The holidays are busy…

We have been so very busy helping our patients get all the dental care they want here at the end of 2013. We have so enjoyed this year and we truly love each and every patient that walks through our door. If you have been needing dental care please give us a call. Along with being busy with caring for our patients, we have had the addition of new staff members, new advances of our technology in the office and a few office furniture changes, all of this is to ensure that you receive the best patient experience possible! We would like to thank everyone who has reviewed us online, we hear lots of great things about the reviews that are out there on our office and it makes us so happy that people have such a good experience here. From tackling peoples fears, to helping people want to smile again, at Dr. Openshaw’s office we L♥VE new patients, existing patients and we value each member of our team! We hope to see you soon and please call us if you have any dental, dental insurance, or smile related questions.


We love our patients…

Here at Dr. Openshaw’s office we as a team strive to treat patients like family. Whether you are coming in for your first visit or your hundredth, we want you to feel comfortable, confident in the care you will receive and cared for. As a team we are all continually renewing our education, raising our standards and increasing our own personal goals to provide you with the best dental office experience. We love to learn about all aspects of dentistry associated with our particular jobs. Things that are constantly changing and  evolving require that extra dose of learning. Conscious sedation, laser treatments, Invisalign updates, pain management techniques, updating equipment, sterilization techniques, insurance changes and much more! We do that for you our valued patients. Thank you for being a part of our dental family! Should you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call. (209) 524-4763.

Floss your pearly whites! Benefits of flossing…

Flossing is an important part of your daily hygiene routine.

Flossing your teeth every night can be a hard habit to develop, but it’s one that is worth the effort. It provides a number of benefits—from simply having cleaner-feeling teeth to preventing cavities to even avoiding tooth loss. Flossing reaches the places a toothbrush can’t, and it removes from between your teeth the food particles and bacteria that get trapped before they develop into plaque and tartar. The American Dental Association recommends flossing your teeth at least once a day.

Alleviate Bad Breath

Bad breath can be a common and embarrassing problem to have, but regular flossing can significantly improve it. Because a toothbrush can’t remove all food trapped between your teeth, particles of it can sit in your mouth and rot, giving off foul odors in the process. As the particles break down, they release sulfurous compounds, which create a rotten egg smell, according to the Cures For Bad Breath website. The rotten food also releases isovaleric acid, which can smell like sweat; putrescine, which gives off a smell of rotten meat; skatole, which can smell like human feces; and cadaverine, which has a smell likened to decomposing bodies. By flossing every day, you can make sure these smelly food particles are out of your mouth and in the trash.

Avoid Cavities

No one likes having a dentist’s drill in their mouth, and one of the easiest ways to avoid that situation is nightly flossing. Cavities are decayed areas of teeth that have created tiny holes in the enamel and, if left untreated, can develop into deep, painful pits, according to Cavities occur when all the bacteria, food particles, acids and saliva in your mouth come together to create plaque. The acids in plaque eat away at your teeth and can cause symptoms such as toothaches, hot or cold sensitivity, pain when biting down and visible holes. By not flossing, the plaque between your teeth can form cavities in hard-to-notice places, which can progress to the point where the hole reaches the pulp—the center of the tooth containing nerves—and causes extreme pain.

Prevent Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first step down the road to periodontal disease, which eats away at the soft tissue and bone in your mouth and can cause tooth loss, according to Gingivitis is due to a buildup of plaque along the gum line, and it can cause inflammation, soft or tender gums, bad breath and gums that bleed more easily. The more plaque you have and the longer it stays trapped between your teeth, the higher the likelihood that it becomes tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist. It also becomes more likely that you will develop periodontal disease. By flossing daily, you can help lessen the risk of developing gingivitis.

Call our office today to schedule your dental hygiene checkup appointment! (209) 524-4763.
Philip Openshaw DDS – We L♥VE New Patients!!

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References:: American Dental Association: Floss & Other Interdental Cleaners
Cures For Bad Breath: The Benefits of Flossing to Prevent Bad Breath Cavities/Tooth Decay

If you’re happy and you know it… SMILE!

People that are happy WITH their smile, smile more often and thus reap the benefits of smiling!  Call us today for a SMILE consultation appointment (209) 524-4763

Do you suffer from Smile Anxiety?

Chipped or missing teeth, fillings, crooked or discolored teeth are unveiled when your lips part to smile – so some people simply avoid it.

