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Oral Cancer Screening for Early Detection

The next time you visit Dr. Bill Dorfman for a dental checkup, ask about an oral cancer screening. It is estimated that over 49,500 people in the United States will be diagnosed with some type of oral cancer in 2017.

Regular dental checkups that include an oral cancer screening with your Century City Dentist can help detect oral cancer early on, but according to Americas Dentist, there are some people who have a higher risk of oral cancer, and cancers of the back of the tongue, tonsils, and throat.

Gender

Men are twice as susceptible to oral cancer. The American Cancer Society has attributed this to alcohol and tobacco use, which is higher in men.

Age

According to your Century City Dentist, most people who have been diagnosed with some type of oral cancer are over 55.

Tobacco Products

Any type of tobacco use will increase your risk of oral cancer. Smoking cigarettes, pipes, cigars and Hookah pipes can cause oral cancer as well as lung cancer. People who smoke pipes have a higher risk of lip cancer, while people who chew tobacco can be diagnosed with the most serious oral cancer, cancer of the cheeks.

Alcohol

The American Cancer Society explains that seven out of ten patients who have been diagnosed with oral cancer drink heavily. Men who consume two or more drinks a day and women who have just one drink a day are considered heavy drinkers. If you drink and smoke your chances of being diagnosed with oral cancer increases dramatically.

Sunlight

If you work outside in the sun, you are more prone to lip cancer. If you spend the majority of your time outdoors, be sure to use sunscreen.

Diet

If you are a poor eater, your chances of oral cancer increase. If you don’t eat your fruit and veggies, you are more susceptible to oral and mouth cancer.

If you can’t remember the last time you saw your Century City Dentist, call or click and schedule an appointment for a comprehensive dental exam and an oral cancer screening with Dr. Bill Dorfman today.


Porcelain Veneers Instead of Tooth Whitening

Porcelain veneers are probably what you are admiring when you see your favorite celebrities on the red carpet. People in the public eye understand the importance of a toothy white grin, and know that tooth whitening may not always do the trick, tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the world, but unfortunately it doesn’t work for everyone, and that is where porcelain veneers come in.

What are Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are much more affordable than they used to be and are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed over the top of your front teeth.

The Porcelain Veneer Procedure

If Dr. Bill Dorfman, an accredited fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, bestselling author and America’s Dentist determines that you are a good fit for porcelain veneers a small amount of enamel will be removed from your teeth to make way for the veneers. Because the enamel needs to be removed, cosmetic veneers are permanent.

Once the enamel has been removed, an impression will be made so that your new veneers will look and feel natural. In some cases, you may need temporary dental veneers if your teeth are too unsightly.

When your new porcelain veneers are ready to be placed, Dr. Dorfman will check for fit and color before bonding into place. Your new porcelain veneers will be filed and polished to give you the smile that you deserve.

Porcelain veneers are great for:

  • Discolored teeth that cannot be helped with tooth whitening
  • Worn teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

When you schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Dorfman, explain what you want to achieve and what you want your smile to look at. Bringing in a picture of your favorite smile will help as well.

If tooth whitening hasn’t done the trick, call or click and schedule a porcelain veneers appointment with Century City Dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman today.


Infancy Through Childhood: Instill Good Brushing Habits

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New Los Angeles parents may be surprised by the American Dental Association’s recommendations on infant oral care. Parents are advised to begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth emerge. After all, brand-new teeth are just as vulnerable to cavities as older teeth.

Parents are encourage to use a cloth and a smidgen of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to wipe each tooth. As more teeth come in, it becomes more critical for the teeth to be brushed after each meal or, at least, twice a day.

It is vital to select the proper toothbrush, in order to make brushing time as pleasant as possible. A soft bristled brush is best with a small amount of toothpaste. Infant and toddler-sized toothbrushes with a small head of bristles are beneficial. Also, there are circle and triangular-shaped brushes that allow your toddler to walk around with their brush with less chance of injury in case of a fall.

If the toothpaste is causing an unpleasant struggle, brush without toothpaste. The goal is to remove food parts that will create bacteria followed by plaque and then cavities.

When two teeth touch, it’s time to floss. Flossing is critical to make sure no food is lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing requires fine motor skills which most youth don’t develop before age six or seven. Parents need to assist with flossing until they are sure their child can do it effectively.

Until the child is old enough to properly brush his or her teeth, they should receive adult supervision and guidance. Instilling the proper brushing and flossing practices will reap lifelong benefits. While it may seem that supervising them is time consuming, remember that it’s making a daily habit that will protect their health. Also, dental expenses related to poor oral hygiene will be avoided.

