Hello, welcome to the Century City Aesthetic Dentistry blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually impact oral health.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common issue among older Los Angeles adults, however, people of all ages experience the symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. These symptoms include a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.
Sometimes dry mouth is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Los Angeles) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Century City Aesthetic Dentistry dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Beverly Hills hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage. Adequate saliva is needed to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive tooth decay can develop in the absence of saliva for dental patients with chronic dry mouth.
If you are unsure of the cause of your dry mouth, or if you are looking for dry mouth treatments, call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bill Dorfman.
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Healthy teeth will make you look and feel younger and can boost your self-esteem. According to Dr. Bill Dorfman, author of the New York Times Best Seller, Million Dollar Smile, and frequent guest on several national television shows, 96 percent of people surveyed believe a smile makes everyone more appealing. However, good dental health is much more than a pretty grin.
If you follow Dr. Dorfman’s Blog, you will know that your mouth is the gateway to your overall health. Follow these simple steps below and you will be helping your mouth and your body.
Brush-When you brush twice a day, you will be removing food particles and bacteria. Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush for two minutes. Brush with a soft bristled toothbrush and be sure to swap it out every three to four months or when the bristles are frayed and worn.
Flossing-When you floss before brushing you will help prevent plaque and tartar from forming on your teeth. Dr. Dorfman recommends that you floss at least once a day working around each tooth. Make sure that you use floss that is recommended by the American Dental Association.
Regular dental checkups-When you schedule regular appointments with Dr. Dorfman twice a year you can catch any problems before they get worse. When gum disease and tooth decay are discovered early on, you can nip gingivitis and cavities in the bud. If you are prone to dental caries or gum disease consider more frequent appointments. People who have diabetes, HIV, a poor immune system or cancer should also visit Dr. Dorman more often.
A Healthy Diet-You really are what you eat and if you want healthy teeth, stay away from sugar and starchy foods and skip the sticky stuff. Drink water instead of energy or sports drinks, which are loaded with sugar and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Include dairy, kale, sardines and other foods that are rich in calcium, which can help prevent tooth decay
Skip the Tobacco-People who smoke or chew tobacco are more prone to gum disease. Smokeless tobacco will also increase your chances or oral cancer including gum, cheek, tongue and lip cancer. Tobacco products also cause chronic halitosis or bad breath.
A healthy smile starts with healthy teeth and gums and can do wonders for your confidence, and if you can’t remember the last time you scheduled a checkup with your dentist, call or click and talk to Dr. Dorfman today.
Did you know that The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to a dentist should occur around twelve months of age?
For many parents in the Hollywood and Century City area, this may come as a surprise. Today in the Century City Aesthetic Dentistry post, we are going to review 4 reasons why your toddler’s teeth are worth a dental visit.
1. Twelve months of age happens to be about the time when a child’s first teeth tend to erupt. Once those teeth are out, it’s time to get them looked at by a professional.
2. One of the most important things your Century City or California dentist will do at this visit will be to clean those young teeth and apply fluoride.
3. Visiting the dentist at a young age is a great way to help your child get used to the dentist’s office. This will help them to be more comfortable with the dentist as they grow older.
4. Visiting the dentist also helps parents enlist the help of other adults is establishing good dental habits in their children. Starting early dental visits will mean that later in life your child is less likely to require braces or other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants.
If your child is apprehensive about visiting the dentist, you might want to bring them for a short tour of our office beforehand. They can meet our friendly staff and learn what to expect when they come in for their exam.
I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman, of Los Angeles. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact my professional dental team at 877-703-7062.
At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we make a conscious effort to help our patients feel comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not talking about physical comfort here. We are talking about emotional comfort. In other words, peace of mind.
Here are four ways we are passionate about your peace of mind at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles:
1. We don’t judge you. Dr. Bill Dorfman has devoted a professional career to promoting oral health and creating beautiful smiles.
The knowledgeable dental team at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry is here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth: basically, every imaginable dental problem. We don’t live in a bubble. We understand and empathize with our patients.
2. We protect you from pain. From topical analgesics to oral conscious sedation, we will eliminate or minimize pain as best we can. Dr. Dorfman is a pro at administering barely noticeable injections.
3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more common than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The perceived loss of control, instruments poking in your mouth, and teeth being worked on is not pleasant. Some patients get claustrophobic because they need to lie still in the chair for treatment.
Sleep dentistry (oral conscious sedation) not only aids in pain management, it allows you to sleep through your appointment. There are different levels of sedation, so you don’t have to be completely unconscious unless you want to be. If you would like more details about sedation, call 877-703-7062 to schedule a consultation. We can discuss the different levels of oral conscious sedation so you can opt for the one that is best for you. 4. We communicate with you. Dr. Dorfman has established a reputation as an effective and experienced communicator. Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your essential questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you consider it for a while. There is no rush.
