Century City Aesthetic Dentistry Tooth Tips For Traveling

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If you live in the Beverly Hills area and are planning to take a vacation or business trip soon, I recommend you coordinate your dental care with your travel schedule. It’s always a good idea to have a checkup with your Beverly Hills dentist prior to leaving on long vacations, especially if your trip is taking you to developing areas without good dental care options. This quick checkup will help you be sure that your mouth is ready to travel.

More importantly, if you have any dental procedures scheduled before you leave, discuss it with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist. A large number of dental procedures are actually surgical procedures. This means that your body will need more time to heal than you may realize.

Also, if you’re leaving the Beverly Hills area by plane, you should be aware that changes in the cabin pressure of the airplane may cause tooth pain or discomfort for patients who have just had oral surgery. In addition, make sure you are aware of any necessary follow-up appointments with your Beverly Hills dentist or orthodontist before you schedule a vacation.

I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman and I want Beverly Hills residents to be informed about their dental care. My dental practice offers:

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
porcelain veneers
smile design
dental crowns

If you are looking for general dental care or quality cosmetic dentistry in the Beverly Hills areas, please call us today and let our professional and aware staff take care of you.

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

Dentophobia: Fear of Dentists

Dental Health Beverly HillsHave you heard of dentophobia? You probably guessed it’s a fear of dentists. But dentophobia goes beyond normal discomfort. It’s a fear that paralyzes millions and is much more common than most people would like to admit.

Why are people afraid of dentists? Possible reasons include:

-A childhood trauma at the dentist

-Fear of pain

-Fear of needles

-Fear of the unknown

-Dental horror stories you may have heard from friends

Some patients are so afraid of dentists that they avoid coming in until the pain is so bad that they can barely speak. It’s an irrational fear that plagues rational people. Many dentists go out of their way to make the dental experience as comfortable and scare-free as possible.

Here are ways to combat dentophobia:

-Find a dentist you trust. Ask your friends for recommendations. A good cosmetic dentist will listen to your concerns, address them, and put you at ease.

-Discuss your fears. Ask questions. Communication with your dentist and assistants is key. Dispel fear of the unknown and get reassurance from your dental team so you know exactly what to expect. You can agree on a signal if you need them to pause during a procedure.

-Use relaxation techniques. Techniques like breathing deeply and slowly, listening to music, and imagining a calming scenario in your mind are great for calming anxiety.

Bring a hand to hold. Sometimes having a friend or loved one come along can provide enormous comfort. Your dentist will determine if having another person in the room is appropriate for whatever procedure being done.

-Last resort: Your dentist may recommend mild sedatives such as nitrous oxide or dental sedation, or depending on the procedure, general anesthesia.

Remember that fear is a learned behavior that can be unlearned. Dentophobia can be a self-fulfilling prophecy: If you put off dental health visits until you’re in great pain or need extensive procedures, you’re reinforcing your negative concept of the dental office. As a valued patient, don’t hesitate to ask for the special attention you deserve!

Roll Call: Back to School Kids Checkup

Dental Health Century CityWith your kids back in school after a summer of indulgence, now is the perfect time for a oral health dental checkup. One of the most common reasons for missing school is a sore tooth or toothache. Avoid having your kids miss school and trying to get last-minute dental appointments by bringing them in to see a cosmetic dentist as well as teaching them good habits at home.

Keep your children smiling bright with these tips:

-Select a children’s toothpaste with fluoride. Find one that tastes good so they’ll want to brush longer.

-Your dentist should show them proper brushing technique. Make sure they cover every surface of every tooth. Keep them brushing as long as possible. Buy a colorful kids’ toothbrush to make brushing fun!

Limit sugared foods and drinks. This is a tough but important one. Sour candies are usually acidic and damage children’s teeth. Sodas and carbonated drinks can strip away the enamel. Kids love soda and candy, but try to find healthier, natural snack and beverage alternatives that are just as delicious.

Finally, is brushing or flossing more important for kids? In our opinion, there’s a little wiggle room..literally! Flossing isn’t necessary until permanent teeth come in by approximately twelve or thirteen years old. There is usually enough space between children’s teeth to allow a toothbrush to reach in and clean and stimulate the gums. However, make sure your kids brush their teeth regularly and develop healthy dental hygiene habits for a lifetime!

