Picasso Smiles Dental Culver City Now Accepting Patients

Picasso Smiles Dental is excited to announce that our West Los Angeles office location is now open in Culver City, CA. After seeing great success with two dental office locations in El Paso,TX, Dr. Nima Shayesteh and Dr. Tamir Shams decided to begin practicing dentistry in their hometown of Southern California again. Our dentists are bringing their experience and expertise to the West Los Angeles area to provide excellent dental care in a state-of-the-art office.

Your Dentist In Culver City

Picasso Smiles Dental in Culver City is the source for comprehensive dentistry. Our dentists offer cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, clear braces, sedation dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and much more. When you’re in need of a dentist in the Culver City area, we strive to be the best choice, as we are multi-specialty and you can visit the same office for all your dental needs, whether that’s teeth whitening or sleep apnea treatment.

Contact Your Dentist in Culver City

If you’re looking for a Culver City dentist who can address all your dental needs, give us a call at (424) 361-5218. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form to come in for your first visit. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We hope to see you soon and help give you a more beautiful healthy smile!


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Makeover Your Smile in 2016

2016 is decidedly here, and that means many of our patients are getting excited about continuing their New Year’s Resolutions. We love this time of year, and it strikes joy into our hearts to see the renewed invigoration and motivation for self-improvement that this time of year brings. But while many people may have gotten new gym subscriptions or bought a few books to read, there’s one resolution we bet you haven’t considered: a healthier, more beautiful smile. So this year, why not invest in your best asset and give your smile a makeover in 2016!

Comprehensive Treatments for a Beautiful Smile

At Picasso Smiles, we have everything you need to make your smile more beautiful than ever before. Whether you’re looking for a brighter smile through teeth whitening, want to straighten your teeth discreetly with clear braces, or want a complete full-mouth rehabilitation, we’ll help you achieve a gorgeous new smile no matter what condition yours is in currently. Our mission is to make you smile – beautifully!

Cutting Edge Technology

We pride ourselves on using only the latest in advanced, cutting-edge dental technology at our office – and that means you receive the safest, most effective, and most convenient treatment possible every time. With years of experience treating patients in the El Paso area, we have the skills and the tools to make your dream smile a reality!

Contact Your El Paso Cosmetic Dentists

Ready to make 2016 your best year yet with a brand new, beautiful smile? We’re here to make it happen. Feel free to call us at (915) 587-6453 for our Westside office, (915) 857-6453 for our Eastside office, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at one of our offices. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a gorgeous new smile you’ll be proud of for years to come!

Picasso Smiles’ Favorite Holiday Activities in & Around El Paso

If you missed the 100th annual Celebration of Lights ceremony in downtown El Paso, don’t worry! There are still plenty of holiday themed and holiday spirit filled activities and events to experience throughout El Paso this season. The holidays aren’t over yet!

Picasso Smiles really enjoys this time of year! This year we got together and talked about our favorite things to do throughout our community during the holiday season. We had such a blast talking about our own personal experiences with one another, that we want to share it with you all so that you, too, can experience the joy and holiday spirit that comes from these different activities.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

moscow-balletWe all agree that Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a must see! Every holiday season Tchaikovsky’s classic master score is brought to life with amazing, world-class artists. This year, we have the privilege of it being in our own back yard at The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center on December 23rd and 24th! With 40 professional artists, larger than life puppets, amazing decorations and most, this ballet is must-see for the entire family. Don’t miss out! Purchase your tickets now!

Santa Makes His Way through El Paso

santa-at-zooBring the entire family to the El Paso Zoo and celebrate the holidays with your favorite zoo animals on December 12th and 13th from 10am-4pm. This is a great opportunity to bring in the cheer and join other El Paso residents in celebrating the holiday season. The zoo will be filled with entertainment, holiday themed arts and crafts, carolers throughout and SANTA! While at the zoo, you can write out your Christmas list and make sure it gets mailed to the North Pole. Check out the zoo website for more information.

If you can’t make it to the zoo to see Santa on those days, rest assured, Santa will also be at the Wyler Aerial Tramway on December 19th and 20th. Information can be found on the Texas Parks & Wildlife website.

