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Gum Disease Linked to Heart Disease

It cannot be stressed enough that healthy oral hygiene is an important part of the overall health of one’s body. The soft tissues of the mouth and the gums are a common source of disease if proper cleaning and care is not followed. For this reason, patients who visit my Beverly Hills practice are thoroughly examined and educated on the correct way to maintain healthy teeth and gums. This can help patients prevent gum disease and other medical problems that could develop throughout the body.

There have been studies that show how dental professionals can reduce the risk of primary and secondary cardiovascular disease events in patients with gum disease. When patients understand that regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing can help reduce build-up of bacteria, they decrease their risk of complicated medical issues. I make sure that patients are fully informed of how to care for their gums and teeth and know how to detect signs of any problems, in between check-up visits.

If you feel that you may be showing signs of an illness, either through gum disease or chronic bad breath, please feel free to contact me at my Beverly Hills dental office. As a dedicated Los Angeles dentist, I look forward to helping you achieve healthy teeth and gums.

Get Healthy Teeth For Life

Many individuals think that dental and oral hygiene is only important in childhood; however, it is extremely important to maintain a healthy routine into adulthood in order to prevent infection and disease. When visiting my Los Angeles dentistry practice, I remind individuals to brush, floss, and rinse regularly. Brushing the teeth and rinsing at least twice a day can help remove plaque build-up and strengthen teeth.

Toothpastes and rinses containing fluoride can help the teeth keep their enamel intact and prevent them from deteriorating later in life. In addition, rinses can help kill bacteria that can cause infections. It is also important to thoroughly clean the tongue, which can house bacteria as well. Also, flossing once a day removes debris that gets stuck in between teeth and near the gum line. Furthermore, chewing sugar free gum containing xylitol can help generate saliva in the mouth, which helps to rinse away sugar and other damaging culprits in the mouth. Following these simple rules can lead to healthy teeth and gums that do not require extensive treatments. However, as you age and may be required to take certain medications, there may be some side effects that cause changes to the teeth and/or gums. Proper oral hygiene will reduce the risk of complications should they occur.

If you are in the Los Angeles area in search of a dentist, please feel free to browse my website to learn more of the procedures offered. You may schedule an appointment to discuss your options during a consultation.

What Your Teeth Say About Your Health

Your dental health is only one small part of your overall health; however, the mouth can oftentimes be the first place to show signs of health issues in the body. Below are some warning signs to look for in order to be better aware of your general health.

  • Flat, worn teeth plus headache – This can indicate great stress that is causing teeth grinding at night.
  • Cracking, crumbling teeth – Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux; acid breaks down enamel on the teeth.
  • Sores that won’t go away – This may be the beginning stages of oral cancer; smokers are at a higher risk.
  • Gums growing over teeth – Certain medications may cause the gums to overgrow; these will need to be adjusted.
  • Dry mouth – This could be a sign of Sjogren’s syndrome and/or diabetes; look for other signs to rule out.
  • White webbing inside cheeks – Lichen planus; can start in the mouth, then migrate to other areas.
  • Crusting dentures – This can lead to aspiration pneumonia; be sure to remove and wash dentures regularly.

If you feel that you may be suffering from any of these problems, or any others that may not be listed here, please free to contact my practice. As an experienced Pasadena dentist, I am dedicated to helping you maintain optimal oral health.

Be sure to browse my website to learn of the treatments available, and schedule an appointment at my Beverly Hills office.

Options for Dental Braces

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice when meeting you, which is why I am dedicated to helping you achieve a brilliant smile. One of the most common complaints that my patients have is that their teeth are crooked even after having braces as a teenager. As time passes and the body changes, so does the dental structure. In order to correct imperfections in the teeth’s alignment, you may be in need of a secondary orthodontic treatment.

Braces in adulthood is typically not something you want to think about or have to go through; however, with the advances in dental techniques and technology there are now more discreet ways to align your teeth. The most popular method is through Invisalign, which are clear trays that are molded to help straighten teeth over six months to a year. Each set of trays is worn for two weeks and then a new one is used to gradually move the teeth to a more desirable position.

Other treatments include ceramic braces and lingual braces. Ceramic braces can be matched to the tooth’s color in order to blend in and not be as noticeable as traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on the inside part of the teeth and are rarely seen. Although these new methods are more appealing than metal braces, these can also be more costly.

Feel free to schedule an appointment at my Beverly Hills Orthodontics practice to discuss Invisalign, ceramic braces, and/or lingual braces. I look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Tel: (310) 273-0111

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