Camarillo dentist

Win a Gift Card to Brendan's Irish Pub Just in Time for St. Patrick's Day!

March 4th, 2014

Just about every month, Dr. McCarthy and our team finds something great to give away to our wonderful patients. This month, the prize is perfect for every Irishman or Irishwoman in town! We'll be giving away a gift certificate to Brendan's Irish Pub on Friday, March 14th. With St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, the timing couldn't be better!

To enter, all you have to do is stop by the office sometime between now and the 14th. It could be for your regularly scheduled appointment, or to drop of your child for their cleaning, or maybe you're picking up whitening materials! Whatever it takes, we want to see you and enter you to win the gift certificate to Brendan's Irish Pub here in town.

Stay safe this St. Patrick's Day, and good luck to everyone who enters our March drawing!

Celebrate the Season with McCarthy Dentistry!

December 16th, 2013

Can you believe how close we are to Christmas?! You might remember last year's decorations, but we wanted to make sure that you had the chance to see how decked out the office is in holiday cheer now! Enjoy the video below, and make sure to stop in soon to see the splendor for yourself!

Guard your mouth this Summer

June 27th, 2012

A lot of our patients play sports, and now is a great time to remind all of you to take care of your mouth while participating in summer sports – especially contact sports such as soccer, football, baseball and basketball.

One of the most important pieces of sports equipment you can wear on the field this summer is a mouth guard. A well-fitted mouth guard allows you to breathe and speak more clearly, in addition to protecting your mouth. Only by using a mouth guard can athletes avoid serious mouth and jaw injuries. The next time you’re in for an appointment, we encourage you to let us know if you’re playing or planning to play any sports. We can recommend a mouth guard that will work best for you. Also, here are five quick tips for keeping yourself safe during sport activities this summer:

• Wear a helmet
• Stretch before and after a game or practice
• Wear protective eyewear
• Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
• Be observant, even as a spectator

We hope this helps! You can always contact us if you have any questions! Good luck on the field!

Bad Breath is No Good

June 14th, 2012

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Bad breath, also called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. You may not even be aware of your own bad breath, so if you’re concerned you may be suffering from it, talk to our team. We can help identify the cause and, if it’s due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan to treat it.

There are many reasons for bad breath:

• What you eat can also affect the way your breath smells. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, can have a very strong and lasting odor.
• If you don’t brush and floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath, not to mention tooth decay and gingivitis.
• Bad breath can be caused by dry mouth (xerostomia), which occurs when the flow of saliva decreases. Saliva is necessary to cleanse the mouth and remove particles that may cause odor.
• Tobacco products cause bad breath. If you use tobacco, ask us for tips on kicking the habit.
• Bad breath may be the sign of a medical disorder, such as a local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney ailment. If this is the case, you may be referred to your family doctor or a specialist to determine the cause.

The good news is there are many ways to help eliminate bad breath from your life. Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath, so schedule regular dental visits with our office for a professional cleaning and checkup. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque, and don’t forget to brush your tongue, too!

Smile! June is National Smile Month!

June 6th, 2012

Can you believe it’s already June? Today, our team thought we’d tell you June is National Smile Month, and a good time to remind all our patients to practice good oral hygiene between your visits to our office!

Below are a few simple steps you can take to improve your oral health so that you may celebrate National Smile Month for many, many years to come:

* Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

* Floss everyday to clean between your teeth.

* Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks

* Visit us regularly (every 6 months or as recommended by Drs. McCarthy & Lindal)!

If you have questions about any of these tips, we encourage you to give us a call, ask our team during your next visit or ask us on Facebook!

Understanding cavities

May 29th, 2012

One word nobody wants to hear when they visit the dentist is Cavity! That’s right, the dreaded cavity; but what exactly is a cavity and how do you get one? A cavity is a hole that develops in a tooth when the tooth begins to decay. It’s important to get a cavity filled as soon as it’s detected so that it does not grow bigger.

