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12/31/2013
By: lmichael420
Blumenkranz Uziel, DDS
"Dr. Blumenkranz is AWESOME. But not because of a procedure, but because of what he DIDN'T do. I had severe dental pain and he saw me right away. While I had a cracked filling on one of my teeth, he could see no reason for the pain I was in. He told me, ""Sorry, but there's nothing wrong with your teeth. Maybe your sinuses?"" I went to the ENT, he gave me some antibiotics and sent me on my way. In a couple of days, though, I was back to Dr. Blumenkranz with terrible pain in my teeth. Still he wouldn't drill. He said there was no evidence of a dental problem other than my pain, and that wasn't good enough. He said, ""Next stop, Neurologist."" In fact, he even said he had seen a case like mine a long time ago and it turned out to be a neuralgia. He prescribed some meds for the pain, gave me his cell phone with instructions to call him and report on my condition, and sent me on my way. Long story short - I have since spoken with my internist (so many doctors!) and he agreed wholeheartedly. Turns out, he too had seen this pain before, but he pointed out that whenever someone sees it, the patient has already had tons of unnecessary dental work. He said I should thank Dr. Blumenkranz for being so disciplined and professional.And that's it. I love the man for NOT doing dental work on me. He really is an incredible doctor, but an even better person. He treated me with such care and humanity. I hope I never REALLY need him, but if/when I do, I'll be back happily to the best endodontist in DC."
02/21/2014
By: Elizabeth H.
Dr Richard Y Lee DDS
After I responded to a coupon for a free exam that came in the mail from a dental group near me, I was told I needed a lot of expensive work. A friend suggested I go to Dr. Lee for a second opinion, because she told me he was the most honest dentist in town. He informed me that I needed no dental work at all and to beware of such offers in the future. I found his office charming, with bonsai and potted plants, a mixture of Chinese and country decor. (Apparently both cultures like pictures of funny-looking dogs.) Dr. Lee takes a personal interest in each of his patients and gives them all the time they need. This may not be the luxurious factory that I'm used to, but I saved a fortune thanks to Dr Lee's advice & sterling ethics (I was also so very edified to overhear he does pro bono work). This was some months ago (I wanted to write a review sooner since I've been so inspired by Dr Lee & his staff but had to undergo surgery -- different body part lol) and my teeth/mouth have been fine.
08/27/2012
By: dentallydisturbed
Relax N Smile Dental Care Spa
I't was so unprofessional. My appointment was at ten and when I got there the Dr. had not even arrived yet. After 45 mins of waiting listening to this weird spiritual music which I thought was inappropriate even as a spiritual woman, she appeared. She looked at my teeth said some words I couldn't understand and then wasn't going to explain anything to me. She then proceeded to stab my gums with the tool they use to remove dirt and plaque and tell me that my gums were "tender". I guess they are when you stab them, I've never bled or felt pain during a dental exam before. She didn't ask me to rinse, didn't give me any further instruction, and when she was done she just got up and walked away. The people working there were not knowledgeable and I noticed once I'd left that there was still plaque on some of my teeth. Don't go here if you have another option, the office is nice but the word "Spa" is damn wrong. Wouldn't recommend it.
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08/06/2016
By: Bettina S.
Kool Smiles of Washington DC
My experience was frustrating. The oringinal location for my son's appt ended up being cancelled bc the doctor went out of the country. I ended up settling for a much earlier appt than I wanted on the same day at the DC location. I was hesitant, but ny son needed his checkup. His appt was at 8:45a. I filled out paperwork so right at 8:45 it was complete. The play area is where I sat to watch him play. The equipment needs to be updated and/ or cleaned. The urine odor was so strong we moved. Still waiting at this point... Now it's after 945a before he's called. The hygienist was very nice and it took a few mins for her to check his teeth which are in great shape she said. Now back to waiting on the doctor and now at this point it's 10:20-10:30am. The doctor was very nice, but her evaluation took maybe 2mins to complete and then we were officially done, but needed to wait on paperwork. Overrall the wait time was horrible and it was not a good morning.
03/06/2017
By: Robert W.
Kool Smiles of Washington DC
I took my son for an appointment here on 3/3/17. He was getting a cap put on a cavity. From past experiences he has been traumatized about going to the dentist and as soon at he laid back in the chair he started losing it. The staff was super patient and understanding with my son. they explained every step and tool that they were using and made him feel at ease again. During the procedure they were reassuring and gentle with him. He did not even cry or yelp out AT ALL. This is making me think that his previous dentist had not used the proper amount of the numbing agent as he shrieked in pain during that whole procedure. I would really like to thank Dr. O and Ketra for providing a positive experience for me and my son going to a dentist office. I feel they have undone the negative association he felt before. YOU GUYS ARE FREAKING AWESOME. And if you guys remember us my name is Robert and my sons name is Eli. Again. Thank you guys.
