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

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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 medical 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.

Three reasons you want to keep those teeth cleaning appointments

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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.


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"I am a legit Patient at this practice. The Doctor is amazing - educated, skilled and patient. Allison, my Dental Hygienist, is really friendly, knowledgeable and proactive about her patients' oral health. In my experience, the office staff at Downtown Dental is always professional, friendly, and thoughtful about my time. Plus, they offer reasonable financing! If you're honest about your budget (for people like me who don't have dental insurance), they can often work with you to stay within budget. I also learned that they use the best equipment in their field and staff gets training often on new dental techniques. If you are someone who works, resides or likes to visit Downtown - this is an especially excellent place to see the dentist periodically.

Downtown Dental is a fantastic Dental practice in the heart of the city. They are located near LA's Cultural hub of museums, concert halls and the like (The Broad, MOCA + more ). But don't let all that (magic) discourage you from making your appointment, because traffic is usually very smooth on Grand and getting in and out of their secure and validated parking lot (in their building) is a breeze. They also have 2 e-car charging stations if that's how you roll. If you work in DTLA, like many, you can even get a lunchtime cleaning!

Sidebar: The office is located inside a gorgeous apartment building, full of high end furnishings, accentuated with stunning street art. You may have even passed by & seen the Subway flags at street level- the dental office is right upstairs. It's worth a try, especially if you want great oral health, love art, culture and the city!"
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Don't waste your time going to other places, this dentist & his team are your best bet!

They are courteous, flexible, and above all: PROFESSIONAL."
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I had four front crowns and 2 root canals done all in about 3 hours! It was pain free! Dr Mungcal was fast and I didn't feel a thing! People compliment my teeth all the time! ...Little do they know they're fake! Very grateful!!! I am in Invisalign now and love how it stopped me from clenching and grinding my teeth! My teeth and gums are healthy because of all the amazing dental work they have done and continue to do!! Oh ...And they offered nitrous which made the whole experience awesome! Go here if you want dental work done right!!"
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The staff are also very friendly and know the best habits for having a healthy mouth.
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"Absolutely the best dental office! In all reality I used to hate going to the dentist I would cancel my appointments at my old Drs office all the time !! But the Hygienists and the staff in general are so welcoming and make you wanna keep coming back. They are always ready to deliver and Allison did an amazing job on my teeth cleaning thank you for that"
"This review is long overdue. I've been a patient at downtown dental since 2005 and have had nothing but positive experiences. I've had quite a bit of dental work and when I had a cracked crown recently, they scheduled me the next day and replaced it at no charge. They would have scheduled me that day but sadly, I'm no longer a patient as I've moved to NorCal. I felt like they really went out of the way to accommodate me and I appreciate that! Thanks guys!!"
"Great practice, the doctors and assistants are very professional, helpful and pleasant. They make dental appointments almost enjoyable...not something I thought possible!

Katie the hygienist is not only gentle, professional and very professional but also inspiring. She makes you want to have the best gums in Los Angeles.

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"The team at Downtown Dental are the best! They have done both an implant and Invisalign for me. They keep me informed about all the steps and always get me in and out quickly! I love that they can do everything right in their own offices too."
"My story is: I chipped a took eating cereal! Who does that!?! (The cereal was crunchy I'll admit). I went to Downtown Dental and Dr. Mungcal evaluated my situation and realized my bite needed to be adjusted. I grind my teeth at night also so the combination of it all was wearing my teeth down. He recommended invisalign to align my bite. I was hesitant because it's pricey but...trust me...it was SO WORTH IT!!! 8 months later, my bite is fixed and aligned and my teeth are straighter which is a bonus! I am only 34 and I want to keep my teeth healthy and strong for a long time! Dr. Mungcal and the entire staff are amazing and took GREAT care of me. You can rest assured you will be taken care of by them!"
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