So, what causes a cavity? A cavity is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that forms on the tooth as a result of germ and bacteria build-up. Plaque is acidic and as it clings to your teeth the acids eat away the outside of the tooth (also called the enamel) and a hole is formed.

Yes, cavities can be repaired by your dentist, but here are a few simple steps you can take to prevent cavities:

• Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily
• Gently brush your gums to keep them healthy (when choosing a toothbrush it is recommended to use soft bristles)
• Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food that may be caught between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach
• Limit the amount of soda and sugary treats you eat/drink
• Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and check-up

How does fluoride help prevent tooth decay?

May 21st, 2012

Fluoride is a compound that contains fluorine, a natural element. Using small amounts of fluoride on a regular basis can help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride inhibits loss of minerals from tooth enamel and encourages remineralization (strengthening areas that are weakened and beginning to develop cavities). Fluoride also affects bacteria that cause cavities, discouraging acid attacks that break down the tooth. Risk for decay is reduced even more when fluoride is combined with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene. Using fluoride for the prevention and control of decay has been proven over the past 70 years to be both safe and effective.
Fluoride can be found in any toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Approval, as well as in drinking water across the United States. To ensure you’re getting the appropriate amount of fluoride, having a professionally applied fluoride treatment during your next checkup is possible if you are concerned you are not getting adequate amounts at home.

What are your summer plans?

May 16th, 2012

The dog days of summer are almost upon us, and what better time for us to ask our patients’ summer plans!

Whether you’re going camping, hitting America’s great open roads, visiting our nation’s capitol, or just staying in town and hanging out, we want to know how you’re all going to spending your summer! Please feel free to share your summer plans and experiences with us below or on our Facebook page!

We look forward to reading all about your summer adventures!

Spring is here! Do we have your current contact info?

April 10th, 2012

Spring is in the air! As you probably know, you can always connect with us on our Facebook page, but we invite you to please contact our office with any updates to phone numbers and addresses, so that we may be able to reach you.

We also encourage you to call us and let us know if you have any new phone numbers or if your contact information has changed!

Thank you! Have a great week!

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April 2nd, 2012

Visiting our office regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. The fact is, every hour of every day in the U.S., someone dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth-most common diagnosed form of the disease. The five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our patients about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene.

We are trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Please let us now if you have any questions about your oral health during your next appointment. Take care of your teeth!

When Was Your Last Dental Cleaning?

March 26th, 2012


You water the garden three times a week, you change your car's oil every three months, and you replace the batteries in your smoke detectors once a year. Your teeth need to see your dentist on a regular schedule, too.

While daily oral hygiene habits are essential to good oral health, professional dental cleanings at our office ensure your teeth are treated to a deeper level of cleaning. We recommend for most of our patients to have a checkup at least every six months. In addition to a thorough cleaning and polishing of your teeth, these regular visits help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. During your visit, we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. We’ll also check old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, grinding, or clenching.

If you are predisposed to oral diseases, you may need to visit our office more often than every six months. Factors at play in these diseases include age, pregnancy, tobacco use, medical conditions (such as diabetes, dry mouth, or HIV infection), along with how well you take care of your teeth on a daily basis.

Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve – If you’re overdue for your next cleaning, check with our Camarillo office to schedule an appointment!

As one of the largest and most established practices in the area, the office of Michael W. McCarthy, DDS, provides compassionate, caring dentistry to Camarillo and the surrounding areas. For over 25 years, Dr. Michael McCarthy and his staff have helped improve and maintain the oral health of patients of all ages. We create a comfortable, high-tech office environment that puts patients at ease and generates confidence in our expertise.

Ask Dr. Michael McCarthy, Dr. Cristen Lindal: If I have braces, do I still need a dental checkup every 6 months?

