and/or antibacterial ingredients to help keep gum disease and tooth decay at bay. It’s fine if you use mouthwash immediately after brushing your teeth, but you can also use mouthwash after meals if you can’t brush your teeth.

Want More Information on How to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy? Give Us a Call

Schedule a consultation with your dentist, Dr. John Baron, here at E.John Baron, DDS Inc. at Santa Cruz, CA, by dialing (831) 426-9200.

By John Baron DDS
February 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sedation  

Regular dental checkups are a crucial part of maintaining optimal oral health, but fear and anxiety can prevent some people from visiting the dentist when needed. Sedation dentistry helps patients relax and overcome their worries so they can receive the dental care they need. At our office in Santa Cruz, our dentist, Dr. John Baron offers sedation dentistry for patients who need help relaxing during dental appointments.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves the use of mild sedatives to help the patient relax and feel less anxious during routine dental checkups and more complicated procedures. Although under sedation, patients are able to remain awake and alert but experience less anxiety because they are in a relaxed state. Depending on what is used to induce sedation, some patients might even experience slight amnesia regarding what happened during a dental procedure.

A major benefit of sedation dentistry is that patients with dental phobia or high anxiety levels can endure lengthy dental procedures they would normally be unable to tolerate in a single sitting. Instead of having to return for multiple visits to complete complicated dental work, sedation dentistry helps patients relax so everything can be completed in one visit. For example, sedation dentistry can help a patient undergoing several tooth extractions or root canals relax enough to have all the work completed in a single appointment.

Our Santa Cruz dentist utilizes several methods for helping anxious patients relax. Some commonly used methods include local anesthesia and oral conscious sedation. Local anesthesia is administered by injection directly in the area to be treated. This helps numb the area so patients feel little to no pain or discomfort. Oral conscious sedation involves the use of oral sedatives or nitrous oxide, sometimes known as laughing gas, to help patients relax.

If you experience extreme anxiety during dental appointments or have dental phobia, sedation dentistry can help. To learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you relax at the dentist, call our office in Santa Cruz at (831) 426-9200 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Baron.

By E. John Baron DDS
June 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: flossing  

The American Dental Association says that everyone--children through senior adults--should brush their teeth twice a day. However, flossingbrushing is only part of a consistently good oral hygiene routine. The other part is flossing daily. While both practices aim to remove plaque and prevent decay and gum disease, only flossing removes sticky residues from between your teeth and at the gum line. So don't neglect flossing, says Santa Cruz, CA, dentist, Dr. John Baron. It's foundational to your oral health.

What's so bad about plaque?

Yes, flossing removes sticky plaque, that biofilm left over from the foods we eat. Left alone, plaque hardens quickly into a rock-like substance called tartar which pushes gums away from tooth surfaces, causing recession. While only your dental hygienist can remove tartar with manual scaling techniques, you can stay ahead of plaque with routine brushing and flossing at home.

Frankly, the problem with plaque is two-fold. It detracts from the appearance of your teeth and gums, and it contains bacteria that causes bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. The particular microorganism is called Streptococcus mutans, and it secretes corrosive acids that eat away at tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay.

Additionally, the Strep germ causes inflammation, making your gums bleed, swell and recede. Diseased gums provide little support for your teeth, and the germs also degrade the integrity of your jaw bone. The eventual results of gum disease, or periodontitis, are tooth mobility, tooth loss and systemic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and arthritis.

Just a little prevention helps

What's the lesson? Be sure to brush with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste. Stay at it for two minutes twice a day as recommended by the American Dental Association. Also, floss every single day, and it's not as hard as you might think.

Your Santa Cruz dentists say you should use whatever flossing product you are comfortable with:

  • Plain or waxed floss
  • Flavored floss
  • Y-shaped flossers
  • Interdental picks or brushes

Use a clean piece of floss, new brush or new flosser every time. Apply them gently. In other words, don't snap the floss against your gums or scrub too vigorously with the tiny brushes. You want to clean your gums, not abrade and damage them.

If you are new to flossing, expect some bleeding. This will resolve after a day or two.

Flossing Tips

  • Use an 18-inch length of floss. Wind the ends around the middle or index fingers of both hands. Pull it taut, and leave a three to four-inch section free.
  • Gently insert the taut floss between your teeth. Form a C-shape with the floss, and move it up and down, cleaning the tooth surfaces.
  • Proceed systematically around your mouth, and don't forget those back molars.

Learn more

Dr. Baron and his team emphasize preventive dentistry. They'll happily show you the best way to floss to keep your smile bright and healthy. If it's time for your six-month check-up and cleaning, call (831) 426-9200 for an appointment in Santa Cruz, CA.

E. John Baron DDS, INC.
550 Water Street, Suite L-1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-9200