Simple Ways to Strengthen Your Teeth

If you want to strengthen your teeth there are some things you can do to help. Having strong teeth is just as important as strong bones.

According to bestselling author and cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman some of his patients, who are also some of Hollywood’s most well known celebrities, know how important it is to keep teeth clean and healthy. Their white teeth are kept that way with a healthy diet, good oral hygiene habits and regular dental checkups.

Tooth Enamel

The enamel on your teeth needs to be strong and healthy in order to protect the inner layers of your teeth from bacteria, acid and tooth decay. Watching your diet can help strengthen your teeth and help prevent against enamel erosion.

At first glance, teeth that are white and bright may appear healthy, but weak enamel can still wreck havoc for your oral health. Weak enamel isn’t determined by the color of your smile.

No Regeneration

Unfortunately, once the enamel is gone, there’s not much you can do about it. Enamel can weaken because of illness and genetics and of course, poor oral hygiene habits. Brushing too hard will eventually cause the enamel on your teeth to break down as well. Your bones contain regenerative cells, but the enamel on your teeth doesn’t. Keeping your teeth healthy and strong is important if you want to stop additional erosion.

Demineralizing Foods and Beverages

Fermentable carbohydrates, which are found in breakfast cereals, crackers, breads, bananas, soft drinks, candy, cookies and other starchy foods form harmful and dangerous acids on your teeth. When combined with bacteria, those acids will start to break down the enamel. Dr. Dorfman explains that this, “Demineralization,” literally eats away at the naturally produced minerals in your enamel. In other words, highly processed foods, and sweet treats will demineralize the enamel over time.

Brush and Floss Correctly

Brushing twice and flossing once each day is vital if you want to strengthen your teeth. Be careful not to brush too hard and always brush at a 45-degree angle with a soft bristled toothbrush using short and decisive strokes. Brush for at least two minutes and don’t forget your tongue as bacteria loves to linger in places that your toothbrush misses.

The saliva that you produce after you brush can also help with demineralization as it contains proteins and minerals that will safeguard the enamel on your teeth. Saliva is constantly washing off the germs on your teeth.

Remineralize your Diet

Choosing a diet that is healthy for the enamel on your teeth isn’t that difficult, especially when you consider that weakened tooth enamel was not a huge problem for your ancestors. Ancient humans show very little signs of weakened tooth enamel.

Demineralizing Foods and Beverages

Fermentable carbohydrates, which are found in breakfast cereals, crackers, breads, bananas, soft drinks, candy, cookies and other starchy foods form harmful and dangerous acids on your teeth. When combined with bacteria, those acids will start to break down the enamel. Dr. Dorfman explains that this, “Demineralization,” literally eats away at the naturally produced minerals in your enamel. In other words, highly processed foods, and sweet treats will demineralize the enamel over time.

Remineralize

One of the best ways to strengthen your teeth is with remineralizing products. Talk to Dr. Dorfman about mineral fluoride. If you don’t drink your tap water, or if your cities water isn’t fluoridated, ask Dr. Dorfman for some supplement suggestions to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

 

Since the Industrial Revolution, modern diets have increased tooth decay and gum disease. However, according to America’s Dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman, some foods can help the enamel on your teeth.

The American Dental Association recommends a balanced diet using these food groups for healthy teeth and gums.

  • Whole Grains
  • Lean Proteins
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Low-Fat Dairy

Certain foods, such as cheese are known to prevent demineralization as it helps promote the flow of saliva. Saliva maintains the pH levels in your mouth, which also reduce acid production. Celery, Mother Nature’s dental floss, is high in water and can also help remineralize your teeth.

If you would like to learn how to strengthen your teeth, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bill Dorfman from Extreme Makeover today.


Oral Health can affect your Overall Health

oral health

Your oral health can give clues to your dentist and your doctor when it comes to your overall health. Problems that occur in your mouth really can affect your entire body.

