Living a healthy Los Angeles lifestyle? Don’t brush off regular teeth cleaning services


Dr. Don Mungcal and his responsive staff can typically schedule a visit for a new patient within a week or less.
Los Angeles is known for its dedication to fitness. From freerunners to tahini fanatics, you don’t have to look very far to find people who are extremely proactive when it comes to maintaining a regimen of rigorous exercise and healthy eating.

But, it could all be for naught if you don’t take care of the gateway to your body – your mouth. You need to be as committed to brushing, flossing, and seeking professional teeth cleaning services as you are to your daily workout.

The mouth-body connection

Over the past decade, more and more researchers have taken a keen interest in the connection between the health of our mouths and the health of our bodies. While many studies are still inconclusive, there is mounting evidence that the bacteria building up on your teeth from the foods you eat could be a risk factor for diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.

The bacteria in your mouth can make your gums prone to infection. The resulting inflammation may lead to gingivitis. This is the first stage of gum disease. Left untreated, gingivitis may progress to periodontitis, a severe condition in which the chemicals produced by infection eat away at the gums and bone supporting your teeth.

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Researchers theorize that inflammation from the mouth can enter the bloodstream as the defensive line of healthy gum tissue wears away, affecting other parts of the body. For example, a recent WebMD article reports a clear correlation between gum disease and heart disease; 91 percent of patients with heart disease have periodontitis.

This is alarming when you consider the following statistics from the American Dental Association: nearly a third of Americans brush their teeth only half as much as they should, and 20 percent never floss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 36 percent of Americans ages 18-64 did not visit a dentist last year.

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Three reasons you want to keep those teeth cleaning appointments

Maybe you’re thinking, “I brush. I floss. I rarely have cavities. Do I really need to have my teeth cleaned every six months?” If so, consider these three reasons why you shouldn’t brush off regular dental cleanings.
  1. You get a professional plaque attack – Even if you brush your teeth regularly, and well, it’s tough to completely remove the film of plaque that builds up on your teeth over time. Plaque contains the bacteria that can lead to gum disease. A thorough professional cleaning can stave off gingivitis, and even reverse it in its early stages.
  2. You get ounces of prevention worth pounds of cure – Both the hygienist who cleans your teeth and the dentist who performs the checkup afterward are focused on early detection of problems. They’re looking for everything from minor tooth decay to oral cancer. Signs of heart disease and diabetes can show up in the mouth first. Expert eyes can catch a cavity before it turns into a root canal or spot a health condition that needs immediate attention from your family doctor. In addition, X-rays are usually taken during one of your biannual teeth cleanings. This is another opportunity for your dentist to discover potential problems with your teeth and gums and the bone structure that supports them.
  3. You get personalized advice from experts – Teeth cleaning sessions present an opportunity to ask questions. Your dental team knows you, your mouth, and your health history. Ask them to assess your oral hygiene routine. They can help you decide if you would benefit from replacing your conventional toothbrush with a Sonicare or Rotadent and recommend the toothpaste that’s best for you. Are you dreading having a cavity filled? Ask about sedation dentistry. Do you have questions about teeth whitening? Maybe you have chipped, missing, or crooked teeth; your dentist can explain how porcelain veneers, dental implants, or clear plastic braces could improve your appearance.
If you’ve been lax when it comes to regular teeth cleanings, make them a priority today. Be proactive about protecting the gateway to your body. Call Downtown Dental at 213-863-9464. Dr. Don Mungcal and his responsive staff can typically schedule a visit for a new patient within a week or less.

  • Dr. Don Mungcal
  • Dr. Elizabeth Loftus
As the cornerstone and founder of Downtown Dental, Dr. Don Mungcal is a proactive and exceptionally talented dentist who is determined to contribute to the health and wellbeing of his community by attending to their dental care needs.

With over 28 years of experience and service, Dr. Mungcal makes it his responsibility to be the best version of himself by being his patients’ go-to point for any and all dental concerns. In addition to being meticulous in his work ethic, he is also an individual who understands development and change. He updates and informs himself constantly through various continuous educational programs that he undertakes. He also invests in the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide world-class dental services.

Dr. Mungcal graduated from UCLA and the University of the Pacific Dental School and is presently a member of several acclaimed medical associations, including the California Dental Society.

Dr. Elizabeth Loftus is a qualified dentist from Sacramento who truly loves the art of dentistry and helping people with their oral health and dental needs. She pursued her higher education at USC, where her initial area of focus was biomedical engineering.

However, after an internship undertaken at a dental office, she came to the realization that dentistry was her true calling, and then onwards dedicated her time and energy to serving dental care patients to the best of her ability.

She is an advocate for positive dental experiences for her patients and making sure they always are relaxed and calm whenever they undergo dental procedures.

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I actually owe a debt to Downtown Dental because they caught my oral cancer. I went to them because I had a bump on my tongue and thankfully they ordered a biopsy immediately (same day). The staff has been wonderful to me (even sending me a get well card during my cancer treatment). They do great work - the crowns are made in the office to save you time - and they are very upfront on pricing. You know exactly what you will pay. They are also very flexible on appointments. And they validate parking! They also have taken COVID precautions very seriously. Very professional and well-organized. Highly recommend them.
The staff here on its own deserves the five stars. Everyone is so friendly and take there time to get to know you as a patient. There very easy to work with on what’s best for you in the long run with insurance and dental care. On top of them making you feel comfortable, you can tell that they actually care about you and your dental health. The parking is also super easy and they validate so you don’t have to pay. I’d highly recommend coming here!
I am so glad I came to Downtown Dental. From the moment I walked into the office I was met with a smile and a warm welcome. During my first visit, a dental plan was made for me and they got to work right away. I have never experienced such attention to detail and such excellent customer service at a dental office. During my root canal procedure and fillings everyone was extremely helpful and constantly making sure I was comfortable. Since then, I am encouraging everyone to check out Downtown Dental, they really are amazing.
Best experience I have ever had in 40 plus years of Dentist visits. Crazy friendly people, every last one of them. Such a pleasant experience. If you need a Dentist this is the place to go. The Doctor is awesome as well.
This place has been my dentist my whole life and I won't consider going anywhere else. Everyone is nice and accommodating and the doctor knows his stuff. I just had pinhole gum rejuvenation surgery and the results are awesome. The staff really looks out for your best interest and the doctor will assure you have a great smile...pain free too..
If your looking for a Dental office that does good quality and precise work . With care and a gentle touch . then Downtown Dental is the place for you ! I got an extraction here and they made me feel comfortable and always checked to see how I was feeling and doing ! Dr. Mungcal is easily one of the best dentist in LA.
Most updated equipment ive ever seen in a dental office, pain less wisdom teeth extraction and comfortable throughout the entire process. Dr.Mungcal, Lali and the entire staff make a great team!! Thank you Downtown Dental!!
Amazing staff, efficient, professional, and all around incredible! We love the technology they have right in their office making our appointments time effective. Dr. Mungcal and his crew are amazing!
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I have been going to downtown dental for years and I just can't recommend them enough. Priyam and Sussie are extra amazing, as is the entire team there!
Absolutely amazing experience at Downtown Dental! The staff is so kind and really welcome you in. Overall the dental care has been incredible and I highly, highly recommend coming here for any dental need.

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