Why Regular Professional Teeth Cleaning Is Important


Regularly cleaning the teeth, as well as mouth and ridding it of harmful bacteria is key to maintaining good oral health. Though, as often as you may brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash, nothing beats the work done by a dental professional.

Most dentists recommend to have your teeth checked and cleaned professionally, at least, twice a year. Why so? These five perfectly good reasons listed below make for a very strong case.

1.       It helps prevent the onset of gum disease.

Gum disease starts off slow and often times, you won’t even notice it spreading. Though, by the time that you do, it’s often too late since you’ll be feeling the pain and sensitivity that comes with it.

Apart from good oral hygiene practices at home, having your teeth checked regularly for small dental issues and getting them taken care of immediately (usually through dental cleaning) is the best way to spare yourself from the pain and hassle of dealing with gum disease.

2.       It goes a long way in helping you maintain a healthy, beautiful-looking smile.

Be full of confidence and be brimming with self-esteem by making sure that you have a beautiful smile.

A beaming, radiant smile is often the result of hard work, coming in the form of practicing good oral care at home and of course, visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and dental cleaning.

3.       It helps improve the chances of oral cancer being detected early on.

Oral cancer is a life-threatening disease and the best chances that we have of curing it is to stop it early in its tracks. Visiting the dentist regularly for dental cleaning helps give you a fighting chance against oral cancer by increasing the chances of it being diagnosed early on.

4.       It helps you maintain good oral health.

Regular dental visits will make it easier for your preferred dental practitioner to keep track of your oral health and compare it with previous results. This way, your dentist can check for any slight issues and correct them as soon as they appear.

Also, during these visits, the dentist will check your mouth and teeth for any signs of other problems. And, along with cancer, it is a known fact that all types of diseases or illnesses are a lot easier, as well as a lot less expensive, to treat when they’re diagnosed early on.

  1. 5.       More importantly, it helps you maintain good overall health.

Recent studies have shown that there’s a link between poor oral hygiene and other chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and pregnancy problems.

Having your teeth cleaned regularly will not only help keep your teeth and gums healthy, but also help keep other health problems at bay.

Just how often you need to visit your dental professional depends on their assessment on the overall state of your oral health. But, then again, for that to happen, you’ll have to visit their office first.

Visit your dental professional today and discuss with them how often you need to have your teeth cleaned professionally, as well as what more you can do to further improve the condition of your teeth an gums.

What to Expect From Your Dental Crown Procedure

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Dental crown procedures are recommend to patients mainly because of the reasons: First, is that you have a weak tooth that requires a bridge or something else to hold it together; second is if you have a tooth has already been so discolored that it can no longer be fixed through conventional means; the third is simply for cosmetic reasons.

Regardless of which of the three categories you fall into, you’ll most likely have to choose the type of crown you want placed on your teeth.

The most common choices are resin and stainless steel. Though, cosmetic crowns are often made out of porcelain or ceramic.

It’s important that you take the time to do research on the pros and cons of each type, as well as ask your dentist to make a recommendation based on what is best for your teeth’s specific situation.

The Procedure

Installing a dental crown should only take two visits – first for installation of the temporary crown and the second for the placement of the permanent one.

During the initial visit, the dentist will examine the problem tooth and make sure that it is still able to support a crown. After this, the dentist will begin filing it down in preparation of the crown. Though, in cases of severely damaged and broken teeth, the dentists may have to fill the tooth in first so that it’s large enough for the crown to fit in.

Once the dentist has finished filing or filling the tooth, the dentist will then take an impression of the tooth and its surroundings. This impression will then be sent to a dental lab where a permanent crown will be made according to its measurements.

Since the permanent crown will take some time to finish, your tooth will be fitted with a temporary crown that will help protect it and keep it in shape until the permanent crown is ready for placement.

Caring For A Temporary Crown

Because they weren’t built to last for more than a few weeks, you will have to take extra care of your temporary crown.

Dentists will usually suggest a few precautionary tips before sending you off, including:

  • Staying away from sticky, as well as chewy foods as much as possible because they can grab and pull off the crown.
  • Make a conscious effort to chew on the side of your mouth where the temporary crown was not fitted.
  • Hard food, such as bones, raw vegetables, etc.  can break the crown and should be avoided.
  • When flossing, try to do it to the side rather than lifting it out. This way, you won’t pull off the temporary crown by accident.

