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A Patient’s Guide to Finding a Good Dentist Sep 17th, 2020

PEOPLE MIGHT NEED to find a new dentist for all sorts of reasons. Maybe they moved to a new city. Maybe their old dentist retired. Maybe they’re new parents and need to find a dentist for their child. Whatever the reason is, we recommend not waiting until an urgent dental health...

Ketosis Breath Jan 22nd, 2018

Have you noticed that people are handing you gum and breath mints since starting your 2018 New Year's Resolution Low Carb Diet?  Ketosis Breath is a common side effect of Ultra-low carb diets, and is a result of the body using existing fat to fuel itself vs a more traditional energy source...

Protect Your Munchkin’s Teeth this Holiday Season Dec 18th, 2017

With all sorts of sugary treats available this time of year, it’s a tough time to police what your child is putting into their tummy. And unless we live in a world where sugar improves oral health, letting your little one have all the sugar they want during the holidays...

Why Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed Nov 30th, 2017

Did you get your wisdom teeth? Did they hurt like no other coming in? They call them wisdom teeth, but if they get infected or some other affliction, you need to see a Castro Valley dentist as soon as possible. For the vast majority, the eruption of the wisdom teeth can cause...

Fillings: Which Do You Choose? Nov 18th, 2017

When we find out that we need a filling, chances are our poor attention to our dental hygiene is to blame. In fact, it seems that the only real headache in getting a filling is which type of filling to get. Made from a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper,...

‘Tis the Season for Dental Hygiene Oct 17th, 2017

Want to know a fun dental fact? October is known as National Dental Hygiene Month, which is also the beginning of two very sweet holidays – Halloween and Christmas. So, let’s celebrate this month with a few reminders about taking care of your pearly whites:Brush for two minutes twice a day. We...

What Possibly Caused Your Gingivitis Oct 6th, 2017

Gingivitis, or inflammation of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth, is a common result of poor dental hygiene. While very common, it varies widely in severity. Characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily when teeth are brushed or flossed, gingivitis is not the same thing as periodontitis, although...

Get Your Child School Picture Ready Sep 28th, 2017

Now that we are back to school schedules and after-school activities here in San Leandro, now would be an ideal time to schedule a dental appointment. After all, summertime is full of cool drinks and sugary sweets.Once the checkup is done and you have some tips to keeping their teeth nice and...

How We Naturally Fight Away Tooth Decay Sep 18th, 2017

Growing up, we are taught that the way to keeping your smile pretty is to brush and floss every day. What we didn’t know was that we are naturally given a tooth decaying weapon – saliva.Tooth decay is something that happens when bacteria feeds off the sugars we are consuming through food and...

Taking Care of Your Little One’s Teeth Aug 28th, 2017

We know dental hygiene is important, but for San Leandro parents, the best way to prevent cavities in your children is to encourage them to practice good oral hygiene at home. It’s important that you also set a good example as well. For older children, make sure that you encourage them to...

Orthodontists Are Ideal for More than Braces Aug 17th, 2017

Your Castro Valley orthodontist is the go-to dental practitioner for the proper application of cosmetic and dental braces. More than a straighter and much brighter smile, though, there are plenty of reasons why you should go and visit an orthodontist. Here are the reasons to make an ortho appointment today:Prevention and/or...

Why Do We Get Wisdom Teeth? Jul 30th, 2017

Officially called as the third molars, nobody really knows why wisdom teeth develop so late or why we have them, in the first place. The name “wisdom” is taken from how these teeth often come in between the ages of 17 and 25, which is called by many as the “age...

Painless Dental Visits Are Possible Jul 19th, 2017

If you are a patient suffering from dental anxiety, it is possible to be sedated throughout the whole procedure to help you rest at ease while your procedure is taking place. Make sure to voice your concerns so your visit can go as smooth as possible – your San Leandro...

Summertime Smiles and How to Keep Them Healthy Jun 30th, 2017

If there is any time of year children love the most, it’s the summer in Castro Valley. From ice cream to fun county fair foods, summertime has the tastiest treats. Junk food is running rampant and your child’s teeth are unfortunately going to end up becoming the victims. Here are a few tips to...

