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Our new office!

July 19, 2012

I’m happy to report that the construction of our new office is nearing completion.
Walls are painted, tile is going in, cabinets are on their way! If you haven’t seen it, look to your left as you head northbound on Santa Rosa street, one block north of Foothill, on the left! We are situated right on the corner of Boysen and Santa Rosa St; you can’t miss us!
Our new digs will feature 5 operatories, a bigger parking lot, a beautiful setting, modern decor, and the latest technology. It will be as ‘green’ as a dental office can be, utilizing recycled materials, an amalgam trap, high effeciency lighting, power-saving features, etc. We may even consider solar power in the future.
But the real joy of our new practice will be in its use of space, color and comfort to create an ambiance and a mood designed to make you happy to go to the dentist! Now San Luis Obispo’s premier dental office will have locale to match it’s reputation! We welcome you to drop by. Stay tuned for an official opening date.

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How to save money!!

November 2, 2011

The economy- it’s on everybody’s mind these days. Funds are tight, the future is uncertain, and stress levels can run a notch or two higher than normal.
As a father and small-business owner, especially one who deals daily with patients, I am aware of what this means for families and their bottom line. In light of this, I offer this three-step plan to help your budget (at least with the dental and oral health component);
1. Brush-up (no pun intended) on your oral hygiene. Common sense dictates that if we prevent issues, how much they cost to fix is a moot point.
2. Take care of things as soon as they make their presence known. It may seem counter-intuitive to schedule an appointment for what seems to a small thing or a slight pain, but at least once a day I hear “I wish I’d taken care of this sooner”. The smaller the problem, the easier and less expensive the fix is. And don’t worry, I’m very conservative. If it turns out to be a problem that doesn’t need fixing, I will let you know. Peace-of-mind is priceless!
3. Take advantage of the maintenance and check-ups available to you. If insurance pays for two cleanings a year, USE THEM! You are, after all, paying for them. This allows us (your dentist and your hygienist) to make recommendations to keep you out of trouble (and my chair), and to catch issues while they are minor. Even without insurance, they are a bargain! Imagine how much an hour-long visit to your G.P. would cost!
I hope this is some value to you. Peruse our website to see what services we offer. Ask questions. And most importantly, stay healthy!

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…but it doesn’t hurt, doc!

September 21, 2011

Teeth are wonderful, useful, and complex things. Covered with enamel, the hardest substance in the body, they work tirelessly and usually without complaint to let you enjoy that steak, smile at that job interview, and assist with expressing your extensive vocabulary.
So when a dentist like myself tells you there’s a problem with one of your pearly whites, take it to heart! But shouldn’t it hurt, you might ask.
Not neccesarily. The nerve that causes pain is embedded very deep in the center of each tooth, so decay on the surface, or even of moderate depth, will not be felt. In fact, once you do feel pain, it’s quite often too late, and the treatment changes to consist of more elaborate (and expensive!) steps such as root canals and crowns.
I do my utmost to catch problems long before they progress to that stage. By treating a small problem, your toooth structure is conserved, your time in my chair is limited, and your pocket book doesn’t take a big hit.
Your welcome!

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Braces for Adults? Absolutely!

September 21, 2011

Orthodontics Designed for Adults
Is your smile as perfect as you’d like it to be? Have you ever considered ‘fixing’ it? Your life and your needs are different than a child’s, and so is your mouth! That certainly doesn’t mean that you’ve missed the chance to have straight, beautiful teeth, but it does mean that you need a product designed for an adult mouth.
Invisible Braces – Invisalign®
Invisalign® is the most exciting advancement in teeth straightening technology to date. The first truly invisible braces, invisalign® appliances are commonly used for adult dental orthodontics.
Actually, invisalign® appliances aren’t braces at all, because there are no brackets bonded to the teeth, and no wires. Your teeth are aligned using a series of clear trays that fit on your teeth. Your smile will continue to shine as the invisalign® trays gradually correct the problems with your bite. Invisalign® is a sophisticated system of computer-generated plastic appliances, custom made for your teeth. Instead of going to the dentist to have adjustments made to traditional dental orthodontics, you simply advance to the next appliance in your system every two weeks, right in the comfort of your own home!
Unlike clear or porcelain braces, invisalign® really is invisible! The clear plastic appliances are the closest thing to invisible braces on the market. You don’t have to give up on having the smile of your dreams, and you don’t have to show up at your office with a mouth full of metal. With the invisalign® adult orthodontics system, you really can have a perfect smile simply by wearing virtually invisible braces!

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See the dentist and sleep better!

May 19, 2011

If your jaw clicks, pops, or feels sore, or your teeth are wearing down,
it may be a symptom of teeth grinding, officially known as bruxism. Bruxism
is a subconscious neuromuscular activity. It often goes on without
your being aware of it; experts estimate that only 5 percent of people
who grind their teeth or clench their jaws know they do it until a sleep
partner notices the telltale sound or a dentist detects wear on the teeth.
Jaw clenching is another form of bruxism, except you clench your teeth tightly
together rather than moving them from side to side. Jaw clenching can be harder
to detect than grinding, but one sign is waking with pain or stiffness in the neck.

How does it interrupt sleep? Bruxism involves tensing of the jaw muscles,
so it interferes with the relaxation necessary for deep sleep. And if
you’re fully grinding, your body is engaged in movement rather than resting.

What to do? See a dentist! If you don’t have one, we are accepting new patients!
A dentist can look for underlying causes, such as problems with your bite
alignment, and can prescribe a mouth-guard-type device such as a dental splint.
If jaw clenching is your primary issue, there are specific dental devices for that.

Experts also suggest giving up gum chewing during the day, because the
habitual chewing action can continue at night. Some people who grind their
teeth have experienced relief from botox injections to the jaw muscle.
Others have had success using a new biofeedback device called Grindcare, approved by the FDA in 2010.

Call us for a better night’s sleep!

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Oprah and I

February 25, 2011

I hope you were able to catch the recent Oprah episode which espoused the virtues of life in San Luis Obispo. Apparently the SLO life is a very happy one! (Here’s a link to the piece that aired); http://media.oprah.com/video/201101/tows/20110120_tows_san-luis-obispo.mp4
Did you perhaps hear that I was alluded to during that program? That’s right! Yours truly has achieved Oprah noteriety. When Jenny McCarthy mentioned the bartering of dental work for art, she was referring to me! I have had a trade agreement with a talented local artist to exchange my work for his for several years. I love his art and this gentleman (www.spiritsofafricagallery.com) wouldn’t otherwise be able to receive dental care. Feel free to stop by our office to see some of his wonderful art displayed in our waiting area. And thank you, Oprah for considering me and our fair city Oprah-worthy!

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Is there a difference?

October 6, 2010

You may not have thought of dental care as something that could vary from one office to another, or from dentist to dentist. But I think about it; it is my art, and I go to great lengths to be the absolute best at my art that I can be. I want you to be impressed, to leave thinking “that was the most pain-free dental experience of my life”, or “that is the best looking filling I’ve ever seen.”
To that end, I constantly strive to improve my results, my technique, my outcomes. To do this, I participate in ongoing continuing education, which allows me to keep abreast of new materials, procedures, and equipment. I monitor my staff, my feedback, and my general reputation. But the most important indicator of my success as a practitioner is you, the patient and consumer. Your comments, your feedback, and your smile are what matter most. Think about that when you select a dentist for your care.