Your child’s first dental visit should be within six months of the first tooth appearing and no later than their first birthday. It may seem early, but just as your Los Angeles pediatrician sees your baby regularly to make sure their physical health is on track and counsel you about your vital role, you can count on your dentist to look out for potential issues and counsel you about how to help your child keep a healthy smile.

Seek your dentist’s counsel regarding pacifiers and sippy cups, nighttime bottles, and x-ray safety. Dentist can advise parents with older children about sealants, tooth protection for athletics, and orthodontics.

If you live in the Beverly Hills area and don’t yet have a trusted family dentist, call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 877-703-7062 to schedule your child’s dental appointment with Dr. Bill Dorfman. By starting young, your child will become familiar with our Los Angeles dental practice and our friendly staff, ensuring that he or she never develops a fear of the dentist.

Be sure to check our website at http://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/ for more specifics about our services. We provide sedation dentistry, Zoom whitening, smile design, dental crowns and porcelain veneers.

 

Contact Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry:

877-703-7062

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
90067

 


Good Posture for Teeth and Gums

Good posture is essential for overall health, but can also play a role in your oral health, and if you experience lower jaw pain or have a constant headache, it could have something to do with your posture.

TMD

According to America’s Dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman, poor posture could be to blame for TMD. Your temporomandibular joint, which is what connects your upper and lower jaw, could be affected if you slouch when you sit.

When you practice good posture, you are putting your spine in the right position. If you slouch or hunch over you will be putting stress on your jaw joints. Because your lower jaw tends to shift forward when slouching or hunching your bite will be affected. This type of movement will put stress on your bones, joints, and muscles, and if left untreated, could cause inflammation and pain in your temporomandibular joints when you open and close your mouth.

Good posture is imperative, however, many people don’t understand how slouching and hunching can affect oral health.

The Problem with Poor Posture

Dr. Dorfman explains that patients who complain of facial pain often have unbalanced posture. People who hunch or slouch are rearranging the facial muscle position because of the way they walk, stand, and sit. This will cause grooves and bumps on the teeth.

If you practice poor posture, you are also more susceptible to gum recession. If your bite is off and your teeth are over crowded, your gums could pay the price.

Good posture is essential for overall health including your teeth and gums. Paying close attention to how you sit, stand, and walk could be beneficial to your oral health.

If you would like more information regarding good posture and your teeth and gums, call or click and schedule an appointment with Century City Dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman. Dr. Dorfman may recommend oral appliance therapy for TMD or a bad bite. He may also recommend some relaxation techniques to help with your poor posture

Call or click and schedule an appointment with bestselling author and Americas most well known dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman today.


5 Cavity Basics For Beverly Hills

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Some of the most popular dental topics discussed in Hollywood and Los Angeles relate to cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening, veneers, and dental implants. However, the desire to avoid cavities is still the main reason Century City and California residents visit their dentists, so today the Los Angeles dental blog is going to highlight the 5 things you need to know about cavities.

1. Cavities can also be called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings occur. These little holes are cavities.

2. Factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

Frequent eating
Consuming sugary beverages
Oral bacteria
Poor dental hygiene

3. Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call your Hollywood, Century City, or California dentist today for an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common among children, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. Avoiding cavities is simple. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right and avoid snacking, and have regular visits with your dentist.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Los Angeles area, give Century City Aesthetic Dentistry a call. We have been treating dental patients in and around Beverly Hills since 1985. We can also answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as gum contouring and smile makeovers.

Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
877-703-7062
http://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/


Save Your Breath

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Today’s post focuses on a problem experienced by many people – bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most prevalent cause is poor oral hygiene. Often, halitosis develops midday arising from the inability to brush teeth between meals. Small food fragments on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the unpleasant odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.

While poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of halitosis, many elements can contribute to or worsen the trouble. The best remedy is regular, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be necessary depending on the cause(s).

For example, a salivary gland problem or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

Most Common Causes of Bad Breath:

Poor oral hygiene
Inability to brush between meals
Gum disease or tooth decay
Smoking
Braces
An infected root canal
Diabetes
Kidney failure
Liver problems
Infection
Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
Dieting
Age
Crooked teeth
Ear, nose, throat issues
Tonsil issues
Constant breathing through the mouth
Specific foods: garlic, onions, horseradish, etc.
Some prescription medications
Ill-fitting dentures

To Minimize or Prevent Bad Breath:

Go to the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings
Brush teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth
Use a tongue spray or scraper
Use antimicrobial mouth rinse
Chew sugarless gum
Brush and floss after each meal
Drink plenty of water (A dry mouth is conducive to bacteria growth)
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Have a toothbrush and floss available when you are out
Talk to your doctor or dentist if bad breath remains despite proper oral hygiene

Remember, the very best defense to bad breath is a good dental care routine – brushing, flossing, and regular visits with your dentist.
If you struggle with bad breath regardless of vigilant oral hygiene, ask your dentist for help in identifying the source. It may be an issue outside of the oral cavity. If this is the case, your dentist may refer you to your family physician or a specialist.

