Greg Friedman DMD
Call (858) 547-0070 10755 Scripps Poway Pkwy, Suite K
San Diego, CA 92131

April 23, 2014

Scripps Ranch Dentist-Infertility and Flossing

pregnant.Here’s A Serious Reason To Floss.
Not many people like the dentist, but you’d never realize how keeping your pearly whites clean can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Periodontal (gum) disease delays a positive pregnancy test by two months or more, found an Australian study. They found that women with gum disease took an average of just over seven months to become pregnant — two months longer than the average of five months that it took women without gum disease to conceive. Swollen gums and deep pockets around the teeth breed bacteria, which enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation — potentially reducing an embryo’s chances of implantation.

If you are in need of a new dentist or your routine cleaning, call Jess today to schedule your visit.  858-547-0070

April 16, 2014

Porcelain Veneers-Scripps Ranch Dentist-Featured Smile of the Week

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic DentistryDr. Greg Friedman @ 7:08 pm

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This patient just turned 60 and was unhappy with her existing smile.  She had upper 6 crowns done 20 years prior.  With the significant upgrade of cosmetic dental materials & procedures, she wished to learn her options for a brighter, wider smile also closing the black spaces that developed between her teeth over the years.

After her complimentary consultation with Dr. Friedman & Jessica, she scheduled for her smile make-over consisting of new upper 8 porcelain veneers & Zoom whitening for her lower teeth.   Adding 2 additional porcelain restorations to her smile widened her smile and gave the patient a more natural appearance.

Lets just say this patient was so happy with her new smile….. Lunch was on her :)

eatingIf you are someone you know is interested in cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Friedman, phone Jessica today for your complimentary consultation and smile make-over digital imaging. 858-547-0070

 

 

March 27, 2014

Dental Fact-Your Mouth Talks to Your Body

Dental Fact-Your Mouth Talks to Your Body, and Your Body Talks to Your Mouth…

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March 20, 2014

MOD Squad Dental Celebrates International Day of Happiness

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic DentistryDr. Greg Friedman @ 8:11 pm

Happy International Day of Happiness from Dr. Greg Friedman & MOD Squad Dental

March 19, 2014

Dentist Scripps Ranch-MOD Squad Dental

Do you shower with your clothes on?

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March 11, 2014

Dental Facts about Tooth Loss & Gum Disease

Stay on top of your excellent oral health by visiting your dentist and staying up to date with your dental cleanings.  Your smile will thank you in the long run…

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March 6, 2014

Oil Pulling for Better Oral Health?? Latest Social Media Buzz…

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When I first read about oil pulling on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest… well, it didn’t make so much sense.  So tomorrow will be my first morning of “oil pulling”.  I will have a blog update in two weeks about my experience with oil pulling for all of our MOD Squad bloggers.  Why not right?  If it helps oral health I would love to be able to share this with my patients.  Below is the science behind all the social media buzz.

Oil pulling is the ancient Ayurvedic technique that basically involved swishing a tablespoon of cold-pressed oil around in your mouth every morning for 20 minutes. Because purportedly, this swishing will pull the “toxins” out from all over your body, drawing them into the oil and therefore cleansing your whole system. Which heals your gums and whitens your teeth. Because the oil pulls the “toxins” out of your tongue.

So, no. That doesn’t make any sense.

So yes, I am curious and so is my dental team.  And that desperation led me to dig deeper. I read testimony after testimony of people who had restored their oral health using oil pulling, and I just couldn’t help but wonder. Was there something to this? Was there something more, maybe something scientifically sound, going on there?

Yes! What I finally found, to my delight, was a totally plausible explanation of how oil pulling might actually impact oral health in a positive way. Essentially, a rational explanation for all these amazing and seemingly-mystical results. It goes like this:

Plaque accumulates along the base of your teeth, causing little pockets to form under your gums. These pockets become home to harmful bacteria. The bacteria produce toxins (real ones, not “woo woo” mystical ones) that irritate your gums, causing inflammation and bleeding. This is gingivitis. It’s basically a factory of toxicity in your mouth, happily tucked away up under your gums, overloading your immune system with bacterial exotoxins and endotoxins every single time you swallow.

And how does oil pulling fit in? Well, that’s an interesting question.

It appears that the key to successful oil pulling is in the duration of the swishing. See, oil is viscous, so it’s “sticky.” And it spreads. Given enough time (like, say, a full 20 minutes), it will slowly seep all the way up into those bacteria-filled pockets. Tooth brush bristles can’t get up there. Toothpaste is foamy and runny, not sticky at all, so it won’t get up there. Mouthwash isn’t viscous at all. But oil – oil creeps into every nook and cranny. It seeps in everywhere, and then as you swish, it’s drawn back out. Oil pulling is a different approach to reaching, and dislodging, those harmful bacteria that are buried so deeply under your gum line.  I am not saying to NOT brush your teeth or use toothpaste as that serves a purpose as well.

