What To Expect At The Dentist

At Dr. Esfandiari's offices we're dedicated to providing you and your family a safe dental visit, so we're taking every possible safety precaution when it comes to COVID19. An October 2020 report published in The Journal of the American Dental Association found that fewer than one percent of dentists nationwide were found to have had COVID-19, and a more recent study in February of this year also found a low infection rate among dental hygienists.

We're using enhanced infection control procedures such as screening protocol intake, temperature readings and enhanced disinfection practices when treating patients.  

Before Your Appointment
To help make sure that patients arriving for their appointments are healthy we ask you fill out a COVID19 questionnaire.

We ask that you also limit the number of people you bring to the appointment. That could mean leaving your children at home or allowing older children to go into the office alone while their parent waits outside during their appointment.

At Your Appointment
When you arrive at the office we require all patients be masked and you will have your temperature taken.

Inside the office, you may notice things people often touch in the waiting room have been removed to cut down on transmitting virus germs.  We also provide hand sanitizer for you to use and may wipe down items you touch, such as pens, clipboards or furniture.

When you’re in the dental chair, you may notice some things look different from the last time you were there. We've covered the chairs with plastic to decrease the likelihood of transmission.  Dr. Esfandiari is also using different protective equipment than he's used at previous appointments as is his staff.  These additional precautions help protect both you and the dentist.

After Your Appointment
After your appointment is over, the staff will thoroughly clean the areas where you’ve been using disinfectants that are effective against the virus that causes COVID-19 to prepare for the next patient. This helps reduce the risk of illness being passed to others.

If you start feeling ill with the symptoms of COVID-19 within two days of your appointment, call us. You may have already been carrying the virus at the time of your appointment, so anyone who came into contact with you during that time could be at risk for getting sick too.

Remember, regular dental visits are an essential part of your overall heath. Be sure to reschedule your dental checkups. Dr. Esfandiari will make sure your visit is as safe as possible for everyone involved.

We Are Vaccinated at Ventura Village Family Dentistry

We're dedicated to maintaining the highest levels of safety for our patients and that includes getting a COVID19 vaccine.  As of January 2021 our staff has had its first dose of the COVID19 vaccination and will receive their second round by the end of February. Ventura Village Family Dentistry is committed to keeping you and your family safe while providing top-notch dental care in Ventura County.

As of February 9, 2021 The Ventura County COVID19 vaccination distribution remains in PHASE 1A with both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

You're eligible to get the vaccine if you are:
-Healthcare Workers living OR working in Ventura County
-Any resident aged 65 or older as of 2/9/21

You can sign up for notifications to find out when you and your family can get a COVID19 vaccination by visiting the official web site VenturaCountyRecovers.org

Make an appointment to see Dr. Frank Esfandiari today.

5 Things You can Do Right Now to Improve your Dental Health


It's not difficult to start improving your dental health right now.  Often times we forget simple daily habits we can make that greatly improve your next checkup.  Dental health translates to overall health, so maintaining a healthy mouth isn't just about looking good in selfies.  High blood pressure, migraines, compromised immune system and even anxiety can be exacerbated by poor dental health.  Here's 5 things you can do now to improve your dental health:

1. Replace your toothbrush
Dentists recommend you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Your teeth may look clean, but a frayed, old toothbrush is not doing its job and could be doing damage to your gums.

2. You're Not Brushing Long Enough
The average person spends only 45 seconds brushing their teeth. Dentists recommend you brush for a full two minutes. If you're rushing through brushing too, try setting a timer or letting a song play on the radio.

3. Brushing Too Hard
You probably don't realize you're likely brushing much too hard. This is bad for gums and over time can wear down tissue. Gentle brushing is all you need to remove food particles.

4. Wait after eating before brushing
If you feel the need to clean your teeth after eating or drinking, dentists recommend waiting at least 60 minutes before brushing, especially if you had acidic foods like coffee, lemons, grapefruit or soda. 

5. Storing Your Brush Properly
When you’re done brushing, keep your toothbrush upright and let it air dry in the open to avoid allowing germs the opportunity to grow.

Brushing Up on Your Brushing Skills

Teaching your child to brush?  You probably don't remember who taught you how to brush your teeth but it was most likely a combination of watching your parents and learning at school. Considering most adults could use a "brushing up" on their brushing skills, it's best to revisit the right way to brush.

Toddlers love to mimic their parents so use the Partner approach. This is simply partnering up with your child in the bathroom because the best way to teach kids is by letting them watch you brush. Dentists recommend placing the toothbrush in the child's hand, and guiding it in their mouth. This allows your child to get a feel for the brush in their hand even before he or she can hold it without assistance.

Dentists recommend parents continue to supervise your child's brushing until the age of 6.

• For children younger than 3 years, begin brushing teeth as they come in using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Use no more than a smear or an amount the size of a grain of rice. Take care that your child doesn't swallow the toothpaste.

• For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush morning and night. Supervise children's brushing and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste.

• First, brush the inside surfaces of all teeth, where plaque accumulates most. Angle bristles toward the gumline. Brush gently back and forth.

