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Summer might not be the time you'd ordinarily think to see your dentist but she or he may be less busy than when school rolls around, so you can grab an appointment more easily. To help clear up 10 mistaken assumptions people make about dental care, I've attached a blog article below.

It's certain that a bright smile to go with your summer outfit is always an attractive asset. In fact, did you know that people smile more in the summer? It's true. So while you're getting your beach body, towel and tanning lotion into the car to head out to your favorite lake or beach, remember that the greatest way to add to your outdoor summer beauty is to have a bright healthy smile. Give your dentist a call!

Now, about that beach body . . .as one woman put it: "This is my body and I'm going to the beach, so this is my 'beach' body." I'm with her!

Have a wonderful summer!



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Is there no greater living dread than a root canal? Actually it's a painless way to save a tooth. I hope you'll feel more comfortable after checking out my blog about this unjustly maligned procedure!


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Dental Saliva Test for Cancer

Dentists find much more than cavities these days!

The training and experience the modern dentist has enables us to discover early cancer, likely diseases such as diabetes, possible autoimmune diseases, and stress-related disabilities that contribute to a decreased lifestyle, and a future of treatment ills and cost. Now the latest breakthrough in research . . .read more
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Have you ever had a problem finding a dentist you could trust? Building a relationship of trust with your dentist is central to successful dental care. A study by the UK Communications Group Bray Leino found that people trust their dentist more than they do doctors! However, building that depth of trust takes some time and effort. I invite you to read my post Trusting a Dentist to learn more about building that relationship between you and your dentist. Enjoy!
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I'm re-posting this article I recently wrote regarding when you might need to get a dental crown rather than just a filling. Why repost? Well, because I am often asked a lot of questions about crowns due to the fact that they cost more than a filling and people tend to hesitate because of the cost, But you need to think about a lot of things in addition to the cost. It definitely can be less costly in the long run, financially and emotionally, to get a crown if there are indications that a dental crown would be your best choice at the outset. I hope this information will be helpful to you.
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Just in time for Halloween Treats, Trick the bugs and protect your teeth from cavities at the same time!
http://www.dochook.com/sugarless-gum-smile-guardian/
Chewing sugarless gum after a meal helps saliva production, decreases the acid produced by bacteria, and protects from cavities.
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When it comes to our overall physical and mental health, especially as we get older, a key culprit in "age-related" disease is inflammation. But you don't have to suffer those diseases of "aging". Learn more from my latest blog at "In The News". And BTW, the health of our gums is a key indicator of what's really going on. Take care of your dental health, so that nasty periodontopathic bacterias can't start causing havoc throughout your body and lead to problems like heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer's. There's nothing "natural" about the "diseases of aging". We know a lot more than we used to about how to maintain our health no matter our age. 
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"Cosmetic Dentistry" is a term covering so many different kinds of dental work it can become confusing. Here are some of the basic cosmetic dentistry procedures with an explanation that I hope will clarify the "why's" and "wherefores" of the different procedures that fall within "cosmetic dentistry".

“Tell me Doc – What Exactly Is Cosmetic Dentistry?”

“I’ve seen many ads for ‘Cosmetic Dentistry’; what exactly is ‘Cosmetic Dentistry’?”

The term cosmetic dentistry includes several specialized dental procedures used to enhance, improve or correct the appearance of the teeth and mouth. Typical problems such as stained, chipped, misshapen and crooked teeth can be corrected by cosmetic dentistry. Even attractive smiles can be enhanced by cosmetic procedures to soften a smile or add vigor or character to an otherwise uniform, unremarkable appearance. Some cosmetic procedures include:
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This is a brief post to simply say how many things we can feel loving about this Valentine’s Day – for friends, family, loving partners, health, and a beautiful natural world to explore and to preserve. The rest of my message is here:
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Happy Holiday Treats to Everyone - Be Nice to Your Teeth Too!

I wish everyone a wonderful, peaceful, safe and love-filled holiday season with family and friends. This is the time of year to indulge in yummy things for sure. I also wanted to share a post about caring for your teeth intelligently that I wrote a few months ago. Sugars can be a threat to dental health, as can a lack of knowledge about overall dental care. So enjoy, brush, and keep in mind these tips as the New Year comes around.

May you be blessed with health, wealth and happiness in 2016.

Top Ten Mistakes People Make About Dental Care
by Stephen H. Hook, DDS Westchester Los Angeles CA Dentist

As I drive around my neighborhood in Westchester CA near the Los Angeles International Airport I see countless numbers of dental offices and clinics all bidding for your patronage. I see billboards, newspaper advertisements and internet coupons offering information and bargains for dental work. Also 70% of the patients I see have third-party dental insurance which many times can be a source of confusion for you the average consumer. Hoping to help clear up the misconceptions I hereby offer my top ten delusions people have about dental care.

#10 TEETH NEED TO BE WHITE TO BE ATTRACTIVE AND APPEAR HEALTHY
Normal teeth are various shades from ivory, light yellow or gray to a slight brown cast. Almost never are natural teeth even close to perfectly white. Tooth Whitening is quite popular and can be very expensive and is nearly always TEMPORARY. The teeth will return slowly to their natural shades unless bleached repeatedly. Overly white teeth are unnatural and draw attention away from the eyes which are the most important facial asset for attractiveness. So remember, teeth whitening is temporary. Continue reading below.

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More evidence of the danger of tobacco.  Click on the link to see the latest report linking cavities and smoking!
http://www.dochook.com/cavities-increase-with-secondhand-smoke/
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Throughout the years in my Los Angeles Dental Practice I have been asked this question in one form or another for many reasons. What motivates the question is usually confusion–a genuine ignorance about the differences and indications between the two procedures. However, often the patient is aware that the crown is more complicated and will probably cost more as well as entail more appointment time in the dental chair. Let’s discuss this topic and clear away at least some of the misconceptions and perhaps even educate in the process. Read more.....
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Providing "dental care with a light-hearted touch" since 1975
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  • Stephen H. Hook DDS
    Dental Clinic, 1975 - present
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Stephen H. Hook DDS has been providing gentle dental care "with a light-hearted touch" in the Los Angeles area since 1975.
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Dr. Stephen H. Hook has moved! His new office is located in the Westchester Medical Plaza at 8540 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 1108, Los Angeles CA 90045. Dr. Hook attended USC Dental School, where he taught part-time as an Associate Clinical Professor for 25 years. Dr. Hook services include general dentistry, restorative and cosmetic dentistry -  including implants, cosmetic restorations, root canals, fillings, crowns and bridges, dentures, periodontal, maintenance cleanings and polishings, preventive treatment, night guards and athletic mouth guards. 
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Since 2010, Dr. Hook has joined hundreds of health professionals to provide annual free care at Care Now LA free clinic held in the Los Angeles Sports Arena. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Hook is an active member of the Culver City and Los Angeles communities. He volunteers at his church, Culver Palms United Methodist, where he has been Lay Leader, a teacher in Adult Education and president of the Administrative Council. Dedicated to inter-faith work, Dr. Hook has sung with choir of the Culver City synagogue, Temple Akiba, during High Holy Days for the past fifteen years.
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