When Over-the-Counter Oral Care Treatments Might Not be Enough

Most of us are used to the idea of just popping into the local grocery store or pharmacy to replenish our usual brand of toothpaste, mouthwash and floss when we know we’re running low on supplies. But what if re-stocking that old familiar brand isn’t really helping you as much as when you were younger? […]

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Beer, Wine and Whisky? Good or Bad for Your Mouth?

Those of us at A Beautiful Smile Center in West Hills who enjoy an adult beverage from time to time if needed, can find research that suggests such consumption is, surprisingly – good for us! Of course, with every endorsement that seems too good to be true, there’s normally a caveat somewhere. With regards to […]

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Stressed Out about a Gummy Smile? Did You Know it Can Be Corrected?

The amount of gum tissue we possess, just like how much hair we have on our heads, is merely a matter of personal anatomy – some of us just have more of it than others. If you are unhappy with your smile though, and consider yourself to have “too much” gum tissue, there are a […]

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The Link between Gum Disease and Your Heart: Fact or Fiction?

For years we’ve heard how the plaque we allow to develop in our mouths has a habit of traveling to other parts of our bodies and collecting there as well – namely in the arteries and vessels of our hearts and brains. We learned that oral plaque is linked to all sorts of diseases from […]

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Mints and Gum That Can Help Reduce Cavities

Is your teenager concerned about their breath and constantly popping gum, mints or perhaps even candy in their mouth to freshen things up a bit? If you remember those years, you can hardly blame them. But, given that sweets aren’t exactly good for their teeth, we bet you’ve wondered at some point: “Wouldn’t it be […]

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My Child is Missing a Tooth. What are Our Options?

When a child is missing a permanent tooth due to congenital reasons, or loses one due to trauma, the desire to fill that space (particularly if you’re dealing with a teenager) can be pressing. Rest assured there are a number of options you can pursue to help improve the functionality of their bite and add […]

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What are Porcelain Dental Veneers, and When are They Used?

Strikingly-white, straight, perfect teeth. It’s something we all want – and especially so during our teen years. Whitening kits and toothpastes can help, and sneak-arounds like sipping coffee and soda through a straw can also aid the cause. But what do you do when one of yours or one of your kid’s teeth gets cracked […]

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How Soon Should Your Pre-Teen See the Orthodontist?

If you’re the parent of a young child, you’ve probably noticed lots of shiny, colorful mouths filled with braces at events you attend with your pre-teen children. And, if you wore braces yourself as a teenager, you might be wondering why, in fact, they are wearing braces that young. The reason is because today, advances […]

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Is Your Teen Complaining about the Shape of Their Teeth?

If your teenager has expressed concern about having overly “pointy” canine teeth that have them feeling like a cast member in the latest vampire movie, or of “bumpy” enamel, there is a little-known solution that can smoothen out these irregularities in a single visit. The procedure is known as “enamel shaping,” and at his Beautiful […]

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How to Prevent Your Infant from Getting Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth caused by the Candida albicans fungus. Sounds scary, right? You probably know it by its more common, less scary name – a yeast infection. Since thrush loves to take up residence in the mouths of infants, we’d like to arm you with some knowledge to prevent […]

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