Blog Archive

The Importance of Bi-Annual Dental Cleanings Nov 1st, 2020

You brush and floss your teeth every day, use an antibacterial mouthwash, and avoid soda and sugary snacks as much as possible. Why you may wonder, do you need to see the dentist twice a year for dental cleanings? After all, you don’t have to see the doctor twice a...

FASTBRACES®: The Innovative Alternative to Traditional Braces Oct 1st, 2020

If you’re an adult or teen with a smile that could benefit from straightening, braces may be something to consider. However, many people decide against braces for years, whether it’s because they have dental anxiety or they just don’t want to be locked into years of treatment. At Pacific Coast...

Is Invisalign Right for Your Child? Sep 2nd, 2020

Since more than eight million people have opted to use Invisalign® to straighten their teeth, you’re probably wondering if these clear dental aligners could be the right option for your child.  Experienced dental expert David Ouellet, DDS, and our team at Pacific Coast Smiles in Santa Maria, California, work with...

5 Causes of Tooth Pain (and When You Should Seek Help) Aug 9th, 2020

Toothaches have plagued human beings for hundreds of thousands of years. Even in the ancient world, we see signs that early dentists sought to find remedies for tooth pain. Today, you have a lot more options available to you, if you have a toothache, than people did back then! You...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Aug 4th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

What to Expect Before, During and After a Root Canal Treatment Jul 9th, 2020

More than 15 million root canals are performed every year, and they are extremely effective at stopping pain and saving teeth. However, many people live with pain for months before seeking help due to fears fueled by stories from past generations who had root canals when the procedure was still...

5 Great Benefits of Invisalign Jun 18th, 2020

You’d love to have a straighter, more beautiful smile, but the thought of metal brackets and wires and trips to the orthodontist sounds like such a hassle. As an adult or teenager with a busy schedule, adding one more thing to your plate just to have straight teeth can seem...

Why You Should Never Ignore a Missing Tooth May 13th, 2020

Lots of people lose teeth. We all start out with 32, but by the time we’re 50 years old, statistics show there’s a good chance we’ll have only 20. Age, illness, injury, and infection all take their toll on your teeth. If you’ve lost one or two over the years...

Your Guide to Handling Dental Emergencies Apr 21st, 2020

Emergencies are scary, but dental emergencies can be extra terrifying because they’re rare and often involve some kind of force or trauma to your face. Knowing what to do can go a long way to both helping everyone stay calm and saving your precious teeth. David F. Ouellet, DDS and...

The Many Benefits of All-on-4 Implants Mar 24th, 2020

Did you know that 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth? Missing teeth are a pain. They make it harder to eat and speak. What’s more, having missing teeth can lead to more serious health problems, such as shifting teeth and even jawbone loss.  The dental professionals at...

How Lumineers Differ From Traditional Veneers Feb 3rd, 2020

Do you have dingy teeth? Do you have teeth that are crooked or have gaps? Dental veneers, which go on the fronts of your teeth, can fix these and other cosmetic issues. And the top veneers in dentistry today are Lumineers®. Lumineers are super thin and offer several advantages over...