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Today Dental: Helping People Smile

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By Shantiqua Stuart

Dr. Mueni L. Mutinga
Celebrating its grand opening on August 15, 2007, Today Dental has got off to a great start and is striving towards a promising year. This new facility is a Black owned dentist where all of its staff members share the same philosophy, and that is to provide personal care for and spend quality time with its patients.  

Today Dental has a family oriented staff that focuses on the quality care, safety, comfort, and needs of its patients.  The staff is synchronized with today's modern technology.  They have already upgraded to digital X-rays and have computers in every room.  To make things more efficient, they are working towards paperless offices.   These alterations will make the dental process easier and efficient for patients.

There are two highly qualified dentists in the facility, Dr. Mueni L. Mutinga, D.D.S., and Dr. Phuong-trinh Nguyen, D.D.S.  They perform various dentistry duties, such as preventive, restorative, cosmetic procedures, implants, veneers, porcelain crowns, and tooth colored fillings.  Dr. Mutinga graduated in 2001 from Loma Linda University where she received her doctorate degree in dental surgery.  In 1997, Dr. Nguyen received her doctorate degree in dental surgery, as well, from the University Of Southern California School Of Dentistry. 

Dr. Mueni L. Mutinga works on a patient at the Today Dental office in Downtown Riverside.

The owner of Today Dental, Dr. Mutinga, is a well experienced dentist in the field.  She has been in practice for six and a half years and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Loma Linda University of Dentistry.   Dr. Mutinga engages in volunteer work at a clinic in Costa Mesa. 

As a child, she was inspired by her first dentist, who was an African American male, to pursue a career in dentistry.  He made such an impact on her life because he took the time to explain and teach her about dental obligations, rather than just performing his daily duties.  Since Dr. Mutinga has had a positive experience with her dentist, she too strives to provide personal care for her patients.   She believes that one on one attention is important in making patients feel more comfortable with their surroundings.  "We try to make it feel as comfortable as possible in the decor, in the environment, in the rooms,...we have movies playing, ...you can relax ...and we don't over book (in this office) because we give each patient quite a bit of time,"  says Dr. Mutinga.

In addition, Dr. Mutinga enjoys dental education.  She explained that she is always willing to go to classrooms, church groups, and organizations to speak about the importance of dental care and health.   "I just want to be able to go out and educate (others) so that there is less need to do as much corrective dental work," says Dr. Mutinga.  She further explained that women with oral health problems have been found, in medical books, to have lower birth rates.  Therefore, it is imperative and necessary to educate them about the health effects of oral problems because knowledge on the topic may help avert these consequences.  Her avid passion for teaching and educating about dental health is genuine and sincere because it is something that she loves and enjoys doing.  Dr. Mutinga stated that she would be available and is more than willing to visit any group to speak about the essentials of dental care.

For any questions about Today Dental services, please call the facility at 951-786-9600.  They are open Monday through Friday from nine in the morning to five in the evening, and they are located in Downtown Riverside at 3701 Market Street Suite E, Riverside, California 92501. You may also visit their website at www.helpingpeoplesmile.com.

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