Why You Shouldn’t Dread Going To The Dentist

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If you are afraid of the dentist and have not had a check-up in years, today’s post is for you. Good news! Dentistry in the Los Angeles area and around California is nothing like it was when you were a kid. (Even if you’re still a kid, we invite you to keep reading.)

There Is No Reason to Avoid Dental Visits
First off, if you need dental treatment, oral sedation dentistry allows you to sleep during the procedure. There are several levels of sedation – you can remain conscious or take a trip to la-la land. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bill Dorfman for more essential specifics about sleep dentistry.

If you have a bad memory of hurting for days after a procedure, relax. Improved painkillers, lasers, and advanced techniques have reduced the pain experienced by Century City Aesthetic Dentistry patients. If you need extensive treatment, we will create a pain management plan to ensure that you remain comfortable.

You Won’t Be Here All Day
Dr. Dorfman can perform procedures much quicker with today’s extremely precise dental instruments. Healing times for oral surgery are also much shorter.

You don’t have to live with gaps in your smile, sore gums, stained teeth, or a toothache. We can take care of all your dental issues. We will help restore your oral health to improve your quality of life and prevent dental issues from affecting other parts of your body.

Today’s Los Angeles dentistry is not your father’s dentistry. We invite you to discover why you shouldn’t avoid the dentist any longer.

We look forward to meeting you. Call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry today at 855-219-8706.


Tips to Help Seniors Find the Right Dentist

1347640_40993075Most people in their sixties already have a great dentist, someone they’ve been seeing for years. However, if you’ve recently relocated to a new area or lost your dental professional to retirement, you may be looking for a new Century City cosmetic dentist.

Aging Population Means Older Dental Patients

The last decade or so we’ve heard much about the graying of America and the impact the aging population has on everything from the workforce to healthcare. At the same time, people are living healthier and longer due to changes in lifestyle and advances in medicine.

As the senior population continues to expand, older patients will present new needs. This may mean reduced mobility and dexterity, a decline in daily oral care, and an increase in other medical issues. All these conditions may hinder an older patient’s decision to see their Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.

Some of the more common problems related to aging include:

  • Dry mouth. This can be a side effect of many medications, including high blood pressure and cholesterol. Saliva is important in fighting decay.
  • Cavities. One of the reasons older adults begin to see an increase in cavities is due to the decrease in saliva. However, cavities also may occur more now because of a decline in the attention to their daily oral hygiene.
  • Gum disease. Some older people find it harder to brush and floss. Therefore, you might want to use a battery-powered toothbrush and a flosser or water pick. Advanced gum disease can result in tooth loss.

As you age, it is important to maintain your dental hygiene. Otherwise, you put yourself at risk for dental as well as other medical problems.

Find the Right Dentist for You

One of the most difficult factors facing many older people is a lack of dental insurance. If you retire at the age of 65, you give up your work-sponsored dental coverage and Medicare doesn’t offer standard dental benefits. That means when you’re looking for the right dentist, cost may be a concern. However, it’s still important to visit your Century City cosmetic dentist on a regular basis.

To make sure you select the best dentist for you, consider:

  • Location. Find a dentist office that’s easy for you to reach or you may forgo the effort to get there.
  • Asking. Before you select a dentist, talk to other seniors and ask about their dental care professional.
  • Background. Find a dentist with experience treating the elderly. Ask about access and special accommodations for walkers and wheel chairs.

It’s important for seniors to locate the right dentist for them. Take the time to investigate and ask questions before selecting a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.


The Unique Dental Concerns of Women

WomanMost women realize they have unique health issues that men don’t experience. However, what they may not realize is that these unique issues aren’t limited to medical health alone. They include dental concerns.

Every mouth includes dental components such as enamel, pulp, nerves, dentin, and the jawbone. As your Century City cosmetic dentist will tell you, how these components effect women’s dental health is unique to their biology.

Female Hormones Effect Dental Health

Throughout their life, women experience various hormonal changes. From puberty and menstruation to pregnancy and menopause, these changes may have an effect on their dental health. Specifically:

  • Puberty. During puberty, gingivitis and the accompanying inflammation may occur in young people. It is most notable in females due to changes in levels of estrogen and progesterone.
  • Menstruation. Just prior to the start of their periods, some women experience swollen, bleeding gums or mouth sores. These symptoms generally dissipate once menstruation begins.
  • Oral contraceptives. Mouth sores and inflammation or discoloration of the soft tissue of your mouth may occur when taking birth control pills. Make sure to notify your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist if you’re taking oral contraceptives.
  • Pregnancy. Experts indicate that pregnancy hormones may make teeth more susceptible to plaque attacks. That includes red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Additionally, pregnant women with gum disease increase their chances of having a preemie.
  • Menopause. Dental issues may include inflamed gums, burning sensations, dry mouth, and altered taste.
  • Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become less dense and fracture easier. Dental experts have linked osteoporosis to jawbone loss, which may lead to tooth loss.

