Archive for the Ask the Dentist Category

Oral Exam for Oral Cancer Screening

No single oral exam or oral cancer screening test is proven to reduce the risk of dying of oral cancer. But, did you know that in our office, Dr Mastrovich and our Escondido dental hygiene team screen for oral cancer during all dental and dental hygiene appointments. […]

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Are there different approaches to a dental hygiene (cleaning) appointment?

If you are over the age of twelve, chances are you have had a prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) by more than one dental hygienist over the years. Have you ever wondered why one hygienist started by cleaning the ‘inside’ (called lingual, the side closest to your tongue) of […]

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Finding a Dentist: Difference between a DDS and a DMD

In our ongoing “Ask the Dentist” series we are often asked, “What is the difference between a DDS and a DMD?” As you’re looking to find a dentist you may notice that while most are listed with a “DDS”, some may be listed as “DMD”. What does […]

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Finding an Expert Dentist in Escondido and Other Locations (Part 2 of Choosing a Dentist)

We love helping our patients and friends whenever we can. As we mentioned in our first blog on this topic, when our patients get job transfers or other reasons leading to their need to relocate, we do all we can to network with well respected, quality dentists […]

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What do the numbers mean when my hygienist measures my gums?

“What do the numbers mean when my hygienist measures my gums?” Have you ever sat in your dental hygienist’s chair and wanted to ask this question?  We love to answer questions and help our patients grow to be experts in their own personal dental conditions and care.  […]

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Choosing a Dentist (Part 1)

We are often asked by our Escondido patients who have received a job transfer, “How do I find an expert dentist like you in my new location?” We do make an effort to network with quality specialists and general dentists we know via lecturing in other cities. […]

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How do I know if I have a problem with my crown?

Have you ever thought “I have a crown, now I’m not going to have to deal with this issue again”? This is very common for all of us, until we learn there is more to the ‘care and feeding’ of your dental restorations beyond flossing and brushing. […]

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Regular dental exams help prevent bigger problems

In our ongoing “Ask the Dentist” topics, a question that is often brought up is “What are the benefits to regular dental exams and cleanings?” The main reason to have regular dental exams is to catch potential problems early and keep them small. For instance, removing decay […]

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Possible Causes for Tooth Pain

Toothaches, or tooth pain is a much more common occurrence than any of us would like to experience. The term toothache generally refers to any pain you feel around your teeth or jaws that comes from a dental condition such as cavities, cracked teeth, an exposed root, […]

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Help for people who grind teeth

Do you or anyone you know ever wake with headaches, sore teeth or an awareness that your teeth fit differently in the morning? These may be symptoms that you have been grinding your teeth during the night. This is a common problem for people under stress or […]

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