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  1. Should I Remove My Silver Fillings?

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    When you get a cavity, your dentist will remove any decay, clean the tooth, and fill the cavity. This last step is extremely important because it prevents future infection by protecting the tooth from being damaged by harmful bacteria. The majority of dentists provide either silver or white fillings to treat cavities; however, there has recently been a rise in concern over whether the use of silver amalgam is safe for patients. Since we believe in providing holistic, non-toxic dental care at Dental Studio of Pasadena, here is an overview of everything you should know about this topic!

    What is Mercury?

    Mercury is a naturally occurring metallic element that is found in the volcanoes, ore, and fossil fuels. It is liquid at room temperature and becomes a gas when heated. According to the World Health Organization, this can be a major problem because mercury can be toxic on the nervous, digestive, and immune system. Even small amounts of exposure can result in serious health problems, so if mercury contaminates the air or water, it can be deadly to humans.

    All About Silver Fillings

    Silver amalgam refers to a mix of metals including silver, tin, copper, etc. Dentists use it to fill cavities by mixing the alloy with mercury into putty and placing it in the cavity. It then molds to the perfect shape to fill the cavity and quickly hardens. For a long time, silver amalgam was extremely popular because of its durability and strength. While the American Dental Association has stated that silver filling are safe despite the use of mercury, many patients are still concerned about the negative effects of any mercury being placed into their body.

    Regardless, patients often choose to replace their silver fillings anyway because silver fillings are not as natural looking as other options. They can also cause an unpleasant reaction if there are any substances containing aluminum or tin in the mouth.

    Alternative Fillings

    If you don’t want to risk any unnecessary exposure to mercury, there are alternatives to silver fillings that work just as well. Most holistic dental practices provide composite resin, porcelain, and gold. These options contain no mercury at all! Composite resin, in particular, is quite popular because the white filling is affordable and matches the color of natural teeth.

    How to Replace Your Fillings

    If you suffer from gum disease or weak teeth, the ADA recommends keeping your silver amalgam fillings because doing otherwise could result in unnecessary tooth loss and expose you to mercury vapor. If you have strong, healthy teeth, however, and your silver fillings are showing signs of wear, go ahead and call your dentist for an appointment!

    The process of replacing a silver filling can be safely done in a single appointment. The first step is to remove the mercury by drilling it out and suctioning any remaining mercury left from the cavity. Then, the patient’s mouth is thoroughly cleaned and replaced with the patient’s choice of alternative filling. Our dentist at Dental Studio of Pasadena has the proper equipment and training to ensure that mercury will not be released into the environment. The patient will be provided with clean, filtered air throughout the whole process. Safety is our first priority and we will make sure you’re taken care of!

    If you are interested in replacing your fillings, we’re here to help. Dental Studio of Pasadena is a holistic dental practice that is dedicated to providing quality dental care that is also beneficial to our patient’s entire well being.

  2. Smile! It is summer time in Pasadena

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    Indoors & Outdoors activities in town; and a guide on how to keep it healthy


    Pasadena is ready for the summer and so is Dental Studio of Pasadena! For this reason, we have combined our top picks from the city calendar of events with the perfect meals that will keep your family happy, healthy and smiling all summer long.

    There are plenty of places for indoors activities; from a nice day at the movies through museums and exhibitions. One of our favorites is the cool NASA Orbit Pavilion Sound Sculpture exhibit at the Huntington; and the free Fridays at the Norton Simon Museum.

    For outdoor activities, there are a variety of beautiful parks and lakes. You can take a stroll at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, or enjoy the beauty of a natural preserve at Eaton Canyon Natural Area.

    Indoors or outdoors, we recommend starting your day with a good healthy breakfast at home and take some snacks with you so your family won’t be starving by lunch time.

    What to eat at home & on the go

    Breakfast ideas for healthy teeth:

    • For all your drinks, avoid as much sugar as possible; and that includes smoothies, coffee, tea, sports drinks, sodas, juices, etc. Studies have shown that as nutritious as smoothies can be, the amount of sugar and acid they contain can cause terrible damage to your teeth and gums. So make sure to replace all forms of fructose, syrups or any chemical sweeteners for organic stevia or honey. Remember that sodas are loaded with sugar and acids; and same goes for premade juices. If possible try to prepare the juices at home; and if you buy them, read the labels and go for the low sugar or sugar free options, and –always- water them down to decrease the sugar and acidic content. Finally for the hot drinks; such as coffee or tea, it would be better to drink them black or unsweetened; if you would like those sweet try to use the organic stevia or honey instead of sugar.
    • Carbohydrates are other forms of sugar; so try to avoid cereals, pancakes, toasts, waffles, and other breakfast foods that are served with syrup. The truth is that as delicious as this food might be, they are not a healthy option. Try not to make them a regular meal, save them only for special occasions. And when in a special occasion, prepare them at home; if you are purchasing the premade mixes or frozen boxes, make sure at least that they are –again- low sugar or sugar free. You can always replace the syrup for organic honey or a sugar-free jam preserve.
    • Natural Fruits are the best way to go for a healthy breakfast; they are very high on vitamins, water and fiber which balance the sugar they contain; so in brief, fruits are great for our teeth and gums. You can try a delicious fruit salad and add some plain yogurt with nuts. The nuts are a source of lean protein and the calcium in the yogurt will strength and whiten your teeth. Strawberries and apples are loaded with natural vitamin C, malic acid enzymes that will whiten your teeth; and will help you create more saliva which contains minerals that will keep your gums strong and kill all unwanted bacteria.
    • We have mentioned some lean proteins already such as nuts and plain yogurt; but let’s not forget that cheese and leafy greens are also great for their high amounts of nutrients and calcium. And protein-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs are essential sources of phosphorus. Calcium and phosphorus help strengthen and protect your teeth and bones in general.

    Lunch ideas on the go:

    We have covered already a variety of foods that can also be used for lunch, so we want to add the value of vegetables and rich protein alternatives

    • Veggies and leafy green are loaded with vitamins, fiber and water; and the constant chewing increases your saliva production. Steamed or boiled with little salt, pepper and olive oil are our best option; but if you want to add a salad dressing, just do not over do it. Most salad dressings contain sugar and vinegar, which is a deadly combination for your teeth; you can reduce the acidity and the sugar by watering it down or not adding too much.
    • We have also mentioned the benefits of lean and rich food protein; but as with the salad dressings, try not to add too much sugary-acidic seasonings to your proteins. BBQ sauces are big offenders so it will be better to prepare them at home or not using that much if we are grilling.



    • Water, lots of it!
    • Nuts (Any kind)
    • Cheese string packs
    • Fruits
    • Veggie packages, such as carrots or celery.


    *Stay away from chips or breads, as they can get stuck on your teeth and create bacteria.

    Proper nutrition is the best way to maintain a healthy life; a poor diet can lead to gum disease and tooth decay in children and adults. If you would like more tips for your teeth feel free to check out our blog; or if you would like to schedule an appointment to start your summer with a great smile call us at (626) 431-2930.

  3. Should I Get My Teeth Whitened?

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    Why are my teeth yellow or stained?

    Don’t panic! Teeth will naturally yellow and stain over time when they are being used to eat and drink colorful foods and drinks. If a little staining doesn’t bother you, then you won’t have to worry about any teeth whitening treatments as long as your teeth are clean and healthy! However, many people may feel self-conscious of their smiles when they notice their teeth aren’t as white as they used to be. The best way to understand how to treat this issue is by understanding what causes it! Here are the most common reasons your teeth may be discolored:

    • Diet: A healthy diet should be comprised of a wide variety of foods of all different shapes and colors. Unfortunately, while consuming highly pigmented foods and drinks is great for your body on the inside, it may not be so great for your teeth on the outside! Brightly colored products, like beets or coffee, can penetrate the porous surface of your teeth and make them less white.
    • Tobacco products: If you use any type of tobacco or nicotine products orally, such as cigarettes, vapes, hookah, chewing tobacco, you may be at risk of teeth staining and receding gums. Nicotine, a common ingredient in these products, turns yellow when it is exposed to oxygen. The chemicals in tobacco products can also reduce saliva production and blood flow to the gums, making it easier for bacteria to attack the teeth, leading to decay and discoloration.
    • Poor dental hygiene: Teeth are more prone to staining when they aren’t cleaned properly and/or regularly. Failure to brush, floss, and visit the dentist also allows plaque to build up and harden, creating unsightly yellow or brown tartar.
    • Genetics: Some people are born with teeth that may seem more yellow than others.
    • Age: Over the years, the outer layer of your teeth gradually wear away with constant use. When this happens, the naturally yellow dentin on the inside may show through your enamel, making your teeth seem yellow.
    • Medication: Certain drugs or medical treatments can cause the teeth to become discolored from the inside. For example, chemotherapy can affect the color of the teeth. One of the side effects of minocycline and tetracycline, both anti-inflammatory antibiotics, is staining the teeth intrinsically by binding itself to structures within the teeth.
    • Fluorosis: Fluoride is the best way to protect and strengthen teeth from cavities, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. When young children ingest too much fluoride, they may develop fluorosis, a condition that occurs when white or brown spots appear on the teeth as a result of too much fluoride.