Join Christmas Street

paso-del-norteOne of the things we encourage our community to do is participate in Christmas Street’s 42nd annual fundraiser at the EL Paso Country Club on December 8th for the Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center. This fundraiser has raised more than $4 million for children with special healthcare needs since 1969. With lavishly decorated trees, raffles, silent auctions, music and more, this event is sure to warm your heart. Find more information on their website and give back this holiday season!

Lights on the Lake is BACK!

lights-lakeWho remembers The Lights on the Lake holiday program? WE DO! And we are so happy that it’s coming back to Ascarate Park this year! The opening lighting ceremony will be on Saturday, December 12 at 6 pm with carolers, a band and a MINI Cooper parade featuring special guests, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the elves! Don’t miss this spectacular event! The Lights on the Lake holiday lights display will run from December 12th through January 4th and will be available for viewing every day from sundown until 10pm every night. Find more information here today!

Annual Holiday Open House

holiday-open-houseIf you can’t make it to The Lights on the Lake lighting ceremony, make you way down to Magoffin Home State Historic Site and Visitors Center. There will be holiday decorations, beautifully lit trees and live music throughout the rooms of this awesome venue. This is a great place to bring the entire family to get into the holiday spirit as the Magoffin Home comes alive with holiday cheer! Find more information for this event on the Magoffin Home website.

We sure hope you get to experience many of the events mentioned above before the holiday season comes to an end! We can’t wait to hear about your experiences the next time you come in. Schedule your next appointment at Picasso Smiles Dental by contacting us at our Westside or Eastside office today!
Happy holidays from your El Paso dentists and dental family!

The Ins & Outs of TMJ

The Temporomandibular Joint: Broken Down By Your Local El Paso Dentist

The temporomandibular joint, commonly referred to as TMJ, is located in front of your ear where the skull and the lower jaw meet. This joint is what connects your jaw to your skull and allows your lower jaw to move and function. Experts have determined that the TMJ is the most used joint in the body.

TMJ Structure

The TMJ has six main components:

  1. Condyles process – contributes to the ability to rotate your head
  2. Articular surface of the temporal bone – smooth, fibrous disc in between joint bones
  3. Capsule – thin, loose envelope attached to mandibular fossa and articular tubercle
  4. Articular disc – thin, oval plate which allows for joint movement
  5. Ligaments – help define joint movement
  6. Lateral pterygoid – muscle that allows us to open our jaws

What Causes TMJ Syndrome

Temporomandibular joint syndrome is a disorder of the nerves in the jaw and chewing muscles. This syndrome can be caused by misaligned teeth that force the jaw to rest in a way that causes stress to the ligaments within the joint. Other things that contribute to TMJ syndrome or developing TMJ syndrome include, but are not limited to:

  • Teeth or jaw injury
  • Teeth grinding
  • Poor posture
  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Chewing gum & more

Signs & Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

tmjMany people who suffer from TMJ disorder are said to experience tooth sensitivity or gum recession. Other indicators that you may be suffering from this disorder can be:

  • Pain in the jaw joint
  • Ear pain
  • Clicking of the jaw or popping sounds in ear
  • Stiff or sore jaw muscles
  • Headaches
  • Jaw locking

Treating TMJ Syndrome with FOSA

Treating TMJ syndrome is easy! At Picasso Smiles, we can provide a custom made Face Orthopedic Stabilization Appliance (FOSA), which helps relieve pain. This premier dental appliance is made unique to each patient and their facial structure. This device is worn at night while sleeping, is very effective while also easy to clean and maintain.

Contact Your Dentist in El Paso

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, you no longer have to suffer. Contact Picasso Smiles Dental at our Westside or Eastside office and let us help put a healthy, genuine smile back on your face. We will set an appointment for you to meet with one of our highly trained and experienced El Paso dentists that best fits your schedule and in no time at all, you will be TMJ syndrome free!


Teething & Tooth Eruption: What a Parent Should Expect

Growing a first tooth is one of the most excited and important milestones in an infant’s life – but for parents, the teething process can often be a bit of a mystery. We know that there’s a lot to keep track of, so for this blog, we’ve put together some helpful info and tips on what to expect as your child’s teeth develop.

Infant Teething

Most babies will get their first tooth between 4 to 7 months, although it’s normal for the first tooth to appear anywhere between 3 months and over a year old. Teeth will continue to pop up one at a time over the coming months, and while it’s an exciting time, it can also be uncomfortable for the child – so we recommend getting your baby a teething ring. You can also soothe pain by rubbing a finger over gums, feeding them cold food like applesauce, or giving them a cold washcloth to chew on. Be sure to avoid teething biscuits, though, as the sugar in these can damage infant’s teeth. By age 3, your child should have a full set of 20 baby teeth.

