Meet Dr. Christine Hayashi

Dr. Christine Hayashi has been practicing Periodontics for almost 25 years. She was raised in Palo Alto and enjoys living in the Bay Area with her husband and French bulldog, Dizzy. Dr. Hayashi received her Bachelors of Science degree in Pharmacology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to dental school, she worked for 4 years in pharmaceutical research at Syntex, Inc. in Palo Alto.

Dr. Hayashi continued her studies at the prestigious University of California at San Francisco UCSF where she earned a Degree in Oral Biology and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. A passion for preventative care and surgery led her to continuing post-graduate training in Periodontology at UCSF where she earned a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology and certificate for specializing in Periodontology. She has been licensed to practice dentistry in the State of California since 1993 and she established her own periodontal practice, Forest Periodontics, in San Jose in 2000.  Dr. Hayashi enjoyed a thriving periodontal practice at Forest Periodontics for almost 20 years. She and her entire team from Forest Periodontics moved to join Dr. Niloofar Zarkesh at the Perio4U Periodontics and Dental implant Center in July 2019

Dr. Hayashi has taught clinical periodontics at UCSF’s School of Dentistry since 1996 and she currently holds the position of Assistant Clinical Professor and teaches in the Post-Graduate Periodontal clinic. She is active on the UCSF Dental Alumni Association (DAA) Board, is Past President and is about to begin a new term on the UCSF DAA board as the current President-Elect. Dr. Hayashi has also held positions as a Board Member at the San Mateo County Dental Society and the Santa Clara County Dental Society and is a current member of the following organizations:

American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Santa Clara County Dental Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, Spear Education Study Club and Spear Education Faculty Club.

Dr. Hayashi enjoys downhill skiing, playing golf and travelling with her husband. She enjoys entertaining and spending time with friends and family. She also loves contributing to her community whenever possible.

“I have been practicing Periodontics for almost 25 years now. Periodontics is still both fascinating and rewarding for me because I have the opportunity to improve someone’s health and life in so many ways. Making a difference in a patient’s oral health and maintaining their smile is so rewarding! It is important for me to incorporate gentle care with extensive patient education, allowing plenty of time to answer my patient’s questions, so they can be an informed partner in their periodontal care. My continued education in the most advanced dental technologies allows me to provide this gentle, state-of-the-art care for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Non-surgical and surgical treatments to control periodontal disease
  • Esthetic procedures to improve the appearance of the gum line that surround the teeth
  • Tooth saving bone regenerative procedures
  • Replacing missing teeth with dental implants
  • Treatments to help restricted airways

As a periodontist, I feel strongly that I’ve chosen the right profession because at the end of the day with patients, it’s felt like I’ve spent time with friends and I’ve had the privilege of providing treatment essential to ensuring a lifetime of healthy smiles

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