Mission Viejo Family Dentist

Family DentistMission Viejo, CA

E.M. Makhoul, DDS /Family Dentistry & Orthodontics is a local Mission Viejo family dentist office. We treat patients six and up and do so in a warm and welcoming environment. Our office is located in Mission Viejo, and we welcome patients to schedule an appointment and experience how we can keep everyone in the family in optimal oral health.

Our team focuses on improving the overall experience of our patients whenever possible. The moment you walk into the E.M. Makhoul, DDS /Family Dentistry & Orthodontics offices, you will be greeted with a warm smile and welcomed by our friendly staff. We understand that visiting a new dentist can make patients unsure about what they will experience. We work diligently so that patients enjoy their visit – every time. To schedule your appointment, call (949) 364-3724. If you reach us after hours or on the weekend, we will do our best to return calls as quickly as possible.

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At-Home Tips to Surprise Us During Your Routine Visit
  • Use a timer, or play a song that lasts two minutes while you brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Brush softly. Brushing too hard, especially with a hard tooth brush can ruin the enamel on your teeth.
  • Change your toothbrush every 3 months. Change it when you’ve been sick, too.
  • Pamper yourself with a high-tech rotary toothbrush. They clean better than ol’ manual brush.
  • Chew gum; just make sure it’s sugar free! If you can’t brush your teeth in between meals, gum can help keep your teeth cleaner than if you did nothing at all.
  • Floss, floss and floss. Brushing your teeth isn’t enough. If you really want to surprise us, floss BEFORE you brush to help dislodge anything below the gum line.

Philosophy of Care

The team at E.M. Makhoul, DDS /Family Dentistry & Orthodontics believe in the importance of preventative care. We focus on keeping patients in good oral health so that they can live a full, healthy, and enjoyable life that is free from oral pain. This starts by educating our patients on what they can do to stay healthy at home. In our family dentist office we recommend that patients eat a healthy diet that consists of green leafy vegetables, lean protein, nuts, dairy products, and crunchy fruits and veggies. Eating these foods along with drinking water can help to keep teeth healthy and make them stronger. By simultaneously reducing sugar intake, patients can also reduce their risk of cavities.

It is also important to brush and floss throughout the day. Instead of waiting for bedtime to brush teeth, carry a small toothbrush and use it after meals and snacks. This makes it possible to remove sugar and bacteria from the teeth and gums before it has the opportunity to turn into acid that can attack the teeth. This preventative step can greatly reduce a persons' risk of getting a cavity or gum disease. We understand the importance of taking these steps at home and will spend the time necessary to educate and inform patients so that they can stay healthy overall. Education, after all, is essential for living a long and healthy life.

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Visits to Our Family Dental Office

We welcome patients throughout the Mission Viejo CA area to schedule an appointment with our family dentist office by calling 949-364-3724. Everyone should have their teeth cleaned and examined at least twice a year so if it has been a while since you visited a dentist, don't delay in scheduling an appointment. During these ongoing dental exams we will make sure that your teeth are thoroughly cleaned and look for any signs of cavities or gum disease. If any are found, they will be treated right away before they can spread and create additional problems. Early detection and treatment are important for reducing any pain that may come as a result of an infection. For example, if gum disease is caught early, it can be treated with a thorough deep cleaning. If gum disease is left undiagnosed, surgery may eventually be required in order to correct it.

Understanding the importance of these regular dental exams, the staff at E.M. Makhoul, DDS /Family Dentistry & Orthodontics work to make each patient extremely comfortable. This includes being welcoming and kind while performing dental treatments in a way that is painless and relaxing. Patients visit our dentist office because they trust us to do just that – take care of their teeth and gums, gently. The majority of our patients are local and come from the greater Mission Viejo area, we also see patients that are looking for gentle dental care.

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Age Groups

We treat adults, children, and seniors at E.M. Makhoul, DDS /Family Dentistry & Orthodontics. Each age group requires a different approach due to dental needs and oral health changing with time. For example, with children the goal is to keep them comfortable and relaxed so that they will enjoy visiting our dentist office and be willing to come back. With children, we go as slowly as necessary to ensure that their appointments are pleasant. Additionally, we focus on keeping their teeth healthy and free from cavities. This often involves additional treatments to strengthen and protect their teeth as preventative measures. We know that it is far easier to keep a child's teeth healthy and free from cavities than to try and get them comfortable with a major dental treatment. If you have children, call (949) 364-3724 to schedule an appointment so that they can stay in good oral health as they grow.

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In adults, we also focus on keeping teeth healthy with preventative care but end up treating a large number of patients that have damaged their teeth and need restorative solutions. With a full set of adult teeth, there are no replacements coming in. If a tooth has become damaged, we can restore it in a way that looks and feels completely natural. It is much easier for the tooth to become cracked or chipped than people think, so we regularly get calls from patients throughout Mission Viejo needing an emergency appointment in order to correct the damage. We try to accommodate last minute appointments as much as possible.

