Dental visits can be extremely stressful and for some California residents, the fear and anxiety associated with a trip to the dentist prevents them from getting the care they need. At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry we provide the best oral sedation dentistry available. We will accommodate your needs with minimal, moderate, or deep sedation.
Don’t let dental dread keep you from achieving a perfect smile.
According to a national survey by the American Dental Association, Crest, and Oral B, the smile is the number one physical trait. Don’t let your smile go unnoticed.
In addition to sedation dentistry, at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry we offer our Los Angeles patients a variety of procedures, including sedation dentistry, Zoom whitening, porcelain veneers, smile design, and dental crowns.
At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, our professional staff will provide the best possible care for you and your family. Whether you need preventive care or cosmetic dentistry, the professional and aware team at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry will give you something to smile about!
For more information on oral sedation dentistry or any other dental procedure in Century City, contact us at 877-703-7062.
A recent International and American Associations for Dental Research report on costs associated with dental diseases indicated the total amounted to $442 billion per year. Improving oral health around the world could help reduce these costs.
However, poor dental care that results in gum disease and tooth loss can cost people much more than just money. Here are three ways your Century City cosmetic dentist warns tooth loss can cost the average adult.
Tooth Loss and Unemployment Go Hand in Hand
Where there is unemployment, there is higher tooth loss, according to a recent post in USAToday. The conjecture is that missing teeth negatively affects a person’s chances of landing a job. Specifically, West Virginia had the “highest jobless rate in June” while at the same time it had “the most working-age adults” missing six or more teeth.
While the most obvious effect of tooth loss is aesthetic, in addition to being unsightly, tooth loss can affect speech. This one-two combination may increase problems when it comes to finding and keeping a job.
Tooth Loss Ruins a Smile and Confidence
The absence of one or more teeth can ruin your smile as well as destroy your confidence. Specifically, a national study found that depression and anxiety are associated with tooth loss. However, tooth loss can affect those around you as well.
Several studies cited at WebMD suggest smiling may lead people to assume you’re successful. In fact, statistics show that most people notice the smile first when meeting someone for the first time. Teeth and smiles are the “second most important attraction feature.”
Unfortunately, many people with visible tooth loss resist smiling due to lack of confidence. Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can help make your damaged smile look new again.
Tooth Loss Can Result in Other Health Problems
The biggest reason for tooth loss is gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis), according to the Academy of Osseointegration. You increase your chances of gum disease if you smoke or don’t eat a well-balanced diet. Chronic ailments such as diabetes or hypertension may also lead to gum disease. However, research now shows that the reverse may be true as well. Gum disease may lead to other health conditions.
For instance, research suggests the “relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease goes both ways.” Additionally, while the jury is still out on the cause-and-effect relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease, there are those who believe there is a connection. While bacteria have always been a factor in gum disease, it’s only been recently that health care professionals have begun to link the inflammation of gum disease to other health concerns.
If you suffer from gingivitis, periodontitis, or tooth loss, speak with your Century City cosmetic dentist to determine how he can help you save your smile.
Children learn from their parents. This is especially true when it comes to oral hygiene. Learning when they’re young how and when to brush, floss, and visit their dental care professional can make a big difference when your children grow up. So can these other choices that parents sometimes make.
Allowing Baby to Sleep with a Bottle
It’s easy to put baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. Unfortunately, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, placing your child to sleep with “a bottle containing sugary liquids such as milk, formula, or fruit juice” places the teeth at risk of constant bacterial attacks. It’s better to use only water.
Delaying the First Dental Visit
Many parents don’t know when to schedule the first appointment with their Beverly Hills dentist. The AAPD recommends parents schedule the first dental visit within six months of the first tooth, but no later than baby’s first birthday. Children with decay in their baby teeth increase their chances of developing cavities in their permanent teeth.
Leaving Children to Brush Alone
Even after you take the time to properly teach your children how to brush and floss their teeth it’s imperative to continue supervising their progress.
Children should learn the best way to get their teeth thoroughly clean is to brush for two to three minutes each time. Two minutes might not seem like a very long time but for youngsters brushing their teeth it’s an eternity. To help you may want to play two minutes worth of music or figure out a game.
