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Keeping Your Shiny Smile Looking Great after Whitening

Keeping Your Shiny Smile Looking Great after Whitening | Lucio H. Kim DDS
Few cosmetic treatments offer the dramatic smile transformation possible with professional teeth whitening. Having your teeth whitened is an investment, so once you take the step, you want to do everything you can to maintain the sparkling results.It’s a fact of life - as we age, our tooth enamel thins and becomes more porous. This leads to tooth discoloration as the yellowish layer of dentin beneath becomes more apparent and staining from certain foods and beverages that we consume.Another factor that contributes enormously to the whiteness of your smile is your general oral health routine. Are you brushing and flossing diligently? Do you visit your dentist for routine cleanings and ...

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Deciding on Dental Implants? Let's Correct Any Misconceptions

Deciding on Dental Implants | Lucio H. Kim, DDS
The purpose of a study published recently in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was to determine how much patients knew about dental implants. Not a lot, it turns out!Surveys were completed by 100 patients at the Virginia Commonwealth University Dental School; the first group was patients visiting specifically for implants, and the second was those visiting for other dental work.What You Need to Know about ImplantsAbout 1 in 4 patients said that they had never heard of dental implants and about two-thirds aren’t sure what they are made of. We clearly have a bit of work to do in educating people about dental implants! Here are a couple ...

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4 Tips for a Clean Retainer

Tips for a Clean Retainer | Family Dentistry
If you have had orthodontic treatment, you know that wearing your retainer as instructed is essential. You have invested a lot in your smile, and you’re thrilled with the results, but if you don’t wear your retainer regularly, you risk undoing all the hard work and time you spent to get to this point. If you are interested in getting treatment visit our Adult Orthodontics page to learn more!Since your retainer spends hours in your mouth, it’s just as important to keep it clean as it is to keep your teeth clean. Plaque and bacteria can collect on a retainer in the same way they collect on your teeth, ...

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3 Factors to Consider if You Smoke and Want a Dental Implant

Smoking and Dental Implants | Lucio H. Kim DDS
We don’t have to tell you that smoking is horrible for your general health, but there are also many ways that the habit affects your oral health. Smokers produce more bacterial plaque than nonsmokers, which contributes to gum disease, the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.Smoking and Dental ImplantsIf you are missing one or more of your teeth, dental implants are your best option for restoring form, function, and oral health. As it turns out, however, smoking also impacts the success of dental implants. If you are considering dental implants, here are three factors to consider:Smoking Interferes with Osseointegration: Dental implants owe their success to a titanium post ...

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Top 5 reasons people don't go to the dentist

The Top 5 Reasons People Don't Go To The Dentist1) Fear: According to the American Psychological Association, "fear of the dentist" consistently ranks in the top tier of people's biggest fears. For many reasons, a lot of people just do not like coming to the dentist out of fear. And I get this a lot. Usually this is a deep seated fear from a painful / bad experience when the patient was younger. The best way to start "rehabbing" your way psychologically back into dental care is to find a dentist you are comfortable with. Communication is KEY to help patients overcome their anxieties. But if the idea of dental offices ...

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3 Big Reasons Why You Need to Wear Your Retainer

Why You Should Wear Your Retainer | Lucio H. Kim DDS
You’ve gone through orthodontic treatment, and the big day is here! You’ve done everything right, and now it’s time to have your braces removed at our Glendale, CA dental office.Freedom! Your teeth look great, and you’re ready to ride off into the sunset with your fabulous new smile. But wait. What’s the doctor’s saying about wearing a retainer? You think, “Hey, retainers are for kids, what’s the deal?”You may think that, as an adult, once your teeth are straightened, you’re finished with the process. But here’s the thing – everyone, adult or child, who goes through orthodontic treatment must wear a retainer to maintain proper alignment.Orthodontic treatment is a two-step ...

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Oral Hygiene: A Three-Step Routine for a Healthier Smile

Glendale CA Professional Cleanings | Lucio H Kim DDS
If you have fallen behind with your professional dental care, it’s not too late to turn the page to a healthier, more confident smile. Glendale dentist Dr. Lucio Kim is not as concerned with where your oral health is now as much as where it’s going and how we can help.You can’t have healthy teeth without diligent oral hygiene and twice-yearly professional cleanings. Both are the foundation for a healthier smile that you can feel confident about showing off.Your Three-Step Oral Hygiene RoutineThe following is a basic three-step routine and an outline for excellent oral health. Following these steps will keep your smile healthy AND save you time and money ...

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