January 23rd, 2012

Thanks for the question! Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit our office regularly. When you're wearing braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush normally can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis and even gum disease. Believe it or not, an estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of gum disease. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care. Our staff at the office of Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while you're undergoing orthodontic treatment.

If it has been more than six months since your last visit to our Camarillo office, please give us a call!

Dreaming of a dazzling smile? We can help!

January 10th, 2012


The fact is, most of us aren’t born with a red carpet smile. And that’s where Dr. Michael McCarthy and Dr. Cristen Lindal can help. Of course, orthodontic treatment help make your teeth stay strong, healthy and become perfectly-aligned. But did you know you can get the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted — without braces?

Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal are proud to offer an adult-friendly option for straightening teeth called Invisalign, which uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time at our Camarillo office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for a consultation. Please give us a call to set one up! A consultation with Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal can determine if Invisalign is right for you. See you soon!

This Year, Make a New Year’s Resolution to Smile About!

January 3rd, 2012

Let’s face it- when was the last time you managed to keep a New Year’s resolution? We at the office of Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal believe the key to sticking to a goal is picking one that is both reasonable and attainable. If you haven’t yet picked a New Year’s resolution, consider setting one that will improve your oral health!

For example, resolve to brush twice and floss once a day. Good oral hygiene only takes a few minutes a day, and can make a big difference in your oral health and overall health too! For more oral health-themed resolutions for you and your family, check out <a href="http://www.funtasticdental.com/articles/Prevention-article2.htm">this article</a>.

We would love to see what you come up with, share with us by commenting on this post or on our Facebook page. Whatever your New Year’s Resolution, we wish you the very best for 2012!

-Happy New Year, from your friends at the office of Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal,

Share your winter break plans with us!

December 12th, 2011

Dr. Michael McCarthy, Dr. Cristen Lindal and our team at office of Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal want to know: what do your winter plans look like? Do you have any plans for an exciting family vacation? Are you hanging out around town? Catching up on sleep? Spending time with friends? Let us know!

Please feel free to share your exciting winter plans and experiences with us here or on our Facebook page! We would like to wish all of our patients and their families a safe and fun holiday season!

How important is your smile? From Drs. McCarthy and Lindal

November 28th, 2011


As one of the largest and most established practices in the area, the office of Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal provides compassionate, caring dentistry to Camarillo and the surrounding areas. For over 25 years, Dr. Michael McCarthy and our team have helped improve and maintain the oral health of patients of all ages. We create a comfortable, high-tech office environment that puts patients at ease and generates confidence in our expertise.

The bottom line is, we know having a great smile is important to you. And it's important to us, too.

And speaking of smiling, in a poll conducted by Glamour Magazine earlier this year, people were asked, “If you had to pick between having perfect teeth, eyesight or hair, which would you choose?”

Well, 44 percent of folks out there chose teeth! In addition, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, or AACD, conducted a study and found that 99.7 percent of those polled believed a smile is an important social asset. Respondents said straightness, whiteness, cleanliness, as well as the sincerity and sparkle of one’s smile were all important factors not only socially, but career-wise as well.

When you’re ready to take the next step in improving the health and beauty of your smile, feel free to contact our office and schedule a complimentary consultation. Call today! We proudly serve Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Oxnard, CA.

Happy Thanksgiving, from the office of Dr. Michael McCarthy

November 21st, 2011

With the start of the busy holiday season right around the corner, Dr. Michael McCarthy, Dr. Cristen Lindal and our staff wanted to stop for a moment to say how thankful we are to have you in our dental family. We realize that our practice thrives because of great patients like you. We are the lucky ones because we not only help keep you and your smile healthy, but we also have the pleasure of knowing you and your loved ones.

As always, if you know anyone we can help, just let us know. We promise to give them the same quality care that we have given you.
We hope that this Thanksgiving and holiday season brings fond memories. Thank you for being part of our family.

REMINDER: Don’t throw those insurance benefits away!

