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Five Ways a Studio City Dentist can Brighten Your Smile

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

young man with bright white smileFall is officially under way, but even though the sun is fading your smile can still stay bright. There are various ways your Studio City dentist can help to lift your smile, and we’ve put together the five most popular.

  1. Professional cleanings. Are you overdue for a check-up? If so why not book one today. Regular check-ups should be part of your preventative dental care regime, and include professional teeth cleanings. These remove the tartar from your teeth, before they are gently polished. You should leave our office with a smile that looks brighter and fresher, and teeth that look a bit whiter.
  2. Renewing old, stained and leaky fillings helps to protect your teeth, and will lift your smile. White composite fillings become stained over time, and need replacing every few years. If you have amalgam fillings then these can cause dark patches in your mouth. Replacing them with tooth colored fillings is a quick and easy way to boost your smile.
  3. Dental bonding can be used to mend chipped or cracked front teeth, or to hide minor flaws such as gaps in between your teeth. The process uses tooth colored composite resin, and can be completed in one visit.
  4. Teeth whitening with your Studio City dentist is the safest way to bleach your teeth, as we will ensure your teeth and gums are healthy before whitening your teeth to a more flattering shade.
  5. Dental veneers are perfect for disguising discolored teeth. Certain stains, such as internal stains, cannot be bleached very easily so veneering the affected tooth is an easy way to cover it up.

The first three options will help brighten your smile, and can be good preventative and preservative dental treatments. The final two options are more cosmetically oriented, but can be excellent for an additional boost.

Why Mouthguards are Important for Athletes

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

athletic custom made mouthguardDo you love to play sports? Many people do, but unfortunately not so many will wear an athletic mouthguard. This increases the risk of ending up with broken or chipped teeth, losing a tooth or even sustaining a jaw, tongue or lip injury.

Dental injuries are common in contact sports, but they can also occur in non-contact sporting activities such as skating and gymnastics. Numerous surveys have shown that dental injuries while playing sports affect all ages and all skill levels, regardless of whether the activity is organized or unorganized.

A properly fitted mouthguard will help reduce the severity of any dental injuries when playing sports. This is because they are designed to dissipate the forces created on impact as they are made from a resilient and protective acrylic material. In fact studies have shown that athletes not wearing a mouthguard are up to 1.9 times more at risk of a dental injury compared to athletes who wear a correctly made sports mouthguard.

Ask Us About Custom-Made Mouthguards

While it is true that you can buy mouthguards over the counter extremely cheaply, this could prove to be a false economy, as they will not fit particularly well and will offer minimal protection. This type of mouthguard is likely to be uncomfortable to wear, increasing the chance of it remaining in its box while you are playing sports.

In contrast, a custom-made mouthguard will be comfortable to wear and will not dig in or rub, greatly increasing the likelihood of it being worn when playing sports. Properly fabricated mouthguards make it easy to breathe and talk, and they will stay in place while you play sports. Investing in a custom-made mouthguard will give a far greater level of protection, and could save you from requiring lengthy and costly restorative dental work to mend or even replace teeth lost due to dental injuries. It is a small price to pay for something that could help preserve your smile.

Five Tips for Better Dental Hygiene

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

dental careGood dental hygiene is all about keeping your mouth as healthy and as free from bacteria as possible. Everyone’s mouth has bacteria, but if they are allowed to get out of control, or to remain on the teeth and gums for extended periods of time, then they’re likely to cause gum disease or tooth decay.

Five easy tips for better dental hygiene

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Brushing your teeth first thing in the morning removes the bacteria that have accumulated overnight. This is important because your mouth produces less saliva to wash away the bacteria while you are asleep. Brushing last thing at night removes excess food particles and bacteria that have built up throughout the day.
  • Pay attention to the way you brush your teeth, and use small circular motions, ensuring you cover all the surfaces of your teeth.
  • Floss once a day, preferably last thing at night. Did you know the contact areas in between your teeth account for up approximately one third of all your tooth surfaces? If you’re not sure how to floss then ask your dentist or hygienist for advice and a quick demonstration.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months, or more frequently if the bristles appear frayed and worn. Choose a brush that is small enough to reach right to the back of your mouth, and make sure the bristles aren’t too hard as otherwise they could damage your teeth and gums.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional dental cleanings. Your dentist can check for early signs of disease, while your hygienist will scale and polish your teeth, and can offer advice and practical help on how to have better dental hygiene.

 

Diligent daily dental hygiene does work. When combined with regular professional dental care, it will help give you a healthy smile you can be proud of.

What to Look For in a Dentist

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

general dentistryChoosing a dentist is an important task; you want to pick someone you can build up a real relationship with, as after all they will be looking after your dental health for years to come. So what are the things that you really need to look for in a North Hollywood dentist?

Convenient Dentist Office Location

Your new dentist needs to be conveniently located so there’s absolutely no excuse for not making your appointments for check-ups. Ideally they should be located close to work or to home.

Are They Welcoming?

Your dental practice should be somewhere you feel comfortable visiting. When you walk into their office do you immediately feel at ease?

Can They Treat All Your Family?

A family oriented practice will welcome everyone regardless of age. People’s dental needs change over time, and a good practice will be able to accommodate them.

Do They Use State-Of-The-Art Dentistry Technology?

It’s important to pick a dentist who is interested in keeping their knowledge and their equipment bang up-to-date, as they will be able to provide you with the highest quality services in comfortable surroundings.

Do They Practice Conservative and Preservatives Dentistry?

Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but they can only do so with proper dental care so choose a dentist who is concerned with preventative and conservative care. They’ll help you take care of your teeth so they can last as long as possible, and will be willing to spend the time advising you on how best to prevent dental diseases.

Do They Provide All the Services you’re Likely to Need?

Most people will need dental care designed to preserve and restore their teeth, but cosmetic dentistry is becoming more common. If this is something you’re interested in, pick a dentist who offers cosmetic dental care, as it’s far more convenient to receive treatment from a dentist you already know and trust.

The Difference Between Dentists and Orthodontists

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

oral health and dentistry Many people are confused as to the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist. A dentist will have graduated from dental school and is able to practice general dentistry, offering preventative dental care and treating a wide range of dental problems. An orthodontist will have also graduated from dental school, but has chosen to specialize in orthodontics, spending approximately two years or even longer on additional training to qualify.

This doesn’t mean to say that general dentists are unable to offer orthodontic care, as many will have undertaken additional training that qualifies them to provide specific orthodontic systems to patients, many of which will be invisible or extremely discreet. These types of braces are suitable for correcting many common orthodontic problems, including overcrowding, protruding teeth, gaps in between the teeth and cases of malocclusion (teeth that bite together incorrectly). However if a patient has more extensive orthodontic issues then they could require more specialized treatment, and may be referred to an orthodontist.

Orthodontics and the Importance of Having a Straighter Smile

Orthodontics is a dentistry specialization that can help to improve the appearance of teeth through correcting their position. More importantly it will help to improve the function of the teeth and can be used to correct problems associated with the jaw.

Malocclusion can place additional stresses on the remaining teeth, on the surrounding structures such as the gums, the jawbone and the temporomandibular joint (the joint responsible for moving the jawbone), and the muscles in the face. Teeth that are in the correct alignment will place less stress on the muscles and joints in the face, and will be much easier to keep clean.

If you are interested in having a straighter smile then it is best to contact your general dentist to see if they can help you, or if you would benefit from receiving specialist treatment from an orthodontist.

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