    What is teeth whitening?

    Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that lightens the color of the teeth by removing stains. There are many teeth whitening methods available, but the most popular ones involve the use of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to lift old particles out from under the porous surface of the teeth. These chemicals work by passing through the surface of the teeth and breaking down complex molecules that may be stuck beneath the enamel. Other methods, like laser teeth whitening, oil pulling, whitening strips, etc. strive to achieve the same results. Teeth whitening is extremely common and it can make a huge difference in your smile!

    Which method of teeth whitening is best?

    The best method of teeth whitening is very personal and depends on many factors. What works for one person may not for another. Since there are countless teeth whitening methods, choosing just one can be difficult. We recommend doing some research and talking to your dentist for an evaluation before you jump into anything. Here are a few considerations to take into account when you are deciding which teeth whitening method you wish to choose:

    • Time: How soon do you want to see results? If you have a special event coming up tomorrow, the best course of action may be a professional whitening treatment with your doctor. This is the fastest method of getting your teeth whitened because your doctor can administer a higher dosage of hydrogen peroxide with more advanced tools than you can purchase at the drugstore. On the other hand, if you’re not in a rush to see results, you’ll have a lot more options available.
    • Sensitivity: If you have a history of tooth decay or sensitive gums, there are gentler treatments available than hydrogen peroxide. Using too many chemicals on the teeth too frequently can weaken the enamel. There are plenty of natural, holistic ways to keep your teeth white, such as regularly using activated charcoal, oil pulling, and fluoride to strengthen and clean the teeth.
    • Cost: A professional teeth whitening treatment with the dentist is going to provide the most dramatic results and be your most efficient option (1-2 hours), but it’s going to cost more than a drugstore product you can get off the shelf. If you’re a little more budget conscious, consider getting a whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, or DIY gel treatment. These can be extremely effective (when used correctly) and they’re pretty inexpensive.

    Are there any risks associated with teeth whitening?

    Most teeth whitening treatments are safe as long as you follow the directions properly. Because dentists are educated and trained in dental safety and treatment, getting your teeth professionally whitened is basically guaranteed to be safe procedure. It’s important to note, however, that bleaching your teeth too often can lead hypersensitivity and the loss of enamel. This can have the opposite effect of brightening your smile. When too much enamel is lost, the naturally yellow dentin can show through, making your smile look yellow.

    How do I prevent future staining?

    Once you’ve had your teeth whitened, you want to preserve your pearly whites for as long as possible, right? Prevention is the easiest, most effective way to achieve a bright smile. Luckily, maintaining the appearance of your teeth actually doesn’t require the much effort. Besides regular oral hygiene, you just have to be a little more aware of what you consume and how you consume it:

    • Drink through a straw: Coffee, tea, and wine contain tannins, which are natural antioxidants that contribute to the drinks’ flavor and color. Unfortunately, they will definitely stain your teeth if you’re not careful. We recommend drinking your beverages through a straw if you can to avoid contact between the tannins and your teeth!
    • Rinse with water: If you can’t avoid eating deeply pigmented ingredients (turmeric, berries, balsamic vinegar), try to rinse your mouth with water after consumption. The sooner you get them out of your mouth, the better chance you have of avoiding staining.
    • Decrease sugar intake: Sugar causes cavities and tooth decay. No matter how many teeth whitening treatments you get, your dentist can only do so much to cover up decay and cavities. Not only is sugar bad for your smile, it can ruin the integrity of your teeth, leading to more serious health problems such as gum disease and rotten teeth.
    • Eat smart: Certain foods can naturally clean your teeth! Leafy greens and fresh produce, like kale and apples, have a fibrous texture that can scrub your teeth when you eat them. Incorporating foods that are high in calcium can also strengthen your enamel, making it seem brighter than before!
    • Chew gum: The act of chewing gum stimulates your mouth to produce more saliva. This will make the mouth a more hostile environment for bacteria and flush unwanted food residue and sugar particles away. Just make sure to choose a sugar-free gum!

