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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Smoking Causes More than Bad Breath

It is well known that smoking is bad for your health. Not only can smoking cause bad breath, but also increase your risk of oral cancer. The various chemicals and ingredients that make up a cigarette can cause damage to the teeth, throat, tongue, and other areas of the mouth. Fortunately, there are several ways to help a person quit.

The best way to lower your risk of cancer is to quit as soon as possible. However, we know that this is easer said than done. There are numerous methods to help individuals quit smoking, including nicotine patches, gum, prescribed medications, and even “e-cigarettes” (to wean a person off of actual cigarettes). Oftentimes, it isn’t until a patient complains of a toothache, red or dark patches inside the mouth, difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the jaw, or feeling that something is stuck in the throat that he/she seeks treatment. As a cosmetic dentist dedicated to patient health, I am sure to thoroughly examine the patient’s oral health in order to catch any early signs of cancer.

If you think you may be experiencing signs of oral cancer, please seek medical attention as soon as possible. I encourage you to schedule an appointment at my Beverly Hills practice to learn more regarding ways to prevent oral cancer. Those in the Los Angeles area in search of a cosmetic dentist have often turned to my practice for their dental needs.

Causes of Tooth Cavities

Children and adults are susceptible to getting a cavity or two throughout their lives. But what exactly is a cavity? When there is an acid attack on the teeth it causes a hole to form (cavity), which generally starts in the enamel, but can spread to the softer inner layer of the tooth. A cavity is caused by decay that occurs when carbohydrate foods become trapped between teeth, and are not properly removed with brushing and flossing. Bacteria living in the mouth digest these foods, which generate acidic byproducts that eat away at the enamel.

In order to prevent cavities from forming it is best to refrain from eating or drinking anything with a lot of carbohydrates. Sweets and sugary beverages can cause excess build-up of plaque and other cavity-causing particles. Fluoride is also a good way to prevent cavities, which can be found in some water, mouth rinses, and toothpastes. Additionally, it is ideal for you to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. This can help remove damaging elements from the teeth and prevent decay.

If you would like to learn more about how to prevent cavities, please feel free to schedule an appointment at my Beverly Hills practice. Those looking for a Los Angeles cosmetic dentist may find the procedures offered at my office to be of great benefit.

Proper Way To Brush Your Teeth

One of the important things I tell my patients to do is to brush their teeth at least two times a day. It can help prevent plaque build-up and cavities from forming by removing food particles and sugar residue. However, there are several individuals who ask about the proper way to brush their teeth. The following tips may be of great benefit if you also have concerns about brushing techniques.

  • Brush at a 45-degree angle in short half-tooth-wide strokes against the gum line, on the outer and inner surfaces.
  • Hold the brush flat, and brush back and forth on chewing surfaces
  • Tilt the brush vertically and use gentle up and down strokes with the toe of brush on inside surfaces of front teeth,
  • To remove food particles and freshen your mouth, brush the tongue in a back-to-front sweeping motion

It is also important to floss daily in order to remove food particles from in between the teeth. By following a regular brushing routine you may be able to avoid getting any fillings. Although this is not a guarantee, it is definitely a step to better oral health.

Please feel free to contact my Beverly Hills practice if you are looking for a cosmetic dentist near Los Angeles. I look forward to helping you achieve a smile you are proud to show off.

Why You Should Consider Dental Implants

It wasn’t too long ago when a missing tooth meant that you would need to wear a removable bridge or denture. Many patients have struggled with these in the past and in some circumstances, caused further damage to the surrounding teeth. The advances in cosmetic dental techniques and technologies have introduced dental implants – a permanent tooth replacement.

The most common complaint from denture and bridge wearers is the instability, which is something that you would no longer have to worry about with dental implants. These can be used when the area in which the tooth is missing is healthy enough to sustain the artificial root and tooth. First, a titanium cylinder must be screwed into the jawbone and allowed to heal over a period of three to six months. Once the new “root” has been integrated into the jaw, the artificial tooth can be permanently bonded to achieve a natural-looking smile. The new tooth will look and act like your natural tooth and should be cared for just as you would the rest of your teeth. Now that the removable bridge/denture is no longer disturbing the surrounding teeth, there is a reduced risk of damage to the teeth and gums.

If you are ready to throw out your dentures and/or bridge, schedule an appointment to learn about your options with dental implants. Los Angeles and Beverly Hills patients can achieve a more beautiful and natural-looking smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry.

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