Additionally, make sure they brush properly. That includes brushing he inside and outside areas of their teeth, the chewing surfaces, and the gums.
Believing Cavities are Just a Normal Part of Childhood
Cavities in childhood are common. In fact, it’s more common among young children than asthma and diabetes. However, that doesn’t mean cavities are normal.
While developing good oral hygiene habits can help decrease the chances of getting any cavities, the increase of sugar in American diets and the increase in drinking non-fluoridated bottled water have added to the problem.
Underestimating the Importance of Fluoride
Although fluoride is controversial, the American Dental Association supports community water fluoridation. They call it “the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.”
However, most toothpaste and some mouthwash products offer fluoride protection as well. Speak with your Century City cosmetic dentist regarding the proper amount of fluoride toothpaste to use based on the age of your child. Additionally, your dental professional may recommend fluoride in dietary supplements.
Tooth loss may occur anytime during the year, especially for active school-age children who play sports. However, summer generally increases the entire family’s outdoor activity level. With more fun comes the potential for an increased risk of tooth loss requiring a special trip to your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.
Protect Active Children and Adults from Tooth Loss
According to statistics, the primary source of tooth and mouth injuries is sports. In fact, 40 percent of dental injuries occur during sports activities. That doesn’t mean you and your children have to sit on the sidelines. However, it does suggest that it’s important to take precautions.
Statistics suggest that children aged seven to ten have the most sports-related injuries at nearly 60 percent. Specifically, baseball, biking, hockey, and basketball produce the most injuries, although the highest number of orofacial injuries for males is generally found in wrestling and basketball; for females, it was basketball and field hockey. The most frequent injuries included lip and tongue lacerations, and jaw fractures.
When your children (or you) play sports, particularly organized sports, be sure they wear the necessary protective gear. Depending on the activity, this may include:
A mouth guard to protect teeth and gums;
A face cage, like those worn by a baseball catcher; and/or
A helmet, when riding a bike, skateboard, or motorbike, or even while playing football. Although it will not protect your mouth, it will protect your head.
Interestingly, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends a mouth guard for youth participating in any organized sports. The American Dental Association, on the other hand, recommends wearing one for more than three dozen sports activities including acrobatics, handball, skydiving, and water polo.
Weakness, numbness, blurred vision, or slurred speech
A fever or signs of infection
To prevent tooth loss during extended physical activities it’s important to be proactive, take precautions to protect yourself ahead of time. If you’re unsure what protective gear is right for you or your child, talk to your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.
Mother Theresa once said, “Peace begins with a smile.” Perhaps that peace should start with the person who is smiling. How do you feel about your smile? Are you at peace with it? Are you proud to flash a wide, happy grin? Do you believe it is beautiful? Does it express your best self? Let’s talk about your smile.
Bright eyes and bright smiles are best served clear and clean. Regular check ups with your local dental provider can prevent runaway decay and expensive corrections. Stay at peace with your smile by scheduling regular dental visits to avoid any future oral problems.
Rest assured that there are ways to redo what nature has given you or cosmetically remedy problems that have affected your once-pleasant smile. Talk to a cosmetic dentist to learn how you can achieve a smile you can be at peace with. For information about veneers, bridges, dental implants, and Invisalign braces, visit https://www.billdorfmandds.com/cosmetic-dentistry/.
I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman with Century City Aesthetic Dentistry located in Los Angeles at 2080 Century Park E Ste 1601. Just like Mother Teresa said, I believe peace can begin with a smile. If you are not content with the appearance or condition of your teeth, gums, or bite, call877-703-7062to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.
I have years of experience providing my Los Angeles area patients with cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers and total mouth reconstruction. I fix bite issues, seal children’s molars, remove decay, contour gums, mend cracks, bridge gaps, and reconstruct after tooth injury.
We are your local, experienced dental practice and provide quality service and products. We are committed to creating the best dental experience possible. If dental visits make you feel the exact opposite of peaceful, let’s talk about oral conscious sedation. With a little help, you can get through your treatment with minimal anxiety and be at peace with your smile for years to come.
