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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Fixed or Bonded Retainer

If you’ve recently completed orthodontic treatment through Invisalign or traditional braces, you’ll need to protect your investment with a retainer. Dr. Eric M. Meyer, DDS allows patients to choose from a removable retainer or a fixed retainer. A fixed retainer, also known as a bonded retainer, is applied to several teeth to help them stay in place. The type of retainer you choose will depend on your needs and preference.


Though a removable retainer is most common, patients don’t always remember to put them in. Meanwhile, a fixed retainer takes away the thought of remembering or forgetting to wear your retainer because it is bonded in place 24/7. A fixed retainer may take a little extra work to keep clean because it consists of a single wire that stretches across the back of several teeth. If you struggle with cleaning your fixed retainer, Dr. Eric M. Meyer, DDS can help you improve.


If you have questions or concerns regarding orthodontic options or retainer options, please give us a call. To learn more about the services provided at the practice, visit www.fullertondental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS, in Fullerton CA, call 714-879-7943.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dental Sealants for Pediatric Patients

Dental sealants are a preventative measure used to preserve the teeth and tooth enamel. Almost half of all children and adolescents in the United States have had cavities in their permanent teeth, and Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS can help you protect your child’s teeth with a sealant.


Most tooth decay in children and teenagers occurs on the chewing surfaces of molars, where the pits and grooves tend to trap food and bacteria.  Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.


Dental sealants are applied to surfaces of these molars much like paint. The plastic resin fills any pits and grooves on the surface and hardens. Now the surface is protected from bits of food being stuck, so bacteria cannot multiply and cause decay, and tooth enamel is protected from plaque and acids.  Sealants can effectively prevent cavities for up to ten years and can be reapplied of necessary


To learn more about dental sealants and all the services we provide at the practice, visit www.fullertondental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS, in Fullerton CA, call 714-879-7943.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Importance of Biannual Cleanings

It is recommended by the Academy of General Dentistry to have a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every six months.  Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS encourages all his patients to maintain a great oral health routine at home, but it is still important to come into the office for regular professional cleanings.  However much you brush and floss, some harmful bacteria grow in your mouth that cause gum disease and can only be removed by a dental professional.


It’s important to see a professional regularly to locate and monitor areas in the mouth that may need special attention, and a dentist can tell you if you may be missing a spot or skipping an important step in your regular oral care routine.  During a teeth cleaning, a hygienist thoroughly clean the area above and below the gum line with scaling tools to rid them of plaque and tartar. After the surfaces of the teeth are cleaned, the hygienist flosses between every one of your teeth and may apply fluoride if recommended by the dentist.


To learn more about teeth cleanings and all the services we provide at the practice, visit www.fullertondental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS, in Fullerton CA, call 714-879-7943.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Take Care of Your Toothbrush

It’s important to take care of your teeth, gums, and tongue, but it’s just as important to take care of your toothbrush. Without your toothbrush, you may suffer from periodontal disease, bad breath, mouth sores, and oral discomfort overall. This is why Dr. Eric M. Meyer, DDS, wants patients to clean and replace this optimal oral care instrument when needed.


Each time we use our toothbrush, it becomes filled with bacteria. It is especially important to replace a toothbrush after you’ve contracted a virus, as to not become re-infected. Toothbrushes should always be stored in open space and never in a closed container. A moist environment will cause these bacteria to multiply and may be a cause for concern. You should never share your toothbrush with a loved one, as doing so may increase a person’s risk of infection. A toothbrush should always be replaced every 3-4 months or when bristles become frayed.


If you have questions or concerns regarding oral care, please give us a call. To learn more about the services provided at the practice, visit www.fullertondental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS, in Fullerton CA, call 714-879-7943.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

A bone graft is the term for harvesting bone material from a healthy location and grafting it to a location that is broken or weakened.  The doctors of Fullerton Dental use this method to strengthen jaw bones in preparation for dental implants.


Missing a tooth for an extended period of time can leave the jaw bone vulnerable and compromise its structure.  When a patient needs an implant for a permanent replacement tooth, a bone graft reinforces the jaw bone so it is strong enough to handle the placement of an implant. 


In one procedure, bone material is harvested from a healthy location in the patient’s mouth and grafted to the compromised area of the jaw bone.  This strengthens the weakened bone, and encourages growth of new bone material as it heals.  After the procedure, the bone graft will be monitored over the course of months.  When the jaw bone has strengthened enough to handle the placement of an implant, our doctors can move forward with the patient’s plan of care.


To learn more about bone grafting and all the services we provide, visit www.fullertondental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS, in Fullerton CA, call 714-879-7943.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Night Guards for Teeth Grinders

Bruxism is the term for any regular grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw.  Chronic teeth grinders often end up needing crowns, bridges, root canals and implants. In severe cases tooth loss can occur, and partial or complete dentures may be needed.  Some teeth grinders only grind their teeth while they sleep at night and may not be aware of it.  Waking up with a stiff or sore jaw could be a sign you are grinding your teeth at night and shouldn’t be ignored.  Nocturnal bruxism can be caused by underlying medical conditions such as sleep apnea. For a proper diagnosis, visit Fullerton Dental for a consultation.


A custom night guard is the best way to protect your teeth from the negative effects of teeth grinding.  We provide patients with custom night guards by first taking an impression of the mouth.  This impression is used to fit a custom product that protects the grinding surfaces of the teeth and aligns the jaw, which also helps improve sleep.  Night guards are durable and with proper care can last 10 years!


To learn more about night guards and all the services we provide at the practice, visit www.fullertondental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS, in Fullerton CA, call 714-879-7943.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Dental Wax for Traditional Braces

If you have a mouth full of wires and brackets, then this must mean that you decided to go the traditional route on your orthodontic journey. Traditional braces are one of the fast methods used to straighten teeth because of the fixed position that the metal is placed in. Though traditional braces straighten teeth in no time, they may cause discomfort to the patient. Fortunately, Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS, has a solution – dental wax.


Dental wax is a safe, non-toxic wax, which is used to protect the lips, cheeks, and gums from the metal in the mouth. Dental wax makes the first few months of orthodontic treatment bearable as your mouth gets used to the equipment inside. If you have pain and irritation that is caused by the sharp end of your appliance, talk to Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS about getting it fixed or simply ask for dental wax the next time you are in the office.


If you have questions or concerns regarding orthodontics or traditional braces, please give us a call. To learn more about the services provided at the practice, visit www.fullertondental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS, in Fullerton CA, call 714-879-7943.