Tips on Teeth Whitening for Wedding Day Perfect Photographs

20%Whether you’re the type of bride who walks down the aisle—or the kind that scuba dives to celebrate your marriage—you know you’ll be smiling for photographers, families and friends on your wedding day all day long.


Happy Bride and Groom Swimming underwater


So as you start planning your wedding whites—from your stunning bridal gown to your sparkling white diamonds and pearls—don’t forget to take care of the most important “white” of all: your pearly white teeth. And your fiance’s too!


How to Whiten Your Teeth Before Your Wedding


If you’ve never had your teeth professionally whitened before, here’s an important tip. To make sure your teeth are their brightest before your big day, schedule an appointment with a top cosmetic dentist two to three months before the wedding.
Dr. Raymond Lim, DDS of Dental Smiles of Willow Glen offers this advice as a popular cosmetic dentist with Silicon Valley and San Jose, California, brides to be.

Dr Raymond Lim D.D.S. of Dental Smiles of Willow Glen, a dental office in San Jose, CA.

Dr. Raymond Lim, D.D.S. of Dental Smiles of Willow Glen in San Jose, CA.

“Preparing for your wedding is one of the most stressful things you can do. So, make it easier on yourself by coming in at least 6 to 8 weeks before your wedding. This way you can learn the latest and most effective types of teeth whitening procedures. Plus, you can have plenty to time to decide which professional whitening process is best for you.
When it comes to teeth whitening, Dr. Lim shares his unique philosophy on helping brides who want to whiten their teeth.


“Personally, my goal for any bride is to so make sure she keeps her health and energy up during this busy time. So, I often recommend teeth whitening methods that cause the least amount of teeth sensitivity and minimum relapse of color. This means using a more time-consuming, manual method (for the doctor) instead of a laser method which is what many other dentists use.”


Jessica S is patient of Dental Smiles of Willow GlenA patient of Dr. Lim’s, Jessica S. of San Jose, shared her recent experience with Dr. Ray’s most recommended teething whitening method. 


“I typically drink a lot of coffee, so my teeth were pretty stained. And I’ve had my teeth whitened before with lasers, which made my teeth really sensitive. So this time, I went to see Dr. Lim, who recommended that I use a special treatment for the whitening process. I had no sensitivity whatsoever with the procedure,” Jessica says. “I was super happy with the results. And my family and friends said my brighter smile looked natural—which is exactly what I wanted!”


Mary Lou ManloveProfessional color and style consultant, Mary Lou Manlove of ColorInsight in the SF Bay Area, also shared her insights on teeth whitening in regards to a bride’s wedding day photographs.


“Never whiten your teeth whiter than the whites of your eyes, or wear a white that’s whiter than your eyes. If the white is too bright, it will distract from your natural beauty, ” Mary Lou says.


The best teeth whitening for wedding day pics is actually affordable.


Professional teeth whitening today is not as expensive as people think. Over the years, new innovative technologies have created solutions that make teeth whitening accessible even for the most budget-conscious bride.


Get 20% OFF teeth whitening at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen for you and you bridal party!


Right now, Dental Smiles of Willow Glen is offering a special deal for wedding parties. Get 20% OFF  teeth whitening when you and your wedding party come in for teeth whitening. Now’s the time to start planning—when the “Shelter in Place” mandate is lifted, you’ll want to have enough time before the wedding to keep your smile looking is whitest!


Once your teeth are whitened, here’s are 5 TIPS to keep them that way.


1. Use clear mouthwash
2. Avoid foods that could leave colored stains such as: Red sauces,  Red wine, Grape juice, Coffee, Tea, Cola, Tobacco products, Ketchup, Soy sauce, Berry pies,  Mustard
3. Avoid citrus and extreme temperatures during this period. White freckly spots will occur during the 10-20 day period, which will go away quickly.
4. Seek regular professional hygiene care to maintain oral health.
5. Practice good oral hygiene including thorough tooth brushing, flossing to remove debris from between the teeth and tongue cleaning.


Caring for your beautiful bright new smile will go a long way to keeping your teeth looking their whitest and helping you feel and look your best.


Wedding Couple with whitened teeth




See Dr. Raymond Lim for a Teeth Whitening Appointment today.


Feel free to make an appointment to see our teeth whitening dentist, Dr. Raymond Lim. Dr. Lim is a San Jose / Willow Glen expert at whitening teeth for brides, grooms, the entire wedding party and more.  Make your appointment today by calling (408) 978-1888 or by using our online contact formFor future blog updates, be sure to like us on Facebook.
























































































































Xerostomia FAQs – Your Top Questions Answered on Dry Mouth

Xerostomia FAQs – Your Top Questions Answered on Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth FAQs – What you Need to Know About Xerostomia

Question 1: What is Dry Mouth, which is called Xerostomia? 

