Patient Testimonial for Dr. Richard Sterling, Laguna Beach Dentist

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We couldn’t be more touched by our patient’s thoughtful card! Hearing feedback from our patients, sincerely makes our day! Dr. Sterling is known for taking his time and providing his patients with compassionate and quality care. Our mission is to provide every patient with a Sterling smile! We love seeing our patients and giving them a smile that makes them want to smile even more.

Dr. Richard Sterling has been helping people achieve their dream smile for over 35 years in Laguna Beach, California. His calm, approachable, and detailed demeanor and character has made him a leader in cosmetic dentistry in Laguna Beach, and Orange County.

If you want to feel as confident and happy as our patients, call us today for a consultation. If you’re self conscious, or concerned about your smile, don’t worry! We’ll give you a Sterling smile! Call us today at (949)494-8511.

 

Words of Appreciation from our Patient

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We couldn’t be more touched by Melanie’s beautiful card! We always appreciate feedback from our patients and hearing how happy Melanie is with her smile, truly makes our day! Our goal is to give ever patient a smile that makes them feel confident, happy, and excited to smile.

Dr. Richard Sterling has been helping people achieve their dream smile for over 35 years in Laguna Beach, California. His calm, approachable, and detailed demeanor and character has made him a leader in cosmetic dentistry in Laguna Beach, and Orange County.

If you want to feel as confident and happy as Melanie, call us today for a consultation. If you’re self conscious, or concerned about your smile, don’t worry! We’ll give you a Sterling smile! Call us today at (949)494-8511.

 

What is the Difference Between a General and Cosmetic Dentist?

There are so many different kinds of dentists; general dentists, cosmetic dentists, orthodontists, periodontists, oral surgeons. Many people do not know the difference between general dentists and cosmetic dentists and the different services and treatments they provide.

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General dentists are primarily focused on enhancing or improving the function of your teeth and mouth. This is accomplished through routine visits, dental cleanings and exams, and restorative procedures. A cosmetic dentist takes general dentistry a step further by focusing on increasing the beauty and esthetic of your teeth and smile. Dr. Richard Sterling is known as one of the best cosmetic dentists in Laguna Beach because of his esthetic talent and eye.

Dr. Sterling provides all of the same services as a general dentist but his attention to detail and beauty allows him to restore teeth to look more beautiful. He does not simply fix the problem, or alleviate pain, but he can make you feel more confident about your teeth and smile.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Richard Sterling, the Laguna Beach Dentist, and what he can do for you and your smile, call us at (949)494-8511. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Which Type of Toothbrush Should I Be Using?

Today, we have so many options regarding which type of toothbrush to use. Whether you are considering electric or manual toothbrushes, Dr. Richard Sterling, in Laguna Beach has a few tips to think about when selecting a new tooth brush.

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1. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are considered to be the best to remove debris and plaque.

2. A small headed toothbrush is often preferred because they can reach any area within the mouth.

3. In regards to design (grip, flexible neck, dome shaped, flat), select whichever type of toothbrush you are most comfortable using.

4. Many of our patients prefer using an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush does a fantastic job cleaning your teeth and is excellent for anyone with limited dexterity.

Many patients ask us how often they should replace their toothbrush. Dr. Sterling recommends getting a new toothbrush, or electric toothbrush head, once you can see wear on the brush or every 3-4 months. He also suggests changing toothbrushes after you’re sick to eliminate the spreading of germs.

If you have any additional questions about the type of toothbrush you should be using, or would like a consultation with Dr. Richard Sterling, give us a call at (949)494-8511. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Candy and Cavities

You’ve probably been told, at least once in your life, that you shouldn’t eat candy because it causes cavities. Even though candy is super delicious, even just a few extra treats can negatively impact your smile and cause cavities.

Processed sugar is a major culprit in foods that destroy our teeth. Sugar elevates blood sugar and in return it takes healthy minerals out of our bones and teeth. Most, if not all, modern candy is filled with sugar and processed sugar is extremely detrimental to healthy teeth.

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Another common ingredient in candy is corn syrup. We’re sure you’ve seen the commercial showing that corn syrup is no different than regular sugar. In some ways, this is true. Both are over processed and both are not good for you or your teeth. Corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup are manufactured and processed by machines. They are not found in nature and are unrecognizable to the body and can lead to cavities.