If you don’t have a regular dentist or are unhappy with your current one, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dorfman at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles. Dr. Dorfman has been serving patients in the Beverly Hills area since 1985. The professional and aware team of dental professionals at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry, Zoom whitening and porcelain veneers.

Be sure to check our website at http://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/ for more details on Dr. Dorfman’s services. Thanks for visiting our blog.

 

Contact Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry:

877-703-7062

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
90067

 


Sedation Dentistry Century City with Americas Dentist

Sedation Dentistry could be the answer if you are scared to death of the dentist. Sedation dentistry is used for patients who have dental fear and dental phobia and can help put you at ease.

Unfortunately, patients who have a fear of the dentist will avoid dental checkups. When you skip your bi-annual dental checkup that small cavity could become even more problematic. Without regular dental checkups, your gingivitis could become more serious.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry, also referred to as sleep dentistry, which isn’t entirely true as patients are usually awake except for those who need general anesthesia, involves medication that helps you relax and forget about the dental procedure.

Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxide is used for anxiety free dentistry, and best of all, you will not remember anything about the procedure. Used with a breathing mask you breathe in the laughing gas mixed with oxygen. This allows you to breathe slowly and relax. Because the effects wear off quickly, you can drive yourself home from your dental appointment.

Pills

Triazolam, which is in the Valium family, is taken one hour before your dental visit. The Sedation Dentistry medication reduces stress and allows you to relax. Patients are conscious allowing them to answer and respond to Dr. Bill Dorfman’s questions. Although there are very few side effects, it is important that you tell your Century City Dentist if you are taking any other medications. Because you may feel drowsy after the procedure, it is imperative that you have someone drive you home after your dental procedure.

IV Sedation

For patients who want to be asleep during the treatment, Dr. Dorfman has a board certified anesthesiologist who will administer the IV. You will be asleep during your dental treatments and will wake up feeling relaxed and well rested. During your sedation your heart rate, oxygen levels, and blood pressure, are closely monitored.

Although there are many Dentists in Century City that offer sedation dentistry, only one percent have had the extensive training to administer all types of sedation dentistry. Dr. Dorfman and his team have the skills and the training to make your dentist visit as comfortable as possible.

If you would like more information regarding Sedation Dentistry, or any other dental procedure, call or click and schedule an appointment with America’s Dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman.

Dr. Dorfman can help you relax and actually enjoy your dental visit. Call or click today.


Same Day Smile Makeovers At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry In Los Angeles

Smile Makeovers At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry Los Angeles Have you ever wished your Los Angeles cosmetic dentist could glue new pearly white covers on your existing teeth as easy as you paint a wall in your house? Guess what? With porcelain veneers, it’s possible. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth.

Unlike a crown procedure, your Los Angeles dentist does not need to remove tooth structure to place the restoration. If the teeth in question have decay, come see us immediately.

Call 877-703-7062 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles, veneers are used alone and in combination with other cosmetic dental procedures to create complete smile makeovers. Because they can correct cosmetic tooth misalignment in one visit, veneers are sometimes referred to as ‘instant orthodontics’.

Do veneers look like natural teeth?
Skilled Beverly Hills cosmetic dental lab artists create porcelain veneers with the color, reflective properties, and translucency of natural teeth: perfect natural teeth, that is. In addition, porcelain veneers can be made in any size or shape.

Are veneers at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
strong?
Porcelain veneers are fabricated out of extremely durable material. If you have questions about whether a veneer or dental crown is the best choice for you, talk to Bill Dorfman. Dr. Dorfman will consider the size and condition of the tooth and its position in the mouth.

How long do veneers last?
Some Century City Aesthetic Dentistry smile makeover patients have veneers they received over 15 years ago. (And they still look terrific!) If properly cared for, veneers can last as long as dental crowns.

Are porcelain veneers affordable in Beverly Hills
?
The cost of cosmetic dental veneers at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry is competitive with other premium cosmetic dental practices in the Beverly Hills area. We use what we believe is the top California dental lab to create our veneers and a significant portion of the cost of veneers goes to the lab. Porcelain veneers are often less expensive in Beverly Hills than crowns and orthodontia. For questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, call our office at 877-703-7062

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Why Is Dry Mouth Dangerous For Los Angeles Dental Patients?

Dry Mouth Los Angeles 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.

 

Contact Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry:

877-703-7062

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
90067

 


Five Steps for Healthy Teeth

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.


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