• 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
Martin Abelar

Martin Abelar

“If you’re going to give someone the best possible result, then the planning phase is incredibly important…and this applies not only to cosmetic cases, but general dentistry as well”.


~ Dr. Martin P. Abelar

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_520145404.jpgIf you develop an oral sore seemingly out of nowhere, your first reaction may be to totally ignore it - or to completely panic. Either way, there are some things you should know (and some symptoms to look for) before you make your next move. Before you brush it off as nothing, or go into panic mode, check out this guide to some common oral infections that may or may not warrant a trip to the dentist.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_776608750.jpgMany things get stuck in our teeth - caramel, popcorn, spinach - but did you know that for some workers, evidence of their job can get stuck in their teeth, too?

A team of scientists at Gujarat, India’s Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, under the helm of forensic odontology student Dr. Riddhi Thanki, Rajesh Babu and Dr. MS Dahiya, found a connection between the hardened plaque deposits found on teeth and certain environmental factors.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_138177026.jpgFor 13.5 million lower-income Californians, the Medi-Cal medical insurance program provides coverage for a number of much-needed medical services these individuals may not otherwise be able to receive. But while many recipients have seen improvements in their medical benefits in recent years, Medi-cal’s dental coverage, Denti-Cal, has until recently lagged far behind. Experts say this is due to the 2009 state budget crisis, which cut dental coverage to Medi-Cal and other programs, and though the state’s budget has rebounded since, Denti-Cal was only partially restored in 2014, and never again.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_273038321.jpgThere’s no topic discussed at a dental exam that seems to make people more uncomfortable than flossing. As you may already be aware, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends we floss our teeth at least once a day. This is because string dental floss can reach between the teeth in ways brushing or water flossing cannot. In fact, when you don’t floss, you’re only cleaning about 60 percent of your teeth! That’s right - flossing alone cleans about 40 percent of your teeth’s surfaces.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_245617978_20180104-034709_1.jpgIf your child has a mouthful of healthy teeth, it may come as quite a surprise to hear that your dentist wants to remove your child’s wisdom teeth. After all, why would you remove perfectly healthy teeth? But even healthy wisdom teeth can cause big problems if they’re not extracted. Here’s why.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_338422418.jpgA trip down the vitamin aisle at your local pharmacy can be an overwhelming experience. With literally hundreds of brands and types of vitamins to choose from, it’s hard to know which one you need to address your specific health needs. Do you go with a generic multi-vitamin? A probiotic? A chewable? And how do you know what dose to take, or if you’re already getting enough of certain vitamins from your diet or other medications?  

The best advice we can give you about vitamins is to speak to your physician about which supplement is best for you, but if you are looking for a vitamin to improve your oral health, here are a few that have proven benefits. Remember: If you’re interested in trying any of these vitamins, speak to Dr. Abelar or your physician to see if they would be a good fit with your lifestyle.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_125240636.jpgA recent study by the American Dental Association has revealed some startling statistics about millennials and oral health. According to the study, titled "Oral Health and Well-Being in the United States," 29 percent of lower-income individuals and 28 percent of millennials admitted that insecurities about the health and appearance of their teeth have negatively affected their ability to interview for a new job.

"These numbers are very disheartening to hear, given the difficulty younger workers and lower-income workers have experienced entering the work force," says Dr. Martin Abelar, a dentist in San Diego, California. "These are definitely people we should be rooting for in the job market."

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_85060831.jpgIf you’ve ever lost an adult tooth, you already know your options for replacing that tooth are limited. Dentures, partials or bridges give you the look of having a tooth where one is missing, but they aren’t permanent and can still cause a great deal of insecurity to wearers. Dental implants are a more permanent solution, but their high cost can be prohibitive to some budgets, and they do carry a risk of implant failure that can cost the wearer portions of his or her jawbone. But a new procedure under development at Columbia University may provide a solution that patients will really want to sink their teeth into.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_333000893.jpgWhen you come in to the dentist's office for a teeth-whitening procedure, you probably have a few expectations: a whiter smile; a calm, relaxing environment; and an attentive, professional staff. What you may not expect is tooth sensitivity. But many patients experience this side effect during or after a whitening procedure. While for some the pain is manageable and only temporary, for others it can last from several minutes to several days. If you are considering a whitening procedure and either have experienced sensitivity in the past, or would like to reduce your risk of experiencing it in the future, try these tips before you whiten.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_608251319.jpgBritish soap opera star Samantha Womack recently made headlines for undergoing a deep-cleaning gum treatment called Bone One Session Treatment, or BOST, that claims to cure periodontal disease in just one session. Womack claims that after one four-hour sitting, her gums were completely cleaned and essentially cured of periodontal disease. But is this possible? Dentist Martin Abelar of San Diego, California, weighs in.

