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Should You Have Your Amalgam Fillings Removed? Jul 10th, 2019

Amalgam fillings are made with liquid mercury (up to 50% of the composition). Although mercury is a toxic metal, authorities don’t deem amalgam fillings unsafe. However, they do warn about the lack of research when it comes to their use on pregnant women and children under 6.  In pregnant women,...

TENS - The Simple, All-Natural TMJ Solution You Haven't Heard About Jun 24th, 2019

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull, allowing you to open and shut your mouth, move your jaw from side to side, and chew. When you have a TMJ disorder (commonly called TMJ), your jaw hinge doesn’t open smoothly or easily. You may...

Zirconia Implants Vs. Titanium Implants Oct 22nd, 2018

Whether it’s discoloration, spacing issues, or crooked teeth, getting the smile that you’ve always wanted is no longer impossible. What once took months or even years to accomplish can be done with the help of zirconia implants. In just a few appointments, our team will be able to provide you...

Common Causes Of Yellowing Teeth Oct 5th, 2018

A bright white smile is something that everyone would love to have. This isn’t so surprising when you consider that a smile is one of the first things that you share with both your loved ones and strangers alike. Unfortunately, there are so many different things that go against those...

Migraines With Aura Sep 27th, 2018

There are millions of Americans suffering every day from severe and chronic headaches or migraines. Are you one of them? Do you experience migraines accompanied by flashes and dizziness? Is yourheadache pain completely debilitating when it occurs and robbing you of precious time with family and friends? If you currently suffer...

Tooth Pain Sep 27th, 2018

Have you ever experienced sudden tooth pain or sensitivity while eating your favorite candy or chocolate bar, drinking hot coffee, or sipping on a milkshake? Do your gums ever bleed, feel tender or look a little swollen after brushing or flossing? Are your teeth achy every morning or do you...

Santa Monica Dentist Talks Teeth Whitening Sep 27th, 2018

Do you ever wish you had someone else’s perfect smile? Have you tried every method to remove those dark spots on your teeth? Does it seem that your teeth never get any whiter no matter how well you clean them? Are you ready to polish your image and your teeth...

Foods That Can Trigger Headaches Sep 27th, 2018

4 FOODS THAT CAN TRIGGER HEADACHES OR MIGRAINES: EXPLAINED BY A SANTA MONICA DENTIST If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic migraines, you are all too familiar with the symptoms, including irritability, altered mood, sensitivity to light, fatigue and depression that indicate the onset of...

Why Are You Always Tired? Sep 27th, 2018

SANTA MONICA DENTIST TEEL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHY YOU’RE ALWAYS TIRED Does it feel like you can’t sleep enough, or are you always struggling to stay awake during the day? Have you ever nodded off at the wheel while driving? Do you have trouble concentrating at work? If this sounds...

Full Mouth Reconstruction Explained By A Santa Monica Dentist Sep 27th, 2018

If you have long been unhappy with broken or cracked teeth, an uneven bite or badly stained teeth, you may feel overwhelmed and wondering what to do. Don’t be discouraged, however, because a full mouth reconstruction may provide what you are looking for with three added benefits. 1.  BETTER SMILE Whether your teeth...

Symptoms Of A Jaw Joint Disorder Sep 27th, 2018

4 SURPRISING SYMPTOMS OF A JAW JOINT DISORDER EXPLAINED BY A SANTA MONICA DENTIST If you have chronic pain in your jaw area accompanied by uncomfortable popping or clicking sounds when you chew, talk, yawn or make certain facial expressions, you probably already suspect you have some sort of issue...

Reasons To Have Metal Fillings Replaced At A Santa Monica Dental Clinic Sep 27th, 2018

You see those dark metal fillings every morning and night when you brush your teeth. Although you may not worry too much about how they look, especially if they are in your back teeth, what if you knew of the health-related reasons to replace them with white fillings? Let’s talk about three...

A Dentist In Santa Monica Answers The Question: Can Cosmetic Dental Treatments Improve Oral Health? Sep 27th, 2018

Getting a brand new smile can work wonders and give anyone a bit more confidence. If you have any chipped, missing, crooked or stained teeth, you have probably even glanced in the mirror occasionally and wondered how you would look with a more beautiful smile. But can cosmetic dental treatments...

Ways To Reshape Your Teeth Sep 27th, 2018

Very few people are lucky enough to have naturally perfect teeth, so don’t feel too discouraged if you are one of the many living with teeth that are too small, chipped, discolored, crooked or spaced too far apart. The good news is that there is hope, and you can have...