The Second Visit

Your dentist will notify you once the permanent crown is finished and ready. By then, you will have your second visit, where the temporary crown is removed and the dentist will then position, as well as fasten the permanent crown. To do this, dentists will use a special adhesive and take extra care to make sure that the crown is placed properly.

Once placed and everything is taken care of, the dentist will send you off along with a few necessary tips and advises.

Do remember that crowned teeth require as much care as normal teeth, so don’t forget to brush and floss regularly, rinse using an antibacterial mouthwash, and of course, visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleaning.

If you feel you could benefit from a dental crown or would like to schedule an appointment call the office of Gerald Middleton DDS at 951-688-3442. Learn more about his practice by visiting his website at www.gmdental.com.

Benefits of Mouthwash | Dentist Riverside CA


Two of the most common dental problems for patients is tooth decay (cavities) and periodontal disease (gum disease). While they sound very different, they both have a common cause: bacteria within the mouth. While many people realize that mouthwash is effective as a breath-freshener, it’s also very important in combating oral bacteria – not only does it make your breath smell nice, it can save your teeth and gums.

Tooth decay is typically caused by acid produced when bacteria consumes food particles and sugars within the mouth. Similarly, periodontal disease occurs when bacterial colonies make their way beneath the gum line, causing damage to tooth roots and gum tissue, and eventual bone loss and tooth loss. In both cases, regular brushing and flossing can help remove plaque (bacteria-rich film on the surface of teeth) before it hardens into tartar (mineralized plaque, which continues to damage teeth and tissue, but is much harder to remove). Mouthwash helps maintain oral health by assisting in the process of killing bacteria that isn’t physically removed by the toothbrush or floss.

While brushing and flossing often cleans teeth and gums, there are a number of different surfaces within your mouth – all of which can (and will) allow bacteria to live within your mouth. Many dentists recommend that in addition to brushing your teeth, you also use your toothbrush to clean bacteria from your tongue. Similarly, using mouthwash will help minimize bacteria on the insides of your cheek, and on the gum tissue near your teeth.

Mouthwash has other benefits as well. Physically swishing mouthwash within your mouth can   wash leftover food particles from your mouth. While brushing and flossing will help remove food stuck on the surfaces of the teeth, mouthwash may dislodge food particles throughout the mouth, which reduces the available food for bacteria that eventually cause tooth decay. For this reason, it’s often advisable to use mouthwash prior to brushing – mouthwash may help loosen food particles that can be fully removed with the toothbrush.  Finally, some mouthwash contains fluoride – fluoride can help strengthen tooth enamel, which will help resist cavities and minimize the chances of cracked or broken teeth.

Brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleaning are the best ways to maintain a healthy mouth, but regularly using mouthwash when you brush your teeth can help minimize bacteria, remove food particles, and strengthen your tooth enamel. If you have questions about the right brand of mouthwash to consider, or about bacteria within your mouth, talk to your dentist on your next routine checkup – they’ll be happy to share their recommendation with you.

Are Dental Implants for You? | Riverside, Ca Quality Dentist

implant diagramMillions of Americans will lose one or more teeth, yearly – primarily due to some combination of tooth decay, gingivitis, and physical trauma. Despite the prevalence of dentists and dental care, it’s still quite common for patients of all ages to suffer tooth loss of one or more teeth. While brushing, flossing, and routine professional cleanings are very effective at combating tooth decay and gingivitis, it is unfortunately quite common for patients to neglect professional cleaning, or otherwise allow tooth decay to advance to a point where simple fillings are insufficient, and entire teeth need to be removed.

Whether it be from injury, decay, or gum disease, once a tooth root is damaged, it becomes very difficult to save the tooth, or to artificially cap it with a synthetic cap such as a crown. Because crowns rely on the tooth’s root to provide strength, a damaged root often means that the full tooth must be removed. For multiple tooth loss, procedures such as dentures and bridges provide synthetic tooth-like replacements. While dentures are removable, bridges are semi-permanent – typically cemented to teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth. However, recently dentists have another permanent solution that has a number of benefits over dentures and bridges: implants.