If you find yourself wanting to cover up your smile, you could be holding yourself back in more ways than you realize. “Life is much more challenging for people who are so self-conscious about their teeth they don’t want to smile,” says Pamela McClain, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. Make a date with your dentist to talk about your concerns and potential corrections. Many dental problems can be fixed.

One of McClain’s patients with excess gum tissue was ashamed of her short-looking teeth. “We did a procedure called crown lengthening, and it was amazing what a difference it made,” McClain says. “She was so much more self-confident.”


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What Does Your Smile Say About You?

WebMD Feature

By Joanne Barker

Reviewed By Alfred D. Wyatt Jr., DMD

Want to succeed in business, fill up your social calendar, and get more romance into your life? One secret may be in your smile.

Your smile — simple, straightforward, and most important, sincere — can attract more than admiring looks. A smiling face tells people that you’re an outgoing and intelligent person worth getting to know.

smiling woman    

“When someone has a big smile, it shows they’re willing to open up and expose a part of themselves,” says Pamela McClain, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. Over the long term, smiling can benefit your health, perception at work, social life, and romantic status.  With that much at stake, it’s worthwhile to discover what your smile is saying about you — and how to interpret the smiles flashed your way.

Smiling Eyes Aren’t Just for the Irish

Many Americans look at the mouth to judge a person’s mood, but people smile for all sorts of reasons: anger, fear, embarrassment, confusion, to deceive. It’s really your eyes that give you away.

The muscles around the eyes can’t be forced to look happy. When people smile for real, their cheeks rise and the skin around their eyes bunches up. In fact, in certain countries where suppressing emotion is a cultural norm, people look more at each other’s eyes to gauge emotion.

A Smile Makes You Look Successful

“A smile conveys confidence and professionalism,” says Lily T. Garcia, DDS, DDS, MS, FACP, president of the American College of Prosthodontists. People who project a positive outlook are generally more open and flexible. They tend to cope better with challenges than people who are withdrawn and unsmiling.

A study that followed a group of women for 30 years shows the lifetime benefits of smiling. The women who displayed genuinely happy smiles in their college yearbook photos went on to have happier marriages and greater wellbeing.

In the same study, a group of strangers looked at the college photos and reported their assumptions about the women’s personalities. The women who smiled were judged to be more positive and competent than those who didn’t.

Turn that Frown Upside Down

Want to be happy? Just smile. Believe it or not, forcing yourself to smile can actually make you happier.

Paul Ekman, PhD, a psychologist who is an expert in facial expressions, taught himself to arrange the muscles in his face to make certain expressions. To his surprise, he found himself feeling the emotions that he was mimicking. When he raised his cheeks, parted his lips, and turned the corners of his mouth up, he felt happier.

Ekman and his research partner went on to do a study of college students to see if they, too, would feel happier by making themselves smile. The researchers measured the students’ brain activity while the students followed instructions to smile using the muscles in their cheeks and around their mouths.

Whether the students smiled spontaneously or on purpose, the activity in their brains was virtually the same. They felt happy.

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Are you 20 to 40 years old? Read this . . .

Let’s address some age-specific dental topics for patients aged 20 to 40.

Remember, even if YOU don’t fall into this particular age range you certainly know and/or care about someone who does. Pass this post along to extended family members, coworkers and friends! They’ll appreciate it.

We don’t want to overwhelm you… So, to help you prioritize, we’ve divided the information into must-do’s, should-do’s and could-do’s.

Must Do’s, Ages 20–40:

  • Never allow regular check-ups to slide just because you’re away from your mom’s gentle (or not-so-gentle) reminders about appointments! You may not see the adverse effects of neglect right away—but it’s SO important to catch early signs of gingivitis, micro fractures, and cavities.
  • You may think oral cancer only affects smokers or the elderly, but 20–40 year olds are the fastest growing demographic for oral cancer. Learn more about oral cancer signs and risk factors, and make sure you’re regularly screened.

Should Do’s, Ages 20–40:

  • Are your wisdom teeth adversely affecting your bite? Will they be a problem in the future, or a risk factor for infections? Most people have their wisdom teeth removed during their late teens or early 20’s. If you haven’t had them removed, be sure to have them checked.
  • Every woman should know that during pregnancy hormonal changes can inflame gums and increase the odds for gingivitis. Gum disease can put women at greater risk for pre-term labor.

Could Do’s, Ages 20–40:

  • Your smile is a MAJOR asset as you pursue your career and social life. As you move through this important phase of your independent life, it’s SO important to be confident! Small changes can make a big difference—so if you’re feeling self-conscious about your smile, please talk to us about it.