Natural Foods For Better Oral Health Sep 27th, 2018

Do you have a bit of a sweet tooth? Is that afternoon candy bar your must-have guilty pleasure, or do you prefer to grab a bag of dried fruit instead? You probably already know that what you consume affects your physical health and how the mad rush of convenient eating...

3 Ways Your Teeth Try To Warn You About Your Oral Health Sep 27th, 2018

Healthy gums are often taken for granted, and a little blood on your toothbrush is easily dismissed. After all, gum disease is something that happens to other people, so those swollen, tender gums are just a temporary concern that will eventually clear up with more cleaning, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. Let’s...

How Gum Disease Affects Your Heart Sep 27th, 2018

Recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, reveal that a staggering one out of every two American adults over 30 years of age has some form of gum disease. Left untreated, this chronic and inflammatory infection may also affect your cardiovascular health. Here’s what you need to know. How...

Cost Effective Ways To Improve Your Smile Sep 27th, 2018

If you have teeth that are fairly straight and nicely shaped, you are very fortunate. Regardless of what you were born with, however, most peoples’ teeth will eventually show evidence of stains or wear and tear. Perhaps you are beginning to see some of those changes now and wonder how much of...

Santa Monica Crooked Teeth Sep 27th, 2018

Crooked teeth can be uncomfortable, provide endless nooks and crannies for bits of food to hide in, and they detract from an otherwise pleasant smile. That said, are they really such a big deal? The short answer is yes, they can be, because teeth that are misaligned or too close together may...

Teeth Whitening In Santa Monica Sep 27th, 2018

Most people agree that beautiful teeth present a more desirable and attractive smile, and teeth whitening is still the most cost-effective way to improve your smiletoday. You probably already know this is achieved using peroxide compounds, but here are three things about this process you may not know. 1. THERE ARE DIFFERENT...

Consequences Of Crooked Or Damaged Teeth In Santa Monica Sep 27th, 2018

3 CONSEQUENCES OF CROOKED OR DAMAGED TEETH IN SANTA MONICA If you have crooked teeth, then you are already aware of some of the difficulties they present on a daily basis. Struggling to clean between them is often the biggest challenge, but getting mouth sores from biting your cheek isn’t fun...

Santa Monica Options To Straighten Teeth Sep 27th, 2018

Many people have teeth that are not perfectly aligned, tightly crowded together or too far apart, and there are others who have extreme overbites or under-bites. If you have any of these alignment issues, and your dentist recommends braces, you may already be picturing yourself with a smile of gleaming...

Santa Monica Headaches, Migraines, And Muscle Pain Sep 27th, 2018

How Your Teeth Could Be Causing Your Headaches, Migraines, And Muscle Pain Headaches and migraines are no picnic, especially when they are chronic and severe. Perhaps you feel discouraged because you have tried relentlessly to resolve yours using various forms of pain relief, including over-the-counter NSAIDS, acupuncture or even dietary changes,...

2 Ways A Santa Monica Dentist Can Help With Your TMJ Pain Sep 27th, 2018

TMJ pain is no laughing matter, and if you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from this jaw joint disorder, you know the symptoms very well. headaches an aching jaw facial muscle spasms ringing in the ears tingling in your arms or a deep burning sensation in your...

Finding The Right Dentist For Your Needs Sep 27th, 2018

Have you experienced a change in insurance plans, recent move or a desire to see a specialist? Whatever your reason may be, finding a local dentist near Santa Monica can run up a long list of potential doctors nearby. But how can you be sure that the dentist you choose has your...

Understanding Treatments For TMJ And Jaw Pain Sep 27th, 2018

When your bite is misaligned, the symptoms are often chronic and can be difficult to understand. At Brightleaf Dental, Dr. Brightleaf is specially trained and experienced in finding solutions for patients who have an improper bite. If you have jaw pain, headaches, or experience a jaw that gets “stuck” upon...

Why Does My Jaw Hurt Sep 27th, 2018

Why Does My Jaw Hurt? Have you recently experienced neck pain, headaches or pain in your jaw? Chronic teeth grinding, clenching or pain when you bite, chew or yawn may be indicative of a joint disorder known as TMJ pain or TMD. If your jaw has a habit of getting...