Regardless of whether you are in your twenties or your sixties, speak with your gynecologist about your medical health and your Century City cosmetic dentist about your dental health.

Other Dental Conditions Women May Encounter

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, approximately 10 million Americans suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome, commonly referred to as TMJ.
TMJ causes pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles and can lead to headaches, jaw popping and locking, and teeth grinding. Experts suggest that as much as 90 percent of TMJ sufferers are women and females aged 18 to 44 have an increased risk of having TMJ.

Another dental concern for women is saliva production. Women typically produce less saliva than men do and during pregnancy, it loses some of its antimicrobial ability. Saliva is important in keeping your mouth comfortable, especially if you wear dentures. In addition, it helps in chewing and swallowing, fighting oral germs, and protecting your teeth from decay.

Whatever dental concerns you have, be sure to speak with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist. It’s important to keep him aware of any health conditions. That way you can keep your smile looking great for years to come.


Good Oral Hygiene Could Prevent Diabetes

ToothbrushNovember is National Diabetes Month. Why does this matter to you and your Century City cosmetic dentist?

Link between Oral Health and Diabetes

A 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that nearly 10 percent of the American population has diabetes. Nearly 26 percent of those are seniors over the age of 65. Additionally, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

However, you may not be aware that there is a two-way relationship between diabetes and oral health. Specifically, research indicates an increased probability of gum disease among diabetics. The problem is that gum disease infects the gums and increases blood sugar levels leading to a higher risk of diabetic complications. Proper flossing and brushing becomes a vital part of a diabetic’s daily routine.

Conversely, the American Diabetes Association suggests that practicing good oral hygiene might help prevent diabetes because “serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.”

Therefore, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist wants to share the importance of good oral hygiene both to limit the potential that you might develop diabetes as well as to control potential oral health problems – such as gingivitis, periodontitis, thrush, and oral cancer – for those who already have the disease.

Diabetics Need to Take Special Care with Oral Hygiene

While everyone needs to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent dental as well as other potential medical issues, those with diabetes should keep these additional tips in mind.

  • Diabetes lowers your resistance to infection and potentially increases healing time. Keep your Century City cosmetic dentist aware of changes in your medical condition or medication. Postpone non-emergency dental procedures when blood glucose levels aren’t normal.
  • High blood sugar may cause dry mouth. Saliva fights oral germs and prevents bad breath. A decrease in saliva may increase the bacteria in your mouth and, therefore, increase the chance of gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Smoking increases the potential you’ll get gum disease, mouth or throat cancer, and other infections. Additionally, it raises your risk of diabetic complications. If you smoke, stop smoking immediately.
  • Diabetics who wear dentures should not wear them continuously due to the potential risk of thrush, a fungal infection. If you are a denture wearer, be sure to follow the advice of your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist to prevent problems.

The only way to keep your mouth healthy is to practice good oral hygiene and to talk with your dentist about proper dental.

Just because you have diabetes, doesn’t mean you will have dental problems. Practice common sense when it comes to your dental and medical health.


Chewing Sugarless Gum for Better Dental Health

bubbleDo you like to chew gum? Have your ever wondered what it might be doing to your teeth? Well, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), “clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.”

While chewing sugarless gum isn’t a substitute for flossing and brushing, experts agree that it’s a good way to supplement your dental care. Here is what your Century City cosmetic dentist wants you to know about chewing sugarless gum.

Overview of Chewing Gum

According to history, people have chewed on different substances, from birch bark tar to mastic tree resin, for thousands of years. However, it wasn’t until 1848 that John B. Curtis created the first commercial chewing gum named The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum. Less than 20 years later Mexican chicle entered the scene, and the chewing gum industry was well on its way.

Whether you chew gum to eliminate bad breath, help you quit smoking, or for pure enjoyment, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist knows that chewing sugarless gum may offer dental benefits.

Specifically, chewing gum reduces the odds you’ll develop cavities. In particular, gums that include Xylitol, a natural substance used as a sugar substitute, reduce the level of bacteria in your mouth. Additionally, chewing gum increases saliva. Increased saliva lowers the amount of sugar and food deposits left on your teeth decreasing the potential for dental issues.

However, chewing sugarless gum is not without risks. It can stick to braces, fillings, bridges, and dental crowns. For those with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), the constant chewing may aggravate the situation. Finally, to derive the benefits of chewing gum it’s important to remember to chew sugar-free gum.

