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Anesthetic Drugs and Tooth Failure: Scientist Search for a Connection

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Scientists are working to identify a link between local anesthetics and tooth failure, especially of third molars. The drugs — which are used in sedation dentistry and NOT at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES — can stop new pulp cells from growing, which can lead to developmental failure and loss.

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Why You Should Be Concerned About Receding Gums

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Chances are you pay a lot of attention to your teeth and think very little of 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 make your gums a priority at every dental appointment.

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Needle-Free Anesthesia is Another Advance in Dental Science

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THE SCIENCE OF SMILES specializes in minimally-invasive dentistry which involves little use of dental drills and needles. And now, thanks to wonderful advances in dental science…. we may soon have a new tool to add to our practice: Needle-free anesthesia.

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Study: Sedation Dentistry Could Kill Your Child

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Evidence of this appears in a report out of the UK which cites that sedation dentistry is responsible for at least 31 child deaths over the past 15 years.

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Need a Reminder to Brush Your Teeth? Set a Oral Health Text Alert

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We love texting. Roughly 85% of American adults own cell phones and three-quarters of them (73%) send and receive text messages. And, according to the Pew Research Center, heavy text users prefer texting to talking. Some 55% of those who exchange more than 50 messages a day say they would rather get a text than a voice call.

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#1 Lie People Tell Their Dentist

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Tall tales are being told inside dental offices across the country — and chances are you’ve even fibbed in the dentist’s chair once or twice.

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3 Common Mistakes You Can Make with Your Kid’s Teeth

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As your baby’s teeth emerge within the first year, it’s time for parents to start thinking about kids oral hygiene. Regular brushing, a healthy diet, and dental visits (after age 1) are some of the best ways to prevent cavities. Yet, experts say many parents are still falling short when it comes to taking care of baby teeth.

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Dr. Stender Among “2016 Southern California’s Top Dentists”

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H. Robert Stender, DDS of THE SCIENCE OF SMILES in Pasadena, CA has been named one of “2016 Southern California’s Top Dentists” by Los Angeles Magazine, appearing in the January 2016 issue.

This is the second consecutive year that Dr. Stender has received a “top dentists” recognition by Los Angeles Magazine.

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Liquid Biopsy Blood Test Could Diagnose Your Cancer BEFORE Symptoms Start

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Revolutionary genetic sequencing may change the future of cancer prevention and screening. Illumina is developing a blood test called a liquid biopsy that can diagnose cancer — including oral cancers — in people long before they have any symptoms.

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Want to Switch to a Sonic Toothbrush? Here’s What You Need to Know

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As the saying goes, “Out with the old, in with the new.” And there is no better time than right now to revamp your oral health routine by, perhaps, tossing that old standard toothbrush for a sonic toothbrush. But with so many on store shelves, and at various prices, how do you know which one to buy.

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Identifying the Many Causes of TMJ Jaw Pain

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Severe pain in your jaw, unexplained headaches and earaches all can be attributed to a TMJ jaw pain disorder called Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disease.

The condition is common, yet extremely painful and deserve immediate attention from a dentist.

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Insane Study Shows What Happens When You Cut Sugar from Kids’ Diets

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Cutting sugar from kids’ diets not only trims their chances of getting cavities, a new study shows it also has a dramatic and immediate impact on their overall health.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Make Dental Health a Priority in 2016

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There is increasing evidence showing a link between oral health and general health. Furthermore, your mouth is part of your body — so why not take care of it?

Here are 3 reasons why dental health matters for the health of your body.

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#1 Reason Why Sinus Infections Cause Your Teeth to Hurt

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Your sinuses are hollow cavities in your upper jaw bone. They are also lined with a pink membrane — similar to the one lining your stomach. When this lining gets infected or inflammed, as sinus infection has developed (also called sinusitis).

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Sugar-Free Drinks and Candy Bad for Teeth, Says Study

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If you often grab a sugar-free drink instead of juice because you think it is safer for your teeth, it may be time to rethink your decision.

Scientists in Australia say that sugar-free drinks and sweets are just as bad for teeth as their sugary counterparts. The reason: Chemical composition.

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Power Energy Caffeine Toothpaste Delivers a Morning Jolt

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The idea behind Power Energy is simple: Merge two traditional morning substances, toothpaste and caffeine. Instead of waiting for your coffee to brew, Power Energy makers say you can get a much quicker buzz when you deliver caffeine around on your gums while brushing. Plus, there are no unsightly coffee stains to deal with, no coffee breath and no coffee mugs to clean up.

