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Effects of Mental Health Problems

Posted under Dental Health Tips on July 15th, 2014 | No Comments

I decided to write a blog about mental health.  What does that have to do with oral health you ask? Nothing really. However, people tend to see their dental providers more often than their physicians. At Santa Teresa Dental, we value and treasure every relationship we have with our patient. We do notice subtle changes in patient behavior. We live near Silicon Valley and many of our patients hold high-stress positions. We often are the first one noticing any mental health changes. We hope the following blog will help some of you noticing the warning signs of mental health problems for yourself and/or the love ones.

The seriousness of mental health

Mental health problems are challenges and very common all over the world. They affect our way of thinking, feeling, and coping with everyday situations, handle stress, make choices and relate to others. Associated problems are often described as having ‘anxiety’ or ‘depression’ attacks. However, they can be a much more serious, with condition and consequences often underestimated. Your mental health is all- important from …

Getting a Health Message to Teenagers

Posted under Dental Health Tips on April 1st, 2014 | No Comments

It is always a passion of mine to create a family friendly environment, hence the partnership between Dr. Ann (my wife) and I work well. Dr. Ann focuses on children and I focus on adults.  Teenagers on the other hand is always a challenge.  They think they know it all, and maybe they do. It is always difficult getting a message across to teens, especially it seems, when it concerns health issues. With this in mind, I found the following information very helpful.

United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are planning to introduce a public education campaign, nationally directed at teens between 12 and 17 years of age. The message will focus on oral, cosmetic and the actual consequences, or “real cost” to their health related to using tobacco products.

Tobacco issues and the harm it can cause must be presented to teens in an educational and personally relevant manner. According to the FDA, when announcing their “The Real Cost campaign” at the National Press Club, this poses a challenge as many …

New Prenatal Oral Health Website Stresses Early Evaluation and Education

Posted under Dental Health Tips on February 25th, 2014 | No Comments

For pregnant women, dental health is absolutely essential.  Dr. Andrew Huang of Santa Teresa Dental has discovered an online resource to help keep you healthy when you’re expecting.  It’s called pOHP, and we know you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.

You might be wondering where to find the latest, most up-to-date information for soon-to-be moms.  The team at Santa Teresa Dental is constantly on the lookout for information and resources on prenatal oral health, and we recently discovered an exciting new website.  This website is brought to you by the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry and School of Medicine’s Department of OBGYN, and is available at  It is totally free of charge to use this website, and it features the latest contemporary knowledge and research to benefit expectant mothers and their fetuses.  We definitely encourage you to use the website.

The Prenatal Oral Health Program website, also known as pOHP, is a robust, information-rich resource with many features.  First, you can view …