Chew the Right Sugarless Gum

Your Century City cosmetic dentist suggests that when choosing the right gum for you it’s important to find one with the ADA Seal. To earn the seal, the gum must be “safe to oral tissues” Additionally, there must be scientific proof that the product reduces plaque acids, promotes remineralization of tooth enamel, reduces cavities, and/or reduces gingivitis.

The ADA only awards sugarless gum with the Seal. Finding the ADA Seal on gum means it is safe and effective.

Regardless of whether you chew sugarless gum or not, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist reminds you that it’s important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. Additionally, make sure to get regular dental checkups from your dentist to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.


New Protein for California Dental Implant Patients

implants Hundreds of California dental implant recipients have replaced missing teeth with jaw-bone anchored tooth implants. Unlike a dental bridge, a tooth implant consists of a titanium post inserted into the jaw bone. The bone meshes with the post to create a strong base for the natural-looking prosthetic tooth and crown that attaches to the post.

Dental implants are usually the ideal restoration for California people who want to replace a missing tooth. There is a problem, however, if the jaw bone is too thin at the implant site.

When a tooth is extracted, the bone loses the blood circulation at the former site of the root. Consequently, bone recession often occurs. If the recession is extensive, there is not enough bone to hold the dental implant post.

Bone grafting can augment the bone at the implant site and provide the bone density necessary for a successful implant. This is usually effective, but it does require time for the new bone to generate. A new discovery may provide a quicker solution for regenerating bone.

Researchers at the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine have identified a protein that quickly stimulates the production of new bone. The research team, led by Dr. Ulf M.E. Wikesjo, implanted bone morphogenetic protein in test subjects and discovered that “more new bone formed within four weeks than with conventional bone grafting.”

This protein will require extensive testing before it is available for California dental implant patients. However, I am pleased at the prospect of an additional method for making dental implants possible for my California patients with missing teeth and jaw bone recession.

For information about tooth restoration options including tooth implants, dental bridges, and porcelain crowns, call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 855-219-8706.

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3 Additional Cavity Fighters For California Kids

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Most California parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Century City Aesthetic Dentistry recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.

Sealants
Fluoride supplements
Oral rinses

Resin dental sealants are applied by your Beverly Hills dentist. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay. Some California dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are planning to get them for your kids.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your California pediatrician or talk to us at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.

If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Oral rinses containing fluoride can be purchased at any Hollywood, Century City, or California grocery store. Make sure you buy one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.

I recommend California children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss at night. They are most effective when they are the last substance on teeth before kids go to bed.

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we believe that with proper preventative dentistry, Beverly Hills area kids can enjoy healthy teeth for life
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Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
(720) 306-8057
http://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/


Prevent Tooth Loss during National Safety Month in June

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Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist wants you to know that June is National Safety Month. That makes it a good time to focus on how you can prevent tooth loss.

Tooth loss may occur for many reasons. However, during the summer months when we spend more hours outdoors, it can easily involve an increase in accidents resulting in tooth loss. In fact, the American Association of Endodontists notes that children and adults have over five million teeth knocked out each year. Many of these accidents occur while participating in vigorous activities and sports.

As your Century City cosmetic dentist can tell you, to prevent tooth loss requires adults and children to be aware of their surroundings and practice safety first.

Safety First Helps Prevent Tooth Loss

Preventing tooth loss isn’t just about brushing, flossing, and seeing your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist on a regular basis.

To prevent tooth loss means reducing the risk of injuries. Falls, sports, and fights are the most common reasons for tooth loss in children. However, adults can just as easily suffer from tooth loss for these same reasons. Protect tooth loss by wearing:

  • Mouth guards. This is one of the best ways to protect your own or your child’s teeth while participating in sports.
  • Face cages. Used for sports such as baseball, they protect against trauma to the face.
  • Helmets. These are useful for many sports and physical activities, such as bike riding and skateboarding. Although they don’t specifically protect the teeth, they help protect from trauma to the head, which can affect the teeth and mouth.

As much as 40 percent of dental injuries in older children and adults occur while playing sports. Taking the proper safety precautions can help prevent tooth loss. However, if tooth loss should occur, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Limit Tooth Loss with Emergency Dental Care

While taking precautions against tooth loss is highly recommended by Century City cosmetic dentist, accidents can still happen. In this case, it is important to seek emergency dental care. Sometimes it is possible to replant permanent teeth.

For the best results before visiting your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist:

  • Avoid touching the roots of the tooth
  • Avoid rubbing or scraping the tooth to remove debris
  • Rinse the tooth gently in a bowl of tap water, not under running water
  • If possible, hold the tooth in the socket with gauze or a moist tea bag until you see your dentist
  • If the tooth doesn’t fit in the socket, place it in milk or a mild saltwater solution

Whatever you do, get immediate medical attention from your Century City cosmetic dentist or a nearby emergency room. And remember, taking the proper safety precautions is the best way to prevent tooth loss.