Seniors, on the other hand, often struggle with gum disease and oral infections. As people age, their teeth can become weaker and infected more easily. Bone loss is incredibly common with seniors and by conducting regular dental exams, the team at E.M. Makhoul, DDS /Family Dentistry & Orthodontics can help seniors to have strong teeth and reduce the risk of them falling out. Since over seventy percent of U.S. adults suffer from tooth loss, preventative care is important.

We welcome patients from throughout the Mission Viejo area to schedule an appointment with our office. We are committed to providing high-quality dental care that is painless and comfortable. To schedule an appointment call 949-364-3724.

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Mission Viejo Family Dentist FAQ

Q. Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

A. Primary, or "baby," teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to come in.

Q. What should I do if my child has a toothache?

A. First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.

Q. How do dental sealants work?

A. Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.

Q. How do I know if my child is getting enough fluoride?

A. Have your family dentist evaluate the fluoride level of your child's primary source of drinking water. If your child is not getting enough fluoride internally through water (especially if the fluoride level is deficient or if your child drinks bottled water without fluoride), then we may prescribe fluoride supplements.

Q. What can protect my child’s teeth during sports?

A. Soft plastic mouthguards can be used to protect teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sport related injuries. A custom-fitted mouthguard will protect your teeth from injuries and even provide protection from severe injuries to the head.

Q. How safe are dental X-rays?

A. There is very little risk in dental X-rays. Family dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which you and your family are exposed. Lead aprons and Digital x-rays are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation. Digital x-rays provide a greater level of protection by using up to 90 percent less radiation.

Family dentists are an important aspect to your family's overall health. Just like your family doctor, dentists can diagnose and address oral health issues which can be attributed to underlying causes. But what's more, our family dentist is here to make sure your family has happy, healthy smiles.

At E.M. Makhoul, DDS /Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Mission Viejo, we offer full service family dentistry including routine cleanings, check-ups and orthodontics to keep your family on track to healthier smiles. To deliver the exceptional service we are so proud of, our caring staff makes sure that everyone feels safe, relaxed and comfortable, no matter what procedure you are seeking for your family. From age six to your elderly family members, your entire family can enjoy our welcoming atmosphere from the moment you make the call to set up your first appointment.

"Dr. Makhoul is the best dentist in the world because he is pain-free, gentle, extremely competent, has the best staff, and is truly a nice guy. This may seem over the top but it is how I feel. He is the best dentist I've ever been to. My family of 6 go to him and I am confident that you will like him." - Trish G., Foothill Ranch

Caring Dental Atmosphere

Dr. Makhoul specializes in gentle dental care, an important aspect to family dentistry. Committed to patient comfort and satisfaction, these gentle techniques focus on curbing anxiety by lessening the stereotypical dental office experiences, ultimately delivering an entirely new, relaxing approach to family dentistry. If you or anyone in your family have had a fear of the dentist or an uncomfortable dental experience before which causes you to avoid the dentist altogether, then Dr. Makhoul is the dentist for you. With his experienced gentle techniques and Sedation Dentistry, you are assured to have a relaxed dental experience.

For added comfort, we also provide amenities such as blankets and music during your treatments. We take the extra step to make you and your family feel cared for and at ease for any appointment. Many patients find Dr. Makhoul's techniques so soothing, that they fall asleep during their treatment!

Complete Family Dentistry Services

Our entire staff is dedicated to providing you with high quality dental care. We are focused on your long-term oral health and well being. Our family dentistry services include:

  • Children Aged 6-12
  • Adolescent and Adult Dentistry
  • Professional Teeth Cleanings
  • Dental Sealants
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Root Canal – Endodontics
  • Dental Implants
  • Orthodontics
  • Invisalign Clear Braces
  • We offer our patients a variety of services to ensure that all of your dental care needs can be met in our office. By specializing in your family, we can be sure to keep everyone healthy, and to help build beautiful smiles. Please explore our website to learn more about the procedures that may benefit you, and give us a call so that we can answer your questions and address concerns about your family's dental care.

    Are you ready to relax and even enjoy your next dental experience? Find out for yourself what our soothing treatment is like. Please call (949) 364-3724 today to arrange your consultation with experienced family dentist Dr. E. M. Makhoul. Our office is conveniently located in Mission Viejo.

    Dr. Makhoul is pleased to welcome patients from Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills and of course all the other areas of Orange County and Southern California.

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    Definition of Family Dental Terminology
    Dental Caries
    Dental caries is also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
    Dental Sealants
    Dental sealants are a solution of plastic material that we apply to the crown of the tooth to protect the areas within the ridges of teeth from infection.
    Dental Prophylaxis
    A dental prophylaxis is a thorough cleaning procedure that involves preventing the spread or continued growth of periodontal disease and gingivitis.
    A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
    Pregnancy Gingivitis
    Pregnancy gingivitis is gingivitis that results from the common change in hormones during pregnancy that increases blood flow to the gum tissue, increasing sensitivity, irritability and swelling in the gums.

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