In cases where the tooth must be removed, patients are typically left with a handful of options: either create fake teeth that cover the area (such as with dental bridges or dentures), or replace the tooth with a combination of synthetic root and crown using a dental implant.

While dentures and bridges have their advantages and disadvantages, implants are often recommended by dentists for a variety of reasons:

 - They very closely match the appearance of natural teeth

- They allow for natural eating, drinking, and speaking

- They’re typically very comfortable, with most patients feeling the implant to be nearly indistinguishable from a normal tooth

- Implants are quite durable, often lasting decades

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots, often made of titanium, and fixed permanently into the bone of the tooth socket. The dentist then attaches a crown – often porcelain or ceramic above the titanium post, providing a structure that looks and feels almost exactly the same as a normal tooth, but without any natural tooth material. The implant can be brushed and flossed as if it were a normal tooth, but the crown surface is impervious to decay, and when properly installed, the titanium post will last for decades.

The actual implant procedure typically takes a number of visits. Typically a small titanium post is implanted into the bone socket where the tooth was removed, and the jawbone is allowed to heal around it. Six to twelve weeks later, a small post is attached to that titanium root, and the dentist creates a model for a crown to be placed onto that second post. That crown, once attached, will provide a nearly permanent replacement tooth, allowing the patient to brush, floss, eat, drink, and speak normally, without worrying about dentures coming loose, or requiring the extra hygiene procedures associated with dental bridges.

If you have a missing or damaged tooth, and you feel an implant may be an appropriate solution, speak with Dr. Middleton. While the procedure does take a number of visits, it has a high success rate and can last many decades.

For more information on your dental implants call Riverside dentist Dr. Gerald Middleton at 951-688-3442. Visit our website for special offers, updates and to make an appointment, www.gmdental.com

Accepting patients from Riverside, Norco, Ontario,  Murrieta, Fontana and surrounding communities.



Dental Resin | Riverside, Ca Dentist

477787597One of the most versatile dental materials that dentists may use is composite resin. Whether it’s used for simple fillings or more complex cosmetic procedures, dental resin is a durable plastic material applied as soft plastic putty and hardened with a special light. One of the great benefits is that Riverside dentist Dr. Gerald Middleton can easily color the resin so that the resin matches the patient’s tooth color. Regardless of the purpose, it’s a tool that dentists use to solve a number of different problems.

The most common use is to repair decayed teeth – the dentist will start by removing the decaying material using a drill, and then fill the resulting cavity with resin. After shaping and hardening the resin, the dentist will polish the filling to match the shapes and contours of the patient’s tooth, leaving a smooth filling that blends in well with the natural tooth.

The same basic process – applying soft plastic resin, shaping, hardening, and polishing – is used for a number of other procedures as well. Typically known as bonding when used for cosmetic procedures, resin can be used to repair chips and cracks, close spaces between teeth, and make teeth look longer to improve smiles. Teeth that are misshapen (either due to injury or genetics) can be enhanced, and discolored teeth can receive a thin coat of colored resin to appear to match the other teeth. Finally, dentists may even use resin to protect portions of the tooth root that are exposed due to receding gums – the resin acts as synthetic enamel to protect the more sensitive root from decay.

While composite resin isn’t perfect – it’s stain resistant, but can be stained by some materials, and isn’t quite as strong as natural teeth or porcelain crowns – it’s quite versatile, non-invasive, and relatively inexpensive. For many patients, it’s a great solution to a wide variety of problems. Because of the ease of use, low cost, and flexible nature of the product, there’s a good chance your dentist will be using dental resin in some part of your next procedure.

For more information on your oral health call Riverside dentist Dr. Gerald Middleton at 951-688-3442. Visit our website for special offers, updates and to make an appointment, www.gmdental.com

Accepting patients from Riverside, Norco, Ontario,  Murrieta, Fontana and surrounding communities.

Professional Dental Cleanings | Quality Dentist Riverside, Ca

78652984Dentists recommend you brush your teeth twice a day, floss every day, and have regular professional cleanings. While brushing and flossing help remove food and plaque at home, professional cleanings are necessary to clean surfaces you’re unable to reach effectively, and to remove substances you’re unable to remove safely.

