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What is early intervention?

April 23rd, 2019

Many developing orthodontic problems can be intercepted and corrected if diagnosed and treated at an early age. Dr. Mirtorabi and our team at Dr. Lili Mirtorabi and Associates recommend children have their first orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven, or younger if the front four permanent teeth have replaced the baby teeth. Early treatment, also known as interceptive treatment or Phase I treatment, provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Early intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later.

If your child is showing these signs, it may be time to think about early orthodontic treatment:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth (your child should typically start losing teeth around age five or six, and will have all their permanent teeth in around age 12 to 13)
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sucking his or her thumb
  • Speech impediment
  • Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other)
  • Crowded front teeth
  • Teeth that don't come together in a normal manner or even at all

Early intervention will greatly reduce the severity of your child’s case, and therefore reduce the length of treatment time and cost for a second phase of treatment when all of his or her permanent teeth have erupted. An evaluation at our Huntington Park, CA office will determine if your child’s dental and skeletal growth is proceeding properly or if interceptive treatment is needed. Many times, a more severe problem can be corrected using sophisticated removable appliances instead of traditional orthodontic treatment.

To schedule a consultation for your child to visit with Dr. Mirtorabi, please give us a call! We will provide your child with an initial exam, and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child's smile.

Every Day is Earth Day

April 16th, 2019

During the early days of the environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies. The early 1970s were a time of change, and assertions that we needed to pay more attention to the Earth's atmosphere were generally dismissed. But within a couple decades, it had become clear that the previous generation was right; the citizens of the world needed to become more environmentally conscious.

Many people feel that they can't make a difference if they don't do something big. But caring for the environment doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing concept. In fact, the little things you do can add up to make a great impact, especially in our community. Here are a few ways you can help the environment on Earth Day, April 22nd and all year around.

Four Small Ways to be Environmentally Friendly

  • Recycle Your Textiles. Nearly 21 million tons of textiles are added to American landfills each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Donating your unwanted clothing to a secondhand store or an organization that repurposes fabric helps cut down on solid waste and conserves natural resources.
  • Reduce Usage of Disposables. Plastic bottles and bags, disposable diapers and other things we can use and toss out are convenient, but they're not necessary. Simply choosing to replace one of type of disposable with a reusable product can help you cut down on waste that has a large negative impact on our environment.
  • Conserve Water. If everyone in the United States turned off the water while brushing their teeth, more than 1.5 million gallons of water could be conserved. Turn the water on long enough to wet your toothbrush for brushing and rinsing, and then immediately turn the water off again.
  • Turn Off the Lights. Flip the light switch to "Off" if you're going to leave a particular room for 15 minutes or more. This will conserve energy on incandescent light bulbs and cut down on cooling costs.

It's not necessary to be an activist or install solar panels all over your home to help the environment. Although you can do these things, the little everyday measures make a big difference in helping to conserve energy and the environment, while reducing your carbon footprint. Our team at Dr. Lili Mirtorabi and Associates wants to remind you to celebrate Earth Day and help the environment, knowing that it will benefit your and your children's generation.

April Happenings

April 15th, 2019

At Dr. Lili & Associates we love any type of sweet treat, which is why we’re excited about the upcoming Easter celebrations. You probably noticed that our office space is ready for Easter with bunnies and eggs adorning every nook and cranny. We love Mexican candy, cakes, brownies, popsicles, you name it! We don’t discriminate when it comes to sweets.

We asked Dr. Imoto to share what she’s looking forward to this month. She’s excited to spend time with her family creating memories like dying eggs and watching her kids enjoy the egg hunt while being fascinated by the mystery of the Easter bunny. Baseball season is also upon us! Having grown up in Northern California, Dr. Imoto is a Giants fan at heart. However, now that she’s spent some time with her family in Southern California, she can’t deny her love for the Angels. And as many of us do this time of year, Dr. Imoto will be giving her home a little spring cleaning to keep everything organized and in order.

We hope that most of you are planning on celebrating Earth Day this year. We only have one planet to call home, and it’s so important that we take care of it. Climate change is happening quickly and we need to do our part and make conscious choices that make an impact. Recycling cans, paper, and plastic is a great place to start. Other things you can start doing consciously include turning off the water when you’re brushing your teeth, taking shorter showers, and purchasing a reusable water bottle. At our office, we’ve gone mostly digital and strive to be as paperless as possible.

We hope you’re all having a great month so far and hope to see you in the office soon. Don’t forget to brush and floss after all those Easter treats!

How Your Pearly Whites Can Help You in Life

April 9th, 2019

At Dr. Lili Mirtorabi and Associates, Dr. Mirtorabi and our staff have found that patients who like their smiles have better self-esteem. People who don’t like their smiles are often skittish about talking to other people. According to the National Women’s Health Resource Center, when women are asked about what they’d most like to change about themselves, many point to their smile. Despite wanting to change their smiles, quite a few of the people who are unhappy about that part of themselves won’t consider getting braces.

Most Americans Don’t Have Straight Teeth

The American Association of Orthodontics estimates that 4.5 million Americans wear braces or other orthodontic equipment to straighten their teeth and to get a healthier mouth. One in five of those braces wearers are women. The organization’s statistics also show that about 75 percent of the population doesn’t have straight teeth, and those people would benefit from getting braces.

While the main benefit of braces is straight teeth, and to improve the look of your smile, there are other benefits that make braces even more useful, including:

  • Straighter teeth help people chew better.
  • Straighter teeth give people a proper bite.
  • People speak better when they have straighter teeth.
  • When people have straight teeth, they have better overall gum and mouth health. A healthier mouth means flossing and brushing are easier, and that means your entire mouth stays healthy.
  • A healthy mouth is also linked to a healthy body.

When you feel proud of those pearly whites, you feel better about your smile, and that contributes to a better self-image and improved self-esteem. Ultimately, that can lead to greater career success and a more fulfilling social life.

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