Meet & Greet Karan Brar Photos!

Thank you to all who came out to Meet Karan Brar! We had a great time, and we hope you did as well! Here are some photos from the event.

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Toothbrush 101 – Everything you need to know about replacing your toothbrush

Is it time for a new toothbrush?


Brushing your teeth is necessary to having a healthy mouth, but when your brush is old, it can’t do its job. Toothbrushes with bent, worn or frayed bristles aren’t going to clean well between your teeth. Take a look at your toothbrush. If you see bristles that are flat, broken or no longer standing straight, it’s time for a replacement. Toothbrushes are also a breeding ground for germs – in fact, researchers at England’s’ University of Manchester found that an uncovered toothbrush can harbor more than 100 million bacteria, some of which are linked to colds, stomach flus and variety of other illnesses. So even if your bristles look fine, it may be time for a replacement.

The best way to limit bacteria and keep your teeth clean and healthy is to replace your brush on a regular basis. The American Dental Association recommends throwing out your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. If the bristles become frayed, you’re sick or have a weak immune system, you should replace your brush more often.

Still grossed out by the facts? Your toothbrush will never be completely germ free and that’s fine since most germs don’t affect your mouth. The important thing is to make sure that you’re not causing excessive germs. Limit bacteria by storing your brush upright and away from the bathroom counter and toilet, keep it out of contact with other people’s toothbrushes, and allow your brush to dry between uses.  For further disinfecting, soak your toothbrush in an antiseptic mouthwash once a week. And don’t forget, if you can’t remember the last time you replaced your brush, it’s time for a new one!

Choosing the best toothbrush

So now that you’ve tossed your toothbrush, you’re going to need a new one. But as anyone who has been to the drugstore knows, this can be an overwhelming experience – especially if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.  With all of the options out there, it’s hard to know which brush is best for you.

The right toothbrush can make brushing an enjoyable experience and will help prevent tooth decay, dental plaque, dental tartar and even gum disease. Different mouths have different needs, so that is why there are so many different sizes, bristles styles, handles and head shapes available. Here’s a guide to help you understand the different options and which may be suited for you:


The head of the toothbrush needs to easily access all surfaces of the teeth, especially the ones in the very back of the mouth. Most adult brushes have a head half an inch wide and 1 inch tall – and come with an age recommendation on the package. If you have an extra large or small mouth, look at the brush’s packaging to know if it’s designated for your specific needs. When choosing a size, you want to find something that complements the size of your mouth.


A common misconception is that medium and hard bristles do the best job cleaning, but this isn’t true.  Soft, round-tipped bristles are highly recommended because they don’t cause damage to the gums or enamel erosion, plus they are generally the most comfortable. Bristles also come in a variety of styles such as flat, wavy, multi-level and can be made of varying materials. The toothbrush’s package will say what purpose the bristle design serves, so this choice should be based on personal preference.

Handles and Head Shape:

Toothbrushes come in a variety of handles and head shapes for different levels of control. If you’re a hard brusher, consider a flexible handle which helps reduce gum injury. Straight, non-slip grip handles and  conventional head shapes are easiest to control while angled handles and diamond headshapes are used to reach hard to clean areas.

Is Electric Better?

It depends. If you find the act of brushing your teeth manually taxing, an electric toothbrush is a great option. Electric toothbrushes make brushing much easier, but they are not necessarily more effective than a regular toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are also preferred by children because they are not only easier to use, but a bit more fun.

If you choose to get an electric brush, we recommend the Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000. Ask about it at your next appointment!

Keep up your oral hygiene!

In addition to brushing with a good toothbrush, don’t forget to come in for regular check-ups as part of your oral hygiene regime. If you have any questions about what kind of toothbrush to use, we would be glad to help determine which type of toothbrush would be best to fit your dental needs. Call 1-800-360-9250 to make an appointment, visit or send us a message on Facebook!

Dr. Harish Koratkar

Dr.Koratkar completed his certificate in Endodontics and also received the Master of Science degree in Oral Sciences with a focus on oro-facial pain from at University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. He trained under Dr.Bradford Johnson, a nationally renowned endodontic educator and scientist.

Dr.Koratkar received his dental education from Nagpur University, India in 1998 and received additional training in general dentistry from a hospital based program. He was a research assistant in adult stem cell biology project from 2000-2002. Dr.Koratkar immigrated to the US in 2003 and was licensed to practice dentistry in Minnesota where he practiced general dentistry from 2003-2010. He was awarded the Fellowship in Academy in General Dentistry(FAGD) in 2010. Dr.Koratkar has published 8 articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from restorative dentistry, oro-facial pain and stem cell biology. He is also a peer reviewer for the national dental journal and is Board-Eligible with the American Board of Endodontics.

Dr. Koratkar’s wife Sonal, a general dentist is an avid gardener and she complements Harish in his interest in cooking with her home grown vegetables. Their son, Ishaan is always super excited to learn about animals and wants to be a zoo-keeper someday!!

Pannu Dental welcomes Prosthodontist Dr. Graciela Shimizu to the team!

GRACIELA BAJAS003Meet our newest team member Dr. Graciela Shimizu, D.D.S., M.S.D. Dr. Graciela loves and enjoys all aspects of dentistry. She is a certified prosthodontist, a dental specialist who restores, creates and replaces natural looking teeth. Dr. Graciela makes smiles look beautiful and function the way they should with implant dentistry, crowns and bridges, removable partial dentures, complete dentures, as well as full mouth reconstruction and rehabilitation.

