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What’s for Lunch? 3 School Lunch Tips from Your Children’s Dentist

August 29, 2019

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mom and child lunch

Summer is over, and school is back in session. You know what that means—it’s time to resume the habit of packing your child’s lunch. This daily task can feel tedious at times, but you also know a healthy lunch can give your child the energy they need and the ability to focus and learn better. However, while you pack that lunchbox, don’t forget about your child’s teeth! The foods your child eats can impact the health of their smile. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that children with poor oral health typically earn lower grades than those with good oral health. So here are three tips from your children’s dentist to keep in mind while you get your child’s lunch ready for school.


Visiting Your Dentist for Your Checkup & Cleaning? Here Are Some Questions to Ask Your Hygienist

July 25, 2019

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patient speaking with dentist

Do you want to improve your oral health all while getting the most out of your routine checkups and cleanings with your dentist? Whether you’re trying out a new dental care provider or sticking with the same one you’ve had for years, don’t be afraid to pick their brain about oral hygiene. Read on for some questions to ask your hygienist after your next appointment so you can fortify your oral health.


Electric or Traditional Toothbrush? Your Dentist Settles The Infamous Dispute

June 17, 2019

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picture of electric and manual toothbrush

When you walk down the oral hygiene aisle at your local department store, it can be overwhelming, especially when it’s time to get a new toothbrush. You know that electric toothbrushes can be great for your oral health, but you’re not quite sure whether they’re worth the investment. Your dentist discusses the pros and cons of each option, and which toothbrush would be best for your unique smile below.


5 Benefits Of Getting Dental Implants

June 13, 2019

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woman looking pleased with dental work

If you’re missing teeth, you’re not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, over 178 million Americans are missing at least a single tooth, and 40 million are missing all of their teeth. Unfortunately, this issue can be a natural occurrence associated with aging, as well as a variety of other reasons. With so many restorative options to choose from, it can be difficult to feel like you’re making the best decision for your self-esteem and oral health. Luckily, dental implants utilize the most modern dental advancements and can boost both your confidence and your health. Read on to learn 5 benefits that make this procedure so highly recommended.


The Link Between Gum Disease and Your Heart: Fact or Fiction?

May 21, 2019

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As we learn more about the inflammation that causes gum disease, and that which causes heart disease, it is beginning to appear they are related. It seems that those patients that have gum disease are more likely to have heart disease, and vice versa. But what is the common link? Read on to learn more about what you should know about gum disease!

Woman flossing her teeth.

Can Dental Implants Increase Your Confidence?

April 9, 2019

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The challenges of living with a failing or missing tooth tend to take a toll not only on your daily activities, but also your self-esteem. You might feel embarrassed about talking to other people, or self-conscious when you smile because of your missing tooth. Many people even begin to feel depressed about their situation. However, the good news is that dental implants offer an excellent long-term solution for replacing your tooth, which will also help you reclaim your confidence!

Woman with a beautiful smile.

Dentist Reveals Why Primary (Baby) Teeth Are So Important

February 19, 2019

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Happy baby.Having a new baby is exciting and overwhelming all at the same time! When those first teeth begin to arrive, you may not be sure what to do. When should you begin brushing them? When does your little one need to visit the dentist? How important are baby teeth if they’re only going to fall out in a few years? Your dentist has all the answers to these vital oral health questions for your child. Read on!


From Your Dentist: Make Oral Health One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 24, 2019

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Smiling woman in the dental chair.When it comes to your health, the new year is an excellent time to start with a clean slate, and your oral health is no exception. Because of all the information regarding the link between your oral health and your overall health, there has never been a better time to make your dental care a priority, and your dentist has some tips on how you can do it.


Could Cold and Flu Remedies Have an Impact on Your Teeth? Your Dentist Answers

December 3, 2018

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A couple struggling with the flu. With cold and flu season upon us, you may not be surprised to find yourself feeling under the weather. When you don’t feel great, and you’re not thinking clearly, you want to do whatever it takes to eliminate your discomfort; however, many medicines could have a negative impact on your oral health. Let’s take a look at some common cold remedies and what you can do to protect your teeth while you combat viruses.


Meet Dr. Yumi Ogata

November 24, 2018

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Dr. Derek Song is honored to introduce you to our gum and implant surgeon – Dr. Yumi Ogata.

Dr. Ogata is a periodontal specialist, which means she has extensive additional training and is certified in Periodontics and Dental Implantology and Implant Surgery. We are so excited to have Dr. Ogata in our practice and we know that patients will love the specialized care she brings to our office.


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