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Ways to Beat Your Fear of Visiting the Dentist

Woman Feeling Anxious in Dental Chair | Sedation Dentistry in Fontana

Not a day goes by at my dental office in Fontana, CA that a patient doesn’t say that they fear visiting the dentist.  I often hear the statement, “No offense Doc, but I hate dentists.”

Why do people fear visiting the dentist?

One’s anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist can occur for many reasons.  Oftentimes it stems from an uncomfortable experience in the patient’s past.  Other patients have felt that their previous dentist talked down to them and wouldn’t listen to them during their visits.  In addition, children may have had older siblings or a parent tell them that going to the dentist can be painful.  The mouth is a sensitive ...

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Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Woman getting dental exam | Sedation Dentistry in Fontana

Millions of Americans avoid going to the dental office to maintain or repair their dental health. Most people have anxiety and fear surrounding anything involving the dentist. Here at WinningSmiles Custom Dentistry in Fontana, CA, we offer sedation dentistry because we understand and relate to our patients who have dental phobia. Our goal is for you to have a positive dental experience and enjoy the benefits of a winning smile.

Why Sedation Dentistry at Winning Smiles in Fontana?

For our patients with extreme fear, sedation dentistry is convenient and offers peace of mind. One of the biggest benefits of sedation dentistry is a pain-free visit. Your mouth is one of the most sensitive ...

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Can Charcoal Teeth Whitening Harm Your Teeth?

Charcoal Teeth Whitening | Teeth Whitening in Fontana

Recently, the question came out about using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth. The tooth whitening market is huge; the over-the-counter teeth whitening industry is worth about a billion dollars a year.  If charcoal was safe, effective and supported by research, then the big brands would have put it on the market and they haven’t.

How Charcoal Teeth Whitening Works

Using charcoal isn’t new; this technique is a rebirth of ancient medicine.  Charcoal particles are effective only when they are activated. The particles bind to everything in its way, including stains, bacteria, plaque and other elements that are found inside your mouth. You might get whiter teeth by removing the outside ...

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How Does Alcohol Affect Teeth?

Family Dentist in Fontana | Harmful Drinks for Your Teeth

One of the questions my patients often ask at my Fontana dental office is, “Doc, does drinking beer, wine or a mixed drink affect my teeth?” 

The effects of alcohol on teeth

Scientific evidence has shown that people who suffer from alcohol dependency tend to have higher plaque levels on their teeth and are three times as likely to suffer from permanent tooth loss.  Also, studies have linked excessive alcohol consumption with oral cancer.  In fact, the risk of oral cancer is six times higher in those who drink alcohol compared to non-drinkers.

Alcoholic beverages can cause dehydration.  Anyone that has had a couple of drinks knows how thirsty it can make them feel.  Since saliva is protective to ...

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Is Chewing Gum Good for Your Teeth?

Dental Cleanings in Fontana | Woman Chewing Bubblegum

Sometimes I get questions from my patients at my dental office in Fontana asking if it is okay to chew gum.  My answer is invariably, “Well, it depends.” There are different types of gum with different ingredients and these factors all have an impact on whether or not it is “okay to chew gum”. Let’s go over some of the different types and their pros and cons.

The disadvantages to chewing gum are:

  1. If it is not sugar-free it can actually lead to cavities (dental decay).
  2. If the gum is hard or sticky it can cause breakage or dislodgment of dental restorations. In other words, kiss your crown goodbye.
  3. If you have jaw problems, it can exacerbate ...

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Your Dental Wish List for 2017

Dentist in Fontana, California | Wish List

We’ve all heard the song, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth”. How about dreaming of a better smile for 2017 and beyond?

This is Dr. Frank Finazzo’s dental wish list for his patients and anyone else who wants a winning smile in 2017. Keep these in mind as you make your list for Santa.

  1. Teeth that are healthy and cavity free: The mouth is a window to the body. A healthy, disease-free mouth leads to better overall health. WinningSmiles is ready to help you obtain a happy and healthy smile.
  2. Dentures that are stable: Implant dentistry has revolutionized the dental field. Find out how dental implants at WinningSmiles can help you ...

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Healthy Thanksgiving Foods for Your Teeth

Dentist in Fontana | Thanksgiving Foods

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday food season as Americans gather with friends and family to celebrate. From turkey and ham to vegetables and desserts, holiday cooking aromas will soon be wafting in from kitchens across the Inland Empire.

You may not know that candy isn’t the only food that is bad for your teeth. Even “wholesome” foods can erode enamel or be harsh on your gums. But there are plenty of healthy foods that you should enjoy this holiday season. With all food, make sure you brush and floss after the meal. Dr. Finazzo has made a list of some of the most beneficial foods for your teeth and your diet ...

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