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June 27, 2015

Teonna and Price exchanged their vows at the Mandalay Bay Shark Aquarium Saturday, June 27. 

"It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving,

but like the morning light it scattered the night

and made the day worth living."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Teonna is our most recent addition to our spectacular dental team.  You will find Teonna assisting with Dr. Lee.  Best Wishes Teonna and Price!

January 10, 2013

Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself From the Flu

As the outbreak worsens, health experts urge flu shots, frequent hand-washing and other measures

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

The best protection is a flu shot -- even now.

For those who haven't yet had a flu shot -- and even for those who have -- there are other simple precautions people can and should take to minimize the chances of contracting what's turning out to be an especially infectious and unpleasant illness.

First and foremost is to wash your hands

If you can't use soap and water, use the hand soap in a pump or the alcohol-based preparation. 

The next best advice is to avoid touching your face with your hands.

If you have to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow -- not into the air where droplets can easily infect people near you.

If you do start to feel sick, stay home because people are contagious a day before they get symptoms and four days after those symptoms disappear.

The drug Tamiflu won't prevent the flu but it will shorten the course of the illness.

Other than that, your best bet is to rest, drink lots of fluid and take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

People at particular risk for the flu and its complications are pregnant women, those 65 and older and anyone with a chronic illness. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges these people to get a flu shot, which is available as an injection or nasal spray and in a stronger dose for seniors.

Forty-one states are reporting widespread flu activity. There have been 18 flu-related deaths of children so far and about 2,300 people have been hospitalized since Oct. 1, according to the CDC.

The epidemic is so bad in Boston, where four flu-related deaths have been reported, that Mayor Thomas Menino declared a state of emergency on Wednesday. The city has already recorded 700 confirmed cases of flu, compared with 70 cases for all of last year, according to Boston.com.

More information

To learn more about the flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

December 21, 2012

Guideline: Antibiotics Need Not be Routine for Dental Work

Laurie Barclay, MD

The available evidence is insufficient to recommend routine antibiotics for dental procedures in persons with joint replacement, according to a new clinical practice guideline from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Dental Association (ADA).

... A collaborative systematic review of the correlation between dental procedures and prosthetic joint infection (PJI) found no direct evidence of a causal link.

"It has been long debated that patients with orthopaedic implants, primarily hip and knee replacements, are prone to implant infections from routine dental procedures," David Jevsevar, MD, MBA, chair of the AAOS Evidence Based Practice Committee, said in a news release. "What we found in this analysis is that there is no conclusive evidence that demonstrates a need to routinely administer antibiotics to patients with an orthopaedic implant, who undergo dental procedures."

...The clinical practice guideline includes 3 specific recommendations:

  1. Practitioners should consider changing their customary practice of prescribing prophylactic antibiotics to patients undergoing dental procedures. This recommendation is based on limited evidence that dental procedures are unrelated to PJI.

  2. There is no direct evidence that the use of oral topical antimicrobials (ie, topical antibiotic administered by the dentist) before dental procedures will prevent PJI. This is an inconclusive recommendation, in that the guidelines authors were unable to recommend for or against the use of topical oral antimicrobials in patients with prosthetic joint implants or other orthopedic implants

  3. Good oral hygiene should be maintained. This is the only consensus recommendation in the guideline.

November 22, 2012

Caries Transmission from Mother to Child

Margaret Scarlett

A recent article highlighted a survey of 829 Oregon dentists who were asked about counseling for pregnant patients about early caries transmission. Evidence shows that treatment of pregnant women is linked to lower rates of early childhood caries in their young children.

On Thanksgiving, a day of plenty for some, it is hard to believe that 1/3 of children in the country are poor, and 40% of poor children under 5 have untreated decay. As a nation, are we content with the status quo of pain and suffering for poor children, lost productivity in school and lost work for caregivers and other hidden societal costs? In the article cited above, belief that caries is a transmissable disease from mother to infant made a difference whether a dentist counseled patients about early childhood caries (ECC) or not. 

April 22, 2012

Last Friday, April 20, found Dr. Lee at the 10th hole of Angeles National Golf Club. Golfing? No... taking photographs of those supporting Maranatha High School's Annual Golf Tournament.  Given too much time between tee shots, Dr. Lee found other ways to show his creativity....


