Teaching ‘Em Young: Brushing Your Teeth | Dentist in Riverside

When it comes to parenting, it seems like everyone has a different opinion on what you’re doing. It can be exhausting, trying to figure out how to raise your child to be a happy, healthy human. But one of the most important, yet overlooked, areas of parenting is dental health. Many new parents think that dental health isn’t a thing when no teeth are present. And when they do break through, you may feel dental health is unimportant while baby teeth are still around, but that is completely false. It is important to instill good dental hygiene practices, regardless of the teeth present and consistency is key. After all, our mouth is the first line of defense against many of our illnesses, so having a healthy mouth is of the utmost importance. Unfortunately, most parents will find that these hygienic lessons don’t happen easily. And for that, we present a few helpful tips to get those little humans to scrub their pearly whites:

Start earlier. If you start at a much younger age, they will be used to the times in the day our teeth are to be cleaned. And by slowly showing them what is to be done each time, they will begin to maintain these good habits as they get older and can do it all by themselves. Younger children love mimic what their parents do, so, take advantage of that habit by brushing your teeth alongside them.

Make it musical. Not only is brushing important but sufficiently brushing is just as important. Why not make this a fun event by adding some music. Choosing a song that is at least two minutes long will ensure proper brushing, so choose one your little one enjoys!

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.

Learning to Care for Your Dental Veneers | Dentist in Riverside

Getting porcelain veneers is guaranteed to not only improve your smile, but also your dental health. And while they are made to last for twenty years, the longevity of your porcelain veneers greatly depends on how well you take care of them. It is important that you follow your dental professional’s advice for aftercare, but here are some additional tips you may want to keep in mind after you get your brand-new smile:

Proper dental hygiene. Every single day, twice a day, your teeth need to be brushed and flossed with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Good oral care at home helps prevent your gums from receding from periodontitis. Because veneers are placed right at the gum line, gum recession would compromise your veneers.

Avoid excessive force. Many patients have a bad habit of using their teeth as tools. Unfortunately, this is a terrible habit for your teeth, so there’s no biting your fingernails, hairpins, ice or hard candy going forward because these types of things can break or dislodge a veneer.

No clenching and grinding your teeth. This is one habit that many are unaware they are doing. Grinding your teeth can cause your veneers to become chipped or broken due to the force generated by these actions. If you find you’ve begun to grind your teeth, you may want to look for stress relievers to help curb that habit. If you suffer from bruxism at night, you may need a night guard while you sleep.

Avoid foods that stain. Yes, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, but the cement holding them in place isn’t. Enjoy your favorite darker beverages like coffee and wine, but try to keep them to a minimum.

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.

Let’s Celebrate National Banana Day! | Dentist in Riverside

A favorite snack fruit for all ages is the banana. They’re tasty in cereal and other recipes, babies love to feed themselves with them and it’s the perfect accompaniment to a good workout because they help prevent cramps. The banana is a magical fruit that deserves its own day – April 15th. So, let’s take a day to celebrate this tropical fruit and the benefits this tasty treat has on our smile…

Nutritious. This curvy fruit is jam-packed with loads of vitamins (like C and B6) that are great for our insides, but the potassium, manganese and magnesium components work wonders on your tooth enamel. And unlike many of our go-to citrus fruits, the banana has a very low acidic level. And since acidity causes tooth decay, they are extra great for your teeth.

Unfortunately, these yummy snacks are also packed with a lot of high sugars and starches. So, while they are a great option, eating them in moderation would be best and giving your teeth a quick brushing or rinse with some water afterwards. Trust us, you can eat two bananas a day and it still wouldn’t have the adverse effects that junk foods would.

Teeth whitening. There is a rumor that the chemical makeup of the banana peel has some teeth whitening factors, but there really isn’t much evidence supporting it. It was the idea that the extraordinary levels of potassium and magnesium soak into your teeth, leaving a shiny whitened effect over time if you rubbed a bit of the peel over your teeth for a couple of minutes. But proper dental hygiene and regular dental checkups will be your best bet for a healthy, bright smile.

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.

Why You Need Professional Teeth Cleanings | Riverside Dentist

We all need to visit the dentist on a regular basis, typically twice a year. But have you ever wondered why we need to have these visits? Because dental professionals are the first line of defense against any issues that may be developing inside your mouth. After all, no one wants to have a toothache – that’s why we brush, floss and use mouthwash twice a day. But here’s a fun fact you may not realize: According to recent statistics, more than 51 million hours of school are lost each year by children due to dental-related illnesses. As for adults, statistics have proven that employed adults lose more that 164 million hours of work each year due to oral health problems. Professionals from the American Dental Association agree that regular teeth cleanings can drastically reduce these numbers by about fifty percent. Why? Because you and your child’s presence in school and in the workplace are vital to future endeavors, thorough teeth cleaning services that will prevent dental problems are imperative. These dental problems can range anywhere from dental cavities to periodontal disease, which lead to you or your child being absent in school or at work.

If individuals choose to delay, or completely ignore your dental visits, you are prone to the increased risk for heart attack or stroke, periodontal disease, and even oral cancer. In order to avoid these life-threatening consequence of poor oral health, thorough teeth cleanings are necessary to enhance your smile and ensure you and your child remain in school and at work.

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.

Between Your Teeth for the Holidays | Riverside Dentist

Now that we are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, it is important to keep up with our busy schedules while staying on top of our daily rituals. One of these rituals is our dental hygiene routines. We may have a busier schedule, but that doesn’t mean we should neglect our smiles – even flossing.

Flossing is merely the act of wrapping a piece of string around your teeth, one by one, in order to remove any bacteria and excess material stuck between each tooth. In its conception, floss was made from strands of silk, but nowadays it comes from thin filament cord. There are varying thicknesses and varieties to choose from, depending on preference. Some are waxed, some are electric, or water based. There are also handy tools available on the market that help facilitate you in flossing properly, whether you need help reaching all of your teeth or working your way around complicated dental work, like braces. So, no matter your reason for avoiding the floss, it isn’t a good one.

Even the process itself is relatively simple. Cut yourself a piece of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap both sides around your fingers until you have a good two inches separating either side. Pull it taut between your thumb and index finger and guide the floss in between each tooth. With a downward zigzag motion, slide the floss around each tooth in a curved motion, removing any debris caught in your teeth.

No particular order necessary to do it right. Work from top to bottom or vice versa. Floss before you brush your teeth or after. It’s just about keeping your teeth clean and healthy.

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 and all surrounding areas.

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

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