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Dental Spas – Caring for Your Teeth While You Relax

Pink chrysanthemum flowers with candlesAs many as 20% of Americans have some degree of dental phobia and dental anxiety is so widespread that there is even a scale for measuring the intensity of anxiety a patient may be experiencing.  However, new dental spas are hoping to attract fearful patients by offering such services as manicures, music, aromatherapy, massage, or other services.

Laleh Fazli of the DC Dental Spa explains that some patients are terrified of any kind of dental work.  To make the visit more pleasant, the office has a massager in the chair, coffee and tea in the waiting room, and complimentary cooling eye masks and facials.

Most dental practices (including the Brighton Dental Spa) offer oral or IV sedation or medication for anxiety or pain, but dental spas are offering different ways to help you relax.  There is no specific definition of a dental spa, so it’s hard to say exactly what kinds of services you might be able to expect.  In some offices, you might find scented candles and relaxing music, while another office might have a therapy dog to help you relax.

At one time, most dental work was basic cleanings and fillings, while whitening, veneers, and other such procedures were generally considered to be the domain of cosmetic dentists.  Either way, anything that makes the dental visit more pleasant, or at the very least less anxiety provoking, goes a long way toward getting patients to have those things done before small problems turn into large ones.

According to Google Trends, the term “cosmetic dentist” is rapidly giving way to “dental spa”.  As recently as five years ago, people searched for cosmetic dentists 50% more often than they did dental spas.  Today, this is reversed.

Whatever you call it, making patients comfortable with their dental care is the way dentistry should be practiced.  Dentist Mena Ghobryal believes a comfortable environment means a comfortable patient, which means better results.

This doesn’t mean that traditional dentists are a thing of the past.  Technological advances and less expensive technology is allowing more dentists to replace painful drilling with lasers.  It may not be long before all dental patients are getting manicures and massages while watching movies and having their teeth worked on.

Your turn.  Do you have a fear of the dentist?  Have you ever been to a dentist that offers these kinds of services?  If you have, did it help?  If you haven’t, would you give it a try?

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What are holistic dentists protecting you from?

holisticThe title of this article may sound a little extreme, but there are actually many dangers when it comes to oral health. Not only can our teeth rot and decay, eventually falling out, but our gums can become diseased, we can develop mouth cancer, and we can experience a huge amount of pain. What sets these natural dentists apart from traditional dentists is that not only are they protecting you from all of those disasters and dangers, but they are also protecting you from all of the errors and mistakes that traditional dentists would expose you to.

X-rays are being used more and more by traditional dentists, seemingly ignoring the very real risks of radiation that holistic dentists recognize. If an x-ray is truly needed by one of their patients, a will not subject them to high levels of radiation, but will instead use a different machine which dramatically lowers the amount of radiation used to get the x-ray. Holistic dentists are also much more aware of the dangers that fluoride poses to their patients – especially children. Although seen as a useful chemical by traditional dentists, holistic dentists understand that fluoride in large doses can be very harmful to us: and if used in very small amounts over time, this can easily build up.

The list of things that a holistic dentist is protecting you from goes on and on; from mercury fillings that are still being used under the name ‘silver amalgam fillings’, to removing any nasty chemicals that you may ingest through your toothpaste by providing you with the recipe for homemade toothpaste, it is hard to know when to stop! Holistic dentists want to ensure that we remain body healthy for as long as possible, and that is why they protect us from things that traditional dentists use all the time.


Resolutions for 2015 – Toothpaste?

toothpasteHave you ever made a New Year’s resolution?  I would be very surprised if you said no, most people have at some point in their lives.  The New Year is a great time for many people who are interested in making some changes, large or small, to make their lives better.  Now, how long is is the longest you’ve ever kept a resolution?  If you said a month or two, you’re probably doing better than many people who let their resolutions slide after a couple of weeks.  Habit is a powerful thing, difficult for most people to change, and most people don’t like change, even when it’s a change they want.  We have a great idea for a New Year’s resolution for 2015 that you may just be able to keep.  It’s easy, inexpensive, a small change in your habits, and one that can make a dramatic change in your health.  Curious?  Keep reading.

For 2015, how about trying your hand at making your own toothpaste?  Making toothpaste is very easy, one even your kids can help with.  The ingredients are simple, most people already have most of them in their homes already.  The process is a simple matter of mixing a few ingredients together, measurements don’t even have to be precise.  When you’re finished, you have a great toothpaste with no toxic chemicals, unlike most commercial toothpastes.  Homemade toothpaste is cheaper than store bought, and your flavoring options are endless.

Why in the world would anyone make their own toothpaste?  Can it possibly be as good as commercial toothpaste?  Actually, homemade toothpaste is far better than anything you can find in the store.  Commercial toothpaste contains such chemicals as pesticides (triclosan), antifreeze (propylene glycol), and allergens (butylated hydroxytoluene), and other potentially harmful chemicals.  Know exactly what is in your toothpaste, and that there are no chemicals that could harm your help.  Do your health a favor in 2015 and make a resolution to reduce your exposure to dangerous chemicals.  Give making toothpaste a try.


How to Know if Your Dentist is Mercury Safe

woman flossingScientists are constantly coming up with new innovations in many areas, medicine in particular, and it’s mind-boggling to think of just how many new things have come about in just the past few years, not to mention decades.  Life expectancy is increasing and people are staying healthy longer.  The problem with this is that doctors and dentists need to stay constantly informed of all discovering and developments.  We have no choice but to trust that our medical providers are staying current on all the appropriate research, consult when specialists when needed, and use that knowledge in their practices.  Failure on their part to stay up to date is a concern, and this is common issue in dentistry.

You have have a high opinion of your dentist, but do you really know how well the practice stay current?  There is one easy way to find out how well they’re doing, just ask whether the dentist is mercury safe.  Dentists have been using mercury for hundreds of years, but research has proven time and again that mercury is harmful to people’s health.  Mercury from dental fillings slowly seeps into the patient’s system, gradually poisoning them.  Until relatively recently, mercury was the only dental filling option available to most people.

Fortunately, recent advances in the field of dentistry have led to the development of filling materials that do not contain mercury, but are just as durable as the mercury fillings that were previously so widely used.  With all the evidence that it is harmful, and all the alternatives currently available, if your dentist is willing to place poison into your mouth, what other new developments are they not keeping up with?  It’s important to know that all of your health care providers are staying up to date with current relevant developments.  It can be difficult to know for sure with most medical professionals, but knowing where your dentist stands on mercury can tell you a lot.

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Botox in Business

botoxChoosing to include Botox in the facilities available at your practice is one of the wisest business decisions for healthcare providers, keeping in mind the demand for Botox these days. Botox is one of the most lucrative ways to simultaneously increase your patient traffic and widen your patient base, without compromising on the time to can devote to each patient. Let’s take a look at the whys and hows of it.

First off- the basics of Botox. Botox is the use of toxins derived from Botulinum toxins, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and to improve the appearance of sagging skin. Botulinum toxins are highly toxic but when injected in minuscule amounts, they work cosmetic wonders. With the advent of new formulations and improved delivery techniques, Botox is no longer a procedure available only to the stars. Its popularity has shot up in recent times, and everyone from resident nurses and dentists to gynecologists provide Botox injections to patients who want them.
Botox is an extremely cost effective and time effective procedure. To start up, you need a small initial investment that more than makes up for itself very quickly. This is especially accelerated for people with a strong healthcare background, and those who have taken a good, comprehensive training course for Botox. Each patient requires only injections, which in itself do not take time. In addition, even after spending some time giving the patient a full explanation of the procedure, its effects, precautions to take, etc., you only spend about 20-25 minutes with each patient. This means that you can see a lot of patients, even other than the patients who have come for Botox. And if you have a separate facility only to give Botox and dermal fillers, you’ll be seeing quite a few patients in a day, which generates a lot of revenue.