Which Braces Are Best for You? Jun 15th, 2017

Not everyone is lucky enough to be born with perfectly aligned teeth, but hope is far from lost. If you’re having problems with your teeth, your San Leandro orthodontist may recommend any one of the four following types of braces. Here is a quick rundown with the pros and cons of each:Traditional. Stainless...

Prevention Is the Key to Oral Health May 30th, 2017

When it comes to oral disease, prevention is always the key to keeping your mouth as healthy as possible. By visiting your dentist regularly, you not only have your teeth checked and cleaned, but will also be kept informed techniques that may help prevent you from having to deal with periodontal problems...

May 23rd Is National Taffy Day May 23rd, 2017

If there is ever a time of year that taffy is ideal, it is the warm days that spring has to offer. Walking along the beach or at a county fair, popping in a piece of taffy is the perfect sweet treat. Unfortunately, if you have the pleasure of wearing braces,...

The ABCs of Wisdom Teeth Apr 30th, 2017

Officially called the third molars, nobody really knows why wisdom teeth develop so late, or why we have them in the first place. Theories have been thrown around as to why exactly we have these teeth. One theory is that the early humans needed the extra row of teeth to chew properly....

Does Odontophobia Keep You from Your Best Smile? Apr 19th, 2017

Are you one of those people that does anything to prevent yourself from going to the dentist? Does the sound of a dentist’s drill give you a relentless sense of dread? You aren’t alone. Dental anxiety is actually quite common. So much so, it’s officially called odontophobia, and it affects nearly...

When Visiting an Orthodontist Is the Right Choice Mar 27th, 2017

When we have a tough time just getting a dental check-up, the idea of going to another dental professional generally leaves us with a sense of dread. But what is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist and when is it important to choose one over the other?Prevention and/or screening. Between the...

Battle Royale: Dentist vs. Orthodontist Mar 13th, 2017

Most people often mistake dentists for orthodontists and sometimes, it’s the other way around. And, while it’s true that both professionals work in the same field, their specialization and expertise set them widely apart from each other. But what’s the difference, and how do you choose which is best for you?Both professionals...

Are You Taking Good Care of Your Teeth? Feb 28th, 2017

We all know it’s important to take care of our teeth if we want to keep our smile. But are you doing enough? There are times we aren’t taught the proper way to do something, even if it’s important. With that in mind, here are a few reminders about taking care of...

Straight Teeth Are More Important than You Think Feb 14th, 2017

Smile imperfections are natural. In fact, it’s more natural to have an imperfection than it is to not have one. Braces, veneers, dental implants – these dental options are great options to fix our smile. And it’s important to get these imperfections fixed – because it will eventually affect your health.Straight...

Which Style of Braces Is Best for You? Jan 30th, 2017

Not everyone in San Leandro is born with perfectly aligned teeth. If you’re having problems with your teeth, your orthodontist may recommend that you get braces. These are four types of braces available:Traditional braces.Traditional, stainless steel braces are the most inexpensive. A thin wire helps put pressure on the teeth and slowly...

How to Improve the Health of Your Gums Jan 19th, 2017

As an adult, you’ve probably learned how important it is to take proper care of your teeth. For starters, how often do you think about not just taking care of your teeth and gums, but actually improving their health? Your gums are an important part of your smile and it’s...

Dental Sealants Can Improve Your Child’s Dental Health Dec 29th, 2016

A daily thorough brushing and flossing are two of the most important things one can do to help remove food particles and plaque from their mouth and teeth. Unfortunately, this dental routine can’t reach all the grooves and depressions of the teeth. Even with fluoride use to fight off decay,...

Keep Your Teeth Healthy During the Holiday Season Dec 16th, 2016

The holiday season has to be one of busiest times of year here in Castro Valley. Between decorating your home, shopping for gifts and attending holiday parties, we are so busy that it’s easy for some of our day-to-day things to fall to the wayside. One thing that is easily...