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HPV Vaccine May Help Prevent Some Oral Cancers

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A team of scientists from the U.S. and Europe are reporting that the HPV vaccine may be effective in reducing the incidence of oropharyngeal carcinoma — which are cancers at the base of the tongue and tonsils that are commonly associated with high risk HPV infection.

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6 Amazing Health Benefits of Cranberries

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Cranberries are actually one of the top antioxidant-rich foods — rivaling spinach and blueberries. Here are six amazing health benefits of cranberries.

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Hookah Pipes, and Other Water Pipes Risk Oral Health

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A different method of smoking tobacco is gaining popularity. It’s called water pipe smoking — often with a hookah pipe — like inhaling 100 cigarettes!

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Raisins — Undeniably Bad for Teeth

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Green Tea Compounds Shown to Kill Oral Cancer Cells

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The cure for oral cancer may be steeping inside a tea kettle.

Scientists at Penn State say a compound found in green tea may trigger a kill cycle against oral cancer cells, all while leaving healthy cells alone.

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Ever Wonder… Why Wisdom Teeth?

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Wisdom teeth: Where did they come from, and why do we have them?

Anthropologists believe wisdom teeth, or the third set of molars, were the evolutionary answer to our ancestor’s early diet of rough food – like leaves, roots, nuts and meats.

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Mouthwash Good for Oral Health, But Not Essential

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When it comes to keeping your oral health in good shape, gargling is great — but not essential, say health officials.

So what are mouthwashes good for?

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Cool Gadgets and Tools to Keep Your Teeth Looking Great

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Nothing can replace the effective value of a toothbrush and floss. They are the #1 dentist recommended tools for good oral health. But thanks to modern technology, there are other tools and gadgets we can use to supplement tooth brushing and flossing. They make taking care of our teeth and mouths fun, convenient — even cool.

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Bad Dental Fillings Can Cause More Harm than Good

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Oral health experts are warning patients about the harmful potential of bad dental fillings. Specifically, they say, if they are done using an out-dated technique, filling could do more harm than good inside a patient’s mouth.

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Pasadena Dentist Dr Stender Among “America’s Best Dentists” of 2015

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I am pleased to announce that I have been recognized as one of the top dentists in the country for 2015.

The America’s Best Dentists program is operated by the National Consumer Advisory Board and allows outstanding oral health professionals to exclusively be awarded for their commitment to superior patient service and advanced education in the field of dentistry.

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Your Gums Need Extra Attention Too

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Oral health is not just about how well and often you clean your teeth. It’s about keeping your entire mouth healthy – even your gums.

TV’s Bachelorette Trista Sutter is leading some star-power to a new campaign sponsored by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) about the importance of healthy gums and smile.

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Halloween’s Health Impact

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While most parents think of the oral health concerns or the sugar rush and hyperactivity that seems to follow candy, there are also long term effects. The body’s internal response to all of that junk is not a small concern. Sugar can be brushed and flossed and rinsed off of the surface of the teeth, but once you’ve chewed and swallowed, your body is left to pay the consequences.

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Teeth Whitening Special! Get 40% OFF Teeth Whitening this Holiday Season!

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With the holiday season right around the corner, we know you want to look and feel your best. Wouldn’t it be great to have a bright white smile for that office party, or gathering with family and friends?

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FL Mom Arrested for Neglecting Child’s Oral Health

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A Florida mother was arrested this month for allegedly neglecting her child’s dental care after doctors repeatedly told her treatment was needed on her 4-year-old’s black, rotting teeth.

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Children’s Oral Health a Concern in California

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Back to school season is a time many parents reflect on what their kids’ need to kick-off a successful school year. Backpacks, notepads, pencils and crayons usually make the list of basic needs. Unfortunately, oral heath exams are rarely on the list.

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RELEASE: Pasadena Dentist Dr. Stender Receives 2015 Best of Pasadena Award

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H Robert Stender, DDS of THE SCIENCE OF SMILES has been selected for the 2015 Best of Pasadena Award in the Dental Bonding & Cosmetic Dentistry category by the Pasadena Award Program.

Each year, the Pasadena Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and communities. These exceptional companies help make the Pasadena area a great place to live, work and play.

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Internet Trend of DIY Braces with Gap Band is Dangerous

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The newest fad of DIY braces is sweeping the Internet, and while teenagers think it’s all the rage… dental health professionals are sounding an alarm.

A series of viral videos across the Web show young teens sticking elastic bands (such as small hair elastics) around their teeth in an attempt to help straighten them, or to close gaps. The practice is also called “gap band.”

