Mack Jafari’s Dental Practice creating healthy smiles

As a leading Dentist, Dr Jafari first priority is ensuring positive outcomes for his patients.  Helping people maintain healthy smiles and providing top quality care is the priority.  In the East Bay, the Sky Dental practice provides comprehensive care at competitive prices to the community.  Sky Dental has been doing this for over a decade with literally thousands of satisfied patients.  Dont take our word for it though, read more about the dental experiences of former and current patients on Yelp.

In 2015 Dr. Jafari and his team of pediatric dentists, orthodontists and cosmetic dentists will be hard at work.  One point the Sky Dental team makes, is not to delay tooth problems.  Healthy gums, healthy enamel and a good smile must last a lifetime.  He advises patients to come in and get a full professional cleaning at least two times a year.  They understand your schedule may be busy, but will work hard to ensure the patient experience is a positive and convenient one.  Often times after the holidays tooth decay is accelerated due to heavy eating of sugary snacks and treats.  While a sweet tooth is understandable over holidays, delaying treatment could cause further complications and turn small problems into larger ones.

Dont forget to floss

The Benefits of Flossing

When it comes to taking care of your teeth, you don’t have to look far for options. Every day, it seems, a new toothbrush comes out with more bristles, better bristles, a stronger motor or some other contraption meant to give you a healthier mouth. However, as WebMD points out, flossing can be one of the most important things you do where oral health is concerned.

Flossing alone takes care of about 40% of the bacteria and plaque that plague your mouth. That means that if all you do is brush, nearly half the problem is still lurking in your mouth, chewing away at your enamel and eventually into your teeth, making cavities only a matter of time.  Mack Jafari is a strong advocate in flossing and its long term benefits.

Only floss can effectively get between teeth where so many problems can hide from your toothbrush, toothpaste and even that fancy mouthwash. Sadly, cavities may be just the beginning of your problems. WebMD also points out that those who don’t floss may be at a higher risk of heart disease. That’s because flossing is the best way to clean the gum line. When you fail to do this, bacteria can eventually get into your bloodstream and cause all kinds of problems. This includes heart disease, the number one killer in this country.

Floss is extremely affordable, especially when compared to consequences of not using it. All you need is 15 to 18 inches of it wrapped around your index fingers. Slide it down the side of a tooth, making a “C” around it. Then pull the floss back and forth as you move it up and down the tooth. Be sure it gets under the tooth and into the gum lines. This is where floss really excels.

Although floss picks and other alternatives have their place, only traditional floss can get into the gum line, so be sure you make it a regular part of your practice.

Even if you floss every day, it’s still important that you see a dentist regularly to ensure your form is correct. If you’re in the Bay Area, you can’t do better than Dr. Mack Jafari.


Dr Mack Jafari now offers Invisalign

Orthodontics and Invisalign Braces

Dr Mack Jafari’s practice now offers Invisalign and full service orthodontics.  If you’re an adult living with an imperfect smile, you may wish you had gotten braces when you were younger or remembered to wear your retainer. Now, though, you may think you’re stuck with however your smile appears. Fortunately, orthodontics is always an option, even for adults.  Dr Jafari’s practice can help you.

According to WebMD, the number of adults who opt for orthodontics to fix their dental issues is on the rise. Options range from the traditional metal versions we all remember as kids to newer models like Invisalign. The advantage of using this latter option is that they are far less conspicuous. As the name suggests, they’re meant to be nearly invisible.

However, like traditional braces, Invisaligns are meant to be kept in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You’re only to take them out when you eat, brush or floss. Unlike the traditional type, though, Invisalign braces are supposed to be changed out every two to three weeks as your teeth straighten. Then a new version picks up where the last one left off to continue the progress.

At the moment, Invisalign braces are only for adults and teenagers. Children still need to use the traditional version.  Siamak Mack Jafari has a team of trained experts to help you. Learn more about the team and the background of Mack Jafari here.

For the most part, Invisalign braces probably seem like the easy choice. You get all the benefits of traditional braces without any of the embarrassment that comes from metal wires criss-crossing your teeth.

However, as WebMD is quick to point out, they may not be for everyone. People with severe issues, for example, will need the traditional form to get their teeth back into place, at least initially.

They also cost roughly 20% to 30% more than braces do. Though most dentists provide payment options as the price runs in the thousands of dollars range.

Lastly, the brackets that are used to hold clear braces in place can get stained from drinking dark liquids or smoking.

If you’re an adult who would like their dental alignment fixed, some form of braces may be right for you. Dr. Mack Jafari is waiting to speak with you about what that would entail. Whether traditional orthodontics or Invisalign braces are right, you can get the smile you deserve.


Keep your smile bright

Healthy Eating and Tooth Decay

When it comes to oral hygiene, most people understand they need to brush and floss daily, whether they actually do or not. Of course, there’s more to it than that. One of the major culprits behind tooth decay, as WebMD points out, is actually sitting in front of you on your plate. Poor diets are always a risky endeavor, but your mouth may pay the biggest price.

Plaque is an omnipresent substance in your mouth. This clear, sticky substance is constantly forming on your gums and teeth. It also contains bacteria that would love nothing more than to chew through every tooth in your mouth. In order to survive, however, this bacteria needs sugar from the foods you eat. Doing so creates acid as a byproduct, and this is the substance that begins ripping through your enamel on the way to your teeth. After feeding on sugar, the acid can go to work for up to 20 minutes.

So there are some obvious culprits to stay away from. Obviously, sugary drinks and candy are an issue. Sticky candy is especially bad because it has an even easier time hanging around your mouth and feeding the bacteria.

However, starchy foods like bread and pasta are high in sugar, too. Unfortunately, many people choose these foods because they’re supposed to be good for the body, but they forget all about their mouths.

You can do yourself a favor by brushing and flossing after each meal. Antibacterial mouthwash is a good idea, too. This will kill off the bacteria before they get a chance at your teeth.

WebMD also acknowledges all kinds of foods that are quite good for your teeth, too. These include:

  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Chicken and Other Meats
  • Nuts

These and other foods that are either high in phosphorous or calcium are supposed to be good for the enamel that protects your teeth.

If you need help with dietary recommendations or simply want to make sure you’re not already at risk of tooth decay, Dr. Mack Jafari can help. He understands that cleaning your teeth is just part of the battle.