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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.


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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2080 Century Park E Ste 1601 Los Angeles, California 90067
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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.


4 Reasons To Get Your Child To The Dentist

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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 offer:

sedation dentistry
Zoom whitening
porcelain veneers
smile design

Thanks for reading!

 

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

 


Peace Of Mind At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry

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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.

Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California 90067
877-703-7062
http://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/


Tobacco Use Can Affect your Smile

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:

  • Mouth cancer
  • Delays in orthodontic treatments
  • Poor healing following oral surgery
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum recession
  • Dental implant failure
  • Tooth Loss

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
  • Bad breath
  • Dulled sense of smell and taste
  • Wound healing delays
  • Problems with orthodontic appliances
  • Gum disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Bone loss
  • Tooth loss

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.

Call or click for a dental appointment with Dr. Bill Dorfman from Century City Aesthetics today and kick the tobacco use habit once and for all.


Teeth Whitening: Do It Right

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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?

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we are currently accepting new patients at our Los Angeles office. My friendly team of skilled dental professionals would love to serve you with sedation dentistry, Zoom whitening, porcelain veneers, smile design, or dental crowns. You can schedule an appointment by calling 877-703-7062. You deserve a billion dollar smile!

 

Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California 90067
877-703-7062
http://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/


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