November 14th, 2011

Happy Monday! Our entire team at the office of Dr. Michael McCarthy would like to give those patients with flex spend, health savings, or insurance benefits a friendly end of the year reminder that it’s about that time to schedule your dental visit so you can optimize your benefits!

Now is the time to reserve you appointment with us. Space is limited and we get VERY busy around the holidays, so don’t wait to give us a call! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Drs. McCarthy and Lindal discuss pediatric dental emergencies

November 8th, 2011


When your child needs urgent dental treatment, our team at the office of Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal stand ready to help. Please keep our emergency number available and convenient. Here are some helpful answers to some recent patient questions. We hope everyone is off to a great week!

Q: What should I do if my child’s baby tooth is knocked out?

A: Contact our Camarillo dental office as soon as possible.

Q: What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth is knocked out?

A: Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water. (Do not scrub it or clean it with soap — use just water!) If possible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk, saliva, or water. Get to our office immediately. (Call the emergency number if it’s after hours.) The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

Q: What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?

A: Contact Dr. McCarthy or Dr. Lindal immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you when you visit our office.

Q: What about a severe blow to the head or jaw fracture?

A: Go immediately to the emergency room of your local hospital. A blow to the head can be life-threatening.

Q: What if my child has a toothache?

A: Call us and Drs. McCarthy and Lindal promptly. To comfort your child, rinse the mouth with water. Apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth. Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.

Q: Can dental injuries be prevented?

A: Of course! First, reduce oral injury in sports by wearing mouth guards. Second, always use a car seat for young children. Require seat belts for everyone else in the car. Third, child-proof your home to prevent falls, electrical injuries, and choking on small objects. Fourth, protect your child from unnecessary toothaches with regular dental visits to Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal's office.

Contact our Camarillo office to schedule an appointment with Drs. McCarthy and Lindal. We love what we do and enjoy watching our patients grow and smile as they come visit our office!

The importance of oral cancer screenings, from Drs. McCarthy & Lindal

November 2nd, 2011

We hope you're off to a great week! In our continuing efforts to provide the most advanced technology and highest quality care available to our patients, Dr. Michael McCarthy and Dr. Cristen Lindal screen our patients for oral cancer. The fact is, every hour of every day in the U.S., someone dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth-most common diagnosed form of the disease. The five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved.

Early detection of pre-cancerous tissue can minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly save your life. Ask Drs. McCarthy or Lindal about a screening at your next appointment at our convenient Camarillo dental office!

5 tips to avoid plaque, from Drs. McCarthy and Lindal

October 24th, 2011

At the office of Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal, we know nobody likes getting plaque on their teeth. Here are five other ways you can avoid that dreaded enemy of the teeth, courtesy of WebMD.

Let’s start with brushing regularly. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is vital to a healthy mouth. Make sure you softly brush all the surfaces of your teeth.
Next on the list is flossing daily: a simple daily flossing between teeth clears away plaque before it can cause damage and can also clean plaque at the gum line. Plaque is known to reach the spaces between teeth.

Also, evading a trip to visit Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal's office is probably not a great idea. Let’s say you brush and floss daily. You’re still at risk for plaque. With time, the plaque hardens and turns into tartar. Consider visiting our Camarillo dental office at least twice a year or as recommended, and you have a lower chance of getting cavities or losing your natural teeth.

You’ll also want to stop avoiding those fruits and veggies. Believe it or not, there are foods out there that play a key role in keeping plaque off our teeth. They include apples, carrots, cucumbers and other raw fruits and vegetables. You can still eat these types of fruits and veggies if you’re wearing braces, but be sure to cut them up into bite sized pieces to avoid breaking off brackets.

Finally, before you pick up that candy bar, remember to not give in to your sweet tooth. Consuming sugary drinks or eating candy or other junk food allows sugar to stick to our teeth. The bacteria, then, becomes plaque, which turns into acid and damages our teeth. Avoiding these five bad habits keeps your plaque in check and your mouth as healthy as can be. If you have any questions, give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

Halloween Spooktacular at Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal’s Office

October 17th, 2011


Come stop on by the office to enjoy our extravagant Halloween decorations of hair-raising hobgoblins, spooky skeletons, creepy crawlies, and trick-or-treats!

