Finding Relaxation at the Dentist | Riverside General Dentist

Do you struggle with going to the dentist? If you do, don’t stress. There are plenty of individuals who carry the fear of going to the dentist. Going to the dentist is a vital part in keeping your teeth and the rest of your body healthy. So trust us when we say that you should not avoid the dentist. If you are one of the many individuals who are limited when going to the dentist because of fear, Dr. Middleton’s dental practice in Riverside, CA now offers sedation dentistry to calm your nerves!

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although that’s not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.

Sedation is most appropriate for people with a real fear or anxiety that is preventing them from going to the dentist.

Sedation dentistry may also be appropriate for people who:

  • have a low pain threshold
  • can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair
  • have very sensitive teeth
  • have a bad gag reflex
  • need a large amount of dental work completed

Put all your worries today and ask about Sedation Dentistry!

If you would like more information on sedation dentistry or Nitrous Oxide treatment, please contact Dr. Gerald Middleton at (951) 688-3442 or visit our website.

Dr. Gerald Middleton also proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore, and surrounding areas.

Riverside General Dentist | Why is Flossing So Important?

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I bet you’re tired of listening to people constantly tell you to floss. Dentists and health specialists everywhere are trying their hardest to make flossing more prevalent in individuals’ health routines. There are a million excuse patients use as to why they lack the patience to floss, however, here at the dental office of Gerard Middleton, we urge you to take a look at the overall importance of flossing and how it can save your teeth.

  • Unlike a toothbrush, floss is able to get into hard to reach areas and clean out pieces of food or bacteria that can cause plaque to build up. If left untreated for too long, plaque may turn into cavities and worsen into gum disease.
  • Flossing promotes a healthier lifestyle and can lead to a decrease in health issues all around. A healthy mouth can help fight other issues in the body, not to mention decrease the risk of bad breath.

Flossing provides you brighter and healthier teeth while promoting a healthier lifestyle. What more could you want?

For more information about the importance of flossing and cavity prevention, call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit www.gmdental.com.

Dr. Middleton of Riverside, CA also proudly accepts patients from Norco, Ontario, Eastvale, Murrieta, Fontana, and surrounding areas.

Fact or Fiction: Cavities | Riverside Dentist

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Cavities are perhaps the most treatable and preventable dental issue in the world. That being said, there are a lot of ways in which cavities have been brought upon, and while some are completely true others are myths. Here’s a breakdown on what are facts and what are fiction when it comes to cavities.

Sugar is the Prime Cause of Cavities

This is both true and false. It is actually the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth that cause cavities, however, sugar is a substance that fuels bacteria to keep doing what they’re doing.

Exposure to Acidic Foods causes Tooth Decay

Fact. Acidic foods such as lemons, citrus juices, or soft fruit drink don’t cause cavities, but they put enamel in danger. Acids may cause erosion of the tooth protecting enamel, thus weakening the tooth.

Children are more likely to get Cavities than Adults

Fiction. There has been an increase in cavities found in older people. Some medication dry out the mouth and reduce saliva. Saliva is vital in fighting tooth decay because it helps neutralize acids.

For more information about cavities and cavity prevention, call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit www.gmdental.com.

Dr. Middleton of Riverside, CA also proudly accepts patients from Norco, Ontario, Eastvale, Murrieta, Fontana, and surrounding areas.

Riverside CA Dentist | Teeth Friendly Foods for the Holidays!

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Aside from all of the hustle and bustle from holiday shopping and celebrate, let’s be honest: The serious parts come down to the food. Food plays a very large part in Christmas celebrations. With the usual long standing traditions that run throughout families, how could it not? However, with great food comes a great amount of over indulgence. In order to help you avoid any dental pain this Christmas, here are some tips on what to eat, what not to eat, and if necessary: how to deal with an emergency.

Foods to indulge in:

  • Cheese! Cheese is not only rich in calcium, which promotes healthy teeth, but it also balances out the PH in your mouth which lessens the damaging effects of acid from a festive glass of wine on tooth enamel.
  • Unsalted Nuts. Nuts contain calcium and vitamin D, both in which are vital for oral health as well as general health. Walnuts are oftentimes used in cakes and other desserts, contain zinc fibre, folic acid, iron, thiamine, magnesium, vitamin E, & B6.
  • Vegetables. It is always a good idea to promote the habit of eating vegetables. Broccoli and carrots in particular are great for your oral health.

