Dental Complications of Eating Disorders

Changes in the mouth are oftentimes the first physical signs of an eating disorder. The harmful habits and nutritional deficiencies that often accompany disordered eating can have severe consequences on one’s dental health.  An eating disorder may cause lingering or even permanent damage to the teeth and mouth. Early detection of eating disorders may ensure […]

A Good Time to Be a “Senior”!

  May is a great month for seniors! Many high school students are getting ready for graduation, excited about prom, and looking forward to their upcoming freedom. College seniors are reminiscing about their years of hard work and getting ready to graduate and possibly join the “real world.” And of course there is that fast-rising […]

Watch That Puck!

  Here at Heritage Oak Dental we see our share of excitement, but it’s probably nothing compared to what our colleagues in the National Hockey League are accustomed to!   That’s right – every NHL team has at least one dentist on staff. During games they take care of the home team and the visitors! […]

Who Gave The Tooth Fairy A Raise?

If you are of a “certain age,” you may remember gently placing your lost baby tooth under the pillow and hoping the tooth fairy (or one of their agents) would come by in the middle of the night and replace it with a dollar. Well it seems those days are gone! According to a survey […]

Nine Things Rich People Do – The Last One Will Surprise You!!

Thomas Corley, the author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy People,” spent five years studying what rich people do differently than everyone else. (For his study he defined “rich” as someone with an annual income over $160,000 and a liquid net worth of $3.2 million or more – not too shabby!) He […]

The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not know you’re also being screened for cancer at the same time. Oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue (pharyngeal) strike approximately 40,000 a year. Regular visits to your dentist can help you detect such cancers early, […]

Here Is Your “Bill!”

With Independence Day right around the corner, you may remember from U.S. History class that the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution are called “The Bill Of Rights.” Even though Heritage Oak Dental was founded in 2013 (not 1776!) – we believe our patients have a “Bill Of Rights” as well! It’s how […]

5 Steps to Quit Smoking

Step 1: Have a Plan Once you’ve made up your mind to quit smoking and set the date, develop a plan. There are free tools online at and a toll-free number, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, to help you succeed. Download an app to track your progress. Step 2: Don’t Go It Alone It will be easier to quit smoking […]

Top 9 Foods That Damage Your Teeth

What you eat matters. While food like hard candies seem harmless, eat too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful to your teeth. Hard candies also put your teeth at risk because in addition to being full of sugar, they can also trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped […]