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Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers

Beautiful porcelain veneers can make your smile look like a million bucks. But good looks are just one of their benefits. Their durability and versatility can make them a good option for preventing more serious oral health problems, too.

Sep 4th, 2019
Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

Having straight teeth is about a lot more than cosmetics. There are some really important health benefits, as well. Here's why straighter teeth are a wise investment — for your oral health and your overall health, too.

Aug 8th, 2019
What's a Smile Makeover?

Having a beautiful, healthy-looking smile is about more than aesthetics; it can help you look and feel more confident in every area of your life. Read on to learn more about getting a smile makeover!

Jul 9th, 2019
Do You Have to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth extractions can make a lot of sense for most people. But there are a few exceptions where keeping your wisdom teeth might be OK. Here's how to tell if your wisdom teeth should be removed.

May 1st, 2019
Feel Confident in Your Smile Again with New Veneers

Dental veneers can transform the way your smile looks. All it takes is two office visits to start enjoying a more beautiful smile — and greater self-confidence. Learn how veneers can help you get the smile you want.

Apr 1st, 2019
How Dental Implants Can Improve Your Smile and Your Oral Health

Dental implants are designed like your natural tooth, with the metal implant acting as a “stand-in” root. That design doesn’t just make implants more secure and comfortable – it can actually help prevent future oral health problems. Here’s how.

Mar 1st, 2019
Why Adults and Teens Love Invisalign®

If you're considering Invisalign treatment, you probably already know it's really popular. What you want to know is why. Here are five major benefits of Invisalign treatment, as well as a couple of special benefits just for teens.

Feb 4th, 2019
Got a Gummy Smile? Just One of Many Reasons to Consider Veneers

There’s no way to prevent a gummy smile — that comes down to genetics. But dental veneers offer a way to change the proportion of teeth and gums. Pushing back gum tissue and filling that space is just one of the dental issues that veneers address.

Jan 10th, 2019
How to Get and Maintain Your Whitest Smile

Keeping your smile its whitest isn’t difficult, but it takes some self-discipline to maintain an effective oral care routine. Your best smile comes from a combination of dentist visits and personal care at home.

Dec 14th, 2018
The Best Summer of Your Life

In one appointment, we can lighten your natural teeth 8 to 9 shades and take you back before the ravages of coffee and red wine. Check out our blog post and contact us for more information!

Jul 10th, 2019
Tips for Preventing Dental Caries From The Dental Touch

Dental Caries is a result of tooth decay and yet, completely preventable with the proper oral hygiene regimen. People may not realize the tooth decay begins with an erosion of the tooth enamel that causes holes in the teeth.

Jan 11th, 2018
Learn How Teeth Can Be Straightened by Invisalign

As an Invisalign® dentist, we can straighten one's teeth without anyone knowing. Invisalign® is a fantastic solution for working professionals that need to maintain a certain image that may be damaged by wearing metal braces.

Feb 15th, 2017
Your Teeth Age Too!

Special Concerns for Older Adults. Along with those gray hairs and inevitable smile lines, your mouth undergoes natural changes over the years, as well. Among them:

Dec 27th, 2016
Dental Crowns Play an Important Role in Dental Care

Few things are as versatile as dental crowns.  We use them in our Oakland dental office to solve a wide variety of challenges.  They can be used to strengthen your teeth, protect them, and to improve their appearance.

Dec 15th, 2016
The Long & Short of Gum Disease

Information on Gum Disease. Surprising but true: the major cause of tooth loss in adults is not decay, but periodontal disease. More than half of all people over age 18 have at least the early stage of periodontal disease.

Dec 13th, 2016
Reasons to Get a Dental Cleaning From Our Dental Office

If you have not had a professional dental cleaning in Oakland lately, it is time for you to visit our dental office. Clean teeth and gums keep your smile bright and your mouth healthy. Continue reading for more reasons you should visit for a cleaning.

Nov 26th, 2016
When Diseases Cause Oral Complications

We have come a long way in the treatment of serious, life-threatening systemic diseases. Part and parcel of healing more aggressive diseases are—more aggressive therapies.

Nov 15th, 2016
Mystery Pain & Phantom Toothache

There’s only one good thing about a visibly damaged tooth: here, clearly, is where the pain’s coming from and where our response will be focused.

Nov 1st, 2016
What is Bruxism and Why is it Harmful?

