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Los Angeles, Koreatown, Califorina Dr. Mark S. Laska, DDS

Phone: (213) 386-3348
Fax:      (213) 386-3357
E-mail:  info@lasmilesdentist.com

Website: www.midwilshiredentistry.com

 

Mid Wilshire Dentistry
3460 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90010

 

Dr. Mark Laska attended U.C.L.A. for his undergraduate studies and graduated from U.S.C. School of Dentistry in 1970, and has been in private practice in Los Angeles since that time.

He has based his practice on preventative dentistry and cosmetic care, while using the latest technology, such as digital x-rays, veneers, porcelain inlays and crowns and soft tissue laser. Recently, he expanded his practice to include specialty dentists - orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics and oral surgery. This has allowed the practice to stay abreast of the newest techniques, such as implants, and Invisalign® (a clear alternative to braces) and to offer most dental procedures in one location. This method of care provides a more inclusive environment for the patient’s dental needs.

Dr. Laska has been the team dentist for the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team since 1987. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Los Angeles Dental Society, the Academy of
General Dentistry and the Academy of Sports Dentistry.

Friday
May162014

Pediatric Orthodontics, With Dr. Audrey Yoon, Mid Wilshire Dentistry, Los Angeles, California

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends children getting an evaluation by an orthodontist at the age of 7 because by then, children will have their 6-year molars and at least 2 upper or lower permanent front teeth.  With these teeth in place, orthodontists can provide a very accurate diagnosis, treatment plan and timetable for future treatment, says Dr. Audrey Yoon, an orthodontist with Mid Wilshire Dentistry in Los Angeles, California.  As every child grows differently, Dr. Yoon recommends visiting an orthodontist once you notice any problems with your child's teeth.

While an orthodontic exam is recommended at age 7, that doesn't mean braces would be recommended at that age, as 90% of the time, it will be just an exam, Dr. Yoon says.  Screenings are done at this age to look for problems such as severe skeletal-jaw discrepancy, impacted teeth and bad habits before they become more severe and if detected early enough, future jaw surgery can be prevented and the final result can be achieved better.

As a parent, if you're concerned about your child's smile, Dr. Yoon says to look for jaw alignment problems, fractured teeth, impacted teeth, permanent teeth growing into the wrong spot, thumb sucking habits, lip biting or tongue thrusting habits, cross bites and overbites, because those are all signs to bring them to an orthodontist for an evaluation.  

Normal jaw structure is when the upper jaw is slightly wider and bigger than the lower jaw so that when you bite down, the upper teeth are supposed to wrap around the lower teeth.  With a cross bite, the position of one or more teeth are reversed and it can lead to pain, discomfort, trauma and lack of confidence.  Dr. Yoon says a lot of times, the cross bite will create a bite interference so that the jaw is shifted to one side, which can lead to asymmetrical growth of the jaw, where one side of the jaw grows more than the other.  If a cross bite is left untreated, it will require more extensive treatment later on in life.  

Dr. Yoon says there are 2 common ways that braces can impact the lifestyle of a child.  If a child is active in sports, protective gear should be worn, such as a mouth guard, even if the league doesn't require them.  Secondly, some children don't find the metal braces very attractive so, if they are an appropriate candidate, Invisalign is a good option for moving teeth without fixed metal braces.  If not, ceramic braces can be another option, as well as lingual braces where the braces are hidden on the inside of your teeth. 

Dr. Audrey Yoon in an orthodontist with Mid Wilshire Dentistry in Los Angeles, California.  Dr. Yoon spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand sleep breathing disorder and dental news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Wednesday
Apr162014

Gum Disease Can Contribute to Bad Breath, With Kaeli Kesterson, Dental Hygienist, Mid Wilshire Dentistry, Los Angeles, California

Once a person has been diagnosed with periodontal disease, their gums can be made healthy again.  It depends on how good they are with their homecare and if diligent, patients can come back within a few months with healthy gums after they've come in for a good cleaning, says Kaeli Kesterson, a dental hygienist with Mid Wilshire Dentistry in Los Angeles, California. 