If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to give Dr. Dorfman and the team at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry a try. Neglecting your oral health has serious consequences. Call today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.
Tobacco use can have a dramatic affect on your teeth and gums, and if you are chewing or smoking tobacco, even if it is just the occasional cigar, your teeth and gums could pay the price.
According to Dr. Bill Dorfman, America’s Dentist and author of the New York Times Best Seller, Million Dollar Smile, tobacco use can do more than stain your teeth.
Tobacco use can also cause:
Delays in orthodontic treatments
Poor healing following oral surgery
Dental implant failure
Oral Health and Smoking
Every time you pull out a cigarette or open that tin of tobacco consider what it is doing to your teeth, gums and your mouth. Cigarette smoke has over 4,800 chemicals with 69 of those chemicals known to cause deadly mouth cancer, not to mention what it is doing to your lungs and your heart. Chewing tobacco is even worse with companies adding sugar to flavor the tobacco. Sugar is the number one enemy when it comes to plaque and tartar.
Because the flow of blood to your gums is reduced when you smoke, you are more susceptible to gum disease. Smoking also reduces your Vitamin C levels, which are necessary for gum health.
Smoking also causes:
Stained tongue and teeth
Dulled sense of smell and taste
Wound healing delays
Problems with orthodontic appliances
Chewing Tobacco will:
Eat away at your gum line causing recession and eventual bone loss
Put you at risk when it comes to tooth decay and gum disease
Cause leathery white patches in your mouth that could be cancerous
Create red sores in your mouth and on your tongue that could also be cancerous
Just like smoking, chewing tobacco use can cause bad breath. Every little pinch you take is clinging to your tongue, the sides of your cheeks, your gums, and your teeth. Brushing and flossing helps, but the best thing to do is skip the dip.
If you are a smoker, and would like a tooth and gum evaluation, call or click and schedule an appointment with the dentist to the stars, Dr. Bill Dorfman from Century City Aesthetics. Once you get an idea of how tobacco is affecting your teeth and gums, you may finally have the courage to quit the habit.
As the years go by, our teeth naturally lose their luster. Dark colored foods and drinks speed up the process, but even people who avoid coffee, wine and cola are not immune to yellow or gray teeth. Want to brighten up your smile? Have you considered teeth whitening? Teeth whitening at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to look younger and more attractive. Does Teeth Whitening Hurt? Though some Century City Aesthetic Dentistry teeth whitening patients experience a little short-term sensitivity, most experience no pain at all.
There are several different methods for whitening teeth but each uses a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have accumulated in the microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.
DIY Whitening Products First of all, the strips, mouthwashes and paint-on whiteners use a lower concentration of whitening agent than in-office methods. They rarely remove all of the stains on your enamel. If you have gum disease, cavities, crowns, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers, Dr. Bill Dorfman recommends first visiting your dentist for a teeth whitening consultation. You are always better off having teeth whitening performed by a professional. This will protect your existing restorations and ensure the best possible results.
Don’t assume that tooth whitening offered at Beverly Hills mall kiosks is risk-free. The industry is largely unregulated and the staff often have little dental training. Do you really want to take chances with your smile?
Swollen and painful gums are symptoms of periodontal disease, an inflammatory gum disease. Swelling occurs from an auto-immune response of the body reacting to an infection. Infections are noticeable through pain, redness, and warmth. If the infection is left untreated, it can affect the bone near the teeth. The body’s immune system wants to rid the bone of the detrimental material the bacteria is creating. Over time, bone loss will ensue.
Inflammation in the gums also is associated with atherosclerosis, the occurrence of fatty deposits inside of the body’s arteries. Inflammation coincides with an increase of the blood protein CRP (C-reactive protein), produced by the liver. The more inflammation there is, the more the liver produces CRP. The more CRP present, the more likely cardiovascular disease is present, along with related issues. CRP production is also related to arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and intestinal troubles.
Scientists are currently looking into the relationship between periodontal inflammation and CRP level and the effects outside of the oral cavity. Links have already been discovered between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
If inflammation is left untreated, gums can develop pockets that provide the perfect breeding ground for infection. The longer the infection persists, the more likely bone loss will develop, eventually causing tooth loss.
It is crucial to practice preventive dental care daily at home and have regular visits to the dentist. Dental appointments should include an exam, cleaning, and full mouth x-rays, along with the essential knowledge and instruction on how to properly care for teeth and gums at home. It is also very important to see your dentist right away if a tooth suddenly becomes sensitive or you observe any other changes.
