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Silicon Valley Dental Specialists California

State of the art dental office located in the heart of Silicon Valley for 28 years, providing complete dental treatments and emergency dental care. We open 7 days a week including weekends, holidays and late evenings. We have many specialists including Orthodontist for Children and Adult Braces and Invisalign; Implant specialist for Dental Implants; Periodontist for Gum Surgery; Endodontist for Root Canal Therapy; Prosthodontist for crowns, bridges and dentures; Sedation Specialist for sedation with Oral & IV methods and Cosmetic Dentist for Laser and all other cosmetic dental restoration such as crown with the use of CEREC; one day crown.

Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers located in the heart of Silicon Valley area offers variety of services including Braces, Invisalign, Implants, Gum Surgery, Root Canal, Oral Surgery, Lumineers, Snap-on-Smile, Dentures, Crown, Bridges and Emergency Dental Services to the communities of Silicon Valley, San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Gilroy, Fremont, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mt. View, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Pleasanton, Palo Alto and San Francisco.

Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers accepts almost all PPO Dental insurance plans, including Metlife, Aetna, Cigna, Delta Dental, Guardian, Ameritas, Blue Shield, Blue Cross, United Concordia, Humana, Prudential, Lincoln Financial, Principal, Premier Access, United Healthcare, UMR, BRMS, Tricare and many other plans through Unions.

We at the Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers can help you reclaim your confidence and comfort with the best technology and the best specialists in Silicon Valley area.

Contact us today and make an appointment!


It’s HALLOWEEN season again and is just around the corner.  Halloween is the time when horror movies, ghost stories, extrasensory phenomena and the supernatural, mystical prevalence everywhere.  Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers is keeping this festivity in mind to celebrate with our young people.

Halloween is celebrated on October 31 and some of the favorite Halloween traditions include children go trick-or-treating.  Young children dress-up in their favorite costumes as princess, ghosts, witches and other imaginative things and go door-to-door saying “Tick or Treat”.  In other words, either you give me a treat or I play a trick on you and adults hand out hand full of treats such as pieces of candy or chocolate bars.  Unfortunately, in these unsure times, it is wise to examine all treats before letting your children eat them to be sure they have not been tampered with.

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers being a dental service provider, wants to help reduce the amount of candy children consume during the Halloween period.  Sweets have a high sugar content, which can lead to hyperactivity, overweight, cavities and damages braces.   We understand that many parents anticipate with great apprehension the arrival of Halloween with its tooth-rotting, unhealthy fare.  We want to make a change in your neighborhood with different treats that are healthy and useful.  Those who visit our office on Halloween day
will receive a free toothbrush, a free toothpaste and a floss and chance to win a free braces or invisalign.  Challenge your kids to expect something a little different this Halloween and they may just have even more fun.

Don’t forget to take pictures of your little ghouls and goblins and enter them to our American Braces / Invisalign Idol Season II.  You may win a Free braces or invisalign up to $6800 value, a free trip to Hawaii, Las Vegas or to Disneyland, $1000 cash, Mac computer, 3DTV, Apple ipad II and many more prizes.

For detailed information, visit our website, or call us at 408-TOP-BEST.

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers

1725 Berryessa Road Suite B

San Jose, CA 95133

408-259-2900 / 408-TOP-BEST

Dental Fall Special San Jose

DENTAL FALL SPECIAL!  Better than Groupon or Livingsocial deal is available to all new patients from Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentist Specialists Centers.  

We all enjoy the colors of autumn leaves. The changing fall foliage never fails to delight us.  To many people, autumn is their favorite season of the year.  It is crisp in the mornings, warm in the afternoon and cool in the evenings.  It is also the season of excitement of the upcoming holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day and Yom Kippur.  Sometimes one may wish it could be autumn all year round but without winter, spring and summer, we wouldn’t be able to appreciate our favorite season!

