Bad Breath Q & A

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I’m Bill Dorfman of Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. Today’s post offers some answers to persistent questions about bad breath.

Q. My wife says my breath is repulsive, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough?
A. Bacteria can multiply and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start flossing. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can explore other possible causes of your halitosis.

Also keep in mind that brushing just the teeth may not remove food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Q. My breath seems to get worse during hay fever season. What’s up with that?
A. Allergies can change mouth odor in a couple of ways. First, anything that stimulates post-nasal drip can be a trigger because bacteria at the back of the throat mixes with the mucous and emits a smelly odor as it breaks down. Second, hay fever medications often cause dry mouth which can result in stinky breath. Antihistamines can cut down post-nasal drip so this is a catch-22. If you take antihistamines, drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth moist, suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production, and rinse with a non-alcohol mouth rinse.

Q. What health conditions can bring about bad breath?
A. As discussed before, any condition that lessens saliva production ordinarily causes halitosis. It is also a frequent side effect of diabetes, kidney failure, and liver failure. Of course, if your kidneys or liver is failing, you have bigger problems.

Q. Why did my wife’s breath became offensive when she went on a strict low-carb diet?
A. Ketones were most likely the culprit. Ketones are produced when the body digests fat – which is usually the goal of a low-carb plan. On the flip side, she was probably not cheating!

 

Contact Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry: 855-703-7062

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
90067

 


Replace Old Silver Fillings

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Superficial cuts in the skin vanish without a trace, infections are eradicated with antibiotics, broken bones mend, and inflamed tissues subside. Our teeth, unfortunately, can’t regenerate. Decay can be halted in its progress, but scientists are still years away from actual enamel regeneration. That’s why the team at Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry strongly emphasizes preventative dentistry.

The healthiest mouths have all teeth intact and free of current or former cavities. But how many smiles can boast such an admirable record? Very few. The stark reality is that most individuals get one or more cavities over the course of their lifetime.

In fact, most people probably don’t even know someone who has never had a cavity. Tooth decay is second only to the common cold as the most frequent health issue in childhood. When we reach middle age, many of us have even had a root canal or two.

Depending on the size of the cavity, after cleaning and preparing the tooth, Dr. Dorfman can fill it, place a crown, or perform a root canal (usually followed by a crown).

Restorations Have Come a Long Way
Modern restorations have many advantages over those in years past. There are stronger and more natural-looking materials. Many of our patients at Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry who have not had a filling for a while, are not aware that white fillings are available. You can even replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings and give your mouth a makeover!

As we said before, when a tooth is by injury or decay, it is never exactly the way it was before. But now, with modern fillings and crowns, it can regain stability and beauty.

 

Contact Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry:

855-703-7062

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
90067

 


Dr. Bill Dorfman: Serving Los Angeles’s Dental Needs Since 1985

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When choosing a dentist, patients seek out experience, quality care, and convenience. Here at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we have made it our mission to serve the dental needs of this community.

Our professional and aware staff is committed to helping our patients achieve superior oral health. We always encourage our patients to build good dental habits for the whole family. We enjoy educating patients on subjects such as proper toothbrush care, correct flossing, and choosing the highest quality dental products.

Our patients want to look their best, so we are ready to answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, and dental implants.

We serve patients from age 20 to 90 and our most popular procedures are:

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Zoom whitening
porcelain veneers
smile design
dental crowns

If you are in the Beverly Hills or Los Angeles area and are looking for an experienced family or cosmetic dentist, give us a call at 877-703-7062 to make your appointment. Contact us today!

Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
877-703-7062
https://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/


Attack Of The Gummi Bear

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We never like to be the bearers of bad news, but we are zealous about our patients’ oral health. So, today we offer a vital warning about a lesser-known danger of sticky candy.

Most people probably know that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Eating candy creates the perfect environment for dangerous cavity-causing bacteria to thrive in your mouth.

Did you know that the physical toll of chewing on sticky candy can lead to (or aggravate) a condition in the temporomandibular joint called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)? The jaw is a delicate joint and sticky candy increases stress and the possibility of taking the jaw out of alignment.

Worried about giving up the sweet stuff? Remember that when you stop eating highly-sweet things, your taste buds adjust and you will enjoy foods with more subtle flavors, such as fruits. So don’t give up! Your taste buds will change and your teeth and jaw will thank you!

Hi. I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman of Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles. If you hear a popping or clicking noise in your jaw, have pain in your jaw or around your ears, or feel like your bite is out of alignment, call 877-703-7062 to make an appointment today.

