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The Affect Smoking Will Have On Your Oral Health

Everyone knows that smoking will negatively affect a person’s physical health. But for some people, the damage that it does to their oral health is commonly overlooked. The inhalation of over 4,000 chemicals that are found in cigarettes not only make teeth look unattractive and discolored; it can also cause severe problems for an individual.

Oral Cancer

A malignant neoplasm on the lips or in the mouth can be caused by smoking. Of the 40,000 people diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States every year, about 8,000 die per year. It is said that only a little more than 50 percent of those diagnosed will be alive in the next five years.

Periodontal Disease

Studies have shown that smoking is one of the most significant factors in not only the development of, but advancement of, periodontal disease. Because smoking interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells, people who smoke are more susceptible to periodontal disease. When smoke is inhaled into the mouth the blood vessels constrict, delaying blood flow to the gums and hindering wounds from healing. If periodontal disease is left untreated, it will only get worse; periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss.

People who smoke are also more likely to have issues including:

  • Build up of plaque and tarter
  • Deep pockets between your teeth and gums
  • Loss of bone and tissue that support the teeth

If bacteria is not removed through routine and professional cleanings then bacteria remains below your gum line and can destroy the gum tissue, causing them to become inflamed. Once this happens, pockets form and fill with disease-causing bacteria. These bacteria can cause gingivitis and ultimately cause the teeth to fall out.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Anyone who smokes long enough will develop halitosis. Although mouthwash and gum may work short-term, in the long run they will fail. Many smokers may become used to the smell, but it is quite obvious to non-smokers. Halitosis can be cured and sometimes will go away if a person stops smoking.

Like halitosis, many of the problems brought on by smoking can be reversed or corrected if a person drops the habit.

By combining my extensive training with state-of-the-art equipment I can help patients improve not only the look of their teeth, but their overall oral health as well.

As an extensively experienced Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, I can help you attain the look you want through my dedication and use of state-of-the-art equipment. I welcome you to visit my website and to schedule a consultation at my Los Angeles office for all of your dental needs.

Americans Score Poorly Regarding Knowledge on Oral Health

How often should you brush? What causes cavities?

A study conducted a few months ago by the American Dental Association (ADA) revealed that Americans need to brush up on their knowledge about good oral health practices. The results from the survey heeded an average score of a “D” on a range of true/false questions about basic oral hygiene.

The survey which involved almost 1,500 adults showed:

  • 90 percent of people think they should clean their teeth after every meal. According to theADA, cleaning your teeth twice a day is sufficient.
  • 81 percent of people believe that cavities are caused by sugar. Actually, they are caused by germs in the mouth that feed on sugar, producing an acid that attacks the tooth enamel which will wear down over time, forming cavities.
  • 75 percent do not know the age a child should be for his or her first dental exam. TheADArecommends that a child’s first visit to the dentist should be within six months after their first tooth appears or before the child’s first birthday.
  • 65 percent of people think that replacing their toothbrush twice a year is adequate, when it should actually be replaced every three months.
  • 59 percent are unaware that cavity causing germs can be passed from person to person.

The survey also asked adults for their opinion on a number of other oral health topics:

  • 85 percent of respondents indicated that a good smile plays a key role in finding a job.
  • In regards to physical attractiveness, a nice smile outweighed skin, eyes, hair, and figure as the most important attribute.

To enhance the look and quality of your teeth I encourage you to schedule a consultation with me at my Beverly Hills practice. My years of certified experience and dedication can help improve your smile and your overall oral health.

The Demand for Dental Implants Continues to Grow

Nothing looks better than a full set of good-looking teeth, but sometimes various factors such as disease or accidents can cause tooth loss. For these individuals, looking to restore their smile means replacing a missing tooth or teeth and doing away with self-consciousness. Whatever your reason may be, dental implants are a great option. They are known to provide durable, natural-looking results.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of sterile titanium cylinders and are positioned in the jawbone beneath the gums. This allows one or more of your teeth to be replaced, eliminating the need for removable dentures and bridges.

The want for dental implants is rising. According to a recent Business Wire news article, patients are increasingly requesting dental implants rather than bridges and other traditional treatments because of the advantages that they offer. This includes: decreased bone loss, more secure tooth placement, and a longer lifespan.

Why are dental implants better than dentures and bridges?

Dentures can cause discomfort and slip when eating or talking. Bridges can also become loose and weakened over time. Dental implants are permanent and should never have to be replaced. It can also not be expressed enough on how much more natural dental implants look than dentures and bridges.

With my experience and understanding I can give you a more aesthetically pleasing smile and more comfortable alternative treatment for missing teeth. Please don’t hesitate to check out my website for information on my dental implant procedure. I look forward to giving you the healthy and natural-looking smile that you deserve. Schedule your appointment at my Beverly Hills cosmetic dentistry practice today!

Using Our Own Stem Cells to Create New Teeth?

Throughout life many of us will lose teeth, with one of the best replacement methods being dental implants. But what if we could grow new teeth made from our own stem cells?

In the past, the main reason why teeth haven’t been made from stem cells is because researchers have not been able to find a marker that enables them to find a match between cells. But recently researchers have found a specific marker that matched stem cells with regular tooth cells. They discovered that a certain transcription factor is expressed in stem cells that exist in the front teeth, and it is these particular stem cells that provide building blocks for the production of new cells.

As of recent, it was reported that researchers are working on developing a way to record the separation and specification of these cells in order to give rise to cell lineages including enamel-forming ameloblasts. In the future, to grow these teeth, stem cells will be multiplied in a lab and then grown into 3-D scaffolds made out of dissolvable sutures in the shape of teeth.

Even with this new advancement on the horizon, it should be noted that dental implants remain an effective option for those who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or due to another reason.

Please contact my Los Angeles office for all of your dental needs. I am here to help you achieve a healthy-looking, A-list smile! As an experienced Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist I will evaluate which procedure will give you the most beneficial results. Please feel free to schedule your consultation today.

Tel: (310) 273-0111

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