Foods to stay away from:

  • Sweets! Okay, maybe not all sweets. Let’s face it, the holidays do bring up some of the best sweets ever created, however it is important that you take it easy on sweets.
  • Sodas. Carbonated beverages are usually loaded with sugar and are excessively acidic which can cause teeth to erode away.

Emergencies

If you do have a tooth emergency, such as a fracture or a crack, rinse your mouth with warm water and then use an ice pace or cold compress to reduce any swelling. Take ibuprofen and then schedule to meet with your dentist as soon as possible.

For more information on how to survive the holidays, call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit www.gmdental.com.

Dr. Middleton of Riverside, CA also proudly accepts patients from Norco, Ontario, Eastvale, Murrieta, Fontana, and surrounding areas.

Sedation Dentistry in Riverside, CA

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What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although that’s not entirely accurate. Patients of Riverside Dentist Dr. Gerald Middleton are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
The following types of sedation are used in dentistry:
• Inhaled minimal sedation. You breathe nitrous oxide — otherwise known as “laughing gas” — combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
• Oral sedation. Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill. Typically, the pill is Halcion, which is a member of the same drug family as Valium, and it’s usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you’ll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can, though, be awakened with a gentle shake.
• IV moderate sedation. You receive the sedative drug through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation.
• Deep sedation and general anesthesia. You will get medications that will make you either almost unconscious or totally unconscious — deeply asleep — during the procedure. While you are under general anesthesia, you cannot easily be awakened until the effects of the anesthesia wear off or are reversed with medication.
If you have a general sense of anxiety every time you go to the dentist, talk to your dentist today about Sedation Dentistry.
If you would like more information on sedation dentistry or Nitrous Oxide treatment, please contact Dr. Gerald Middleton at (951) 688-3442 or visit our website.
Dr. Gerald Middleton also proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore, and surrounding areas.

Riverside CA Dentist | Let’s Make Teeth Cleaning Fun!

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When it comes to general oral hygiene, always remember that consistency is key! However, we oftentimes find ourselves stuck in a constant struggle with children to get them to brush their teeth. If this is something that occurs whenever you try to help your little one, here are some tips that can make the process of teeth cleaning fun.

Start Earlier

Timing can be a huge thing in helping your child adjust to a normal cleaning routine. Sometimes children get crankier as time goes on. With that in mind, try to start your routine earlier in the day, perhaps a little bit after dinner. This will definitely improve their mood.

Brushing Together

Younger children love mimic what their parents do, so, take advantage of that habit by brushing your teeth alongside them.

Cleaning Teeth to Music

Music may play an important role in allowing your child to not only enjoy brushing their teeth, but sufficiently brush their teeth. Choose a song that is at least two minutes long, to ensure the brushing process is done in its full time, and then choose a song that your kid enjoys!

For more information about how to get your child to follow a teeth cleaning routine in order to prevent dental problems call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit www.gmdental.com.

Dr. Middleton of Riverside, CA also proudly accepts patients from Norco, Ontario, Eastvale, Murrieta, Fontana, and surrounding areas.

CDA Cares Event | Pomona, CA

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Every year, the California Dental Association Foundation and the CDA host a program known as “CDA Cares.” This program allows volunteer dentists to provide dental services at no charge to more than 2,000 patients.

CDA Cares sets out to educate the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need for an effectively funded dental safety net. Through the CDA Cares events, a total of 10,040 patients have been served; 51,785 procedures have been conducted; and 8,061 individuals have volunteered.

We can’t do this alone. The CDA is looking dental and health professionals to volunteer in order to execute all of the oral health care services. WE need general dentists, oral surgeons, dental hygienists, assistants, lab technicians, nurses, and pharmacists. Alongside, we are looking for individuals to volunteer as part of the community to assist with registration, clinic setup, data entry, escorting patients, translating, and more.

Dates
Friday, November 21, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014

Location
Pomona Fairplex, Building 4
1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768

Dr. Middleton will be participating in the next CDA Cares event located in Pomona, CA. If you have any questions about the event, feel free to call Dr. Middleton’s office at (951)-688-3442 or visit www.gmdental.com.