Answer: Dry Mouth—otherwise known as Xerostomia—is a condition where there is a lack of saliva in the mouth. Saliva is essential to keep the mouth moist and keep it lubricated. Without saliva, an individual can experience difficulty speaking, swallowing, chewing and digesting food. This can affect the person’s ability to have normal social interactions, and can cause him or her to withdraw from social activities. In addition, the lack of saliva can make an individual more prone to plaque accumulation, cavities, periodontal disease and oral infection.

Question 2: Who can get Dry Mouth?

Answer: Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is prevalent among seniors. In fact, one third of the population over age 65 experiences xerostomia. In addition, it has been estimated that 30% of all tooth decay in seniors is caused by dry mouth. 

People who undergo radiation and chemotherapy treatment for cancer also encounter serious dry mouth issues. 

Lastly, people who use CPAP machines for sleep apnea also tend to get dry mouth.

Question 3: What general health issues are impacted by Dry Mouth?

Answer: Dry mouth can cause difficulty speaking, fungal infections in mouth, hoarseness, sore throat, difficulties with chewing and swallowing food, burning sensation in mouth, dry nasal passages and difficulty wearing dentures.


Question 4: What are the major Dry Mouth causes?

Answer: The most common types of medication can cause dry mouth including:

• Antihistamines
• Decongestants
• Hypertension meds
• Antidepressants
• Sedatives
• Pain medications
• Parkinson’s diseases meds
• Antacids

Many of these medications cause dry mouth, highly elevating the risk for gum disease and tooth decay because the bacteria sticks to the gums and teeth for longer periods. 

Dry Mouth can also be a main symptom of autoimmune diseases. For example, Sjogren’s syndrome, a chronic inflammatory auto-immune disease, is characterized by dry mouth and dry eyes. More than 4 million people suffer from Sjogren’s, and 9 out of 10 patients are women.

Diabetes is another disease in which dry mouth is often the first symptom. Today, 1 in 4 Americans are diabetic and these cases are seen almost daily. 

Physiological aging also causes xerostomia. While people are living longer due to advances in health care, age-related chronic conditions are increasing, which includes dry mouth. 

Cancer therapy, such as the use of chemotherapy drugs, can change the nature of saliva and the amount produced. Radiation treatments to the head and neck can also damage salivary glands, causing a decrease in saliva production

Drinking alcohol and smoking or chewing tobacco can increase dry mouth symptoms as well. 

Question 5: How can I determine if I have Xerostomia or Dry Mouth?

Answer: To determine if you have dry mouth, it is best to see an experienced dentist like Dr. Raymond Lim at Dental Smiles. To better help him understand your condition, you may want to ask yourself the following questions and inform him of your answers (if he hasn’t already asked you about them)

• Do you need to moisten your mouth frequently or sip liquids often?
• Does your mouth feel dry at mealtime?
• Do you drink a lot of water during the day but your mouth continues to feel dry throughout the day?
• Do you have less saliva than you used to?
• Do you have trouble swallowing?
• Is it difficult to eat dry foods such as crackers or toast?
• Do you suffer from any chronic illness, such as diabetes or hypertension?
• When was the last time you had a complete physical examination by your doctor?
• What prescription and OTC medications are you currently taking?
• What dietary supplements are you currently taking?
• How often do you brush your teeth?
• Do you wear dentures? If so, how often do you clean your dentures?
• If you wear dentures, do they always feel loose?
• Have you noticed any sores in your mouth or on your lips?
• How much water do you drink throughout the day?
• Have you been losing weight?

*Note: Questions excerpted from the Oral Cancer Foundation Website 

Question 6: Can Dry Mouth cause complications?

Answer: Yes, if you don’t have enough saliva and develop dry mouth, this can lead to:
• An increase of plaque, tooth decay and gum disease
• Mouth sores
• Yeast infection in the mouth (thrush)
• Sores or split skin at the corners of your mouth, or cracked lips
• Poor nutrition from having problems with chewing and swallowing
• Loose dentures

Question 7: What dry mouth remedies can I do to help lessen symptoms?

Answer: As a home remedy, you can avoid the following food and drinks:
– chewing or smoking tobacco
– sugary foods or drinks
– acidic foods or drinks
– dry foods
– spicy foods
– astringents
– excessively hot or cold drinks
– Alcohol consumption should be kept to a minimum
– Caffeine should be only be consumed in moderatio 

Question 8: What products can I use to treat Dry Mouth? 

