939 S. Atlantic Blvd. #110
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Cosmetic  and  General  Dentistry
Duong DDS
4227 Rosemead Blvd.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
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*Checkups & Hygiene
The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at
least twice each year for a checkup and/or hygiene appointment. At
your checkup, we will inspect your soft tissues for oral cancer,
periodontal disease, and other problems. The dentist will also look at
each tooth in your mouth to assess problems like tooth decay or
cracks, as well as old dental work. Sometimes old dental work wears
out and needs to be replaced. We will be happy to replace metal
fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns with tooth-colored alternatives.

During your hygiene appointment, our doctor will inspect your gums for
periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss for American
adults. We prefer to help you maintain optimal oral health so that you
never have to worry about gum disease. However, if you develop
periodontal problems, we're here to help you.

By looking for trouble every six months, we can often reduce your
potential for large dental problems. For instance, left untreated, a
small cavity can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to
surrounding teeth. A cracked tooth can cause pain or break off and
create additional problems. Furthermore, advanced gum disease is the
primary cause of tooth loss for American adults, and oral cancer
causes more than 7,500 deaths each year. Caught and treated early,
these diseases can be controlled. Children as young as two should
visit the dentist, and by age four or five, a child should attend regular

Most US tap water contains fluoride today. However, most bottled water
doesn't. Many people have fluoride deficiency, which puts teeth at a
greater risk for getting cavities. In some cases, parents think that they
are protecting their babies by using bottled water to mix formula, but
actually, tap water is better in this case. Many children pack bottled
water in school lunches, and adults tend to toss a bottled water in the
car instead of filling up a reusable water bottle with tap water.

Fluoride is an interesting mineral because it attracts other minerals
and strengthens tooth enamel. At your checkup, we can determine
whether your teeth would benefit from a fluoride supplement. If we find
that your teeth could use a boost, we'll recommend a simple solution.

Many people have deep pits and grooves in their teeth where bacteria
and food particles can hide and cause decay. Children with poor
brushing habits may also develop decay on hard-to-reach molars. For
situations like these, dental sealants offer a means of protecting molar
and premolar chewing surfaces from decay. Dental sealants are simply
a thin plastic film that can be applied to teeth.

First, we identify any area of potential decay, then prepare your teeth
with a cleaning and etching solution. After about 15 seconds, we
thoroughly rinse the solution, dry the surface, coat your teeth with the
sealant, and harden it with a curing light. The entire procedure is fast,
easy, and comfortable. It takes about 10 to 45 minutes, depending on
the number of teeth to seal.

Dental sealants create an impenetrable physical barrier for small food
particles and cavity-causing bacteria, making them highly effective in
preventing tooth surface decay and the resulting cavities. Sealants
can last up to ten years.
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