We’ve been providing services such as cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign braces, and dental implants since 1985 to Los Angeles and nearby communities such as California, Hollywood, and Century City. Even patients from Beverly Hills have found value in traveling to see us. Our professional and aware, competent staff can schedule and discuss any of our top services such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, sedation dentistry, smile design, and Zoom whitening. Bill Dorfman Century City Aesthetic Dentistry 2080 Century Park E Ste 1601 Los Angeles, California 90067 877-703-7062
You deserve a billion dollar smile! – Bill Dorfman, DDS
Dental veneers are a great way to get a natural looking, stain-resistant smile. However, before you decide that dental veneers are right for you, speak with your Century City cosmetic dentist and ask these questions.
Are dental veneers right for me?
While there are several reasons why you might want to consider dental veneers, there are a number of reasons why some individuals are poor candidates for the procedure. Most dentists will tell you dental veneers are not right for people whose mouth has:
Large dental fillings
Inadequate tooth enamel
Additionally, if you grind your teeth or clench your jaw excessively, it may lead to cracked or chipped veneers. Wearing a night guard may be a potential solution. Otherwise, you might not be a good candidate for dental veneers.
In the meantime, what you generally can expect before, during, and after receiving dental veneers is:
This first stage is to determine your needs and the steps required to achieve the desired results. Your Century City cosmetic dentist will likely examine your teeth, take x-rays, and explain the dental veneer process to you.
To prepare your teeth for dental veneers requires your dentist to shave the tooth enamel to compensate for the added thickness of the veneers. Once that is complete, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth for the lab.
After the lab returns the veneers (usually one to two weeks), your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist verifies they are the right fit and color. Then he preps each tooth and permanently attaches the veneers. He then uses a special light to activate the cement and secure the bond.
Once your dentist evaluates your new bite, he will likely make a follow-up appointment for one final review.
How do I care for dental veneers?
Dental veneers require no more care than your natural teeth. You’ll need to continue daily brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to your Century City cosmetic dentist. Additionally, even though dental veneers tend to be stain resistant, you should still limit your intake of stain-causing foods and beverages.
One last tip before deciding dental veneers are right for you. Dental veneers are not reversible. Once your dentist alters your enamel, there’s no going back. Additionally, you’ll probably need to replace them in 5 to 10 years.
The good news is what they do to a less-than-perfect smile. If the color, shape, and contours of your teeth are imperfect or you have fractures, gaps, and minor bite problems, dental veneers might be the right choice for you.
There is nothing that influences your smile as much as your eating habits in Los Angeles, California. Develop good eating habits and your Beverly Hills dentist will smile down on you too. Patients in California, Hollywood, and Century City would do well to follow the example of a dentist in what and how they eat.
1. Rinse after eating Rinse your mouth with a drink of water or brush your teeth after a meal. Los Angeles folks who snack all day long prolong tooth exposure to sugars and food debris. Planned meals with brushing in between keeps your oral health on top. 2. Avoid sugary gum Sugar free gum doesn’t leave sugar to break down on your teeth and spoil your hard earned healthy gums. If you are one of the many Beverly Hills gum chewers, do your teeth a favor and go sugarless.
3. Avoid sticky foods Sticky foods have a habit of clinging to your teeth with stronger chances for decay. Toffee, gummy candy, fruit snacks, and even dried fruit can be problematic for Los Angeles smiles. Brushing doesn’t always remove the obstinate particles.
4. Consume nutritious foods A balanced diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals can keep the immune system and able to fight infection.
5. Enjoy your cheese Cheese contains calcium and protects from acid that breaks down tooth enamel. (It’s important not to go overboard though, as cheese is high in fat.)
6. Avoid acidic foods Acid will eat away enamel over time: lemons, red wine, soda pop. Minimize direct, constant, consistent exposure. All things in moderation.
If you have concerns about enamel damage that’s already taken place on your teeth; need help with crooked, chipped or missing teeth; or just need to get in for a check up, call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles today.877-703-7062
We’ll answer your questions about sedation dentistry, Zoom whitening, and porcelain veneers. We know braces, veneers, dental implants, oral sedation, and the cost of cosmetic dentistry in Los Angeles can bring up questions and concerns. Dr. Bill Dorfman lessens those worries and brings you to a place of knowledge and power. Make an appointment to discuss your dental goals.
It’s hard to win a gold medal if you have a toothache. A recent study cited in the British Journal of Sports Medicine explored how poor oral health affects athletic performance at the elite level.
