How to set up a teledental appointment

Teledentistry is a new, unique way that dentists are coping with the COVID-19 crisis. Because they are done completely online, teledental appointments limit social interaction while still allowing you to enjoy the quality dental care you deserve.

In our previous blog article, we explored the emerging new field of teledentistry. We’re currently using teledentistry in our Riverside dental office to help speed up routine dental exams, dental emergencies, and in discussing treatment.

But how do you sign up for a teledentistry appointment? Fortunately, the process is very easy. This article will briefly show how you can make use of the teledentistry application and schedule a meeting with Dr. Middleton.

1. Gain access to our patient portal

As with anything involving confidential material, you first need to gain access to the application. Luckily, the process is very straightforward.

First, you need to request access to join our patient portal. You can do so by providing us with basic information in this web form. We’ll then provide you with the information to get access to the application.

2. Enter the portal

Now it’s time to enter the portal. Fortunately, this portal can be reached through any device that you have: your phone, tablet, or from your computer.

You can access the portal through the web app here or download the mobile app from the App or Android store on your smartphone or tablet. 

3. Send messages and schedule appointments

Once you’ve accessed the portal, you’re able to send messages to Dr. Middleton, upload any necessary documents, and schedule an appointment – all from the comfort of your own home.

Dr. Middleton will respond to your messages and let you know as to any documents that you need to fill out and bring before your appointment.

4. Prepare for the meeting

Before your appointment, make sure to send the required forms as well as any photos or videos to the portal. One of our hygienists will review them, take notes, and then send them over to Dr. Middleton for review in advance of a face-to-face call. 

Now you’re ready for the meeting. Make sure you show up on time and with all the required documents that you need in hand.

5. Meet with Dr. Middleton face to face

Finally, Dr. Middleton will meet with you. During the call, Dr. Middleton will be there to discuss any dental concerns you may have, and can even check out any problem areas and offer suggestions. Rest assured that this conversation will remain private between you and Dr. Middleton – just as it would in the office setting. 

Teledentistry is a quick and easy way to approach dentistry in the current setting. If you have further questions about teledentistry or are having trouble accessing the portal, please feel free to reach out to us through email or phone. Dr. Middleton looks forward to seeing your beautiful smile!

To set up a teledentistry appointment through our patient portal, sign up for an account through the link on our website.

Dr. Gerald Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside and all surrounding areas.

How we use teledentistry in our Riverside dental office

In a previous blog, we covered the various tools and policies we use to keep you safe. In this article, we will discuss teledentistry and show you how you can set up a virtual appointment with Dr. Middleton – just like you were in his Riverside dental office with him.

COVID-19 has changed the way the entire medical field functions and operates – dentistry is no exception. Because of this, we’ve needed to get creative about how we interact and treat our patients. 

Teledentistry allows our office to quickly assess and devise a plan of action for your oral health – all from the comfort of your own home! Because it limits social interaction, it is one of the best ways to approach dental care during COVID-19.

First off: What is teledentistry? 

In normal times, a typical dental visit requires you to take time off from work, drive down to our Riverside dental office, receive the requisite dental care, and then go on to resuming your day. In our busy lives, it can sometimes be hard to schedule a time that works for you (as well as us). 

COVID-19 makes this even more complicated. Now, on top of everything else, we need to make sure that you stay safe and sound. This means adding a COVID-19 symptom screening, increased time as we sterilize each of the rooms, and other additional steps that make the process more complicated.

Teledentistry allows you to meet with Dr. Middleton from the comfort of your own home. Using a video chat application, Dr. Middleton is able to give essential oral health care without the need for in-person interaction. 

It’s easy to see why this is so important. During the pandemic, minimizing personal contact is critical – and these online dental visits help us do just that.

We use teledentistry to streamline multiple dental procedures

Teledentistry allows us to be flexible in the way we approach dentistry. Currently, we utilize teledentistry to help us streamline the following procedures.

