Monthly Archives: July 2015

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 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 today!