It’s such a common habit, yet most of the time we never know we’re doing it. Not cracking your knuckles or biting fingernails, but intense clenching and grinding of your teeth—known in dental terminology as bruxism.

Oct 25th, 2016
Have You Knocked Out a Tooth?

We sure can try, but your help is needed, and the most important word is TIME. When a permanent tooth is knocked out, the less time it is out of the mouth the better. In fact, the best results are obtained when the tooth is replaced within 30 minutes!

Oct 18th, 2016
Are You Having a Baby?

You’ve got the glow of a mother-to-be. Keep it with these tips for better oral health for you and your baby.

Oct 11th, 2016
Where Did All the Pain Go?

Today’s Dentistry is Virtually Pain-Free. There’s a bright new trend in dental offices these days: More people are making appointments because they want to, not because they have to.

Oct 4th, 2016
The Truth About Smoking

While nobody enjoys getting lectured about a bad habit, it’s important to have all the relevant information available to you, especially when it involves health implication.

Sep 27th, 2016
Osteoporosis & Calcium

Since childhood we’ve been told we need calcium to build strong teeth and bones. But the fact is we never outgrow our need for this important mineral. Why…?

Aug 23rd, 2016
Periodontal Disease Q&A

Periodontal disease is a progressive one—meaning if it doesn’t stabilize or show signs of healing, it’s bound to get worse. Even when it doesn’t hurt, untreated gum disease will eventually take its toll: tooth loss.

Aug 16th, 2016
Older and Healthy…a Natural Match

The words “aging” and “healthy” don’t have to be either/or propositions. Fact is, in some ways we grow healthier as we age. We’ve built up so many antibodies that our resistance to virus increases.

Aug 9th, 2016
When a Tooth Goes Missing

Harrison Ford took a nasty fall and lost two of his teeth. Thanks to modern dentistry, he went on to become a major Hollywood star. For as long as we humans have been losing teeth, we’ve been filling the gaps.

Jul 26th, 2016
Asthma Alert

In years past, asthma attacks could be unpredictable and difficult to control. Today, medications have been developed to control attacks—in some cases preventing them from occurring at all.

Jul 19th, 2016
Close your eyes …

Close your eyes .. Then next 10 seconds take yourself back to the middle of July in the height of the BEST SUMMER Of your life.

Jul 12th, 2016
Sounding Off About Snoring!

Do you snore, and has your partner compared it to the sound of a giant band saw slowly slicing through the house? Ever wake up groggy and grumpy after a “full night’s sleep?”

Jul 12th, 2016
X-Rays From Our Perspective

X-rays are critical to the practice of dentistry. And the benefits are profound. But dentists are sometimes guilty of dismissing patient concerns, as in, “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine.”

Jul 5th, 2016
Frank Talk About Bad Breath

Social embarrassments come in many sizes. But chronic bad breath is near the top of the list. It affects those nearest and dearest to us and may limit the close social contacts we treasure most.

Jun 28th, 2016
Fluoride, the Story

Sifting Fact From Belief. Dental researchers call it The Fluoride Story—the most dramatic turn-around of a populationís dental health in history. So far.

Jun 21st, 2016
The Perils of a Bad Bite

No, we’re not talking about being attacked by a junkyard dog. That’s perilous enough. The bite in question here is your own bite—the way your lower teeth and your upper teeth come together.

Jun 14th, 2016
Hormones and Periodontal Disease

Women of all ages are prone to changing levels of progesterone in the body. And progesterone—especially when you are pregnant or taking oral contraceptives—causes some bacteria to grow in awesome numbers.

Jun 7th, 2016
Don’t Hide That Smile

Are stained, chipped, or crooked teeth cramping your smile? Years Ago, the only solution for unattractive teeth was disguising them with crowns. Today, we’ve got better options in porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, and teeth whitening.

May 24th, 2016
Your Health History

Keep Us Informed of Any Changes! If it’s been a little while since your last appointment, then don’t forget to update your health history. Your dental care is part of your total health-care package. Have you:

May 17th, 2016
The Calcium Advantage

Why Calcium is a Crucial Mineral How important is calcium to us? It’ s very important. Here’s why.

Apr 26th, 2016
Don’t Share Your Toothbrush!

Keep your Toothbrush to Yourself. One of the tenets of good dental health is obvious—Brush your teeth after every meal. This can help keep your mouth healthy throughout a long life.

