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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Broken Tooth May 9th, 2021

Any broken tooth is a dental emergency, regardless of whether you feel intense pain. Sometimes, a broken tooth signals you immediately if it’s knocked out or if there’s pain that you can’t ignore. Other times, a small break or crack may not hurt so bad, or at all, or the...

Why Do You Need a Root Canal Treatment Apr 1st, 2021

The root canal is one of the most common treatments employed by a dentist to treat an infected or a damaged tooth or a dental abscession. If your tooth has developed a deep cavity and is broked with the surrounding gum region inflamed, your dentist will prescribe root canal treatment...

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening Mar 1st, 2021

As you get older, your teeth naturally yellow as part of the aging process. But that doesn’t mean you have to live with dull, stained teeth for the rest of your life.  At  Pacific Coast Smiles in Santa Maria, California, our highly-skilled providers offer professional teeth-whitening treatments. Advancements in dental...

5 Ways Veneers Can Help that You Didn't Know About Feb 1st, 2021

In an ideal world, we’d all be born with bright white, perfectly aligned teeth. Yet, in real life, teeth are often stained, gapped, or misshapen. The good news is many restorative dental procedures can easily transform your smile flaws, delivering you a beautiful and natural-looking smile. Among the most popular...

7 Bad Habits That Could be Ruining Your Teeth Jan 4th, 2021

Many people are unaware that everyday bad habits can lead to tooth decay, gum erosion, and even permanent tooth loss. At  Pacific Coast Smiles in Santa Maria, California, we want you to keep smiling forever. To help maintain healthy teeth and gums, we’ve pulled together the following list of 7...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 22nd, 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...

All-on-4 Dental Implants: Why They’re the Best Option for Replacing Missing Teeth Dec 8th, 2020

With proper care, your teeth should last a lifetime. However, tooth decay, gum disease, and trauma can lead to tooth loss, starting your search for the best option to replace your missing teeth. You have plenty of choices, whether you’re missing a single tooth or all of your teeth on...

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...

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...