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.


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.


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.


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/


How Oral Inflammation Affects Your Health

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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.


Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

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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.

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


Century City Aesthetic Dentistry Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

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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.

 

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