You may not be aware, but there are billions of bacteria living inside your mouth, and while some of them are beneficial, others can cause tooth decay and gum disease. This is why brushing and flossing regularly and using mouthwash is important because it helps prevent bacteria from building up in your mouth. Dr. Joseph DuRoss is a dentist who helps Long Beach, CA residents maintain a good oral care routine.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Some of the bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars in the food and beverages you consume. As they digest the sugars, they produce waste material called plaque. Plaque clings to the surface of your teeth, producing acids that erode the teeth and eventually causing decay and cavities. Plaque can also build up around the gum line and cause gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease. Left untreated, gingivitis develops into periodontitis – a severe form of gum disease. Signs of gingivitis include:
- Bright red, swollen gums
- Sensitivity of teeth and gums
- Bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath
How to Prevent Tooth Decay
The easiest way to avoid decay is to brush your teeth twice each day and floss daily. Spending two minutes in the morning and evening brushing with a soft-bristled brush removes plaque from your teeth. Daily flossing helps prevent plaque from building up between the teeth. Choosing a fluoride toothpaste can also protect your teeth from cavities. Using a dentist-recommended mouthwash can give you further protection against tooth decay and gum disease.
How Your Long Beach Dentist Can Help
Maintaining good at-home oral hygiene habits are important, but your dentist can also help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease. By having a dental check-up at least twice each year, you can make sure that if you do start to show signs of tooth decay or gum disease, that your dentist can treat it immediately before it gets out of hand.
If you’re looking for a Long Beach, CA dentist, call Dr. DuRoss on (562) 424-8537.
Get a visibly brighter smile in under one hour with professional whitening.
Have you suddenly noticed that your teeth aren’t as white as they once were? Maybe you noticed a more recent photo where your teeth look a little yellow and dull, or you noticed this in the mirror when brushing. Fortunately, our Long Beach, CA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, can improve the look of your smile with professional teeth whitening—read on to learn more.
What causes yellow stains?
What you eat can greatly impact the color of your teeth. Everything from coffee and black tea or red wine and dark fruits can cause stains to develop over time. After all, enamel is incredibly porous, which means that it soaks in the color of all these foods and drinks. The result? Dull, yellow teeth.
This is where teeth whitening can help.
How does professional teeth whitening work?
While our Long Beach, CA, dentist is happy to recommend dietary changes and whitening toothpastes that could prevent new stains from forming, this won’t exactly tackle the stains that are already there. In this case, professional teeth whitening is probably your best approach for achieving a whiter smile.
In anywhere from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, we can brighten your teeth by several shades. That’s because the whitening solution we use contains such a high concentration of stain-fighting ingredients that it breaks down stains and lightens enamel in a much shorter span of time than anything over-the-counter. In some instances, a laser may also be used during your treatment to speed up the process.
Of course, if you don’t like the convenience of whitening on your own schedule then you can also talk to us about our professional-grade, at-home whitening kit. These kits will include customized whitening trays that perfectly fit over your teeth to provide better and more even results than the one-size-fits-most whitening kits that you find over the counter. The whitening gel a dentist can give to you will also be stronger; therefore, you’ll see results in a much shorter amount of time.
Interested? Give us a call
If you are looking for a dentist in Long Beach, CA, that can provide professional teeth whitening services then call our office today at (562) 424-8537 to schedule your consultation.
If you are missing teeth, let dental implants restore your smile. Dental implants are one of the longest-lasting and most secure options for replacing lost teeth. At our dental office in Long Beach, our knowledgeable dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss can determine if you are a candidate for restoring your smile with dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and their roots. Dental implants are small metal posts that resemble a screw in appearance. Each dental implant functions similarly to the root of a natural tooth by securely anchoring an artificial one in place. Types of artificial teeth that can be used in conjunction with dental implants include crowns, bridges, and implant-supported overdentures. Dental crowns are used when a single missing tooth is being replaced, while the other two options are used when replacing several teeth at once.
Dental implants are placed in the jawbone so they sit below the gum line and are not visible once artificial teeth are placed on top. Placing dental implants directly in bone is the primary reason why they are long-lasting and so secure. At our dental office in Long Beach, our experienced dentist can determine if you have enough bone in the jaw area to support the placement of dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are numerous benefits to selecting dental implants for the restoration of your smile. Two primary benefits are that dental implants are extremely secure, as well as long-lasting. With proper care, your dental implants can last indefinitely. Further, dental implants firmly root artificial teeth in place so you can enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about a dental crown or bridgework coming loose.
