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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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HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST?

Lasting Smile | Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS
This is a question I get a lot. "How long will this filling / crown / root canal / implant last?". It's an important question. Especially when you are spending the time, physical effort and money on any kind of dental treatment. But unfortunately, no one will be able to give you an accurate answer. The honest answer is "Depends". Why did the tooth need treatment in the first place? If we don't isolate the cause of the damage, and we expect a repair to survive in the same environment it got damaged in the first place, then that is the definition of insanity. We have to change the environment ...

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Treating Gum Recession - Without Grafting!

Treating Gum Recession | Lucio H. Kim DDS
We bet you don't spend a lot of time thinking about your gums - most of don’t. When things are gong along fine, your gums pretty much just sit there and hold your teeth in place. Then you notice your gums are pulling away or your dentist tells you your gums are receding. Then suddenly it seems like all you are doing is worrying about dreaded gum surgery that's needed to get your oral health back on track.Fortunately gum recession treatment has come a long way since cut-and-stitch surgery! At our Glendale, CA dental office Dr. Kim performs a state-of-the-art gum recession therapy called Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST).The standard procedure ...

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Have a Coke and a smile?

Soda and Your Smile | Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS
Remember that slogan from a little way back? Turns out, not so accurate. Have a coke and chances are you will have an artificial smile. The soda companies have such a huge lobby in Washington that it's tough to fight them. Plus there are so many other issues going on right now, that a little bit of sugar doesn't seem to be high on the priority list. But the overall health of our kids is on the decline. That is fact. And this means our future is in jeopardy. I use this blog as a platform (albeit a small one) to help people improve their health...not only of their teeth, ...

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