Month: December 2015

Looking Back at 2015

This will be my last post for 2015.  I’d like to just write down a few words and thoughts to describe how I feel about 2015.

Most of 2015 was spent on the construction and build out of my building.  It took forever and was really stressful but I think now that its done and some time has passed, I’m starting to think back about some of the fun and exciting times of construction.  I’d like to acknowledge a few of the people who really helped me so much in the construction phase of my dental practice.

Robert Silva is the owner of Perfection Plumbing.  He is probably the nicest plumber you’ll ever meet.  He did an amazing job on the extensive plumbing job.  He never made a fuss when issues sprung up and was the absolute best.

Joe Amodio is the owner of  Amodio J Electric.  He did a completely new electrical system.  He worked extensively with the power company in order to reroute the service to the back of the building from the side.  His team is very respected by the city inspectors which is huge in making sure there are no snags with inspections.   Joe looked at my initial plans and pointed out several things that I would have hated and we were able to change them before he even started working.  He saved me a ton of time and money.

Nate Talley owns Talley Construction.  I can’t say enough about this guy.  He’s been doing construction for a long time.  He’s seen it all.  He is as honest as they come.  If you get an opportunity to use him as a contractor then do it.  The beautiful marble work among many other things thanks to him.

My wife Kim was in the construction zone everyday working with the contractors and inspectors.  She went above and beyond in making sure everything was coordinated and is the main reason everything looks as good as it does.

I opened my practice midway through 2015.  I’ve been very lucky to work with two amazing ladies who help me to provide a good experience to my patients.

Abigail is our receptionist and the main point of contact for my patients.  I was very lucky to bring her into the practice.  She has an amazing positive attitude and is very flexible to make people feel welcome when they call or visit the office.

I have been working with Citlaly for about a year and a half.  She is my favorite assistant I’ve ever worked with and I will always be so grateful to her for her flexibility in working with me in the office.

Last, I want to thank all the patients who have found our practice in many different ways.  I’m so greatful that you’ve trusted us enough to be patients in our practice and I hope that you will stay with us for many, many years to come.

2015 was a very exciting year for me, but I have a feeling that 2016 will be even better!

 

Green Tea and Oral Health

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A lot of people can’t go a day without their coffee.  But it has a lot of negative effects on our oral health.   Green tea is a great alternative which actually has many benefits to our general and oral health.  So why not try green tea as an alternative to coffee!

Green tea actually serves as a mild anti-bacterial solution.  It is basic in nature and it is an anti-inflammatory.  That is exactly the kind of beverage we need to optimize oral health!
Nearly all the problems we have with our teeth and gums are due to bacteria.  So the anti-bacterial properties of green tea are huge!  People who drink green tea regularly have less bacteria in their mouth.   Less bacteria means less tooth decay, periodontal diseThousand Oaks Dentist Justin Sycamore DDS Green Teaase, and bad breath.
Green tea has a basic pH.  It usually is a little above 7.   Tooth decay is caused by bacteria of the mouth.  The bacteria processes simple sugars in foods and then releases acidic compounds which erode the enamel of the teeth.  It is precisely the low pH of the bacteria acids which are the first step in tooth decay.  So by regularly drinking a basic green tea, we neutralize the acids and reduce the bacterial effects.
Green tea also is know to have anti-inflammatory properties.  This is key in periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease is the destruction of our gums due to an inflammatory response to bacteria.  So again, the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea will reduce the effects of oral bacteria.
So in summary, green tea is amazing.  It reduces the amount of oral bacteria and then it has other properties which reduce the negative effects of the remaining properties.  I think green tea is an amazing beverage which have many health benefits and I regularly encourage my patients to incorporate it into their diets!

What’s in a Name?

NameWhen I was doing the construction phase of starting my practice, a lot of family and friends asked me what I was going to name my practice.  I thought about the different names and what they would purvey about myself and my practice.  Ultimately, I decided not to use a business name and instead to use my own name.

I think there is a trend going on in dentistry that is negative.  We are seeing some dentists who are opening up multiple offices and hiring newly trained dentists to run them.  There are also large corporations which start up practices and run them in conjunction with a part-owner dentist.  I think both of these scenarios lead to a practice that’s first focus is on profit.  You see, the owners of these practices are not necessarily even present in the building and are mostly interested on the profitability of the practice.  They put pressure on the attending dentists and staff to sell more treatment which may not be necessary or beneficial.

Another negative aspect of these types of practice is a high rate of turnover of the dentist.  You may go and get to know a dentist and like how he or she treats you and then when you show up you may find out that you are scheduled with someone you’ve never met.  This can be unsettling to many patients.

I laughed when I was watching the Middle, on ABC last week.  The dentist who Frankie works for shuts down his practice and purchases a franchise in a corporate run dental chain.


I suppose that is why I put my name up on the side of my building.  When you come to my office you can be assured that I am the only dentist who will ever see you.  I don’t have any associates or partners.  Its just Justin Sycamore DDS.  I even do all of the cleanings at this point.

The other issue is that I have complete ownership of my practice.  All treatment decisions are made by myself and you, the patient.  I will discuss with you all the treatment options, their pros and cons, and different prices and let you choose the best option that works for you.  I won’t use any pressure to sell you any treatment.  I think that if I’m 100% honest and fair with you, you will come back and be with me for years and years to come.

So, what’s in a name?  My practice is not named after a city or a road.  The practice is named after me.  It represents me.  It stands for my honesty and my integrity.

-Dr. Sycamore