Does Your Teen Have Unique Dental Challenges?

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When it comes to oral health, adolescence is a pivotal time for Los Angeles youth. On the upside, the last of the permanent teeth come in, providing young men and women with their “adult smile”. Good habits can be forged and reinforced. Teeth can be straightened, providing increased confidence when it is often sorely needed.

On the downside, some teens take up habits that are detrimental to their teeth. Adolescents often don’t understand the importance of proper dental hygiene and fail to adequately care for their teeth. Some young Los Angeles men and women develop teenage tooth decay that can cause recurring dental problems in later years.

Eating disorders are far too common among Los Angeles area teens. Bulimia can cause enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. Parents who suspect their teen has an eating disorder are strongly advised to intervene immediately and provide appropriate medical care and counseling.

The importance of diet cannot be overstated. Adolescence is a time when many young Beverly Hills men and women decrease their calcium intake – a danger to both bones and teeth. The consumption of energy drinks and sugared soda also contribute to tooth and gum problems in teenagers.

Additionally, teens that use tobacco and illegal drugs have an increased risk of tooth decay and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely detrimental. The health risks include tooth and gum damage, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and excessive swelling that can block airways.

Teens who are undergoing orthodontic treatment often have a difficult time properly cleaning their teeth. It is a challenge to fit toothbrush bristles and floss under dental hardware. Toothbrushes and water flossers can help teens with braces adequately clean their teeth and gums.

Century City Aesthetic Dentistry advises California parents to make sure their teens receive twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. Bill Dorfman can identify and treat oral issues in their early stages so that further damage can be prevented or minimized.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following  guidelines for adolescent oral health:

Teens should drink fluoridated water.
Fluoride supplementation is recommended for high risk teens that don’t have access to fluoridated water (up to age 16).
Teens should use fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
Teens should floss daily.1

To schedule a dental examination and cleaning, call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 877-703-7062. The team of professional and aware dental professionals at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry is dedicated to oral health for patients of all ages.

Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California 90067

1“Protecting All Children’s Teeth, Oral Health in Adolescence,”, accessed September 17,  2014

Eruption Charts: Not As Scary As They Sound

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Hello Beverly Hills! Thanks for visiting the Los Angeles dental blog. Today we’re talking about eruption charts and what they are used for.

First, an eruption chart is simply a listing of the different types of teeth in the mouth and when, on average, they come out, or ‘erupt’, from the gums. A primary teeth eruption chart will also tell you when to expect the different teeth to be lost.

Dentists in the Hollywood, Century City, and Beverly Hills area use these charts to compare the development of their patients’ teeth to the average times in the population.

Hi. I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman, an experienced Los Angeles family and cosmetic dentist. The friendly staff here at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry would love to schedule an appointment with you and answer any questions you have about eruption times, children’s braces, dental sealants, and athletic mouthguards, as well as questions about teeth whitening and Hollywood dental implants.

Century City Aesthetic Dentistry is a full-service dental office. Some of the services we offer are:

Cosmetic dentistry
Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Smile design
Dental crowns

Give us a call today at 877-703-7062 and we can discuss these services as well as smile makeovers.

Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California

Dental Care Tips for Parents with Tweens and Teens

family dental care HollywoodFrom the time they’re old enough to walk, children need to learn good oral hygiene. Proper brushing and flossing along with regular visits to their Century City cosmetic dentist can save them from a lot of pain later on. However, it’s not always easy to impress on teens and tweens the importance of good oral hygiene.

If you’re raising children between the ages of 10 and 19 and need extra help convincing them to take care of their smile, here are a few dental care tips from your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.

Tweens’ Smiles Need Special Dental Care

Tweens, children between the ages of 10 and 12, face their own set of dental issues. First, they very likely are still losing their primary (or baby) teeth, in order to make way for their permanent teeth. The last baby tooth is usually lost by the age of 12. It’s around this time that the second permanent molars appear.

Because these teeth are so new, they are extremely prone to decay. Parents may want to speak with their Century City cosmetic dentist about dental sealants to protect them. Additionally, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist may take this opportunity to discuss important dental topics that may affect tweens as well as teens.

The eating habits of tweens and teens can often be a primary factor in dental health. Too many sugars and starches from snack foods and drinks wreak havoc on a young mouth. Help youngsters make smart choices when it comes to after-school snacks and eating well-balanced meals.