The Connection

Your mouth is loaded with bacteria, and while most of that bacterium is harmless defending your body against the bad staff, poor oral hygiene can upset the balance. If the bad bacteria are allowed to live in your mouth, oral infections, such as gum disease and tooth decay can occur. Brushing twice and flossing once each day, along with regular dental appointments and a healthy diet, can go a long way in preventing bacteria growth.

Conditions that could be linked to Teeth and Gums

According to Century City Dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman, your mouth health could contribute to the following conditions and diseases:

Cardiovascular Disease-Recent research is suggesting that clogged arteries, heart disease, and stroke may be linked to oral bacteria, infection, and inflammation.

Encocarditis-An infection that occurs in the inner lining of the heart, or the endocardium, Endocarditis will typically occur when germs and bacteria spread from one part of your body to another. Your Beverly Hills Dentist explains that mouth bacteria can spread from your bloodstream and attach itself to parts of your heart that are already damaged.

Pregnancy and BirthPeriodontal disease can cause premature and low birth weights. Women who are pregnant need to pay careful attention to oral hygiene.

Existing Conditions that Can Affect Oral Health

Diabetes-Diabetics have a lower resistance to infection making them more susceptible to gum disease. Gingivitis and the more serious periodontal disease occur more frequently in diabetics. Because people with diabetes have a tough time controlling blood sugar levels, it is vital that diabetics pay close attention to oral hygiene. People with diabetes may need to see their dentist more often as well.

Osteoporosis-Osteoporosis causes brittle and weak bones. Researchers have found evidence that osteoporosis could be linked to tooth loss and periodontal bone loss. Drugs that are used to treat the disease also carry a small risk of jawbone damage.

Alzheimer’s Disease-Poor gum health is now being linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A huge percentage of Alzheimer’s patients have gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Other conditions that could be linked to poor oral health include neck and head cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and eating disorders.

Because of the potential link between oral health and your overall health, it is important that you tell your dentist if you are on any medications, or suffer from chronic conditions or recent illnesses.

If you would like more information regarding oral health, call or click and schedule a dental appointment with Los Angeles’ most well known dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman.

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Tooth Loss Can Cost More than Just Money

tooth-lossA recent International and American Associations for Dental Research report on costs associated with dental diseases indicated the total amounted to $442 billion per year. Improving oral health around the world could help reduce these costs.

However, poor dental care that results in gum disease and tooth loss can cost people much more than just money. Here are three ways your Century City cosmetic dentist warns tooth loss can cost the average adult.

Tooth Loss and Unemployment Go Hand in Hand

Where there is unemployment, there is higher tooth loss, according to a recent post in USAToday. The conjecture is that missing teeth negatively affects a person’s chances of landing a job. Specifically, West Virginia had the “highest jobless rate in June” while at the same time it had “the most working-age adults” missing six or more teeth.

While the most obvious effect of tooth loss is aesthetic, in addition to being unsightly, tooth loss can affect speech. This one-two combination may increase problems when it comes to finding and keeping a job.

Tooth Loss Ruins a Smile and Confidence

The absence of one or more teeth can ruin your smile as well as destroy your confidence. Specifically, a national study found that depression and anxiety are associated with tooth loss. However, tooth loss can affect those around you as well.

Several studies cited at WebMD suggest smiling may lead people to assume you’re successful. In fact, statistics show that most people notice the smile first when meeting someone for the first time. Teeth and smiles are the “second most important attraction feature.”

Unfortunately, many people with visible tooth loss resist smiling due to lack of confidence. Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can help make your damaged smile look new again.

Tooth Loss Can Result in Other Health Problems

The biggest reason for tooth loss is gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis), according to the Academy of Osseointegration. You increase your chances of gum disease if you smoke or don’t eat a well-balanced diet. Chronic ailments such as diabetes or hypertension may also lead to gum disease. However, research now shows that the reverse may be true as well. Gum disease may lead to other health conditions.

For instance, research suggests the “relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease goes both ways.” Additionally, while the jury is still out on the cause-and-effect relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease, there are those who believe there is a connection. While bacteria have always been a factor in gum disease, it’s only been recently that health care professionals have begun to link the inflammation of gum disease to other health concerns.

