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Meet Dr. Livingston!

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We’ve got some exciting news here at Shoreline Dental Studio! Thanks to our amazing patients, we’ve been able to expand our practice by one more. We’re proud to welcome Dr. Colby Livingston to our office!

Dr. Livingston is a third generation Southern California native locally raised in Mission Viejo where she attended Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita. She went on to earn her Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from University of the Pacific in Northern California.

Dr. Livingston obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. While in dental school, she completed training and received certification for Invisalign. She also spent time volunteering and providing dental care for low income and underserved residents of the Bay Area. Following dental school, Dr. Livingston completed a General Practice Residency at the Loma Linda VA Medical Center. There she pursued advanced training and provided dental care for our Southern California Veterans. While in private practice, she has continued her dental training, including courses in implant restorations, dental esthetics and advanced dental technology. She enjoys getting to know her patients and prides herself in providing comfortable dental care in a warm and friendly environment.

Dr. Livingston is thrilled to be back in Orange County with her college sweetheart (and now husband), Connor. In her free time, you can find her hiking in our local canyons, volunteering with the Junior League of Orange County, or reading a good book.

We’re so excited to be expanding our practice and offer you the best in dental services. We’ve been busy building our Shoreline family and would love you to be a part of it. Be sure to stop by our office soon and give her a warm, San Clemente welcome!

Welcome to Shoreline Dental Studio

IMG_5517For the past few years, we have opened our offices each day with one goal: to provide each of our patients with the one-on-one positive experience they deserve. While this goal has not changed, we are making a few additions to our business that will certainly continue our tradition of enjoyable care. We are pleased to announce our new practice as Shoreline Dental Studio! To ensure we are always available to meet your expectations, we are growing our services by adding caring and skilled team members. You will see their friendly faces around the office, all of which are looking forward to meeting you!

Our expanding team shares one common philosophy - pride in offering patients superior care and utmost customer service. Your oral health is our top priority! We work hard to ensure you are guided throughout each procedure with confidence and comfort, no matter our office size.

At Shoreline Dental, we are all family. As we continue to grow ours, we continue catering to yours. Kristen and staff are not going anywhere anytime soon, and we hope to maintain a caring relationship with each of you for many years to come.

We thank you again for trusting us with your families and dental needs, and we look forward to seeing you at Shoreline Dental Studio for your next appointment!

Keep Your Breath Fresh for Your Valentine

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lots of kissing happens in the month of love, and you don’t want to pass on a smooch because you’re worried about your bad breath. You want to keep your mouth kissable with good oral hygiene. While there are some cases when you’re bad breath may be emanating from your stomach, 80 percent of bad breath is actually caused by the millions of bacteria that live in your mouth. You actually have more bacteria in your mouth than you do cells in your body. Keep your halitosis at bay with these important oral health tips.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Brush your teeth (AND TONGUE) twice daily using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. The grooves and ridges on your tongue can trap bacteria, which then excrete a bad odor.  It’s important to brush the entire surface of the tongue, even near your tonsils. Flossing at least once a day will get the hidden particles of food that can contribute to bad breath.

Drink More Water

Prevent dry mouth (xerostomia) by drinking plenty of water. Think about how you feel in the morning after sleeping all night with your mouth open. Gross! Staying hydrated will help. A quick rinse after a glass of red wine will also help keep your teeth white. Valentines-Smile

Visit the Dentist Regularly

Regular dental visits are important, too. Decaying teeth can give off a serious odor that no one loves. Regular cleanings will get rid of plaque and tartar below the gum line that you might not even realize is there, preventing decay and giving your mouth a thorough cleaning.

If you just can’t resist the complementary garlic rolls it’s ok to use a quick fix. Just make sure the gum you chew or the mint you suck on contains xylitol, which has actually been proven to reduce tooth decay. Also the mere act of chewing gum causes your mouth to produce extra saliva that washes away bacteria and food particles.

Keep these tips in mind and there wont be anything between you and your valentine’s kisses. Come to Kristen Ritzau’s office for a cleaning and checkup during the month of love![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Our New and Improved Office!

We've been hard at work over the past few months, turning our old office into a newly remodeled space that our patients can enjoy! Stop by for a visit or call our office to make your next dental appointment! (949) 234-6850 Here's what our office looks like now:

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How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?