“More than 40% of athletes were bothered by their oral health with 28% reporting an impact on quality of life and 18% on training and performance.”1
The dental troubles experienced by Olympians and professional athletes are not any different than those found in the general population: tooth decay, dental erosion, periodontal disease, and inflammation around partially erupted wisdom teeth. It’s important to note that these issues are largely preventable.
Athletes are also at risk for mouth injuries suffered while competing or training. Tooth trauma can prevent injured athletes from competing in the short term and cause ongoing complications down the road.
Whether you are an Olympic runner or a busy Los Angeles working mom who seems to be running all the time, dental health affects your overall health and quality of life. Don’t let your performance suffer because of poor oral health.
If it has been a while since you have had a dental exam, we invite you to schedule a check-up and cleaning by calling Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 877-703-7062.
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry is located at 2080 Century Park E Ste 1601 in Los Angeles, California. We provide general and cosmetic dental procedures including Invisalign braces and cosmetic dentistry. You can read more about our services at https://www.billdorfmandds.com/.
1Ashley, Di Iorio, Cole, Tanday, Needleman, “Oral health of elite athletes and association with performance: a systematic review,” British Journal of Sports Medicine, November 11, 2014, http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2014/11/11/bjsports-2014-093617.full?g=w_bjsm_open_tab, accessed on December 19, 2014
California is known for its beautiful smiles, and our local Los Angeles community is no exception. Keeping your teeth clean is an important factor in maintaining a beautiful smile. One of the benefits of regularly visiting your local Los Angeles, California dentist is receiving a thorough teeth cleaning and a review of your brushing habits.
Our dental hygienists help you keep your teeth clean by assessing the condition of your teeth and recommending improvements to your daily teeth cleaning habits. Our oral hygienists can also professionally clean and polish your teeth at your regular dental check-up.
Having a professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove plaque (a sticky deposit that gets left on teeth in which bacteria thrives) and tartar (a calcium deposit that forms on teeth and contributes to tooth decay).
Brushing and flossing at least twice each day can keep plaque and tartar from building up on your teeth and results in cleaner, healthier teeth.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting your local Los Angeles dentist at least once every 6 months for a dental check-up and teeth cleaning.
To keep that beautiful smile in top condition, come in for a dental check-up and teeth cleaning. Call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles, California to make an appointment. -Bill Dorfman, DDS Bill Dorfman Century City Aesthetic Dentistry 2080 Century Park E Ste 1601 Los Angeles, California 90067 877-703-7062 https://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/
Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? It’s true! This substance, found on the outer surface of your teeth, truly should last a lifetime. But just because it’s super strong doesn’t mean you don’t have to work to take care of it.
Here are some helpful tips for keeping enamel healthy.
1. Pick the right foods for enamel health. It’s no secret that soft drinks hurt your teeth, and don’t think that diet sodas are harmless – the artificial sweeteners can also erode enamel over time. There are also other culinary culprits that can do a lot of harm. Sticky, chewy candies should be avoided. Chewing ice is a no-no. And don’t use your teeth as tools. Take a minute to grab some scissors before you rip open that package with your teeth.
On the flip side, foods with calcium can neutralize acid in your mouth as protect your teeth. So, enjoy your dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt!
2. Avoid vigorous brushing and use a soft brush. Also, it’s best to brush about an hour after eating, because foods (especially acidic ones) can soften the enamel, thus making it more prone to damage from brushing. If your teeth are discolored or yellowish, you may feel you need to brush harder. Instead, discuss teeth whitening with your dentist.
3. Keep stomach acids in check. If you have a problem with severe heartburn, the stomach acid could be traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. This acid can erode enamel, so talk to your Hollywood, Los Angeles, or California doctor about treatment.
4. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva is a major problem for tooth enamel, and it’s no surprise that teeth grinding can also wear it down. Make sure your Beverly Hills area dentist is aware if you experience either of these issues.
Hi, my name is Dr. Bill Dorfman. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible, and that starts with enamel health. I also love helping my patients get the dazzling smiles they want with various cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental bonding, veneers, invisible braces, tooth colored fillings, and dental implants.
My practice, Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, is currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at 877-703-7062 to make an appointment!
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://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/tooth-enamel-damage, accessed on September 18, 2013
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