Permanent Teeth

Your child’s teeth will start to fall out around age 5 or 6, and thankfully this process is far less painful than eruption. Your child will continue to lose teeth and have new permanent teeth come in periodically over the coming years, with the final baby teeth falling out by age 12 or 13. It’s critical to maintain excellent oral hygiene during this period – be extra conscientious about daily brushing and flossing, and make sure your child comes in for a visit every 6 months.

Contact Your El Paso Pediatric Dentists

Have more questions about how to take care of your child’s teeth? We’re always happy to help. Feel free to reach out to us at our Westside or Eastside office, or schedule an appointment at either of our El Paso offices using our easy online form. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips and info on keeping your and your child’s teeth healthy and strong!

Make the Most of Your Dental Insurance Before the New Year!

At Picasso Smiles Dental, we want to be sure you get the most out of your treatment time spent at our El Paso dental office. Whether you are looking for teeth whitening services, dental implants, or clear braces, we are here to guide you in the right direction! With that being said, we want to ensure that our patients are getting the best treatment at the most affordable price in El Paso. This is why we decided to make this blog a friendly reminder about dental insurance at Picasso Smiles!

With fall in full swing and the holidays right around the corner, the New Year will be here before you know it! To make the most of your dental insurance benefits before the New Year, be sure to schedule an appointment at Picasso Smiles between October- December!

Insurances We Accept

As a reminder, below are the various insurances we accept at Picasso Smiles Dental. If you have any questions regarding your insurance benefits, do not hesitate to ask us!

Picasso Smiles is currently enrolled in TMHP Texas Medicaid/ Texas CHIP (Dentaquest, MCNA & Traditional Medicaid) along with New Mexico Medicaid. We want to be sure that you make the most out of your dental insurance before your benefits are up! Give us a call to schedule your consultation before the end of December. We look forward to seeing you!

Six Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth

Food choices play an important role when it comes to oral health. Believe it or not, not all foods that are healthy for you also promote good oral health! Some of the food that we have listed may surprise you – read below to learn about six foods that are particularly good for your teeth.

Eating the following foods will help promote good oral health:

  • Milk: Milk contains high levels of calcium, a mineral that the body uses to maintain strong bones. Calcium works to protect your teeth against gum disease. It also keeps your jawbone strong and healthy.
  • Celery, carrots, or other crunchy vegetables: Crunchy, firm vegetables contain a lot of water, which increases the flow of saliva and works to scrub tooth surfaces, ultimately brightening your teeth!
  • Salmon or other fatty fish: Fatty fish such as salmon or tuna are full of vitamin D, which allows your body to absorb and use higher levels of calcium (discussed above).
  • Oranges: Citrus fruits like oranges contain vitamin C, which helps keep your gums healthy by strengthening both blood vessels and connective tissue. Your teeth are connected to your jaw by connective tissue, so you can see why strong connective tissue is of high importance! Additionally, in some cases, vitamin C may prevent or slow the progression of gingivitis.
  • teaGreen and black teas: These types of tea contain polyphenols, which prevent plaque and harmful bacteria from growing and producing acid. This is incredibly useful for cavity prevention. Tea also has anti-inflammatory powers that help to control (and prevent against) gum disease.
  • Sugarless gum: The “sugarless” part is important, as sugar is in no way good for your teeth! Sugarless gum, on the other hand, contains xylitol, which stimulates saliva production, helping to reduce acid in your mouth. Additionally, sugarless gum can help “scrub” your teeth, which keeps your mouth feeling clean.

What Else Is Good For Your Teeth?

As you can see, the foods listed above provide a large amount of benefits to your oral health! With that being said, visiting your El Paso dentists at Picasso Smiles Dental is even better for your oral health! Our patients leave the office with significant improvements to their oral hygiene. Contact us to schedule a consultation today; you will be glad you did!


Summer Activities In El Paso

Summer is always fun no matter what your age may be. Whether its a break from school or a little vacation from work its always nice to get out this time of year. With that in mind we found some great activities for kids and families to do during the final days of summer in our community!

