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About Dr. Purohit

 Education and Training:

  • Dr. Purohit enhances her knowledge and skills through various clinical workshops, continuing education lectures, professional study groups and classes.

  • Dr. Purohit graduated from the University of California, Davis with a major in Psychology. 

  • She then graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1993

  • Trained at the  World Laser Institute in 2004

  • Dr. Purohit completed the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry training for the FR Nd: YAG Laser in 2007


Professional Memberships:

Dr. Purohit is an active member of stays current of advances in dentistry through her membership and participation in the:

  • American Dental Association (ADA)

  • California Dental Association (CDA)

  • Alameda County Dental Society

  • World Laser Institute

  • Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry

  • Somnomed Academy.


Dr. Anita Purohit has been living and serving the Oakland, CA dental community for over 20 years. She is happily married, with two active children and an nutty terrier mix, Rufus.

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Why I became a dentist...

Patients  often ask me "why did you choose to become a dentist? I mean, who wants to go to the dentist let alone become one?"

Well, good question.  There are several reasons why I became a dentist. 

I think the one big cataclysmic event that helped me decide to become a dentist was my experience in the sixth grade.  I had a tooth that had a filling.  The filling had been coming out for maybe a year.  Every time I chewed a piece of Juicy Fruit gum I would notice little metal chunks in my chewing gum and some chunks in my mouth.  I pointed this out to my dentist but I guess he did not think much of what I said because he never really took a good look.  I'm sure if he had, he would have noticed that parts of my filling was falling out.  Fast forward, I'm at school and my tooth is killing me! I called my mother who got me an emergency appointment, thankfully with another dentist, who saw me right away.  My tooth was abscessed and needed immediate treatment.  The dentist got me numb and drained the tooth right then and there.   My relief was immediate! I was so impressed that a doctor could do something that would get me out of pain so quickly.

I also noticed, that the dental office would schedule preventive appointments so I would not have to experience a tooth ache again.   How great is that?  Seeing a doctor before you need to see a doctor so you don't need to see a doctor.  We may be on to something I thought to myself.

Lastly, dentistry combines several of my interests: helping others, advances in health care, and teeth.  Oh, and of course there is the whole artistic aspect of actually creating things.  And, let's not forget all the gadgets and instruments and materials we get to use daily. This stuff is so cool...

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