Dr. Middleton of Riverside, CA proudly accepts patients from Norco, Ontario, Eastvale, Murrieta, Fontana, and surrounding areas.

Riverside Dentist |Foods to Avoid after getting a Filling

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After your dentist finds a cavity at your dental appointment, you will probably undergo a filling treatment to prevent any further damage to your teeth as well as to fix up the space in which that cavity already damaged your teeth. Yourdental filling treatment is done under a local anesthetic, and once that anesthesia wears off, your teeth will be incredibly sensitive for the time being. Here are some food tips that Dr. Middleton approves for you to follow after your filling.

  • Avoid hot and cold foods. I know what you’re thinking, well if you can’t eat it hot and you can’t eat it cold, then what exactly are you eating? Well, the days after your procedure, your teeth will be incredibly sensitive to extreme temperatures. It will be easier, less painful, and more comfortable for you to eat your food at a “middle of the way” temperature.
  • AVOID gum and sticky foods. This tip applies for any form of dental procedure. It is safer for your teeth to just avoid sticky foods altogether. These foods include sticky candies such as caramel or taffy. After your filling, the material used to fill in the tooth will still be somewhat malleable. In that case, you want to avoid chewing excessively for the sole purpose of making sure your filling stays right.
  • Try warm (NOT HOT) soft foods the first couple of days after your procedure. Pureed vegetable soup and fruit smoothies make up for a great after procedure meal. As time passes by, you’ll be able to eat your normal foods again!

For more information about dental fillings or other aspects of general dentistry call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit www.gmdental.com.

Dr. Middleton of Riverside, CA proudly accepts patients from Norco, Ontario, Eastvale, Murrieta, Fontana, and surrounding areas.

Riverside, CA Dentist | All you need to know about Teeth Whitening

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Have your pearly whites lost their luster? If so, you might want to consider teeth whitening. In a world where our teeth whitening options have broadened immensely over the last couple of years, how do you choose the best option for you?

According to Riverside Dentist, Gerald Middleton DDS, there are a multitude of options in which one can pursue teeth whitening. First thing’s first: To seek professional teeth whitening solutions or to pursue it on your own? While both options do serve you with the same end result, there are differences. You must factor in your budget, the severity of you discoloration, and how dramatic you want your end result to be. Here are a couple options you may consider for your teeth whitening endeavor.

Laser Bleaching at the Office

This option of teeth whitening can be performed in one office visit, with three 20 minute bleaching treatments. This is the most expensive form of teeth whitening options, as the results are seen much faster than other teeth whitening options. With laser bleaching, your teeth are in essence bleached and then a light is used to activate the bleach for whitening purposes.

Professional Bleaching Trays

This option includes your dentist taking an impression of your teeth to create custom bleaching trays that fit your teeth. You will used a special bleaching solutions for one to two weeks.

Over the Counter Whitening Kits

This option provides a multitude of different products that are offered. You can but kits for just about everything these days. Over the counter products are budget friendly, however don’t produce the most dramatic results.

For more questions on teeth cleanings and how to maintain ideal oral health call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit gmdental.com.

Dr. Middleton proudly serves Riverside, CA; Norco, CA; Ontario, CA, Eastvale,CA; Murrieta, CA; Fontana, CA; and surrounding areas.

Enhance any Gap or Chip with Veneers | Riverside Cosmetic Dentistry

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If you suffer from gapped or chipped teeth, there is a simple solution that will allow you to achieve a much more confident and bright smile: Porcelain Veneers.

Porcelain Veneers are custom-made shells that are adhered to the surface of your teeth to correct any dental imperfections that hinder you from showing off your smile. Porcelain Veneers are perfect for patients who suffer from a wide variety of aspects all of the following:

  • Stained teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Worn down teeth

Porcelain Veneers will give you the polished look you are looking for! Dr. Middleton strongly encourages patients to consider porcelain veneers because the material used is stain-proof and will last up to 20 years! Porcelain Veneers will give you 20 years of never worrying about discoloration and 20 years with a bright and beautiful smile.

Schedule an appointment today if you are ready to enhance any gap or chip because porcelain veneers may be the solution to your problems!

For more information on how porcelain veneers can drastically rejuvenate your smile call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit www.gmdental.com.

Dr. Middleton also proudly accepts patients from Riverside, Norco, Ontario, Eastvale, Murrieta, Fontana, and surrounding areas.