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

Century City family dentist

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

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2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
90067

 


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.


Foods To Avoid for Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is more than brushing and flossing. Even if you are diligent about regular checkups and professional dental cleanings, watching what you eat could play a huge part in your overall oral health.

According to Dr. Bill Dorfman, guest dentist on the Doctors and America’s dentist featured on Extreme Makeover, what you put in your mouth can have a dramatic affect on your teeth when it comes to good oral hygiene.

Dr. Dorfman recommends you avoid the following for good oral hygiene if you want to keep your teeth free from decay.

Starch-You may love pretzels and potato chips, but your teeth, not so much. All refined carbohydrates are bad for your teeth as they immediately convert to sugars triggering acid production. That acid will cause bacteria to form. White bread, pretzels, pasta, and potato chips will lodge between the crevices in your teeth. If you do indulge rinse with water and be sure to brush when you can.

Sugar-One of the worst foods that you can consume, sugar is responsible for tooth decay and enamel erosion. The bad bacteria in your mouth love sugar. An overabundance of sugar is usually the first step when it comes to dental caries. Although it is impossible to eliminate sugar from your diet, try to avoid refined sugar and drink lots of water.

Acid-Everyone knows how damaging acid can be, but highly acidic foods that have a low Ph rating can be very dangerous. Acids will erode the enamel on your teeth. Weakened enamel can cause discolored teeth, tooth sensitivity and tooth decay. Try to avoid coffee, which stains your teeth as well, tomatoes, alcohol, pickles, and citrus fruits.

Sticky-You may savor the last taste of that caramel that you enjoyed an hour ago, but you can bet your teeth are not. Gummy bears, dried fruit, licorice, saltwater taffy, and your favorite caramels stay in between your teeth and attach to the fissures and grooves. Because of the prolonged presence, the bacteria will produce more acid. If allowed to stay put, you will see tooth decay. Brush and floss as quickly as possible after those unavoidable sweet treats.

If you would like more information regarding good oral hygiene, or haven’t been to the dentist for some time, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bill Dorfman today.


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.


You Deserve a Hollywood Smile

Hollywood Smile

That Hollywood Smile can be yours when you schedule a comprehensive dental examination with the Hollywood Smile expert, Dr. Bill Dorfman.

America’s Dentist

Dr. Dorfman, who you will recognize from such popular television shows such as Extreme Makeover and The Doctors, can give you a dazzling new grin with cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental implants or tooth whitening.

Tooth Whitening

Unlike some dentists in Century City, Dr. Dorfman offers patients four tooth whitening procedures to give you that Hollywood Smile. Every tooth whitening procedure is safe and effective whether you opt for in office tooth whitening, or would prefer a system that you can use at home.

Tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the world with over the counter pastes, strips, gels and mouth rinses that promise to give you a brighter smile, however, the products that you purchase from you local pharmacy will not give you the same results as professional tooth whitening.

Professional Tooth Whitening

Zoom!® and NiteWhite® can lighten your teeth up to 10 shades in a single dental appointment. You can walk in on your lunch hour and head back to work with a brand new Hollywood Smile. Opt for Day White and you can whiten your teeth with custom made bleaching trays that you will take home.

Not Suitable for Everyone

Tooth whitening doesn’t work for everyone. If you have stains on your teeth as a result of tetracycline, which actually discolors the enamel, tooth whitening will not work. If you have porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding or tooth colored fillings, tooth whitening is not a good option for whiter teeth. Tooth whitening will give you a beautiful Hollywood Smile if you have tobacco or food stains or your teeth have yellowed with age.

Your smile is the first thing people notice, and if yours is not as white and bright as you would like it to be it’s time to call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bill Dorfman for tooth whitening.

You really can have a Hollywood Smile. Call or click and schedule your appointment with America’s dentist today.


Plaque and Tartar Should Always Be a Concern

plaque and tartar

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.

You really can have a beautiful smile this spring. Call or click now.


A New Smile with Invisalign®

Invisalign®

Invisalign® is the revolutionary tooth straightening system that is perfect for people who have tipped, tilted or rotating teeth. If you want to close that gap between your front teeth, Invisalign® could be the answer.

According to Dr. Bill Dorfman, anyone can have an award-winning grin, and if you have never been happy with your slightly crooked teeth, you don’t have to resort to conventional wires and brackets.

How it Works

Invisalign® is a system that uses between 11 and 32 sets of clear plastic aligners that are custom made to give you the smile of your dreams, and if you are a good candidate for the tooth straightening system, Dr. Dorfman will be able to show you what your new smile will look like before your aligners are made.

Invisalign® will straighten your teeth using custom-made aligners that are created just for you. Made from comfortable and smooth plastic, the aligners are virtually invisible. In fact, the only people who will know that you are having your teeth straightening are you and Dr. Dorfman.

The Treatment Plan

During your treatment, you will wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours each day. You will remove the aligners when you eat, drink, brush, and floss. Once a week, or depending on your treatment plan, you will swap out your aligners for a new set. One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign® is that you will only have to see Dr. Dorfman once every six weeks to make sure that your treatment is working as it should.

Hollywood’s Dentist to the Stars, Dr. Bill Dorfman, who you will recognize from popular television programs including Extreme Makeover, Good Morning America, The View, and The Doctors, is an accredited Fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and author of Million Dollar Smile, a New York Times best seller.

Dr. Dorfman and his team are dedicated to giving you a beautiful healthy smile that you will be proud to show the world, and if you would like more information regarding the Invisalign® system, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Dorfman.

You really can have an award winning smile with Invisalign®, call or click and schedule your no obligation smile consultation today.


Oral Health can affect your Overall Health

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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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Periodontal Disease and Tooth Loss

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, and if you have red, sore, or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment with popular Century City Dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman who can determine the severity of your gum disease.

Gum disease affects your gum tissue and is an inflammation that could cause problems for your jawbone. If left untreated, gum disease could leave you with missing teeth.

Gingivitis

The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis is reversible as long as you take good care of your teeth. Dr. Dorfman may recommend dental scaling and root planing, to remove the tartar, biofilm, and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth.

Your Century City dentist will use an ultrasonic instrument, a manual hand instrument, or both. Scaling and planing is usually done in quadrants, but can be done in one visit.

Because your gums are diseased and sensitive, a local anesthetic may be administered during the dental scaling and root planing. If you practice good oral hygiene and schedule regular appointments with your dentist, your gums will return to their healthy state.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is an infection around your teeth that includes the alveolar bone, the periodontal ligament, and of course, your gums. Recent studies indicate that there may be a connection between periodontal disease and:

  • Heart disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory Disease

People who suffer from diabetes may be more susceptible to gum disease. Doctors recommend that diabetics schedule dental appointments more often to keep gums in check.

If you have periodontal disease, Dr. Dorfman will perform a dental scaling and root planing on your teeth and gums. After a couple of weeks, you will return to your Century City Dentist. At that time, Dr. Dorfman may recommend periodontal surgery.

Bleeding, red, and sore gums should be taken care of as quickly as possible to avoid periodontal disease and eventual tooth loss.

Don’t wait until it is too late. Call or click and schedule a comprehensive dental checkup with the world’s most popular Century City Dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman.