Issue #53
Five reasons to smile for your heart
You may know that a healthy smile is linked to a healthy heart. Extensive research has confirmed the connection between gum disease and medical conditions such as heart disease. But, did you know that using your smile more often can also benefit your heart, and your overall health?

Here are the top five reasons your heart will thank you for smiling more often:
  1. Endorphins are released in your brain every time you smile, which reduces stress.
  2. Smiling has been shown to boost your immune system.
  3. Breathing increases when smiling, which increases your oxygen supply. This causes blood pressure to temporarily decrease.
  4. Smiling lowers the heart rate.
  5. Smiling improves your mood, which tends to have a positive impact on health.
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My Smile Gallery

Even the repair of a tiny chipped front tooth with a directly bonded composite filling material makes a big difference in your smile.
Graduation! - Pinhole® Surgical Technique
With just over a thousand dentists worldwide certified to perform this procedure, I am proud to now offer Dr. John Chao’s Pinhole® Surgical Technique for patients wanting the remarkable results of treating gum recession that is scalpel-free, suture-free, and therefore heals with less pain than conventional gum grafting techniques. Do you or someone you know need gum grafting? Call us to find out more information and to schedule an appointment. (
Last month I wrote about this certification course that I attended for a gum rejuvenating technique for treating gum recession. I have been treating gum recession for years now (see photos of my actual gum grafting cases at Click here), but this new technique is remarkable in that we can treat many more teeth at once with less pain and without the need for an additional surgery on the palate or the use of donated cadaver tissue. Watch this video and then call us for more information. -Leo
Hiking and Photography on Mt. Diablo

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In March, my early morning hike up Mt. Diablo had a dew drop and cobweb filled landscape against a beautiful sunrise. This was the first time I had seen these type of cobwebs. Don’t you think they look like a bloom of jellyfish swimming upside down? :) -Leo
Superstition Peak, Arizona

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While in Phoenix in March attending a dental seminar, I was able to plan a hike up the tallest peak in the Superstition Mountains. What we thought was to be a hike similar to our usual Mt. Diablo hike in the East Bay, ended up taking us over twice as long to complete. Of course getting “off trail” didn’t help. It wasn’t until after the hike that we read this description of the hike: "If you're the type that feels an adventure didn't happen unless there's blood drawn, likes feeling beaten and abused with accomplishment after a brutal hike, enjoys route-finding and false summits, and wants to experience the true nature, vastness, dangers, and beauty that the Superstitions have to offer...then this is the hike for you! This is the true beast hike of the Superstitions." (Click here)

Does that sound like me? :) -Leo
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