Beverly Hills Mouths And Stomatitis

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Ouch! The mouth is not a fun place for injuries, sores, or inflammation. It seems that even the smallest irritation in the mouth can cause serious discomfort for Beverly Hills dental patients.

These non-specific irritations in the mouth have a name. They are called stomatitis.

A good general definition for stomatitis is the inflammation of the membranes in the mouth. These usually affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even get to sleep at night. If you suffer from mouth sores, you know that stomatitis can really impact the lives of Beverly Hills residents.

Some common causes of stomatitis can be canker sores or cold sores, gum disease, biting the inside of your mouth or your tongue, burning your mouth, and irritation caused by braces or broken teeth. Many sores in the mouth will generally clear up on their own in less than two weeks.

However, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can determine if it is caused by a viral or bacterial infection, and they can also advise you on treating the symptoms of stomatitis with pain relievers and at-home remedies such as salt water rinses.

Hi. I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman of Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in the Beverly Hills area, and 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 smile makeovers, give us a call at 877-703-7062.

Common cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile makeovers include teeth whitening, dental crowns, veneers, bonding, and dental implants.

We hope to see you in our Beverly Hills area office soon!

Beverly Hills Guide To Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

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Hi. I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman. Welcome to my Beverly Hills dental blog! I find that many of my patients in the Beverly Hills area get a couple of dental hygiene terms mixed up. Today, I would like to clarify the differences between plaque, calculus, and cavities.

Plaque is a film that covers teeth – a sticky layer of bacteria. You can remove plaque through daily brushing and flossing. However, if it isn’t removed it can build up and harden into calculus.

Calculus, also known as tartar, is hardened plaque that also accumulates minerals from food and saliva. Regular check-ups and cleanings with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist are necessary to remove tartar as well as hard-to-reach plaque.

Plaque and calculus are not cavities, but they can lead to cavities. A cavity is basically a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Because plaque and calculus contain bacteria, the bacteria release acids which accelerate tooth decay and eventually lead to more cavities.

A good rule of thumb for Beverly Hills dental patients is this: Avoid plaque to avoid calculus and tartar to avoid tooth decay to avoid cavities. Got it?

I hope you’ve found this helpful, and if you’re in the Beverly Hills area and are in need of quality dental care, call our office at 877-703-7062 to schedule an appointment today.

Our professional and aware staff would love to answer any questions you have about our services, including cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and veneers.

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

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in Los Angeles

Dentures Los Angeles If you are one of the many Los Angeles denture wearers, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth.

The problems with dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and inability to taste food due to a covered palate. Clearly, dentures do not feel and function like natural teeth.

Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help you avoid the need for dentures later in your life, but other factors can make dental replacements an inevitability.

The good news? Modern dental implant technology is making dentures a thing of the past.

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry we have information and expertise that can help bring hope to Los Angeles area denture wearers through dental implant technology. There are a variety of effective denture/implant tooth configurations.

Call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 877-703-7062 to book an implant overdenture consultation with Dr. Bill Dorfman. We can help you understand your options and can recommend procedures.

If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures may dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again. How about a thick T-bone at your favorite Los Angeles steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your meal, you will avoid the embarrassment of having your dentures rattle around in your mouth in public.

Before you pay for another denture reline, ask your Los Angeles cosmetic dentist about the possibility of dental implants. While tooth implants are a significant investment, the dental implant cost is very reasonable when you consider they can last a lifetime.

Attention Los Angeles denture wearers: there is life after dentures with tooth implants!

Come see us at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 2080 Century Park E Ste 1601 in Los Angeles, 90067 for more information about dental implants.

How To Smile For The Camera

Cosmetic Dentistry Century CityWhy do some people seem naturally photogenic while others of us dream of having a camera-ready smile? Since photos can last a lifetime, it’s important to put your best smile forward. Here are some tips and tricks on how to look your best for the paparazzi:

+Practice! It might seem silly to practice smiling in the mirror, but it’s a great way to get a feel for the expression you want to project. Or take practice photos with your digital camera, and pay attention to how you’re smiling in them. Teeth or no teeth? Turned straight towards the camera or at a slight angle?