If you suffer from gingivitis, periodontitis, or tooth loss, speak with your Century City cosmetic dentist to determine how he can help you save your smile.


Can Invisalign Really Straighten Your Smile?

dentist-02Adults with crooked smiles are often reluctant to talk to their Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist about braces. They think braces are for children or they fear the embarrassment of a mouth filled with metal.

The good news is that you’re never too old for straight teeth, and with Invisalign braces, you can have a beautiful smile within 12 to 24 months.

Invisalign Straightens Teeth Invisibly

Invisalign braces straighten teeth by using a custom-made series of clear aligner trays made especially for your dental needs. These aligner trays resemble plastic retainers traditionally used with conventional metal braces. However, aligners are virtually invisible. Most people won’t even realize you’re wearing them. Additionally, aligners are smooth and comfortable so they don’t typically irritate the inside of your mouth.

The benefit of wearing Invisalign braces is the ease of use. There are no visits to your Century City cosmetic dentist to tighten wires or adjust brackets. With Invisalign, you simply change aligner trays every couple of weeks as your teeth slowly shift into alignment. That means no more overcrowded, crooked, or improperly spaced teeth. Then every six weeks or so, you visit your dentist for a checkup and to pick up your next set of trays.

Invisalign Offers a Simple Process to Correct Dental Issues

The Invisalign process is simple. Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist begins by taking x-rays, pictures, and impressions of your mouth. From these, Invisalign creates a 3-D image to allow your dentist to determine your treatment plan. Your dentist can even show you an approximate representation of your smile once treatment is complete.

Once your Century City cosmetic dentist determines your individual needs, he creates a series of clear aligner trays. You wear each aligner for 20 to 22 hours per day for approximately two weeks each. Since everyone is different and has different needs, your dentist will provide you with specific guidance.

Throughout the treatment, your teeth gently shift into place until it’s time to move to the next aligner. However, keep in mind you don’t want to move to the next aligner tray too soon. Forcing your teeth to move or advance to the next aligner too soon may cause other dental issues. Be sure to give your jawbone and tooth roots time to remodel properly, even if it takes longer than two weeks.

Invisalign unlike Conventional Metal Braces

Unlike conventional metal braces, Invisalign is a removable prosthetic. That makes eating your meals and cleaning your teeth so much easier. Along with their comfort and near invisibility, it’s tough to imagine making any other choice.

If you have questions about whether Invisalign is right for you, talk to your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist to learn more.


Is Periodontal Disease Contagious?

groupYour mouth is filled with bacteria. These bacteria form a sticky substance known as plaque. Good oral hygiene – brushing, flossing, rinsing – can help eliminate this plaque. However, without good dental care, plaque may harden and turn into tartar. When that happens, only your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can remove it.

Periodontal Disease is an Infection

Untreated plaque eventually can advance into gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis). You may not have given it much thought, however, as with other diseases periodontal disease is an infection; an infection that can destroy the bones, gums, and tissue that hold and protect your teeth.

While gum disease is an “inflammatory reaction” to the bacteria in your mouth, most dental experts believe it is not contagious. However, considering that the bacteria that causes the disease lives in your saliva, you may want to avoid mouth-to-mouth contact with any person who has periodontal disease. Additionally, your Century City cosmetic dentist recommends you refer them to your dentist.

Periodontal Disease Linked to Other Health Factors

Nearly half of all U.S. adults over 30 have chronic periodontal disease, according to the American Dental Association. Along with causing damage to your teeth, gums, and jawbone, studies suggest the inflammation caused by periodontal disease is linked to other systematic illnesses such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Particularly, researchers suggest that periodontitis has a negative effect on blood flow and blood sugar levels.

Conversely, these illnesses along with other factors such as tobacco use, genetics, and medication may increase your risk of developing gingivitis and periodontal disease. If you have any of these risk factors, be sure to discuss them with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.

Managing Periodontal Disease 

Naturally, the best way to manage gum disease is through good oral hygiene. By brushing and flossing daily, and visiting your Century City cosmetic dentist on a regular basis, you can virtually eliminate gum disease.