The term for professional cleaning is prophylaxis – it involves the removal of dental plaque, dental calculus, and stains from both the exposed and unexposed surfaces of the teeth. The goal of dental prophylaxis is prevention of disease by removing bacteria. The bacteria involved – that which causes tooth decay and periodontal disease – typically sticks to the teeth as a thin, sticky film known as plaque, and when it stays on the teeth long enough, it hardens into a calcified substance known as tartar. Once plaque becomes tartar, it is nearly impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone.

During the cleaning procedure itself, the dentist (or hygienist) will use techniques such as scaling (where a physical instrument will be used to physically scrape tartar from teeth above and below the gum-line) and polishing (where a high speed tool will be used to clean the surface of the teeth, removing plaque and making the surface less likely to accumulate plaque in the future). Finally, the dentist (or hygienist) will also inspect teeth for signs of decay, disease, or damage, and will help identify minor problems before they grow into larger problems.

Professional cleanings are important – not only does it provide the dentist with an opportunity to check on your dental health, it helps remove calcified tartar before it has a chance to contribute to tooth decay. While brushing and flossing are vital to oral health, they are imperfect, and professional cleaning is just as important. If you have questions about the cleaning procedure, cost, or scheduling, contact your dentist’s office and ask.

For more information on your oral health call Riverside dentist Dr. Gerald Middleton at 951-688-3442. Visit our website for special offers, updates and to make an appointment, www.gmdental.com

Accepting patients from Riverside, Norco, Ontario,  Murrieta, Fontana and surrounding communities.

Saltwater Rinses | Riverside, Ca Dentist

177406608Most people have a standard oral care routine – brushing, flossing, and fluoride mouthwash. That combination is both common and effective – brushing helps remove plaque and food particles on the surfaces of teeth, flossing helps remove plaque and food between teeth, and mouthwash helps kill bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath. Beyond these three common practices, adults and children alike can occasionally benefit from another simple procedure: the saltwater rinse.

Saltwater mouth rinses are easily made at home using a combination of warm water and salt. The salt increases the pH of your mouth, creating an alkaline environment that is hostile towards bacteria. While saltwater mouthwashes can be employed any time, dentists typically recommend saltwater mouth rinses immediately after dental procedures. Saltwater rinses are preferred over medical mouthwashes because the salt content provides minerals and antibacterial properties without the drying nature of commercial, medicated mouthwashes.

Making a saltwater rinse is easy – add one half teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water, and rinse your mouth every two to three hours after surgery. The water should be warm to help dissolve the salt, but not hot – it should be considerably cooler than you would use for a cup of hot coffee or tea. The salt will help treat both dental related issues (such as damaged tissue following tooth extraction) and non-dental issues, such as sore throat caused by the common cold.

While there are benefits to using a saltwater rinse, many dentists typically recommend antibacterial commercial mouthwashes for every day use. While saltwater is great for treating mouths with injuries, medicated commercial mouthwashes are better at killing bacteria, though they’re slightly more harsh on the mouth.

For more information on your oral health call Riverside dentist Dr. Gerald Middleton at 951-688-3442. Visit our website for special offers, updates and to make an appointment, www.gmdental.com

Accepting patients from Riverside, Norco, Ontario,  Murrieta, Fontana and surrounding communities.

Visiting the Dentist when Expecting? | Quality Dentist, Riverside Ca

179318040Most dentists recommend you brush and floss daily, and have routine professional checkups and cleanings every 6 months. During those checkups, dentists will typically use X-Rays, and cleaning can involve breaking the skin and disturbing bacterial colonies, so pregnant women often ask if the normal recommended routine still applies during pregnancy.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now advises that Ob-gyns conduct basic routine oral health assessments during pre-natal visits, and recommends that pregnant women see a dentist during pregnancy. Routine cleaning, X-Rays, and local anesthesia have been determined to be safe during pregnancy, so standard dental procedures such as treating cavities with fillings and even root canals can be handled properly during pregnancy.

Pregnant women are particularly prone to periodontal disease due to hormonal changes. Research has shown that women with periodontal disease are at higher risk of delivering pre-term, low-birth-weight infants. For that reason, pregnant mothers with sore, swollen, or bleeding gums should be sure to schedule a checkup and cleaning, as treating gingivitis early is significantly easier than treating it once it advances to full periodontal disease.