TMJ issues can typically be treated with non-invasive methods including including relaxation techniques, diet and lifestyle modifications, or orthodontic treatment. Physical therapy is often effective for treating more severe cases of TMD. If necessary, I can refer you to a physical therapist who specializes in TMD treatment. During your examination, we can also discuss pain management.

In addition to TMD and bite misalignment diagnosis and treatment, Century City Aesthetic Dentistry offers the following services:

sedation dentistry
Zoom whitening
porcelain veneers
smile design

Along with healthy teeth, we also want you to have an extraordinary smile that you can be proud of. If you have any questions about teeth whitening in Los Angeles, cosmetic dental smile makeovers, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, give us a call today at 877-703-7062.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Contact Century City Aesthetic Dentistry: 877-703-7062


Avoid Tooth Loss In Los Angeles

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Do you know the most common cause of tooth loss?

The answer is gum disease. While this may be startling to hear, there is a bright side:

Gum disease is easy to treat if it is detected in the early stages.

Regular check-ups with your dentist are important. Keep an eye out for the warning signs of gum disease. They include:

1. Gums that bleed very easily

2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed

3. A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly

4. Gums that are pulling away from the teeth

5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

6. Loose or separating teeth

If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your dentist today. Avoiding these problems is ideal, but brushing isn’t enough. Since plaque causes gum disease, removing plaque through regular flossing is the key to healthy gums.

My name is Dr. Bill Dorfman and my practice, Century City Aesthetic Dentistry serves the Hollywood, Century City, and California areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles that they can be proud of. Many of our patients seek specifics about smile transformations. If you’d like to know, schedule an appointment and we’ll take a look!

Our practice specializes in:

sedation dentistry
Zoom whitening
porcelain veneers
smile design

Contact us at 877-703-7062 and a member of our professional and aware staff can make an appointment for you. During your consultation, you can speak with Dr. Bill Dorfman about swollen gums, veneers, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and more.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
877-703-7062
https://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/


The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://dentistry.about.com/od/toothmouthconditions/a/gum_warnings.htm, accessed on October 22, 2014


Are You Benefiting From Fluoridated Water?

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Question: What terrific community-based voluntary health measure has done the most to prevent tooth decay in the U.S. in the past 70 years?
Answer: Municipal water fluoridation!

Fluoride is a tooth’s best friend because it strengthens the enamel and can reverse demineralization. That’s why there is fluoride in toothpaste and fluoride treatments are performed during routine teeth cleanings at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry and other dental practices across the country.

Most water that comes from natural sources contains fluoride along with many other important minerals. In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first city to adjust the fluoride level in its municipal water supply to improve the dental health of its citizens. Since then, hundreds of U.S. communities have voluntarily adjusted the fluoride in their water supplies to recommended levels, delivering useful dental benefits to millions of Americans.

This is from The Centers for Disease Control:

“Community water fluoridation is not only safe and effective, but it is also cost-saving and the least expensive way to deliver the benefits of fluoride to all residents of a community. For larger communities of more than 20,000 people, it costs about 50 cents per person to fluoridate the water. It is also cost-effective because every $1 invested in this preventive measure yields approximately $38 savings in dental treatment costs.”1

How do you know if your municipal water supply in California is adjusted for the optimum fluoride level? Check your water bill for the phone number of your local water district and call their office. They can give you details on the levels of all the minerals in your water and whether the fluoride levels are adjusted to recommended levels for dental health.

California families with wells can have their water tested at a laboratory. Contact your local health department for details on where to get your water tested.

If you have children and your Los Angeles municipal water supply does not contain the recommended level of fluoride, you may want to give your kids fluoride supplements. The fluoride will strengthen the primary teeth that have already erupted and also the adult teeth that are forming. Your Los Angeles pediatrician or family doctor can prescribe fluoride supplements.

If your child hasn’t had a dental exam in a while, call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 877-703-7062 to schedule a pediatric dental exam. We are devoted to ensuring that our youngest patients feel safe and comfortable.

Century City Aesthetic Dentistry is located at 2080 Century Park E Ste 1601 in Los Angeles. We serve the Los Angeles, Hollywood, Century City, and California communities with outstanding dental care.  We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dental procedures. Ask us about smile design, porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry and Zoom whitening.

To read more about community water fluoridation, see http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/basics/index.htm

1“Fluoridation Basics,”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/basics/index.htm, accessed on March 30, 2015

Contact Century City Aesthetic Dentistry: 877-703-7062

 


Century City Aesthetic Dentistry Guide To Healthy Tooth Enamel

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Here at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we want your teeth to last a lifetime! Tooth enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body, but it is non-renewable so it is important to not neglect or abuse our teeth. Daily teeth and gum care is the best way to protect tooth enamel.