Some additional benefits of dental implants include all the ways they help minimize the many side effects that often occur with tooth loss. The gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth can lead to facial sagging and changes in the way you speak. Also, existing teeth can endure additional wear and tear as they compensate for missing teeth. Restoring your smile with dental implants helps alleviate many of these undesirable side effects associated with tooth loss.
Eliminate gaps caused by missing teeth with dental implants. To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. DuRoss, our exceptional dentist, by calling our office in Long Beach at (562) 424-8537.
Dentures can provide patients with a simple solution for replacing missing teeth.
There are so many ways to replace missing teeth that you may be a bit indecisive when it comes to choosing the right treatment for you. Fortunately, our Long Beach, CA, dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, understands the importance of choosing the ideal solution based on your lifestyle, health, and budget. If you are considering undergoing tooth-replacement treatment, here are the different types of dentures that can restore your smile:
Full dentures are used in cases when you need to replace all of your teeth. Sitting on top of the gums where they naturally suction to the tissue, these dentures can be placed on the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both. In order to place full dentures our Long Beach, CA, dentist will need to take impressions of your mouth to get the exact measurements. These measurements will ensure that the dental lab creates dentures that fit just perfectly. This creation process can take anywhere from 8-12 weeks.
Partial dentures are used when a patient has some missing teeth but still has some healthy teeth remaining, as well. This oral prosthetic attaches to the healthy neighboring teeth to hold the false teeth in place. The false teeth are on a pink plastic base designed to look like gum tissue. Since partial dentures require healthy teeth to hold them in place, this type of dentures is removable. By wearing these dentures every day, you can prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting into the open gap in your smile.
We know that no one wants to be without teeth; however, if a tooth needs to be extracted, we will need to wait until the gums have fully healed before placing your custom dentures; however, immediate dentures can be placed the same day as your extraction so that you don’t have to be without teeth. It's important to note that immediate dentures are not a permanent solution, just a way for patients to have teeth while their mouth heals.
Dental implants can also be placed along the arches of the jawbone to hold dentures in place. Some patients find that their full dentures shift and move around when eating or speaking. To prevent this from happening and to make your dentures function and feel more like real teeth, our Long Beach, CA, restorative dentist can place implants into the jawbone to support your dentures.
Tooth loss can be overwhelming—let your dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, make it easier. Here at our Long Beach office, we offer a wide range of tooth replacement options and we will be happy to talk to you about your options when you dial (562) 424-8537.
Rejuvenate your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Procedures are available for addressing a wide range of cosmetic concerns, such as repairing cracked or chipped teeth and brightening teeth that are dull or discolored. Our Long Beach cosmetic dentist Dr. Joseph DuRoss can recommend the right procedures for addressing your cosmetic concerns.
Bonding is a procedure for repairing cracked or chipped areas of teeth. It can be used to cover cracks or fill in chipped areas. A tooth-colored resin material is applied to the problem area. The resin bonds with the tooth as it dries. Once dry, the resin blends in and looks like part of the natural tooth. Bonding can also be used to cover stains and discolorations or to close small gaps between teeth.
Composite fillings can rejuvenate your smile in several ways. Composite fillings can be used as a tooth restoration if you have a cavity, and they can be color-matched to your teeth so they blend right in. Composite fillings can also be used to to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, badly shaped, or poorly aligned. Your dentist in Long Beach can help you decide if composite fillings are the right choice for you.
You can completely transform your smile by concealing imperfections with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are paper-thin covers placed over the front surface of teeth to create a flawless new look. Since porcelain closely resembles tooth enamel, veneers look completely natural once they are placed on the teeth. Porcelain veneers can be used to cover chips, cracks, stains, and discolorations. They can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are oddly shaped, as well as to close small gaps between teeth.
If you are not completely happy with your smile, rejuvenate it with cosmetic dentistry. A dentist can recommend the right procedures to help you improve your smile. To schedule an appointment with Dr. DuRoss, your Long Beach, CA, dentist, call the office at (562) 424-8537.
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