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A Back to School Dental Health Reminder

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As the lazy days of summer wind down here in Southern California, excitement is brewing in many households over going back to school. New school supplies, an awesome new lunch box, and fall sports are on the minds of many parents and children. This time of year also means squeezing in one last trip to the beach, haircuts, sports physicals and dental appointments.

Now is the time to schedule your child for a back to school dental cleaning and exam at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES. Regular dental examinations to diagnose and treat, or prevent dental problems are vital. As summer schedules vary, so do eating habits. More soda, ice cream and sweets are likely to be consumed during summer break — so having a thorough cleaning prior to heading back to the classroom is a necessity.

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Bacteria That Causes Gum Disease May Also Fuel Cancer

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Getting your bi-annual teeth cleanings and dental checkups may prove to be monumentally important in cutting your risk for cancer.

Scientists have found that the same bacteria that causes gum disease may also fuel the growth of cancer cells.

Published in the journal Immunity, scientists say the bacteria could hamper the body’s ability to fight off cancer.

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For Many, A Cure for TMJ Pain With Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR)

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For the millions of people looking for a cure for TMJ pain, a revolutionary therapy promises relief in as little as a week. The therapy is called Disclusion Time Reduction, or DTR; a computer-guided TMJ pain treatment that is proven to be much faster and more permanent than other traditional TMJ pain treatments, such as mouthguards and appliances.

Only a handful of dental practices in the United States offer this treatment. Among them is THE SCIENCE OF SMILES.

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Ozone Therapy Antiseptic Shows Promise for Treating Gum Disease

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Ozone Therapy has been used here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES for many years to treat tooth decay and gum disease. Now, scientists are taking the treatment one step further, developing an ozone antiseptic agent called “ozone nano-bubble water” to treat severe gum infections.

In a recent ozone therapy study, researchers evaluated the bactericidal activities of ozone nano-bubble water against the two main bacterial agents that cause gum disease. Their results showed that the agent can kill periodontal pathogens within 30 seconds of exposure. The next step in their studies to determine the extent to which the agent’s potency may be reduced by a patient’s saliva.

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Can Graphic Health Warnings Stop Rotten Teeth in Kids?

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A debate has opened over the use of graphic health warnings on sugary drinks and sodas. Some dentists and health professionals are recommending that stark images, similar to those used on cigarette packs, are needed to address a pediatric dental crisis of rotten teeth in kids.

Tooth decay is the #1 childhood illness. Research shows that in the U.S. alone, more than 25% of children aged 2-5 years and 50% of those aged 12-15 years suffer from tooth decay. Worldwide, the condition affects 60-90% of school aged children.

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New Device to Measure Bad Breath & Hydration Levels

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Whether you just rolled out of bed or getting ready for a date, a new device set to hit the market soon may measure bad breath.

The technology is called Mint, developed by a company called Breathometer, Inc. Put Mint halfway into your mouth, and the device will analyze volatile sulfur compounds (byproducts of bad bacteria). These compounds can be elevated by certain foods or drinks, and may also indicate gum disease and tooth decay. In all cases, higher sulfur compounds indicates poor breath. Mint uses an electrochemical fuel cell and other sensors for detection.

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Oral Cancer: ‘My husband would still be alive today if doctors spotted his mouth cancer earlier’

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A heart wrenching story out of the U.K. spotlights the seriousness of mouth cancer and the critical need for effective preventive dental care.

Widowed wife, Patricia Caton, says her husband could still be alive today if doctors had diagnosed his mouth cancer earlier. Her husband, Christopher Caton, died last summer at the age of 56 after suffering with oral health problems which were allegedly not recognized as mouth cancer for more than a year.

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Why You Need to See a Dentist During Pregnacy

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Dental health during pregnancy is extremely important, yet a new survey suggests that more women are choosing not to see a dentist during pregnancy.

A Delta Dental survey finds that 42.5% of pregnant women in the U.S. are not receiving thorough dental checkups or cleanings during pregnancy. Oral health conditions can arise – particularly during pregnancy – including:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Plaque build-up
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INFOGRAPHIC: Getting Whiter Teeth With Teeth Whitening

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Do you want whiter teeth? You’re not alone. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular procedures here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES. We offer a variety of teeth whitening procedures, guaranteed to give you a lasting, sparkling white smile in just a few easy treatments.

Here is an info-graphic that sheds some light on the #1 cosmetic dentistry procedure in the U.S. and how more woman than men are choosing to get whiter teeth than ever before.

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Your Communal Bathroom Toothbrush May be Covered in Feces

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Students living in dorms and use communal bathrooms have a new reason to change their toothbrushes more frequently. Research presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology shows that toothbrushes stored in communal bathrooms have a higher transmission rate of fecal coliforms.

