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Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist

Preventative Dentistry

Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing your teeth is the easiest and best method to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. In addition to seeing your dentist every six months for routine check-up and cleaning, Dr. Ebrahimi recommends his patients brush twice a day (once in the morning after breakfast and once before bed) and to floss once a day, preferably at night BEFORE brushing.  

The procedure is simple and quick with little, if any, discomfort. First, Dr. Ebrahimi thoroughly cleans and prepares the teeth to be sealed. Then he applies the sealant to the tooth’s chewing surface, where it bonds with the enamel. He uses a special curing light to help the sealant harden. The procedure requires one short visit.

As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth’s chewing surface will be protected from decay. Sealants, which hold up well under the incredible force of everyday chewing, may last for years before a reapplication is needed. However, no two mouths are the same, and chewing or grinding can cause sealants to wear at different rates. Routine dental visits are important so that Dr. Ebrahimi can check the sealant and reapply as needed.

Nightguard & Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can affect your jaw, cause pain to the neck/upper shoulder region, and even change the appearance of your face. People who have otherwise healthy teeth and gums can clench so often and so hard that over time, they wear away their tooth's enamel, causing chipping and sensitivity.

Stress and anger can increase nighttime and/or even daytime teeth grinding. Finding ways to alleviate these feelings can help, such as having Dr. Ebarahimi recommend and take impressions for a custom nightguard.

Fluoride Treatment

Tooth decay, also known as dental caries, is caused by the acid producing bacteria around your teeth and gums in a sticky, clear film called plaque. Without proper brushing and flossing techniques, teeth become vulnerable to tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent caries and can remineralize teeth in the very early stages of tooth decay. Dr. Ebrahimi recommends fluoride to his patients especially patients who may be at a higher risk of developing caries.

Caring for Tiny Teeth

Before your infant goes off to sleep at the end of the day, you should do more than kiss the little one good night. Make sure your baby’s teeth avoid risk of baby bottle tooth decay.

Baby bottle tooth decay happens when sweetened liquid, juice, milk, or formula stay in the mouth for a long period of time, such as when a baby sucks on a bottle before sleeping. The carbohydrates, or sugars, in the drink are metabolized by mouth bacteria that produce acid that can eat away the enamel of the teeth. This can result in cavities.

You can fight decay by keeping your baby’s mouth clean. Even before the first teeth appear, wipe the gums after each feeding. Massage the gums in toothless areas.

Tips for keeping your baby’s gums and teeth healthy include:

Wipe a child’s gums after meals beginning shortly after birth. This will get your child used to a daily oral routine. Begin to gently brush your baby’s teeth when the first tooth appears. You can use a baby sized brush and a tiny smear of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.

Never put your child to bed with a bottle filled with sweetened liquids, juice, milk or formula.

Drinks should be offered from a cup as soon as your child is ready to use one, usually by his or her first birthday.

Except for water, drinks in a bottle or cup should be finished in a short time period, about one hour. Talk to your pediatrician about dental care for your baby, and take your child in for the first dental visit within 6 months of eruption of the first tooth. Your dentist can start your child on a lasting program of dental care.

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