Answer: There are commercially available products that come in the form of mouthwashes, oral sprays, moisturizing gels and lozenges. These are water-based solutions that provide temporary relief for xerostomia patients.

Question 9: Is there any new treatment for xerostomia?

Answer: Yes, consult Dr. Raymond Lim at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen for his recommendations for your situation. Dr. Raymond Lim offers the only FDA-approved device for patients who have tried everything else for chronic dry mouth with no success. Ask him about the xerostomia treatment that increases saliva by 20% after one month of use.

Question 10: 
Think you have xerostomia or have more questions about dry mouth?

Feel free to make an appointment to see our xerostomia dentist, Dr. Raymond Lim. Dr. Lim is a San Jose / Willow Glen expert at diagnosing dry mouth and can provide a solution that best fits your needs.  Make your appointment today by calling (408) 978-1888 or by using our online contact formFor future blog updates, be sure to like us on Facebook.


Dental Implants Questions and Answers – FAQs

Have questions about dental implants? Dr. Raymond Lim DDS at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen has answers.

As a top South Bay Area dentist serving residents in Santa Clara County including San Jose, Willow Glen and Campbell for more than 30 years, he’s heard all types of questions on dental implants—and provided thoughtful answers that have helped his patients easily learn about implants and feel comfortable with the procedure.  

Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions that you may find helpful if you’re thinking about having a dental implant procedure: 

Question: What is a dental implant?

Answer: A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that’s typically made from titanium or zirconia. It is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. This “root” is essentially a small post that is inserted into the jawbone, on top of which a single crown can be attached. Fixed bridges, a partial denture or full denture can also be attached to the implant.

Once the implant integrates into the bone structure, a structure called an abutment is connected to the implant, then the artificial tooth or teeth are attached. So there are three parts of an implant tooth: 1) the dental implant 2) the abutment and 3) the artificial tooth. The installation process of the implant can take up to six months to complete, in the end providing you with an extremely durable and long-lasting prosthetic that looks completely natural.

Question: How do I know if I need a dental implant?

Answer: You can typically get a dental implant if you have a missing tooth, some missing teeth or all missing teeth. Or, if you have a tooth that’s fractured into the root, it probably will require an extraction and implant. Another instance is if your dentist diagnoses that you are going to lose a tooth due to infection, poor periodontal health, or severe bone loss.

Question: How can I tell if I have bone loss?

Answer: If you have loose teeth, you may have bone loss. The only other way to tell is to see a dentist.

Question: Will bone loss be an issue with a dental implant?

Answer: It depends on the amount of bone loss and weakness. If the bone is weak, the procedure may involve a bone graft, which is a surgical procedure to prepare the bone for the implant. A bone graft will take 4-6 months to regenerate and increase the bone density before an implant can be placed.

Question: How long does it take to get a dental implant?

Answer: If a bone graft is necessary, this procedure takes 4-6 months. The second procedure is to surgically place the implant, which will take another 4 to 6 months to heal. Once this phase of healing is done, then the last procedure, which is the placement of the crown is done. Overall, the dental implant procedure can take 4 to 10 months depending if a bone graft is required.

Question: Who is a good candidate age-wise for implants?

Answer: Individuals who have their permanent teeth and have lost a tooth or teeth can have implants—even seniors if their dental health is good. Teens may have implants only after their jawbone stops growing, typically at 17 or 18 years of age.

Question: What are the advantages of a dental implant?

Answer: Dental implants can last a lifetime and improve your quality of life, your appearance and your confidence. For example, you can continue to eat the foods you like and maintain an active lifestyle without worrying about your teeth. Since dental implants are made of titanium, you will never have to worry about tooth decay again.

Question: What are the disadvantages of a dental implant?

Answer: As with any minor surgical procedure, there’s a risk of inflammation, pain and infection. However, you can discuss this with your dentist to see how the procedure can be managed for your situation. Another potential disadvantage is that only a small percentage of insurance companies will provide implant coverage.

Question: What type of dentist do I need to see for implant?

Answer: You typically would start with an experienced general dentist like Dr. Lim who can answer your dental implant questions. He will assess your condition and recommend an implant specialist for the surgical placement the implant.

Question: Who does the implants?

Answer: At Dental Smiles of Willow Glen, Dr. Lim diagnoses and refers patients to a qualified implant specialist to place the implant surgically. After the surgical procedure and healing periods, Dr. Lim does the final restorative phase, which includes placing the abutment or “body” of the implant and completely covering it with cap or “crown” which makes it look like a natural tooth.

Question: What is a crown?

