Proper at Home Dental Care – A Reminder from Your Favorite Dentist

Oral health care does not stop at the dental office every 6 months after a routine prophylaxis (cleaning). It is really a team effort between the patient, hygienist and the dentist. The importance of preventative care is to reduce the risks of caries and periodontal disease which have been linked to heart disease. Dental Caries and Periodontal Disease Dental caries is the technical term to describe tooth decay or cavities that is caused by bacteria. Tooth decay destroys the tooth enamel … [Read more...]

How Your Dentist in West Hollywood Can Transform Your Smile

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, your dentist in West Hollywood, Dr. Omid Farahmand, is here to help. There are many ways to improve the aesthetics of your smile, no matter what your cosmetic concern may be. Here are just a few ways we can help enhance your smile. Dental Veneers Dental veneers are typically made of porcelain, a very lifelike material that is also extremely strong and durable.A thin shell of porcelain is bonded to the outer surface of the tooth to … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Improve Your Gum Health

If you’ve ever had gingivitis or worry about developing gum disease, there are several things you can do to enhance your oral health. Our wonderful dentist in West Hollywood has these 5 simple tips to try between your dental checkups to keep your gums healthy. An Apple a Day Remember the old saying about eating an apple a day? It’s not just apples that are good for teeth: any crisp, fibrous fruits and vegetables are! Biting into them helps massage the gums, wipe away plaque biofilm, and … [Read more...]

What is Bruxism and Can It Hurt My Teeth?

“Bruxism” is a technical term used to describe chronic teeth clenching or grinding. While it might seem like an unbecoming habit, bruxism is very harmful to your teeth, existing dental work, and even your TMJ. Teeth are Strong, but They’re Not Invincible Healthy tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the entire human body. Yet, when enamel wears against enamel (when the upper and lower teeth are consistently grinding together,) it can cause your teeth to wear down. Over the … [Read more...]

Invisible Braces: Your Answer to a Straighter Smile

A few misaligned teeth can cause more problems than just embarrassment when you’re posing for a photo. Crowded or crooked bites put you at an increased risk of serious dental concerns, like tooth decay, gum disease, or even broken dental work. “But I’m too old for braces,” you think to yourself. Not necessarily. Our dentist in West Hollywood has something that’s just as effective, without you ever having to wear metal brackets and wires. The Invisalign Advantage As a certified … [Read more...]

Denture Care To-Dos for a Fresh Smile

Whether you wear traditional or implant supported removable overdentures, you’re not off the hook when it comes to daily oral hygiene. Here are four things every denture wearer needs to know. Take Your Denture Out Nightly Excessive wear of your removable dental prosthesis can strain your jaw. In reality, the bone and the gums both need a rest, otherwise the bone anatomy can shrink (resorb) prematurely, causing a traditional denture to feel loose. Our dentist in West Hollywood advises all … [Read more...]

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

At OF Dental Care, we find that many people fear they have a cavity when they really don’t…and have cavities when they think everything is fine! What to Look For Not all cavities cause pain, sensitivity, or discomfort. However, there are a few common symptoms that you need to be on the lookout for, such as: Sensitivity to “sweet” foods, such as juice, soda, sugars, or sweetened tea/coffee. Pain when you’re biting down on a specific tooth. Feeling a rough or sharp area with your tongue. … [Read more...]

Tooth Decay Myths

You wouldn’t believe some of the things our dentist has heard over the years. When it comes to caring for your smile, there is plenty of good advice — as well as bad — out there on the internet. Some are “old wives’ tales” while others are just plain myths. Speaking of myths, here are a few common ones that our dentist in West Hollywood wants you to look out for: “Re-growing” Tooth Enamel When You Have a Cavity Social media sites are flooded with tips on how to “heal” teeth with cavities, or … [Read more...]

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease (periodontitis or periodontal disease) is the primary cause of adult tooth loss. It’s also a strain to your immune system, making you more at risk for problems like stroke, heart disease, or even infertility. How do you know if you have gum disease? Here are signs to watch for: Gums that bleed easily Bleeding isn’t normal or healthy, especially if it’s your gums; it’s a sign of infection. Brush your gums gently twice a day and floss daily, and you should see an … [Read more...]

When Should I Have an Inlay or Onlay?

If you’ve been told that you need a dental crown, we may have another option for you to choose from: inlays and onlays. Compared to fillings and crowns, inlays and onlays offer a mid-level restorative solution to teeth that need more extensive repair, yet are still structurally capable of withstanding most biting forces. A Minimally Invasive Alternative to Crowns Where a crown covers your entire tooth surface above the gumline, inlays and onlays only cover or fill 2/3 to 3/4 of the tooth … [Read more...]