The Orthodontist: Why You Need to Visit One Nov 28th, 2016

The first thing you correlate the word orthodontist to is braces. They are, after all, the one that we visited for years to get our teeth straightened. The orthodontist is the go-to dental practitioner for the proper application of cosmetic and dental braces. But that’s not all. There are other...

A Parent’s Guide to Pediatric Dental Care Nov 15th, 2016

Many Castro Valley parents believe that the best time to establish good dental hygiene habits is right when their child’s first tooth appears. And even then, they fall out after a while so they can’t be that important, right? In actuality, the best time to start taking care of your...

Are Halloween Treats Tricking Us? Oct 20th, 2016

As parents, we want to give our children the world. If it’s possible, we want it to happen. But if we cater to their every whim, they would eventually become wild animals. They would never be clean and their diet would be atrocious. Thankfully, we as parents have the good...

How Do I Get Rid of My Bad Breath? Sep 30th, 2016

We’ve all been there. You’re having an in-depth conversation with someone for hours in the finest Castro Valley restaurant. You are having a great time with this person and you lean in for the kiss, only to be met with an adverse reaction. What happened? Then you realize it. You...

When You Are Too Scared to Visit the Dentist Sep 15th, 2016

If you ask anyone to name one of their biggest issues are regarding the upkeep of their health, a large percentage of them will say, “I hate the dentist”. If you ask why that is, chances are the response will be one of two things: the needles or that numbness...

Back to School Preparations Aug 30th, 2016

As we embark on the next school year in San Leandro, we have to begin to think about how we should convert our kids from summer mode to school mode. A most dreaded time for the kids, but also an important time to start them off on the right foot,...

Headaches and Toothaches Aug 2nd, 2016

We’ve all been there before…you take a bite of your favorite food and WHAM! A shooting pain overwhelms your entire mouth and you can no longer look at your favorite food the same. It seems you’ve gotten yourself a whopper of a toothache. It’s time to visit the nearest Castro Valley...

Orthodontics Are Your Teeth’s Best Friend Jul 21st, 2016

The orthodontist, to put it simply, is the go-to dental practitioner for the proper application of cosmetic and dental braces. More than a straighter and much brighter smile, though, there are plenty of reasons why you should go and visit an orthodontist.Listed below are five of the best reasons why it...

Summertime Dental Care for Kids Jul 14th, 2016

If there is any time of year children love the most, it’s the summer in San Leandro. No more school, fun times in the sun with your friends, and everywhere you look, you see yet another delicious summertime snack. From ice cream to fun county fair foods, summertime has the...

How Dental Implants Save Your Smile…and Your Bones Jun 28th, 2016

Not only does a missing tooth cause you to feel a bit self-conscious to smile, if left untreated it also can affect the way you eat or speak. But did you know that having a missing tooth for a long period of time can also affect your bone growth?Bone is,...

A Quick Guide to Sedation Dentistry Jun 7th, 2016

Some people feel uncomfortable about going to the dentist. Some are so afraid of going into the dentist’s office that they have a hard time relaxing or sitting long enough to receive proper treatment.If you’re one of those people who suffering from what’s referred to as dental phobia or dental...

Improving Gum Health As An Adult May 25th, 2016

As an adult, you’ve probably learned how important it is to take proper care of your teeth. If the dozens, if not hundreds, of commercials haven’t convinced you to brush your teeth two to three times a day and floss after, then it’s probably your early experience of having a...

Pediatric Cavity Prevention May 3rd, 2016

For parents, the best way to prevent cavities in your children is to encourage them to practice good oral hygiene at home. It’s important that you also set a good example as well.For infants, make sure that you wipe and clean their teeth after each feeding using a clean washcloth...

The Different Stages of Periodontal Disease Apr 30th, 2016

Almost everybody knows that oral bacteria and plaque are the two main suspects behind periodontal disease. This knowledge is common. So too is the fact that the buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth and gums can lead to an infection, which may eventually cause an infection of the...

