Plaque and Tartar Should Always Be a Concern

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Plaque and tartar are serious, and if you have a buildup of hard mineral deposits on your teeth, you could be asking for problems.

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that grows in your mouth. Good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice and flossing once each day along with a healthy diet and regular professional cleanings with your dentist in Century City should help keep your mouth clean. However, if you are lazy with oral hygiene, plaque and tartar could become an issue.

Once plaque starts to build, it will convert to acid eating away at the enamel on your teeth. If you collect too much of that sticky film on your teeth and under your gum line it will lead to gum disease and tooth decay. If that plaque converts to tartar, you could even lose your teeth.

What is Tartar?

If you are having a tough time brushing and flossing you could be dealing with tartar. Tartar is that hard mineral substance that sits along your gum line. According to Dr. Bill Dorfman, the world’s most popular dentist and author of the New York Times Best Seller Billion Dollar Smile, tartar is a buildup of calculus and will eventually cause periodontal disease if left untreated.

Once your gums begin to recede that tartar will begin to damage the roots of your teeth causing holes and rough surfaces giving the plaque a place to live and convert into tartar. Tooth roots should be smooth and free from any rough surfaces.

Here are some additional reasons to see Dr. Dorfman if you have a plaque and tartar issue:

  • Brown or yellow stains between your teeth and on your gum line
  • Bad breath
  • Gum irritation
  • Red, swollen, and bleeding gums
  • Gingivitis
  • Problems cleaning between your teeth
  • Periodontal disease
  • Jawbone deterioration
  • Tooth loss
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

If left untreated plaque and tartar will release dangerous toxins into your gums and bones. Your bones will be unable to fight the poisons and begin to dissolve away. If you do not have any support for the roots of your teeth, they will fall out.

A beautiful smile starts with healthy teeth and gums and if yours isn’t doing anything for your self-esteem because of tartar and plaque, it’s time to call Dr. Dorfman.

What Can be Done?

The popular dentist from Extreme Makeover will assess the situation giving you a full diagnosis, which could include a professional deep cleaning, root planing and scaling, dental fillings, or other restorations. Plaque can only be removed by a dentist.

If tartar and plaque have damaged your teeth, Dr. Dorfman may recommend cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, dental implants, or dental crowns.

If you would like more information regarding plaque and tartar removal, restorative or cosmetic dentistry, call or click and schedule your appointment with Dr. Dorfman today.

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Can You Handle A Dental Emergency?

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At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we hope you never experience a serious dental emergency. It’s important, however, to know what to do in such a situation. Here is a quiz on dental emergencies and less urgent oral issues.

1. One of the wires on your braces breaks. What do you do?

a. Cut off the loose piece.
b. Put a piece of orthodontic wax on the end if it is irritating your tongue or gums. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist to have it fixed.
c. If the wire has cut your gums, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Both b and c are correct. If you don’t have a piece of orthodontic wax, you can use a cotton ball to cover the sharp end. If you cut off the loose end of the wire, you risk swallowing it.

2. Your five year-old falls off his bike, hits his face on the sidewalk, and knocks out one of his front teeth. What do you do before driving immediately to the nearest Hollywood dental office or Beverly Hills ER?

a. Put the tooth back in the socket.
b. If the tooth is dirty, scrub it with a brush.
c. Put the tooth in milk.

The answer depends on whether it is a permanent tooth or a baby tooth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done quickly. Make sure you only hold the tooth by the crown, never touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water being cautious not to brush off any tissue attached. It is best to reinsert the tooth into the socket. This may not be possible with younger children. Because it is essential to keep the tooth from drying out on your way to your Hollywood dentist or nearest Beverly Hills area emergency room, you can put the tooth in a cup of milk. Baby teeth should not be reinserted because it can potentially damage the emerging tooth.

3. You lose a filling and the tooth starts hurting. After
scheduling an appointment with your Los Angeles  dentist, what do you do in the meantime?

a. Save the filling.
b. Take an OTC pain reliever.
c. Put an aspirin on the tooth.

Both a and b are correct. Though your Los Angeles dentist probably can’t use the same filling to repair the problem, it may reveal important information about the cause of the separation. Never put an aspirin on a tooth because the acid in it could irritate your gums.

4. One of your teeth suddenly darkens. What are the possible causes?

a. The nerve inside the tooth is damaged.
b. It is side effect of a medication you are taking.
c. Gum disease.
d. An infection.

The answer is all of the above.

For any dental emergency or other oral condition, call an urgent dental care office or Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles. We have been providing quality dental care for Beverly Hills residents since 1985. If you add our address and phone number (877-703-7062) to your phone contacts right now, you won’t have to search for it in the case of an emergency.

Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California 90067


Los Angeles Dental Emergencies

A Los Angeles Dentist Can Help During Dental Emergencies Many people will experience at least one tooth emergency in their life. You could break a tooth playing a sport, accidentally dislodge a dental crown, experience sudden pain caused by an abscess or break a wire on your braces. In the case of a dental emergency, see your Los Angeles dentist as soon as possible!

Following are some immediate treatments:
Broken Tooth: Save any tooth fragments. Rinse mouth with warm water. If the area is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze. A cold compress held on the cheek can reduce swelling and lessen pain. Visit your Los Angeles dentist as soon as you can.

Lost Filling: Save the filling if you can. It can help your dentist determine why it came out. Do not let food get stuck in the hole left by the filling. Do not chew on the tooth. Brush it gently. Call your Los Angeles dentist’s office to schedule an emergency appointment right away.

Displaced Crowns: If there is pain, you may apply a dab of clove oil with a Q-tip to the affected tooth (a common home remedy that may reduce pain). Save the crown. If you can’t see your Los Angeles dentist immediately, you can apply dental cement (available at drugstores) or denture adhesive to temporarily re-attach the crown until you can get to your Los Angeles dentist. Do not use other types of glue or adhesive.

By visiting your Los Angeles dentist as soon as possible, you avoid pain, infection and possible further tooth damage. If you delay treatment, even for a few days, you risk needing more extensive cosmetic dental treatment later.

For dental emergencies in and around Beverly Hills, call Bill Dorfman at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. Our phone number is 877-703-7062

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