+Smile with your eyes. It looks unnatural to smile with your mouth but not your eyes, so relax and let your eyes naturally “smile,” too.

+Make sure your pearly whites are suitable for public viewing. It’s hard to smile with confidence if there are things that bother you, such as yellow, stained, crooked, or uneven teeth. Discuss teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry options with a professional who can help you achieve the look you want.

+If you’ve been drinking red wine or coffee, rinse your mouth with water to remove any discoloration.

+Floss after eating, and do a quick mirror check to make sure there’s nothing stuck in your teeth. This not only important to your smile but your dental health.

Hopefully these simple tricks will help you to smile with confidence and ease. After all, your expression is a reflection of how you feel inside, so feel and look your best! If your smile isn’t the best it can be, talk to cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman about making your smile camera-ready.

Los Angeles Dental News: Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

Los Angeles Dental News Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

Visiting Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles for regular dental check-ups and cleanings every six months can seem inconvenient and unnecessary at times, but you may benefit in ways you never imagined.

A recent study showed that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments.

While the study could simply confirm that those Los Angeles area people who dutifully schedule regular dental cleanings also practice healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is additional evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.

Common problems like inflammation with gum disease are linked to hardening of the arteries and other tissue inflammations which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Former American Heart Association President Ralph Sacco, MD, (who did not participate in the study mentioned previously) said:

‘Something as simple as having good dental hygiene – brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings – may be good for your heart and brain health.’

While the study found that patients who schedule cleanings yearly reap the most health benefits, cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman of Century City Aesthetic Dentistry recommends coming in for check-ups and cleanings every six months to catch potential problems early, saving Los Angeles patients time and money. Regular dental cleanings also brighten and whiten teeth, making your smile look its best.

To schedule a deep cleaning with our professional and aware dental hygienist at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, call
877-703-7062 today!

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

Your Wedding Day Checklist To Ensure A Beautiful Smile

Before the Big Day, it’s imperative that Century City area brides and grooms take care to look their best. Since memories–and wedding photos–last forever, many couples come in for pre-wedding procedures to perfect one of the first things people will look at–their smile.

Here are wedding trends as well as surprising examples of treatments that we’ve helped happy brides and grooms (and in some cases even wedding parties) with so they can look and feel great on their special day.

The Long-Range Planner

3 months before

If teeth have prominent flaws such as cracked edges or uneven surfaces, now’s the time to fix them. Consider tooth bonding to repair small gaps, especially between the front teeth. Sometimes brides and grooms may also opt to have their silver Amalgam fillings replaced with tooth colored fillings for a more natural smile.

The Busy Bride

2 Weeks Before

Visit your dentist for simple, pain-free tooth whitening procedures. With cutting-edge Zoom teeth whitening technology, you can get your smile up to eight shades brighter in 45 minutes. This is one of the easiest ways to enhance your smile.

The Last-Minute Girl

Wedding Day

Get kissable quickly by brushing and flossing at the start of your big day. Nibble on sugar-free mints (I like Breath Rx) throughout the festivities to ensure fresh breath all day and night.

What better time than the most important day of your life to make positive changes to your smile? And the best part is these treatments will leave you feeling confident, calm and dazzling on a day you’ll remember forever! If you want to make your smile the best it can be on your big day, make an appointment with Century City cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman by calling 877-703-7062. To learn more about the procedures we offer, visit our website at https://www.billdorfmandds.com/.

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

Who ever thought a trip to the dentist would end up in love? That’s exactly what happens quite often at Dr. Bill’s office! Beyond helping people with their smiles, he’s played Cupid to an astonishing 19 successful match ups. What’s the secret to his success?

According to cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill, matchmaking is all about the feeling he gets when he meets people. If someone is nice to the staff, that’s always a great sign. As a care provider, an important part of his profession is reading people and being sensitive to their needs (oral health or otherwise). His amazing track record proves his passion for connecting setup-worthy people and helping them to find happiness!

Who will be next to find love? Stay tuned…

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