To celebrate this wonderful season, Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers is providing an unbeatable offer; far better than Groupon or Livingsocial Deal.  For the months of October and November, when you come in for an initial appointment, you will receive the following:


You pay $88 and you will receive:

Ÿ         $150 value Crest Toothpaste (24pkgs.) ß $62 profit

Ÿ         Comprehensive Oral Exam

Ÿ         Teeth Cleaning

Ÿ         Full Mouth Intra-Oral X-Ray Series

Ÿ         Panoramic X-Ray

Ÿ         $150 value Root Canal Treatment Consultation by Specialist

Ÿ         $150 value Dental Implant Consultation by Specialist

Ÿ         $150 value Orthodontic Consultation by Specialist

Ÿ         $150 value Sedation Consultation by Specialist

Ÿ         $150 value Gum Surgery Consultation by Specialist


In addition,


When you sign up for Dental Implant Treatment, you will receive:

Ÿ         $1000 off Total Implant Treatment Cost (Implant, Abutment & Crown)

Ÿ         FREE $1000 value Extraction and Bone Grafting of one tooth if needed, before the 



When you sign up for Orthodontic Treatment, you will receive:

Ÿ         $500 off Total Orthodontic Treatment Cost

Ÿ         $160 value Oral-B Electrical Toothbrush w/ Cash Rebate

Ÿ         $350 value impression, Panoramic x-ray & Cephalometric x-ray for Records

Ÿ         FREE 2 Teeth Cleanings Per Year

Ÿ         $600 value In-Office Teeth Whitening upon completion of orthodontic treatment

Ÿ         $1800 value Cosmetic Gum Treatment when necessary after completion of orthodontic treatment


When you sign up for Dental Sedation (IV Deep Sedation), you will receive:

Ÿ         $500 off Total Sedation Cost


When you sign up for Gum Surgery, you will receive:

Ÿ         $500-$800 off Total Gum Surgery Cost


Also, a chance to enter American Braces/Invisalign Idol 2 Contest to win Free braces or invisalign up to $6800 value, Trip for two to Hawaii, 3D TV, iMac Computer, iPad, XBox Game Console, $150 value Digital Makeover and many more prizes…



Call our office today to schedule an appointment and get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.



Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S. Inc. – Top Best *8*San JoseDentistsSpecialistsCenter

1725 Berryessa Rd.#B

San Jose,CA95133

408-TOP-BEST / 408-259-2900

Remembering Steve Jobs by Dentist San Jose

On October 5, 2011, the world lost one of its most iconic innovator, Steve Jobs. We are deeply saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death and everyone at Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Mr. Steve Job’s brilliance, passion and energy created countless inventions that improve all of our lives and the effects will be felt for many generations to come. 

To Stanford’s graduating class of 2005, Jobs said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”  Everyone at Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers would like to honor his legacy and follow his ethos “Think Different!” and maybe we can make the difference.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Jobs…

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers

1725 Berryessa Rd.Ste.B

San Jose,CA95133


This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.  Cited from Stanford University News

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out ofReedCollegeafter the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

ReedCollegeat that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here inMenlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.

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Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

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Patient Testimonial from Caring Dentist San Jose

August 2011


Dear Dr. Kim and medical staff of a very impressive dental office!

After several hours spent with you all, I wanted to express my heartfelt thank you and tell you how impressed I am by your professionalism, kindness and empathy.  This was a difficult time for me and my family but with your competent help and counsel, with your experience and skill, your craft and aft, you have made me feel healthy and confident.  Thanks to you all – I am able to smile again!


Sincerely yours,


Svetlana Gous (and her family who appreciates all you have done!)


Special thanks to Dr. Cook, Dr. Shuster, Dr. Gitta, Dr. Stella Chan, Perla, Enoni and all supportive and caring staff members of Dr. Kim’s office!


Microscopic Root Canal Therapy San Jose Dentist CA

Welcome to Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers.  As Endodontic Specialist we take every reasonable step to remain at the forefront of our profession. Our expert team, led by respected endodontic specialist Dr. Shuster, a Harvard graduate, provides the highest standard of professional care in a friendly and comfortable environment.  