Most people don’t like having to take time out of their day to make doctor’s office visits, but they are often necessary. You should consider making regularly scheduled visits to the dentist, instead of only making an appointment when something goes wrong. The truth is that those regular visits can often stop dental problems before they even get started. So… how often do you need to get into the dentist’s chair? The truth is that you should visit your dentist every six months. Regular visits are very important to the health of your teeth and gums, even if you are implementing good oral health care at home.

  • Tooth Decay – Even great brushing and flossing regimens can’t always stop tooth decay or enamel erosion. Regular dental services will catch small problems like cavities and repair them before they become bigger issues like tooth loss.
  • Plaque Build-up – This sticky stuff that hardens and causes tooth decay, pain and gum issues needs to be removed by professional dental services before it causes extensive damage to the teeth and gums.
  • Gum Disease – Many people have gingivitis and surprisingly, quite a few of them don’t even know it. Regular trips to your dentist can identify and treat gum disease before it can lead to bigger problems.
  • Other Issues – Your dental services may also include quick exams for jaw and/or neck problems and your dentist may even be able to document damage from diseases like diabetes.

You should make a dental services appointment as soon as possible if it has been longer than six months since you’ve been seen, regardless of your dental hygiene regimen. Just because you don’t feel any pain or sensitivity doesn’t mean that you do not have possible dental issues and it’s always preferable to treat them as soon as possible.

Dr. Kristen Ritzau, DDS

Call Dr. Ritzau at 949-498-4110 for an appointment or consultation to get your teeth and that white smile into top shape!

Quality Dental Care in San Clemente, CA

Most people know to see the dentist twice a year, but it turns out that visits may be much more necessary than that. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research showed that people with no risk factors could get by with as little as one visit annually, while those with multiple risk factors might need to see their dentist more than the recommended twice per year. The study concludes that how often a person sees their dentist is very individual. Dr. William V. Giannobile, the study's author and chairman of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry's department of periodontics, says the main takeaway is that "each patient needs to be treated in their own individual way." For this reason it's important for patients to be consistent in which dentist they choose to visit. A dentist may become a long-term relationship, someone seen several times per year for many years. Dr. Ritzau’s dental office in San Clemente is the perfect setting to make your trips to the dentist more comfortable.

It’s important to have a person you can trust and are comfortable around, and Dr. Ritzau is the friendly face you can count on with the expertise and background to put you at ease. After all, most patients will see their dentist for much more than just the annual checkups. There may be fillings, root canals, braces, and any number of other procedures that can be downright terrifying for many patients, particularly when taking place at unfamiliar surroundings.

Come to a dentist who was born and raised in San Clemente, one who has been involved in the community their entire life, and you'll see how comfortable a visit to the dentist's office can really be. Call us today at (949) 498-4110 to schedule your consultation!

The team at Kristen Ritzau, DDS in San Clemente, CA

If You’re Nervous, You’re Not Alone; We Offer Sleep Dentisty

If the thought of visiting the dentist makes you anxious, you are not alone. At our office we understand your concerns and take every step to ensure that patients feel comfortable and relaxed at our office. Our staff is professionally trained to help put the patient at ease. For some patients this is achieved in the little things we offer, be it through headphones and relaxing music, a warm towelette or a blanket and pillow. But for others patients we have more comprehensive clinical options.

About 15% of the population suffers from ‘extreme dental anxiety,’ and 40% of people say they visit the dentist only when driven there by severe pain. For those patients we have equipped the office to offer Oral Conscious Sedation medications to help the patient “sleep” though their appointment.

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Dr. Ritzau has been formally licensed to offer conscious sedation through her work with DOCS Education, and has been offering sleep dentistry for the past 3 years and done over 100 sedation cases.

Concious sedation is achieved through the oral intake of small doses of prescription medication causing the patient to become drowsy and relaxed. And while the patient are not in a state of complete “sleep,” most all patients state after the fact that they have few memories from their appointment.

We are also fully equipped to offer laughing gas as another alternative to help patients feel comfortable and relaxed.

It is our hope and goal that fear and anxiety would not inhibit patients from seeking treatment and we will make every accommodation necessary and work in concert with the patient to understand their needs and goals in mind.

Introducing the Nomad Pro; Safer X-Rays for Patient and Operator

In our continual effort to offer our patients the cutting edge and safest dental equipment, we are pleased to announce that the office of Dr. Kristen Ritzau has made a significant addition in the acquisition of the Nomad Pro X handheld radiographic device. The addition of the Nomad Pro allows the dental office to become fully digital in its radiographic capabilities improving work place safety and efficiency for both staff members and patients alike.

