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Stem Cells and Dental Implants

Stem Cell Assisted Dental Implants, Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

So what's new and great in the field of dental implants? Stem cells!  What we can do now is that when dental implants/bone growing / sinus lifts/gum surgeries are needed, we can use your own cells to stimulate and augment the healing of the site that was worked on.  

Our Glendale Office Does it Best

We have a nurse come in a draw a few vials of your own blood.  We then spin this down in a centrifuge to isolate all healing factors and growth cells.  Then we take this concentrate and use it in the surgical site where we are.  This kick starts healing and really cuts down on the ...

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Why are my teeth so sensitive?!

Sensitive Teeth in Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

We all get it once in a while. Some people have it all the time.  

But sensitivity in your teeth to cold things, sweet things, hot things, hard foods, chewy foods, everything...is a sign of something bigger.  

What Does Tooth Sensitivity Mean?

Your teeth are telling you to pay attention.  The causes run the whole gamut: gum recession, cavities, really big cavities, gum infections, wisdom teeth, clenching or grinding of your teeth, trauma, failing fillings or failing dental work. If your teeth are sensitive in general every once in a while...few times a year...not a big deal usually. Happens to everyone.  If one tooth or area is consistently sensitive or if ...

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How dental health affects your overall body

Dental Health and Overall Health, Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

It's the circle of life. Nothing in your body is independent of everything else.  

But for some reason, people disassociate their mouth from the rest of their bodies. It's all the same biology.  And your oral health can directly affect other areas of your overall health.  

1) Your Heart : Patients with active gum disease or poor gum health overall are almost TWICE as likely to have heart disease.  The bacteria activates an inflammatory reaction in your blood vessels making them more prone to disease.

2) Your Mind: Poor  oral health has been linked to dementia and Alzheimer's.  Don't forget to floss before you forget about everything else!

3) You Blood Sugar: ...

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End of the year Benefits!

end of Year Insurance Benefits in Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

The kids are back in school. The weather is getting cooler.  Leaves are changing color.  This means one thing...end of the year!!  

Use it or Lose It

And to those of you with FSA /HSA accounts and calendar year insurance benefits, this means that the benefits and money you have is going into the "use it or lose it" mode.  Now let me preface this with I ALWAYS let patients determine when and how much dental work is done...but if you wanted to maximize the benefits or want to use your FSA/HSA accounts, this last quarter it!  Don't wait until the last week of December to do this either.  I once ...

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How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Woman pointing towards smile | Teeth Whitening Glendale CA

Are you ready to brighten your smile?

Whether you have a special event coming up or you simply want to improve the smile you see in the mirror every day, we are happy to help.

For our patients in Glendale, teeth whitening using the KöR whitening system provides excellent results, removing years of accumulated, set-in stains. KöR even helps remove stains that other whitening systems can’t – such as staining caused by the medication tetracycline.

But how does teeth whitening with KöR work?

  1. The first step is scheduling a consult with Dr. Kim to determine whether teeth whitening is the right choice for you. Dr. Kim will assess your level of staining, discuss ...

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Have a Coke and Smile ?

Teeth and Soda in Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Just a visual and a "tutorial" of what happens when you put a tooth into soda.  Another argument against the soda industry!  Even though I loved it every so often as a kid, today it's more popular than water...

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Keep on flossing!

Importance of Flossing in Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

This is a good perspective on the "Flossing doesn't work" story...

My Thoughts

The parachute analogy is very good.  Same reason why they don't do studies on how cigarettes cause cancer. It's just common sense.  Letting bacteria sit anywhere in your body for too long going unchecked is never a good idea.  Gum disease has been linked to cardiac issues, diabetes, low fetal birth weight, even Alzheimers.  Not to mention not having teeth to chew with.  The flossing will save you thousands of dollars in dental work...crowns, root canals, dental implants.  Not to mention countless hours in the dental office while you could be doing something ...

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