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By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
January 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

What constitutes an ideal smile? While most people would agree that fairly straight and even, white, unstained teeth are the most teeth whiteningattractive, the question of what makes a smile beautiful is a subjective concept. For some people, especially in the entertainment world where public scrutiny can be unrelenting, nothing short of perfect symmetry and stellar white teeth will do. For others (think icons like Madonna, Willem Dafoe, and Lauren Hutton), their uniquely imperfect teeth are a signature of individualism and personality.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Laurel, MD

When it comes to professional teeth whitening, some people may shy away from the procedure out of fear their teeth will look unnatural, or that it might fail to produce the desired results. As with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening produces individual results that will vary from patient to patient. In addition to lifestyle habits like drinking coffee, tea, red wine, and smoking cigarettes, other factors like age, trauma, and certain medications can stain teeth.

Contrary to popular belief, all tooth whitening products are not created equal. Different stains can be more resistant to bleaching agents depending on factors like the cause of the staining and the color (grayish stains for example may be more difficult to remove). Simply buying a whitening toothpaste or an over the counter bleaching kit may seem easier and more convenient, but it may not be as effective or as long-lasting as a professional whitening by a dentist. Dr. John N. Kim advises his Laurel patients to get a comprehensive oral exam in order to identify the best method for obtaining a whiter smile that will improve both the color and overall appearance of their teeth. For many people, an investment in whiter teeth and a brighter smile can also provide a boost in self image and confidence.

Contact a Dentist in Laurel, MD

To learn more about professional teeth whitening and whether the procedure is right for you, contact Dr. John N. Kim today at (301) 604-8117 to schedule an appointment.


By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
January 24, 2016
Category: Oral Health
TheMajorBenefitsofEarlyChildhoodDentalVisits

For a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, it takes a lifetime of personal and professional care. Starting your child’s daily hygiene with the first tooth eruption is a must; but you should also consider beginning regular dental visits in their early years, around or before their first birthday.

There’s evidence that early dental visits hold a number of benefits that could lead to reduced oral care costs over their lifetime.

Familiarity with professional dental care. Children need to feel comfortable and safe in their surroundings, especially new places. Beginning dental visits early improves the chances your child will view the dentist’s office as a regular part of their life. It’s especially helpful if the dental professional has training and experience with young children to put them at ease.

Early monitoring for dental disease or other problems. A young child’s teeth are highly susceptible to tooth decay. Dental visits that begin early in a child’s life increase our chances of detecting any developing dental problems early. In addition to treating decayed teeth, your child may also need preventative actions like sealants or additional fluoride applications to protect teeth if they are at a higher risk for disease. As the child develops, we may also be able to catch early bite problems: with interventional treatment, it may be possible to reduce future orthodontic costs.

Parental help and support. As we discuss your child’s dental care with you, we’ll be able to provide essential information and training for how to care for their teeth and gums at home. We’ll also be able to ease any common concerns you may have, such as thumb sucking or other oral habits, as well as give you sound advice and techniques for dealing with these problems.

As with other areas of childhood development, starting off on the right foot with oral care can make all the difference to their future dental health. The sooner you begin regular dental visits with your toddler, the better their chances for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on dental care for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”


By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
January 09, 2016
Category: Oral Health
ActorDavidRamseySaysDontForgettoFloss

Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”




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