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Signs your teeth aren’t as healthy as you think they are.

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People don’t go to the dentist for a lot of reasons. One of the main reasons is: “Nothing hurts”

Things don’t have to be hurting to have a problem. Diabetes doesn’t hurt until you pass out from a diabetic coma. High blood pressure doesn’t hurt until you have the heart attack.

Signs of Dental Problems

Here are some things to look out for that may be telling you “There’s a problem”

  • Your breath smells all the time. No matter how much your floss, brush, eat mints, use mouthwash…if you or someone close to you thinks that your breath has a funny smell, get thee to a dentist!
  • You get things caught in between your teeth. ...

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2 Ways Preventive Care Protects Your Oral Health

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Preventive care is the foundation of a healthy and beautiful smile! Your home care routine combined with consistent visits to your dentist every six months gives your smile the attention it needs to last a lifetime.

Here are some other ways preventive care benefits you.

#1: Preventive Care Protects Your Overall Health

Are you aware of the direct connection your oral health has to your overall health and well-being? Studies have shown that the same bacteria that contribute to periodontal (gum) disease also adds to health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke pregnancy complications, and vice versa. This is because bacteria can enter into the bloodstream and travel ...

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

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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 Routine

The 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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Best Oral Care Techniques

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Dr. Lucio Kim believes that prevention is the best medicine when it comes to your oral health, however, we also understand that optimum oral health begins at home. You and your dentist are partners, and together with regular cleanings and checkups, and an excellent home care routine, you can prevent a number of oral health issues such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. Your dentist in Glendale offers tips for the best oral care techniques.

Switch to an Electric Toothbrush

Proper brushing technique is just as important as how often you brush your teeth. An electric toothbrush is a great option because it does the brushing work for you and it also ...

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Please Floss

Please Floss | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Your tooth is like an iceberg.

 A lot of important surfaces are underneath the gums and in between the teeth where the toothbrush simply cannot reach.

Why Should I Floss?

 Brushing is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to keeping your teeth for the rest of your life.  Once a cavity takes hold, it is very very difficult to stop. Preventing it in the first place really is the best thing. The picture is of an actual tooth sectioned in half to show you how the decay creeps through the tooth and eventually invades the heart of the tooth, or the nerve.  Then we're in the realm of root ...

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I Don't Care if you Brush....My Soapbox about oral hygiene....

Importance of Flossing | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Really. I don't care if you brush.  

Sounds odd coming from a dentist.

But if you do one thing to keep your teeth until you die...or at least have any hope of keeping your teeth until you die, then FLOSS.  Floss, floss, floss. Then floss some more. Part of my job as a dentist is not only to fix your teeth when they are damaged or decayed, but to help you PREVENT the decay and damage in the first place. It doesn't matter what your teeth look like tomorrow or even five years from now. It's when you are 85 that it really counts to have teeth and not have ...

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