However, equally important is to know the warning signs of gum disease. Keep an eye on your gums. If they become red, swollen, painful, and start to bleed, see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can make a visual assessment to determine the extent of the problem. From there he may recommend several treatments including scaling and root planing. These methods of deep cleaning will remove the tartar and germs from below the gum line, where it is most difficult to reach by tooth brushing and flossing alone.

Periodontal disease doesn’t have to happen to you. If you have any questions about the care of your mouth, teeth, and gums or are concerned about gum disease, speak with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.


Tooth Loss Can Cost More than Just Money

tooth-lossA recent International and American Associations for Dental Research report on costs associated with dental diseases indicated the total amounted to $442 billion per year. Improving oral health around the world could help reduce these costs.

However, poor dental care that results in gum disease and tooth loss can cost people much more than just money. Here are three ways your Century City cosmetic dentist warns tooth loss can cost the average adult.

Tooth Loss and Unemployment Go Hand in Hand

Where there is unemployment, there is higher tooth loss, according to a recent post in USAToday. The conjecture is that missing teeth negatively affects a person’s chances of landing a job. Specifically, West Virginia had the “highest jobless rate in June” while at the same time it had “the most working-age adults” missing six or more teeth.

While the most obvious effect of tooth loss is aesthetic, in addition to being unsightly, tooth loss can affect speech. This one-two combination may increase problems when it comes to finding and keeping a job.

Tooth Loss Ruins a Smile and Confidence

The absence of one or more teeth can ruin your smile as well as destroy your confidence. Specifically, a national study found that depression and anxiety are associated with tooth loss. However, tooth loss can affect those around you as well.

Several studies cited at WebMD suggest smiling may lead people to assume you’re successful. In fact, statistics show that most people notice the smile first when meeting someone for the first time. Teeth and smiles are the “second most important attraction feature.”

Unfortunately, many people with visible tooth loss resist smiling due to lack of confidence. Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can help make your damaged smile look new again.

Tooth Loss Can Result in Other Health Problems

The biggest reason for tooth loss is gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis), according to the Academy of Osseointegration. You increase your chances of gum disease if you smoke or don’t eat a well-balanced diet. Chronic ailments such as diabetes or hypertension may also lead to gum disease. However, research now shows that the reverse may be true as well. Gum disease may lead to other health conditions.

For instance, research suggests the “relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease goes both ways.” Additionally, while the jury is still out on the cause-and-effect relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease, there are those who believe there is a connection. While bacteria have always been a factor in gum disease, it’s only been recently that health care professionals have begun to link the inflammation of gum disease to other health concerns.

If you suffer from gingivitis, periodontitis, or tooth loss, speak with your Century City cosmetic dentist to determine how he can help you save your smile.


Dental Health Tips You Might Not Know

Dental TipsThink you know a lot about how to care for your teeth and gums? Sometimes what we think we know isn’t always accurate. Here are three interesting dental health tips your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist wants to share with you.

Citrus Erodes Tooth Enamel Even in Water

Peruse the internet and you’ll find a number of links to posts (like this one from Health) that embrace the benefit of drinking lemon in water for good health. The claims run the gamut from boosting your immune system and offering an antioxidant boost to aiding in constipation and helping with weight loss.

However, as this post from Shape suggests, not everything you hear about lemon and water is beneficial. While it may help with digestion, the citric acid in lemons may aggravate stomach issues. Plus, one lemon isn’t generally enough to detox.

Finally, our main concern: citric acid can lead to erosion of tooth enamel. Although some people feel lemon and water is better than coffee with sugar when it comes to dental health, your Century City cosmetic dentist suggests that you limit your intake of both acidic and sugary food and drink.

Don’t Ignore Receding Gums

Gums play an important role in your mouth. They are a soft tissue that covers the roots and bone. They protect the roots from decay and help hold your teeth in place.

Unfortunately, periodontitis and mouth injury can cause gums to recede. Receding gums can lead to serious long-term problems including sensitivity, pain, decay, and tooth loss.

