Avoid these 5 Dental Mistakes with Your Children

kids-dentistChildren 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.

To ensure your child has every opportunity for a healthy mouth, talk with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist about the best dental care.

Tooth Whitening Can Give You a Sparkling Smile

You’re not born with teeth. When you’re little, they sprout like small seedlings in a garden. As you grow, they grow – all shiny, white, and bright.

Eventually, however, they’re replaced with an adult version. These, too, are sparkling white in the beginning. They’re meant to last a lifetime. They won’t fall out like your baby teeth, unless you don’t take care of them.

Tooth care requires you to brush and floss daily. It also requires you to see your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist on a regular basis. Good oral health goes a long way to retaining a great-looking smile. However, even the best of care won’t keep them white forever. For that, you need to talk to your Century City cosmetic dentist about the process of tooth whitening.

The Road to a Dull Smile

Teeth can discolor two ways. Surface stains occur when you consume dark-colored foods and beverages such as wine, tea, coffee, and berries or when you smoke or chew tobacco. Additionally, natural wear influences the color of your teeth.

However, tooth staining doesn’t just occur externally. Some stains form inside teeth caused by normal aging, exposure to certain medications, and even trauma. These stains are more difficult to whiten.

Discoloration of your teeth happens when tiny micro-fractures occur naturally over time usually through chewing and grinding. Stains and debris accumulate in these fractures and dull the shiny white of your tooth enamel.

The Highway to a Sparkling New Smile

Once you understand what causes your sparkling smile to dim in the first place, the next step is to take action to end or even reverse the process. Here are a few suggestions to regain your sparkling smile.

  • Watch what you eat and drink. You don’t have to stop eating blueberries or drinking coffee. Just make sure to rinse your mouth with water or chew sugarless gum afterwards to decrease the chance of staining.
  • Stop smoking. Whether smoked or chewed tobacco is a leading factor in tooth discoloration and can lead to other dental problems as well. Stop now and you increase your chances of improving your dental as well as your general health.
  • Try a home-whitening product. Talk to your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist first, and then if you want to get a preview of the potential results of tooth whitening, consider trying an at-home gel or whitening strips.

Here’s one last tip from the fashion world to make your smile look brighter. If you wear lipstick, choose a color with a blue undertone. It will make your teeth appear whiter.

For more information on tooth whitening, talk with your Century City cosmetic dentist about options you might want to try.

Make Your Teeth Happy In Los Angeles

porcelain veneers Beverly HillsCalifornia 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

When Style And Oral Health Collide In Los Angeles

When Style And Oral Health Collide in Los Angeles

Oral piercing is a popular form of body art in Los Angeles, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman, a dentist serving the Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Century City areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they consider the possible detrimental consequences.

First, Beverly Hills patients should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Your ability to chew, swallow, and speak can also be impaired by an oral piercing.

Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my Los Angeles dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone in Los Angeles who thinks drooling is attractive.) It’s also critical to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible problems.

Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern Beverly Hills, Century City, and Hollywood residents is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is extreme and sensations never return. An injured nerve can also affect facial movements as well as your sense of taste.

If you’ve read through this and still want to opt for a tongue bar or lip piercing, please communicate with your Los Angeles area dentist so you can consider the safest decision possible for your dental health.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist in the Los Angeles area to trust in for accurate information and the highest quality care, we welcome you to Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. Call 877-703-7062 today to schedule an appointment. We offer Zoom whitening, porcelain veneers, smile design, and more!

We may even convince you that safe, effective cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding would be a smarter and safer way to express your personality and boost your confidence. Give us a call today!

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.

Living with Sensitive Teeth

Living with sensitive teeth can be uncomfortable. However, it is a somewhat common dental problem. In fact, your Century City cosmetic dentist recently read that nearly 40 percent of adults suffer from tooth sensitivity.

If you experience sensitivity on a regular or even occasional basis, understanding the reasons why may help you. Here’s what your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist wants you to know about living with sensitive teeth.

Background on Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitive teeth usually develop over time. They occur when the dentin – the hard, calcium-based substance under the outer tooth enamel – is exposed. According to WebMD, exposure may occur when:

  • You brush your teeth too hard and/or use a hard-bristle toothbrush.
  • You regularly grind or clench your teeth, wearing down the enamel.
  • Gums recede due to gingivitis, periodontal disease, plaque buildup, tooth decay, accidents, or brushing too hard.
  • Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth fill with bacteria.
  • Your enamel erodes due to long-term use of acidic mouthwash, high acidic foods such as citrus, and tooth whitening products.

Additionally, tooth sensitivity may occur after a visit to your Century City cosmetic dentist for procedures as simple as tooth cleaning. If this happens to you, it’s generally temporary. However, if you have continuing problems, notify your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.

Steps You Can Take to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

Both hot and cold may trigger the sensitivity. Even a breath of fresh, cool air can set your sensitive teeth to tingling. So what can you do to limit your discomfort?

The best way to reduce tooth sensitivity is through good oral hygiene. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Floss at least once daily, using proper techniques, to ensure you clean your teeth without damaging your gums.

When you brush, use a soft-bristle brush to reduce gum irritation. Ask your Century City cosmetic dentist to recommend good toothpaste designed specifically for sensitive teeth. The best toothpaste and mouthwash are fluoridated.

