Hello! I’m Jon King, DDS, of King Dental Group in Santa Barbara. I have been practicing quality general and cosmetic dentistry since 1967. Today’s post focuses on malocclusion, or bad bite. Malocclusion is the dental term for a problem in the way your top and bottom teeth come together. The ideal bite is when the […]
What Is Oil Pulling?
Today’s King Dental Group dental post looks at oil pulling; an alternative practice that has been generating a lot of buzz around Santa Barbara. Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for twenty minutes to benefit the teeth, […]
Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right, Santa Barbara?
In today’s post, let’s discuss some information about brushing. Key to activating the value of many fluoridated toothpastes is the foam created when properly brushing. Working up a good foam comes from pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming helps to dislodge food debris from nooks and […]
Use Flex Account Funds For Dental Care
If you have money in your flexible spending account you may want to schedule some cosmetic dentistry before the deadline. Remember, you lose any funds left over after the plan year ends. Why not improve your smile with tax-free dollars? Even a small change can make a big difference in the appearance of your teeth. […]
Preventing Gum Disease At King Dental Group
Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus. Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached […]
When Style And Oral Health Collide
Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in Santa Barbara, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Jon King, a dentist serving the Goleta, Montecito, and Santa Maria areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they consider the possible dangerous consequences. First, […]
Beware Of Hidden Sugar
We advise our Montecito dental patients at King Dental Group to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health problems. If you are trying to unsweeten your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as obvious as the frosting on a piece […]
Does My Dentist Treat Bad Breath?
When my Goleta dental patients ask me if mouthwash cures bad breath, I tell them that treating bad breath with a mouthwash is like drenching yourself with cologne instead of taking a shower. Mouthwash is only a temporary mask for odor caused by poor oral hygiene, tongue bacteria, or digestive problems. The best-selling mouthwashes in […]
Soda Spells Double Trouble For Santa Barbara
Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems that these days it’s the dietary villain of choice. Today in the King Dental Group dental blog, we are going to give you yet another critical reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink. For dental health, soda deals a double punch of damage with […]
Let Your Kids Fight The Evil Cavity-Causing Sorceress
Your child’s smartphone or tablet could be another critical tool to help them establish effective dental hygiene habits. A mobile app called Toothsavers was introduced in 2014 by a coalition of organizations dedicated to public health. In the exciting Toothsavers game (designed for ages 3 – 6), children try to save characters from an evil […]