Apr 19th, 2016
Toothpaste and Canker Sores

Can Toothpaste Help Fight Canker Sores? About the only good thing about canker sores is, they’re hidden inside the mouth. Beyond that—they’re painful, annoying, and bound to erupt at the worst possible time.

Apr 12th, 2016
Musical Instruments and Teeth

Ever think of asking your dentist which musical instrument you should play? Few people do. But especially for young people, an early dental analysis–before selecting a musical instrument–can be important.

Apr 5th, 2016
The Most Common Affliction?

When it comes to most common, not even winter colds strike as many of us as gum infection (periodontal disease). As many as 75% of adults will be a victim sometime in their lifetime.

Mar 22nd, 2016
Dental Tips for Caregivers

If you’re one of the millions of caregivers of an elderly patient who perhaps suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, then you probably maintain a checklist of the many daily tasks necessary to care for them.

Mar 15th, 2016
Are First Teeth Just Born to Lose?

Kids’ teeth—paying special attention to them lays a firm foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth. They’re milestones in your child’s development, those first teeth.

Mar 8th, 2016
Vending Machines: Cavity Dispensers

Why You Should Avoid Vending Machines. Vending machines put out all kinds of stuff. But vending machines at work or school can dispense cavities right along with the candy and soda pop that we love so much in afternoon pick-me-ups.

Feb 23rd, 2016
Do You Have Dry Mouth?

Help for Dry Mouth Sufferers. Does your mouth seem uncomfortably dry? Or have you actually been diagnosed with dry mouth (as a side effect of certain types of medication or radiation therapy for cancer)?

Feb 16th, 2016
What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer

Just as in any good crime show, the sooner the heroes discover the problem and get to work solving it, the better the outcome. Looking inside your mouth provides us a unique opportunity to detect other potential health problems.

Feb 9th, 2016
Dental Choices Are Up to You!

Dental care has progressed to where we can now offer you a veritable smorgasbord of choices, a buffet of beautiful smiles.

Feb 2nd, 2016
Even When Tiny…

Tooth Cracks Need Attention. Every tooth fracture needs prompt treatment. No chip or crack is insignificant.

Jan 26th, 2016
Dental Phobia

Do You Have a Dental Phobia? The bad thing about dental phobia is that it prevents people from seeking the care they need—when they need it.

Jan 19th, 2016
Bad Oral Habits Explained

Tooth-related habits, too, can be conscious (brushing and flossing) or unconscious—chewing on pencils, for example.

Jan 12th, 2016
White, whiter, whitest!

Do you wish that you had whiter teeth? Have you already tried and have been disappointed by the over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and those mail order kits? Well, here is a safe, easy, and successful way that you can REALLY whiten your teeth.

Jan 5th, 2016
To Prevent Cavities…

Don’t filter out fluoride! In the years since fluoride first was added to city water supplies, dentists have seen tooth decay in kids cut in half. Fluoride really works!

Dec 22nd, 2015
The Rubber Dental Dam

What is a Dental Dam? Throughout your treatment at our office, we want to keep you comfortable and safe while providing the best possible care. During many of our procedures we use a rubber dam (aka dental dam) to help.

Dec 15th, 2015
Ask About MI Paste

What is MI Paste? MI Paste, a calcium-phosphate remineralizing paste, is a safe and effective way to treat a variety of oral health conditions. It may also be the most effective way to reduce cavities in mature adults.

Dec 1st, 2015

You’d think swallowing is easy as falling off a log. But some of us need help retraining muscles that we’ve been using wrong all along.

Nov 24th, 2015
Root Surface Caries

As the population ages—more gracefully than ever, of course— we’re keeping more teeth. Along with wisdom and experience, however, come different health problems. Among them, cavities on the surface of the tooth root, what we call root caries.

Nov 20th, 2015
Do You Have A Salivary Stone?

A healthy flow of saliva is critical for chewing and digestion, bathing gums, and bacterial control. And we owe it all to salivary glands, three pairs of organs in the cheek and floor of the mouth.

Nov 3rd, 2015
Alcohol and Your Health…

There’s so much conflicting information regarding drinking alcohol blasting at us these days. A glass of red wine is good? Is even drinking at all a good idea?