  1. Dental emergencies: This allows for quick action in case of a dental emergency. If you have a dental emergency – severe pain, bleeding, or something more minor – Dr. Middleton can quickly assess and offer advice to mitigate the problem in the short term and schedule an office visit to ensure the correct treatment is given.
  1. Routine dental exams: As you know, your typical visit to the hygiene department involves an exam by Dr. Middleton. In order to reduce the amount of physical contact, we now offer this exam virtually. 

During your visit with the hygienist, your hygienist will capture images, video, and notes. At his earliest convenience, Dr. Middleton will review them, schedule a chat with you over the portal, and discuss his findings with you. This allows us to quickly and safely provide you with the high-level care you expect from us.

  1. New patient examinations: As you know, each of our new patients undergoes a comprehensive exam with Dr. Middleton. We’ve now decided to move this to our virtual portal. Rest assured that this will be a private conversation for you to comfortably discuss any dental concerns you have with Dr. Middleton.
  1. Discussing treatment: We also will utilize the patient portal to discuss recommended treatment with any of our patients. This allows you to meet with Dr. Middleton at a time of your choosing from the comfort of your own home.

Teledentistry is an exciting new trend in the dental field. We will continue to remain vigilant as to any new technologies that arise in order to give you the best – and safest – dental experience.

To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton’s office in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or through the website

Dr. Gerald Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside and all surrounding areas.

How the Electrostatic Disinfecting Fogger Protects our Riverside Dental Office

In our previous article, we covered the main devices that we use to keep our office safe during the current pandemic. Now, we want to dive deeper into the electrostatic disinfecting fogger and why it is vital for office cleanliness. 

Here is how the electrostatic disinfecting fogger helps keep our office safe for you and our team during this unprecedented crisis.

The effectiveness of fogging over other cleaning methods

First off, what exactly is fogging? And why do they work so well at fighting bacteria in an office setting?

Foggers are great because they spread disinfectant into hard-to-reach areas that other cleaning devices simply can’t reach. They work by depositing tiny droplets on surfaces throughout the office, easily reaching areas that simple spray and wipe methods miss. Not to mention a massive reduction on cleaning time!

Mist from our fogger works in a similar way as disinfectant sprays in that they trap viruses and bacteria in the air and kill them. However, the difference is that it stays in the air for a much longer time, and can even wrap around objects. 

In contrast, your typical sprayer needs to physically move around objects in order to disinfect them completely.

Simply put, the fogger is the best way to completely disinfect an office. But that’s only half the equation. Electrostatic disinfecting supercharges our disinfecting material giving it a further edge in combatting the virus.

What is electrostatic disinfecting?

Equally important is what we’re putting in our foggers to disinfect our office. 

This isn’t your ordinary disinfectant that you would use around your house. Our supercharged liquid stops COVID-19 in its tracks and is a crucial part of keeping our office safe and sanitized.

But what is this supercharged cleaning agent, you may ask?

All of our foggers use the highly effective disinfecting agent known as hypochlorous acid (HOCI), or electrolyzed water. It’s been proven to be highly efficient at eliminating all kinds of viruses and, don’t worry, it’s completely safe too.

In fact, this technology has been utilized in the agriculture, automotive, and tanning industries for over 60 years. It’s only recently been applied to surface disinfection – just in time to help offices in their fight against COVID-19.

But what’s the big deal about this electrolyzed water? What gives it the advantage over other disinfecting substances?

Spray utilizing this electrolyzed water works applies a 3D wrapping effect to any surface that it touches. The positively charged particles in the spray are able to completely wrap around the entire surface, giving it complete coverage.

Even better, the positively-charged droplets actively avoid one another, seeking out untouched areas. This also avoids that annoying pooling of liquid that comes with ordinary cleaning material. Once sprayed by our fogger, this water effectively cleans out an entire room, coating every surface – even those that manual cleaning may miss. 

Essentially, the disinfectant completely protects all surfaces in our office even if it doesn’t physically touch them. 

But how effective is it? 

While no disinfectant completely eliminates bacteria, electrostatic disinfectant has been found to kill 99.9% of bacteria in just four minutes. 

Due to its ability to reach virtually every surface in a room – and kill everything there – the electrostatic disinfecting fogger is one of the best means to combat COVID-19.