Bring your little ghouls and gals for a special Halloween goodie bag and you can enter to win our seasonal drawing for a Thanksgiving Turkey.

We are always welcoming new patients and this is a really fun time to introduce any friends and family who are looking for a dentist – we’d love to meet them.

Wishing you and your family a fun and safe Halloween from Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal!

Dr. McCarthy & Dr. Lindal discuss preventive care

October 14th, 2011


Happy Friday! Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter what your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups at our Camarillo office, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:

Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces. Also be sure to brush the top surface of your tongue; this will remove any extra plaque-causing food particles, and help keep your breath fresh!

Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day. You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid extra-sugary treats. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or fruit can help keep your smile healthy.

Remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.

Ask Dr. McCarthy or Dr. Lindal about dental sealants, a protective plastic coating that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.

If you play sports, be sure to ask your dentist about special mouthguards designed to protect your smile.

If it's been six months since your last dental checkup, then it's time to contact our office in Camarillo and schedule your next appointment! Have a great weekend!

Smile! October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

October 4th, 2011


Did you know that October is National Dental Health Month? For our team at Dr. McCarthy & Dr. Lindal’s office, that means only one thing: Reminding you that your teeth are an important part of your body, and keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and your body healthy. By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet and visiting our office on a regular basis, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile throughout your entire life.

We encourage you to check out the official National Dental Hygiene Month website as well, which provides pointers on keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Lastly, has it been six months since your last visit with Dr. McCarthy & Dr. Lindal? If the answer is yes, we encourage you to give us a call to set up an appointment!

See you soon! Enjoy the rest of the week!

In love with your smile? Tell us all about it!

September 29th, 2011

As one of the largest and most established practices in the area, the office of Michael W. McCarthy, DDS, provides compassionate, caring dentistry to Camarillo and the surrounding areas. For over 25 years, Dr. Michael McCarthy and our team have helped improve and maintain the oral health of patients of all ages. We create a comfortable, high-tech office environment that puts patients at ease and generates confidence in our expertise.

Whether you've visited our office once for a cleaning, or have been coming here for years, we encourage you to recommend us on our Google Places page!

After all, your positive reviews and referrals help Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Cristen Lindal create more and more beautiful smiles here in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and surrounding areas!

Thank you in advance and enjoy the rest of your week! You may write your review here.

We appreciate your kind feedback!

Don’t throw your insurance benefits away! From Dr. McCarthy & Dr. Lindal

September 19th, 2011

Happy Monday! Our entire team at the office of Dr. Michael McCarthy would like to give those patients with flex spend, health savings, or insurance benefits a friendly end of the year reminder that it’s about that time to schedule your dental visit so you can optimize your benefits!

Now is the time to reserve you appointment with us. Space is limited and we get VERY busy around the holidays, so don’t wait to give us a call! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

September is National Gum Care Month!

September 12th, 2011


At the office of Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal, we know that gingivitis, which is the early stage of periodontal disease, can be difficult to recognize if you're not a trained dentist. Many people don't recognize the warning signs - bleeding and swollen gums - as a precursor to periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. This month, a national campaign is under way to raise awareness about gum health and periodontal disease, and we wanted to help do our part to spread the word!

Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal will tell you early recognition and taking action are the most important steps to health gums, and ultimately a health body, too! Studies are published every year linking oral health, including the gums, to the health of other areas of the body, such as your heart. One of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for gum disease.

Our staff knows these can include:

• Gums that appear red or swollen
• Gums that feel tender
• Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
• Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
• Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
• Loose teeth
• Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position

If you happen to notice any of these signs, please schedule an appointment at our convenient offices by calling us as soon as possible. Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal can take proactive steps to prevent gingivitis and gum disease, while showing you how to improve gum care in your daily oral hygiene habits.

