To Our Southern California Dental Health Associates Family:
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment.
We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.
Enhanced Covid 19 - Safety Policy
Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions.
You must have a mask to enter the office.
We will check everyone's temperature.
We will do everything possible so that you can fill out all forms online to minimize time in the office.
Due to new procedures, we ask you to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.
To make an appointment, please call our office at 323-934-3341
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Jonathan Engel, D.D.S.
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Your mouth is essentially the gateway to your body. Poor or good oral health has a direct impact on your systemic health, and if your systemic health is afflicted by disease, this in turn has an impact on your oral health. It’s vital to evaluate where your oral and systemic health stand, so that you
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While a loose baby tooth is perfectly normal, a loose adult tooth is something to be concerned about. Painful and unpleasant, a loose permanent tooth may fall out, need extracting, or cause serious bite problems. This can all be avoided, but it is imperative that you seek professional dental care as
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Cosmetic gum surgery, or gum contouring, can solve a variety of cosmetic issues relating to the proportions of your teeth and your gums. For example, too much gum tissue may make your teeth appear short, while too little gum tissue will make your teeth appear too long. You may also have a combination
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Benefits of fluoride:
Strengthens tooth enamel, by capturing minerals in saliva and forcing them into the tooth’s makeup
Inhibits bacterial metabolism, slowing down the growth of bacteria and their reducing their acidic
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