23May

You’re already brushing your teeth and flossing your smile as recommended by your dentist, that’s great! There is one more component of a healthy oral hygiene routine that you need to make sure you’re keeping up with: your professional dental cleanings. Keep reading to learn more from our Santa Monica dentist...

The American Dental Association recommends that dental patients complete professional oral health cleanings every six months or so. Some people, those who are managing diabetes, for example, may need to schedule appointments more frequently. Your dentist will let you know if you should deviate from the general six-month cleaning recommendation.

It is crucial that you regularly undergo professional cleanings because, to put it plainly, you just can’t get rid of all your dental plaque and tartar by brushing and flossing alone. The longer these things are allowed to fester in your smile, the more likely you are to suffer from cavities and gum disease.

Tartar, in particular, is pretty much impossible to clean off of your teeth at home. Tartar is calcified plaque, and once it is bonded to your smile, it’s best to have a dentist remove it using professional tools.

So why six months? Six months is just a general guideline, that helps patients refresh their smiles regularly enough so as to minimize their respective risks of developing cavities and gum disease. The goal is to refresh and clean your smile, so that you can maintain it to the best of your ability until your next professional cleaning.

Regularly scheduled appointments also allow our team to screen your smile for developing problems as well as oral cancers. These assessments empower you to treat oral health problems before they get out of control.

Our Santa Monica dentists are here to help you no matter where you’re at with your oral health currently. Even if it has been years since you’ve seen a dentist, give us a call and get back on track!

09May

Periodontal disease, when left untreated, can absolutely wreak havoc on your smile. Oral infections that begin in your oral tissues can spread throughout your smile—to your teeth and even to your bone tissue.

Prompt and effective treatment for periodontal disease can help you minimize long-term oral health consequences; this type of treatment can actually save your smile!

Our Santa Monica periodontal dentists utilize laser technology to make periodontal treatment faster, more comfortable, and more effective than ever before. Keep reading to learn more!

During laser periodontal treatment our dentist moves a dental laser over your infected oral tissues. Here’s what makes this type of treatment so unique: the laser is set to a frequency so that it only affects oral tissues that are damaged and infected—it leaves healthy tissues completely intact.

As the laser moves over your gum tissue, it eliminates infected tissue and seals the gums as at goes. This helps to promote your body’s natural healing process, and to minimize your risk of developing a secondary infection. Because the dental laser only affects damaged oral tissue, it is a much more conservative treatment option than traditional cut-and-sew surgery.

In general, patients report that laser periodontal treatment is very comfortable; there is very little post-treatment recovery time required when our dentists treat gum disease with a laser. Our process is all about maintaining as much of your existing healthy oral tissue as possible, and promoting your body’s natural ability to heal itself.

If you think that you may be suffering from periodontal disease please do not hesitate to seek treatment from your dentist. You may find that your gums are bleeding frequently, or that you’re dealing with chronic bad breath; these are red-flags that can indicate gum disease.

Our Santa Monica dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have—just give us a call to schedule your personal consultation!

25Apr

If you are dealing with dull, discolored, or yellow teeth, you don’t have to just accept your smile as-is. There are a number of simple and patient-friendly treatments that can improve the appearance of your smile and refresh your teeth. Today our Santa Monica cosmetic dentists are reviewing some of the most popular treatments used to whiten and brighten smiles. Keep reading to get a better idea of how aesthetic treatments can help your smile.

When most patients consider whitening their teeth, they often turn first to professional dental whitening treatments. Professional whitening is a non-invasive option for lightening the appearance of your real enamel. Our team applies a topical whitening gel to your teeth, and as the gel activates it lightens existing stains to reveal your natural dental shade. The whitening gels used in-office are much more potent than those available over the counter.

There are also treatment options that cover your natural enamel, rather than changing its color. These treatments are especially useful for people for whom topical whitening was not successful, and for patients who want to achieve other aesthetic results while they whiten their teeth.

· Dental bonding resurfaces visible enamel with composite resin. Once composite resin has cured, it hardens and bonds to the tooth—it looks just like real enamel. Additionally, our team is able to shade resin to match the patient’s exact dental shade.

· Dental veneers are another option for whitening smiles—these porcelain restorations are permanently attached to the natural dental structure in order to resurface the tooth. Veneers can be used to whiten your smile, close gaps between your teeth, correct existing dental damage, and make misaligned teeth look straighter.

As always, our Santa Monica teeth whitening dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have about your treatment options. You can always get ahold of our team by giving our office a call and using the Contact Us page on our website.