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Dr. Ramona Yousefipour, D.D.S

Dentist

Dr. Ramona Yousefipour is a Dentist practicing in Oakley, CA. Dr. Yousefipour specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Dr. Ramona Yousefipour, D.D.S
  • Oakley, California
  • Accepting new patients

Rash in the mouth

The question is: how long after extractions did these rashes occurred? This rash could be and autoimmune response to trauma. I don’t believe this is any thing serious. Since READ MORE
The question is: how long after extractions did these rashes occurred? This rash could be and autoimmune response to trauma. I don’t believe this is any thing serious. Since it is happening on both sides, it has to be autoimmune.

How can I prevent yellowing of my teeth?

It is hard to tell. It could simply mean discoloration and plaque accumulation or it could be due to development of decay. This needs to be examined by a dentist to determine READ MORE
It is hard to tell. It could simply mean discoloration and plaque accumulation or it could be due to development of decay. This needs to be examined by a dentist to determine how to address it.

My mother lost all of her teeth. What can be done?

Hi there, unfortunately yes, that is the only way. However, with today's technology, your dentist can offer her implant retained dentures, which are screwed into the jaw bone and READ MORE
Hi there, unfortunately yes, that is the only way. However, with today's technology, your dentist can offer her implant retained dentures, which are screwed into the jaw bone and will not come in and out. They are basically fixed to your jaw bone. The cheapest one will be “all on four” procedure. You will be amazed by the results. Your mom will get her beautiful smile back.

Best,
RY

Does clove oil really work in easing tooth pain?

Hi there, sorry to hear you are suffering from toothache! Yes, oil of clove is often used in many dental sedatives. However, this is only for temporary relief. I highly recommend READ MORE
Hi there, sorry to hear you are suffering from toothache! Yes, oil of clove is often used in many dental sedatives. However, this is only for temporary relief. I highly recommend that you see your dentist since you might have an infection in the tooth. Wish you the best of luck.


RY

I feel pain and pressure on my gums. What could this be from?

Hi there, it seems like you have gum disease. I️ assume if you floss the area, there is lots of pain and bleeding involved. I highly recommend you see your dentist and have a deep READ MORE
Hi there, it seems like you have gum disease. I️ assume if you floss the area, there is lots of pain and bleeding involved. I highly recommend you see your dentist and have a deep cleaning done followed by every night of proper flossing before you go to bed.

Best,
RY

Why are my gums swollen?

Hi there. Unfortunately, it seems like you are dealing with periodontitis, also known as GUM DISEASE. The only way to treat this is with deep cleaning, followed by flossing properly READ MORE
Hi there. Unfortunately, it seems like you are dealing with periodontitis, also known as GUM DISEASE. The only way to treat this is with deep cleaning, followed by flossing properly every night before bed time. I find sonic toothbrushes highly beneficial as well.

Best,
RY

How long after my extraction stitches are removed can I drink or eat?

Hi there. You can always eat and drink after your extraction. You just have to be careful what you eat. Drinking non-alcoholic beverages should be no problem. Take it easy on chips, READ MORE
Hi there. You can always eat and drink after your extraction. You just have to be careful what you eat. Drinking non-alcoholic beverages should be no problem. Take it easy on chips, nuts and popcorn, otherwise you can eat.

Best,
RY

Why do my oral ulcers keep coming back?

Hi there. There are several reasons for mouth ulcers. Number one is viral, which is know as cold sore. Cold sores can happen inside the mouth as well. Another source of mouth ulcers READ MORE
Hi there. There are several reasons for mouth ulcers. Number one is viral, which is know as cold sore. Cold sores can happen inside the mouth as well. Another source of mouth ulcers is autoimmune such as aphthous ulcers. Whether the source is viral or autoimmune, the fact that they keep coming back only indicates that your immune system is down!!! If the source is viral, this can be treated with antiviral medication upon onset. If not viral, you just have to let it run its course. Taking extra vitamin D/E will boost your immune response and might help you with the recurrence of these lesions.

