Dr. Kanani, Woodland Hills Dentist: Startling Statistics on the Importance of Brushing and Flossing

Dr. Kaveh Kanani: Though most people know that an intact smile is important, many still don't brush and floss as they should. Dr. Kanani says hearing the truth about brushing and flossing is necessary to cross the knowledge gap into action.

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Woodland Hills,California (PRWEB) May 07, 2013

A good smile is necessary to a good appearance and a chance in job interviews, says a recent Canadian study, but people still aren't doing what it takes. Nearly everyone who has had a dental appointment has been told to brush and floss more, but it takes more than that to push someone into action. A cosmetic dentist in Woodland Hills, Dr. Kaveh Kanani, says that the threat of gum disease can do that, but often it's too late for anything other than dental implant costs.

MarketWatch released the results of a Canadian study on April 1, 2013 (“Is An Unattractive Smile a Barrier to Professional Success?”. Though 85% of the Canadians surveyed said that a bright smile was “an essential part of a person's overall appearance,” 70% were not fully following the at-home guidelines given to them by a dentist. Almost the same number of people said that the timed guideline would be easier to hit if their toothbrush gave a warning bell when the two minutes was up. Only 20% actually flossed, which means that they had merely brushed across 60% of the mouth's surfaces.

Many people, says Dr. Kanani, overestimate the importance of brushing but ignore flossing. This can actually be more important, since the tongue does tend to naturally clean off much of a tooth's surfaces. What doesn't get brushed off are the parts in between the teeth, where bacteria love to hide. Bacteria feeds on bits of leftover food, and traps it into plaque, which eventually can cause the gums to bleed and teeth to fall out.

86% of the Canadians also admitted to a desire for whiter teeth. Our modern habit of drinking intensely concentrated coffee (not to mention smoking), says the dentist Woodland Hills, encourages yellow teeth. Not only that, but coffee is naturally acidic. When added to not flossing and not brushing, the acid wash created by bacteria, mixed with acidic coffee, can speed up tooth decay or promote periodontitis. Fortunately, there are whitening procedures. Dr. Kanani warns that whitening, even if done at a reasonable price and by a licensed dental hygienist, should not be done too often.

Examiner.com quoted a staggering number of dental visits made by Americans, in its April 1, 2013 article, “8 Common Dental Problems.” Sadly, the same article gave an indication as to why Americans make half a billion (500 million) visits to the dentist: 50% of teens aged between 12 and 15 already show signs of tooth decay. In the state of Minnesota alone, it costs almost $50 million per year for emergency dental visits. Brushing and flossing can't start too early, especially if wisdom teeth are pushing in and adult teeth are settling into their permanent home in the gums. Neither should cost be feared, says Woodland Hills dentist Dr. Kanani. He currently offers an implant special for under $400, and sedation procedures can be done for around the same.

Dr. Kaveh Kanani went to California State University to get a biology degree, New York University for a doctorate, and completed his residency at Woodhall Hospital. After a series of AAID MaxiCourses®, Dr. Kanani became an associate in southern California facilities like the West Los Angeles Dental Health Institute, and South Bay Dental. The court-recognized American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) awarded him with an Associate Fellowship.

To learn more about this procedure and Dr. Kanani, visit woodlandhillsdentalspa.com, or call (818) 962-1141 to consult with Dr. Kanani, and find out if dental implants are your best option and dental implants cost.


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