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Spear Education

As part of our commitment to your oral health, we receive continuing education from Spear.
Mar 4th, 2015

Thank you…

…for your generosity and thoughtful gifts.
Dec 19th, 2014

Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays from all us. It’s been a joyful year and we would like to thank our wonderful patients for making it so. We look forward to seeing all of you in 2015!
Dec 18th, 2014


Dr. Tapia is hard at work at a CEREC conference, learning about all of the latest technology to make the perfect crown for your teeth!
Jun 13th, 2014

Whitening Your Teeth: What You Should Know

Teeth whitening remains one of the most economical and conservative procedures available to enhance ones smile. Over a life time, teeth will get discolored for different reasons.
Apr 28th, 2014

Our Coloring Contest Winners!

Thank you to all the wonderful children who entered our Coloring Contest to raise awareness for Children’s Dental Health. We have contacted the winners individually and would like to share their awesome drawings with you today. Have a great week, and keep
Mar 13th, 2014

We’re Open!

At Dentistry By Design, we know how hard it can be to fit a visit to the dentist’s office into your schedule. That’s why we have decided to open our offices for one Saturday a month, so those who can’t find the time during the week,...
Mar 12th, 2014

The ASICS LA Marathon

The ASICS LA Marathon was this past Sunday, and it was truly a wonderful experience. Thank you to all who donated to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I really believe we helped make a difference.
Mar 11th, 2014

Sunday is the ASICS LA Marathon

Sunday is the big day! On March 9, Dr. Tapia will be participating in the ASICS LA Marathon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. If you haven’t donated yet, please take the time to do so; we still have time to reach our goal!
Mar 8th, 2014

Hello All

I am very happy to announce that I will be running in the ASICS LA Marathon this Sunday, March 9, in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Those of you who know St. Jude’s know how important their work is...
Mar 3rd, 2014

Care For Health

I believe in a healthy lifestyle. I started to run during my postgrad program at UCLA and since then it has become a lifestyle. I am thankful for my health today.
Dec 23rd, 2013

Reminder: We Have Moved- October 11, 2013

Tapia Moves Her Dental Office to 881 Alma Real Dr. Maria Elena Tapia, DDS, will sponsor the next Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast at 8 a.m. on Thursday, September 12 at Matthew’s Garden Cafe, 859 Swarthmore Ave. (across from CVS).
Nov 11th, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from all of us at Dentistry by Design! Dr. Tapia’s office is a Halloween Candy Buy Back location! Please bring us your candy and we will give you $1 for every pound. The candy we buy back will be sent to the troops!
Oct 29th, 2013

Reminder: We Have Moved

Tapia Moves Her Dental Office to 881 Alma Real Dr. Maria Elena Tapia, DDS, will sponsor the next Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast at 8 a.m. on Thursday, September 12 at Matthew’s Garden Cafe, 859 Swarthmore Ave.
Oct 11th, 2013

Village Fair in the Pacific Palisades

This past Sunday we participated in the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce Village Fair. We met some wonderful people and helped children decorate pencil bags! We also had a raffle where one lucky child will receive an electric Oral B toothbrush.
Oct 3rd, 2013

A Message from Maria March 6, 2013

March is Women’s History Month and we would like to celebrate the birthday of Lucy Hobbs, the first female dentist. Hobbs was born March 14, 1833 and her accomplishments made it possible for all women to follow the dream of becoming a dentist....
Jun 2nd, 2013

We Are Moving!

Hope you are having a nice April. We have been working very hard on a new and exciting project and we are proud to announce that we are moving to a new location in July. Don’t worry, we aren’t moving very far. We will be right down the street in the...
Apr 23rd, 2013

Patient Safety is Our Top Priority

Maria Elena Tapia, D.D.S. & Associates is committed to protecting the health and well-being of every patient that we serve. Our office follows the highest ethical conduct and standards of professional care as set fourth by the American Dental...
Apr 23rd, 2013

Barbara & Ellen Win Drawing!

We are excited to announce that Barbara & Ellen will be enjoying a delicious breakfast or lunch at Matthew’s Garden Cafe. They are the winners of our February drawing for the $50.00 gift certificates. Be on the look out for another fun drawing from...
Mar 5th, 2013

Happy Birthday Lucy Hobbs Taylor

Back in 1861, Lucy Hobbs became the first female dentist, paving the way for women who want to follow a career in dentistry. In the 1800’s, women were not allowed in dental school. For some, this might have been a roadblock but not for Hobbs. She began...
Mar 4th, 2013

Palisades Dentistry Group Introduces The NOMAD

Palisades Dentistry Group is excited to announce the addition of the NOMAD, one of the safest dental handheld units available in the market. The innovative handheld design improves dental radiography speed, convenience, and quality. It’s twice as fast ...
Feb 28th, 2013

Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest

The Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art FestAngeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest is a full week of celebration for the Italian cinema, music, fashion and style. Whether you’re Italian or just love spaghetti, or if you’re a cinephile or just...
Jan 31st, 2013

A Message from Maria February 1, 2013

During the month of February, we think about doing something special for the ones we love and care about. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s a time where we think about giving gifts from the heart. What better gift to give the one you...
Jan 31st, 2013