Oct 27th, 2015
Making Bad Breath Go Away

Where Bad Breath Comes From. Most, but not all, bad breath comes from bacterial plaque and food accumulated mainly towards the back of the tongue.

Oct 20th, 2015
Dental Implants: The Next Best Thing to Natural Teeth

Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth. Once teeth are missing from the jawbone—whether one or many; whether from accident or disease—something very important is missing as well. That’s tooth stability.

Oct 13th, 2015
These are Times that Stress Kids’ Mouths

Kids’ Mouths and Stress. What does a student facing exam pressure have in common with a World War I soldier—or an 18th-Century British sailor? More than you might think.

Oct 6th, 2015
Diabetes Clues

Diabetes Clues in Your Mouth. In many cases it’s the dentist–and not the physician–who has the first opportunity in the early detection of diabetes, because diabetics are especially prone to dental problems.

Sep 22nd, 2015
The Makings of a Better Smile.

Want to Improve Your Smile? One of the best things about today’s cosmetic dentistry is how dramatically your smile can be enhanced with very simple, conservative procedures. All of us differ in terms of our appetite for cosmetic improvement.

Sep 15th, 2015
Healthy Gums Help Your Heart!

It started out as an unconventional theory. But now, more and more scientists, physicians and dentists are seeing the connection between gum disease and potentially fatal heart attacks.

Aug 21st, 2015
Gone Missing

Lose a tooth? We can help you choose the right replacement option.

Aug 18th, 2015
Hazards of Tongue Piercing

In every big city—and down on a lot of farms—”body art” is all the rage. While we begged our parents for discreet earrings, our children are piercing various body parts in surprising places.

Aug 11th, 2015
Do You Commit Tooth Abuse?

Do you absent-mindedly commit Tooth Abuse? These are habits definitely off limits for the health of your teeth:

Aug 4th, 2015
Impression Material

Whether you need a new denture, braces, or a single inlay restoration, you’ll encounter the “goo” dentists use to make an impression – the first step to a perfect likeness of your mouth.

Jul 28th, 2015
Smile with Esthetic Dentistry

What can dentistry do for your self-esteem that all the pots of cream and eyeliner on Madison Avenue can’t?

Jul 21st, 2015
Could You Have Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, (aka gum disease) is painless in its early stages. So how can you tell if it’s in your future? Take a good look at your gums. Then call us.

Jul 14th, 2015
Baby Pacifier Pros and Cons

Is putting baby to bed with a pacifier the way to Sleep Heaven? Or the start of a dangerous habit? Moms, doctors, even dentists have passionate opinions on both sides.

Jul 8th, 2015
The ABC’s of Vitamins

Important Vitamins and Their Sources. Here’s our Cast List: Vitamin A; the “B’s” (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12); Vitamins C, D, E, K, and P.

Jun 23rd, 2015
How the Tongue Aids Diagnosis

Traditionally, doctors and dentists have depended on the tongue to help them diagnose various diseases. And tongues do have a lot to say. For example, scarlet fever is accompanied by a spotted “strawberry” tongue.

Jun 16th, 2015
Prevent Dental Problems from Developing

If you’re like the rest of us, now that belt-tightening is the “new normal,” you may already be eating more meals at home, dropping subscriptions, vacationing closer to home. You may also be tempted to cut back on your dental care.

Jun 2nd, 2015
Why Energy Drinks May Be Overrated

“Meal Replacement” alternatives…How much of the hype is science—and how much is fiction? Like personal aircraft, elixirs offering all the necessary nutrients in a single dose have been a staple of science fiction.

May 26th, 2015
Looking Good at Any Age

Improve Your teeth at Any Age These days, ordinary people are cosmetically enhancing their appeal, stripping years from bodies, faces, and smiles. And dentistry can go a long way in helping you look as young as you feel!

May 19th, 2015
Heart Healthy News

Do you have sore, bleeding gums? Are you worried about your heart’s health, and how much time may still be available to enjoy your life and family? A visit to our office just might help solve all these worries simultaneously!

May 12th, 2015
Dentistry and the Older Adult

Dental Problems that Come with Age. With people living longer, we, as dentists, recognize that the dental profession must shoulder a new responsibility for enduring dental care.

May 5th, 2015
Targeting Teenage Risks

Risk-taking is a normal part of teenage development—and often a growth opportunity for parents, too! Heads up to handling some common dental risks of adolescence so you both stay smiling.

Apr 28th, 2015