There was a time when braces were the bane of many teenagers. However, experts at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) suggest parents take their children to an orthodontist by the age of seven. An orthodontist can “check for crowded, spaced, or crooked teeth and misaligned jaws and bite” and determine if braces are an option.

For children who are particularly active in sports, your Century City cosmetic dentist might suggest a mouth guard. Using a mouth guard during sports or athletic activities can help prevent dental damage.

Good Oral Care for Teenagers Requires Guidance

Teenagers might not realize it, but they still don’t have all their teeth. Somewhere between the ages of 16 and 20 their wisdom teeth, also known as their permanent third molars, should appear. However, they can grow in earlier, later, or not at all.

Very often, dentists will recommend the removal of wisdom teeth, usually because they are difficult to clean or are causing problems. However, talk with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist to determine what he recommends for your teenager.

Teenagers face a lot of peer pressure. The choices they make can often affect their smile and oral health. Smoking, chewing tobacco, oral piercings, and eating disorders each bring potential health problems.

While it’s important that parents help teenagers make smart choices, your Century City cosmetic dentist can offer assistance. Teeth whitening, fluoride treatments, and a mouth guard may help once the disruptive behavior stops.

If you have questions about the dental health of your tweens and teens, be sure to speak with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.

Has Your Child Visited A Dentist?

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Hello California! Today’s Century City Aesthetic Dentistry blog is for new Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Century City parents. We know that your child’s health and safety is your top priority. That’s why you baby-proof your home, serve healthy foods, and buckle them tightly in their car seat before you pull out of your driveway.

I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman. I want to remind Los Angeles parents that oral health is an intrinsic component of overall health. Teeth and gum condition can affect speech development, nutrition, and self-confidence. From birth, there are important things parents can do to promote healthy teeth – even before your son’s or daughter’s first tooth erupts.

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we maintain a kid-friendly environment so our youngest patients look forward to dental checkups and never develop the fear of dentists that was more common in generations past. I love working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life, and I can assure you that my professional and caring staff will help your child have a positive experience.

We recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the visit, we can discuss pediatric dental issues such as fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, orthodontia, and dental sealants. Dental sealants are composed of a plastic material that is applied to children’s teeth. The sealants bond to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures and protects the enamel against acids and plaque.

Los Angeles children’s dentists also advise California parents about pacifier use, thumb-sucking and other habits that can affect your child’s tooth development and oral health. Remember to call us immediately at (855) 507-6408 if your child (or any member of your family) experiences a tooth injury.

Oral Rinses: An Extra Measure Of Tooth Protection For California Kids

Oral Rinses: An Extra Measure Of Tooth Protection For California Kids

Hello, I’m Bill Dorfman of Century City Aesthetic Dentistry.

California parents usually know the basics on children’s oral health: limit sugar, make sure they brush and floss regularly, take them to the dentist for twice-yearly exams and cleanings, discourage between-meal snacking, see that they get enough calcium and vitamin D, etc. Many California parents also give their kids fluoride supplements if their municipal water supply has an inadequate level of fluoride.

Is there anything else a concerned California parent can do to promote children’s oral health? Yes! Have children use an oral rinse that contains fluoride.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but fluoride rinses help teeth that have already come in. A fluoride rinse is an added measure of protection.

I recommend California children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss. They should swish it around in their mouth for thirty seconds or so, and then spit it out. (Make sure your child doesn’t swallow it!) This should be the last substance in their mouth before they go to bed. The fluoride will remain on the teeth and help prevent new cavities from forming. It can also help stop any demineralization that has already begun by accumulating in the tiny fissures and fortifying the enamel.

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we focus on preventative dentistry for Beverly Hills families. We believe that today’s California children can enjoy healthy teeth for life.

In addition to all general dentistry procedures, we also offer complete smile makeovers. If you are interested in transforming your entire smile with precision cosmetic dentistry, call us at 877-703-7062 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles California

Dental Sealants

Beverly Hills Family Dentist Dental sealants are a thin coat of clear resin that is applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, usually the rear molars. The back teeth are more prone to cavities because it  is difficult to reach them with a tooth brush and the surfaces contain pits and grooves that easily trap bacteria. It is hard for many adults to clean their back molars and almost impossible for our young California children.