Best,
RY

Can a toothpaste help with tooth sensitivity?

Hi there. Yes, Sensodyne is one of the best brands for tooth sensitivity in the market. However, as indicated on the label, they only work for 3 months!!! You need to consult with READ MORE
Hi there. Yes, Sensodyne is one of the best brands for tooth sensitivity in the market. However, as indicated on the label, they only work for 3 months!!! You need to consult with your dentist to find out the reason for your sensitivity. It could be malocclusion (bad bite) which needs to be changed orthodontically, it could be gum disease or most commonly, grinding or clenching. Either way, your dentist can help you with the true source of sensitivity.

Best,
RY

What does bone loss in the teeth mean?

Dear Patient. Diabetes is an auto immune disease that deteriorates the jaw bone if it is not controlled. There is a direct correlation between blood sugar and bone loss in your READ MORE
Dear Patient. Diabetes is an auto immune disease that deteriorates the jaw bone if it is not controlled. There is a direct correlation between blood sugar and bone loss in your jaw. You can stop the process by good oral hygiene(flossing) and controlling your blood sugar. You will never get the lost bone back but you can surely stop this prosess( periodontal disease). Y having implacable oral hygiene and low glycemic diet.

Why do some dentists hurt during cleanings more than others?

Dear patient, It is hard to tell what is really going on! Although having a gentle touch goes a long way, it you need to k ow that some dentists and hygienists only clean the READ MORE
Dear patient, It is hard to tell what is really going on! Although having a gentle touch goes a long way, it you need to k ow that some dentists and hygienists only clean the top part of tooth and never touch underneath the gum! In that case, patient may have a very smooth gentle cleaning experience with no bleeding and pain. On the other hand, some dentists are much more thorough with their cleaning and spend more time and effort to clean underneath the gums as well ( this is the best kind of cleaning). Although more painful and bloody, this type of cleaning will help patient with gingivitis and inflammation of the gums. I hope this answers your question. Best of luck.

Is the fluoride treatment at the dentist really worth it?

Dear patient, Fluoride treatment helps patients for prevention of decay and sensitivity! I am one of those dentists that highly recommends fluoride treatment in my own office for READ MORE
Dear patient, Fluoride treatment helps patients for prevention of decay and sensitivity! I am one of those dentists that highly recommends fluoride treatment in my own office for all ages. Fluoride treatment is even more beneficial for people with acid reflux, sleep apnea, diabetes...I highly recommend to get your fluoride treatment done.

Is it bad if a piece of an old filling falls out?

Dear patient, yes, it is very bad when piece of a filling falls out and I will tell you why! There will be micro leakage of bacteria right where the filling has broken off your READ MORE
Dear patient, yes, it is very bad when piece of a filling falls out and I will tell you why! There will be micro leakage of bacteria right where the filling has broken off your tooth. Although you may not feel any thing at the time, but this can soon easily turn into a root canal. Worse, you can wake up one morning with a swelling in the side of your face. I would highly recommend that you see your dentist and ask them to fix your tooth.

I can't fix my teeth sensitivity. What do I do?

Dear patient, anti sensitivity tooth pastes such as Sensodyne will not work over 3 months!!! If you read their label, you will see that it won't work after 3 months of use. You READ MORE
Dear patient, anti sensitivity tooth pastes such as Sensodyne will not work over 3 months!!! If you read their label, you will see that it won't work after 3 months of use. You need to know the origin of your sensitivity. Sensitivity can be due to gum disease , malocclusion ( teeth don't touch each other in correct way) , or grinding and clenching. If your sensitivity due to gum disease, you should be treated for it and you need to floss on regular basis in order to aliviate sensitivity.
If it is due to bad bite, your bite should be corrected orthodontically either conventional braces or Invisalign.
If it is due to grinding and clenching, ask your dentist to make you a night guard. Usually the most common cause of sensitivity is grinding and clenching which can be prevented very easily by a night gaurd.
Hope that answers your question.
Best,
Dr. Ramona

