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POSTPONED – 2020 Patient Appreciation Picnic

Dear Patients,

Due to the recent events concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are unfortunately postponing our annual Patient Appreciation Picnic scheduled for Sun, April 5th, out of an abundance of caution.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We are sad but we believe this is the best decision for our patients and community at this time.

We are still looking forward to having a Patient Appreciation Picnic this summer, we will announce a new date when the current situation has resolved.

We wish you all well,

Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center / Cypress Smiles Dentistry

All Offices Are Open for Dental Services

Dear Patients:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call your office and they will gladly assist you.  

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center

All Offices Closed due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Due to the concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all of our offices are currently closed until the shelter-at-home order is lifted. We are planning to re-open all locations as soon as we are allowed to. During this period, we are still able to see current and new patients for any emergencies by appointment only.

If you have a dental emergency, please contact the doctors at the following phone numbers based on the office location you are going to.

Huntington Beach and Placentia – Dr. Trinh Nguyen – (714) 725-2342

Brea and Cypress – Dr. Tuan Nguyen – (714) 360-4328

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention

Dear Patients,

As concerns for the coronavirus grows, we want you to know that we are taking this matter seriously.  We abide by all CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and ADA (American Dental Association) guidelines for sterilization. Patient operatories (rooms) will continue to be disinfected between every patient as we have always done.  In addition, we are disinfecting the patient lobby and restrooms at least every 2 hrs.  High patient contact surfaces like pens, stylus, iPads and remotes controls will be disinfect after each use.  To combat misinformation, below are basic recommendations from the CDC.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

man in bed

Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
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Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

What Will Pigging Out at Summer Holiday Parties Do to You?

Cosmetic_and_Dental_Implant_Center_Weekly_Blogs2_7615For today’s society, holidays (like the Fourth of July) and social events alike wouldn’t be complete without one thing—parties. It often seems like parties of every possible theme has been held for every possible purpose. Regardless of what your summer party might look like, though, it probably has one crucial thing: an abundance of food.

For many people, it is this combination of good food and socializing that makes parties so appealing in the first place. During these events, however, it’s often hard to think about the health implications of your actions. While it might not be totally disastrous to relax and let yourself eat what you want to sometimes, Dr. Trinh Nguyen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center explains that keeping in mind what your diet means to the rest of your body is nevertheless important.

Nutrition at Parties

While home-cooked meals are always going to be healthier than store-bought fast food, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s actually good for your health. For parties and social events, the focus is often on creating food that tastes good rather than food that provides the proper nutrition.

Because of the Fourth of July, let’s use Independence Day parties as an example: the summer holiday often sparks parties filled with patriotically colorful desserts of all sorts. While these types of cakes, popsicle bars and ice creams are tasty treats for a hot summer day, though, they aren’t the best choice nutritionally. Always having nutrition in your mind and consciously trying to make healthy Fourth of July foods for your party will make sure you and your guests stay healthy.

Nutrition and Teeth

Specifically, making sure that your diet consists of the right amount of vitamins and minerals is important not just for your health in general but for your teeth. Many people unfortunately overlook the effect of nutrition on the teeth, despite their importance to the digestive system, and often these same people misdiagnose signs of a lack of vitamins for other tooth-related maladies.

Getting the proper amount of minerals in your diet is essential for the teeth because these same minerals are the ones that preserve the state of your mouth. Many of the soft tissues in your mouth (for example the gums) depend on a proper nutritional intake. These tissues can become softer and bleed more easily if they aren’t properly sustained, and this weakness could be a precursor to more serious tooth-related problems in the future.

To make sure that your dietary choices haven’t affected your teeth, make sure you visit a qualified dentist regularly for checkups! For a great dentist in Huntington Beach that you could see, you could seek out Dr. Trinh Nguyen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center. Call his Huntington Beach office at (714) 702-1328 or visit the website at www.cdicdental.com to set up an appointment today!

