July 2016 Teeth Whitening Giveaway!

Our office gave away a free in-office giveaway to one lucky person in July.  See further below for the video where we selected the winner.  The giveaway was conducted on the office Facebook page.  Full contest details can be found below

enter our July 2016 Teeth Whitening Giveaway!  A winner will be announced July 28th, 2016

enter our July 2016 Teeth Whitening Giveaway!  A winner will be announced July 28th, 2016

Don't forget to also "Like us" on our Facebook page to get notifications for future giveaways, dental health information and keep up to date on interesting office news.  

Contest Rules

No purchase whatsoever is necessary.  Need not be existing or prior patient.  Being a patient or making a purchase will not increase your odds of winning.  Void where prohibited by law.  

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook.

To enter, simply comment on the Facebook post of Dr. Shanna Chirco announcing the contest.  Any comment constitutes an entry.  Only one entry per person.  The contest only runs until 5:00 p.m. PST on July 28th, 2016.  Shortly thereafter, a winner will be randomly selected and notified via our Facebook page.  

Must be 18 years old to enter and a California resident.  Only one free in-office whitening will be awarded (value $350).  

For more information about teeth whitening with our office, check out our whitening page by clicking here.  

Please also remember to "Like" our Facebook page to receive updates, information about future raffles and dental health information.


Video of Los Alamitos Cosmetic and Family Dentist Shanna Chirco DDS selecting the winner of our July 2016 In-Office Teeth Whitening Raffle. 

What is a cavity?

Tooth Structure

Tooth Structure

The most common dental problem experienced by patients is a cavity.  So what exactly is a cavity?  In short, it is a hole in the outer enamel of your tooth.  It occurs when bacteria, usually plaque, is on your tooth for a long enough period of time so that it reacts with sugar in the foods you eat to produce acids that cause damage to the tooth's enamel.  This is why brushing and flossing are so important - they remove that plaque and other harmful bacteria before they get a chance to do damage to the enamel on our teeth.  If damage is done, the space that remains after the decay is removed is called the cavity.  

If a cavity is left untreated, the plaque will continue to attack and extend deeper into the tooth, into areas that contain sensitive nerve fibers, resulting in pain and increased sensitivity.  If the cavity gets too large, the root of the tooth can also be damaged.  

What is a filling?  It is material that fills the hole, or cavity, to block further damage from being done.  A filling is a simple repair that involves placing an amalgam or composite material in the cavity and restoring the tooth's original contours. Thereafter the tooth should feel comfortable and back to normal.

Teeth before (left) and after (right) cavity repair with composite fillings

Teeth before (left) and after (right) cavity repair with composite fillings

In addition to regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, checkups and cleanings twice a year help prevent cavities by minimizing plaque and bacteria.  Please contact our office to schedule an appointment to help maintain your oral health.