Dental Implants Help You Age Gracefully

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As your Century City cosmetic dentist will tell you, aging causes the human body to change. The National Institute of Health (NIH) suggests there are eight areas that frequently show the signs of aging. Among these are the skin and dental area.

As people age facial wrinkling and sagging naturally increases. However, those with missing teeth may appear to age even more rapidly. The reason is the lack of support from a strong jawbone along with the appearance of non-age-related wrinkles.

Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can help correct this problem using dental implants. Dental implants offer support as well as the pressure required to maintain a healthy jawbone.

Role Dental Implants Play in Preventing Facial Collapse

Tooth loss often results in bone loss due to the lack of chewing pressure and stimulation in that portion of the mouth. When this happens, the body reabsorbs the bone. Eventually, it becomes so severe that even dental implants may become impractical without bone grafting.

The longer you wait to replace teeth, the more the jawbone recedes. Wait long enough and your Century City cosmetic dentist might not be able to repair the damage. Even a removable denture won’t stay in place due to insufficient jawbone.

Without natural or prosthetic teeth, you won’t be able to chew and eat. This could lead to malnutrition and cause additional physical and mental health problems.

Benefits of Dental Implants Now

When it comes to tooth loss, it’s to your advantage to place dental implants immediately rather than to deal with bone loss later on.

First, tooth loss in one area affects the rest of your mouth. Without teeth, your tongue spreads into the space and your face collapses. A collapse in one area affects your other healthy teeth as they take up the work of the missing teeth and try to fill in any gaps. This shifting can cause additional problems.

Next, if your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist has to rebuild your jawbone through grafting, it will take more time and cost more money. Better to get a dental implant as soon as you lose a tooth than take a chance you’ll cause further damage to your mouth.

Finally, the most obvious reason to replace missing teeth is one of aesthetics. While several missing teeth may result in facial collapse, even one missing tooth can ruin the look of your smile. “Smiles are important in helping you present a more-positive image to others, calming you, and actually making you feel happier.

 

If you have missing teeth, call your Century City cosmetic dentist for dental implants today. Help maintain a healthy mouth, prevent facial collapse, and improve your smile.


Dental Braces Do More than Improve Your Smile

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You’re never too old to improve your smile, whether that means tooth whitening, veneers, or even dental braces.

Although it’s best to reposition teeth in childhood, it seems more adults are choosing dental braces with great results. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) notes that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. There are even cases of adults opting for dental braces in their forties and fifties.

Bear in mind these statistics:

  • 96% believe a nice smile makes someone attractive
  • 74% believe an unattractive smile impacts career success
  • 69% didn’t date someone due to bad teeth
  • 54% think a good smile makes you look younger

Before you decide that you’re too old or your child is too young for dental braces, learn what your Century City cosmetic dentist has to say about them.

Benefits of Getting Dental Braces

Most dental experts, including your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, suggest getting braces to help with:

  • Dental health. Crooked teeth are harder to clean and increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Misaligned teeth. Over bites, under bites, and crooked teeth may cause excessive wear and damage to the function and enamel of your teeth. Additionally, they can lead to other health problems, such as headaches, chewing difficulty, and insomnia.
  • Aesthetics. Most people want an attractive smile. It helps with their confidence and self-esteem.

While it’s important to talk with your Century City cosmetic dentist, the AAO recommends that children have an orthodontic screening no later than the age of seven. It’s easier to take care of orthodontic problems early.

However, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist believes that adults make excellent orthodontic candidates, too. So don’t be afraid of asking about dental braces regardless of your age.

Choosing the Best Dental Braces for You

Only your Century City cosmetic dentist can tell you which dental braces will work best for your individual situation. However, here are two types to consider:

  • MicroArch® Advanced Low-profile Twin Brackets. The latest in metal brackets, these dental braces offer a comfortable rhomboid shape and advanced design. Plus, their smaller shape – approximately 30 percent smaller than traditional style brackets — improves facial proportions and appearance.
  • In-Ovation® C Self-Litigating Brackets. These functional, attractive ceramic dental braces offer high translucency to help camouflage your braces with little to no discoloration. Additionally, their design offers greater comfort along with shorter, fewer appointments and superb aesthetics.

The goal of dental braces is to offer you a great smile. However, more importantly it’s to ensure your have a good bite. That means straight teeth that fit well together.

Orthodontic treatments, including dental braces, are part of a good dental health care plan. Take good care of your teeth, gums, and mouth and they’ll take good care of you.