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Issue #56
November 2016 NEWSLETTER
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Selfies can improve your oral health, according to a new study
There is no question that social media, and the advent of selfies, changed our lives in many ways. Some of those changes are very positive, including tooth-brushing selfies! A new study, which was published in the Indian Journal of Dental Research, examined the effect of people filming their oral hygiene routines. The study had several interesting findings:
  • People who took selfie-videos while brushing and flossing tended to improve their hygiene
  • Researchers believe the act of filming makes people more conscious of their brushing habits, and the opportunity to review their techniques could be beneficial
  • This groundbreaking research could lead to future applications, including the use of selfie-videos to help dentists identify problems and provide more customized hygiene education for patients
"I can see how this could be helpful in helping us coach and refine ones actual oral hygiene technique at home when ones progress isn't going as expected." -Leo

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Before and after feature
Although veneers can be one of our most successful and long lasting restorations, occasionally they can break just like your natural tooth can especially when one accidentally bites on something hard as in this case. We quickly repaired this veneer with direct bonding.
Glad to see her back!
New dental assistant, Dentist San Francisco
As we continue our search for a new dental assistant, we had the great fortune to have our previous wonderful dental assistant, Peggy Wang, RDA, come back and help us out for a few days as she waits to get her dental hygiene license. As you remember, we were sorry to see her go as she left us to attend dental hygiene school. She has maintained her connection with us and is now a good friend of our other hygienist, Annie Lam, RDH, that many of you love as your hygienist. Once Peggy receives her hygiene license, she may substitute for Annie for a couple days as Annie takes time off to prepare for her daughter to attend college.
We love to hear from happy patients!
Happy patients, Dentist San Francisco
Sometimes, we never know how well we are doing unless someone acknowledges it. So we here all are especially appreciative when we receive Thank You cards and especially testimonials that you have sent to us or posted online. Just as we help maintain your oral health, these gestures and the referral of new patients to us are the only ways we stay healthy and grow as health professionals and as a dental practice. Your referrals to us can take advantage of our $50 Off new patient promotion. You can post your testimonials to Google+. -Leo
Community Service: UPS Wellness Fair
UPS Wellness Fair, Dentist San Francisco
My associate, Dr. Suzan Hahn, and I participated in our local San Francisco United Parcel Service’s Wellness Fair on September 24th. The fair was open to UPS employees and their families and friends. We answered many of their dental health questions, and we welcomed any who were looking for a new dentist.
Professional Service: Dental Symposium

On September 24th, my colleague, Dr. Eric Yabu of Oakland, and I spoke at the Santa Clara Dental Society in San Jose on the topic of Dental Sleep Medicine and and the role dentists play in managing obstructive sleep apnea with dental oral appliances. Our growing experience and expertise in this field was made available to the 50 to 60 dentists who attended the event, and we were asked to speak again at their event next year.
Hiking - Telescope Peak, Death Valley, CA
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There are some hikes still left on my bucket list that have become more intimidating as I get older. One that we've been targeting since 2012 is the last of 3 hikes in the U.S. that we know of that include a 10,000+ foot net elevation gain in one day: (1) Cactus to Clouds which goes 10,310' from downtown Palm Springs, CA (elevation 520 ft) to the summit of Mt. San Jacinto (elevation 10,830 ft), (2) Haleakala on the island of Maui, Hawaii which rises 10,023 ft. from the point at which it emerges from the sea, and finally (3) Telescope Peak in Death Valley which stands at 11,049 ft. but offers an elevation gain of 11,311 ft. if it is hiked from Shorty's Well in Badwater, CA where it is 262 ft. below sea level.

My friend, Eric, and I bagged the first two hikes within a two-month period in 2011 after which I discovered reports of this third hike in 2012. Ever since then, we've been plotting to do it. But the logistics of planning this trip proved difficult, so each year passed in frustration as we couldn’t get all the puzzle pieces to come together: 1) There are only about 2 months in the year that this can be planned to avoid the heat of Death Valley and the cold and snow of the winter months in the mountains. 2) Also, to avoid doing it as a round trip hike, we would need to plan for 2 cars or plan for someone to provide shuttle service to the trailhead and pick us up at the end. 3) Furthermore, of the 3 mentioned hikes this had the least established trail to easily follow and the highest elevation gain.

Both would slow our pace and require an additional level of training and fitness. We had the great fortune of the assistance of my friend, Steve, a frequent visitor to and expert on Death Valley as well as a former National Parks Service forest ranger, who offered to provided shuttle service as well as logistical planning and ground support via two-way radio since there is no known cell phone signal for the length of the hike. With his help and guidance, we were able to safely plan and accomplish this hike. So with prompting from our other hiking friend, Marc, we set the wheels in motion to check this hike off our list, and on Friday, October 6th, we 3 took off for Las Vegas to meet Steve and take on what some have called America's Hardest Hike! -Leo
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