As a prosthodontist, Dr. Graciela completed advanced dental training where she became an expert in all areas of prosthetic and restorative dentistry from a scientific and practical basis. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree ( D.D.S) in 2000 and then pursued a three-year speciality prosthodontics program at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana, followed by a Masters of Science in Dentistry ( M.S.D) also at Indiana University. She graduated at the top of her class. Dr. Shimizu was the winner of the John F Johnston Society Scholarship Award for Academic Achievement, Technical and Clinical Excellence in 2009 and 2010. Currently, she is working in case publications. She enjoys traveling and acting.

Why see a prosthodontist?

Did you know that some dentists perform reconstructive dental work after just a weekend course on a procedure? That may be okay, but you should know prosthodontists receive an extra three years of intense, formal training beyond regular dental school.

If you are seeking cosmetic or reconstructive dental work, you should do research before making a decision in order to ensure proper care. As ADA recognized specialists, prosthodontists are qualified to offer care in state-of-the-art procedures and techniques, such as:

Rigorous training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth, and the creation of tooth replacement. If you are in need of restorative dental treatment, call 1-800-360-9250 or visit to make an appointment today.


Pannu Dental is proud to offer LANAP laser gum surgery

Periodontitis is a serious bacterial, gum infection that damages the soft tissue and bone that surround and support the teeth. It is an oral inflammatory disease that according to the U.S. Surgeon General, affects 85 percent of American adults aged 18 and older. If left untreated, periodontitis will cause irreversible oral damage and tooth loss.

Periodontal disease often causes no symptoms, especially in its early stages. Studies about this “silent” disease, however, continue to uncover some startling consequences for poor gum health. There is evidence that the bacteria that cause periodontal disease is linked to serious health problems including heart disease, respiratory disease, head and neck cancer, diabetes and increased risk of pre-term delivery. Gum disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss for the majority of adults in the United States.

PerioLase® dental laser

Losing your teeth is not the only danger of this disease, however. Having gum disease means there is an active, living infection in the mouth. This infection releases toxins to the entire body through the blood vessels in the mouth causing a variety of other health-related issues.

New technology has revolutionized the treatment and maintenance of Periodontitis. Laser gum therapy, also known as LANAP, is a breakthrough procedure that replaces conventional scalpel and suture surgery for the treatment of moderate to severe gum disease. The PerioLase dental laser precisely removes infected tissue while sparing more healthy tissue and creates a sterile and stable environment where bone and tissue are able to grow back together. Compared to traditional techniques, patients experience minimal pain, bleeding, swelling, gum recession and root sensitivity.

As part of his vision to offer the latest technological advances, Dr. Pannu is proud to announce the addition of the breathrough PerioLase dental laser to his practice. This is the first and only laser designed specifically for the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP.

Periodontist Dr. Sharon Phamduong has been performing this amazing new technique at Pannu Dental to ensure that all phases of periodontal surgery are comfortable and pleasant. She is one of the few periodontists in the world certified by Millennium Technology for the PerioLase laser system. She has been nominated for the California Society of Periodontics Research Award and is Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Read Dr. Sharon’s complete biography below.

With regular three-month periodontal exams and periodontal maintenance and cleaning, the LANAP procedure has proved resistant to future periodontal damage. Patients are encouraged to improve and maintain standards of oral hygiene to prevent further active periodontitis.

To learn more about this breakthrough technology, contact Pannu Dental Group or visit


Dr.sharonDr. Sharon Phamduong was born and raised in the Bay Area. After studying Biological Sciences, with an emphasis in Molecular Cell Biology at UC Davis, she went on to receive her D.D.S. from UCLA School of Dentistry. She went on to complete a one-year GPR program at UCLA, treating the medically compromised. She then attended USC to specialize in Periodontology and complete her Masters in Craniofacial Biology. She has been nominated for the California Society of Periodontics Research Award, and is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the Academy of Osseointegration, CDA and ADA. Dr. Sharon is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

Thank you to all of our awesome Dental Assistants!

The first week of March is national Dental Assistants Recognition Week and in recognition of this ADA supported tradition, we want to extend a huge thank you to all of our wonderful dental assistants. Our DA’s number one priority is to make your experience as enjoyable as possible, giving you a healthy, happy smile. Without their hard work and dedication, our office would not be the same. Thank you for all you do team Pannu Dental!


If you haven’t seen your dental assistant in a while, then it’s probably time for a check-up or cleaning. Call 1-800-360-9250 to make an appointment today. Pannu Dental offers the latest in general, restorative, and family dentistry. Visit for more and follow us on Facebook!

We have a new logo!

Here it is! Our new logo!

Logo on white background

As part of our commitment to constantly improve, we recognized it was time for a new logo.  A lot of thought and consideration went into the new design, and we think it accurately reflects our dedication to staying on the cutting edge of modern dentistry by providing state-of-the art services in a contemporary, yet relaxed environment.

In addition to the new design, our Facebook page also got a well deserved makeover, and we have a few more changes planned for the future, so stay tuned! Our new logo is just the start! Our team is super excited about our new look and we would love to know what you think! Let us know in the comments section below.

Check out our new Facebook page here, and look for many interesting updates to come. Keep up with us through our blog, facebook and newsletter by subscribing!

Congrats 49ers!!!

The 49ers are headed to their first Super Bowl since 1995 and we couldn’t be more proud! With four offices in the Bay Area, we are true 49ers fans and even had the honor of working with Hall-of-Famer 49er legend Roger Craig! Roger is a former All-Pro running back who won 3 Super Bowl Championships as a 49er playing with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Check out our pictures with Roger and his testimonial below!


Craig, Roger - Autugraph



Did you know?: If the 49ers defeat the Ravens on Feb. 3, they will win their sixth Super Bowl tying with the Steelers for having the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history! Let’s Go Niners!!!!