Five Crucial Tips for Whitening Your Teeth


There are multiple benefits you can gain by whitening your teeth. Among the most important—whiter teeth can improve your self-esteem and confidence. For dating, job interviews, seminars, work and other social engagements, it helps to have white teeth. You can whiten your teeth by following these important tips:


  • Brush your teeth regularly. You should brush your teeth properly twice per day to help maintain whiter teeth. We have videos on our site that can guide you through how to properly brush your teeth. In addition to brushing, don’t forget to floss!
  • Avoid certain foods and drinks. You can whiten your teeth by avoiding certain types of foods and drinks. For instance, coffee, red wine and cola can very easily stain your teeth. Avoid these products if you are trying to maintain white teeth.
  • Avoid tobacco products. Nicotine and tar in tobacco turn your teeth a yellowish hue. There are many other oral health issues caused by tobacco, some of which are far worse than staining. You should avoid tobacco products at all costs if you want a healthy smile.
  • Use whitening products. You can use whitening products (like toothpaste with whitening) to maintain white teeth. However, you should never solely rely on these products. Nothing you can purchase online or over-the-counter compares to receiving professional cosmetic services from a dentist. Over-the-counter whitening products are generally weaker than the products used in dental offices. If your teeth are sensitive, you should avoid using these OTC products. Consult with our San Jose Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Lim, for further recommendations.
  • See a dentist. Dental offices use certain products and procedures that can whiten your teeth more effectively than do-it-yourself techniques or over-the-counter products. Certain procedures can help keep your teeth white for a long time. Be sure to schedule follow-up appointments with your dentist to maintain your beautiful smile.


Additional Cosmetic Dentistry Services Offered By Our San Jose Cosmetic Dentist


In addition to whitening your teeth, there are other procedures that can help you obtain the perfect smile. For instance, dental crowns can help protect damaged teeth. Crowns, which consist of porcelain or metal, can protect teeth that are decayed, weak or cracked. The crowns used by Dental Smiles of Willow Glen can last for over a decade. We also provide dental bridging services, where we replace missing teeth.


Schedule an Appointment With Our San Jose Cosmetic Dentist

Learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services by exploring our website. You can schedule an appointment with our San Jose cosmetic dentist by calling (408) 978-1888 or by using our online contact form. For future blog updates, be sure to like us on Facebook.


How to Care for Your Baby's First Teeth

According to the American Dental Association, it is a good idea to clean your baby’s gums to help fight bacteria even before your child’s first teeth appear. This can be done twice a day by using a soft, damp cloth, or a rubber or silicone finger brush which babies tend to love due to their nubby texture.

Tips for Brushing Your Child’s Teeth
As the first teeth begin to poke through the gums, you may continue to use a clean, damp washcloth, finger brush or gauze pad to wipe the teeth and front of the tongue after meals and before bed. You may also choose to use a toothbrush, but it is important to make sure that you are using the proper brush for your child. The toothbrush should be very soft with no more than three rows of bristles, have a small head and a large handle. Be sure to moisten the brush with water and dispose of any brushes that become rough or are over two to four months old as they can begin to harbor bacteria.
You may also use a small grain-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, increasing to a pea-sized amount once your child is about three years of age. Keep in mind that you should brush for your child until they are able to hold the brush and continue to provide supervision until they are able to rinse and spit without assistance, typically around ages 5 to 7.

Additional Child Dental Tips for Parents
Aside from cleaning your child’s teeth, being conscious of what you put in your baby’s bottle is vital to keeping their smile healthy. Formula, breast milk and water should be the only things you fill your baby’s bottle with. Avoid putting anything sugary or sweet in the bottle or on their pacifier, as the bacteria feed on the sugar and produce acids which can lead to tooth decay.

Contact Our San Jose Child Dentist
For tips on how to best care for your baby’s smile, speak with a knowledgeable San Jose child dentist. Even if there is not a problem, your baby should have their first dentist visit by age 1, which will allow the baby to grow comfortable with the office setting and help encourage healthy dental practices as they continue to grow.
At Dental Smiles of Willow Glen, Dr. Raymond Lim, DDS, strives to provide impeccable oral care for all members of your family. Contact our office today to schedule your baby’s first appointment!

Can My Oral Health Affect My Lungs Too?

How Can My Oral Health Be Linked to a Lung Condition?

Dr. Yoshihisa Yamashita and his team of scientists investigated the effects of dental hygiene on seniors by looking at oral microbiota. Microbiota, according to the team, is important for overall health because the bacteria we ingest into our bodies can affect our health over time. The authors of the research explain that the microbiota on our tongue can reach our gut, which can cause a variety of health conditions.

The study also showed that seniors are particularly likely to inhale these microorganisms into their lungs. This accidental inhalation can lead to pulmonary infections such as pneumonia. During the study, the researchers used an advanced system to target and examine the composition and density of the seniors’ microbiota. The main bacteria that was found can cause pneumonia. These bacteria were found in seniors with more plaque, cavities, and fewer teeth.
The results of the study suggest that senior adults with poorer oral hygiene ingest a more “dysbiotic microbiota” on the tongue. Dysbiosis refers to a microbial imbalance in the gut or tongue, which in relation to this study, can result in a higher risk of a pneumonia-related death.

If you or a family member would like more information on the quality of your oral health and if it could lead to other medical conditions, please contact Dr. Raymond Lim at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen. We can restore your oral health and give your whole family a healthy smile.

Why Are Dental Implants Advantageous Over Bridges for Missing Teeth?

