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.


Porcelain Veneers Instead of Tooth Whitening

Porcelain veneers are probably what you are admiring when you see your favorite celebrities on the red carpet. People in the public eye understand the importance of a toothy white grin, and know that tooth whitening may not always do the trick, tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the world, but unfortunately it doesn’t work for everyone, and that is where porcelain veneers come in.

What are Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are much more affordable than they used to be and are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed over the top of your front teeth.

The Porcelain Veneer Procedure

If Dr. Bill Dorfman, an accredited fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, bestselling author and America’s Dentist determines that you are a good fit for porcelain veneers a small amount of enamel will be removed from your teeth to make way for the veneers. Because the enamel needs to be removed, cosmetic veneers are permanent.

Once the enamel has been removed, an impression will be made so that your new veneers will look and feel natural. In some cases, you may need temporary dental veneers if your teeth are too unsightly.

When your new porcelain veneers are ready to be placed, Dr. Dorfman will check for fit and color before bonding into place. Your new porcelain veneers will be filed and polished to give you the smile that you deserve.

Porcelain veneers are great for:

  • Discolored teeth that cannot be helped with tooth whitening
  • Worn teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

When you schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Dorfman, explain what you want to achieve and what you want your smile to look at. Bringing in a picture of your favorite smile will help as well.

If tooth whitening hasn’t done the trick, call or click and schedule a porcelain veneers appointment with Century City Dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman today.


Good Posture for Teeth and Gums

Good posture is essential for overall health, but can also play a role in your oral health, and if you experience lower jaw pain or have a constant headache, it could have something to do with your posture.

TMD

According to America’s Dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman, poor posture could be to blame for TMD. Your temporomandibular joint, which is what connects your upper and lower jaw, could be affected if you slouch when you sit.

When you practice good posture, you are putting your spine in the right position. If you slouch or hunch over you will be putting stress on your jaw joints. Because your lower jaw tends to shift forward when slouching or hunching your bite will be affected. This type of movement will put stress on your bones, joints, and muscles, and if left untreated, could cause inflammation and pain in your temporomandibular joints when you open and close your mouth.

Good posture is imperative, however, many people don’t understand how slouching and hunching can affect oral health.

The Problem with Poor Posture

Dr. Dorfman explains that patients who complain of facial pain often have unbalanced posture. People who hunch or slouch are rearranging the facial muscle position because of the way they walk, stand, and sit. This will cause grooves and bumps on the teeth.

If you practice poor posture, you are also more susceptible to gum recession. If your bite is off and your teeth are over crowded, your gums could pay the price.

Good posture is essential for overall health including your teeth and gums. Paying close attention to how you sit, stand, and walk could be beneficial to your oral health.

If you would like more information regarding good posture and your teeth and gums, call or click and schedule an appointment with Century City Dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman. Dr. Dorfman may recommend oral appliance therapy for TMD or a bad bite. He may also recommend some relaxation techniques to help with your poor posture

Call or click and schedule an appointment with bestselling author and Americas most well known dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman today.


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.


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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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.