Alternatives to Periodontal Treatment

It’s important to get your disease under control. First, we’ll thoroughly discuss all of your treatment options. Treatments include performing a scaling and root planing procedure to remove plaque and tartar below the gum line, inserting medicine ...
Jan 30th, 2013

Preventative Brushing

If you don’t want to get cavities, you have to brush your teeth. Here’s how to do it the right way. Proper tooth brushing involves five things: a toothbrush with soft bristles, toothpaste with fluoride, brushing long enough, the correct brushing action and
Jan 30th, 2013

Preventative Flossing

When two of your child’s teeth are touching, it’s time to start flossing. Just as adults do, children need to remove the cavity-causing plaque and bacteria from between the teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach...
Jan 29th, 2013

Win a gift certificate to Matthew’s Garden Cafe

Have Lunch or Breakfast on us! We will be having a drawing where one of our lucky patients will win a $50 gift certificate to enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch at Matthew’s Garden Café. To enter the drawing all you have to do is click here post your...
Jan 29th, 2013

Good Dental Hygiene Essential in Fight Against Heart Disease

Research suggests link between oral health and heart health As part of February’s American Heart Month, and in an effort to increase oral health awareness, the California Dental Association is encouraging you to practice good oral hygiene habits to help...
Jan 29th, 2013

A Great Resolution for Healthy Teeth

Now that the holidays are over and you have enjoyed your last piece of pumpkin pie, you are determined to work out, get in shape and lose those extra pounds you gained at all the holiday parties. You are going to eat right and exercise ...
Jan 1st, 2013

Happy New Year from Our Family to Yours

As the new year begins, we often look back at what we have done and plan for the things we would like to do. Here are some of our resolutions and thoughts for 2013? Dr. Tapia: 2012 was amazing, and I hope 2013 is even better ...
Jan 1st, 2013

L.A. County Holiday Celebration!

A medley of seasonal music and dance is on display at this year’s L.A. County Holiday Celebration! Bands, choirs and dance companies representing the diverse cultures and holiday traditions of L.A. will take the stage at this FREE three-hour ...
Dec 15th, 2012

Who Made That Dental Floss?

A good dental hygiene regiment includes daily flossing. “Floss the ones you want to keep.” Dentists have been urging their patients to floss as far back as the 1800s. Pagan Kennedy published an interesting article about the history of ...
Dec 15th, 2012

A Message from Maria Dec 03

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying the cool sunny days of December in Southern California. The holidays are right around the corner. I can’t believe that the year is almost over. No matter how you plan to ...
Dec 3rd, 2012

Marina del Rey 50th Boat Parade

Coming Saturday, December 8th, it’s the annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. The parade started back in 1963 when there were only 100 boats in the Marina and almost no buildings. Back in the day, the Marina had no breakwater ...
Dec 3rd, 2012

6,500 Year Tooth Found with Beeswax Filling

It just might be that dentistry is the world’s oldest profession. On September 19, 2012 Italian researchers published an article in the journal PLoS One that may provide evidence of early dentistry. A 6,500-year-old human jawbone was ...
Dec 3rd, 2012

Xylitol: Sweet News for Preventing Cavities

What is xylitol? Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that helps prevents cavities. You may recognize other sugar alcohols used in sugarless products, such as mannitol and sorbitol. Xylitol is the sugar alcohol that shows the greatest promise ...
Nov 15th, 2012

Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner & Celebration

Last year more than 1,200 volunteers served 2,500 meals and distributed tons of clothing and blankets. The event provided hundreds of children’s immunizations, haircuts and free medical consultations ...
Nov 10th, 2012

A Message from Maria Nov 02

The month of November is very special for me. It is a wonderful time to reflect on all those people who are important to us. I am so thankful to have an opportunity of practicing dentistry. In saying that I want you to know ...
Nov 2nd, 2012

Fun at the Fair

It was a lot of fun being a part of the 15th annual Village Fair. What a great way to kick off the holiday season. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello.
Nov 2nd, 2012

KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching

Palisades Dentistry is proud to offer KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching. KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching is the newest, most revolutionary and effective teeth whitening system ever developed ...
Oct 20th, 2012

A Message from Maria

October is here and with it comes cooler weather and the beautiful colors of fall. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ~ Albert Camus I love this time of year in the Palisades especially when the community gets together ...
Oct 4th, 2012

Maximize Dental Insurance

Get the most out of your dental insurance plan. Most insurance plans have an annual maximum benefit. If you do not use this maximum amount, the remaining balance is lost at the end of the year. Take a few moments to review your plan so that ...
Oct 4th, 2012

Stop Zombie Mouth!

Look out the Putrid Posse is coming! Halloween is just around the corner. You can almost hear the little ghosts and goblins saying “Tick or Treat.” But wait there is another sound, the moan and groan of the Putrid Posse. They are coming ...
Oct 4th, 2012

Maria Elena Tapia, DDS

I enjoy life, and I live it to the fullest with everything I do! I surround myself with positive people and I hope to make a positive impact on others as well. One of the strongest values I have is honesty. I believe it is instrumental for building...
Aug 11th, 2012

Michael Whang, DDS

Dr. Michael Whang is a specialist in Periodontics, whose duties include esthetic gum procedures, management and treatment of gum disease, and surgical placement of dental implants. Committed to the pursuit of higher learning and the value of education...
Aug 11th, 2012