Author Archives: Sonal Patel DDS

About Sonal Patel DDS

San Francisco General & Cosmetic Dentist. At my practice, we see adults & children. The procedures we do include, but are not limited to: teeth whitening, white (composite fillings), porcelain crowns, dental implants, nightguards, teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments, partial and complete dentures. We are a caring, patient-centered office with the latest technolgy and provide dental care with a gentle touch & strive for excellent customer service!

What does Fluoride Varnish do?

Fluoride varnish is used to help with tooth sensitivity and tooth decay prevention, Once applied, the fluoride will last for 2-3 months. It will help decrease tooth decay by 25%. The varnish, is 5% Sodium Fluoride,  takes minutes to apply in … Continue reading

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Acidic Drinks can damage teeth within 30 Seconds of Consumption

A new study published by the Journal of Dentistry, July 2014, found that “within 30 seconds of drinking an acidic drink, lifelong damage happens in the form of dental erosion when it combines with tooth grinding and reflux”. One 20 … Continue reading

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Did you know Flossing may save your life?

Studies have shown that there is a link between heart disease and gum disease. While the exact source is not known, it is suspected that bacteria that causes inflammation in the gums may be linked to coronary artery (heart) disease. … Continue reading

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What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is when enamel of the tooth becomes soft and a hole is formed through it. There are various stages of decay. In early, stages of decay, the hole is initially small. One will not feel pain at this stage. … Continue reading

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Did you know that dental night guards can save your teeth?

  For 60-70% of adults, teeth grinding is occurring on their teeth, and most people don’t even know it! How can someone tell if grinding is occurring on the teeth? A dentist can point out and take pictures of a … Continue reading

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Why choose white fillings?

White, composite, fillings are tooth-colored and usually, will closely match the color of natural teeth. They are composed of a porcelain, resin material. Because composites are bonded into the tooth, this will add strength to the tooth and filling. I, … Continue reading

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You don’t have to brush after every meal? Really!

 Yes, that’s true! In fact, if you do brush after every meal , you should wait at least a ½ hour to allow for the acidic ph to come back to a more neutral state.  You should brush 2 times/day. … Continue reading

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