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Sahar Yaftaly, DMD
A Great Dentist

Meet Dr. Sahar Yaftaly, DMD


Dr. Sahar Yaftaly strives to help every patient achieve a healthy smile. Her passion for dentistry began byvolunteering at the Free Clinic of Simi Valley where she met her mentor, Dr. Josie Dovidio, who inspiredher to pursue a career in dentistry. Her desire is to make every patient feel as if they are part of thefamily and offers enthusiasm while providing high quality comprehensive dental care. Dr. Sahar Yaftalyis a Simi Valley native and is thrilled to be able to serve the community in which she was raised.

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.

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.

Dry Mouth Relief | XlyiMelts | Product Review

XyliMelts for Dry Mouth | Dry Mouth Relief

Hey Friends!

As you can imagine, I am always hearing about new dental products that are touted as the latest and greatest for solving common dental problems. Usually, those products don't live up to the hype. But, from time to time, a new dental product comes across my desk that is actually worthwhile. So, I thought I'd share a product that my patients, who experience dry mouth, are really liking!  It's called XyliMelts. These "discs" are coated with Xylitol that adhere to your gums and help relieve the symptoms of dry mouth.  

Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of things from medications to systemic health conditions. Ongoing dry mouth is a concern because it makes you more susceptible to dental decay and mouth sores. Your mouth is designed to stay moist with your saliva. But if the production of saliva is impaired, for whatever reason, food particles will not be flushed away from the nooks and crannies of your mouth and naturally occurring bacteria will not be neutralized by your saliva. This creates the perfect environment for the development of dental decay. 

XyliMelts help by coating, moisturizing and lubricating the mouth. It can also cause an increase in your natural saliva flow. What I like about Xylimetls is that it contains Xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally occurring, non-fermentable sugar. This means that bacteria can't grow in it's presence and therefore, xylitol acts as a natural cavity fighter. 

So, how do you use these? It's simple, really. You place a disc at the gum line on the outside of a molar (upper or lower) and hold it there for 10 seconds so the disc can adhere to the gums. That's it! The disc disolves slowly over time and you can replace the discs as needed to keep your mouth moist. 

Many patients prefer to use them while they are sleeping to keep there mouth the moist over night. But many patients use them during the day as well.

Xylimelts can be found at CVS, RiteAid, Walgreen and even on Amazon (click here to order from Amazon).

If dry mouth continues to be a problem, let us know. You never know what new products are available to help!

 

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