One of the best ways to protect your gums from damage is through proper dental care. That includes daily brushing and flossing along with regular visits to your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist. Additionally, if you play sports, consider wearing a mouth guard.

Get the Right Dental Health Info

A new survey from the U.K. now says that nearly 50 percent of adults admit to not brushing before retiring at night, usually because they’re too tired. Not brushing your teeth before bed leaves your mouth vulnerable to all the bacteria that have built up during your day. It’s the perfect breeding ground for cavities and gum disease.

If that’s not bad enough, a new idea for losing weight recently popped up on the internet. It suggested that one of the best ways to drop pounds is to brush your teeth immediately after dinner. Specifically, “make sure to rush to your bathroom right after your meal and thoroughly brush your teeth for at least five to eight minutes,” the post recommends. This is completely contrary to popular dental health care recommendations.

First, your teeth are their softest right after eating. Brushing immediately afterwards puts them at risk. Instead, wait at least half an hour or chew sugarless gum to help remove harmful sugar and acid. When you do brush, it doesn’t need to be for five to eight minutes. Two to three minutes is plenty.

Knowing how to care for your teeth and gums can be confusing. One of the best ways to get the answers to your oral hygiene questions is to speak with your Century City cosmetic dentist.


3 Common Dental Problems You May Not Know You Have

Common dental problemsIt might surprise you but dental statistics suggest that only about 57 percent of women and 49 percent of men brush their teeth twice a day – the minimum amount recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA). Additionally, only about half of all American adults floss on a daily basis.

Given these low percentage rates it makes sense that many people don’t realize they have dental problems. If you’re one of the many who skimp on dental care, here are three issues that your Century City cosmetic dentist warns you may have.

Tooth Grinding (Bruxism) May be Related to Stress

It’s normal to clench your jaw or grind your teeth (bruxism) without being aware of it. In fact, the American Sleep Association suggests that anywhere from 10 percent to 50 percent of adults – depending on family history – may suffer from bruxism.

While the factors that cause bruxism vary from person to person, stress is a factor in nearly one-fifth of all cases. Symptoms of tooth grinding include aches in your head and jaw. Additionally, left untreated it can lead to receding gum lines and fractured teeth, according to the National Institute of Health. Eventually you might wind up experiencing tooth loss.

That’s where your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can help. If you suffer from missing or damaged teeth due to bruxism or for any other reason, talk to your Century City cosmetic dentist about dental implants.

Most Adults have Tooth Decay (Cavities)

Cavities occur over time and are the result of the natural bacteria that form in your mouth. Oral bacteria thrive on the food and liquids you consume. Neglect to brush and floss properly on a daily basis and it turns to plaque. The acid in plaque erodes your tooth enamel and becomes cavities.

While most adults (92%) have at least one cavity and approximately three decayed or missing permanent teeth, you don’t have to suffer. Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist offers complete dental care.

Brushing Incorrectly Can Lead to Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity generally occurs due to exposed dentin. Dentin is the tissue that forms the bulk of each tooth and lies beneath the enamel. Receding gums can expose the dentin. Gums recede for a variety of reasons including wear and tear from bruxism, gum disease and excessive plaque buildup, overly aggressive brushing, and use of mouthwash that contains alcohol.

If you find you are sensitive to hot and cold food and drink, speak to your dentist. He will evaluate your situation to help determine a solution.

Don’t let untreated dental problems such as bruxism, cavities, and tooth sensitivity lead to tooth decay or loss. Your Century City cosmetic dentist can design the perfect dental care plan for you.


Unique Ways People Have Used to Whiten Teeth

Whitening teethYou look in the mirror and realize that your smile isn’t quite as shiny and white as it once was. You consider purchasing an over-the-counter tooth whitener or asking your Century City cosmetic dentist about an in-office treatment.

While each of these is a viable option, they’re not the only choices. Here are a few of the unique ways people have used to whiten their teeth.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda Paste

One of the primary ingredients in many conventional tooth-whitening processes is hydrogen peroxide. Additionally, there are several toothpastes available on the market offering baking soda as a cleansing agent. Therefore, it only makes sense that a homemade tooth-whitening trick should include both these ingredients.

