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James C. Calcagno, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentistry

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blog-logoEver wonder what causes tooth decay and gum disease? Both are caused by bacteria. Plaque is an accumulation of bacteria on the teeth and gums that thrives off sugary foods and produces an acid, which attacks the tooth’s enamel.

Sugary foods include soda, energy drinks, candy, dried fruits, cookies, cakes, and even many salty snacks. When we don’t brush of floss regularly, plaque is left on the tooth structure, which can break down the enamel.

Ways to prevent dental cavities is by brushing after each meal with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, seeing your dentist regularly, and eating a healthy diet low in sugar. Rinsing with clean fresh water after after snacking between meals is helpful in removing the residue of sugar. For those who are at high risk of dental decay; chlorhexadine gluconate (.12%) oral rinses can reduce the bacteria, which cause cavities. Xylitol, which is a sugar alternative found in some chewing gum, can also help reduce this harmful bacteria. Chew some immediately after snacking or after a meal when it is impossible or inconvenient to brush. If you have a history of developing cavities, consult with your dentist or hygienist to discuss these preventative methods.

Client Testimonials

As always, a very pleasant, relaxing visit..this team is the best! And Dr.Calcagno their suburb leader!5stars
My dental hygenist does an excellent job of cleaning my teeth in a thorough and efficient manner. The dentist exam is also thorough and I appreciate that he keeps me informed about areas of concern and what his plan of action is.5stars
The dental asst always makes me feel so comfortable so my anticipation is never stressful. I thought i was going to need a crown or at the least a new filling but he was able to repair the tooth... Thank you Dr. Calcagno and staff.5stars

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The entire staff is excellent in delivering the highest quality dental care under the guidance of Dr. Calcagno. I drive from San Jose to see the Calcagno team. They are, far and away, the very best.5stars
Camille is very professional and excellent at what she does. She always makes me feel comfortable. Recently, someone tried to recruit my husband and I to their dental practice. I told my husband; "no Camille, no deal!" My experience with Dr. Calcagno and his staff has made the experience of "going to the dentist," pleasurable. Thank you.5stars

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Dr Calcagno has been my dentists for over 20 years. He and his entire staff will always spend time to have everything explained to you and what all the possible options are. They will treat you like family, need I say more!5stars
I always have a great experience at Dr. Calcagno's office. Dr. Calcagno and his Staff are always very caring and positive. It is a wonderful environment and always love to go back to his office. They have taken care of all my dental needs and go above and beyond for their clients. 5stars
Always satisfied with the expert service from Dr. Calcagno and his very qualified staff.5stars

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As always!!!...the best care a patient can receive. Dr. Calcagno, you and your staff have my healthcare at the top of your mission. Thank you for a wonderful visit and keeping my smile, smiling!!! Enjoy your work days and keep those smiles coming.5stars
I love this dental office! The whole office is so professional yet super friendly. The office staff sets the tone by knowing exactly who you are when you walk in the door. The hygienist does the best job ever, and the doctor is super friendly at the same time explaining the best course of action to correct any problems without feeling any pressure. I highly recommend this dental office!5stars

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