And it’s not even just about the revenue. You generate a lot of patient satisfaction as well. A Botox session done correctly makes a huge impact on the patient’s life, just as a Botox session gone wrong, does too. This is where the importance of correct training and correct technique lies. And it’s not just a cosmetic surgeon’s or dermatologist’s prerogative anymore. Anyone with a medical degree, dentists, nurses, physician assistants, they all can get the training for Botox and administer it to patients. Some states require a physician’s supervision for the latter, but that doesn’t translate into constant surveillance- just a doctor on staff, or a doctor on the premises, depending upon State laws.

Opening up your practice to the prospective of offering Botox may seem a little daunting, when you consider how some people can even get it at, say, beauty salons or spas. But this is where quality will set you apart. A working atmosphere that is clinical and professional, and a doctor with a good technique goes a long way in reassuring patients, as well as bringing in new patients from all the recommendations you will gather. No one wants a backroom procedure. At least, no one hoping for a face well done will want a backroom procedure. They will seek skill, which you have to provide. That is the essence of the business of Botox.

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door to closetSliding closet doors come with many benefits one being that you can choose from a variety of different designs. If you hate conflict and want to avoid it all cost then consider choosing sliding closet doors, wood and glass sliding closet doors that are going to compliment your area. Choosing a finish that matches the hardware of the room you are designing will go beyond a typical bedroom project and become a personal expression of your own unique personality traits.

Choosing your Design

There is an almost endless array of choices for designing your sliding closet doors. the following options are the most widely used when selecting a frame design:

  1. Solo
  2. Trio
  3. Quattro
  4. Pentagon
  5. Tokyo
  6. Duo-T
  7. Continental

We recommend consulting a professional (see Sliding & Glass Doors Culver City) for detailed suggestions, but here are some general  options. The panels come in a different number of sections from a single solo all the way to the Tokyo which offers 6 horizontally paneled design. Once you have your decor all picked out you’re ready to select your frames finish, to align perfectly for a very matched look. There are many different frame finishes to choose from for all your sliding closet doors, wood and glass sliding closet doors such as: silver, walnut, wenge, black, charcoal, and white. Choosing a glass option that works for you will depend among other things on your need for privacy. You can choose from such popular glass door types like:

  1. Smoked milky
  2. Deluxe milky
  3. Milky
  4. Opaque Laminated
  5. Frosted
  6. Linen
  7. Combo Glass

Additional Accessories

Of course, you can always opt for clear glass or even smoked clear glass, but it’s all up to your personal taste in style. Latches and accessories like special pulls with different style handles (from long and stationary to lever sets,) will allow you to take customization to the next level. If you do end up putting a sliding glass door near a patio or outside area, make sure you secure the door with a door stopper to add an additional layer of security to the locks that comes with them.



A Sliding Closet DoorAdding sliding barn style doors to create a focal point to your interior room is an innovative, functional, and modern way to design your space. In Addition to their uniqueness and rustic charm, sliding closet doors, wood and glass sliding closet doors might just be the marvelous space saving solution for your area. Adding even further to the doors uniqueness is the trackless design that is perfect for dealing with foot traffic. The hardened nylon wheels make for an incredibly easy, quiet, and oh so smooth operation; exactly what home, office or living space is not complimented by a barn door.



Adding that special contemporary charm to your home has never been easier thanks to sliding closet doors, wood and glass sliding closet doors. We take great pride here in bringing you the best frames and doors of high-quality laminated wood, guaranteeing strength and durability. You can choose from multiple finishes and sizes with elegant totally easy pull operation! Let us assure you our sliding closet doors include everything you need to complete the look you’re after. Many of our sliding closet doors have frosted glass options to add the finishing touch to perfect any room.