Please call us today for your initial consultation. Come and meet us! At Dr. Openshaw’s office we are here to help! (209) 524-4763


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Invisalign … the CLEAR alternative to braces…

Dr. Openshaw offers No charge – No obligation consultation appointments. Come see if Invisalign is the way to go for you.

Are you looking for a dentist who offers Invisalign in Modesto, CA? Look no further…

Invisalign® braces are clear plastic aligner trays that provide orthodontic patients with straight teeth and an even, healthy smile. These trays are custom-fabricated to apply precise pressure and gradually move teeth into better alignment. This non-invasive approach to correcting tooth and bite alignment problems is an alternative to metal and tooth-colored braces. It is especially beneficial for patients who feel self-conscious about wearing traditional braces. If you choose to get Invisalign in Modesto, you can correct the following:

• Crooked teeth

• Unevenly spaced teeth

• Overcrowded teeth

• Mild to moderate bite problems


Who is a Candidate for Invisalign®?

The Invisalign® system has been used in the US since 1998. At first, only adult patients were treated using these trays. Today, teen patients whose molars have fully emerged are also candidates for this procedure. There is no upper age limit on treatment for patients without major dental health issues. You must be willing and able to wear the trays as instructed for best results. Invisalign® is most commonly used to correct mild to moderate tooth crookedness and spacing issues. Patients with severe bite problems are usually treated with traditional braces instead because they can be augmented with additional orthodontic appliances like bands or headgear. If you have fixed dental restorations such as bridges or dental implants, you may not be a good candidate for Invisalign® treatment.

Invisalign® Procedure Overview

If you are considering having Invisalign in Modesto, CA, the treatment process starts with a visual dental exam and a consultation. Photos, x-rays and computer imaging are used to create a precise treatment plan that will deliver the results you want. This digital technology lets you see what your final smile will look like before you even start using Invisalign®. Molds of your upper and lower teeth are sent to the Invisalign® laboratory so your aligner trays can be custom made. All of the trays used during your treatment are created at the same time.

Once your trays arrive, installation is as simple as placing them over your teeth. You must wear these trays at least 22 hours per day. Every two-to-three weeks, you will move on to the next set of trays in your treatment series. This way, you keep constant, gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position. You will need a quick checkup visit every six weeks or so to ensure treatment is progressing as planned. Invisalign® trays don’t require any special care. You can simply brush them gently and rinse them with warm water whenever you take them out.

Because Invisalign® braces are typically used for less severe bite misalignment, treatment may last six-to-18 months. However, some patients need more time to achieve their desired results. After you are finished with your aligner trays, you will be fitted with a retainer. You must wear this retainer as directed to keep your teeth from drifting back to their old position.

“The Clear Alternative to Braces” They are practically invisible. There has never been a better time to get started on your Invisalign treatment case. We have brought on board an Elite Invisalign Provider to provide you with expertise of Dr. Openshaw and Dr. Cater for your perfect smile.

We offer NO CHARGE first consultations. Call us today to schedule. (209) 524-4763


Why Choose Invisalign®?

This tooth alignment system offers three main benefits compared to traditional braces. First, the trays are clear plastic. Unlike other “invisible” braces that still feature metal wires, there is no metal at all in the Invisalign® trays. This makes them even less noticeable than both tooth-colored ceramic braces and lingual braces (the kind attached to the tongue-side surface of the teeth). Once you get used to talking normally with the trays in your mouth, other people may not even be able to tell you are wearing braces.

Second, there are no brackets or ties. This means there are no protruding components that can irritate the tongue, gums and other sensitive oral tissues. You do not need to coat Invisalign® braces with dental wax to stay comfortable.

Third, these trays are removable. You can (and should) remove the trays for each meal and during tooth brushing and flossing. You can eat a normal, healthy diet without restricting foods that might get stuck in or damage metal braces. Since the trays do not interfere with normal hygiene by making flossing more challenging, you may be less likely to experience tooth decay and gingivitis as a side effect of orthodontic treatment.


More Information about Invisalign®

While Invisalign braces are very comfortable compared to metal braces, they may cause initial soreness by placing pressure on your teeth. You may experience a recurrence of soreness each time you switch to a new set of trays. Over the counter pain relievers may help with this symptom.

