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Teeth Whitening with Zoom!

August 22, 2013

teeth whiteningFew people have a naturally bright smile. That’s because so many things we run into on a daily basis can cause stains—things like coffee, tea, red wine, juice, and soda, for instance. Tobacco use also contributes, as does aging. All of which explains why teeth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dentistry services offered by Westside Dental Associates.

Teeth whitening with Zoom! is easy and yields amazing results. With just one appointment, you can expect to see your smile brightened by anywhere between 6 to 10 shades.

How does Zoom! work?

It starts with us making sure you’re comfortably seated. We’ll put a protective cover over your lips and gums, and then apply the special Zoom! Whitening gel to your teeth. A low-heat lamp will activate the gel, which, over the course of an hour, will penetrate the enamel and dentin in your teeth to remove stains and discoloration. When we’re all done, we’ll finish your visit by applying a fluoride treatment to your teeth to give them special protection.

That’s all there is to it!

Call Westside Dental Associates to find out more about teeth whitening and our other cosmetic and restorative solutions. Dr. Latner whitens smiles from Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West LA, Mar Vista, and beyond.

Is It Time for Your Home-Stretch Checkup?

August 15, 2013

general dentistryIf you had a checkup with Dr. Latner earlier this year, it may already be time for your second annual visit with Westside Dental Associates. That’s because we’re past the half-way point in 2013 and are entering the home-stretch. Over the next few months, you can only expect life to get busier as the kids return to school, and major holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the hustle and bustle of December gets underway.

Right now, with summer vacation slowly winding down, is the perfect time for you to see our Los Angeles team for regular care. During your appointment, Dr. Latner will take a close look at your smile and assess your current health. If we see any signs of tooth decay or gum disease, we can put a treatment plan together right away to help you address whatever your needs are.

Dr. Latner can also talk to you about the cosmetic and restorative services he offers. With cosmetic and restorative care, you can enjoy better oral health and better confidence—and sometimes in as few as one or two visits. We’ll develop a personalized plan to help you with your specific needs.

Is it already time for your second checkup? Call Westside Dental Associates today to schedule your appointment. Dr. Latner provides excellent general, cosmetic, and restorative care to patients from all around the Los Angeles area, including Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West LA, and Mar Vista.

Diabetes and Gum Disease

August 8, 2013

general dentistryWe’ve said it before—gum disease doesn’t just affect your oral health, it has an impact on your overall wellbeing. That even goes for patients with diabetes.

What’s the connection? Though it’s not entirely understood, it would appear that the relationship between gum disease occurs two ways.

Here’s what we know:

Gum disease forms when bacteria and plaque accumulate around the gum line. This causes the tissue to become irritated, resulting in an infection. The body responds to this infection by raising blood sugar levels, in turn raising a patient’s risk of experiencing diabetic complications.

Now, consider the other side. Patients who are diabetic are already more susceptible to developing an infection, because of the differences with their blood sugar—and that includes a greater susceptibility to gum disease.

All of which means that diabetic patients should make regular dental care a priority—in fact, all patients should make regular care a priority. With checkups and cleanings twice a year, Dr. Latner will have a chance to watch your smile for changes, even very small ones. If we find anything that requires extra care, we can put together a treatment plan immediately.

Call us today if you’re ready to schedule an appointment. Dr. Latner serves patients from Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West LA, and Mar Vista. Helping you enjoy good oral and overall health throughout your life is our highest goal.

Risk Factors for Cavities

August 1, 2013

general dentistryYou’ve heard all your life that keeping your teeth healthy means avoiding sugary foods and brushing twice a day. But in fact, when it comes to cavities, there are other risk factors besides sugary foods and not brushing that you should be aware of. In today’s post, we’d like to go over some of those. We hope you find them informative, and if you have any questions about what you see, don’t hesitate to give our Los Angeles dental office a call.

Already having cavities

All patients face a risk of developing cavities, but patients who have had cavities in the past are more likely to develop new ones in the future. That’s because cavities weaken the protective outer layer of teeth, known as enamel. If you’ve had cavities in the past, make good oral habits a priority to protect your smile going forward.

Lack of fluoride

Why is fluoride added to toothpaste and community water supplies?  Because it supports oral health. Specifically, it attracts important minerals, ensuring that the enamel stays strong in the face of bacteria and acid. Not getting enough fluoride means your enamel will be weaker and more vulnerable to decay. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste, drinking tap water, and including a fluoride mouthwash into your daily routine will all help you prevent cavities.

Family history

Not every family makes brushing and flossing a priority, but that’s not the only way family history can contribute to cavities. For some patients, an increased risk of cavities comes down to genetics. If the members of your family seem to be naturally susceptible, make regular home care and checkups a priority.

Dry mouth

Saliva has at least two important functions: it helps us flush bacteria out of our mouths, and it neutralizes acid to protect teeth from decay. If you struggle with dry mouth, it’s important that you stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day, or you may want something like xylitol mints or gum, which promotes a neutral pH.

These are just a few of the possible risk factors associated with cavities. To learn more, or to come in for a consultation, call Westside Dental Associates to reserve an appointment. Dr. Les Latner provides comprehensive dental care to patients from Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West LA, and Mar Vista.