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5 Tips To Maintain A Great Oral Health

It is as important to maintain great oral health as it is to maintain your overall health. People often have health issues that are secretly linked to their oral health without knowing it. Everyone wants a nice bright white pearly smile, it is important to understand it takes a lot of care to maintain a healthy one. 1. Brush Your Teeth Multiple Times Daily Brushing your teeth is the most important action that you can do to maintain a great oral health. Keeping your teeth clean especially before you go to bed, is necessary because it’s the prime time where your mouth holds the most germs. When you brush your teeth before bed, it will eliminate the possibility of plaque build up while you are asleep. This will keep your teeth clean and refreshed while you are sleeping, and waking up to no extra built up plaque for great oral health. 2. Don’t Forget To Floss Brushing your teeth is great for removing the grime from the surface of your pearly whites, but flossing goes in between the teeth and gums. If you want to maintain great oral health and remove the risk of gum disease, then you should incorporate flossing into your daily dental hygiene routine. The American Dental Association recommends flossing your teeth once a day because it will help prevent cavities and gum disease. Flossing removes all of the buildup that brushing does not, so it extremely important to floss extra especially before bed. 3. Maintain Your Dentist Check-Ups Going to your dentist every 6 months is important for maintaining great oral health. When you visit your dentist it allows you to keep track of any dental issues. During your dental exam, your dental professional will examine your gums, teeth and any other oral concerns. This is followed up by a deep teeth cleaning. Your dentist will then come up with a plan to correct any possible oral health issues. Typically, you will be encouraged to return in 6 months to discuss your progress and to have a general maintenance exam. 4. Take Your Vitamins Calcium and Vitamin C are crucial vitamins to take in maintaining great oral health. Teeth are composed of calcium, and calcium is consumed mainly to keep your bones healthy. If you do not consume enough calcium in your daily diet, you may run the risk of developing a bone deficiency, gum disease, and/or tooth decay. Vitamin C not only helps your immune system stay strong but it also protects your teeth. 5. Drink Green Tea Green tea has many beneficial compounds that improve the overall health of your body by lowering the chances of developing cancer. The great benefits that this drink has on your teeth is that it kills bacteria that may develop in the mouth and it also lowers the risks of any possible infection in your mouth. Another added benefit to drinking green tea is that it lowers the risk of bad breath. If you are in need of any advanced dental imaging, ask your dentist about LA Imaging, or you can schedule an appointment at either our Beverly Hills or Encino today!

4 Benefits Of Using Advanced Dental Imaging

LA Imaging believes in the power of using Advanced Dental Imaging. There are many benefits that come with using high technology systems when getting x-rays and images taken. We have listed 4 of the benefits below to using Advanced Dental Imaging. 1. Better Accuracy Everyone wants good teeth, and that means when you get an intraoral x ray done it is important to be assured you’re getting the most accurate results possible. The less accurate your tests are, the less accurate your treatment will be, and the higher the chances are of a misdiagnosis affecting the health of your teeth. This is where advanced dental imaging comes in – you can be assured that your results will be as accurate as possible rather than potentially incorrect and ultimately costing you more money in the long run. Rather than 2D images, 3D and other advanced dental imaging methods are able to show you things that might not be otherwise visible and this is crucial to getting the best dental care as fast as possible. 2. More in Depth than Other Methods In a flat 2D image it’s impossible to see everything necessary to determine a diagnosis. However, a 3D image is able to show you an entire picture of the whole mouth and skull from every angle with the added benefit of exposing you to much less radiation. 2D images can be helpful for some things like detecting cavities, but the technology is almost useless for most other things, especially more complicated procedures like planning surgery. In other words, you get a detailed full picture with advanced dental imaging that is able to give you more information than what just a regular x ray can provide. 3. Safer Traditional imaging methods expose you to much more radiation than advanced dental imaging methods. This is because traditional methods take a longer amount of time to complete and you have to be exposed multiple times to get a complete picture. Advanced dental imaging takes a fraction of the time so you’re exposed to less harmful radiation. With advanced dental imaging, you’re only exposed for about ten seconds compared to around 5-10 minutes for an x ray. 4. More Efficient When compared to traditional x rays, the efficiency of advanced dental imaging is uncomparable. No one wants to spend more time than they need to getting medical tests or work done – advanced dental imaging cuts the amount of time you’re in office more than in half. This is especially beneficial for those who have tight schedules, such as working professionals and students, who need to be in and out as fast as possible. For those worried about cost, it’s also much more cost effective compared to going somewhere like a hospital. Another favorable aspect is that 3D images are much less intrusive, rather than needing to bite down on intra-oral sensors for an x ray, you simply have to sit there while a scan of your skull/teeth/jaw is taken. If you are in need of any advanced dental imaging, ask your dentist about LA Imaging, or you can schedule an appointment at either our Beverly Hills or Encino today!

5 Reasons To Get Orthodontic Records

LA Imaging offers Los Angeles Orthodontics Records as part of a pre-treatment necessity. Pre-treatment records are important to determine facial growth patterns, confirm a diagnosis, and to plan a treatment. These Los Angeles Orthodontic Records may be taken more than once throughout the course of treatment with subsequent records taken to compare to initial records and to measure treatment. Below are the 5 reasons we believe you should get orthodontics records.   Confirm A Diagnosis Orthodontic records are typically obtained when you come in for a consultation appointment and are useful in documenting the condition of your teeth, mouth, and jaw prior to planning the treatment you’ll receive. Your orthodontic records typically include your dental history, extraoral and intraoral exams, face and mouth photographs, and radiographs. This information is most important in determining exactly what need’s to be treated, and guarantees you’ll be promptly treated for the condition you have. Plan Treatment Orthodontic treatment is directly correlated to receiving a correct diagnosis, which emphasizes the importance of having detailed and accurate records in order to correctly plan your treatment. The Orthodontic records also give your dentist a picture of your overall medical history which is important because some patients might need to avoid being administered particular drugs or undergoing certain treatments. The orthodontic records then make it easy for your orthodontist to make sure you are given an alternative if it’s determined you cannot be administered a specific drug or treatment. Determine Facial Growth Patterns An often overlooked but crucial use for orthodontic records is being able to track facial growth patterns over periods of time. This is additionally important because if something in your teeth/mouth/jaw changes, your orthodontist can determine even slight changes and determine if something needs to be done to treat what has changed, as well as what specifically has changed. This could be especially useful for adolescents and young adults whose wisdom teeth begin causing other teeth to shift, or if they are impacted or growing in incorrectly. The sooner something is caught before it begins to cause irreversible damage and/or pain, the better and the better you can be treated. Keep Track of Patient History & Records Being able to look at a patient’s dental history and records is extremely beneficial for your orthodontist because they can see if anything changes over time, and can track those changes. This allows any significant changes to be caught by your orthodontist as soon as possible, before significant damage is caused, and that can make an enormous difference in how the change affects you and what treatments you need to receive. For example, wisdom teeth in the beginning stages of being impacted can be caught and treatment before extreme pain or an infection occurs. Measure Progress Being able to track the progress of your dental work and treatments are crucial to the planning of future treatments. If it’s determined a past treatment doesn’t work for you, your orthodontist can see that and decide what to do from there. If they weren’t able to track your progress, you could potentially continue to be treated with something that isn’t benefiting you as much as something else could, which in turn affects the overall health of your teeth, mouth, and jaws. It’s important your orthodontist makes measuring your progress a priority to be sure you continue to receive the treatment you need and you are making the correct progress with your treatment. If you are in need of any advanced dental imaging, ask your dentist about LA Imaging, or you can schedule an appointment at either our Beverly Hills or Encino today!