Thanks for visiting our blog. For more specifics about inflammation or periodontal disease, give us a call at 877-703-7062.
Good oral hygiene is more than brushing and flossing. Even if you are diligent about regular checkups and professional dental cleanings, watching what you eat could play a huge part in your overall oral health.
According to Dr. Bill Dorfman, guest dentist on the Doctors and America’s dentist featured on Extreme Makeover, what you put in your mouth can have a dramatic affect on your teeth when it comes to good oral hygiene.
Dr. Dorfman recommends you avoid the following for good oral hygiene if you want to keep your teeth free from decay.
Starch-You may love pretzels and potato chips, but your teeth, not so much. All refined carbohydrates are bad for your teeth as they immediately convert to sugars triggering acid production. That acid will cause bacteria to form. White bread, pretzels, pasta, and potato chips will lodge between the crevices in your teeth. If you do indulge rinse with water and be sure to brush when you can.
Sugar-One of the worst foods that you can consume, sugar is responsible for tooth decay and enamel erosion. The bad bacteria in your mouth love sugar. An overabundance of sugar is usually the first step when it comes to dental caries. Although it is impossible to eliminate sugar from your diet, try to avoid refined sugar and drink lots of water.
Acid-Everyone knows how damaging acid can be, but highly acidic foods that have a low Ph rating can be very dangerous. Acids will erode the enamel on your teeth. Weakened enamel can cause discolored teeth, tooth sensitivity and tooth decay. Try to avoid coffee, which stains your teeth as well, tomatoes, alcohol, pickles, and citrus fruits.
Sticky-You may savor the last taste of that caramel that you enjoyed an hour ago, but you can bet your teeth are not. Gummy bears, dried fruit, licorice, saltwater taffy, and your favorite caramels stay in between your teeth and attach to the fissures and grooves. Because of the prolonged presence, the bacteria will produce more acid. If allowed to stay put, you will see tooth decay. Brush and floss as quickly as possible after those unavoidable sweet treats.
Too tired to touch a toothbrush. We’ve all been there.
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles and Dr. Bill Dorfman are committed to helping patients throughout the California, Hollywood, and Century City neighborhoods to maintain balanced hygiene and to correct imperfections that can lead to inhibited confidence and self-assurance.
On our blog today we are offering two smart ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night.
Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth After a long thankless day as you are lying there in bed and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times while mentally reviewing how plaque and tartar form. Within 48 hours they can start the dirty work of eating away at the teeth. Then jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning. It’s that simple.
Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat Another convenient and uncomplicated approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to take care of the particles as soon as possible.
Shredded meat can remain lodged between teeth for days if you don’t pull it out with floss. Plan to floss or brush after eating if possible. With each particular type of food, learn to assess the effect it could have on your smile. Make the decision to brush before you are tired. By simply visualizing and committing, you reduce the likelihood of hemming and hawing later when you’re yawning and fading and have to choose between settling into bed and spending 2 minutes cleaning your teeth.
We know a long day of work or play can yield a worn out body. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will lessen buildup and help prevent decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.
Some smile problems can be prevented and some just can’t. We are happy to help with porcelain veneers, dental crowns, sedation dentistry, smile design, or Zoom whitening. Come see our comfortable office at 2080 Century Park E Ste 1601 in Los Angeles, California 90067 and we’ll help with any dental troubles we can.
Cosmetic dentistry enhances a smile in several ways – straightness, coloration, conformity, and natural feel. Cosmetic dentistry helps our valued patients talk clearly, smile freely, and eat comfortably. A consultation with Dr. Dorfman can open your eyes to the unique possibilities for your stunning smile. Contact us at 877-703-7062 for an appointment or visit our website http://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/.
If we each do our part to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, then all of us can sleep at night.
For those of you who feel pain when you sip your morning coffee or who cringe each time you brush or floss, Century City Aesthetic Dentistry is here for you. Our staff has been treating this common issue since 1985.
The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing and over-brushing can bring about receding gums, which leads to the exposure of microscopic tubules in the dentin. When these tubules are exposed, acidic, hot, cold, and sticky foods can then reach the nerve cells in the teeth causing discomfort (who are we kidding – it’s pain).
Here in our Los Angeles dentistry practice, we can determine if your brushing style is contributing to your tooth sensitivity and get you on your way to proper oral care habits.
Our team usually recommends an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste that lessens tooth pain after several applications. However, some Los Angeles patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride gel treatments available at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry.
Don’t worry if you have sensitive teeth and want to have your teeth whitened. Here at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we can determine which professional tooth whitening or at-home whitening procedures will work for you.
Call our Los Angeles cosmetic dental office today at 877-703-7062 to get relief for your sensitive teeth.
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