Dental sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the rear molars to create a smooth surface. Beverly Hills family dentists most often recommend sealants for children’s permanent back teeth, though sometimes they are used for adults, too.

Los Angeles parents may not realize how quickly a cavity can form in a young child’s mouth. Many Century City area kids that we see develop cavities even before they start kindergarten! It is vital that our local parents start regular dental visits early. The American Dental Association advises that a child’s initial dental exam take place soon after the first tooth erupts, but no later than the toddler’s first birthday.

Dental sealants protect teeth that have no decay (primary prevention) and also prevent further decay progression in teeth that show very early signs of disease (secondary prevention).

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we take special care of our Los Angeles pediatric dental clients. We want each child’s dental visits to be pleasant and painless so they will never develop a fear of the dentist. We advise parents on the specific dental issues associated with each stage of childhood. Ask us about fluoride, sports mouthguards, and orthodontic treatment.

I am Bill Dorfman of Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. I don’t believe that childhood cavities are unavoidable. Call my office at 877-703-7062 to schedule a Los Angeles pediatric dental exam.

I provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry for Beverly Hills people of all ages. My office is located at 2080 Century Park E Ste 1601 in Los Angeles. You can learn more about my practice at


Beverly Hills Parents Need To Understand The Importance Of Baby Teeth!

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Today’s Los Angeles children’s dental blog focuses on the issue of caring for baby teeth. Why would you take care of something that’s just going to fall out and be given to the tooth fairy? It’s a good question and it has an even better answer.

Hollywood, Century City, and California parents shouldn’t feel like they are wasting their time because baby teeth are more important than many people might think. Baby teeth are needed to keep the proper amount of space available for the permanent teeth that will come in later.

Baby teeth are also invaluable in the development of clear speech. This is especially important for Los Angeles parents who are dying to know what their child means when they point to something repeatedly and say ‘scklash’ or ‘grag-grag’.

Having healthy baby teeth will also help your child develop a healthy diet because difficulty chewing can lead to the rejection of many different foods.


And, finally, tooth decay and infection can be passed down from baby teeth to permanent teeth as they develop below them. That’s not what you want for the teeth that Beverly Hills kids are going to have for the rest of their lives. You may be setting them up to need cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and dental implants.

Hi. I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman, an experienced, kid-friendly Los Angeles dentist.
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 teeth whitening, give us a call at 877-703-7062.

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry we offer:

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
porcelain veneers

Thanks for reading the Beverly Hills dental blog, and contact us today for all your dental needs!

Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California

The following website was used as source material for this blog:, accessed on Feb. 12, 2013

5 Benefits Of Preventive Dentistry For Beverly Hills Kids

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At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles, we promote preventative and cosmetic dental care by developing decay prevention plans and helping our patients establish and maintain proper dental practices. If today’s Los Angeles kids can avoid tooth decay, they can save themselves more than you may realize.

1) A healthy mouth equals better overall health and well-being.
Maintaining optimum oral health puts Beverly Hills children at a lower risk for diabetes and heart disease.

2) A beautiful, healthy smile boost confidence and self-esteem for Los Angeles children.

3) By keeping teeth and gums healthy, Los Angeles children can save thousands on restorative dental work as adults.

4) Strong teeth help kids get proper nutrition. Tooth decay makes eating difficult.

5) Proper dental hygiene beginning at birth and twice-yearly exams commencing at age 2 promote normal speech development. (The American Dental Association recommends toddler dental visits to begin at age 2.)

If you are looking for an experienced family dentist in the Beverly Hills area, we invite you to call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles at 877-703-7062. Our professional and aware team ensures that cosmetic dental visits are pleasant and comfortable for our patients of all ages.

If you have a toddler that has not yet visited a dentist, call today to schedule an examination. Proper dental care is just as important as immunizations,  nutrition, and medical care.

California Family Dentistry

Los Angeles Cosmetic Dentist We’re Century City Cosmetic Dentistry, and we practice family dentistry in California.

If you are looking for a new California family dentistry experience, Century City Aesthetic Dentistry is here for you.

I would like to invite you to bring your California family in to our office and see for yourself. You can find us at 2080 Century Park E Ste 1601 in Los Angeles. We serve the California community including the 90067 zip code area.

Or just give us a call at 877-703-7062.

I look forward to seeing you.

-Bill Dorfman, Dr.