Choose from our amazing selection of sliding closet doors, and experience the rustic modern design of wood and glass sliding closet doors. Effortlessly achieve a classic old-world look by placing a sliding door in any room. All our fine closet doors are made here in the USA, using only the best quality real wood.

  • Perfect for putting the finishing touch on your newly remodeled kitchen area
  • The doors we offer are gorgeous and extremely well made
  • Love to paint? You’ll feel inspired to decorate with one of our high-quality doors.




Teeth whitening: are you maximizing it in your LA office?

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One of the most popular cosmetic treatments that a dentist will usually offer is teeth whitening, a procedure that people will often want even if they do not actually need it! It can be surprising sometimes for a dentist to hear just how miserable a patient can be with their teeth looking the way that they do, but we know that this can have a very real and profound effect on the patient’s emotional and mental wellbeing. Often teeth whitening can transform a person’s emotional happiness almost instantly, and that is why as a dentist you should be considering whether or not you are maximizing your teeth whitening options at your dental practice.

For example, have you considered also including Botox in one of your procedure options? It is another type of cosmetic treatment, and one that many patients are too nervous to find a practitioner of because they do not know exactly what they should be looking for when it comes to Botox certification. Being able to go to their already trusted dentist and receive the treatment would instantly be a positive. Teeth whitening patients have already decided in favor of one cosmetic treatment so they are much more likely to agree to a second, and having the treatments at the same time would also decrease the amount of waiting time.

If you would like to be able to maximize your teeth whitening procedures and offer Botox to your patients, then make sure you attend the edition of the Dentox program, a training course purposefully designed to teach Botox to dentists. This one day course could really transform the way that you offer cosmetic procedures at your dental practice, and it could really be the difference for some of your patients between confidence and self-consciousness.

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How to expand teeth whitening in your New York practice

Any good dentist will offer teeth whitening to their patients who could really benefit from the procedure: people who have smoked, those who have had too much coffee, patients who just naturally have much yellower teeth than other people. It can be a real joy to watch someone leave your dental practice with a huge beaming smile on their face when before the treatment, they would rarely smile due to embarrassment at the coloring of their teeth. However, there is so much more that you could offer to your teeth whitening patients, and by expanding those types of procedures, you could really make an impressive difference to your dental practice.

The key thing to remember is that almost everything in the face is connected. If you are working to improve one area, then it really is not much of a stretch to start to consider improving areas that are very close by: and the obvious transition is to Botox. Many people who smoke often have those unsightly hairline wrinkles all around their mouth, and this can age a person horribly without them being able to do much about it. But if a patient like that comes to your dental practice for teeth whitening, why not offer them Botox as well to be able to rid them of absolutely all of the signs of smoking and aging? Transitioning your skills from dental to Botox is not that complex: there is a training course specifically designed for it called Dentox, and it’s coming to in the next few weeks.

Dentox Training Class in New York

Expand your teeth whitening practice into an area that you could have never foreseen, and start to give your patients the real hope of being able to reset the way that they look to a time before they made a mistake to start smoking.

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wisdom tooth removal pain

Wisdom teeth are known as third molars and are often the cause of great angst for some. The problem is that often people experience serious issues when it comes time for wisdom teeth to erupt. The issues are due mostly in part to the changes in our bodies brought about by the evolutionary process.

As we have progressed as humans, so has our diet. This has led to less and less need for our third molars. Our jaws have changed, becoming smaller, and thereby do not leave enough room for the wisdom teeth to emerge, usually when we reach the age of 17-24.

How Do I Know it’s My Wisdom Teeth?

Pain from wisdom teeth problems is typically felt in the back of the mouth behind your molars. If you look in a mirror you may even see the teeth starting to poke through your gums. The pain may be constant or come and go. It can be exacerbated with chewing.