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers is the specialty office not only for endodontics, but all aspects of dentistry from general dentistry to cosmetic, implants, gum surgery, sedation, orthodontics, laser, oral surgery and many more.  We are dedicated to provide exceptional care in a patient-friendly environment.  The facility is equipped with the state-of-the art technology and we will strive to do everything possible to provide our patients with a positive experience in the office.

Among other advanced techniques and instruments utilized by our group, the surgical operating microscope has opened up entirely new vision for the treatment of both non-surgical and surgical root canal therapy. Due to the enhanced illumination and high magnification optics, calcified canals can now be optimally located. Additionally, retreatment of endodontic cases that have failed in the past can now be managed with greater efficiency and success. Thanks to the advanced microscopic root canal treatment performed by  Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers, most patients can retain teeth that would otherwise need to be removed.

Our professional staff is here to assist you with any questions you have concerning dental procedures or financial concerns. Seeing our team could be one of the best things you can do for both your health and your appearance.  Call or visit our office to schedule your appointment today and receive free consultation for Root Canal Therapy.

For more information on Root Canal Treatment, visit our website at

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers

1725 Berryessa Rd.Suite BSan Jose,CA95133

408-259-2900 / 408-TOP-BEST

Fluoride Therapy Dentist San Jose

Fluoride in foods, fluoride supplements and fluoridated water can enter the bloodstream through the stomach, then absorbed into the body. In children, the fluoride then becomes available to the teeth that are developing in the jaw.

Topical fluoride products are applied directly onto the teeth. These products include toothpaste, mouth rinses and professionally applied fluoride treatments. Topical fluoride treatments are in the mouth for only a short time but fluoride levels in the mouth remain higher for several hours afterward. Fluoride found in the water and in food products also works this way because the water washes over the teeth and some fluoride remains in the saliva.

Fluoride treatments are given in a dental office of Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S.,Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers are applied as a gel, foam or varnish during a routine check up appointment. The fluoride used for these treatments is at much higher strength than mouthwashes or toothpastes. Fluoride supplements are also available by prescription, and usually are reserved for children who live in areas with non-fluoridated community water. Children who need supplements receive them from ages 6 months to 16 years.

Call today and schedule an appointment for your children to receive fluoride treatment.  For more information, please visit our website or call us at 408-259-2900

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers

1725 Berryessa Road Suite B, San Jose CA 95133

408-259-2900 / 408-TOP-BEST

Fluoride Treatment San Jose Dentist

Who Needs Fluoride?

Fluoride supplements are usually given to children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years who are not drinking fluoridated water. They are available as liquids for younger children and tablets for older children, and can be prescribed by either your pediatrician or dentists from Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S.,Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers.

All children should use fluoridated toothpaste. If your children are younger than 6, be cautious as these young children tend to swallow it after brushing rather than spitting it out. Use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and encourage them to spit out as much as possible. Avoid flavored toothpastes that might encourage swallowing.

Children at high risk of decay or those with history of cavities should use additional fluoride to promote remineralization. Fluoride mouth rinses are recommended for children over the age of 6. Prescription fluoride rinses and gels are available from your dental office to provide a higher level of fluoride when needed. Parents should carefully supervise their children when using any fluoride product and keep fluoride out of reach of young children

Can Fluoride Cause Harm?

Fluoride is safe and effective when used properly, but it can be hazardous at high doses. Fluoride-supplement tablets should be stored safely away from young children. To avoid any chance of overdose, do not stock up on fluoride tablets. Parents should supervise the use of all fluoride products in the home. If you have any questions regarding fluoride risks, talk to your physician or dentists from Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S.,Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers.

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Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers

1725 Berryessa Road Suite B, San Jose CA 95133

408-259-2900 / 408-TOP-BEST

Gag Reflex Dentist San Jose

The gag reflex, located on the back wall of the throat, helps keep objects from going down your windpipe. If you have ever put your fingers too far back in your mouth and felt like gagging or throwing up, you’ve discovered the gag reflex. Some people have a very sensitive gag reflex, which makes going to the dentist very difficult.