February 27, 2012

The debate continues w/ supplemental fluoride... Too much or too little, there are risks w/ all things in life.  The maximum amount of fluoride in community water has been reduced to .7 mg/L.  Reducing the amount of fluoride limits the risk for inducing fluorosis because of the unknown, and possibly excessive, exposure to fluoride from multiple combined sources (i.e. toothpastes, vitamins, or fluoride supplements.)  The conclusion?  Community fluoridated water is a danger neither to parents nor to your children.

Fluoride Supplementation: The Ongoing Debate

 February 27, 2012

The FDA warns of the potential hazards of the spinbrush manufactured by Church & Dwight. The brush was sold under the Crest Spinbrush name until 2009; it is now sold as the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush.

FDA Warns of Power Toothbrush Hazards

 February 21, 2012

A custom 3D-printed titanium jaw was created for an 83 year old patient who suffered w/ a serious jaw infection.  This is the first time a complete lower jaw has been replaced in a patient!  Read more...

A World Premier with a Total Mandibular Reconstruction

February 20, 2012

Eating too much natural licorice may cause a temporary increase in your blood pressure. This particular person "ate a ton' of natural licorice while studying and found a sudden increase their BP.  The culprit is glycyrrhizin, found in natural licorice.  Candy licorice flavored w/ anise is safe.  Smaller amounts may prevent cavities... see our FaceBook page for more details about natural/Chinese licorice.  While you are there, please "like us."

February 18, 2012

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death... Are you taking care of yours?  Read more... Matters of the Heart, by Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS

February 14, 2012

The February 2012 issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association is devoted to "Sleep Disordered Breathing."  The articles include a primer on sleep disorders, medical consequences, dentistry-based approaches, oral appliance therapies and the basic science of sleep physiology.  Dentistry is realizing it's importance in recognizing, screening and treating patients with sleep apnea.  (Follow the link to read the journal articles.  9.3 MB download, Adobe Reader required.)

February 13, 2012

Errick's mousetrap racer did well.  Errick placed third in distance at 18 meters.  Seems we built in a "liberal" bias to the racer.  It departed the 1 meter wide course at 18 meters; it did travel the furthest, but outside the boundaries.  Errick also placed second for the fastest time for the first 5 meters.  Great job son!

February 11, 2012

Shauna and I spent 8 hours learning about the Full Breath Solution for the treatment of those with sleep apnea and who are CPAP intolerant.  We will be introducing the Full Breath Solution very soon.  I am so excited to be able to offer this treatment modality to our patients.  Stay tuned...

February 8, 2012

Errick's mousetrap racerErrick's mousetrap racer... This coming Monday, February 13, it's off to the races in the Commons building at school.  A physics project that resurrected old vinyl, Christmas tunes to be exact, still has its uses in today's digital world.  Let's see a MP3 roll...

January 31, 2012

The Mouth-Body Connection, WebMD

January 26, 2012

Shauna and Dr. Lee are attending the February 11 seminar for the treatment of sleep apnea using the "Full Breath Solution."

January 25, 2012

This past Monday, I visited the office of Dr. Keropian to learn more about his oral appliance for the treatment of sleep apnea.  This appliance, "The Full Breath Solution," does not advance the lower jaw!  It also has FDA approval for treating sleep apnea. I am very excited and looking forward to treating those with sleep apnea in my office.  Updates follow...

January 20, 2012

Bryan Keropian DDS spoke before my study club last night about oral appliances for  the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea.  These appliances can be used alone or in conjunction w/ CPAP.  I will be taking his course to begin treatment of sleep apnea and snoring. Stay tuned...

Our entire team at Gary W.D. Lee, DDS celebrated Christmas at the Walker House in San Dimas.  We were treated with a yummy lunch and delectable deserts.  This year's traditional ornament exchange did not see the usual stealing from one another as previous years has had.  (If Dr. Lee had been on his game, he would have taken photos of us with our prized ornaments.)  We said our farewells to 2011 and we are looking forward to 2012!


Genny, Peggy, Robyn, Dr. Lee, Ingrid, Jaytee and Shauna

 January 18, 2012:

Added "Health and Wellness" page to our website!

Check it out!


Dr. Lee's twin boys, Errick and Kevyn.  Their varsity team went 8-3 for the 2011 season. Taken by: Mark Tran, Avidero Photography

If Your Teeth Could Talk…

Wall Street Journal, December 27, 2011, by Melinda Beck

A must read article on how dentists are becoming the gatekeepers to a healthy body!

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