Some people experience a stiff or painful jaw in the area of an impacted tooth. An impacted tooth is one that does not have enough room to erupt and becomes painful and sometimes infected.

If the tooth is partially erupted and coming in at an awkward angle, it can rub against the cheek, tongue and gums and cause irritation. Gum disease is a concern as the lack of proper eruption can make it difficult to properly clean the teeth and gums.

Overall mouth pain would be a sign that the other teeth in the mouth are overcrowded due to a lack of sufficient room for the wisdom teeth.

Causes of Wisdom Teeth Pain

The pain from wisdom teeth is usually due to an impaction as previously mentioned.  Signs of an impaction can be similar to those listed above and may include red and swollen gums, bleeding, a swollen jaw and bad breath. Others may find they have difficulty opening their mouths.

The tooth can grow at odd angles, even growing at a right angle to other teeth, essentially growing horizontally.  They can still become impacted even if they grow in the correct position but are unable to break through the surface of the gums.

Though, experts are unsure why, some people can have impacted wisdom teeth, but they never experience any pain or symptoms as a result.


Unfortunately, there are no preventative measures to take to avoid impaction. You are either going to have an issue or not, there is no control over the situation.

If wisdom teeth are not causing any pain or other issues in the mouth, your dentist may suggest leaving them be and just monitor them at your regular dental check-ups. Some dentists suggest removing them via surgery regardless. The choice is ultimately up to you.

There is no other treatment for painful impacted wisdom teeth except removal through oral surgery. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, then you will need to consult with your dentist about preparing for oral surgery for the removal of the impacted teeth. It is a relatively simple procedure with little history of complications.

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Restore Your Dashing Smile with Permanent Dentures

From the embarrassment of being seen without teeth in your mouth to the difficulties of chewing and enjoying your favorite food, teeth loss can significantly affect the quality of your life. It is an inconvenient condition that has the potential to lower your self-esteem to a point that you stay away from social functions. The reasons that cause these teeth lose vary from a simple toothache to periodontal diseases, decay and accidents.

If, for whatever reason, you have lost your teeth, then you need to act quickly. If you fail to take proper action immediately, the remaining teeth may shift their position and lean towards the gaps. This change in position may affect the tissue surrounding the remaining teeth which eventually can cause gum disease and tooth decay. There are several available dental treatments for teeth replacement. However, permanent dentures have proven to be the most effective way to replace lost teeth. It is the best way to restore your beautiful smile.

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Patient With Dentures

Permanent Dentures Treatment

Dentures are synthetic and prosthetic gears which are originally made to substitute teeth that are missing. For people missing all the teeth, full dentures is a great treatment choice. With a full denture you can be able to eat, speak just like with normal set of teeth.  With our highly qualified permanent dentures dentists, you will get the best teeth restoration treatment with the best care possible. Our permanent dentures San Diego service provides comfort and guarantees brilliant results throughout the treatment process.

Advantages of Permanent Dentures

  • Permanent dentures are steadily and tightly fixed on the jaw such that no one can be able to tell if they are natural or artificial. The dental implants to which permanent dentures are built-in are tightly anchored so as to hold the artificial teeth in place. As a result, no one will notice that you have permanent dentures since they will be looking so natural. It reinstates the unique look of your face enabling you to regain your smile and the beautiful shape of your face once more.
  • They are much more comfortable and firm compared to the traditional plates. Hence, you get to adapt to their presence in your mouth without any qualms.
  • Once you lose your teeth or you have missing teeth you’ll surely have oral problems which may in the process affect your eating habit. Permanent dentures allow you to eat and enjoy your food just like when you had your natural teeth.

There is nothing as precious as being able to flash a beautiful smile, knowing very well that your teeth would be looking natural. From being able to eat food to enhancing our appearance the teeth significantly influence the quality of our life. If you are in distress from loss of teeth, suffer no more and take the opportunity to visit our permanent dentures San Diego dentist (Paige Woods).

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