Are Dental Implants Better Than Natural Teeth?

There are a lot of people who shy away from the thought of getting dental implants. They may think they’re too expensive…. or that they’re wreaker than natural teeth…. or even that they’ll look bad. What those people may not not know is that dental implants at office are not only affordable, in many ways… Read more »

FAQ: What is Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA)?

Joint Vibration Analysis, or JVA, is a test done at our Brentwood office to detect vibrations in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is the joint of your jaw on the left and right side, and it’s used to open and close your mouth. The device literally looks like small headphones, and is placed on… Read more »

Study Finds Gum Disease Bacteria in Alzheimer’s Brains

Gum disease bacteria may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. Researchers who studied deceased and living patients with Alzheimer’s found bacteria commonly associated with chronic gum disease in their brains. Tests on mice confirmed the bacteria. Bacteria Migrates to the Brain Research says the bacteria, called porphyromonas gingivalis, migrates from… Read more »

The Ultimate 5-Point Checklist for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Whether you’ve slacked with your oral hygiene routine, or remain committed to brushing and flossing regularly — it’s always a good idea to take a moment and self-assess what’s really going on inside your mouth. Here’s a 5-point checklist to help you determine if your teeth and gums are as healthy as you think. 1…. Read more »

Receding Gums: 4 Causes and What to Do About Them

As a leading dentist in Los Angeles, I address the issue of gum health with my patients almost daily. I warn them to pay extra close attention to their appearance and to check for recession. In fact, we check for receding gums by taking gum line measurements at every dental visit. Why? Besides showcasing your beautiful teeth, your… Read more »

Study: Heavy Alcohol Consumption Linked to Gum Disease

If you’re a moderate-to-heavy drinker — listen up! A study shows drinking more than the recommended daily limit of alcohol may put you at greater risk for gum disease. Good vs Bad Bacteria The reason, say scientists, is that people you drink more have fewer “good” bacteria in their mouths, and more “bad” bacteria which… Read more »

Great Team Education – Invite a referring GP

Happy Holidays from the WSP!! Sign up for this course by 12/31 and get $100 off the WSP Annual Session, March 28-31, 2019 Palm Desert, CA View Annual Session brochure View Brochure The Western Society of Periodontology Team Session Soft Tissue Graft Failure Can Be Prevented Farshid Ariz, DMD Course Description: Soft tissue grafts failure… Read more »

Skipping a Dentist Visit in 2019 Will Cost You

How’s your mouth feeling right now? Does something ache, or seem different? If so, it would make sense to schedule a dental visit in the new year. Unfortunately, though, picking up the phone and booking an appointment is not easy for some people. And while this is common, it costs people dearly in the long… Read more »

Why Your Gums Deserve a Closer Look

If you’re like a lot of people, you probably pay extra special attention to how your teeth look, but never think about your gums.  Unfortunately though, neglecting that part of your mouth can lead to big problems, like receding gums — and that can affect your overall health. This is why we examine gums at every… Read more »

An Embarrassing Smile Shouldn’t Keep You From Seeing a Dentist

It’s common for some people to develop dental fears and anxiety from traumatic events, but more often than not now people are skipping their dentist appointments over fear of potential judgement and shame because of the state of their teeth. To put it simply: People just don’t want to see a dentist when they’re ashamed… Read more »