SOURCE: Elite Smile Care

Elite Smile Care

November 27, 2013 08:01 ET

Dentist in North Hollywood Provides Tips to Maintain Excellent Oral Health

Dr. Michael Kosdon, a Dentist in Los Angeles, Explains Why All Adults Should Maintain Regular Oral Exams, Including Patients Who Practice Outstanding Dental Care at Home or Have Never Had Cavities

HOLLYWOOD, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 27, 2013) - According to Los Angeles dentist Dr. Michael Kosdon, many patients wait until a particular dental issue has become painful or uncomfortable before seeking help from their dentist. However, Dr. Kosdon explains that this pain can often be avoided. He says that if patients maintain regular oral examinations and dental cleanings as recommended by their dentist, many of these issues can be detected and prevented before they become painful or cause serious damage to the teeth and gums. Dr. Kosdon says it is also vital for patients to continue brushing and flossing regularly between visits to their dentist.

Although Dr. Kosdon stresses that brushing and flossing on a consistent basis is one of the most important ways for patients to maintain good oral hygiene, in a recent blog post, titled "How to Maintain a Healthy Mouth," the Hollywood dentist says, "Even some of my patients who practice exceptional oral care can have genetics working against them, meaning they can potentially still end up with gum disease." He explains there is no replacement for a routine oral exam and dental cleaning, regardless of how well you clean your teeth and gums at home.

Dr. Kosdon notes that when his patients come in for their regular dental visit, he and his team of dental professionals complete a basic assessment, conduct a routine oral cancer screening, and take the time to observe the correlation between a patient's oral hygiene and overall health. He says oftentimes something that is happening with the patient's health can indicate another issue related to their oral health. Depending on what Dr. Kosdon finds during his assessment, he says he might recommend specific treatments to help prevent future damage. One way he helps his patients is through the use of a soft tissue laser. He says this laser can help to effectively and safely remove any harmful bacteria that is causing damage to the gums and teeth.

Cavity prevention is another reason Dr. Kosdon says it is important for adults to keep up with routine dental appointments. He explains, "Even people who may have never had a cavity before can get them as an adult. As you get older, the teeth wear down. The enamel gets thinner, and the teeth are more prone to getting cavities. This is especially true for the back teeth, which are harder to brush." Dr. Kosdon says to prevent these cavities from developing, he often recommends adult sealants. Using a strong, tooth-colored material, he is able to seal the contoured surfaces of the back teeth, helping to prevent cavities from penetrating the surface.

Overall, Dr. Kosdon says the key to maintaining excellent oral health is a combination of consistent brushing and flossing, as well as following through with regular dental appointments. Although the typical recommendation is for individuals to have at least two checkups and teeth cleanings each year, Dr. Kosdon says each patient is different, and he encourages everyone to check with their dentist to see how frequently they should return for routine check-ups.

About Michael Kosdon, DDS

A graduate of the USC School of Dentistry and the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, Dr. Michael Kosdon is a cosmetic dentist with practices in North Hollywood and New York City. Dr. Kosdon is the inventor of the Smile Facelift®, a non-surgical cosmetic dentistry technique that he has also patented and perfected. He is an active member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Kosdon is available for interview upon request.

To learn more about Dr. Kosdon and his North Hollywood practice, please visit elitesmilecare.com or facebook.com/pages/Elite-Smile-Care/177720305672052.

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