I am curious enough and convinced enough to give oil pulling a try.  My team and I will be oil pulling for 2 weeks every morning.  I mean if it works, why not share this information with all of our patients.

How to Try Oil Pulling:

  • Every morning, first thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth out, measure one tablespoon of virgin cold-pressed sesame, coconut, sunflower, or olive oil (sesame and coconut are the most reputed).

 

  • Swish this oil around in your mouth, letting it pass over your tongue, your gums, and all your teeth, and trying your best to move it between each tooth, for a full 20 minutes.

 

  • The oil will turn white and frothy. Don’t gargle it or you’ll risk swallowing it. When the 20 minutes is up, spit it all out.  Not into the sink as it will become solid and possibly clog your pipes.

 

  • Thoroughly rinse your mouth out. Brush your teeth as normal. Go about your day.

 

  • Repeat daily for a minimum of 30 days, but ideally 45-60 days.
Check back for our before and after team photos and our testimonials :)
P.S.-To no surprise, Dr. Friedman is very skeptical!
Smiles,
Jess

March 3, 2014

MOD Squad Dental-Braces-When? What? Why?

braces.7When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though we can enhance a smile at any age, there are optimal time periods to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at these times ensures the best result and the least amount of treatment time and expense. Dr. Friedman recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At MOD Squad Dental, we do an orthodontic exam at every child’s first visit and at each and every checkup visit thereafter.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, Dr. Friedman will carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment if and when it is ideal.

Why is age 7 orthodontically important?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite, and the front teeth begin to emerge as well. During this time, we can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment? (often referred to as expansion)
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

Is your child a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way your child smiles, chews, brushes and flosses and feels about her/his smile.

Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:

  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier child and adult.

Interceptive Orthodontics (Expansion-Phase I, Wires/brackets-Phase II)

Two-phase treatment

Two-phase treatment occurs when a patient is evaluated and needs intervention before starting regular orthodontic treatment, resulting in two separate treatment periods.

The first phase of treatment, Phase I, usually occurs when the patient is a child and still has his or her primary teeth. The Phase I treatment plan can include preventive, interceptive or modifying treatment. Orthodontic appliances may be placed to prevent a problem from occurring, to correct a current problem or damage caused by a habit such as a thumb, finger or pacifier, or to help direct jawbone growth. Various conditions related to tooth alignment, gums, jaws and facial asymmetries can be corrected with Phase I treatment. Another common added benefit of Phase I treatment is less Phase II treatment time.

Typically, Phase II treatment is ‘normal’ orthodontic treatment. This involves placing braces on the patient once his or her permanent teeth have erupted. The braces straighten the permanent teeth and finish correctly aligning the patient’s jaw.

Patients who have undergone both Phase I and Phase II treatment are more likely to have lasting results. Our goal for your child’s two-phase orthodontic treatment is to give your child correctly aligned teeth that provide ideal jaw function and a great smile!

February 27, 2014

MOD Squad Dental-Scripps Ranch Dentist

flossing.8Is your child part of the 57% that DOES floss??? Flossing helps our little patients maintain a happy & healthy smile :)

February 20, 2014

9 Reasons to Visit Your Dentist Every 6 Months

dental.cleaningGood oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Regular check ups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.

1. To Prevent Oral Cancer

According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer every hour of every day in the United States alone. When you have your dental cleaning, your dentist is also screening you for oral cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early.

2. To Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place and is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed. If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease may follow. Regular dental cleanings and check ups, flossing daily and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing gum disease.

3. To Help Maintain Good Physical Health

Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease, resulting from poor oral hygiene. A dental cleaning every 6 months helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and could possibly reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes.

4. To Keep Your Teeth

Since gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, regular dental check ups and cleanings, brushing and flossing are vital to keeping as many teeth as you can. Keeping your teeth means better chewing function and ultimately, better health.

5. To Detect Dental Problems Early

Your dentist and hygienist will be able to detect any early signs of problems with your teeth or gums. Early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease are easily treatable. If these problems go untreated, root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth could become the only treatment options available.

6. To Maintain Good Oral Health

Your dental hygienist will help to ensure that you are maintaining your good oral health by visual examination and comparing your previous dental check ups. If you are falling off track with your oral hygiene he / she will help put you back on the right path.

7. Use Your Dental Insurance Plan

Dental insurance plans usually pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and check ups every six months. Take advantage of this and save a lot of money in the long run by avoiding costly dental procedures that can result from poor oral hygiene.

 8. To Have a Bright and White Smile

Your dental hygienist can remove most tobacco, coffee and tea stains. During your cleaning, your hygienist will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. The result? A whiter and brighter smile!

9. To Prevent Bad Breath

Dental studies show that about 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis have a dental problem that is to blame. Good oral hygiene is essential in preventing bad breath. Regular check ups and cleanings are the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.

If you are looking for a new dental home…. Call Jess today 858-547-0070

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Dr. Greg Freidman Dr. Greg Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA combines state-of-the-art general and cosmetic dentistry. (858) 547-0070 smile@modsquaddental.com