Treating a Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth can be a source of discomfort and affect your daily routine – compromising your oral health. Whether it’s due to an injury, grinding your teeth, or biting down on hard foods, prompt treatment is essential to prevent further damage. At San Diego Healthy Smiles in Chula Vista and Lakeside, Dr. Cluff and […]

Effects of Tooth Sensitivity on Your Smile

High tooth sensitivity may create a heightened sensation when enjoying your favorite foods. If you experience a sharp twinge when you brush your teeth, you may be dealing with the effects of high tooth sensitivity. How Tooth Sensitivity Occurs  Tooth sensitivity occurs when the protective enamel of the teeth wears down, exposing the underlying dentin […]

Reducing Your Risk of Gingivitis

Gingivitis is identified as a common and mild form of gum disease which can lead to more severe oral health issues if left untreated. At San Diego Healthy Smiles, we believe in providing our patients with the knowledge and tools to reduce their risk of gingivitis and maintain healthy gums for life. Improving Oral Hygiene […]

A Recurrent Toothache Should not be Ignored

A persistent toothache may seem like a minor inconvenience, but ignoring this could lead to serious dental issues down the road. As your trusted dental provider at San Diego Healthy Smiles, headed by Dr. Ana Cluff, we emphasize the importance of addressing toothaches promptly to maintain a healthy smile.  Signs of a Toothache A toothache […]

Should You Brush Your Teeth Before or After Breakfast?

You probably know that the American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes twice a day and flossing after the last snack of the night. But you may wonder about the details of exactly when, whether it matters what kind of brush or floss you use, and how both procedures need to be […]

Tips to Avoid Cold Sores in Winter

As the winter season approaches, so does the risk of cold sores. Cold sores, caused by the herpes simplex virus, can be influenced by various factors, including stress, a weakened immune system, and chillier conditions. Dr. Cluff of San Diego Healthy Smiles shares some tips to help you avoid cold sores this winter. Lip Balm […]

Your Resolution for a Healthy Smile

As we embark on a new year, here is how you can make a resolution for a healthier smile. Commit to Regular Check-Ups First and foremost, regular dental check-ups are crucial. Schedule bi-annual appointments with Dr. Cluff to ensure your teeth and gums are in top-notch condition. These routine visits help detect and address any […]

Minimizing Pain and Discomfort When Extracting a Tooth

When it comes to dental procedures, tooth extraction can evoke more anxiety and fear for many. At San Diego Healthy Smiles, serving the communities of Chula Vista and Lakeside, we understand the apprehension associated with tooth extractions and have implemented a patient-centric approach to minimize pain and discomfort during these procedures. A Caring and Compassionate […]

Common Types of Dental Emergencies

If you experience an unexpected dental emergency during our office hours Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., you should call us for an immediate appointment. If something happens outside those times, you should go to an urgent care clinic or emergency room at a hospital for immediate care and follow up with an appointment at San Diego […]

A Tooth is Growing in my Upper Gums, What Do I Do?

Everyone is unique, starting with their genetics, affected by their lifelong diet and exercise habits, and everything else from the environment to their medical care. This includes, of course, their mouth and their oral health. Very few people grow up fully appreciating just how challenging it is to keep their gums and teeth clean and […]