Give Me A Smile!


We all have things we do before any big date or important event. The checklist includes various personal hygiene and beauty procedures that ensure we show up feeling confident. While many of us feel that we can boost our confidence through grooming, we may have reservations about our smiles. If we felt more confident about our teeth, we would be more willing to smile, and consequently, have a better time when we went out.

I got my first teeth whitening five years ago. After my dentist, Dr. Joe D’Angelo  finished making my personalized bleaching trays, I owned a set that would fit precisely on my teeth for as long as I need them. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to whiten my smile in my own home. All I had to do was put the bleaching solution in the trays, pop the trays in my mouth, and sleep in them. The next morning, I woke up to a sparkling white smile.

This simple procedure has made a difference in the way I smile every day. I love getting compliments on my smile. I do touch-up whitening using my trays before big interviews, parties, and dates with my boyfriend. On our first date, I felt that I could smile and laugh with no restraints because I was confident in my smile. He loved my big smile from the first date! In fact, he loved it so much that after a few dates with me, he made an appointment to get bleaching trays from Dr. Joe D’Angelo, too. Being able to smile together with no restraints is a something that I am grateful for. It is amazing how smiling, like laughing, is contagious.


Is your smile ready to be kissed?


A smile is the first thing you might notice about your Valentine. So what is it that makes a smile attractive?

“It has been proven that men and women are more attractive to the opposite sex when they have a genuine smile,” said Dr. Ashley Olson of D’Angelo Olson La Jolla Dentistry. “Your eyes and spirit are drawn to someone who is smiling because a smile radiates positive energy that makes others feel good. When a person smiles, they appear warm and friendly and are much more approachable. In addition, a beautiful smile can make you appear more intelligent, successful and interesting.”

Olson said a smile that shows a person’s teeth is more inviting to the person receiving the smile. “Teeth not only indicate good health, but they are also the focal point of a smile,” explained Olson. “The amount of upper and lower teeth that show in a smile is a key factor. Tooth shape is also a very important element. Rounded edges can make smiles look more feminine, while straight edges create a more masculine look. In our office, we evaluate how many teeth you display when you smile and how your lips will help set the stage for a terrific smile.”

And when that perfect smile is present, the perfect kiss may not be far behind. “Having confidence that our teeth and gums are healthy and our breath is fresh is an important part of the formula of attraction,” Olson said. “If a person is self- conscious about how their smile looks or how their breath smells, they may be less likely to be emotionally present in an intimate moment. Any sense of hesitation from a partner kills the mood. The best thing you can do to ensure you have a kissable smile is make sure you visit a dentist for routine cleanings and exams and also do your part at home by brushing and flossing daily.

“Kissing is absolutely healthy as it releases hormones like serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin that elevates your mood and can relax, restore, and revitalize you — similar to the benefits you get from exercising. Kissing also reduces stress by lowering cortisol levels (stress hormones).”

Olson, along with Dr. Joseph D’Angelo at the La Jolla office, can help bring about a person’s smile and confidence in just a handful of office visits.

“In our office, we will address your concerns and do our part in helping you feel confident and beautiful when you smile,” said Olson. “Whether you want a whiter smile, straighter teeth, or an improved shape of your teeth, we can help. When it comes to designing your new smile, we seek to create harmony and symmetry with your facial features. There is an underlying scientific and mathematical basis of beauty that we follow called ‘golden proportions.’ We aim to create a smile that fits to the overall proportions of the face and blends in gracefully.”

After Valentine’s Day, take that smile into daily life – it won’t let you down.

“An attractive and inviting smile reflects health, youth, and vitality, and can make a tremendous difference in your personal life. The next time you are about to ask someone out or are on a date, smile,” Olson suggested. “It’s contagious. You’ll feel great and you’ll share your happiness with others around you.”



For more information,

call Dr. D’Angelo & Dr. Olson

at 858-459-6224

1111 Torrey Pines Road 

Gingivitis is a problem and we are waging war on bleeding gums.