20 things that can ruin your smile

September 5th, 2011


Both Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal know your smile is important to you. And we know you want to keep it sparkling and looking its very best. Recently, we came across an article that suggests at least 20 things can ruin that perfect smile you have.

These include:

- Sports drinks
- Bottled water
- Tobacco
- Wine
- Soft drinks
- Citrus and acidic foods

Dr. McCarthy, Dr. Lindal and our team encourage you to read the rest of the article and ask us here on our blog or during your next visit to our convenient Camarillo office. For more tips or for general questions about your ongoing dental treatment, we invite you to ask us during your next visit! We also invite you to ask us on Facebook!

Who’s afraid of the dentist? From Dr. McCarthy

August 29th, 2011


Does the sound of a drill make you flinch or cringe? Do you worry about your twice-yearly dental checkup? Trust Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal when we say you’re not alone! In fact, the Journal of the American Dental Association has estimated that 30 to 40 million people have a fear of visiting the dentist.

To eliminate some of that fear, we’ve put together six steps to help you or your child overcome your dental anxiety before visiting our Camarillo office.

1. What are you most afraid of? Is it the sound of the drill? Do you have needle phobia? Have you been traumatized by previous dental visits? Write down your fears, one by one.

2. Don’t wait. The more frequently you visit our office, the less work needs to be done at any one visit. Simply having your teeth cleaned professionally by Dr. McCarthy or Dr. Lindal twice a year prevents many, if not most, problems.

3. Bring a distraction to your appointment. Bringing along an iPod is a great idea. Just plug in those earphones, close your eyes, and get lost in the music. Listening to music can also be a pain killer.

4. Relax. Inhale slowly, and count of five. Hold your breath for 10 seconds, then exhale slowly to the count of eight. Repeat. Concentrate on making out every word of the lyrics. It's easier if you're not totally focused on the work going on inside your mouth.

5. Ask. Before any procedure, ask Dr. McCarthy, Dr. Lindal or one of our assistants why we’re using the tools we’re using. Ask us what we're doing, what the tool is used for, and how it will benefit you during the appointment. Also, please ask about anti-anxiety medications that we may prescribe to help you relax during your appointment

6. We are here to help you. Remember, we are health care professionals who want to improve your oral health, and will never judge you or the state of your mouth. Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal will do all we can to ensure a trauma-free and pain-free experience!

We hope this helps! For more on dental anxieties, we encourage you to visit this helpful article or ask us during your next visit to our office! Or, ask us on Facebook!

Ask Drs. McCarthy and Lindal: What’s the deal with coffee and tea?

August 22nd, 2011


At the office of Dr. Michael McCarthy we know most folks enjoy a hot-brewed coffee or tea in the morning, followed by a cola (or more coffee) in the afternoon. But what many don’t know is that both coffee and tea are especially tough on your teeth, because tannic acid (the substance that makes the dark color) etches into the pits and grooves of tooth enamel, and can stain your pearly whites brown.

So, if you can't give up that morning cup o’joe, what can you do? Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal suggest rinsing with a glass of water after every cup. If you enjoy iced coffee or tea, drink your beverage with a straw so that tannins don’t make contact with your front upper and lower teeth. Even if you’re not a big coffee drinker, we encourage you to swish and swallow some water at the end of each meal. Water, after all, helps neutralize acids left in your mouth after eating and also reduces cavity-causing bacteria.

We also invite you to visit our convenient Camarillo office for whitening options. We can help bleach your teeth with proven and professional products. To learn more about whitening options at our office, please visit our website, ask us on Facebook or give us a call!

Dental FAQs with Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal

August 15th, 2011

A lot of our patients have questions about their dental treatment, whether it's by calling us or asking Dr. Michael McCarthy or Dr. Cristen Lindal during their regular appointment. They span the range of "When should I change my toothbrush?" to "What is a filling?"

