a safer alternative for fillings

A Safer Alternative for Fillings

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA A recent growing movement is steering patients away from amalgam fillings. Old metal fillings contain mercury, and studies have linked many health-related conditions to these silver fillings. If you have some of these silver fillings, they release mercury vapors every time you bite or chew, which can enter your bloodstream and travel throughout your …

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Closing Gaps

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA One of the more common concerns we hear when it comes to the appearance of someone’s smile is the presence of gaps between teeth.  Many people want the spaces closed, and there are different ways to do that. Critical things to consider before you decide to close the spaces. Think of the size of …

DIY: Is Your Child’s Face Growing Favorably?

If you’ve ever wondered whether your child’s face is growing favorably, you can find out with a very easy test. And if caught early enough, there is a solution that can help guide your child’s facial growth so that you can help prevent later orthodontic work and optimize facial esthetics by addressing problems such as a deep overbite, an under-bite, mouth breathing and other problems that can possibly affect long …

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A Tight Tongue or Tongue Tie

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA As dentists, we are most often focused on the health of the teeth and gums.  But one of the most important parts of your mouth is actually the tongue!  From birth, the tongue is largely responsible for an infant’s ability to latch during breastfeeding.  The development of a proper swallow during breast feeding then …

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Over-Breathing

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA If you experience anxiety, runny/stuffy nose, asthma, fatigue, insomnia, heart problems, and even obesity, you may be falling victim to one of the most rarely identified obstacles to optimal health: over-breathing. The vast majority of us take in far too much air than required, typically by mouth breathing, which can contribute to or even …

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Should I Close The Gap Between My Teeth?

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA One of the more common concerns we hear when it comes to the appearance of someone’s smile is the presence of gaps between teeth.  Many people want the spaces closed, and there are different ways to do that.  However, there are some critical things to consider before you decide to close the spaces. Think …

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Oral Posture And Function

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA Fortunate are people who recognize and benefit from an opportunity that presents itself in a window of limited time in their lifetime.  How does this relate to our health? We just attended the conference of International Association of Facial Growth Guidance (IAFGG) held in Calgary, Canada. The meeting was attended by orthodontists, general dentists, …

North American Association for Facial Orthotropics (NAAFO)

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA We recently attended the inaugural conference of the North American Association for Facial Orthotropics (NAAFO) held in Chicago.  We always hope to come away with interesting and pertinent information that can make a positive difference in our lives and those we serve.  For me, it came through not only the lecture material that was …

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The Dirty Secret About Dental Insurance: Why is dentistry so expensive?

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA This is the third installment in a 3-part series. See the first part here and the second part here. There is a saying I’ve heard: “You can have something cheap, fast, or good. Pick two.”  The idea is that it’s nearly impossible to find a service or commodity that is all three – cheap, …

Santa Cruz Half Marathon

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA We had a great time running the Santa Cruz Half Marathon today!  The weather was absolutely perfect for the 13.1 mile course along West Cliff Drive, out to Wilder Ranch, and finishing on Cowell’s Beach.  Max has run this race every year since it started in 2001 and finished 5th in his age group, with …