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A descendant of three generations of health professionals (his grandfather was one of the first African American dentists in the South), Dr. Arnold never considered any other occupation. He grew up "hanging around the dental office," watching his grandfather work while discussing community politics. His father was a general medical practitioner in Detroit, Michigan. According to Dr. Arnold, "In my practice, one of my primary goals is to eliminate the fear patients have toward dentistry and to present the discipline in a fun and enjoyable way. Dr. Happy Tooth is my way of presenting the issue of dentistry to kids in a non-threatening environment. It also presents dental hygiene as a pleasant learning experience." Dr. Arnold attended the same college as his parents, Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and went on to Meharry Medical College, the alma mater for his father and grandfather. Good fortune was with him when he was accepted into San Francisco’s Mt. Zion residency program in 1972. Mt. Zion has one of the leading residency programs for dentists in the country and only accepts three graduates per year. Dr. Arnold made a name for himself in the Bay Area when, in 1974, he teamed up with Dr. Collins, author of Your Teeth, a handbook on personal dental care, and Dr. William Pitman, the first African American dentist to open a practice in the East Bay in 1930. Within a year, Dr. Arnold had over 100 patients of his own. Today, Dr. Arnold, and his wife and dental practice partner, Dr. Wendi Wilson have over 3,000 loyal and "happy" patients. Dr. Arnold is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, on the hospital staff at Mt. Zion, Herrick and Alta Bates, and is a member of both the National Dental Association and the Berkeley Dental Association.
Verified Patient Reviews
Consultation was the best I have ever experienced; takes his time and explains everything thoroughly and simply. Extremely impressive......
The staff (Dr. Celvia, Dr. Mystory, Ms. Glora, etc.) were professional and know what they were talking about. The service was quick, and I felt like my time was appreciated. I would defiantly recommend the office to anyone who is looking for a great dentist.
Dr. Arnold wasn't there the day that I came for my initial appointment. I didn't get any prior notice that I wouldn't be seeing him, but the doctor that I did end up seeing was so wonderful that I can't hold a grudge. She was professional and took excellent care of my teeth.
I felt at peace and in good hands
The whole crew here is just great, and my normal check-up/cleaning procedure was painless. Doctor Silvia cleans teeth like a brain surgeon. Not to mention they actually fill in your information from Zocdoc, making the check-in refreshingly speedy. I'm almost looking forward to getting my cavities filled in a few weeks...
Had a lovely visit! The wait (mild wait, due to a tardy patient right before me) flew by while I talked to Ashley at the front desk. The cleaning, X rays, and checkup were all thorough, and the doctors let me in on what they were thinking / doing while they looked around my mouth. (I always appreciate that.) So long as I live in Berkeley, I'm coming back here!
I saw Dr. Wendy Wilson and she was great, just like the last time.
Every staff member was informative, gentle and thorough. They made me comfortable even after many years without dental insurance. Absolutely amazing.
I really enjoyed the office staff and dentist. They were all really helpful and welcoming.
Was seen three people for my first appointment, none of which were Dr. Arnold, but I enjoyed them all. Had a great conversation with Dr. Arnold after the appointment. Dr. Wilson was very helpful as well. Great first dentist experience in California overall.
He has been my dentist for years, he is and hos staff are excellent!
He was really nice and a great dentist.
Very pleasant experience. It was quick, everyone was nice and showed that they cared, and my cleaning was amazing!
Dr. Sylvia is great and entertaining!
Love the place and will go back.I wish I would have known about them ..
Professional, friendly, and knowledgeable staff. Your teeth will be in good hands.
Dr Arnold and his staff were professional, capable and friendly. The only downside was the technology used to take X-rays-- it feels like I'm choking :(
Quick and friendly services. Staff and dentist explain thoroughly and offer options taking financial situation into account. Dr. Wilson uses humor to ease anxiety :)
Great atmosphere, clean, pleasant environment. very thorough and informative. Highly recommended!!!!
This is my first time and They made me feel like I've been going there for years everyone was so welcoming...I felt really comfortable...I'll be back again!!
Exceptional visit. Convenient location, promptly greeted by front office staff, and quickly seen by the dental assistant. Dr. Arnold was great; explained what he was going to do, and was efficient in going through the process. He highlighted the positives, then focused on the areas of potential concern. He suggested a follow-up visit, and I was on my way. I couldn't have asked for a better visit.
A little skeptical about diagnosis -and cleaning was not as thorough as I have had elsewhere
I actually saw Dr.Wlson who shares this office. Everyone was extremely pleasant and great to deal with, Dr.Wilson is amazing, I couldn't be more pleased and I will certainly return in the future!
I arrived 30 minutes early as soon as I electronically signed some forms for check in I was called right away. I was seen by Dr. Wilson she was awesome I really enjoyed coming there. The whole staff was super pleasant. Even though I was not seen by Dr. Arnold he had a smile on his face from the time I got there till I walked out the door. I am almost excited to return to replace my filling if wasn't for the shots.
Great visits with Dr. Arnold, he explains all of the procedures if you want and they give off such a family-oriented feel. I love it!
Very nice and personable guy. Professional, courteous, and funny! Had a great experience.
Dr. Arnold was great! He spent a lot of time talking with me about dental issues and it was evident that he truly cares about his patients.
I loved it there! Positive energy the staffs and drs were so friendly & super Awesome!!! I felt so comfortable. I'll definitely be coming back!!!
He was very thorough, explained everything. I did not feel any pain. I did not have to wait long. it was not overcrowded like some dental offices are.
Dr Arnold was fantastic and his hygienist Laura was great as well. best dental appointment ever. my only complaint is that they did not have the forms I filled out online so I had to fill out more when I showed up which was kind of annoying but they were great nonetheless.
This man was born to be a dentist.
All the staff were very helpful and polite. Wonderful service
My dental visit was fantastic! The cleaning was painless and Dr. Arnold and his staff were very thorough - I felt like I was in excellent hands!
Some obvious stains didn't get cleaned, during my cleaning. I'm not sure if cleaning is supposed to get those stains off, but at other places in the past, they did it.
Dr. Wilson knows what's up.
He is very professional. He extracted my wisdom teeth without any pain.
It's always a pleasure talking with Dr. Arnold. I appreciate his professional knowledge and comforting manner.
This is the best dentistry clinic I've ever been to, people are nice, they do a great, clean and fast job and they help you out with everything you need to know. I hate going to the dentist but this was actually pleasant (and I got my wisdom tooth removed and all)
Awesome, fun staff and dentist!