El Paso Zoo

The zoo is a great place to go for a day to see and learn about animals, but did you know that the El Paso Zoo has events throughout the summer? Fun events include an Elephant Day and even a sleepover! Additionally, the zoo recently opened up the Foster Treehouse Playground, which includes five tree Houses that rise 16 feet off of the ground so kids can get a 360-degree view of the park!

El Paso Exploreum Summer Camps

The El Paso Exploreum is also hosting day camps for kids of all ages, from now until August 21st. They offer a morning session and an afternoon session and camp topics include:

  • Super Camp: Which hosts all things super. Super spies, superheroes, super gross, and a super surprise!
  • Liftoff Camp: Campers learn about rockets, stars and astronauts, and what they have to do with each other. Campers also get to learn about constellations, build a telescope and even get to make a rocket!
  • Kitchen Science Camp: Their number one requested camp! Campers learn to make easy snacks for themselves at home and learn what mixtures work, and what mixtures should be avoided.
  • Mad Lab Camp: This one is for the crazy scientists in the family. Campers get to mix, explode, experiment, examine, and much more!
  • Robotics Camp: Campers in this camp get to experiment with circuits, and wires to create their own robot!

adventure-zoneAs you can see there is a lot to do at the El Paso Exploreum so sign up quick and call 915-533-4330 for more information.

Adventure Zone

For a family night out why not head down to the Adventure Zone in El Paso for mini golf, bumper boats, go-carts, arcade games, and more! Adventure Zone is open 7 days a week and always has specials on their website.

Visit Picasso Smiles Dental!

How could we forget the most fun thing to do in El Paso! Come on down to Picasso Smiles Dental today! If you have any questions about dentistry or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact one of our two El Paso Practices and we’d be happy to help you. Happy summer!

Breathing in the Truth About Bad Breath


Do you find your friends subtly scooting away from you when you’re talking in close quarters? Does your desk neighbor at work offer you Tic Tacs and gum way more frequently than she should? Are you constantly breathing into your hand to see what others may be smelling?

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” then you may be one of the millions of people out there who suffers from bad breath.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath, or “Halitosis,” plagues about a third of the world’s population. And, while it may not be the most dire of medical circumstances, having a mouth that smells unbearable isn’t exactly a great social life booster either. Which is why it is important to learn how to combat it. To begin with, that means understanding where bad breath comes from.

The most common origin of Halitosis is bad dental hygiene. When you don’t take care of your oral/dental health, hundreds of bacteria on the tongue, gums, and teeth create sulfurous smells that cling to your mouth’s insides. Unclean dental cavities, un-brushed teeth, gum disease, or coated tongues (when there is a white or yellow residue on your tongue), are some examples of oral/dental health issues that cause bad breath.

Other medical conditions that may cause bad breath include: malnutrition, diabetes, dry mouth, infections, sore throats, heart burn, intestinal disorders, the common cold, ulcers, sinusitis, and lactose intolerance. Furthermore, bad breath can also be attributed to certain foods and drinks such as: garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol. Smoking is also a common source of bad breath problems.

Now that you are loaded up with knowledge on where bad breath comes from, it’s time to arm yourself with ways to fight back. There are plenty of long-term and quick-fix ways to reduce bad breath. For a full list of both, look below.

Top 10 Tips for Fighting Bad Breath:

  1. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Brush after every meal and floss (once or twice a day).
  3. Replace your toothbrush every two to three months.
  4. Arrange regular dental check-ups with us at our El Paso dentist office.
  5. Scrape your tongue each morning with a spoon or tongue scraper to minimize bacteria.
  6. Chew a handful of fennel seeds, cloves, or aniseeds (they have antiseptic qualities that fight bacteria).
  7. Chew a pre-washed lemon or orange rind (the citric acid will trigger the salivary glands to fight against bad breath).
  8. Chew on fresh basil, mint, cilantro, or sprigs of parsley (their natural levels of chlorophyll neutralize odors).
  9. Use a 30-second alcohol free, fluoride mouthwash.
  10. If you wear dentures or retainers, clean them regularly.

If you’ve been afraid to share a taxi cab with a pal, or have a conversation with your boss right after your morning coffee, now’s the time to act! Begin your journey towards better breath today by employing the tips above and better dental hygiene practices in general.

For more on proper oral and dental health, or for specific recommendations from your local, El Paso dentists, contact us at Picasso Smiles Dental now!