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.

When should I bring my child in to see a dentist?

You can bring your child to see Dr. Dovidio when they are two years old, but we encourage our patients to bring their children along on appointments so that they can become familiar with the office and our team before it’s time for their first check-up. Of course, if you have concerns about your child’s dental health, Dr. Dovidio will gladly meet with you to discuss them.

It is important to protect your child’s gums before the first tooth erupts. Dr. Dovidio can advise you on topics ranging from infant oral care and thumb-sucking to extended bottle and pacifier use. Once your child’s teeth come in, you can show them how to brush and floss their teeth, holding their toothbrush and taking care that they spit and rinse. During their first check-up, Dr. Dovidio will take digital x-rays to see that their teeth are developing properly and inspect them for cavities. Afterwards, you can schedule regular dental cleanings and check-ups.

If you want additional protection for your child’s teeth, consult with Dr. Dovidio about sealants and fluoride varnishes. Fluoride varnish is applied with a small brush to your child’s teeth and helps to strengthen the enamel. A sealant, which is a thin layer of plastic painted onto the teeth, helps to protect the teeth from food and plaque.

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