When we eat our blood sugar can rise. The more sugar present in food, the more our blood sugar fluctuates. Processed sugar can cause more dramatic fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Over time, blood sugar fluctuation can strip important minerals like calcium and phosphorus from our bones to send relief to the sugar stress induced body.

Candy not only leads to possible nutrient/mineral malabsorption but ultimately to cavities. If you are worried about the amount of candy or processed sugar in your diet, call Dr. Richard Sterling in Laguna Beach today for a consultation (949)494-8511. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Take a Bite Out of Life or at Least an Apple

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As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, it is extremely important to brush your teeth and floss regularly. Avoiding sugars and food that join forces with bacteria to form plaque is vital to your oral health. Plaque creates acid that harms and destroys tooth enamel, leading to cavities or even gum disease.

Today we want to discuss foods that help promote better oral health.

1. Tea: Both black and green teas have properties that fight cavities! Next time you need a little caffeine, go for a cup of tea instead of a cup of coffee. Tea can also assist in getting rid of bad breath. Sounds like a great drink to us!

2. Cheese: The journal of General Dentistry reported that young adults, 12-15 years old, who ate cheddar cheese had lower levels of acid in their mouths than individuals who consumed a glass of milk or sugar free yogurt.

3. Raisins: We know what you’re thinking, raisins are so sweet! How can they be allowed? Well, luckily, raisins do not contain table sugar or sucrose. Some of the natural chemicals in raisins may actually kill cavity causing plaque. Some dentists believe these chemicals can also affect bacteria related to gum disease.

4. Apples, Carrots, and Cucumbers (oh my!): These three foods take some serious chewing to break them down. The good news is these foods are healthy and they disturb dental plaque.  Not only are they healthy substitutes for other snacks, they help keep your teeth in good condition. Three cheers for this trio!

5. Sugar Free gum: You may have noticed sugar is not great for your teeth. In fact, it often causes cavities.  Saliva secretion that happens when you chew foods, causes bacteria to be cleared from your teeth. Notice Dr. Richard Sterling, in Laguna Beach, recommends sugar free gum.

If you have questions about this list, or would like to know more about foods that are beneficial for your teeth call our office today at (949)494-8511. Our highly trained staff looks forward to speaking with you soon.

What Type of Filling is Best for You?

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Modern technology allows dentists to provide patients with a few different options when considering materials to fill cavities. Dr. Richard Sterling, the Laguna Beach dentist, usually recommends a natural tooth-colored cavity filling material, which is a resin-based composite filling. In the past, dentists used a metal amalgam filling which has a silver unnatural color.  Not only do more natural looking fillings look better esthetically, but they are better for you.

What is dental amalgam or silver fillings?

When you think of silver fillings, you are actually thinking about dental amalgams, which are a mix of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. Mercury acts as the glue that holds all of these components together and is absolutely necessary when using dental amalgam. Although this type of filling is extremely malleable, it is not as esthetically pleasing and patients are often self conscious about these types of fillings.

What are resin composite fillings or natural looking fillings?

Another fantastic option for fillings are resin composite fillings, which are made of plastic and ceramic compounds. These fillings blend in to your natural teeth and do not stand out or look unnatural. People with resin composite fillings are more comfortable and confident with their fillings, which are a few reasons why Dr. Sterling suggests resin composite fillings to his patients.

If you have questions about fillings or the types of filling options best suited for you or your family, please call Dr. Sterling in Laguna Beach today (949)494-8511. Our highly trained and experienced staff are here to answer all of your questions. We look forward to meeting you soon!

What is Dental Plaque and Why is it Bad?

You’ve heard many times that you do not want plaque to build up. However, many of our patients do not know what plaque really is and why they should be concerned. Today, Dr. Richard Sterling, your Laguna Beach dentist, wants address this important question.

Dental plaque is sticky clear bacteria film that forms on your teeth. When plaque gathers it turns into a hard layer of tartar. This tatar collects in areas that are difficult to reach between teeth and the gumline. The bacteria that is found within plaque can actually create a toxic chemical which irritates the gums. Unfortunately, this bacteria can destroy the bone around the teeth or lead to gum disease.

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Most people are unaware that gum disease can be related to other serious health conditions, such as stroke, pneumonia, and heart disease. Therefore, it is vital to remove plaque by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. Dr. Sterling recommends coming in for a consultation to determine your current oral health. Dental cleanings are the first step in defeating gum disease and fighting plaque buildup.

Dr. Richard Sterling, your Laguna Beach dentist, is located at 401 Glennyre in Laguna Beach. Call us today to schedule your visit (949)494-8511. We look forward to seeing you soon!