    As nice as it is to have shiny, white teeth, it’s more important to have strong, healthy teeth. Never compromise a healthy, colorful diet just to have avoid teeth-staining foods. If there’s anything you can cut out, it’s sugar and food coloring. It’s also imperative to have good dental habits, regardless of what shade your teeth are. Remember to brush regularly and floss daily. Patients should also visit the dentist at least every 6 months for a checkup.

    If you’re interested in getting your teeth whitened, give us a call at Dental Studio of Pasadena. Our dentists have provided countless safe and effective professional teeth whitening treatments and we’re always happy to help our patients learn more about their options to improve their smile.

  4. Farmers’ Markets in Pasadena

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    Here at Dental Studio Pasadena, we are all about our patients’ oral health! An effective oral care routine involves brushing, flossing, and regular trips to the dentist for check ups and cleanings. However, did you know that your diet is also a very important part of your oral care? A balanced, healthy diet that incorporates all of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs contribute to your oral health by helping your teeth stay strong, reduce the risk of cavities, and regulating your bodily processes.

    We know it can be challenging to stick to fresh, healthy foods, especially in today’s day and age of fast, overly processed foods. Less healthy food can be more convenient and less expensive. One way to confront this challenge and feed your family fresh, healthy food is farmers’ markets! Farmers’ markets offer fresh, locally sourced produce and other products right in your city. Pasadena happens to host several farmers’ markets right here in town! Read on to find the farmers’ market closest to you!

    Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market at Villa Parke

    Tuesdays 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

    363 East Villa Street

    The Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market runs two different markets. These two community events are special because they are certified. A certified farmers’ market is a location approved by the county agricultural commissioner, where certified farmers sell only those agricultural products they grow themselves. This means you can feel confident about the produce you are buying and the local farmers you are supporting!

    Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market at Victory Park

    Saturdays 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

    2900 block of North Sierra Madre Boulevard

    The other certified farmers’ market in Pasadena takes place on Saturdays, and offers an even greater variety of vendors for extra weekend fun! You can expect to find about sixty local vendors selling a variety of fruits, veggies, and other produce as well as locally sourced foods and products. The market is cash only, and vendors also accept EBT.

    South Pasadena Farmers’ Market

    Thursdays 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Meridian Avenue and El Centro Street next to the Metro Gold Line South Pasadena Station

    The South Pasadena Farmers’ Market also features certified local farmers selling safe, delicious produce! This farmers’ market is deeply involved in several community organizations, and provides access to fresh fruits and vegetables through Nutritional Assistance Programs, WIC (Women, Infants, Children,) and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutritional Program as well as Cal Fresh (EBT). The market even has free parking!

    South Lake Farmers’ Market

    Tuesdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

    251 S. Lake Avenue (Corporate Center Pasadena)

    The South Lake Farmers’ Market offers fresh, local products from local farmers, bakers, and florists, as well as restaurants and other local artisans! If you’re looking for fresh veggies, dried fruits and nuts, hand made pies, or even prepared treats like crepes, this is the spot for you! There are also tons of incredible herbs you can pick up for your dental health. One such beneficial botanical is Galla Chinensis which, according to our holistic doctor, has tons of amazing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 

    We hope that this list will help you find convenient, healthy, affordable food to feed you and your family to keep you and your smiles happy! If you are ready to schedule your next dental appointment, call our office today!

  5. Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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    It’s a classic coming-of-age story… getting your wisdom teeth out! We’ve all heard horror stories about wisdom teeth extractions and while some of them may be true, the procedure is extremely common and safe in general. Most people grow extra teeth called “wisdom teeth” behind their molars in the very back of their mouths around their teenage years or early adulthood.

    Though wisdom teeth don’t serve any special purpose now, they developed as replacement teeth for when our ancestors used to eat rough, uncooked vegetation that would wear their regular teeth away more quickly. Regardless of how they came to be, most of us need to remove our molars if they begin to pose a threat to our dental health.

    What are signs that I need to get my wisdom teeth pulled?