People who have tried this method begin with about a quarter teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. They then slowly add baking soda until it becomes a paste, generally no more than one teaspoon. Now brush your teeth as you normally do being careful not to over scrub. The grittiness of the baking soda can damage enamel over time.

Chew on Carrots, Celery, and Apples

Although there are several foods that help naturally whiten teeth, some foods work better than other foods.

For instance, the cellulose in celery, carrots, and apples acts as a natural abrasive and the increase in saliva production that chewing creates helps to wash away food debris. Additionally, some suggest that other vegetables like spinach and broccoli create a film that protects teeth from stains.

The good news is physicians typically encourage patients to eat these foods anyway. So, now you can make both your physician and your Century City cosmetic dentist happy.

Strawberries Stain Your Clothes and Whiten Your Teeth

Believe it or not, there are those who swear that while strawberries may stain your clothing, they do wonders for your teeth. Apparently, they contain an enzyme known as malic acid. Apples contain it as well. However, unlike apples, strawberries also contain antioxidants and vitamin C. Both fight gum inflammation and periodontal disease.

To clean your teeth, start by mashing up a ripe strawberry. Rub it on your teeth with either a clean finger or a spare toothbrush. Let it sit for a few minutes then rinse your mouth thoroughly. Finish up by flossing and brushing as usual.

Whatever you do, remember to limit your consumption of sugar, acidic foods and beverages such as lemons and oranges, and stain-causing foods and beverages such as blueberries, coffee, and red wine.

Ultimately, the best way to keep your smile healthy and youthful is to brush and floss daily, and to visit your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist on a regular basis. Having your teeth cleaned professionally can go a long way in keeping your smile white and bright.


What Men over 35 Should Know about Tooth Loss

tooth-implantAging affects every part of the human body – even teeth. Although they are amazingly strong and resilient, time naturally takes its toll. However, if you’re a man over the age of 35, you may run a higher risk of tooth loss.

Risk Factors of Tooth Loss

Ten years ago, the Journal of Periodontology published the news that there were nine risk factors for tooth loss due to periodontal disease. These factors suggested that men over the age of 35 who smoked, had poor oral hygiene, and certain chronic diseases were more likely to suffer from tooth loss than others did.

Recent dental statistics continue to show that men put their teeth and gums at risk due to poor oral hygiene. Specifically, 2013 figures suggest that only about 20 percent of men brush after every meal and less than three-quarters have a dentist.

However, that doesn’t mean there is no hope. With the right dental care and guidance from your Century City cosmetic dentist, you can limit and even correct any tooth loss problems you are currently experiencing.

Men Can Reduce Tooth Loss

If you’re a male over the age of 35, you can’t change this. However, if you smoke; don’t brush, floss, or visit your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist regularly; and suffer from certain chronic diseases, there are steps you can take to improve your dental health.

First, stop smoking immediately. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking weakens your immune system making it tough to fight gum infection. Specifically, compared to non-smokers, smoking doubles your chance of gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.

Next, certain chronic diseases may result in a higher chance of gum disease and an increased incidence of tooth loss. If you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis make sure to advise your dentist.

Finally, poor oral hygiene is the top reason men over the age of 35 have tooth loss. While smoking and general health may influence your dental health, taking good care of your teeth and gums is the best way to prevent gum disease, which ultimately leads to tooth loss.

Fixing Tooth Loss

Sometimes, even with the greatest dental care, you can still lose a tooth. When that happens, you have options.

If it’s only a single tooth, it doesn’t make sense to get dentures. However, a bridge is a common option. It literally bridges the gap between the remaining natural teeth. The downside is that the teeth on either side of the gap require shaping.

An even better option is a dental implant. Dental implants are the most natural feeling and looking choice and have no effect on neighboring teeth.

If you’ve lost a tooth and are considering your options, talk to your Century City cosmetic dentist. A dental implant may be the best answer for you.