"The BOST procedure consists of gently pulling the gums away from the teeth to reach underneath the gum line and clean out the bacteria that is hiding inside," he says. "The dentist will actually DNA test the bacteria in each pocket and develop a treatment to kill that specific type of bacteria."

b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-12.jpgRoot canals are one of the most feared procedures a dental patient can undergo, but the root canals of today are a far cry from the painful procedures they used to be. Today’s root canals are quicker, less painful and have a higher success rate than procedures performed decades ago. In fact, many of today’s root canal procedures are about as simple and painless as getting a regular filling. Unfortunately, despite their reduced pain and higher success rate, there are still failed procedures - but a team from the UCLA School of Dentistry and UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have teamed up to try to improve the success rate of the root canal using particles known as nanodiamonds.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_439120735.jpgWhether we like it or not, our smile and the condition of our teeth play a huge role in our self-esteem. In fact, a recent study by the American Dental Association found that nearly 30 percent of young adults are so insecure about their smile that they feel it has interfered with their ability to interview for a job. But just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean it’s too late to do something about your teeth - especially if they aren’t as straight as they could be. Whether you are considering braces for yourself or are wondering whether it’s better to wait for your child to reach adulthood to get braces, here are some common questions and answers about adult braces.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_414838231.jpgWith an estimated 488 million business trips taken each year, averaging four nights away each, it’s safe to say that we are a country on the move. But while all that travel can bulk up your air miles account, it could be doing some severe damage to your oral health. Whether you travel for work, or you’re lucky enough to travel for pleasure, there are some things you can (and should!) do to make sure you are taking proper care of your teeth while you’re on the road.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_565436653.jpgIt’s one of the most commonly asked questions in dental practices across the nation: What’s the best toothbrush for me?

Unfortunately, there’s no one right answer. Here are a few things to consider if you find yourself wondering what kind of toothbrush you should be using to maximize your oral hygiene routine.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_631377275.jpgFor some patients in the United States, getting to a dentist poses a real challenge. In fact, according to Pew Charitable Trusts, nearly 50 million Americans have limited access to a dentist due to living in an area with a dentist shortage. So, what can be done to help people get the oral health care they need until there are more dentists to serve these rural areas? A clinic in Xian, Shaanxi, China, may have a solution.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_568569448.jpgThe Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in 12 Americans has the lung disease known as asthma. Asthma is categorized as an inflammation or obstruction of the bronchial tubes. This condition can be caused by environmental issues such as exposure to irritants, as well as by genetics.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_604410821.jpgPicture it: You wake up in the morning and open your mouth to brush your teeth. But instead of just being greeted by your usual set of pearly whites, you see a dark, blood-red spot about the size of a pencil eraser on the roof of your mouth - and you definitely don’t remember seeing it there when you brushed last night. If you’re like many people, you probably have a million questions running through your mind: What is that spot? Where did it come from? How long will it last? What should I do about it? Is it dangerous? But before you panic and call in sick to work, check out this handy guide to Angina bullosa hemorrhagica (ABH), or as it is more commonly known, an oral blood blister.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_477715900-1.jpgIt’s no secret that parents worry about their children, and kids' health and wellness is probably most parents' No. 1 worry. If there was a way to prevent kids from needing painful procedures down the road, most parents would happily take advantage of it. The good news is, when it comes to oral health, there is a scientifically proven way to protect the teeth of school-aged children from cavities and decay!

Dental sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of tooth decay by close to 80 percent in molars, where nooks and crannies make them especially prone to problems. Unfortunately, the CDC reports that only 43 percent of children ages 6 to 11 have received sealants, and those who haven’t have three times more cavities than those who have had the simple treatment.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_263484728.jpgWhether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned pro, it’s impossible to know everything there is to know about raising babies. This is especially true when it comes to caring for your baby’s teeth. Perhaps that’s why nearly 35 percent of children don’t see their family dentist for the first time until after their second birthday, more than a full year after the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's (AAPD) recommendation of age 1.

But even the most diligent parent can still have questions about their children’s teeth and still may not know when their children should meet certain oral health milestones. One particular milestone that many parents may miss, or may not realize the importance of, is the discontinuation of the baby bottle. Though it may not seem dental-related, extended use of baby bottles can be harmful past the age of 1. Dr. Martin Abelar of San Diego, California, explains why.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_149625803.jpgFor patients with damaged or diseased gum tissue caused by advanced gum disease like periodontitis, treatment options have historically been very slim, and very painful. But a new laser-assisted treatment called "laser-assisted new attachment procedure," or LANAP, may be poised to change the periodontal surgery game forever.

Developed by Robert H. Gregg II and Delwin McCarthy, the LANAP procedure uses lasers to precisely cut away diseased gum tissue in the gum pocket without taking out healthy tissue in the process. This precision makes the procedure much less painful, and because it leaves healthy tissue behind, it allows the gums to heal faster and the areas with removed tissue to regenerate faster.

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