    Wisdom teeth extractions are a very common procedure, but not everyone needs one. Some people don’t even grow wisdom teeth! Unless the wisdom teeth are impeding on the growth and development of your other teeth, jaws, or gums, they actually can just be left in the mouth. Only your doctor can give you definitive advice about whether or not to get your wisdom teeth taken out. However, there are signs that may indicate you need to see the dentist urgently for a wisdom tooth removal. These include:

    • Throbbing pain at the back of the teeth
    • Redness, tenderness, bleeding, or swelling at the back of the gums
    • Visible signs of wisdom teeth pushing other teeth out of alignment
    • Bad breath or cavities near the wisdom teeth

    If you start to notice any of these symptoms, see your dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, the wisdom teeth can move or crack other teeth and press down on nerves and bones. Over a long period of time, this could even result in gum and tissue damage, making the mouth vulnerable to infection and cysts.

    What are impacted wisdom teeth?

    When wisdom teeth don’t have enough space to erupt, they can get stuck below the line. This could occur because the wisdom teeth are growing in the wrong direction and become blocked by a tooth. They could also get stuck because there’s not enough space to come up. Either way, an impacted tooth could become a major problem if it gets in the way of another tooth or bone.


    Since these types of wisdom can’t simply be pulled out, the dentist needs to surgically remove it by cutting into the gums and sewing them back up afterward. Some procedures may also require the dentist to crack the tooth into several pieces to get them all out if the tooth is too big. It’s also possible for a tooth to be partially impacted. In this case, surgery would still be needed.

    Can my dentist remove wisdom teeth?

    Most general or family dentists will be able to remove wisdom teeth. They can identify and diagnose whether an extraction is needed with x-rays, which allow them to see below the surface of the gumline. X-rays also help the dentist see how far the wisdom teeth extend and estimate what steps would need to be taken to remove the teeth.

    Getting 1 or 2 teeth removed from the same side of the mouth allows you to eat out of the other side, but you can also get them all removed at once. Ultimately, it depends on how comfortable your dentist is with multiple extractions and how urgent the situation is. Wisdom teeth removal shouldn’t take longer than 2 – 3 hours at a time.

    While your dentist is trained to remove wisdom teeth, they may recommend you to an oral surgeon for particularly difficult situations. For example, deeply impacted teeth may require a specialist. Other situations that could necessitate an oral surgeon include the development of a cyst or a patient who needs to be heavily sedated.

    Does it hurt to get wisdom teeth removed?

    Don’t believe the scary stories you hear – getting wisdom teeth shouldn’t hurt at all. Your doctor will use a numbing gel in addition to an anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any pain throughout the procedure. For patients who are getting all their teeth removed at once or who have dental anxiety, you can request to be completely sedated, so you don’t feel any pain at all.

    Once the procedure is over, on the other hand, it’s likely you may feel some soreness, throbbing, swelling, and pain because the anesthetic has worn off. This is normal, so the doctor can prescribe you a mild painkiller to reduce the discomfort. There may also be some bleeding as the area where your wisdom tooth used to be heals up.

    During recovery, avoid consuming hard or crunchy foods. Straws can also suction off the stitches, so try not to use them. As time goes on, your dentist will give you a syringe or mouthwash to clean out the hole that your wisdom tooth left behind. Make sure to keep the area clean, so it doesn’t get infected!

    Our dentist understands how scary it can be to go in for a wisdom tooth removal, but he wants to assure patients there’s nothing to fear. In fact, leaving wisdom teeth in the mouth can be more harmful than getting them out! Feel free to give us a call at Dental Studio of Pasadena if you have any more questions. We’re always happy to help.

  6. How to Choose Your Dentist

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    If you’ve recently moved to a new place or changed your insurance provider, you may be on the lookout for a new dentist! While it may sounds like a tedious activity, it gives you a chance to find a doctor who you trust with providing you great dental care.

  7. Kid-Friendly Activities in Pasadena

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    Who needs to go to Hollywood when Pasadena has so many fun and enriching kid friendly activities? Whether your children are drawn to arts and sciences, history, or sports—there’s something for everyone in Pasadena. (more…)

  8. Tooth-Friendly Restaurant Guide to Pasadena

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    The food you eat is a very important component of your overall health, as well as your oral health. The nutrients in your food contribute to your bone growth and strength. However, your teeth are especially impacted by the food you eat because they come in direct contact with it. Because of this, certain qualities of food like color, acidity, and texture play a role in your overall health.


  9. Tips For The Best Adult Oral Hygiene Routine

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    The new year is a great opportunity to take stock of your habits and make some conscious, positive changes. As dentists, of course we think that your oral hygiene routine is the perfect place to start! If you are ready for a revamp in 2019, read on to learn more about how you can make sure you’re making the right decisions for your teeth. (more…)