Today we kicked off our Random Acts of Hygiene. The dental industry is unique in that we offer a service that only trained and licensed individuals can give. Knowing we are the only ones that can provide dental treatment, we wanted to use our special skills to help others. So we are seeking out random individuals who are in need of dental treatment and simply providing them with professional hygiene services at no cost.
First up was Anthony. He was all smiles by the end of his appointment. He was truly thankful and honored to be a part of Random Acts of Hygiene. It is really an awesome feeling to know we were able to help Anthony not only improve his oral health, but his overall health as well!
“Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.” —Kevin Heath, Ceo More4kids
The focus of National Dental Hygiene Month this year centers around the four components of good oral health maintenance: brushing teeth twice daily, flossing every day, rinsing with mouthwash and chewing sugar-free gum.
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Proper Brushing Instruction
Proper Flossing Instruction
I live in: El Segundo.
I attended dental hygiene school at: West Los Angeles College.
I became a dental hygienist because: I always loved going to the dentist growing up and when looking into a career change and going to dental school a retired dentist suggested I become a dental hygienist instead, because I had the personality for it and it would be a lot less stressful and more flexible than being a dentist.
The thing I enjoy most about being a dental hygienist is: developing strong patient-provider relationships, so the patients have fun, but at the same time, they know they are receiving the best care and are genuinely cared for.
My mentor is: Dr. Calleros, since they day I got hired she has provided me with a platform to continually grow professionally and has always shown me enormous support and encouragement over the years.
My favorite oral hygiene aid: Interproximal Brush, they are really great for removing plaque and preventing build up, especially in the bottom front teeth, where so many people build up calculus.
What is CEREC®?
Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC® for short is a new state-of-the-art method of reconstructing tooth restorations. CEREC® uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-day restorations for patients. This new technology has revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product. With CEREC®, the technology is used while you are sitting in the dental chair, which is both economical for you and your dentist. The restorations created are metal-free and tooth colored to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength and function. With CEREC®’s CAD-CAM technology, these ceramic restorations can all be done in one single visit to the dentist.
The CEREC® Process
CEREC® uses CAD-CAM technology to design and mill custom restorations during one visit to the dentist. So how does this process work?
- Exam and Preparation
Before you get started, your dentist will determine if CEREC® is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, the dentist will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.
- Optical Impression
In order to make the desired restoration, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.
- Milling Unit
This device is used to used to create the custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, the dentist is able to select the correct colored ceramic block and in a few minutes, the milling device is able to create the restoration needed.
- Placing the Restoration
After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money.
Advantages to Using CEREC®
CEREC® has revolutionized the restorative process. It was created with the patient in mind in order to make a visit to the dentist as pain-free as possible. Some of the benefits to using CEREC® are:
- Most procedures can be done in one visit – less costly and less time-consuming
- Less painful injections due to single-visit
- No need to take messy impressions
- No need to have a temporary restoration for in-between visits
- Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible
- Longer lasting restorations – may last over 10 years
- Restores teeth to natural beauty, function and strength
- Metal-free restorations
Dr. Calleros, Marissa, and Stephanie teamed up with some of our patients and friends to make an 8 person Calleros Dental Ragnar Trail Relay Team. The Ragnar Trail Relay is an overnight running adventure around Vail Lake, Ca that took place from Friday, October 10 to Saturday, October 11 to benefit The Child Abuse Prevention Center. Each runner, runs three trails totaling 14.6 miles with a team total of 116.8 miles.
We arrived in Vail Lake at 11:30 am on Friday and set up our Calleros Dental Camp. Marissa brought her huge 10 person tent for us to nap in. We had the Calleros Dental Pop-Up Tent to shade us and a lot of yummy food to nourish us. We then checked out the Ragnar Village. Much to our surprise were the make-shift bathrooms provided. They would not of been so bad, if there weren’t 2,000 other runners using them as well, but we made due and that’s part of the experience. Next, we got our gear and got ready to go.
Stephanie started us off in the blazing heat on the long “flat” course at 2:30 pm on Friday. Dr. Calleros’ first run was nice and cool at sundown, but challenging as her trail consisted of some steep inclines. Marissa got all the elements thrown at her out the gates with her first two runs. She started off in the pitch black of the night with the long “flat” trail and then again with the most challenging trail of them all. This trail had killer hills and tough descents. We continued running through the cool night and finished off in the scorching heat again at 2:30 pm on Saturday.
