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Children’s Dentistry Beverly Hills


Good oral hygiene and preventive dental health begins when we sprout our first set of teeth, which is why proper care through children’s dentistry is so important. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children should visit a dentist by the time they reach their first birthday. A pediatric dentist can examine the child’s teeth and instruct you in how to care for your child’s individual needs as well as provide general oral health care questions.

Furthermore, this visit can provide useful information on how to clean your infant’s mouth, appropriate fluoride (if needed) for your child, what to do in case of trauma to the teeth, and nutrition relationship with oral health. By following the suggestions given by the pediatric dentist, parents can help ensure that their child’s teeth remain healthy and strong. Cavities, crooked teeth, and other dental/oral issues may be prevented by practicing proper care.

The better informed you are as a parent regarding children’s dentistry, the better care your children will take as they grow. Instilling routine processes such as teeth brushing and flossing may help to prevent the need for extensive dental work in the future, including orthodontic treatments. Should you require assistance with orthodontic care or cosmetic dentistry, I welcome you to visit my Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist practice.

Chewing Tobacco and Snus Effects on Oral and Dental Health


Recently, the emergence of a smokeless tobacco product called “Swedish Snus” has gained popularity with many smokers. This product can be used in locations where smoking is prohibited so that individuals can get their nicotine dose. However, the use of this and other smokeless items, chewing tobacco included, can cause undesirable effects to the teeth and oral health.

One of the most prominent side effects of using Snus or chewing tobacco is staining of the teeth surrounding the area where the tobacco is located. Overtime, the teeth begin to dull and yellow or brown stains may appear. Those who visit my Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist practice often ask of ways to remove these discolorations and how they may be prevented. To be honest, the only way to prevent staining is to refrain from using chewing tobacco and/or Snus. However, those who are in need of assistance for existing stains, I offer teeth whitening, composite fillings, and porcelain veneers.

The most permanent solution to these problems is receiving porcelain veneers. Porcelain is non-porous and will not absorb stain like enamel or resin restorations do, which can provide a whiter, brighter smile for patients. Teeth whitening is a temporary solution, as are composite fillings because they can become stained over time. Feel free to browse my site to view before and after photos, which may give you an idea of potential results.

The best way to determine the most appropriate method toward meeting your dental goals is by visiting my Beverly Hills practice.

Bad Breath Treatment Beverly Hills

Bad Breath – Cause and Prevention, Treatment in Beverly Hills

bad_breathGum and mints are commonly found in handbags, pockets, drink holders in cars, and office desk drawers – just in case bad breath develops. For some, no matter how minty a piece of gum may be, an unpleasant odor can still be present. In these circumstances, it may be greatly beneficial to visit a dentist in order to determine the source of the problem.

Ultimately, the number one cause of foul breath is bacteria and its waste products, which are volatile sulfur compounds (VSC). Poor oral hygiene habits are the main culprit as lack of flossing and/or brushing allows for the accumulation of plaque, which is made up of living bacteria. This can be caused by bad oral hygiene, tooth decay, gum disease, or gastrointestinal issues. Based on the root of the problem, the appropriate route to treatment can be established.

I strongly urge patients to follow proper dental care and oral hygiene, which includes regularly brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antimicrobial, and maintaining your dental visits. During a routine visit, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned and the correct standards for brushing and flossing techniques can be reviewed. Feel free to browse my site for more information regarding dental procedures and to schedule an appointment at my Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist practice.

Tel: (310) 273-0111

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Request an appointment for a complimentary consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Sands, or feel free to call our Los Angeles (north of Orange County) office at (310) 273-0111 for more information.