Sleep Apnea Treatment Sep 27th, 2018

Are you a CPAP hater? Continuous positive airway pressure(CPAP) has been the most common treatment for sleep apnea for a long time. However, CPAP is not always effective or tolerable for sleep disorder patients and there are alternatives. You’re not alone if you hate it! In many cases, there are...

No More CPAP Sep 27th, 2018

ARE YOU A CPAP HATER? Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has been the most common treatment for sleep apnea for a long time. However, CPAP is not always effective or tolerable for sleep disorder patients and there are alternatives. You’re not alone if you hate it! In many cases, there are alternatives. It’s just...

We Use Natural Materials Sep 27th, 2018

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY: NATURAL, NON-TOXIC TREATMENTS TO FORTIFY YOUR HEALTH Holistic dentistry is a way of caring for your teeth and gums that contributes to your overall health and well-being. As a holistic Santa Monica dentist, Dr. Ana Brightleaf gives you the best that modern dentistry has to offer while minimizing toxicity,...

About Homeopathic Remedies Sep 27th, 2018

At Brightleaf Dental, we believe in holistic dentistry, the whole health approach to oral health. We use this approach to treat oral health and dental problems, neuromuscular issues (TMJ) and sleep disorders in adults and children. At our office in Santa Monica we use natural products and homeopathic remedies for dental relaxation and pain control. We...

Safe Low Radiation X-Rays Sep 27th, 2018

PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM RADIATION WITH DIGITAL X-RAYS Dental X-rays are a necessary part of dental care, and, while they are safe, they do expose patients to a small amount of radiation. Digital dental X-ray technology requires much less radiation than traditional X-rays, as well as other benefits. At our Santa Monica...

Dental Relaxation Without The Headache Sep 27th, 2018

EXPERIENCE BETTER RELAXATION AT THE DENTIST WITH HOLISTIC REMEDIES At Brightleaf Dental in Santa Monica, we support our patients in all aspects of their dental health. If you or a loved one has experienced dental anxiety or are looking for a gentle means of feeling more relaxed at the dentist, our trusted...

Choosing The Right Dentist For You Sep 27th, 2018

Whether you have recently moved to the Santa Monica area or you are simply looking for a new dentist in your long-time city, there are many different things you should take into consideration. After all, you don’t want you relationship with your dentist to be one that only lasts one...

The Best Kept Secrets To A Healthy Smile Sep 27th, 2018

At our Santa Monica dental offices, we are asked on a regular basis what our patients can do in order to have the healthiest smile possible. In this day and age, it seems that people are more prone to look for quick-fixes that will allow them to get the results...

Dental X-Rays 101 Sep 27th, 2018

If you are someone who visits the dentist as often as you should, it’s not unlikely that you have had to have a dental x-ray at one time or another. While it certainly is not something that many people question, you may also not have any idea what the purpose...

So You Think You Might Have TMJ, What’s Next? Sep 27th, 2018

What Is Tmj? When people complain of jaw pain, the first thing we like to do is let them know a little bit more about TMJ, as they can often tell fairly quickly whether or not this is what they are suffering from. Let’s talk anatomy for a moment. The...

The 5 Most Common Dental Procedures & What To Expect Sep 27th, 2018

Many people find themselves quite overwhelmed when they discover that it is once again time to visit the dentist. While we understand that some of the anxiety that comes along with going to the dentist derives from childhood memories or bad experiences in the past, we also think that a...

Tricks To Maintaining Healthy Smiles In Your Home Sep 27th, 2018

At our Santa Monica dental office, we are constantly being asked by people how they can form the very best dental hygiene habits in their home so that their whole family can have the healthiest smiles possible. If you are anything like these people, your family’s oral health is likely...

Common Signs It’s Time To Get Your Wisdom Teeth Taken Out Sep 27th, 2018

Wisdom teeth are our third set of molars that are most commonly known for coming in during the late teens to early twenties. While it was not and is not always required to have these teeth removed, over time our jaws have shrunk, making it more common than not for...

Recovering From Dental Implants: Everything You Need To Know Sep 27th, 2018

There are a number of reasons someone would need dental implants. Regardless of what your reason is, the process for getting them is the same for everyone. We offer dental implant surgery at Brightleaf Dental, but it is certainly a more serious procedure than just getting a cleaning or a...

Properly Caring For Your Toothbrush Sep 26th, 2018

We think that the majority of dentists out there would agree that the most important tool you have at home to make sure you are maintaining good oral health is a clean toothbrush. After all, this is all you have to fight against millions of cavity-causing bacteria that reside in...