We placed 3rd in our division and 105th overall out of 266 teams. We had a great time and are already looking forward to next year. It was an awesome way to do something new and challenging, as well as, benefit a great cause.
Special Thanks to Trey, Meghan, Jason, Kassi, and Julie for joining the Calleros Dental Team and killing it out there!
I Live in: Redondo Beach
I attended dental hygiene school at: University of Michigan
The thing I enjoy most about being a dental hygienist is: helping patients that have dental anxiety become more comfortable and have an enjoyable experience at the Dentist.
I became a dental hygienist because: I always admired my dental hygienist growing up and thought it seemed like a great way to help people and meet a lot of different people.
My mentor is: Wendy Kerschbaum, she was the director of dental hygiene while I attended UM. I can still email her questions!
My favorite oral hygiene aid: Sonicare Toothbrush
Today is Boss’s Day! To show our gratitude, we gifted our amazing Bosses, Dr. Calleros and Dr. Moser with Trilogy Spa gift cards and flowers from our favorite flower shop, Natural Simplicity.
We are honored to work with two of the hardest working dentists out there. What a difference it makes in our team dynamic, when our leaders continually set such great examples and are gracious supporters of us. We are all so grateful that they provide a platform for us to grow and develop both professionally and personally, thus allowing us to provide the highest level of care to our patients daily.
THANK YOU! Happy Boss’s Day!
October is National Dental Hygiene Month and we will be highlighting our very own dental hygienist through out the month. Dental Hygienist are vital to every dental practice. They work very hard to ensure each and every patient has a pleasurable experience and leave with the oral hygiene knowledge needed to maintain good oral health. We can’t thank them enough for all that they do!
First up is Marissa Heredia, RDH
I live in: El Segundo.
I attended dental hygiene school at: West Los Angeles College.
I became a dental hygienist because: I truly love dentistry and wanted to work with people one on one. I also loved the flexibility to work part-time so I can still be a mom.
The thing I enjoy most about being a dental hygienist is: meeting someone new everyday and being able to give them one new piece of oral hygiene instruction that they may not have heard before.
My mentor is: my aunt Patti, she was the first female to go to college in our family. She helped me get through college and pushed me to pursue my goal of becoming an RDH.
My favorite oral hygiene aid: Tongue Scraper: it can help reduce bad breathe, stain and plaque build up. My favorite for all the coffee and wine drinkers.
Calleros Dental is committed to giving back to the community. In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we provided over $15,000 of dental services to women and children from the 1736 Family Crisis Center this past Friday. Since 1972, 1736 Family Crisis Center has been responding to the growing needs of victims of domestic violence, runaway and homeless youth, homeless families, unemployed adults and youth, and other low-income community members in need of assistance.
It was our pleasure to provide these much needed dental services and hope we did our small part in helping these families gain confidence to get back on their feet and live the lives they deserve.
Thank you to the volunteers and a special thank you to Katt and Alison for joining us last minute and helping make this day happen.
If you or anyone you know is being abused or in need of assistance you can contact the 1736 Family Crisis Center 24 Hour Hotlines at:
If you would like to make a donation to the 1736 Family Crisis Center click below.
Putting in work!
Stephanie getting ready for her next patient
Jennifer having fun with the patient!
Alison shining a pretty smile
Julie helping out in back.
Dr. Moser writing notes
Dr. Calleros helping clean up
Dr. Calleros, Dr. Moser, and Sandy
5 years ago Dr. Calleros set a goal to run her first 10k, which she thought would be the Manhattan Beach 10k, held in October every year. She set this goal in January 2009 and started training. Well, it didn’t take her 10 months to train for a 10k, she ended up running her first one in February! Needless to say she and Stephanie still ran the MB 10k and had a lot of fun. Since then, Calleros Dental has made it an office tradition to run the MB 10k. We always have a great time and enjoy participating in a local event and seeing many of our patients out there running as well! The entire office appreciates and is always inspired by not only Dr. Calleros’ commitment to her own health, but to the Calleros Dental Team’s health too.