5 Foods That Stain Your Teeth

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Everyday we eat and drink many different foods that can have a profound effect on the color of our teeth. From your morning cup of coffee to the wine you have at dinner, these are foods and liquids to be aware of, and keeping a brush at your work can help.

Many of these foods are easy to avoid. More importantly,  there are many healthy substitutes. You do not need to feel deprived to maintain your beautiful white smile, but you can make a few healthy changes to help fight stains. First of all, rinse and brush your teeth after eating. This can be a quick and effective step to avoiding stained teeth.

Here is a quick list of foods that can discolor and stain your teeth:

1. Red Wine: Although a glass of red wine pairs nicely with your dinner, it’s best to swish water in your mouth between sips. Wine’s acid content causes stains and removes enamel.

2. Coffee: Most people are aware that coffee stains your teeth. Try selecting a lighter roast as the darker roasts are more acidic. Diluting your coffee with milk or cream can also be beneficial and remember to drink lots of water afterward. Not only is drinking water hydrating, but it helps reduce the chances of stains after drinking coffee.

3. Hard candy: Most people are surprised that hard candy makes the list. Just think about the last time you ate a blue lolly pop, your tongue probably changed colors. The pigments used in hard candy also affect the color of your teeth. Swap out your hard candy for fruit or even chocolate!

4. Tea: Tea is a fantastic drink with many health benefits. However, darker teas can cause staining on your teeth. Much like coffee, select a lighter tea and add cream or milk. Better yet, stick with an herbal tea, like green or white. Not only do herbal teas have fantastic benefits, but they are less likely to stain your teeth.

5. Berries: Eating fruit is important in your diet. However, darker berries such as; cherries, blackberries, and blueberries can stain your teeth. Keep your smile bright by opting for apples and other light fruit.

Dr. Richard Sterling in Laguna Beach urges patients to brush and floss after eating highly acidic foods. Our goal is to keep you smiling confidently. Avoiding stains on your teeth is vital to a bright white smile! If you are concerned about the whiteness of your teeth or would like to learn more about maintaining a beautiful bright smile, call our office at (949)494-8511. Dr. Sterling has been recognized by Philips Zoom Whitening as an excellent whitening provider.

5 Frequently Asked Dental Questions

1. How can I get whiter teeth?

Today, there are many over-the-counter teeth whitening products. However, whitening your teeth and achieving a lasting level of brightness does not always come quickly. Whitening products found at the drug store do work, however, for a long lasting and brighter white, we suggest Zoom Whitening. Furthermore, your eating and lifestyle habits can affect the color of your teeth. Before using over-the-counter whitening products consult Dr. Richard Sterling in Laguna Beach. Most of the time you will receive the best whitening results after a professional teeth cleaning.

2. How often should x-rays be taken?

Dr. Sterling, the Laguna Beach Dentist, recommends dental x-rays based on each individual’s needs. Your teeth and your smile are unique, Dr. Sterling creates treatment plans and determines how many x-rays you may need based on your personal dental health history. Many patients require more frequent X-rays for numerous reasons including treatment, nutrition, hygiene and other health issues.

3. What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a synthetic tooth that is surgically placed in the jawbone. This procedure is recommended to patients that have lost a tooth or need to replace a tooth. Dental implants look like natural teeth, often more aesthetically pleasing than natural teeth. If you are missing a tooth and would like to feel more confident about your smile, a dental implant may be your best option. To discuss dental implants, give our office a call, Dr. Sterling is known throughout Laguna Beach and Orange County for his aesthetic eye and ability to create beautiful crowns and teeth.

4. Which toothpaste should I use?

Many patients enjoy using toothpaste that has whitening attributes. However, some of these toothpastes can be too harsh and strip your teeth of enamel. If you are worried about the toothpaste you are using, Dr. Sterling’s hygienist  would be happy to review and discuss the perfect toothpaste for you!

5. I have a toothache, what can I do?

First, call Dr. Richard Sterling in Laguna Beach at (949)494-8511. Scheduling an immediate appointment is extremely important in order to identify the problem. Unfortunately, many people experience a toothache in the late evening or early morning when the dentist’s office is not open. If this is the case, an over-the-counter pain killer like Tylenol or Advil may help. If you are experiencing throbbing pain a warm wash cloth on the outside of your face, over the irritated tooth, may help with any inflammation and pain.