If you are one of these people, talk to one of our dentist at Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers about your concerns. Sometimes, a new dentist or hygienist may place instruments in a sensitive spot, touching the soft palate (the entrance to your throat). By warning the dentist or hygienist ahead of time, they should be able to avoid certain sensitive areas. Also, there may be things you are doing to aggravate the problem. For example, some patients draw their tongue back to give the dentist room to work, but they end up gagging themselves. You and your dentist or hygienist can work together to find ways to avoid gagging movements.

Distraction may also work. Patients who are highly concerned about gagging become tense in the chair, and tension can heighten the sensitivity. Bring a portable music device and listen to music, practice meditation or focus on trying to keep your feet elevated one inch off the chair. These kinds of distractions can help you keep your mind off your throat.

Visit our website, for more information and you may find very interesting topics of dentistry.  Call today to schedule your appointment for checkup and teeth cleaning.

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers

1725 Berryessa Road Suite B, San Jose, CA 95133

408-259-2900 / 408-TOP-BEST

Best Dental Checkup San Jose

During a checkup visit, your dentist may do a clinical examination, diagnose problems and make treatment recommendations. Here’s what to expect from your checkup visit at Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centeres:

Cleaning — The purpose of a professional dental cleaning is to remove the hard calculus (also called tartar) from above and just below the gum line. Brushing and flossing at home removes plaque, but only dental instruments can remove calculus. Some dental hygienists use ultrasonic instruments to blast away the larger chunks of tartar and follow up with hand instruments to thoroughly clean the teeth. Other hygienists use only hand instruments.

Polishing — After the calculus is removed, the crowns of your teeth (the parts that show) may be polished to remove plaque and surface stains. Typically, but not always, an abrasive substance is applied to the teeth with a small rotating rubber cup or brush to scrub away the stains. The polishing substance will feel gritty in your mouth. You will be given a chance to rinse periodically.

Prevention — The hygienist may offer additional instructions for oral care at home based on the results of the exam. He or she may demonstrate how to brush and floss properly. Sometimes, the hygienist will instruct you to use a disclosing agent to test your brushing ability. A disclosing agent is a red solution or tablet that, when applied to the teeth or chewed, attaches to plaque and colors it to make it visible. Then you brush your teeth. Any remaining plaque will be clearly visible, highlighting the areas the brush missed. Not all dentists and hygienists recommend disclosing agents because they can be tricky to use. That’s because the disclosing agents will highlight areas of plaque that can be removed only by professional polishing, and they can stain tooth-colored fillings. Some experts recommend using a disclosing agent only at the dentist’s office and only if the hygienist is prepared to polish any remaining red color off the teeth afterward.

X-rays — X-rays, also called radiographs, may or may not be taken during your checkup. In the past, many dentists took X-rays at every checkup. But current recommendations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) state that X-rays do not always need to be taken at every visit. Although dental X-rays are safe, the FDA says unnecessary exposure should be limited because the effects of radiation are cumulative, and people are exposed to radiation from numerous other sources as well. Some people may be able to go as long as two years between X-rays, whereas others may need them every few months. You dentist should take into consideration the results of your clinical examination, your dental history and your individual risk for developing cavities. If you are seeing a dentist for the first time, ask for a copy of your X-rays from your former dentist to avoid repeating X-rays unnecessarily.

Treatment recommendations — If your dentist finds any problems during the examination, he or she will make recommendations for the next steps to fix them. These may include a referral to a specialist (such as a periodontist or orthodontist), further tests for diagnosis, or a suggestion that you return for restoration work or more intensive periodontal cleanings.

Call Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers to have the most thorough checkup with our highly qualified and skill dentist.  The office is located in the heart of San Jose, Close by Santa Clara University and  San Jose Downtown.  Call Today!

1725 Berryessa Road Suite B, San Jose, CA 95133

408-259-2900 / 408-TOP-BEST