Even though most drug stores carries hard bristle brushes, we counsel our patients to brush with a soft brush after every meal to gently clean away food particles. Scrub too hard, and you can erode enamel. It is ideal to brush immediately after eating, but brushing within 60 minutes of a meal has benefits. The quicker you remove food from your teeth, the better it is for your enamel.

Flossing regularly is also vital to keep gums healthy. Whether the food is on tooth surfaces, or hidden in between, it is not doing your enamel any good.

Bill Dorfman recommends a checkup and thorough cleaning every six months. Our skilled hygienists remove tartar, a substance that attracts plaque to the surface of the teeth and can weaken tooth structures. Regular checkups prevent problems and save you money on expensive restorations down the road.

Remember: don’t use your teeth for opening packages! Keep scissors and bottle openers handy. At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we see damaged teeth and dental work as a result of patients using their teeth as tools. Biting down on something too hard, like ice or hard candy can also impair enamel.

Teeth grinding is also a common dental threat. Be careful not to grind teeth, this can not only wear away enamel but also pave ways for cavities to get in. If you grind your teeth while you are sleeping, make an appointment to be fitted for a nightguard. Your enamel will thank you.

Lastly, remember: drink water. Coffee, sports drinks, soda, wine, and tea all contain a lot of acid and/or sugar. Cut back, or at least use a straw. These drinks cause a lot of dental caries for non-water drinkers.

We hope you find these Century City Aesthetic Dentistry tips helpful. For more details on trusted dental care, or to schedule an appointment, talk to our Los Angeles family dentist office today at 877-703-7062!

Contact Century City Aesthetic Dentistry: 877-703-7062

Location (tap to open in Google Maps):
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California 90067


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 America’s 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.


Has Your Toddler Had A Dental Exam?

If you have a toddler who has not been to a dentist, we urge you to consider making an appointment today by calling Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 877-703-7062.

The best time to start dental check-ups for young children is when their teeth first appear. This may seem a bit early, however it is a great time to become acquainted with preventative dentistry options such as sealants and fluoride supplements. Your dentist can assess the health of your child’s teeth before problems begin and it’s also helpful for parents to get a refresher course on proper oral hygiene for young children.

My name is Bill Dorfman of Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to begin children’s dentist visits before the third birthday. If you have questions about pediatric dentistry, please give us a call at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry.

Children with an increased risk of dental problems should receive a dental examination as early as possible. Here are some of the risk factors:

  • Sleeping with a bottle
  • Drinking juice continually during the day
  • Abnormal tooth development
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tooth grinding
  • A mother with significant tooth decay
  • Other health problems

Bring your questions to our professional and aware staff at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. We are located at 2080 Century Park E Ste 1601 in Los Angeles, California. You can reach us at 877-703-7062. We want your child to have a healthy smile right from the start and enjoy a lifetime of oral health.

You deserve a billion dollar smile.


4 Oral Ailments To Discuss With Your Beverly Hills Dentist

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We all go to our Los Angeles dentist for check-ups and toothaches, but there are other less-obvious issues that your dentist can help you with. Today in the Los Angeles Dental Blog, we would like to highlight some of the most common oral conditions that should be discussed with your dentist.

1. Bad Breath. Sure, nobody wants to admit that they have bad breath, but bad breath is usually caused by bacteria build-up in the mouth. This means that it might be a symptom of accelerating tooth decay. Discuss it with your dentist who can help you overcome this problem. (All of your Hollywood friends will thank you.)

2. Dry Mouth. Also known as xerostomia, this lack of saliva is very uncomfortable and can predispose dental patients to a host of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Some Los Angeles residents experience it because of certain medications or diseases, so make sure to bring a list of current prescriptions with you to your appointment

3. Jaw Issues. If you have a clicking jaw or jaw discomfort, be sure to schedule an appointment with your California dentist ASAP! These symptoms can be signs of a serious oral issue.

4. Teeth Grinding. If you’ve been stressed out and find that you’ve been grinding your teeth (or if your partner tells you that you’re doing it in your sleep!), discuss it with your dentist. A simple mouthguard can protect you, and if you have any damage from grinding such as fractured teeth, ask about restorative dentistry.

Hi. I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman of Los Angeles,
and I want my patients to come to me with all of their oral concerns. The professional and aware staff here at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry would love to schedule an appointment with you and answer any questions you have about the conditions mentioned above, as well as questions about teeth whitening and Hollywood dental implants.

 

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Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
877-703-7062
https://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/