Scientists say the main concern is not with the presence of a person’s own fecal matter on their toothbrush, but rather when a toothbrush is contaminated with fecal matter from someone else, which contains bacteria, viruses or parasites that are not part of their normal flora.

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Saving Time and Money at the Dentist

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Cost is one of the primary reasons people skip out on seeing the dentist. In fact, a recent U.S. Federal Reserve healthcare survey indicated 25% of the population delayed getting needed dental care last year because they were concerned about the cost involved.  Unfortunately, delaying dental care can potentially cost you MORE MONEY in the long run.

Here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES, we specialize in biomimetic dentistry – a method that promises to save our patients time and money.

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Can Juicing Ruin Teeth?

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Juicing and juice cleanses are extremely popular nowadays, but those who make it a part of their daily diet may be putting their teeth at risk.

While homemade juices and some juice cleanse may be packed with powerful nutrients, they are also loaded with sugar. And, too much sugar can have a detrimental impact on your oral health IF you’re not careful.

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Minimally Invasive Dental Implants

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Dental implants are the modern standard for treating missing teeth. They are a permanent solution that feel and look like natural teeth.

Statistics show nearly 70% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth. And, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their teeth.

If you wonder whether or not you would be a candidate for dental implants, our team at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES will thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, and bone structure to help ensure success before the procedure begins. We have equipped our practice with the latest technology in implant placement, making the process extremely comfortable and minimally invasive.

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What Your Teeth Reveal About What’s Going On Inside Your Body

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Back to Basics: The Right Way to Floss

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Obesity and Oral Health

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Calming a Child’s Fear of the Dentist

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Filling Cavities Without Drills, Injections, and Pain

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Broccoli Could Prevent Oral Cancers

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HPV Shots For Boys Could Cut Down on Oral Cancer

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Getting Kids to Brush Their Teeth is Harder Than We Thought

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Home Remedies for Some Dental Pain

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Flossing Can Add Years to Your Life

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Teeth Whitening at Home vs. at the Dentist

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Can Coffee Prevent Oral Cancer?

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Fact or Fiction? Common Dental Myths Get a Reality Check

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H. Robert Stender, DDS Named “2015 Southern California’s Top Dentists” by Los Angeles Magazine

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When to Introduce Kids to the Dentist

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5 Signs That Your Mouth is Trying to Tell You Something

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The Social Stigma Behind Bad Teeth is Real

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Oral Piercings and Their Impact on Teeth

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Trip to the Dentist Saves Girl’s Life

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How to Decrease Your Chance for Heart Disease

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Never Too Old for Cavities

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Dental Care for People With Dementia

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Mobile Dental App Lets You Play Dentist

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Cavities and Tooth Decay are 100% Preventable!

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Re-Assessing Your Child’s Bedtime Oral Health Routine

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Green Tea a Cure for Oral Cancer?

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The Gentle Way to Protect Your Tooth Enamel

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Why Do My Gums Bleed After I Brush?

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Choosing the Right Team for Your Dental Care

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Love Smoking? You Won’t After You Read This…

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Gold Mouthwash to Detect Oral Cancer

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Maintaining Oral Health During Chemotherapy

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Daily Swish With Cooking Oil?

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Iggy Azalea Diagnosed With TMJ Condition

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Chewy, Sticky Energy Bars May Cause Cavities

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Feel Good About Your Smile in 2015

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Biomimetic Dentistry: A New Standard in Dental Care

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I’m proud to be only a handful of Pasadena-area dentists who practice minimally invasive dentistry. I am committed to preserving natural teeth and restoring them… without stress, pain, and a big price tag.

In keeping with my method of dental practice, I have co-founded The Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry.

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Ozone Therapy at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES

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Dental technology is what sets our practice apart from other local dental offices. Here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES, I am committed to using only the BEST non-invasive dental technology on patients to help them achieve beautiful, healthy smiles.


One technology that I’m proud to use (and patients love!) is called Ozone Therapy. With this technology, I can treat people with budding cavities and tooth decay… as it’s able to zap those harmful bacteria colonies that lurk on teeth.

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5 Medical Conditions that Cause Bad Breath

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Maybe you’ve been battling bad breath for years. Or, perhaps, it’s a new problem – either way, you probably want it to go away.


Before you can get rid of bad breath, you have to pinpoint what’s causing it. Is it a lack of good oral hygiene? Gum disease or gingivitis? Or maybe it has to do with something going on deeper inside your body – a medical condition, perhaps.

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