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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 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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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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YOU CANNOT "CURE" A CAVITY

Fixing Cavities | Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Holistic dentistry is crap. Let's not mince words here or beat around the diplomatic bush.  It's crap. It doesn't work and is pseudo-science at best. It's the"Alternative Facts" of dentistry with NO sound science or biology to back up it's claims.

A friend of mine directed me to this link of how a mom "healed" her child's cavity and asked me what I thought. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-i-healed-my-childs-cavity/  And before I even read it, I just told him it was BS. You cannot cure a cavity.  And stuff like this is floating around the internet so that people can research "alternative" ways to deal with their reality.  Don't misunderstand me.  I believe in ...

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