12/27/2012
By: walt.okon
Dr. Alan Helig DDS
I am 70 years old and a patient of Dr. Alan Helig for 12 years. I am a USAF retired person and must have been to more than 30 dentist in my live. Dr. Helig is the best of all. I just had a filling to correct a filling that an Air Force dentist did. Dr. Helig was outstanding. Zero pain; no discomfort. He has the gentle touch. I have complete faith in him. Also, his staff are professional, efficient, and friendly. I have never been to an office where the whole staff is caring. I want to personally recommend Ms. Mimi Su who is the Dental Hygienist. She is the best ever and provides careful, gentle, and thorough preventative care. I can not say enough good about Dr. Helig. If I moved a 100 miles away I would still make the trip back to him. I want to personally recommend Ms. Mimi Su who is the Dental Hygienist. She is wonderful. i do not want anyone else to touch me but her. I am Walt Okon, Springfield Virginia
02/15/2014
By: Daniel L.
Dr Richard Y Lee DDS
I love Dr. Lee. I have been using him for over 12 years. I can't believe the other reviews. Yes, he does talk some during the procedure, but I always thought it was to make me feel comfortable. The first time I saw him, I gave him my insurance and he NEVER billed it. Now, I just pay cash and every time the price is lower for the same procedure. I think if you accept his funny ways, you get a lowball price. He's Great! I would not go to any other dentist. If you take a look at his appt book, you will see htat he must be doing something right. I think he's seeing over 60 patients per day and he seems to personally know all of them. what other one man dental office is that busy? His personality is his stock and trade. The people keep coming because he makes them feel comfortable and like the dentist’s office is not that serious. He didn’t bill my insurance because he didn’t need to.
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02/03/2015
By: Zeid A.
Dr Richard Y Lee DDS
I had a great experience with Dr. Lee, he is a very honest dentist. I had a wisdom tooth that was bothering me, he took it out and didn't charge me. Now where will you go to a dentist that will take out a tooth a wisdom without charging you??? Think really hard people, really why post negativity when he takes away the pain!!I also had a tooth that was hurting and Dr. Lee recommended I get a root canal to save the tooth and kill the pain, and cheapest dentist around in a long time. He was very friendly and told me everything that was going to be done before he even did it. Once he was finished, he told me other things I need to get done and even showed me. He doesn't overcharge and lets you know everything. I recommend him to anyone that does not want to get ripped off.
05/16/2013
By: frankk754
Dr Richard Y Lee DDS
I don't have dental insurance and the lowest rate quoted to me was $4,200.00. Not being one to sit in agony, I decided the only viable option was to remove the tooth. That is when a friend mentioned Dr. Lee. I called him and said I heard that he was somewhat reasonably priced. Without hesitation he replied "No. I am unreasonably reasonable." This put me at ease instantly. I thought it was a comment made in jest, but I figured I would try him out. I sat down in the chair while he did his thing. Without going in to the real numbers I would have to say that this man is truly a professional who did not become a doctor to help himself; he did it to help others. The was so reasonable that I had to stand up and hug him. He saved me (and my wallet).
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07/23/2015
By: Dane J.
Kool Smiles of Washington DC
My sons have been coming to Kool Smiles for the last three years, and I have always received outstanding service. All the employees are very professional and helpful. The environment is child friendly and the staff whom work with your child have a great understanding of child development. The staff informs you what they are doing and are very patient answering any questions you may have. I will continue to bring my children to Kool Smiles because of the friendly environment and customer care my children receive. A five star establishment please to not let sterotypical thinking prevent you from visiting a wonderful facility and people
Tips & Advices
  • If a tooth decays and the nerves or pulp (soft internal tissue which helps teeth develop) become inflamed or infected
  • If a tooth is cracked or broken and nerves are exposed
This generally depends on any specific issues you wish to address with your teeth. There are toothpastes designed to whiten teeth, fight cavities, decrease sensitivity, prevent bad breath, resist gingivitis, and those specific to children (with lower fluoride content). There are also toothpastes that offer “complete” protection by combining aspects of many of the above toothpastes.
It’s recommended to get a professional cleaning at least two times per year.
  • Desensitizing toothpaste numbs the nerves in the teeth that can cause discomfort.
  • Mouth guard can protect against grinding teeth during sleep.
  • Fluoride treatment can be applied by dentists to sensitive areas to numb teeth and strengthen enamel.
  • Root canal can treat problems in a tooth’s core.
  • Surgical gum graft where a piece of gum tissue is removed from a section of the mouth to cover an exposed root.
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but there are certain signs that can help you and your doctor determine if yours should be:
  • Wisdom teeth are pushing other teeth around, causing pain and misalignment
  • Cysts form around newly emerged wisdom teeth, causing jaw damage
  • Gums get inflamed and swollen, causing cavities and pain
  • Doctor determine from x-rays that wisdom teeth will cause problems in the near future

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