We are taking these measures in our office to ensure you’re safe and sound

Our electrostatic disinfecting fogger is an invaluable component in our fight against COVID-19. As a result, we make sure to use it multiple times a day. In particular, we use it after every dental procedure that involves aerosols. 

As previously mentioned, this spray is safe and patients and staff can enter the room immediately after the product is applied. You won’t even notice that it’s there, working silently in the background to sanitize and protect us.

At our Riverside dental office, we’re completely committed to keeping you as safe as possible. Rest assured that we’ll take any measure possible to get through this crisis.

To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton’s office in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or through the website

Dr. Gerald Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside and all surrounding areas.

Three important measures we are taking to keep our dental office safe against COVID-19

COVID-19 has made every business think deeply about security measures in face of such a pandemic. This is no different at our dental office, where your safety is very important to us.

In a recent video, Dr. Middleton briefly explained some of the products and technologies that he and his staff are using to help keep his Riverside dental office safe during the current pandemic.

In this article, we’d like to go over these products in further detail to make sure you know exactly why we use them how they protect anyone who enters our dental office.

Hospital-grade air purifiers 

First on the list are hospital-grade air purifiers, which we have installed in several locations in our office. These are the same kinds of air purifiers that hospitals use so that the air is as fresh as possible for their patients.

At our dental office, we wanted to make sure that the air you breathe is as clean as it would be in a hospital setting. In face of a serious threat such as COVID-19, clean air in the dental setting is increasingly important.

Our air purifiers, made by the highly-lauded Surgically Clean Air, reduce 99.9% of airborne contaminants. With a six-stage filtration and sterilization process, they destroy any odors, gases, mold, allergens, and viruses that may be lingering in the air. This includes COVID-19, which has a significantly lower chance of surviving a battle without air purifiers!

Air purifiers are the first line of defense against COVID-19. But they aren’t the only thing we are doing to combat the virus.

Electrostatic disinfecting fogger 

Second in our line of defense against COVID-19 is an electrostatic disinfecting fogger. This is especially good at cleaning out those hard-to-reach places that the air purifiers may have trouble getting to. 

So how do they work? 

These aren’t just ordinary foggers. Our foggers work to attack all harmful products in a given area through a process known as electrostatic spraying. 

Electrostatic spraying is proven to be highly effective at sanitization. It is much more comprehensive than other foggers as it applies a 3D wrapping effect to any surface that it encounters. Because the particles in the spray are positively charged, the disinfectant is able to wrap around an entire surface. This gives it complete coverage against harmful bacteria and viruses. 

Essentially, electrostatic disinfecting foggers eradicate all traces of the virus from any surface they touch. This gives us yet another layer of defense against COVID-19. 

In our dental office, we use our fogger several times a day – particularly after any dental procedure that involves aerosols. 

Dental tissue laser 

Lastly, we have started to implement a dental tissue laser at our office. This helps against harmful aerosols and splatter when Dr. Middleton or another team member is performing a dental procedure.

As you are all aware, dental procedures can be messy with all sorts of products flying from your mouth and into the surrounding area. Our Solea dental laser is the solution for a post-COVID environment. In total, it uses 74% less air pressure and 83% less water flow when compared to other drills. 

Our Solea all-tissue dental laser significantly reduces aerosols and splatter by utilizing less water flow and air pressure than other dental lasers. It also stops COVID in its tracks by killing any viruses and bacteria whenever wherever the beam comes in contact with them.

In these trying times, safety is crucial. At our Riverside dental office, you can rest assured that we will take every measure to ensure safety for you and our team.

To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton’s office in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or through the website

Dr. Gerald Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside and all surrounding areas.

Five apps to help get your kids to brush their teeth

Boy brushing his teeth

It’s hard to get children to brush their teeth – no doubt about it. For kids, full of boundless energy, it can be hard to start an effective tooth-brushing routine.

But it’s imperative that you make your kids brush their teeth in order to instill healthy habits into their later lives. The American Dental Association says that every kid should brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day in order to keep their teeth fresh and healthy – however, this is easier said than done.

Luckily, the digital age has brought technology designed to do just that. The following five applications are designed to help make brushing your teeth fun and accessible to kids. 

