Josie Dovidio, DDS
A Great Dentist

Meet Dr. Josie Dovidio, DDS

As a dentist, Dr. Dovidio loves helping her patients and making their experience more comfortable, as opposed to an event to dread. Her goals are to create long-term relationships between our team and our patients that establish a sense of trust based upon our tradition of warmth and caring, provide dental services and techniques with an emphasis on patient education and prevention, and do both at a level higher than our patients have ever experienced.

Meet Dr. Sahar Yaftaly, DMD

Dr. Sahar Yaftaly was born in Granada Hills, CA and grew up in Simi Valley. Her passion for dentistry began by volunteering at the Free Clinic of Simi Valley where she met her mentor, Dr. Josie Dovidio, who inspired her to pursue a career in dentistry. After graduating from UCLA with an undergraduate degree in Psychobiology, Dr. Yaftaly attended the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa, AZ where she received her DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) and certificate in public health with a dental emphasis. She then returned to California to complete a General Practice Residency at USC, during which she treated Veterans in downtown Los Angeles and medically compromised patients at the LAC+USC Medical Center.

Our Mission

We like our patients to feel at home when they come to our office – to enter as patients and leave as friends. Our purpose is to provide quality care for the entire family, with the advantages of modern technology paired with the comfort of an old-town private practice.

Services & Procedures

Comprehensive Family Dentistry

Dr. Josie Dovidio and our team want you to know that our greatest priority lies in giving you the best dental care we can to protect your oral health. We emphasize preventive dental care to avert the potential destruction that can come from haphazard oral hygiene practices.

Because good oral hygiene starts well before primary teeth appear, we encourage you to bring your children to our office so Dr. Dovidio may discuss proper care of your children’s teeth and gums. As well as familiarizing your children with our team and our office, regular visits with your children will provide opportunities for Dr. Dovidio to examine their teeth and discuss treatments such as sealants and fluoride varnishes as protective measures.

Twice yearly cleanings and examinations are vital for maintaining good health and catching any problems that do develop as early as possible. During your check-up, Dr. Dovidio will examine your mouth for signs of gingivitis and gum disease, damage from tooth decay or trauma, and oral cancer.

We urge you to contact our office if you have a dental emergency that needs immediate attention, such as broken teeth or an infection. You can call our office number, and we will be glad to help you. We perform extractions when necessary, and will discuss all options with you to determine whether a simple or surgical extraction is an appropriate course to follow in your case. 

Aside from dental issues, Dr. Dovidio also treats bruxism (grinding and clenching of teeth). If you need protection for your teeth due to nightly grinding, Dr. Dovidio can have a night guard custom-made for you. And if you play sports or take part in other physical activities, a mouth guard can help to safeguard your teeth from being injured or loosened.

Restorative Care

Dr. Dovidio will consult with you on the procedures we offer if you need to have your teeth repaired or restored. Using digital x-rays, we can find the source of infection or damage in greater detail and in less time than using traditional film x-rays. 

Should extractions be crucial to preserving your dental health, Dr. Dovidio can present you with options to restore your teeth through implants, complete and partial dentures, or dental bridges. While implants are stable and behave the most like your natural teeth, dentures can be an acceptable choice, and dental bridges can replace missing sequential teeth without the need to surgically implant posts. Our aim is to preserve your oral health to its fullest and to give you a variety of choices to do so.

Cosmetic Dental Services

The health and appearance of your teeth go hand-in-hand with your physical health and self-image. We believe you deserve the best treatment we can give, and we will help you to manage both your oral hygiene and your smile. Come in to see Dr. Dovidio twice a year for dental cleanings and see if our professional tooth whitening service can give you back your bright, youthful smile. 

We also offer dental bonding as an option to repair chipped or crooked teeth or to fill in unsightly gaps. Dental bonding involves resurfacing your teeth with composite tooth-colored resin, which is hardened and smoothed on your tooth to make it appear more attractive. If you would like to brighten your smile as well as have dental bonding done, ask Dr. Dovidio about whitening your natural teeth before the bonding, as we can then match the color of bonding material to the shade of your newly whitened teeth for a more esthetic appearance.

Contact Us for Your Next Appointment

We are happy to see you, even if it’s been some time since you’ve come in for a cleaning or examination. We also enjoy meeting new people of any age. Call us for an appointment if it has been at least a year since your last cleaning or if you have small children who need a dentist.