Answer: A crown is a basically a cap or covering of the implant that makes it look like a natural tooth in size, shape and color. It can be shaped like your original tooth or designed to help improve your smile. 

Question: Can crowns change color over time?

Answer: No, the color is steadfast and should remain true for the long run.

Question: How much do dental implants cost?

Answer: Quite honestly, the cost of replacing a single tooth with a dental implant will be more expensive than replacing it with a regular fixed bridge. But even though it’s more expensive, you will preserve your natural teeth that are adjacent to your missing tooth. If you have dental insurance that has implant coverage, that may help lessen the expenses.

Question: What is the success rate of a dental implant?

Answer: This varies based on the individual’s health and dental habits. For a healthy person with good oral hygiene and health, dental implants a typically successful with a success rates above 90- 95%.

Question: How long do dental implants last?

Answer: Dental implants do not decay like natural teeth; however, good gum health is essential to the long-term success of implants. If you have an implant, it’s important to be conscientious with your home care and schedule regular checkups and professional cleaning. Each patient has a unique situation, so success relies on care, diagnosis and planning, medical history and more. 

Question: Can dentures be made into implants?

Answer: No, dentures can’t “be made into implants.” As discussed earlier, implants are screwed into the jawbone to help anchor artificial teeth. However, it is possible to place implants underneath existing dentures to help stabilize those dentures. This is only possible if the current dentures are in excellent condition. Consult your dentist to have your dentures examined.

Question: Are dental implants removable?

Answer: No, because they are anchored into the jawbone which allows teeth to be replaced securely much like natural teeth.

Question: What’s the advantage of a fixed bridge over an implant?

Answer: A fixed bridge will cost less because the majority of insurance companies will have some type of coverage, which means less out of pocket cost for the patient. In addition, a fixed bridge can be done more quickly than an implant.

Question: What’s the disadvantage of a fixed bridge?

Answer: Over time, a fixed bridge may break or redecay and require another replacement. Also, with a fixed bridge, the dentist has to do crown preparations on the adjacent teeth next to the missing tooth area to place the bridge, therefore weakening your natural teeth instead of preserving what nature gave you.

Question: Would I need a dental implant to replace a wisdom tooth?

Answer: No, a wisdom tooth is often extracted to make room in the mouth for other teeth. If you’ve kept your wisdom tooth throughout adulthood and lost it, you are mostly likely fine without an implant.

Question: Can a dental implant shift its position over time?

Answer: No, because it is firmly anchored in place in the jawbone.

Question: Can I eat anything I want with a dental implant?

Answer: Yes, the dental implants are made to function as well as natural teeth, so you can eat virtually anything within reason.

Question: Can bridges or dental implants crack?

Answer: Yes, it is possible to crack them. So please use your best judgement when eating.

Question: Can a dental implant set off a metal detector at the airport?

Answer: Generally speaking, no it can’t set off the metal detector because the amount of titanium used is miniscule—there is not enough metal to set off the detector’s alarm. However, with security technology continually advancing there may be a chance it will set off high end security alarm. So the best course of action is to give yourself a little more time to go through the TSA check. If you do happen to set off the alarm, make sure to inform them of your dental implants.

Question: In what situations should I NOT get a dental implant?

Answer: There are several situations — called absolute contraindications —where you should not get a dental implant. According to, here are some serious general conditions that make anesthesia, surgical procedures and the overall placement inadvisable.

• Heart diseases affecting the valves, recent infarcts, severe cardiac insufficiency, cardiomyopathy
• Active cancer and certain bone diseases
• Certain immunological diseases, immunosuppressant treatments, clinical AIDS, awaiting an organ transplant
• Certain mental diseases
• Strongly irradiated jaw bones
• Treats of osteoporosis or some cancers by bisphosphonates

Question: What situations need evaluation to determine if I can have an implant?

Answer: According to, dental implants much be carefully considered on a case-by-case basis if the individual has any of the following:
• Diabetes (especially insulin-dependent)
• Angina pectoris
• Significant consumption of tobacco
• Certain mental illnesses
• Certain auto-immune diseases
• Drug and alcohol dependency
• Pregnancy

Are you interested in getting a dental implant, or have more questions about implants?

Feel free to make an appointment to see our dental implant dentist, Dr. Raymond Lim, at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen today. Dr. Lim is an expert at diagnosing the need for dental implants and can refer you to the best implant specialist for your needs. Best of all, Dr. Lim is well-known for his expertise in creating beautiful crowns that provide the finishing touch to the implant procedure. Get an attractive healthy smile and the full capability to eat the foods you want to enjoy with utmost confidence. Make your appointment today by calling (408) 978-1888 or by using our online contact formFor future blog updates, be sure to like us on Facebook.









