Keeping Up with Your Periodontal Health

Group of friendsPeriodontal disease affects the majority of Americans over 35, but it is not inevitable. Keeping up with your periodontal health can help you keep your gums healthy and avoid this common dental problem. Our North Hollywood dentist can help you design a preventive periodontal strategy to protect your gums and your smile.

1. Use the right tools.
Many people use a toothbrush that is too rough. A soft-bristled toothbrush is ideal because bristles that are hard or stiff can injure your gums and leave them vulnerable to infection.

2. Brush properly each time you brush.
Technique matters as much as frequency. Clean your teeth using small tooth-length strokes with your brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums, and spend about two minutes at a time brushing.

3. Clean between your teeth.
The toothbrush cannot reach between each set of teeth, so you do need to use a special tool to clean in this area. Floss is perhaps the most common tool of choice, but you can also use floss picks, dental flossers or interdental cleaners to clean between your teeth. Whatever you choose, just remember to clean between your teeth at least once a day.

4. Eat a healthy diet.
What you eat matters, too. Brushing and flossing perfectly is not going to help your teeth very much if you eat a starchy, processed diet low in nutrients. You have to feed your teeth and gums plenty of healthy foods to keep them strong.

5. Visit us.
Regular dental cleanings and checkups on a recommended schedule will always be important because they help us monitor your teeth and gums for early signs of problems and give you important advice on how to improve your dental routine.

Call our periodontist in North Hollywood to schedule your next appointment.

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Problemas de salud que debe discutir con su dentista

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La salud dental y la salud general están estrechamente vinculadas, y algunos problemas de salud pueden aumentar su riesgo de problemas dentales. Si usted tiene estos problemas de salud, debe mencionarlos en su próxima cita dental para que podamos tomar las precauciones necesarias para proteger su sonrisa.

1. Embarazo
El embarazo puede llevar a muchos cambios hormonales, lo que puede hacer que sus encías se vuelvan más sensibles y aumentar su riesgo de gingivitis embarazo, así como otros problemas dentales.

2. Diabetes
La diabetes es una condición sistémica que puede aumentar su riesgo de caries, enfermedad de las encías, sequedad de la boca, candidiasis y otros problemas dentales. Un buen control de su glucosa en la sangre puede reducir su riesgo de problemas dentales, y mantener su sonrisa saludable puede ayudarle a manejar mejor sus síntomas de diabetes, de acuerdo con la investigación.

3. Trastornos alimenticios y ERGE
Los trastornos alimenticios, como la bulimia, y problemas de estómago como la ERGE, exponen sus dientes a los ácidos del estómago, lo que puede conducir a la erosión ácida y la sensibilidad del esmalte. La anorexia y las condiciones pueden causar deficiencias nutricionales, que pueden afectar sus dientes y encías. Podemos ayudarle a tomar medidas para proteger su sonrisa de estos problemas.

Llame a nuestra oficina hoy para saber más o para programar su consulta con nuestro dentista.

Common Cosmetic Dental Treatments

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Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the way your smile looks. Getting your smile healthy is generally one of the best ways to achieve an attractive smile, but some minor flaws can affect the aesthetics of your smile without affecting its health. Our cosmetic dentist in Westlake Village can help you get a smile that is both healthy and beautiful.

Some of the most common cosmetic dental treatments include:
• Teeth whitening
We use the advanced Zoom 2 Whitening system to get your teeth their whitest. The Zoom 2 system uses powerful light-activated Zoom gel and can lighten teeth eight or more shades in a single hour.

• Dental bonding
Bonding is a fast, easy way to fix those little problems like chips or worn enamel. It can be applied in a single visit in about an hour, and it can keep your teeth looking great for years.

• Porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for teeth with more serious cosmetic issues such as abnormal spacing, alignment problems, discolorations, fractures and worn enamel.

• Lumineers
Lumineers are a special type of veneer that requires minimal preparation and can often be applied right over your natural teeth.

• Orthodontics
Straightening your teeth can improve not only the way your smile looks but also how it functions, and it can boost your dental health by making your teeth easier to maintain.

Call us to learn more or to schedule your cosmetic consultation with our team.

Foods That Can Stain the Teeth

Foods That Can Stain the TeethIdeally your teeth will stay white for many, many years, but some foods are just too delicious to give up entirely. Certain foods and drinks can severely stain your teeth, necessitating an in-office whitening treatment from our best cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills. Some of the top offenders for staining teeth include:

•    Wine: This is an acidic beverage that contains chromogens and tannins, two notorious substances for staining teeth.
•    Tea: Another substance that is rich in tannins. Black tea is the worst for staining teeth while herbal, green, and white teas are much better.
•    Sports drinks: This is a highly acidic drink that can severely soften tooth enamel.
•    Soda: It is particularly likely to stain your teeth if you sip it at your desk all day.
•    Berries: Intensely colored fruits such as blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, cherries, and grapes can lead to stains.
•    Candies: Any sort of hard candy, gum, popsicle, or other sweets contain artificial coloring agents. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if it turns your tongue a funny color, it can do the same to your teeth.

You can minimize the effects these substances have on your teeth by drinking beverages through a straw and by rinsing your mouth out with water after a meal.

When to See Your Dentist

When to See Your DentistYou should have a routine dental exam performed by your dentist twice a year. People at a higher risk of developing gum problems should see a dentist more often while those in outstanding oral health may be able to get away with only seeing a dentist once a year. However, there are certain instances where you will need to see our top dentist in Los Angeles right away.

If you have knocked out a tooth, see your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, recover the lost tooth, and if it is dirty, rinse it with water. Make sure to keep the tooth moist in water or milk.

A broken or chipped tooth should be placed in a moist cloth until you can see a dentist. The treatment you receive will vary depending on the severity of the chip.

A redness or swelling in the gums could be a sign of gingivitis, a dental abscess, or an infection. It may not require urgent care, but you should make an appointment soon if the condition worsens.

The best way to ensure that you do not have to make an emergency dental visit is to maintain good oral habits like brushing and flossing daily. And if you continue seeing your dentist once every six months, any problems can be detected and treated much sooner than they would have.