• Aesthetic Dentistry - Martin P. Abelar DDS, San Diego, CA
    Aesthetic Dentistry - Martin P. Abelar DDS, San Diego, CA
    Aesthetic Dentistry - Martin P. Abelar DDS, San Diego, CA
    Aesthetic Dentistry - Martin P. Abelar DDS, San Diego, CA
    Aesthetic Dentistry - Martin P. Abelar DDS, San Diego, CA

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It’s hard to find a loving, kind example of a dentist in movies and television. Most are portrayed as terrifying or cold and sterile. Does this depiction of the profession mirror our culture’s feelings about going to the dentist, or does it create more fear and anxiety than already exists?

It’s hard to tell but according to research from the CDC only 62 percent of adults aged 18-64 visited the dentist in 2014. In fact, they found that of the adults aged 20-44, 27.4 percent had untreated cavities. 1

If people aren’t avoiding the dentist because of what they see on television, then why are close to 40 percent of Americans not going in at least once a year for professional care? Cost is one reason. Dental insurance can be complicated and costly. One study found that if your mouth has a healthy year, your dental insurance probably caused you to lose around $200. 2 Obviously, that’s not always the case and dental insurance can be a huge relief if major work is needed such as a root canal.

b2ap3_thumbnail_spring-cleaning.jpgAround March and April each year, people around the nation begin thinking about cleaning and airing out the house after winter. After a few months of basic cleaning, it starts to feel like it’s time for a deep cleaning. Those hard to reach places like the baseboards and windows are in desperate need of a wipe down and the floors and bathrooms could use a deeper clean than normal for all those easy to miss spots.

The same holds true for your mouth. Throughout the year, we clean them daily and hopefully twice a day, but there’s no way to reach every single nook and cranny with just a toothbrush and floss. That’s where your biannual professional dental cleaning comes in. It’s important to keep up with these appointments because a thorough cleaning helps prevent plaque build-up and keeps things looking and feeling great.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_tooth-graphic.jpgOne of the things that often gets overlooked during or after cancer treatment is the mouth. Side effects of chemotherapy and radiation can be hard on the whole body but some people are truly surprised at the toll it takes on their teeth.Although no statistics seem to exist yet, if you ask a group of cancer survivors about their teeth after chemotherapy and radiation, you’ll be surprised at how many are struggling to keep up with the decay and destruction that the treatment has left in its path.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that the side effects of chemotherapy treatments can make it difficult and painful for patients to eat, talk and swallow. They recommend visiting the dentist at least one month before treatment begins when possible. It’s also imperative to communicate regularly with your dentist during treatments so the doctor and dentist can work together to keep cancer patients as comfortable as possible. While undergoing cancer treatments, your body is at an increased risk for infection says Dr. Martin Abelar, DDS, San Diego area dentist.

"It’s important to see a dentist as early as possible before treatment begins so we can address any preexisting concerns and treat them before the patient begins cancer therapies," Abelar said. "This also gives us a chance to go over the best care practices for oral hygiene during treatment and some tips on how to minimize discomfort from any potential side effects."

b2ap3_thumbnail_dental-implant.jpgThree million adults in the United States have dental implants according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the numbers are rising each year by about 500,000. A dental implant is the best way to replace a missing tooth according to Dr. Martin Abelar, DDS, a leading cosmetic and restorative dentist in the San Diego area. 

"When a tooth is lost the only way to keep the jaw bone strong and the other teeth from shifting to fill the space is with an implant because it fills the space all the way into the root," Abelar said. "Many people don’t realize that over time, the bone loss associated with a missing tooth can even cause premature aging as the jaw bone plays a big part in our facial structure."

According to the American Association of Endodontists, the success rate for dental implant placement is well above 90 percent. Although implant failure isn’t common, the reasons for it include rejection from the jawbone, failure to connect with the jawbone, nerve or tissue damage, allergic reaction and infection. The most common of the causes is infection also called peri-implantitis says Abelar.  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_smiling-patient.jpgIt’s safe to say that few people look forward coming to the dentist. But for some, the idea of a visit to the dentist creates such fear and anxiety, that they may not go at all until they find themselves in severe pain. As a dental professional, Dr. Abelar understands these feelings and offers options for his patients that experience anxiety.

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