Kesterson says that periodontal disease forms a lot of bacteria that forms under the gum line and once it's under there, it needs to be treated professionally and it causes bad breath.

As a dental hygienist, Kesterson, in addition to cleaning teeth, always does a thorough exam, oral cancer screening and looks for any other abnormalities in the mouth.  "We're the first line of defense for finding anything wrong going on in the mouth," she says.

Kaeli Kesterson is a hygienist with Mid Wilshire Dentistry in Los Angeles, California.  She spoke with Sleep Better TV, a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Friday
Apr112014

Proper Brushing and Flossing Techniques, With Kaeli Kesterson, Mid Wilshire Dentistry, Los Angeles, California

Waterpicks are excellent homecare devices, as anything that will remove the bacteria, in addition to brushing and flossing, especially for patients with bridges or braces, is a good idea, says Kaeli Kesterson, a dental hygienist with Mid Wilshire Dentistry in Los Angeles, California. 

So many patients want to use a hard bristle toothbrush because they feel it does a better job on cleaning but to the contrary, it's very dangerous to the gums.  Hard bristles just brush away the gums, so you always want to use a soft bristle brush, says Kesterson, to take the best care of them. 

Ideally, Kesterson says brushing after each meal would be wonderful but especially morning and night.  When you floss, you want to get each side of the tooth and make a c-shape around each side of the tooth to clean in between the teeth.

Kaeli Kesterson is a hygienist with Mid Wilshire Dentistry in Los Angeles, California.  She spoke with Sleep Better TV, a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Friday
Apr112014

Bleeding Gums a Sign of Gum Disease, With Hygienist Kaeli Kesterson, Mid Wilshire Dentistry, Los Angeles, California

When patients complain about bleeding gums, it's because they most likely have gingivitis, or worse, periodontal disease, says Kaeli Kesterson, a hygienist with Mid Wilshire Dentistry in Los Angeles, California.  She says they're probably much overdue for a professional cleaning and probably haven't been flossing daily or brushing properly.

A good professional cleaning will remove plaque and tartar from the tooth structure and get one back on good oral care, with regular flossing and brushing.  Most patients are neglectful, says Kesterson, as most don't have dental insurance, so she recommends cleanings every 6 months and for those with less-healthy gums, every 3-4 months.  Children also should be seen every 6 months, as there's so much going on with tooth loss, getting new teeth and they really need to be good with their homecare as well, she adds.

Mouthwash can be very effective, especially the alcohol-free varieties, because they kill the bacteria that causes the inflammation of gums and bleeding, says Kesterson.

Kaeli Kesterson is a hygienist with Mid Wilshire Dentistry in Los Angeles, California.  She spoke with Sleep Better TV, a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
Nov122013

Gum Disease and Overall Systemic Health, With Dr. Mark Laska, Mid Wilshire Dental Care, Los Angeles, California

Recent scientific research suggests a strong connection between chronic gum infections, periodontal disease and systemic health.  That process is now referred to as the oral-systemic connection, says Dr. Mark Laska, of Mid Wilshire Dental Care in Los Angeles, California. 

Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the bones and gums supporting the teeth.  The signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include bleeding, sore, swollen gums, loose teeth, gum recession, chronic bad breath, pus around the teeth and pain upon chewing.  As periodontal disease progresses, bacterial enzymes break down the gum tissue, allowing bacteria to enter the circulation system and these circulating bacteria initiate a systemic inflammatory response.  Such responses include heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, some cancers and low birth weight babies.

Dr. Laska says that gum disease can be both a cause and a sign of systemic disease, as it goes both ways.  He believes the role of the dentist is an important one, as they can identify, diagnose and educate patients about the system connection.  At his office, they provide a wellness assessment with different tests, including nutritional counseling when indicated.

"I think the dentist's role in the overall system connection will result in improved overall patient health and wellness," Dr. Laska says.

Dr. Mark Laska, who has been the team dentist for the Los Angeles Clippers since 1987, treats his patients at his Mid Wilshire Dental Care practice in Los Angeles, California.  Dr. Laska is also a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.