04Sep

Too many people avoid dental care until there is a problem; they don’t make the time to come in for treatment until they’re already dealing with cavities, dental damage, or gum disease. The truth is that is much easier, more comfortable, and affordable to put some time and energy into preventive dental treatments. By keeping your smile as healthy as possible to begin with, you can minimize your risk of requiring comprehensive restorative care in the future.

An important aspect of preventive dental care is the at-home oral hygiene routine. Because plaque is building up on your smile 24/7, you have to be just as persistent about cleaning your teeth and gums. In order to optimize your at-home dental routine, talk to your dentist about:

  • What size of toothbrush you should be using
  • What bristle-firmness you should look for in a toothbrush
  • Whether your toothpaste should include any particular ingredients

In order to achieve full results, you need to pair daily care with professional treatments. The American Dental Association recommends that patients complete professional cleanings every six months or so; these appointments also allow our team to check your smile for any signs of emerging problems, like oral cancer.

During your semi-annual appointments, our dentists may recommend particular preventive therapies, especially if you’re already dealing with a weakened smile. Topical fluoride treatments, for example, can help to strengthen vulnerable dental enamel. Sealants can also be used to protect deeply pitted enamel from bacteria colonization.

Take the time now to invest in preventive dental care. Your smile will thank you for it in years to come. Even if it has been a long time since you’ve been in to see a dentist, our Toluca Lake dentists are here to help you care for your smile. Give our office a call, or use the Contact Us page on our site to get started.

07Aug

It is very common for dental patients to develop aesthetic issues as time goes on. Now, however, thanks to advancements in the world of dentistry, cosmetic problems don’t have to plague you forever. Today, our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentists are going to be reviewing various treatment options for common cosmetic complaints. We hope that this information helps you visualize what’s possible with cosmetic dentistry!

Let’s say, for example, that you have noticed that your smile is looking dark or stained. Our dental team will guide you through your treatment options, so that you can find a solution that meets all of your needs. Professional teeth whitening, for example, is used to lighten natural dental enamel, and return it to its previous shade. There are additional treatments that cover unsightly enamel with fresh, white, and natural-looking materials like dental resin and porcelain.

You also have options if you’re looking to make your smile appear straighter. Using Invisalign, you can perfect the alignment of your natural teeth. Invisalign allows patients to meet their orthodontic goals without resorting to metal brackets or wires. Alternatively, you may choose to undergo dental bonding or porcelain veneer application, both of which can build out individual teeth so that the smile looks better aligned and seamless. When you assess your treatment options, you’ll want to consider your ideal timeline, your budget, and what type of post-treatment maintenance you’re comfortable with.

Many cosmetic dentistry patients end up combining aesthetic treatment options in order to achieve their desired results. Our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentists are here to walk you through your treatment options, so that we can ultimately build an aesthetic plan that works for you as an individual. The easiest way to get started is to call our dental team and schedule a personal consultation. You can also use the Contact Us page on our website to submit a question for our dentists. We look forward to speaking with you!

24Jul

Keeping your smile looking, feeling, and smelling healthy takes focused care and diligence. A lot of the at-home dental care that we prioritize is designed to do this by minimizing and clearing away plaque. Keep reading to learn more from our Toluca Lake dentists about what plaque is, how it impacts your oral health, and what you can do about it.

As you go throughout your day, oral bacteria feed on sugars and carbohydrates in your mouth. The energy they derive from these substances allow the bacteria to grow and multiply. The bacteria coalesce in sticky film called plaque; this film coats your teeth and gum tissues as the day goes on.

Here’s the thing about plaque: when it is left undisturbed for a day or two it actually calcifies into a substance called tartar. At this point, the calcified plaque is very difficult to remove from the tooth surface; you’ll need a professional cleaning to clear it away.

That is why is so important for patients to brush and their teeth every morning and night, and floss once a day. The goal is to clean plaque off of your smile before it is able to calcify.

If you’re dealing with a build-up of plaque or tartar, you may notice some changes to your smile:

  • Chronic, hard-to-treat bad breath (because bacteria emit unpleasant odors)
  • A visible yellow or brown substance on your teeth, most likely located where your teeth meet your gum tissue
  • Your teeth may feel rough or gritty when you run your teeth over them; clean and healthy enamel feels slick

The best way to take control of plaque production in your mouth is to partner with your dentist to build a personalized treatment plan. No matter what the current state of your smile, our Toluca Lake dentists are here to help you optimize your oral health. We look forward to speaking with you!