• Next, clean all outside surfaces of teeth. Angle bristles toward the gumline. Brush gently back and forth.

• Last, place brush on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Brush gently back and forth

Aging and Oral Health

As you age, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth and dental health. One common misconception is that losing your teeth is inevitable. This is not true. If cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime.

Your mouth changes as you age. The nerves in your teeth can become smaller, making your teeth less sensitive to cavities or other problems. If you don’t get regular dental exams, this in turn can lead to these problems not being diagnosed until it is too late.

If you want to feel good, stay healthy, and look great throughout life, you might be surprised what a difference a healthy mouth makes.

Tips for Maintaining and Improving Your Oral Health

  • Brush twice a day with a toothbrush with soft bristles. You may also benefit from using an electric toothbrush.
  • Clean between your teeth once a day with floss or another flossing tool.
  • If you wear full or partial dentures, remember to clean them on a daily basis. Take your dentures out of your mouth for at least four hours every day. It’s best to remove them at night.
  • Drink tap water. Since most contains fluoride, it helps prevent tooth decay no matter how old you are.
  • Quit smoking. Besides putting you at greater risk for lung and other cancers, smoking increases problems with gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss.
  • Visit your dentist, Dr. Frank Esfandiari regularly for a complete dental check-up.
By adopting healthy oral habits at home, making smart choices about diet and lifestyle, and seeking regular dental care, you can help your teeth last a lifetime—whether you have your natural teeth, implants or wear dentures.

If you need any further assistance, please call our Ventura dentist office today!

New Year, Healthier Mouth

What does ringing in the new year have to do with being mouth healthy?

More than you may think. Did you know that you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months? Bristles that become frayed and worn are less effective at cleaning your teeth. That means, celebrating the new year with a brand new toothbrush is actually smart dental hygiene.

  • Start brushing 2min 2x. Always brush twice a day for two minutes for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and to avoid painful dental problems. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
  • Floss daily. The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth daily with an interdental cleaner (like floss). Cleaning between your teeth may help prevent cavities and gum disease. Cleaning between your teeth helps remove a sticky film called plaque. Plaque contains bacteria that feeds on leftover food or sugar in your mouth. When that happens, it releases an acid that can eat away at the outer shell of your teeth and cause cavities.

    Talk to your dentist, and try different options until you find the one that works best for you. For example, dental picks might help you get to hard-to-reach places. Water flossers might be a good option if you have trouble flossing by hand or have dental work that makes flossing difficult, like braces or permanent or fixed bridges. Stick with it and you’ll have adopted a healthy habit for life.
  • Chew sugarless gum. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. For healthy living and for healthy teeth and gums, think before you eat and drink. It’s not only what you eat but when you eat that can affect your dental health. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. If you are on a special diet, keep your physician's advice in mind when choosing foods.
  • Drink fluoridated water. Fluoride helps prevent cavities by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities. Fluoride is naturally found in most all water sources, rivers, lakes, wells and even the oceans. For the past 70 years, fluoride has been added to public water supplies to bring fluoride levels up to the amount necessary to help prevent tooth decay.
  • See your dentist. Regular dental visits to your dentist near you are important because they can help spot dental health problems early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable. They also help prevent many problems from developing in the first place. If you're in Ventura, Oxnard, Westlake, or Camarillo, visiting a dental office of Dr. Frank Esfandiari regularly is also important because some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth.

A New Year's You: Dental Health Resolutions

Happy New Year! Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health.

Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving their toothbrushing habits to completing delayed dental treatment. Understanding the benefits of your particular resolutions can be motivating and rewarding. Whatever your goals might be, it is important to take small steps to achieve them. Consistency is key with any resolution that you make.

Improving Toothbrushing and Flossing Habits

Perhaps you would like to improve your oral health. Daily toothbrushing and flossing is a sure and simple way to improve your oral health. For successful bacterial plaque removal, it is important to brush at least twice a day using an appropriately sized, soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, gently position the toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line and move the toothbrush across the teeth to effectively remove bacterial plaque. It is also important to floss at least once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food that has accumulated throughout the day. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, as well as after you have a cold or flu or if the bristles are frayed. Daily toothbrushing and flossing help to prevent gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath). The daily use of antimicrobial and fluoride mouth rinses also helps to improve your oral health.

Healthier Food and Beverage Choices

An important part of achieving your dental health resolutions is making healthier food and beverage choices, especially for snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay, so it is important to brush after snacking. Using a Xylitol-containing gum or lozenge after a meal will also help to neutralize acids and reduce cavity-causing bacteria and plaque buildup.

Restorative Dentistry

The New Year may be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants or fillings. Completing these types of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health.

Quit Using Tobacco Products

Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important for improving your oral and overall health. There is no better time than the present to make a resolution to stop tobacco use. Consider free online tools, smoking cessation groups, progress-tracking apps and support from friends and family to assist you with tobacco cessation.

Routine Dental Visits

A resolution to make routine visits to our Ventura dentist office may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Dental visits should take place every 6 months to allow your dentist in Ventura and dental hygienists to monitor the condition of your oral cavity and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs. Your dentist can refer you to a specialist for a treatment that is beyond the scope of his practice.