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By Joseph DuRoss, DDS
November 11, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

You no longer have to live with yellow, brown, or stained teeth. For expert and effective teeth whitening services in Long Beach, CA, visit the office of Dr. Joseph DuRoss. In one office appointment, you can have a bright camera-ready smile.

Why Should I Visit The Dentist For Teeth Whitening?

Many people wonder why they should visit the dentist for teeth whitening when kits and products are available at their local store. Although this is an option, it can be harmful to your oral health if you don't know what you are doing. If you have sensitive teeth and gums, professional teeth whitening is safer.

Over-the-counter options are also less effective. Most teeth whitening products are designed only to lift stains that have accumulated over time, but professional ones can remove deeper layers of stains. Some of these store-bought options may contain abrasives that can wear away the enamel on your teeth.

At your dental appointment for treatment, Dr. DuRoss will achieve optimal results in one office visit. Your teeth will lighten by three to eight shades during the one-hour process. Your office visit for teeth whitening services in Long Beach, CA, will be so quick that you can get your new smile on your lunch break.

Our dental staff can also check for any underlying health issues that may be the cause of your stained teeth. Using over-the-counter methods won't provide the necessary knowledge about your current dental health.

How Long Do The Results Last?

When you visit us for teeth whitening in Long Beach, CA, the results can last for up to five years. Since this procedure is done under the guidance of a dental professional, it is the safest method for your teeth and gums.

While in-office whitening is the most effective, how well you care for your teeth will affect the amount of time the results last. Sticky foods like caramel, taffy, and gummies will cause stains to transfer back onto the teeth. Avoid these types of snacks for at least 24 hours after your visit.

Coffee, tea, wine, berries, and smoking will easily restain your teeth. So, you may want to limit or avoid those foods to preserve your newly bright smile.

A beautiful new smile is within reach. When you visit our Long Beach, CA, office for teeth whitening, Dr. DuRoss will make sure your teeth and gums are handled with care. Call us at (562) 424-8537 to take the next step towards a snow-white smile.

By Joseph DuRoss, DDS
October 11, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bleeding Gums  

The sight of blood is a red flag that should not be ignored, as it's a common implication that something is awry. Identifying concerns, like bleeding gums, as early as possible bodes well for successful treatment conducted by your Long Beach, CA, dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss.

Causes and Results of Bleeding Gums

When plaque (a coating of clingy bacteria on the surface of your teeth) is not thoroughly removed from the teeth and gums, it begins to build up, forming a hardened calculus (also known as tartar). Untreated bleeding gums are far more likely to lead to gum disease like gingivitis, which is an indication of developing periodontal disease that results in the inflammation of your gums.

Periodontal disease is a harmful infection induced by inflamed gums that greatly damages supporting ligaments in your teeth, gums, and bones. Though treatable and preventable, periodontal disease causes great discomfort for those who experience the symptoms. However, Dr. DuRoss is dedicated to defending against pain caused by plaque buildup and working with you in order to prevent further discomfort.

Prevention and Treatment

Proper oral care is often the first step in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Brushing your teeth morning and night, as well as flossing daily, actively prevents plaque buildup. Picking up a toothpaste with fluoride or a mouthwash that's approved by your Long Beach, CA, dentist provides additional support against gum disease.

Your at-home oral hygiene practice is essential in fighting plaque, but so is visiting with Dr. DuRoss for your regular dental cleanings and exams. Identifying your concerns early and quickly implementing treatment can significantly lower future risks with your oral and overall health.

Visit Your Long Beach Dentist

Instead of waiting for red flags to indicate that it may be time for your next dental visit with Dr. DuRoss in Long Beach, CA, schedule an appointment with our office by calling (562) 424-8537.

By Joseph DuRoss, DDS
July 27, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Dentist  

It is often said that dentists make the world a better place, one smile at a time! Dr. Joseph DuRoss has been a practicing dentist in Long Beach, CA, and providing quality aesthetic dentistry to the community for over 40 years.

How often should you visit the dentist?

We all know that we need to visit the dentist regularly. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular dental checkups because good oral hygiene will prevent complicated dental diseases, which are more expensive in the long run. Even so, statistics from the ADA show that nearly 100 million Americans do not visit their dentists annually. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 32.7% of adults had untreated dental caries, while 42% suffered from periodontitis.

You may wonder when you need to see your Long Beach dentist? Preventive care is the best way to avoid dental issues, and it is quite common to visit your dentist once or twice a year for a regular exam to identify any problems early on. If you do have a history of dental disease, or have fillings, crowns, implants, and dentures, a visit every 3-4 months is recommended. Dr. Joseph DuRoss, the dentist in Long Beach, CA, covers periodic checkups and cleanings along with active diagnosis and treatment.