So, what we've done is compiled our most frequent questions and answered them one-by-one here on our website. Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal are committed to excellent dentistry and have years of experience creating beautiful smiles and healthy mouths.

Don't see an answer for your specific question? Give us a call or ask us below or on our Facebook page, and we'll be more than happy to provide the answer!

Emergency care with Drs. McCarthy and Lindal

August 8th, 2011


At the office of Dr. Michael McCarthy, we know dental emergencies are never convenient or timely. If you are a patient of record, we are committed to your dental health and are more than willing to see you.

We are here to help you, any time, any day, and when your dental health is at risk, we’ll do everything we can to make sure that you’re treated as soon as possible. While dental emergencies are rare, we know they can happen at any moment, and it’s important to know how to take care of your teeth no matter what.

Common dental emergencies include:

• A bitten lip or tongue
• Broken or cracked tooth/teeth
• Broken jaw
• Permanent tooth that has been knocked out
• Object caught between teeth
• Severe toothache

If you have a dental emergency after regular office hours, please give us a call. If you are calling us after hours, please follow the emergency prompts to contact Dr. Shanahan. We proudly serve patients from Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Oxnard, among other surrounding communities.

We hope you’re all enjoying your summer.

Are you wearing your mouthguard this summer?

August 1st, 2011


With summer in full force, our team at the office of Dr. Michael McCarthy thought today would be a great time to remind all our young athletes to take care of their mouth while participating in sports – especially contact sports – this summer.

Common dental injuries in sports during the summer include:

• Knocked out tooth/teeth
• Chipped tooth/teeth
• Displaced teeth

One of the best, and most convenient, ways to prevent injury to your teeth and mouth while playing sports is to wear a mouthguard. There are several types of mouthguards to choose from, and Dr. McCarthy, as well as Dr. Cristen Lindal, can help you choose the best one for your particular needs.

Only by using a mouth guard can people avoid serious sports injuries. The next time you’re in for a visit at our Camarillo dental office, we encourage you to ask us for a mouth guard!

Your oral health and overall health

July 25th, 2011


Don’t put off your next visit to see Dr. McCarthy or Dr. Lindal! As we’ve shared in previous blog posts, oral health issues have been increasingly linked to other health concerns, such as heart disease. Cardiovascular disease remains American's number one killer, claiming more lives than the rest of major causes of death, according to the American Heart Association. Believe it or not, an estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of gum disease. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care.

Studies are also beginning to suggest that patients, especially those with periodontal disease, are believed to have an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke. Since most patients are not regularly visiting a heart specialist, their regular visits to the office of Dr. Michael McCarthy can help detect early warning signs of heart issues, prevent gum disease or at least catch it in its early stages. We’d also like you to know your numbers: blood pressure (less than 120/80), cholesterol (less than 200) and BMI (less than 25).

Additionally, if it’s been more than six months since your last visit to our Camarillo office, please give us a call! Summer makes for a great time to check in with us!

What should you do if you have an emergency this summer?

July 19th, 2011


Dr. Michael McCarthy, Dr. Cristen Lindal and our team know all too well that summer is a season many patients experience dental emergencies - especially while they're on vacation. From a toothache to a chipped tooth to a lost filling, summer brings with it a greater chance of people damaging their teeth when they're out and about. In many cases, there are ways you can handle these occurrences at home before you follow up with a visit at our Camarillo dental office. In some instances a few minutes of attention will be all you need to effectively address a true dental emergency. Here are some common situations patients come across.

Toothaches: Rinse your mouth with warm water and floss to remove any food lodged in your teeth. A pain reliever such as aspirin may be taken to dull the pain. If swelling appears, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek. If your toothache is severe, or lasts longer than one day, schedule an appointment to see us as soon as possible.