Pokemon Smile

Pokemon is one of the most recognizable brands in the world, with its games selling millions of copies around the globe. Last month they announced the release of an innovative new game – not one designed to save the world, rather one to save something far more important: your kids’ teeth. 

Pokemon Smile, as recently announced in a press release, allows kids to help rescue their beloved Pokemon from “cavity-causing bacteria.” Using augmented reality, the easy-to-use application tracks brush movements with the front-facing camera. After a successful brushing away of all the cavity-causing bacteria, the user is rewarded with a chance to catch their very own Pokemon. 

Interestingly enough, Smile isn’t Pokemon’s first foray into healthy living. Last year, they released Pokemon Sleep, designed to help you wake up refreshed and ready for the day.

Both Smile and Sleep are available for download now in the Google Play or the App Store.

 Disney Magic Timer

While Pokemon is the newest major media company to develop an app geared to get children to brush their teeth, it’s not the first. Disney beat them to the punch by a few years by partnering with Oral-B to create the Disney Magic Timer.

What sets the Magic Timer apart from Pokemon is the vast amount of characters Disney is able to tap into, including Star Wars, Marvel, and other classic Disney characters. 

After downloading the application, the first step is to pick your favorite characters. As your child brushes, these characters appear on the screen, rewarding them for brushing their teeth effectively. If certain goals are met, they can even win prizes and unlock stories for their characters. The downside to Magic Timer is that you need to purchase a compatible toothbrush in order to use the application. 

If your kids are die-hard fans of Disney princesses or superheroes, there’s a good chance this application is for you. Disney Magic Timer is compatible with all Apple and Android devices.

 Brush Up toothbrush trainer

Stepping away from apps from major companies brings us to Brush Up, a toothbrush trainer application that helps teach, empower, and motivate your child to brush their teeth. 

Brush Up has its own interactive AI for children to follow along to – a virtual toothbrush trainer named Budd who guides your kids along their tooth brushing journey. By following Budd’s movements and verbal instruction, kids learn how to brush their teeth most effectively and efficiently. At the end of each tooth brushing session, kids are able to evaluate and learn how to improve their brushing ability, putting them on the road to a healthy brushing habit.

In fact, the National Academy of Medicine named Brush Up one of the best apps of 2015, citing its innovation in getting kids to brush their teeth.

As with the previous applications on this list, Brush Up is available in the Google Play and App Store. It’s available for a $0.99 per month subscription or a $9.99 one time fee.

Brush DJ

Brush DJ takes a different approach to making brushing teeth fun. Rather than rely on interactive characters to guide kids in brushing their teeth, it uses something different: music. 

The most common error kids have is not brushing their teeth the dentist-recommended two minutes each time. Brush DJ aims to make this easy for kids by playing two minutes of their favorite songs to help make the time fly.

Brush DJ also sends out reminders to brush, floss, use mouthwash, and when to schedule appointments with your dentist for a cleaning. Better yet, this app is completely free, with no ads attempting to get you to spend your money.

Brush DJ can be found here for Apple users and here for those with Android devices.

Chompers

While this last one on the list isn’t technically an application, it’s still an effective way to get your kids – or even you – to brush your teeth regularly. 

Chompers takes a similar approach as Brush DJ in that it tries to make the two minutes you need to brush your teeth – a time that can seemingly last forever – more interesting. Chompers is a podcast that covers an entire topic in the time it takes to brush your teeth. This could be a joke, brainteasers, or facts all jampacked into a two-minute window. Each podcast also gives off an alert telling you when you need to change the quadrant and when you should finish brushing.

Furthermore, Chompers is fully compatible with Amazon Alexa, which is able to keep track of how often your kid brushes and encourages them to keep a streak going.  

You can find Chompers wherever you get your podcasts, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts

For kids, brushing teeth can seem like a chore, with many not understanding the importance of long-term dental health until much later in life. Luckily, there are many applications to choose from that make brushing your kid’s teeth a walk in the park.

Dr. Middleton has reopened his office to patients. To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton’s office in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or through the website

Dr. Gerald Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside and all surrounding areas.