See your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist at least once every six months. (More often if warranted.) Between visits, avoid excessive consumption of high-acidic and sugary foods.

For those who grind their teeth, wear a night guard when you sleep. If you’re unsure whether you grind (or clench) your teeth, talk to your Century City cosmetic dentist. He can generally tell by looking at the level of wear and condition of your teeth.

Your dentist can help you with your tooth sensitivity. Fluoride, sealers, and bonding may help with exposed roots. Whatever you do, don’t go on suffering. Talk to your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist and find the right solution for you.

Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles California
(877) 881-7031

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.

What Is Lurking Under Your Gumline?

Make Sure To Get Your Gums Checked Regularly By Your Century City Dentist

Hello Los Angeles residents! Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also healthy gums. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape.

When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle with the bristle tips aimed at the line where the tooth and gum meet. The bristles of a soft toothbrush can clean the food particles in the pockets in front and in back of the tooth, but you need floss to clean between the teeth. Make sure you get the floss into the pocket between the teeth and scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.

Back to toothbrushing: if the toothbrush is not held at the correct angle, the bristles can’t get in the pockets to clean out the bacteria before it turns into enamel-damaging plaque. If plaque multiplies in the pockets around the teeth, the gum will start pulling away. Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the tooth structure below the gumline is more susceptible to decay than the enamel above the gumline.

There is more than one way to damage your teeth – even if the visible parts of your teeth are cavity-free, gum disease can cause problems with the parts you can’t see.

I am Dr. Bill Dorfman of Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. My staff and I promote preventative dentistry by working with our patients of all ages to establish essential oral hygiene habits.

If you haven’t had a check-up in a while, or are experiencing gum soreness or recession, call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry today at 877-703-7062 to schedule a thorough tooth and gum examination in Los Angeles.
During your exam, Your experienced dentist or hygienist will measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If you already have gum disease, we will help you restore gum health.

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles, we provide full general and cosmetic dental services including dental implants. If you have healthy teeth and gums but want to brighten your smile, ask us about teeth bleaching in Los Angeles.

Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California 90067
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Beware Of Hidden Sugar

Preventative Cosmetic Dentistry In Century City We advise our Century City  cosmetic dental clients at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health problems.

If you are trying to unsweeten your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as obvious as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in pixie stix.

Here are some foods found in Century City grocery stores and Hollywood school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low Fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad Dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Protein Bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar:

raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice (what kind of cane do you think we are talking about?)

Do the math: when shopping at Century City markets or health food stores, carefully decipher food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly understand how much sugar an item contains.

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we advocate and practice preventative care for lifelong dental health. For more information on how your diet affects your dental health, contact us at 877-703-7062. If you have a toddler or child who has not yet visited a dentist, call us today for a pediatric oral examination and information on fluoride and sealants.

We are located at 2080 Century Park E Ste 1601 in Los Angeles.

Smiles For Life

Today I’ve decided to tell you all about an amazing program I’ve had the pleasure of being involved in called Smiles for Life. So first things first: what is Smiles for Life?  Teeth Whitening In Century City Benefits Children Worldwide

From March through June every year, numerous dental practices in the United States and Canada provide teeth whitening services to raise money for charity. These charities aren’t just ANY charities either – all of them specifically focus on childrens’ wellness in the United States and around the world. As if there wasn’t already enough reason to go to your Century City dentist, now is the perfect time to get that pearly white smile!

It’s a great cause and a great opportunity to have your teeth professionally whitened.  Like so many charities out there these days, a percentage of the donation goes to charity that directly benefits children in the US and abroad. UNLIKE other charities, 100% of your donation goes to these amazing charities! This yearly program has been whitening teeth and helping kids since 1998, raising a total of over 30 million dollars! You’re basically making a donation and receiving teeth whitening for free – why wouldn’t you do it?

So how can these dentists afford to give away free whitening every year? All of it is made possible by the Crown Council and Philips Oral Healthcare. Philips provides the participating Crown Council dentists with all of the necessary whitening procedure supplies, and the dentists voluntarily provide their services.

Since Smiles for Life happens every year from March through June, why not make teeth whitening a regular, yearly procedure? It’s also the perfect opportunity to schedule a regular dental health checkup! For many, the hardest part about getting to the dentist is just not wanting to go to the dentist until there’s already some kind of serious problem. If you’re going to the dentist to help out the kids of the world, you might as well get your checkup while you’re there and develop a healthy, regular dental check-up schedule.

I know what you’re thinking, “Doctor, why would I come into the dentist’s office to get my teeth whitened when I can just use whitening strips?”

Whitening strips do work. But the biggest differences between strips and supervised whitening are speed and effectiveness. When you come into the office for teeth whitening you have options. You can choose an in-office solution, Zoom! whitening, or opt for custom fitted take-home whitening systems. Both will get the job done, but Zoom! speaks for itself, it’s fast! Just three easy 15-minute sessions can whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades.

The take-home tooth whitening options  are molded for your specific needs. You can take these home and gradually transition to a whiter smile at your own pace, whether that is overnight while you’re sleeping, or at the office. These have a leg-up on your typical one-size-fits-all whitening strips because they are made specifically for your teeth.

Find a local participating dentist today at http://smilesforlife.org/. What’s your experience with whitening solutions? Tell me about it on twitter @DrBillDorfman!