It has also been discovered that decay causing bacteria can be transmitted from mother to baby, so proper cleaning can help minimize the presence of bacterial colonies in the baby after birth. This, in turn, helps decrease the likelihood of decay in the child.

Beyond routine cleaning, typical dental advice still applies: minimize sugary foods and drinks, brush with fluoridated toothpaste, floss once a day, and visit a dentist every 6 months for a professional checkup. If you have any questions, contact either your Ob-gyn or Dr. Middleton – they’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

For more information on your oral health call Riverside dentist Dr. Gerald Middleton at 951-688-3442. Visit our website for special offers, updates and to make an appointment, www.gmdental.com

Accepting patients from Riverside, Norco, Ontario,  Murrieta, Fontana and surrounding communities.

How Medical Health Impacts Dental Health | Quality Dentist Riverside, Ca

459953231For many people, dental problems start and end in the mouth – insufficient or improper brushing and flossing allows bacteria to build up in the mouth, causing tooth decay, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss. However, for other people, dental problems result from other major health issues.

For example, patients with poorly controlled diabetes can have very severe dental problems. The lack of blood supply can contribute to infections in the gums and bones beneath teeth, and high blood sugar can cause dry mouth, where the resulting lack of saliva contributes to an increase in bacterial buildup and tooth decay.

Sleep apnea, a medical condition where the body tissue often blocks the airway, causing significant sleep problems, can cause dry mouth (again leading to bacterial buildup and tooth decay), jaw fatigue leading to TMJ disorders, and in some cases bruxism (tooth grinding), which wears down tooth enamel, and can cause tooth loss as teeth are damaged during sleep.

Like medical problems can contribute to dental problems, a healthy diet can contribute to a healthy mouth. Avoiding foods high in sugar and acid can help minimize your risk of tooth decay, and maintaining sufficient calcium is necessary for bone – and tooth – health.

While dentists will recommend brushing, flossing, and regular cleaning, it’s important to realize that overall medical health contributes to healthy teeth and gums. If you’re having medical issues, be sure to have open and frank discussions with your dentist – it may help your dentist in diagnosing and treating problems they see within your mouth.

For more information on oral health call Riverside dentist Dr. Gerald Middleton at 951-688-3442. Visit our website for special offers, updates and to make an appointment, www.gmdental.com

Accepting patients from Riverside, Norco, Ontario,  Murrieta, Fontana and surrounding communities.

Xylitol Benefits | Riverside, Ca Dentist

489195623Have you ever seen advertisements for sugar free gum that claim to help your teeth and wondered whether or not it actually works? It turns out, many of those products actually do work, and one of the reasons why is a common sugar replacement called Xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, a natural, sweet substance often used to sweeten foods without the caloric impact of sugar. While Xylitol is sweet, it doesn’t have the same impact on your body as sugar.

First, Xylitol starves the bacteria in your mouth of food. Where the normal bacteria on your mouth responsible for cavities (streptococcus mutans) feeds on sugar, it can not feed on Xylitol – chewing sugar free gum containing Xylitol not only doesn’t feed this damaging bacteria, but it allows your body to wash away the sugar. Over time, fewer and fewer bacteria will live in the mouth, and less plaque will form.

The most common sources of Xylitol in sufficient quantities for dental impact is in gum and mint products. While replacing sugar with any Xylitol will help avoid feeding the streptococcus mutans bacteria, if Xylitol is listed as the first ingredient, it likely has enough to actually decrease decay-causing bacteria over time if chewed regularly, perhaps 3-5 times per day for 5 minutes at a time.

Xylitol has been approved as safe by the US FDA and World Health Organization, but like most things in life, should be taken in moderation. While common in foods such as gum and mints, it’s also available over the internet directly – care should be taken, as too much Xylitol can be difficult for your body to digest, and can have fiber-like laxative properties. While chewing gum a few times per day may take effort, it’s a great, cheap, simple way to keep your teeth clean, and help fight off cavities.


For more information on Xylitol call Riverside dentist Dr. Gerald Middleton at 951-688-3442. Visit our website for special offers, updates and to make an appointment, www.gmdental.com

Accepting patients from Riverside, Norco, Ontario,  Murrieta, Fontana and surrounding communities.