Dr. Middleton Releases Statement in Response to COVID-19

In response to the growing danger of the coronavirus and mandatory state-wide shutdown of non-essential businesses, Dr. Middleton released the following statement:

I hope all of you are able to stay safe and healthy. As most of you know, we have had to make the difficult decision to close our office to keep us, our team, and the community safe from this very nasty virus. As of now, we are officially closed until April 13th but that date most likely will change.

Unfortunately, there is no way to no when it will be safe for us to go back to our regular routines. This may have many of you wondering what that means for you and your ever-important oral health.

If you are having discomfort, pain or swelling, please call me personally on my cell phone. The number can be found on our website or within the answering message when you call our office. I am here to treat emergency needs only and I am happy to advise you as to how we can manage any discomforts that you may have.

Due to the limited availability of dental care, it is more important than ever to practice good oral hygiene habits at home with brushing, flossing, and all the other things that Megan, Lori, and Rachel have been preaching for years.

These are extremely difficult times. We are all in this together. I have been in constant contact with my team of wonderful talented professionals. I know that this is hard for my team and myself to be at home knowing that so many of you are in need. We want you to know that we are ready to get back to work as soon as it is safe to do so.

At that time we plan to increase our hours of work if necessary to meet the ever-increasing need of you our dental family. I want you to know that on behalf of myself and my team, we are thinking about you and hope all of you remain safe and healthy. And please call text or email me with any questions, concerns or problems. I would love to hear from you.

-Dr. Middleton

The video in its entirety can be viewed on the Gerald Middleton DDS Facebook page here.

Five Top Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay

Preventing tooth decay for a perfect smile

We all know the spiel from our favorite local dentist: To prevent tooth decay, we need to brush and floss our teeth daily. It should be an easy solution, right?

Yet, tooth decay remains one of the most common medical conditions in the world. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that a whopping 2.4 billion people suffer from some form of tooth decay.

Tooth decay has the potential to cause extreme discomfort in affected patients, from difficulty chewing to image problems due to discolored teeth. So it’s definitely something you want to watch out for (but you didn’t need me to tell you).

In order to avoid these problems, here are a few of the ways that you can prevent tooth decay in your personal life.

Supercharge your personal dental hygiene 

Ok, so you know you need to brush and floss your teeth daily. That’s good, but it shouldn’t be an end-all solution to preventing ugly cavities from showing. So how exactly should you approach dental hygiene in your personal life?

Here are a few tips to improving your dental hygiene:

  1. Brush your teeth after every meal and before you go to sleep. Microbes in your mouth feed on sugars that you eat, leaving behind waste known as dental plaque. Get rid of that plaque to prevent tooth decay before it begins.
  2. Perfect your brushing technique. While it may seem odd to say, there is an art form that goes into brushing your teeth. Make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle. 
  3. Replace your toothbrush after three to four months. Besides retaining gross bacteria, old toothbrushes are less effective at removing plaque from your mouth.
  4. Use an antimicrobial mouthwash. Besides making your breath smell like cool mint (or whatever flavor you prefer), mouthwash can remove many harmful bacteria that you miss while brushing.

Make sure to take advantage of regular professional cleaning

Going to the dentist gets a bad rap. People around the world dread the day that they have to get their checkup.

In fact, dental phobia is a real thing, with five to 10 percent of people experiencing intense fear of even approaching their local dentist – even in face of major dental issues, including tooth decay.

This is obviously not ideal, as regular dental checkups are essential to preventing tooth decay. Professional cleanings – at least twice a year – allow your dentist to make sure that you’re caring for your teeth and catch any issues before they become too serious.

If the thought of going to your dentist gives you such anxiety that you’d rather not go, perhaps it’s time for a change. It’s the job of the dentist to provide a safe, relaxing place for all of their patients. Look through customer reviews on Yelp or Google and find the best dentist for you.

Keep your sugar intake low

Your teeth are the first defense against anything you decide to eat. And just as eating poorly can cause you to gain weight, it can also increase your chances for tooth decay.

