Welcome to the FIS Summer Newsletter! Learn how to overcome your fear of the dentist, get motivated to floss, and discover how to best utilize our team's insurance plans.
Michael Cooley, DDS joins FIS Team!
Michael is a board certified, licensed dentist and is now practicing dentistry at Fashion Isle Smiles. Dr. Cooley joins us with an impressive list of awards and honors, including:
  • President’s Award, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, 2016 (highest achievable award at LLU)
  • Wil Alexander Whole Person Care Award, LLU School of Dentistry, 2016
  • International Congress of Implantologists Pre-doctoral Award, 2016
  • Clinic Award, LLU School of Dentistry, 2016
Dr. Cooley is now accepting patients of all ages!
Not Flossing? You May Want to Reconsider

By Michael Cooley, DDS
Are you tired of hearing your dentist preach about oral hygiene?
Consider this: flossing every day could potentially save your life.
Past research has shown links between periodontal (gum) and cardiovascular disease. More recently, studies are showing that periodontal disease may also be connected to the development of diabetes, lung cancer, and erectile dysfunction.

The primary cause of periodontal disease stems from the accumulation of plaque and calculus on teeth. The bacteria found in this plaque release toxins that cause inflammation, which, over time, leads to the destruction of the tooth-supporting bone and gingiva. Your mouth is richly loaded with blood vessels, so the toxins found in your periodontal tissues potentially reach other areas of the body through the bloodstream.

Because your oral health affects your overall health, it’s easy to understand how your mouth serves as a reflection of the rest of your body. At Fashion Isle Smiles, we emphasize the need for flossing not only because we care about your teeth, but because we care about the health of your entire body!

Beck, J., Garcia, R., Heiss, G., Vokonas, P. S., & Offenbacher, S. (1996). Periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. Journal of periodontology, 67(10s), 1123-1137.
Michaud, Dominique S et al. (2008). Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study. The Lancet Oncology;9:550 – 558.
Taylor, G. W., & Borgnakke, W. S. (2008). Periodontal disease: associations with diabetes, glycemic control and complications. Oral diseases, 14(3), 191-203.

Dental Phobics -

We Can Help You!

By Rich Burkholder, DDS
Rich Burkholder, DDS, Arnold Schwarzeneggar and Samir Bannout, Mr. Olympiad 1983
Having fear of the dentist does not mean you're a "sissy" or a "wimp". A dental exam alone can make some people feel stressed or even terrified to the point of feeling like it is a matter of life or death; to fight for your life or run for your life! This results in excuses to avoid a dental appointment. People with dental phobia often put off routine care for years or even decades, and tolerate gum infections, toothaches, or even broken and unsightly teeth. 

Dental anxiety and phobia are very common. Approximately 9 to 15% of Americans (30 to 40 million people) avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. In a survey by the British Dental Health Foundation, 36% of those who didn't see a dentist regularly said that fear was the main reason.
People who are especially tense tend to have a lower pain threshold, meaning they may feel pain at lower levels compared to others. These individuals may need extra anesthetic or other pain treatments. Stress-related problems in other body parts may also develop, such as muscle stiffness or headaches.

There are several reasons for dental anxiety and phobia, including:
  • Pain
  • Feelings of helplessness and loss of control
  • Embarrassment
  • Negative Past experiences
  • Personal space violation (innate)
Some of the signs of dental phobia include:
  • Feeling of tension or trouble sleeping the night before a dental exam. 
  • Increasing nervousness while in the waiting room.
  • Feelings of physical illness or urges to cry when you think of going to the dentist.
  • The sight of dental instruments or of white-coated personnel in the dentist's office increases your anxiety.
  • You panic or have trouble breathing when objects are placed in your mouth during a dental appointment.
If this describes you, it is important that you tell us about your feelings, concerns and fears. Both Dr. Burkholder and Dr. Cooley are very compassionate people who will modify techniques and procedures to help you through your appointments. Your Fashion Isle Smiles care team will help you cope with dental anxiety by customizing your treatment.  We offer T.L.C., soothing music, heated massage chairs, sedatives when appropriate, and a comfortable experience.  For extreme cases, we can even bring an anesthesiologist into the office for your appointments, so you can be "put under". Dr. Burkholder has worked with dental phobics for over 40 years and has many patient testimonials we can share with you. If you would like to speak with other dental phobics who are treated at Fashion Isle Smiles, please let us know and we can make those arrangements. Dental phobics, we can help you!

Of course, the best way to avoid having to have procedures done at the dentist is to practice prevention.  Be sure to floss and brush daily, avoid sugary foods, and visit us regularly.


Humphris, G. M., Freeman, R., Campbell, J., Tuutti, H., & D'souza, V. (2000). Further evidence for the reliability and validity of the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale. International Dental Journal50(6), 367-370. 
By Nasira Burkholder-Cooley, DrPH, RD, CPT
Preventing Food-borne Illness
Did you know that the risk of food-borne illnesses increase in the summertime? This is because bacteria found in soil, water, air, and mammals grow more rapidly in warm and humid conditions. Under the right circumstances, harmful bacteria multiply quickly on food, sometimes causing the person eating the food to get sick. Summertime also tends to bring people outside for picnics, camping, and barbecues, where the safety controls of a kitchen are not available. The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service and food producers work hard to keep food safe, and the body’s immune system usually protects us from harmful bacteria on food. However, humans are still susceptible to food borne illnesses, so it is extremely important to practice prevention at home. Here are four steps to keep food safe in summertime.
  1. Wash hands and surfaces often. Always use warm, soapy water and scrub for at least 20 seconds before handling food.
  2. Do not cross-contaminate dishes, utensils, and cutting boards. Meat should be wrapped separately and any raw meat should not come in contact with ready-to-eat foods.
  3. Cook to safe temperatures. Use a food thermometer to ensure all raw meat reaches an minimum internal temperature of 145 ° F, all ground meat reaches 160 ° F, and poultry cooks to 165 ° F. Avoid partial cooking of food ahead of time, which allows bacteria to survive and multiply.
  4. Refrigerate promptly. Keep all meats, potato or pasta salads in an insulated cooler packed with ice. Replenish ice as soon as it starts melting. Food left out of refrigeration for more than two hours may be unsafe. When in doubt, throw it out.
Reference: United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Inspection Service. Foodborne Illness Peaks in Summer.
Healthy recipe for your family:
Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups good-quality chicken stock
1 1/4 cup red enchilada sauce
2 (14-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juice
1 (15-ounce) can whole-kernel corn, drained
1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies
1 white onion, peeled and diced
1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp minced garlic
  1. Add all ingredients to a slow cooker, and stir to combine. Cook for 3-4 hours on high heat or 6-8 hours on low heat, until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily.
  2. Use two forks to shred the chicken. Allow to cool and absorb liquid.
  3. Garnish with cilantro, avocado, cheese, or diced red onion.
Simple and satisfying for the whole family!
A Message from Our Practice Manager
By Anita Cassis-Burkholder, MD
Insurance can be confusing, but there are a number of ways to ensure you get the most out of your individual dental insurance plans. 
  1. Before you select a plan, make sure you know the facts. Ask our Practice Manager which plans we participate in and recommend.
  2. Get regular checkups! The best way to ensure you get the most from your plan is to visit your dentist regularly - this helps give you the preventive care you need for healthy teeth.
  3. Plan together for dental health. Develop a personalized dental plan with your dentist that goes beyond regular checkups - this may include brushing and flossing or corrective care, and the steps needed to carry it out within your current dental plan.
We are here to help make your dental care convenient and your treatments go smoothly. See you at the office!
Welcome our newest team member!
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