Dr. Makhoul's Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

Makhoul Dentistry Serving Mission Viejo & Laguna Niguel, CA

November 17, 2015

We all know that sugar fills certain foods like candy, soda, and ice cream, but you might be surprised to know that many foods you think are healthy are actually hiding a lot of sugar. Check ingredients on foods you buy regularly like ketchup, soy milk, spaghetti sauce, and even peanut butter. You might be surprised to see that sugar is a key ingredient in all of them.

Sugar is a breeding ground for the bacteria that cause tooth decay that can lead to tooth loss. Making sure your diet is free of...

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November 03, 2015

Many people think they have a great understanding of how to maintain great dental health. However, some dental health care mistakes are so commonplace, people don’t understand they are making them. Keep your mouth healthier with these tips. 

  • Don’t brush too forcefully. Gentle brushing is key to getting your pearly whites clean without hurting your gums or your enamel.
  • Limit the juice intake. Juice may seem healthy, but it is full of corrosive acids and sugar. If you like drinking it, try using a straw and rinsing with water after you drink juice to keep sugar from sitting on your...
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August 13, 2014

Beginning in the 90’s, research uncovered details that linked periodontal diseases with overall health. 

Specifically, periodontal disease has been shown to: 

1) Increase the risk of hypertention and atherosclerosis and thus the development of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases which can lead to heart attack or stroke.

2) Increase the risk of developing diabetes or make it more difficult for patients already afflicted with diabetes to control the disease.

3)Increase the risk of having a preterm or low birth weight baby.

4)Be linked to other diseases which are still...

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May 29, 2014

As children growing up, we were always warned about the perils of eating sugary foods, especially candy. However, many of us, then, and even now, were not told about the foods that we should be eating, in addition to daily brushing and flossing, in order to promote and maintain healthier gums, and also teeth. Here at the office of Dr. E. M. Makhoul we are dedicated to educating our patients about the foods that we eat and the vitamins that they contain which are essential for the growth of healthy bones and teeth.

Foods rich in Vitamin A:

Vitamin A is necessary...

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April 01, 2014

As children, many of us looked forward to losing those baby teeth, as that was a sign of us getting older and becoming big kids. As adults, the thought of losing a tooth is a dreaded one, and one that most of us hope will not happen for many, many years. However, it does happen, and when it does, it affects a person’s ability to eat, hence affecting their nutrition.  It also affects their appearance, speech, and overall self esteem. Fortunately, there are various options available for us to chose from to help restore those beautiful smiles. Here at Makhoul Dentistry, one of the options we focus on is the use of dental...

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November 14, 2013

There are many people who believe that all dental procedures should be avoided during pregnancy. This is, in fact, incorrect. Not only is it not true, but, it is highly recommended that during pregnancy, preventative dental and regular exams not be put off.

It was very important for pregnant women to take care of their dental health during pregnancy. As a result of the hormonal changes taking place in a woman during this time, there is an increased risk for developing gum disease, which has been...

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October 17, 2013

Many adults, in the past, were very hesitant to, and even refused, to have their teeth straightened because they did not want to be seen with braces. Of course we all know that typically, braces are introduced at a younger age. Now, however, many adults have the chance to have their teeth straightened without the sightly braces, and can fell more confident about themselves while doing so.

Invisalign eliminates the metal brackets and wires that so many people dislike. Instead, smooth clear, custom made aligners are used. There is no irritation to the gums and cheeks that is often found with...

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