It’s easier said than done, but avoiding snacks that are high in sugar is the best way to avoid tooth decay. Instead of drinking a soft drink at lunch, consider just drinking water.

You don’t have to cut sugar completely from your diet – it’s especially hard to avoid during the holiday season. But try to keep your sugar intake below 10% of your daily caloric intake and you should be fine.

Just don’t forget to brush!

Fluoride therapy

The effect of fluoride when it comes to preventing tooth decay cannot be understated – it’s almost like a secret weapon in your dental arsenal. 

Fluoride has many benefits for healthy teeth. It can rebuild weakened enamel, prevent the growth of bacteria, and even reverse the effects of the early stages of tooth decay. Make sure your toothpaste has fluoride in order to get the most benefit from brushing your teeth.

Other types of fluoride therapy involve fluoride supplementation through the consumption of water, salt, tablets, or drops. Ask your dentist if any of these are right for you.

Bring in the big guns: The power of dental sealant

If all else fails, it might be time to call in the professional. Yes, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

But what exactly is a dental sealant?

Quite simple actually: It’s consists of placing a thin plastic coating over one or more teeth, which eventually forms a protective shield over the enamel. 

Dental sealants protect the vulnerable areas that your toothbrush can’t reach by sealing out plaque and food, giving you an additional layer of protection against tooth decay. 

Tooth decay can be a difficult pill to swallow for anyone suffering from it. But if you take care of your teeth by following these five tips, you can ensure that you never experience the pain and embarrassment that comes with decaying teeth.

To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton’s office in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or through the website

Dr. Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside and all surrounding areas.

Is Toothpaste Really Necessary? | Riverside Dentist

Every day we brush our teeth. We wake up, slap some toothpaste on our brush and for the next two minutes, it’s just you and your teeth. But, have you ever wondered why we use toothpaste? We know brushing will not only remove food debris and plaque but will also protect your teeth against tooth decay and gum disease. The toothpaste you use cleans the teeth, protects them against tooth decay, and keeps them looking healthy and attractive to look at as well. It also ensures that your breath is nice and fresh as well.

While the brand of your toothpaste really doesn’t matter, neither does the flavor or whether it is in paste, gel or even powder form. All fluoride toothpastes work effectively to fight plaque and cavities and clean and polish tooth enamel. Your toothpaste brand should bear the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval, which means that adequate evidence of safety and efficacy have been demonstrated in controlled, clinical trials.

If your teeth are hypersensitive to hot or cold, consider trying a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. These desensitizing toothpastes, which contain strontium chloride or potassium nitrate, protect exposed dentin by blocking the tubes in the teeth that are connected to nerves. Toothpastes containing baking soda and/or hydrogen peroxide give the teeth and mouth a clean, fresh, pleasant feeling that can offer an incentive to brush more, but fluoride is the true active ingredient at work protecting your teeth. Some prefer a tartar-control toothpaste containing pyrophosphates to prevent the build-up on their teeth.

To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit www.gmdental.com.

Dr. Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside, Corona, San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore and all surrounding areas.

Everyone Needs Prophylaxis Once in a While | Riverside Dentist

Dentists 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.

During the cleaning procedure itself, the dentist 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 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.

 

Take Care of Your Dental Fillings | Riverside Dentist

Now that it’s autumn, our diets will begin to change from cold to hot, so we should be aware of the effects it has on our teeth. If you are experiencing sensitivity to certain foods, having sharp toothaches, or having difficulty eating due to an excessive amount of pain, it may be time to make a dental appointment because you may need fillings.

Fillings are absolutely necessary in order to prevent further tooth decay from occurring. If left untreated, it can result in permanent tooth decay and the loss of teeth. With fillings, each tooth is healthy and less prone to infections. In order to guarantee your teeth are in top shape, regular dental appointments are necessary.

Your dental 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 to follow after your filling.

Avoid hot and cold foods. 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. 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.

Avoid foods you need to chew. Pureed vegetable soup and fruit smoothies are great after procedure meal. As time passes by, you’ll be able to eat your normal foods again.

To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit www.gmdental.com.

Dr. Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside, Corona, San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore and all surrounding areas.