1. Replacing Mercury Fillings

    Amalgam fillings are not only unsightly in your smile, they also contain mercury that can put you at risk for mercury toxicity. Brentwood area dentist Dr. Ana Brightleaf replaces amalgam fillings with composite fillings and porcelain onlays and crowns for the safety and well-being of our patients. B…Read More

  2. Cool Science – Georgia Tech’s Tongue Drive System

    Okay, sometimes dental news is just too cool not to share. Scientists at Georgia Tech recently developed the Tongue Drive System, a  wireless device which allows users to wear a less conspicuous dental retainer embedded with sensors, thus enabling people with high-level spinal cord injuries to oper…Read More

  3. 3 ways your teeth try to warn you about your oral health

    3 ways your teeth try to warn you about your oral health 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 eventua…Read More

  4. Preventive Dentistry

    At Brightleaf Cosmetic and Holistic Dentistry we believe in a holistic and preventive approach to general dentistry. Santa Monica dentist Dr. Ana Brightleaf wants to treat the whole person, not just the problem they arrive with. Our goal is to restore your mouth to a healthy, well functioning baseli…Read More

  5. SPINBRUSH Toothbrush Can Chip Teeth and Cause Choking

    The FDA has issued a warning about the battery-powered Arm & Hammer Spinbrush—or the Crest Spinbrush, as it was called before 2009. On more than one occasion, the battery-powered toothbrush, has been known to break, causing pieces of the toothbrush to injure eyes, and teeth, and even choking…Read More

  6. Consequences of crooked or damaged teeth in Santa Monica

    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 either…Read More

  7. How to Choose a Santa Monica General Dentist

    You have a lot of options for your dental care, and choice is a good thing. When looking for a Santa Monica general dentist for yourself and your family, it’s important to find someone with whom you are comfortable. Dr. Brightleaf understands that this is an important decision. Your general de…Read More

  8. Fluoride Treatments and Teeth Staining

    While fluoride is effective in helping children and adults prevent tooth decay, excessive fluoride exposure—especially during childhood—can result in teeth stains. If you feel self-conscious about your smile due to teeth discoloration, a professional teeth whitening treatment may be able…Read More

  9. Local Dental Professional Receives Fellow Designation from LVI

    Dr. Ana Brightleaf has earned the designation of Fellow from LVI Global (LVI). The LVI Fellow designation recognizes that a dentist has completed a series of studies on the clinical skills and knowledge necessary to provide comprehensive aesthetic treatment for the dental patient as taught in LVI’…Read More