Getting Cosmetic Procedures before the Pool Party

Cosmetic_and_Dental_Implant_Center_Weekly_Blogs_7615It’s no crime to want to look good, especially not right before summer social events, and making sure your smile is perfect is a crucial aspect of that. Perhaps this is why cosmetic dentistry, especially the services provided by Dr. Trinh Nyugen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center, has seen a rise in recent years. Everyone wants whiter, straighter teeth and dentists are meeting their need with increasingly sophisticated cosmetic dentistry technology.

Knowing how to take care of your mouth after these procedures, however, is just as important as deciding you need them in the first place. Understanding what you should and shouldn’t do after you get your cosmetic procedures done is a vital way to maintain your regained beauty and prevent unwanted complications from developing (and interfering with your social life).

Professional Whitening

In recent years, one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures performed by dentists is professional teeth whitening. Because the majority of Americans agree that white, clean teeth are one of the crowning features of a beautiful smile, patients of all ages are seeking professional treatments for their teeth.

A professional teeth whitening procedure is typically quite similar to the ordinary one you can perform yourself with store-bought materials with one important difference. The chemicals used by professional dentists and hygienists are much more powerful and must be handled with far more care. Dentists often use a variety of acidic solutions to wash out the stains in a patient’s teeth, and these must be treated with extreme care to make sure your teeth aren’t harmed in the process.

The strength of the teeth whitening solutions used means that the aftercare process requires more attention as well. Dentists recommend that you avoid teeth-staining foods and drinks for at least 48 hours after your procedure to give the pores in your teeth type to close up and heal and prevent worst stains from happening. As a general rule, this means that, while you’re at your pool party, you should avoid any foods that could create dark stains in a white shirt.

Professional Crown Lengthening

Another common cosmetic dental procedure performed by dentists is professional crown lengthening. Because some people have gums that appear too prominently in a smile, many patients choose to have a professional cosmetic dentist reshape their gum line and extend the amount of tooth that can be perceived. The change is chiefly an aesthetic one, but it can make the difference in creating a brighter smile.

Because crown lengthening is a surgical procedure, however, it also necessitates very precise aftercare. For example, most dentists prescribe a special mouth rinse to use after the procedure to ensure that the gums heal properly. Never let your social plans interfere with your using this medical mouthwash because you risk infection or other complications would be a worse scenario.

These examples are, of course, only general cases. To get more specific instructions for proper aftercare after your cosmetic dental procedure, make sure you contact a qualified California dentist like Dr. Trinh Nguyen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center. Contact the CDIC office by calling 714-702-1328 or by visiting its website at www.cdicdental.com today!

Five Essential Oils that Help with Dental Care

peppermint-oilPlants have historically been a source for natural medications, but, in today’s world of highly sophisticated chemical drugs, natural solutions have started fading from the market. The technological revolution has given us a plethora of extremely effective medicines, but that doesn’t mean that the plant-based techniques used historically aren’t just as effective in some cases.

Essential oils, for example, are as relevant in dental care today as they has been in the past. Here are five different types of essential oils that dentists like Dr. Trinh Nguyen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center in California recommend to supplement your personal oral health plan.

Peppermint Oil

Have you ever noticed how most toothpastes taste minty and fresh? This is no accident: peppermint oil, a common ingredient found in most toothpastes, is an essential oil that is extremely useful in dental care. Its antiseptic nature means that it can help fight off bad breath and harmful germs as well as sooth toothaches and reduce pain in the mouth. It also has the added benefit of making toothpastes taste better and making your brushing experience more enjoyable.

Spearmint Oil

Given the similarities in taste and smell, it shouldn’t be surprising that spearmint oil’s antiseptic qualities are just as formidable as those of peppermint oil. Spearmint oil can prevent bacterial infections and sooth the mouth, making it an effective way to prevent oral health issues and relieve pain.

Clove Oil

Another scent that likely reminds you of California dental offices and tooth-related products alike is probably that of clove oil. Like peppermint and spearmint oil, clove oil is a type of antiseptic that is extremely helpful as a pain-relieving restorative. Many dentists, for example, recommend rubbing clove oil over an extraction site as a way to prevent dry socket, and rubbing clove oil over toothaches can reduce pain in the area.

