Opalescence Boost Whitening Before/After Pictures

Another happy patient!

This patient presented with his upper teeth whiter but wanted his lower teeth to match his upper teeth which have porcelain restorations. Porcelain does not change color but his lower natural teeth without any restorations had darkened over time from food and coffee.  We were able to match the lower teeth to the upper teeth with bleaching using Opalescence Boost.

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Opalescence Boost Whitening Before/After Pictures

As spring is here and summer is approaching, many of you are asking about how to whiten and brighten your smile. OPALESCENCE BOOST is an effective and great way to improve your smile. Opalescence Boost is done in the office. You are also given home whitening trays to maintain your smile as your teeth will darken again especially if you drink coffee, smoke or drink red wine.

Below are before and after pictures of a patient who wanted to whiten her smile which had darkened over the years from primarily coffee drinking.  Call (323) 937-0197 or email us (drtamura@danieltamuradds.com) and we can brighten your day!











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10 Tips for Good oral Hygiene

Excellent Tips for my patients

Dr T

Top 10 Facts Your Dentist Wants You to Know


Brushing Twice a Day Helps to Keep the Cavities Away

Dad and daughter brushing teeth

When you brush your teeth properly, at least twice a day, you are removing the plaque that causes cavities. Plaque is the soft and sticky substance that accumulates on the teeth from food debris and bacteria. Flossing daily will remove the plaque from in between the teeth that the toothbrush cannot reach. Removing plaque from your teeth also helps to prevent gum disease.


Dental Check Ups Include Oral Cancer Screenings

When you go for your regular dental check-up, your dentist and hygienist are also screening you for any signs of oral cancer. Every hour of every day, someone dies of oral cancer in the United States. This serious dental disease which pertains to the mouth, lips or throat is often highly curable if diagnosed and treated in the early stages. Visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and avoiding tobacco are the key factors in preventing oral cancer.


Gum (Periodontal) Disease Affects Your Overall Health

Gum disease is one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults and has also been linked to heart disease and strokes. If diagnosed in the early stage, gingivitis can be treated and reversed. If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease, called Periodontitis, which includes bone loss, may follow. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and getting regular dental check ups and cleanings are the best prevention against gum disease.


Dental Cleanings and Check Ups Are Extremely Important

Going to the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings is one of the most important factors in maintaining good oral health.

Regular check-ups can prevent ​cavities, root canals, gum disease, oral cancer, and other dental conditions. Don’t wait until you have a problem before you see your dentist, help prevent problems before they happen.


Bad Breath Could be the Result of a Dental Problem

About 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath have a dental condition that is to blame. If bad breath is the cause of a dental condition, mouthwash will only mask the odor and not cure it. Don’t be embarrassed to talk to your dentist, they are there to help you. Flossing daily and brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day can greatly reduce and possibly eliminate bad breath.


Proper Nutrition is Important for Good Dental Health

The sugars from soft drinks and non-nutritional foods combine with the bacteria in our mouths which produces acids that attack tooth enamel. This can lead to cavities and gum disease. Limiting the amount of beverages and foods that are high in sugar can greatly help to maintain good dental health.


Dental Problems Do Not Get Better or Go Away Without Treatment

If your dentist gives you a treatment plan for dental work that you need to have done, you should focus on getting your teeth fixed as soon as possible. Even cavities continue to get bigger. If they get big enough to reach the nerve in your tooth, your only options would be to have a root canal or have the tooth extracted.


A Root Canal is Usually Not Painful

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a patient say, “Just pull the tooth. I’ve heard root canals are horrible.” With today’s technology, root canals are nothing like most people think. I have had root canals and I was pleasantly surprised every time. In my opinion, a root canal is as painless as having a filling.


Change Your Toothbrush

Manual toothbrushes become worn out after about 3 months and are not as effective as they once were. If you have gum disease, you should change your toothbrush every 4-6 weeks because bacteria can harbor in the bristles. You should always rinse your toothbrush out with hot water after every use and change it after you have been sick.



Maintaining Good Dental Health is Easy

Some people think that having good dental health takes too much effort. Seeing your dentist for regular dental check-ups and cleanings, brushing twice a day, flossing daily and eating a nutritional diet are the key factors in having healthy teeth and gums. Now, what’s so hard about that?


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Should I floss?

Source: The Madow Brothers

For those who are thinking about not flossing.-DT

“Hey Doc! I heard that flossing doesn’t do anything! Do I even need to do it?”

Try something like this:

“Well Melvin, every day in this office we see that flossing does a great job in helping to prevent gum disease, and gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. There is no question that flossing removes plaque and debris lodged between your teeth, and that is certainly good for your overall health.

It’s kind of like showering every day. There may not be any great studies showing that it’s good for you, but it should be part of your hygiene routine – and flossing should too! All of us do it, and we still highly recommend that you do too!”

Or you could just say:

“No problem – don’t floss. May we set up your denture appointment?”

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Tips and Topics of Oral Health

The American Dental Association has a nice website with tips for keeping your mouth and oral cavity healthy and basic information on topics of interest regarding oral health.  It is a resource for all subjects related to dentistry.  If you want more detailed information, please call us at (323) 937-0197 or email us with your question at drtamura@danieltamuradds.com.


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