Chipped/Broken Teeth: Save any pieces you can. Use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth to relieve pain and swelling, and apply gauze to the area for at least ten minutes if there is bleeding. Visit our office as soon as you can.

Objects Stuck in Teeth: Try flossing to carefully and gently remove the object. Never use a sharp or hard item to remove objects in your teeth; you risk injuring your gums and scratching your teeth. If you are unable to remove the object, visit our office.

Lost Filling: Sugarless gum and over-the-counter dental cement can work as temporary fillings, but be sure to make an appointment with us as soon as you can to replace a filling!

Lost Crown: If you cannot make it in to see us right away, apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area of the tooth with a cotton swab. Then slip the crown back on the tooth using dental cement or denture adhesive to hold it in place. Don’t use any kind of glue on your teeth. Be sure to make an appointment to see us to properly fix the crown as soon as possible.

Abscess: An abscess is a painful pimple-like swelling that usually occurs on your gums near the root of a tooth. Abscesses are caused by infection and can cause serious oral health problems, so come see us right away. In the meantime, try to ease the pain by rinsing your mouth with a saltwater solution of ½ teaspoon salt to 8 ounces of water.

Mouth Injuries: Injuries to the soft-tissue of the mouth such as the cheeks, tongue, and gums often result in bleeding. To stop the bleeding first rinse your mouth with a mild salt water solution. Then use a moistened piece of gauze to apply pressure to the site for 15-20 minutes. Holding a cold compress to the outside of the affected area will help ease pain and control bleeding and swelling. If the bleeding persists see us immediately or visit a hospital emergency room. Continue to apply gauze until you are treated.

Dr. McCarthy, Dr. Lindal and team will always tell you ignoring any dental problem can quickly increase the risk of permanent damage and the need for more treatment in the future. If you have any concerns, and especially if you experience a persistent dental issue, please give us a call so we can assist you and prevent an emergency.

Didn't see a question you'd like an answer to? Please call us or ask on our Facebook page! For a full list of medical emergencies and how to deal with them, please visit the American Dental Association.

How do you know if you have periodontal disease?

July 14th, 2011


At Michael W. McCarthy, DDS we know one of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.

These can include:

• Gums that appear red or swollen
• Gums that feel tender
• Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
• Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
• Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
• Loose teeth
• Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position

Our friends at the American Academy of Periodontology created a helpful self-assessment test that can help you determine what your risk is at home. Early detection is critical to avoiding serious and costly dental problems.

Of course, the best way to know for sure what the health of your teeth and gums is would be a visit to our Camarillo dental office.

Please feel free to contact our Fort Worth office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Corbitt – new patients are always welcome! Your first visit will help us to understand your dental goals and create a treatment plan just for you. Call today!

We proudly offer complimentary consultations!

July 6th, 2011


For over 25 years, Dr. Michael McCarthy and our team have helped improve and maintain the oral health of patients of all ages. We create a comfortable, high-tech office environment that puts patients at ease and generates confidence in our expertise.

One of our commitments is meeting with you to help you explore all or the options available to you or your child. We offer complimentary consultations for those interested in dental treatment. During this time, you’ll have time reserved with Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Cristen Lindal, who will assess your particular needs as well as discuss treatment options available and answer any questions you may have. We place a high value on making sure you have complete information before beginning your dental treatment.

When you’re ready to take the next step in improving the health and beauty of your smile, feel free to contact our Camarillo dental office and schedule a complimentary consultation.

See you soon!

Office Open House on July 14!

June 30th, 2011

Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal invite you to our office Open House on Thursday, July 14th, 2011 from 4– 6 pm!

Come mingle with us and learn about the dental treatments we provide – such as Invisalign, veneers, whitening, digital radiographs, and dental implants – all while enjoying drinks and appetizers!

We welcome new patients and invite existing patients to bring friends and family for the fun!

See you on the 14th at our convenient office, located at:

3801 Las Posas Road
Suite 206
Camarillo, CA 93010