There is, however, an important caveat to keep in mind. Clove oil, when ingested in large quantities, can be toxic to the body. If you experience any irritation as a result of using clove oil, you should contact your dentist in Brea to make sure nothing serious is occurring.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is similar to both peppermint oil and clove oil as an antiseptic treatment for the mouth. Research has proven tea tree oil to be an effective way to fight off bacteria, combat plaque buildup and prevent bad breath. Like clove oil, however, it can be toxic when ingested, so it is important to be careful not to swallow too much of it.

Cinnamon Oil

Everyone knows of cinnamon as a spice, but the essential oil created from cinnamon may be less well known. Like essential oils created from other herbs, cinnamon oil is a powerful antibacterial solution, but it is special in that it targets the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Using cinnamon oil to rinse your mouth is an effective way to ensure a clean and healthy mouth. Many mouthwashes come in cinnamon flavor now.

These essential oils are a great way to supplement your daily brushing and flossing routine, but they can never be a replacement for the quality dental care you can get from Huntington Beach dentists. If you’re ever in Huntington Beach, Brea, or Placentia, make sure to contact Dr. Trinh Nguyen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center by calling their office at (714) 702-1328 or visiting their website at www.cdicdental.com to get more information about dental implant services.

Why You should not Self-Diagnose Dental Problems despite Information on the Internet

no_to_self_diagnosisIt’s very easy to hit the search engine and diagnose your dental problems online, but are you sure that you’re making a wise move by doing this? It’s simpler to consult the Internet when you’re having oral problems than to book appointments and drive to your dentist’s office, but it’s also too easy for you to misdiagnose yourself, make the wrong decision and jeopardize your entire health.

Self-diagnosis is dangerous

Self-diagnosis based on information on the Internet can be hazardous to your health. Laymen don’t have the appropriate education and training to make a proper diagnosis that dentists have. There are also certain nuances in diagnosing oral problems that only dentists and other dental professionals know and understand. Plus, a certain symptom like toothache may be shared by a number of dental problems like tooth decay, tooth fracture, abscessed tooth, damaged filling, bruxism or gum diseases. Only dentists can know what exactly is the oral problem that you’re experiencing after performing a thorough examination. So what you may self-diagnose as a mere toothache could already be something far more serious.

The nature of the web is haphazard, and the information given may differ from one website to another. Relying on forums is even worse as the people who post their comments or testimonials may be giving the wrong information to you.  Even though the article or blog post looks legitimate, it is not enough because there’s a risk of you downgrading or exaggerating the symptoms you’re experiencing because of certain biases on your part.

Self-diagnosis through the Internet fuels Cyberchondria

Self-diagnosing through information on the Internet fuels Cyberchondria. According to Cyberchondria: Studies of the Escalation of Medical Concerns in Web search by Ryen White and Eric Horvitz, Cyberchondria “is the unfounded escalation of concerns about common symptomology based on review of search results and literature online.”  The London Sunday Times defined it as “the deluded belief you suffer from all the diseases featured in the Internet,” while BBC news referred to it as an “Internet print out syndrome”.

When you have Cyberchondria, you unnecessarily worry about some symptoms that are usually just signs of relatively common illnesses. You would become more fearful, more worried and would be far from being assured after you’ve hit the search engine in the first place. To avoid worrying incessantly and to be absolutely sure about what you’re experiencing, it’s always best to visit your doctor or dentist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Visit your dentist for a more objective diagnosis

Because there’s a high risk that you’ll misdiagnose yourself and buy inappropriate drugs or use home remedies for treatment without knowing all the facts, it is highly advisable to seek professional help rather than use Dr. Google. The Internet should not be your first option for seeking medical help; rather, it must only be used for gathering more information about your dental condition after it has already been properly diagnosed by your dentist.

If you’re experiencing any symptoms indicating an oral health problem, visit Dr. Trinh Nguyen, MD at CDIC for a proper oral examination. Here at CDIC, we have the best dental care professionals and the latest technology in dentistry available to give you the right diagnosis and treatment. You can talk to our dentists or visit our website to know more about the services and treatments that we offer. Call us today at (714) 702-1328, (714) 793-9480 or (714) 804-0592 to book your appointment!

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