James C. Calcagno, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentistry

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blog-logoBy now, most of us are aware of the overall health risks associated with smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco, but did you know it can also affect the health of your mouth? Chewing tobacco and smoking contributes to periodontal disease, oral cancer, dry mouth, altered taste, and staining.

The chemicals in tobacco products cause capillaries in the gingiva to constrict reducing blood flow and oxygen to the teeth and supporting tissues. The lack of oxygen then reduces the bodies defense mechanism against infection or harmful bacteria. The lack of oxygenated blood flow affects periodontal health in a negative way that can ultimately cause tooth loss.

Smoke from cigarettes can also contribute to a increase in plaque and tarter build up. When tarter build up occurs on the teeth, the supporting gum tissue breaks down leading to periodontal disease. The smoke has affects on the tongue as well, causing the tongue to be coated and alter taste. Staining from tobacco can turn the teeth a yellowish color.

Smoking cessation is important for the mouth and the overall body. Some of the damaging side effects from nicotine smoke can be reversed. Unfortunately, the bone loss associated with periodontal disease can not regenerate. There are products that can help assist with smoking cessation such as nicotine patches, gum, and even homeopathic remedy. If you are interested in help, you may talk to your dentist or hygienist about programs available such as hypnosis, laser therapy, nicotine products and prescribed medications. Counseling has also been shown to increase chances of successfully quitting tobacco.

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Client Testimonials

As always!!!...the best care a patient can receive. Dr. Calcagno, you and your staff have my healthcare at the top of your mission. Thank you for a wonderful visit and keeping my smile, smiling!!! Enjoy your work days and keep those smiles coming.5stars
I love this dental office! The whole office is so professional yet super friendly. The office staff sets the tone by knowing exactly who you are when you walk in the door. The hygienist does the best job ever, and the doctor is super friendly at the same time explaining the best course of action to correct any problems without feeling any pressure. I highly recommend this dental office!5stars


As always, a very pleasant, relaxing visit..this team is the best! And Dr.Calcagno their suburb leader!5stars
My dental hygenist does an excellent job of cleaning my teeth in a thorough and efficient manner. The dentist exam is also thorough and I appreciate that he keeps me informed about areas of concern and what his plan of action is.5stars
The dental asst always makes me feel so comfortable so my anticipation is never stressful. I thought i was going to need a crown or at the least a new filling but he was able to repair the tooth... Thank you Dr. Calcagno and staff.5stars


The entire staff is excellent in delivering the highest quality dental care under the guidance of Dr. Calcagno. I drive from San Jose to see the Calcagno team. They are, far and away, the very best.5stars
Camille is very professional and excellent at what she does. She always makes me feel comfortable. Recently, someone tried to recruit my husband and I to their dental practice. I told my husband; "no Camille, no deal!" My experience with Dr. Calcagno and his staff has made the experience of "going to the dentist," pleasurable. Thank you.5stars


Dr Calcagno has been my dentists for over 20 years. He and his entire staff will always spend time to have everything explained to you and what all the possible options are. They will treat you like family, need I say more!5stars
I always have a great experience at Dr. Calcagno's office. Dr. Calcagno and his Staff are always very caring and positive. It is a wonderful environment and always love to go back to his office. They have taken care of all my dental needs and go above and beyond for their clients. 5stars
Always satisfied with the expert service from Dr. Calcagno and his very qualified staff.5stars