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  Simple steps for a healthier ....
  Mentoring Dental Students
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  Get Social With Us!
  Smile Makeover
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JUNE 2013 Newsletter

Simple steps for a healthier
mouth – and body
You probably know that good oral hygiene improves your “get next to” factor. But did you know that a healthy mouth also decreases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other wellness issues?

The steps to healthy teeth and gums are easy!

Brush at least twice a day with a soft, rounded bristle brush. Take at least 30 seconds for each quarter of your mouth, keeping the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Allow the brush to dry between uses (use more than one if necessary), and replace it every 30 to 45 days. Ask your dentist which type of toothpaste is best for your situation.

Floss before bedtime. If you don’t, about 40 percent of each tooth remains uncleaned.

If you use mouthwash, select a gentle, alcohol-free formula.

Chew sugarless gum to remove some plaque and food debris, and keep saliva flowing.

Develop nutritional habits that include low-sugar foods and fresh vegetables. Reduce or eliminate carbonated drinks.

Visit your dentist for professional examination and cleaning at least two times each year – more often if recommended for gum disease or other oral conditions.

You’ll look terrific, feel great, and have whisper-worthy breath. Read More

Mentoring Dental Students
This month I had the privilege of mentoring one of UCSF School of Dentistry's dental students as she begins her 4th and final year in dental school. It was an honor being sought out and given the opportunity to give back to my profession. My office team was impressed with her professionalism, knowledge, and eagerness to learn.

"Thank you!" to all my patients who generously accommodated her as she observed and assisted me during your appointments. With your help she was able to gain a full experience of a dental practice outside of a school environment.
Exceptional Dental Office
Dental Instrument Sterilization

What's the most important aspect of making sure that our dental instruments are sterile for our patients? It's having a great team that is fanatical about it. We are so lucky to have team members who are so clean and organized in their daily lives that it naturally transfers to the workplace. It is also their attitude about wanting for patients what they would want for themselves.

After a meticulous cleaning, all instruments are sealed in bags or wraps and then sterilized. A date of sterilization is placed on all sterilized instruments so that if not used in 6 months then they are re-sterilized. Let us know if you have further questions about our sterilization procedures.
5-Year Anniversary of Rattlesnake Bite
Although my hiking adventures are usually enjoyable though challenging experiences, they are not totally without incident. June 8th marked my encounter with a baby rattlesnake that put me in a hospital’s intensive care ward for a few days. The venom from the bite on my left thumb affected much of my arm (see photo). Today, there are no visible remains on my thumb or arm of the incident. Although at the time it cost me canceling my hike to Oregon’s Mt. Hood that year, it has not ever stopped me from continuing to hike, nor has it affected my livelihood of practicing dentistry. Thank goodness! Leo
Smile Makeover of the Month

Defective filling, gum recession, and black triangle space between teeth are fixed with a new filling and 2 new crowns.
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