14Mar

The time and effort that you put in to cleaning your smile every day pays off over time in a more attractive and long-lasting smile. You’ve probably already developed an oral hygiene routine that feels intuitive, but are you really doing everything you can do to support your smile?

Our Santa Monica Dentists are here to give you some helpful tips on caring for your smile day in and day out. Keep reading to learn more!

The foundation of any healthy oral hygiene routine is diligent dental brushing. The American Dental Association recommends that dental patients brush their teeth at least twice a day—once in the morning and once before bed.

It’s important to note that you should be brushing your smile for at least 2 minutes every time that you brush. You may be surprised at just how long 2 minutes really is—try setting a timer or listening to a song that is about 2 minutes to make sure that you’re staying on track.

While brushing your teeth, you also want to ensure that you’re applying gentle pressure to your enamel and gum tissues. If you brush too forcefully, you can actually weaken your enamel and damage oral tissues.

Here’s a quick tip on flossing: the best time to floss your smile is at night, right before you brush your smile. When you floss at the end of your day, you dislodge dental debris and bacteria that have built up. Then, you can immediately brush any remnants off of your smile, and even finish off with a mouth rinse, if necessary.

Our Santa Monica dentists are here to help you optimize your at-home oral hygiene routine so that you can enjoy a healthy and attractive smile for years to come. As always, we’re here to answer your questions and provide you with the support you need, so give us a call to get started!

14Mar

Our dental team uses the most up-to-date dental technologies in our office, so that dental care is fast, comfortable, convenient, and effective for our patients. One dental technology that has transformed our ability to treat gum disease is laser periodontal treatment.

Our Santa Monica dentists are here with some information about how laser treatment works, as well as why so many dental patients choose laser treatment, rather than traditional treatments for gum disease.

Laser periodontal treatment is designed to eliminate diseased and damaged oral tissues, while leaving healthy gum intact. The specific frequency of the laser only affects weakened gums.

Another benefit of laser periodontal treatment is that the laser actually seals the gum tissue as it moves along your smile. This helps your remaining healthy gum tissue resist infection and heal quickly.

Here are some of the reasons that people turn to laser periodontal treatment to combat oral infections:

· This is a conservative treatment, meaning that allows you to maintain as much healthy gum tissue as possible—it is not needlessly destructive

· Laser periodontal treatment is quick and comfortable for the patient—this is much more patient-friendly treatment than traditional cut and sew periodontal surgery

· There is very little downtime post-treatment

· Timely periodontal treatment can literally save teeth that would otherwise need to be pulled or would fall out

It is in your best interest to seek treatment for gum disease as soon as you notice any of the tell-tale symptoms. It is easiest, fastest, and least expensive to squash gum disease when the infection is in its earliest stages.

As always, our Santa Monica laser periodontal dentists are here to give you all of the information and support that you need to improve the health of your smile. Please call our office to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation with our team. We’re here to help!

28Feb

In our Santa Monica dental office our team is committed to providing our patients with the highest quality dental care available, because we know that the materials that we use matter aesthetically and functionally.

Today we are going to be answering patient questions about one health-centered aspect of our office: the fact that we are completely mercury-free! Keep reading to learn more…

Q: What does it mean to be mercury-free as a dental practice?

A: Some people are surprised to learn that, historically, mercury has been a common ingredient in dental restorations and fillings. Amalgam fillings, for example, are made up of a combination of metals including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Because our office is mercury-free, we use alternatives to amalgam, such as composite resin fillings and porcelain restorations.

Q: How do I know if I have mercury in my smile right now?
A: if you have received an amalgam filling, then this filling likely contains mercury. Amalgam fillings are easy to spot because they look predictably metallic and grey on the tooth. The good news is that existing amalgam restorations can now be replaced with more natural looking materials.

Q: What are some alternatives to mercury dentistry?
A: Our dental team restores teeth with mercury-free materials that are designed to last for the long haul. Composite resin, for example, is great for fillings because it can be custom shaded and shaped to meet the patient’s needs. Porcelain restorations are likewise exceptionally natural looking and customizable.

When you come to our Santa Monica dentists for restorative dental treatment, our team will review all of your restorative options with you, so that, together, we can choose the perfect solution for your smile. Please feel free to contact our dental team for more information and to schedule a personal consultation with our team!