Five Crucial Tips for Whitening Your Teeth


There are multiple benefits you can gain by whitening your teeth. Among the most important—whiter teeth can improve your self-esteem and confidence. For dating, job interviews, seminars, work and other social engagements, it helps to have white teeth. You can whiten your teeth by following these important tips:


  • Brush your teeth regularly. You should brush your teeth properly twice per day to help maintain whiter teeth. We have videos on our site that can guide you through how to properly brush your teeth. In addition to brushing, don’t forget to floss!
  • Avoid certain foods and drinks. You can whiten your teeth by avoiding certain types of foods and drinks. For instance, coffee, red wine and cola can very easily stain your teeth. Avoid these products if you are trying to maintain white teeth.
  • Avoid tobacco products. Nicotine and tar in tobacco turn your teeth a yellowish hue. There are many other oral health issues caused by tobacco, some of which are far worse than staining. You should avoid tobacco products at all costs if you want a healthy smile.
  • Use whitening products. You can use whitening products (like toothpaste with whitening) to maintain white teeth. However, you should never solely rely on these products. Nothing you can purchase online or over-the-counter compares to receiving professional cosmetic services from a dentist. Over-the-counter whitening products are generally weaker than the products used in dental offices. If your teeth are sensitive, you should avoid using these OTC products. Consult with our San Jose Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Lim, for further recommendations.
  • See a dentist. Dental offices use certain products and procedures that can whiten your teeth more effectively than do-it-yourself techniques or over-the-counter products. Certain procedures can help keep your teeth white for a long time. Be sure to schedule follow-up appointments with your dentist to maintain your beautiful smile.


Additional Cosmetic Dentistry Services Offered By Our San Jose Cosmetic Dentist


In addition to whitening your teeth, there are other procedures that can help you obtain the perfect smile. For instance, dental crowns can help protect damaged teeth. Crowns, which consist of porcelain or metal, can protect teeth that are decayed, weak or cracked. The crowns used by Dental Smiles of Willow Glen can last for over a decade. We also provide dental bridging services, where we replace missing teeth.


Schedule an Appointment With Our San Jose Cosmetic Dentist

Learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services by exploring our website. You can schedule an appointment with our San Jose cosmetic dentist by calling (408) 978-1888 or by using our online contact form. For future blog updates, be sure to like us on Facebook.


How to Care for Your Baby's First Teeth

As a parent, watching your child grow and hit certain milestones can be a very exciting time. This is especially true as their first teeth begin to emerge from their delicate gums. While it may seem like it is all happening so fast, it is important to take steps now to ensure that your baby is exposed to proper dental care that will eventually lead to positive lifelong dental habits.
According to the American Dental Association, it is a good idea to clean your baby’s gums to help fight bacteria even before your child’s first teeth appear. This can be done twice a day by using a soft, damp cloth, or a rubber or silicone finger brush which babies tend to love due to their nubby texture.

Tips for Brushing Your Child’s Teeth
As the first teeth begin to poke through the gums, you may continue to use a clean, damp washcloth, finger brush or gauze pad to wipe the teeth and front of the tongue after meals and before bed. You may also choose to use a toothbrush, but it is important to make sure that you are using the proper brush for your child. The toothbrush should be very soft with no more than three rows of bristles, have a small head and a large handle. Be sure to moisten the brush with water and dispose of any brushes that become rough or are over two to four months old as they can begin to harbor bacteria.
You may also use a small grain-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, increasing to a pea-sized amount once your child is about three years of age. Keep in mind that you should brush for your child until they are able to hold the brush and continue to provide supervision until they are able to rinse and spit without assistance, typically around ages 5 to 7.

Additional Child Dental Tips for Parents
Aside from cleaning your child’s teeth, being conscious of what you put in your baby’s bottle is vital to keeping their smile healthy. Formula, breast milk and water should be the only things you fill your baby’s bottle with. Avoid putting anything sugary or sweet in the bottle or on their pacifier, as the bacteria feed on the sugar and produce acids which can lead to tooth decay.

Contact Our San Jose Child Dentist
For tips on how to best care for your baby’s smile, speak with a knowledgeable San Jose child dentist. Even if there is not a problem, your baby should have their first dentist visit by age 1, which will allow the baby to grow comfortable with the office setting and help encourage healthy dental practices as they continue to grow.
At Dental Smiles of Willow Glen, Dr. Raymond Lim, DDS, strives to provide impeccable oral care for all members of your family. Contact our office today to schedule your baby’s first appointment!