Here are some situations when you should see your Long Beach Dentist

  1. Tooth pain
  2. Tooth sensitivity when exposed to hot or cold
  3. Gums that are swollen or bleed while brushing or flossing
  4. Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  5. Pain or swelling in your jaw, mouth, face, or neck
  6. Difficulty chewing
  7. A sore or ulcer in the mouth that is not healing
  8. If you feel like your smile is crooked or your teeth aren't aligned
  9. Medical issues like diabetes, treatment with chemotherapy radiation, hormone replacement therapies, eating disorders, or HIV status, have a large impact on your oral health as well. That is why you should inform your dentist about any changes in your physical health.

Make sure you book an appointment online when you want to see your Long Beach, CA, dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, online, or call us at (562) 424-8537, to keep those smiles shining bright!

By Joseph DuRoss, DDS
July 07, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Dentures  

Dentures can be life-changing for anyone who has lost multiple teeth either due to injury, decay, or other types of medical conditions. They can not only return the function of your teeth, important for speaking and eating, they also give back your smile and your face its natural appearance. Missing teeth may cause the muscles on your face to sag which can make you look much older, and a brand new set of teeth can often improve upon your natural smile. If you would like to learn more about the types of dentures available reach out to your Long Beach, CA, dentist Dr. Joseph DuRoss.

Removable Dentures

These are what we most commonly associate with dentures, they are a full set of either the upper arch, lower, or both. They are the typical solution for anyone who has lost most or all of their teeth. As the name suggests these are removable and should be taken off at night to sleep. They are made of a variety of materials to match the appearance of your gums and natural teeth.

Immediate Dentures

Once remaining teeth are removed it can take months for your mouth to fully heal, so in the meantime, your dentist may prescribe immediate dentures. These are temporary dentures that can be worn the same day as the last extraction so that you are not without teeth in the meantime, but they are not a proper solution for the long term.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are an alternative for when you still have a number of healthy teeth, it's onto these that partials are clipped onto. These tend to be a more cost-effective alternative to other dental treatments, but it can take some time to be used to them.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Dentures supported with dental implants are yet another option for those looking for an alternative to traditional dentures. Although many of the complaints regarding removable dentures are often related to an improper fit, which can be addressed with regular visits to your dentist, implant-supported dentures can nonetheless address these. These types of dentures attached to implants that are permanently bonded directly to the bone of your jaw.

Dentures in Long Beach, CA

Schedule a consultation today to explore the choices available for restoring your smile, make an appointment with Dr. DuRoss in Long Beach, CA, by dialing (562) 424-8537.

By Joseph DuRoss, DDS
April 07, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visits  

Regular dental visits with your Long Beach, CA, dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, are important for all of our patients. They are the best way to prevent dental diseases that can impact a person’s health and wellbeing. Of course, you may be putting off your next cleaning, especially right now, but it’s important that you don’t. In fact, the American Dental Association advises that everyone continue visiting the dentist for their six-month checkups.

We Catch Problems Early

As with any health problem, it’s important to catch decay and gum disease early so that we can treat them as soon as possible. If left untreated, they can cause severe and permanent damage to your teeth, gums, bone, and face. Unfortunately, in the very beginning stages, these common dental issues don’t cause symptoms. Therefore, the only way you’ll know that you have decay or gingivitis is by visiting our Long Beach, CA, family dentist every six months for cleanings and exams.

Maintain a Beautiful-Looking Smile

We have the tools and techniques to be able to get into all those little crevices and nooks to remove tartar and plaque buildup that you haven’t been able to remove through at-home brushing and flossing. Don’t feel defeated. Even the most careful brushers and flosses aren’t able to clean all areas of their smile perfectly, but this is another reason why you shouldn’t skip out on routine dental checkups. You’ll also walk out of our office with fresher breath and a whiter smile.

Protect Your Health

Did you know that many systemic diseases can be detected by simply examining your mouth? During these routine checkups, Dr. DuRoss can identify changes or symptoms that could be warning signs of diabetes, anemia, heart disease, and many other health problems that could be potentially serious.

This Visit Could Save Your Life

During your six-month checkup, we also perform oral cancer screenings. Everyone gets screened because anyone can develop oral cancer, and the sooner we detect a suspicious growth or lump the better the prognosis. Oral cancer is treatable when diagnosed early but can be life-threatening if not caught in time. These quick, painless screenings could save your life.

If it’s been more than six months since you last visited our Long Beach, CA, family dentist, Dr. DuRoss, for a routine checkup, it’s time to pick up the phone and call us at (562) 424-8537. We are taking all the necessary precautions to keep our patients safe so that they can continue to get the proper routine cleanings and care they need to support healthy smiles.

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Joseph DuRoss, DDS
3903 N Virginia Rd
Long Beach, CA 90807
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