What Is the Difference Between a Dental Bridge and Dental Implant?

A dental bridge “bridges” the gap that is made by missing teeth, and it is supported by natural teeth or other implants. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of your gap and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth can be created from gold, porcelain, alloys, or any combination of these materials.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (usually made from titanium) that is placed and anchored where a missing tooth was originally. The installation process can take up to six months to complete, but in the end, you will have a durable and long-lasting prosthetic.

 Parts of a dental implant. 

Why Could Implants Be a Better Choice for Me?

Implants might be more beneficial than a bridge because:

  • Bridges do not replace a tooth root, whereas implants do
  • Bridges are more invasive because they require the permanent alteration of teeth in order to support the bridge
  • Bridge eligibility will be based on the health of surrounding teeth, so if you suffer from periodontal disease, tooth decay, or have other cracks or chips, you might have to go through additional treatments and surgeries to support your bridge
  • Bridges do not last as long as implants. Bridges can last between 10 and 20 years, and implants can last up to 40 years if cared for properly.

If you or a family member is interested in receiving a dental implant or dental bridge, you should contact us at our San Jose office at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen. We provide quality dental implants and state of the art dentistry technology for you and your entire family. Call us today to make an appointment.

How Can Dry Mouth Affect My Dental Health?

Causes of Dry Mouth

You can fight dry mouth by avoiding the triggers that can set it off. Smoking can not only contribute to dry mouth, it can foster infections when your mouth is dry. Not staying hydrated after strenuous physical activity can also be the source of a dry mouth. Certain medications can cause dry mouth as a side effect, so always consult your doctor and dentist if you experience dry mouth symptoms.

The Effects of Dry Mouth

Many people don’t realize how many problems dry mouth can cause. From fissures in the tongue to increased tooth decay, the symptoms of dry mouth are no joke. Dry mouth can increase wear on a person’s teeth. It can also cause a burning sensation, speech impediments and halitosis (bad breath). The list of symptoms goes on and on, but there are ways to fight this oral condition.

How to Fight Dry Mouth

Sometimes, defeating Xerostomia is as simple as setting up a humidifier in your house or drinking more water. However, tougher cases can often require stronger solutions. These solutions can include a diet change, use of alcohol-free mouthwash or the avoidance of sugary and acidic food or drink. Increased dental care, including using high-fluoride toothpaste and increased visits to the dentist are also recommended.

Another option is to try a new OTC product named XliMelts for dry mouth from OraCoat.  These are long lasting discs that you can adhere inside your mouth to increase saliva production during the day and while sleeping.  Another option is the Saliwell salivary gland stimulator, which is the only FDA approved oral device for dry mouths.  Contact Dr Lim, an official Saliwell provider, if you wish more information on the Saliwell device.

The saliva your mouth produces helps you chew, swallow and digest food. It helps you speak clearly, taste your favorite foods and it keeps your mouth healthy and fresh. If you feel like your mouth is dryer than it should be, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Raymond Lim at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen. We bring smiles to the faces of parents and children all across San Jose.]]>

How Do I Know If My Teeth Are Sensitive?

Three Ways to Identify Sensitive Teeth

  1. Locate the Pain: Many people can immediately feel a sensitive tooth when they eat or drink something cold or hot. This will help identify the teeth that are affected. Try sipping a sweet or sugary drink because sugary and acidic things help to stimulate the nerves inside your dentin. Breathing cold air, sucking on ice chips, and tapping your teeth together are also ways to locate the pain and/or sensitivity.
  2. Examine Your Teeth: Find any plaque or tartar buildup on your teeth by visually examining your teeth in the mirror. Plaque and tartar are very common causes of sensitive teeth. Fortunately, regular dental cleanings and visits will prevent this buildup. You can also try to find signs of tooth decay, such as dark or white spots on or between your teeth. Gingivitis, which is redness or swelling of the gums, can contribute to teeth sensitivity or looseness. Fillings can also crack and chip, which may worsen a sensitive tooth.
  3. Determine Any Other Contributing Factors: Many people brush their teeth without thinking of how they are brushing their teeth. Toothbrush abrasion is a result of brushing too hard and/or using a hard toothbrush. This can cause the gums to recede and expose the root causing sensitivity. Ask your dentist about making changes in your brushing routine to decrease sensitivity and gum irritation. You could also ask your dentist about certain whitening products that may lead to increased sensitivity. If you think you grind your teeth during the night, check with your dentist and see what you can do to decrease this activity. Lastly, you may talk to your dentist about decreasing your daily intake of acidic and sugary foods and beverages.

Our staff at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen can treat you and your family members if you are dealing with teeth sensitivity and/or pain. Dr. Raymond Lim, D.D.S. specializes in dental implants, cosmetic procedures, and root canals that you might need as a result of tooth decay. Contact us today to become a new patient or to schedule an appointment at our San Jose office.

Dental Insurance at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen

Dental Smiles of Willow Glen accepts many types of dental insurance, including a variety of PPO insurance plans. To find out which types of insurance are accepted by Dr. Raymond Lim and Dental Smiles of Willow Glen, please see the list below:

  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Assurant
  • Blue Shield
  • Careington
  • DBP
  • Delta Dental
  • Dentemax
  • First Dental Health
  • GEHA
  • Geneworth
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • Maverest
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Principal
  • United Concordia

We are also participants in other insurance companies that may not be listed here. The staff at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen is very competent in helping you and your family to sort out any eligibility and benefit issues that may prevent you from proceding with your dental treatment. So don’t hesitate to call Dr Lim to set up your initial dental appointment to get started!