These clear plastic aligner trays generally cost about as much as traditional braces. Some dental insurance plans cover a portion of treatment costs. Other affordable payment options are available for patients without insurance.


For more information about Invisalign in Modesto, CA, please feel free to call our office or email us. (209) 524-4763 or on facebook at

Dental Sealants Protect!

Protect your children’s teeth by applying sealants. Call us to schedule an appointment to evaluate and see if they are candidates for them. Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often. If you have dental insurance we can see if they cover it. Call us at 209-524-4763. Philip Openshaw DDS

“Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.

Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants.

The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates. But adults can benefit from sealants as well.

Key ingredients in preventing tooth decay and maintaining a healthy mouth are:
•brushing twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste
•cleaning between the teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner
•eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks
•visiting your dentist regularly

“put extra power behind your prevention program.”

Never forget…


We want to take today to reflect on the tragedy that happened that day. 9/11. We all know that date. It rings loud and clear, complete with vivid images of the horrific events of that day.

The early morning sun blazing on the buildings, 8:46am EDT, an Al Qaeda terrorist group on a suicide mission crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, floors 93-99, killing everyone onboard and hundreds inside the building. Flames and smoke start billowing out of the first tower. Then the screams and captured images of a second hijacked plane heading for the South Tower start. With all eyes on that plane we watch as it crashes into floors 75-85 of the WTC at 9:03am EDT, killing everyone on board and hundreds in the building. The explosion, the smoke, the screams, the running people on the streets, the jumping people from the buildings, it was almost too much to watch, and yet this was really happening so all of America watched. Then, a third hijacked plane crashes into the Pentagon, killing over a hundred people and wounding many more. At 9:59am the South Tower collapses. At 10:28am The World Trade Center’s North Tower collapses, 102 minutes after being struck. The fourth hijacked plane crashes in Pennsylvania after the passengers attempted to overtake the plane back from the terrorists, all onboard were killed. Tower Seven of the World Trade Center also collapses at 5:20pm after burning for hours, it had been evacuated in the morning. At 8:30pm, President Bush addresses the nation, calling the attacks “evil, despicable acts of terror” and declaring that America, its friends and allies would “stand together to win the war against terrorism.”(Source:

Twelve years later, it feels like it happened yesterday. We will always remember how our great nation felt that day, and what changed that day.

Promote good dental habits in your kids!


As a parent you know that your kids are constantly watching you and what you do. Make sure that they see you brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Its a good idea to make it a fun time of activity, and maybe even add a little song! Here is an example of one but you can make up your own, that is always fun too! ( Kids like to have fun, so get them a fun toothbrush! You can pick up a kids battery operated Crest Pro Health for ME toothbrush here at the office for $25. Get a toothpaste, sometimes kids don’t like the adult variety because it tastes “too spicy”. Show them how to brush the front, the backs and the chewing surfaces of teeth and how to floss them too. You can set in motion a lifetime of good oral hygiene by creating a morning and bedtime routine of this! Prevention is the best medicine and tooth decay is a very preventable problem. We like to see kids for their cleanings and tell them that they have no cavities! They get so happy about this. We often see siblings that compete about which one will have no or fewer cavities than the other. That is what we like to hear! Our hygienists are really awesome about giving tips and tools to the kids to make sure that they know what to do, how to do it and why they need to do it. You only get one set of adult teeth so we remind the kids that they want to have them for a llllllooooooonnnnnngggggg time. Come and meet our team if you haven’t yet and bring the kids in. We love new patients and we love kids! Hope to see you soon!

Fall for Smiles…

Fall for Smiles by Making Oral Health a Priority This Autumn

As part of our efforts to partner with the dental community, Philip Openshaw D.D.S. supports Oral Health America’s great work bringing oral health care and education to those who need it most. This September and October, Oral Health America is launching its Fall for Smiles campaign to bring more attention to their efforts and educate communities about the importance of healthy food choices, regular dental visits, brushing and flossing your teeth, and avoiding tobacco.

To spread that message Philip Openshaw D.D.S. is promoting oral hygiene in kids! Pick up a Monthly Brush Floss chart from our office this week and return it between Oct 1 and 15th and get a certificate for an ice cream and enter to win a kids Oral B For Me Electric Toothbrush.   ((Open to children aged 2- 12 years old.))

 We are also hosting a Smiley Scavenger Hunt! You can enter to win some cool prizes!  If you haven’t yet go to and LIKE our page to get info on this contest and to keep up on our events, special online only offers and more!


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