Recent Posts by Oscar Menendez, DDS, MAGD

Restorative vs. Cosmetic Dentistry

Two patients walked into my office first thing this morning. I had never seen the first patient before, a nice woman who was visibly nervous about being in a dentist’s office. Her mouth stayed closed most of the time due to her embarrassment that she’d let her smile decay the way it had. I assured…
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How Do I Know if I Grind My Teeth?

As I recently examined a patient’s teeth, I noticed some erosion most likely caused by bruxism, a condition commonly known as the grinding of the teeth or the clenching of the jaw. I asked this particular patient if she experienced headaches or any jaw or neck pain. She looked at me surprised. “How did you…
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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Transcription: Cosmetic dentistry is treatment for purely aesthetic purposes. The most common reason people come to us for cosmetic dentistry is they have teeth that are badly discolored. A lot of patients ask us all the time, “Can I just buy the over-the-counter whitening agents in the store?” They’re not nearly as effective as the…
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What is Soda’s Effect on Your Teeth?

Did you know that each time you take a sip of a soft drink or other sugary beverage, the sugar in the cold, sweet liquid attaches itself to the naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth and produces an acid? In small amounts, this acid is relatively harmless, but over time, with repeated or unmoderated consumption…
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