Kristen Ritzau San Clemente Dentist NomadUnlike traditional wall mount X-Rays systems, handheld system operators of the Nomad Pro are able to remain in the room with the patient while taking X-rays improving the efficiency and reducing the amount of time to complete a set of full mouth X-rays.

The Nomad Pro is also much safer than traditional wall mount X-rays because it emits lower levels of radiation and exposes both operator and patient to up to 8 times less than traditional units.

Our staff has found the Nomad Pro to be very easy to use, and they have also seen a significant reduction in the amount of time it takes to complete a full set of X-rays. They have also found that remaining in the room with the patient has been a source of comfort for concerned patients and decreases the amount of time patients must have the sensors in their mouth allowing our staff to acquire better radiographic images allowing for easier diagnoses for Dr. Ritzau.

For interested parties or prospective patients that would like more information, please don’t hesitate to call and current patients can ask about it at their scheduled appointment.

Passing of the Torch; Kristen Ritzau DDS Returns Home

The office of Dr. Kristen Ritzau is pleased to announce the opening of a new dental practice in San Clemente, CA after purchasing the building and practice from retiring dentist Dr. Jack Boatman, Jr. who served the local community for over 32 years. Dr. Kristen Ritzau and husband Cory cut the ribbon to signify opening of their new practice.

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Located just above the Cabrillo Playhouse in Downtown San Clemente at 122 Avenida Cabrillo, Dr. Ritzau looks forward to giving back to the community she was raised in by providing high quality dental care customized to her patients’ individual needs. Her office is committed to creating an atmosphere of compassion where her patients can feel relaxed and comfortable knowing they are receiving excellent treatment they can trust.

Dr. Ritzau (maiden name Kristen Moore, SCHS Class of 2002) is excited to move home, having been born and raised in San Clemente, to practice dentistry in the community where she grew up. She has been practicing dentistry in Riverside the last three years after previously attending dental school at UCLA and graduating first in her class in 2010.

On behalf of his patients, Dr. Ritzau honors Dr. Boatman with the a plaque for his 32 years of service to the community.

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Dr. Boatman has decided to retire from practicing dentistry after 35 years as a practitioner including 32 here in San Clemente. He is excited to turn over his practice to another local dentist that shares his values of quality patient care and who also has deep ties within the city of San Clemente.

Open House/Retirement Celebration

May 11th Noon-3pm: The office of Dr. Ritzau will be hosting an Open House both to celebrate the efforts and service of Dr. Jack Boatman in San Clemente the last 32 years as well as provide the public an opportunity to meet Dr. Ritzau and view the upgraded equipment and technology that have been put in place in the office.

There will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new practice. Food and refreshments along with a number of door prizes valued over $3000 will be raffled out to those who attend.

Dr. Kristen Ritzau Biography

Dr. Kristen Ritzau was born and raised in San Clemente and is an alumnus of San Clemente High School. Born Kristen Moore, she is a third generation San Clemente local whose family moved here in the late 1950′s. Daughter of Jean (Fournier) Moore SCHS Class of 1978 and long-time City employee Larry Moore, Kristen highly values being a part of the San Clemente community.

Dr. Kristen Ritzau obtained her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the UCLA School of Dentistry, earning Summa Cum Laude honors and the Alpha Omega International Award as the top ranked graduate in her class. She was also elected by school faculty into the Omicron Kapa Upsilon National Dental Honors Society. While at UCLA, Kristen earned honors of excellence in the areas of Restorative Dentistry, Operative Dentistry, and Advanced Removable and Fixed Prosthodontics. She also served as the President of the RV Tucker Cast Gold Study Clubs and won awards the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Orofacial Pain, and the American Academy of Periodontology.

Kristen has also worked for several years as an associate for a great practice in Riverside, CA where she has been trained in Invisalign, Conscious Sedation Dentistry, and many other of the latest dental technological advances.

Kristen has also spent time using her skills on dental mission’s trips in Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. She was also recognized by UCLA, being awarded the Wyatt Hume Scholarship for her community service in the local area.

In her free time Kristen enjoys running, playing soccer and beach volleyball, reading a good book, and walking with her husband Cory and golden retriever Brady on the beach trail.