Why Choose a Family Dentist? Apr 6th, 2016

If you’ve ever tried scheduling different dental appointments for you, your partner and your kids, you probably know just how of a hassle it is. However, if you choose a family dentist, you’ll find yourself spending much less time for just as frequent dental office visits for you and your...

Saliva: Your Teeth’s Best Friend Mar 29th, 2016

Growing up, we are taught that the way to keeping your smile pretty is to brush and floss every day. In fact, we were told to go so far as to do it after EVERY MEAL. As a child, I found it to be incredibly difficult to keep up that...

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth and Why Do They Need To Be Removed? Mar 8th, 2016

Officially called as the third molars, nobody really knows why wisdom teeth develop so late or why we have them, in the first place. The name “wisdom” is taken from how these teeth often come in between the ages of 17 and 25, which is called by many as the...

Why Dental Sealants Are Good For Children’s Teeth Feb 29th, 2016

Thorough brushing and flossing are two of the most important things one can do to help remove food particles and plaque from their mouth and teeth. However, toothbrushes and even dental flosses can’t reach all the way into the deepest groove and depressions of the teeth. And, even with the...

How Porcelain Veneers Can Improve Your Smile Feb 14th, 2016

People with healthy and beautiful smiles just can’t help but show them off. But, they’re only a minority, and for the many others blessed with not-so-perfect teeth, smiling isn’t exactly as pleasurable of an experience. One could even say that it’s somewhat painful, both emotionally and physically.The good thing is...

The Four Different Types of Braces – EXPLAINED! Jan 30th, 2016

Not everyone is lucky enough to be born with perfectly aligned teeth, but it’s a good thing that orthodontists are there to help with that.If you’re having problems with your teeth, your orthodontist may recommend any one of the four following types of braces depending on your particular case.Traditional BracesTraditional,...

Dentist or Orthodontist – Which of the Two Do You Really Need? Jan 20th, 2016

Most people often mistake dentists for orthodontists and sometimes, it’s the other way around. And, while it’s true that both professionals work in the same field, their specialization and expertise set them widely apart from each other.If you’ve ever wondered which of the two specialists you’ll need to do so...

What Is Sedation Dentistry? Dec 20th, 2015

Are you one of those people who’d rather endure a toothache than sit in a dentist’s chair? Well, if you are, then you’re not alone. There are thousands, if not millions, out there who are suffering from this sort of fear and it’s probably one of the main reasons why...

Keeping Your Kids’ Teeth Healthy During the Holidays Dec 4th, 2015

Heaps of cookies, candies, and all sorts of sugary treats are sure to be on top of your children’s wish list this Holiday season. And, if given the chance, they’d probably be happy to eat such treats all day long. But, unless we live in a world where sugar improves...

Benefits of White Fillings Vs Mercury Nov 30th, 2015

Made from a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper, but mostly made out of mercury, amalgam fillings, along with white fillings are two of the most common options recommended by dental practitioners to restore cavity damaged teeth back to its original form.Both types of fillings present their own advantages...

How Do I Take Proper Care of My Child’s Teeth? Nov 17th, 2015

Many parents believe that the best time to establish good dental hygiene habits is right when their child’s first tooth appears. But, that’s not exactly true.The best time to start taking care of your child’s teeth is the exact moment that your child is born. Even without teeth, bacteria can...

What you You Need To Know About Dental Implants Oct 13th, 2015

If you had a dream of your teeth falling out, all you have to do is wake up and everything will go back to the way it was. But, in real life, you don’t just “wake up” once your teeth starts to fall out, you go to the dentist and...

A Month for Your Mouth, Teeth and Gums! Oct 13th, 2015

October marks yet another celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month, which is quite ironic since it’s followed by Halloween and Christmas – two occasions where dental hygiene suffers the most, especially those with kids.With that in mind, here are a few reminders about taking care of those pretty, little pearly...

5 Reasons To Go Visit An Orthodontist Today Oct 13th, 2015

The orthodontist, to put it simply, is the go-to dental practitioner for the proper application of cosmetic and dental braces.More than a straighter and much brighter smile, though, there are plenty of reasons why you should go and visit an Orthodontist.Listed below are five of the best reasons why it...