Clicking in my jaw

Dear patient, there are several reasons why the jaw clicks. The number one issue that the jaw clicks is the malocclusion. What it means is that your teeth do not come together READ MORE
Dear patient, there are several reasons why the jaw clicks. The number one issue that the jaw clicks is the malocclusion. What it means is that your teeth do not come together in a correct way. Usually people with class II occlusion are very prone to jaw ailments. In my opinion and practicing more than 20 years, no oral surgeon has ever truly fixed any TMJ issue. Unless you are in severe pain, they have a tendency to watch it!!!
The best way to correct this problem is to correct the bite by braces. You should definitely have a consultation with an orthodontist and ask for their opinion. 90 percent of the times the clicking corrects itself once the bite is corrected orthodontically. Hope that answers your question.
Best,
Dr. Ramona

Is water-flossing as effective as regular flossing?

Dear patient, there is nothing as effective as good old regular flossing. Water picks are great for braces and also elderly without any good hand coordination. The physical friction READ MORE
Dear patient, there is nothing as effective as good old regular flossing. Water picks are great for braces and also elderly without any good hand coordination. The physical friction of floss against the gum tissue disrupts the bacterial activity. I don't even recommend floss picks, I highly recommend the thread itself since you can manipulate it to the curvature of your own tooth and actually remove debris from underneath. I hope this answer your question. I'll be happy to assist you further if you need any help.
Best,
Dr. Ramona

What can I eat or avoid eating to reduce plaque?

Dear patient, it is not much about what you eat than about what you brush your teeth with. Tartar control tooth pastes remove plaque much better than regular tooth pastes. So READ MORE
Dear patient, it is not much about what you eat than about what you brush your teeth with. Tartar control tooth pastes remove plaque much better than regular tooth pastes. So when you shop for your tooth paste, please make sure it is tartar control. Second, try a sonic tooth brush. This is one of the best investments you can do for your teeth. The best brands are Sonicare brand or Oral B sonic tooth brush. They are more expensive than conventional tooth brushes but they worth every penny of it. Try these methods and if you still have questions I'll be more than happy to help.
Best,
Dr. Ramona

What if only one tooth is crooked?

Dear patient, this is a great challenging question. When a tooth is rotated(crooked), if it is not in ma occlusion with the opposing tooth, there is no worries but esthetic concerns! READ MORE
Dear patient, this is a great challenging question. When a tooth is rotated(crooked), if it is not in ma occlusion with the opposing tooth, there is no worries but esthetic concerns! Which means it is not causing any harm to the rest of the teeth, it is just rotated. In this case, I leave it up too you if you want to fix it only for esthetic purposes. On the other hand, if the crooked tooth is in mail occlusion with the opposing teeth, I highly recommend to address it as soon as possible before this rotated tooth make damage to the opposing tooth. In this case esthetic is not as much concern as the health and longevity of the opposite tooth. And yes, in order to make this tooth straight, the orthodontist needs to shift around other teeth as well but not as much. It would be to the benefit of all teeth once they are in correct position.

I hope I answered your question.
Best,
Dr. Ramona

Adult tooth is loose. What should I do?

Hi there, usually there is nothing to worry about. Due to trauma, the ligaments that hold the tooth in the sicker , become inflamed that is why tooth becomes loose. In this situation, READ MORE
Hi there, usually there is nothing to worry about. Due to trauma, the ligaments that hold the tooth in the sicker , become inflamed that is why tooth becomes loose. In this situation, most likely the tooth requires a root canal and if it is still loose, it can be splinted to the adjacent tooth until the full recovery. I had a patient in my office who had a luxated tooth
The tooth came out completely out of socket). She walked in with the tooth in her hand. We placed the tooth safely back in the socket and splinted it to the adjacent tooth. After the patient came back , we performed a root canal and after 6 years, the tooth is nicely in place with no problem.
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