In all his years as a dentist, Dr. Joseph D’Angelo cannot tell his patients how important a thorough brushing and teeth cleaning is as problems can erupt if the teeth are not clean.
One of the biggest problems is gingivitis or bleeding gums, which is caused by bacteria that lives in dental plaque.
“The best thing for patients to do is maintain a good habit of thoroughly cleaning the teeth, gums and tongue with a toothbrush twice per day and dental floss daily,” said D’Angelo. “In addition, regular visits to the dental hygienist every 3-6 months is important. This appointment should include a thorough scaling and polishing, in addition to instruction on how to best manage your specific home care needs and challenges. Careful and thorough technique is most important.”
D’Angelo further explained that if gingivitis is not controlled, it may potentially lead to more tense issues.
“When gingivitis is present, there exists an unhealthy lining in the gum tissue where the tissue meets the teeth,” he said. “This may exist in hidden areas, especially between the teeth where a toothbrush cannot get. This lining could have millions of tiny ulcerations, which allows bleeding to take place easily. The gum tissues should not bleed when brushing, flossing, or even when the dentist or hygienist is performing a thorough examination of the gums. In addition, gingivitis and periodontal disease do nothing positive for the freshness of your breath.”
When the gums bleed easily, then the bacteria from the plaque can get into the bloodstream easily. That’s where other health concerns begin, according to D’Angelo, who added that bacterial pathogens that are typically found in an unhealthy mouth have been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, colon cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, low birth weight, and other diseases.
In D’Angelo’s practice, La Jolla Dentistry (, located at 1111 Torrey Pines Road, Suite 101, in La Jolla, he and his associate Dr. Ashley Olson utilize laser cleanings to help alleviate potential dental issues.
“Although the use of lasers in the treatment of gum disease is no magic wand, their use as an adjunct to traditional procedures of scaling and root planing may have some benefit,” said D’Angelo. “In our office, we have been using the laser following the root planing procedure and at follow-up appointments.”
A low power application of a diode laser may be beneficial in reducing the bacterial load in and around the dental gum margin prior to dental cleanings and periodontal therapy. This is being done in an effort to help reduce the amount of bacteria entering the bloodstream during a cleaning appointment and the presence of gingivitis.
“Our patients’ experiences have been extremely positive, with many reporting a reduction in discomfort following non-surgical periodontal therapy.”

For more information,
call Dr. D’Angelo at 858-459-6224
1111 Torrey Pines Road

Lasers to Regrow Teeth

LASERS TO REGROW TEETH                                                   Unknown

An article presented this week by MSN news shared the results of a study by researchers which indicated a potential to regrow teeth in the future. Although, the reality of regenerating entire functioning teeth may be many years away or entirely impossible, the implications for our profession and our patients is quite real. The potential benefits with lasers in dentistry are very real and very current.

In the study, researchers stimulated tooth pulp tissues with a low power laser similar to what is used today to help gum tissues heal in the treatment of periodontal disease. They were able to show that the lasers stimulated the cells of the tooth pulp chamber to generate dentin. Dentin is the material that makes up the majority of the tooth structure.

A tooth has enamel, the hard outer covering protecting the surface, dentin that provides the structural integrity, cementum that lines the root surface, and the pulp chamber that provides nourishment, directs tooth development and provides sensation. Throughout adulthood, even after a tooth is fully developed, the pulp tissues slowly and continually create dentin. This is referred to as secondary dentin.

In this study the lasers apparently stimulated an increased production of dentin by cells that typically reside in the pulp tissues, possibly through increased normal activity, or, through helping cells differentiate into dentin producing cells.

One potential implication for all of us trying to manage dental disease is the concept of helping to prevent the need for a root canal when a tooth has decay that is very close to the pulp chamber. If the rate of dentin formation can be increased we may be able to help protect the pulp chamber. It also may help the the pulp chamber heal from a bacterial insult. Typically, if bacteria gets into the pulp camber the tooth will eventually need root canal therapy or need to be extracted if untreated.

Another possible benefit from laser therapy may be the treatment of sensitive teeth. If we can help insulate the nerve of a tooth by the formation of dentin underlying the sensitive area of the tooth or exposed root surface, relief for many patients may not be far off.

The good news is that this study may provide solid evidence that lasers have an effect on cells that results in a positive increase in activity that benefits healing.

Don’t hold your breath in anticipation that dentists may someday be able to grow new teeth. We are exited, however, about the current implications for management of gum disease through adjunctive laser therapy and the potential near future management of tooth disease. It is important to realize that management of dental health needs be ongoing with timely and prudent treatment of disease.

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