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How Healthy is your Smile?

Do you brush, floss, and rinse at least two times a day? If so, then you may be well on your way to helping prevent bacterial infections that may cause other, more serious diseases – both in your mouth and perhaps other areas of the body. Generally, if your overall health is in bad shape, it is more than likely that your teeth and gums are not as healthy as they could be. Gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to various medical issues if left untreated. Some of these include cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, stroke, heart attack, and even adverse pregnancy outcomes.

If you have early signs of periodontal disease, it is my goal to help treat these symptoms and prevent further damage. Through advanced dental techniques and technologies, your gums and teeth can be restored to a more healthy state. It is important for patients to maintain these results by following a regular routine – daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing. In addition, patients who have alignment issues may be more susceptible to bacteria and plaque build-up. We can discuss your options with orthodontic treatments when visiting my practice.

Be sure to contact my office if you are in search of a Los Angeles cosmetic dentist to help you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile. I look forward to helping you meet your dental health goals.

Five Things Your Dentist Really Wants You to Know About Your Mouth

There are many things that the dentist tells you to do to maintain healthy gums and teeth, which is typically discussed during the routine dental check-up. The following five items are some of the most important things to take into consideration.

  • You May Not be Brushing Long Enough – It is important to brush the teeth for at least two minutes, spending 30 seconds on each section of the teeth (upper right, upper left, lower right, and lower left). Be sure to brush the tongue in order to remove odor-causing bacteria.
  • Protect Your Enamel – Eating and drinking acidic foods/beverages can gradually break down the enamel, which is why it is so important to brush and rinse with enamel-strengthening ingredients like fluoride.
  • Keep Cavities at Bay by Using a Full Oral Care Regimen – Simply remembering to brush and floss the teeth two times a day can help stave off cavities and infections. Furthermore, mouthwash can be a great addition to your routine for hard-to-reach places.
  • Bad Breath May Mean Poor Oral Hygiene – Bacteria that has not been removed from the tongue and/or teeth can cause chronic bad breath. Chewing sugarfree gum increases saliva flow and may help wash away bacteria.
  • Change Your Toothbrush – Frayed brush bristles are not as effective in removing plaque, which is why it is strongly urged for you to replace your toothbrush every three months.

By closely following these tips, you may decrease your chances of disease – both oral and overall body health. Please feel free to contact my practice for additional information. As a Los Angeles cosmetic dentist dedicated to my patient’s dental health, I look forward to helping you achieve the best smile possible.

Tel: (310) 273-0111

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