Dr. Calleros and Dr. Moser Help Dozens In the Dominican Republic

Earlier this month Dr. Calleros and Dr. Moser traveled to the Dominican Republic for an extensive three-day extraction course. This course offered them the unique opportunity to sharpen their foundational dental skills and at the same time provide free-of-charge dental services to so many  patients in need.  The community of Santo Domingo, DR could not of asked for two better dentists to help them with their needs!

The trip would not have been complete if these two dog lovers did not take care of the dog outside of the clinic as well. They bought him food and played with him during their stay.

We are so lucky to have such caring individuals as our leaders.  They take great pride in making sure they stay at the forefront of dentistry and their skills are top-notch.

National Dental Hygiene Month

NDHM_Banner_2015October is National Dental Hygiene Month!  The focus on NDHM this year centers around the four components of good oral health maintenance: brushing teeth twice daily, flossing every day, rinsing with antimicrobial mouthrisne and chewing sugar-free gum. Are you doing the Daily 4?

If you would like more info about how integrating good oral health-care habits into your daily routine will benefit not just your oral health, but also contribute to improved overall health ask your dental hygienist at your next visit or contact us today!

MB 10K Recap

Last weekend we ran the Manhattan Beach 10k for the 6th year in a row.  The weather and atmosphere is always positive and fun.  This year we stayed together, encouraging and motivating each other along the way and Veronica was able to set a PR.  We look forward to this yearly tradition and are always thankful Dr. Calleros holds our health in such high regards and provides so many opportunities for us to stay healthy and have fun together.

Dr. Calleros is a 39er!

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This past weekend Dr. Calleros participated in the Avon 39, The Walk to End Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara.  She banded together with thousands of other 39ers in solidarity to take breast cancer down!  She raised over $6000.00, well over the minimum $1800.00 required to participate, thanks to all of her supporters!

By stepping up to the AVON 39 challenge, she is helping breast cancer patients in your community and across the nation. Net funds raised will directly benefit the Santa Barbara area and help make sure that care programs nationwide, as well as national research programs, have the resources to make the most progress possible to help obliterate breast cancer.

Since 2003:

  • 207,000 39ers got off the couch, strapped on their shoes, and earned their 39.
  • 6,868,000 equals the number of miles trekked by 39ers who went the distance to stomp out breast cancer.
  • 550,000,000 was raised by people dedicated to ending breast cancer forever.

We are proud of  Dr. Calleros becoming a 39er! She continues to inspire us all!

5 Cavity Myths Busted

What you don’t know: 5 Cavity Myths Busted!

For years myths about the cause of cavities have been held on to as fact. Today we set the record straight and give you the truth about decay.

MYTH: Brushing and flossing are enough to fight decay.

FACT: Brushing and flossing alone do not kill the bacteria that are the real cause of decay. Dental Caries is a very complex biofilm infection. There are currently 23 identified strains of bacteria in biofilms that produce the acids responsible for causing cavitation. It is more than lack of home hygiene that puts you at risk for the disease.

MYTH: Cavities are not contagious.

FACT: Studies show that infants are not born with the bacteria that cause cavities, but that they are infected most often by their parents or caregivers. This route of infection is often referred to as “vertical transmission.” This vertical transmission takes place when the infant is kissed, milk or food is “sampled” for temperature, and pacifiers are “cleaned” in the parents’ mouth. It is not uncommon that whole families will be affected by the caries infection.

MYTH: Sugar is the reason I get cavities.

FACT: Bacteria that cause cavities are driven by an acidic pH. Acidic conditions in the mouth (pH below 7) cause a shift in the species of bacteria that form the biofilm (thin layer of bacteria that every person has) on the teeth. When this shift occurs, cavity-causing bacteria take over and good bacteria die out. Once the cariogenic bacteria dominate the biofilm, tooth decay sets in.

MYTH: I get cavities because I have soft or weak enamel.

FACT: The acid produced by bacteria is no joke! It is a scientific fact that when the pH in the mouth drops below 5.5 demineralization of any enamel takes place. The acid producing bacteria eat away at the enamel that we call cavities. If you are getting cavities, it is not because your enamel is ‘softer’ than someone else; you have risk factors that are keeping your mouth too acidic. Ask your doctor what risk factors you can change and what elevated pH products are right for you.

MYTH: Filling my cavity cures the disease.

FACT: Only medical treatment can change the bacteria that cause cavities. Drilling and filling is a necessary intervention when the cavity has reached a point of significant damage. However, patching a hole in the tooth does not address the larger issue of the biofilm infection. Once a biofilm is infected the bacteria must be treated with the appropriate agents before long term health can be achieved.

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Having A Mentally and Physically Fit Dental Team Improves Your Dental Experience!

We are so privileged to have Dr. Calleros, someone who genuinely cares about our health, as our leader. She takes great pride IMG_3935in her own health and understands the importance of total health – mind, body, and spirit, not just for herself, but for her entire dental team as well!

Over the years the Calleros Dental team has participated in many different fitness challenges, community races, and local fitness classes together. Dr. Calleros has also had her nutritionist come speak at the office. The entire team is so grateful to have a leader who cares and supports us in our health no matter our fitness levels.

As we continuously challenge ourselves, we see improvements physically, but most importantly, mentally. We believe quality dentistry is highly correlated to one’s attitude and positive mental health. With that said,the best part about working together as a team to improve total health, benefits you, the patient, the most.

IMG_0108When we feel good and our minds are clear we can better serve each patient. We are more present, we listen better, we perform better! You can definitely see and feel the difference it makes in our office the moment you walk in. We are a genuinely happy team, who works extremely hard each day to provide the kind of care and treatment to our patients we would want for ourselves.  Many of our patients comment on how happy we are and how much fun we have in and outside of the office.

Having leadership who leads by example and provides continued support and encouragement makes all the difference. As we evolve in our own health and fitness journeys we look forward to the many more opportunities to challenge ourselves and hope to see you out there along side of us at the next event!

3-D Cone Beam Imaging – The Future is Here!

3d14Calleros Dental is proud to be amongst the 1% of dentists who have chosen to incorporate 3-D cone beam imaging into their practice.  3-D cone beam imaging, also known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), has revolutionized the way dentists can gather information and deliver precise treatment.  Traditional 2-D xrays can leave many factors to chance and are limited by distortion, magnification changes, restricted clarity, and lack of accuracy in measurements.  The transformation from interpreting two-dimensional information to diagnosing from 3-D imaging is a drastic change and has forever altered the way dentistry must be practiced.

3 dWith this advanced technology Dr. Calleros and Dr. Moser have the ability to visualize oral and facial structures in countless views, providing a whole picture to diagnose from.  It is similar to medical CT scans in that both scans produce high quality images, however CBCT scans radiation dosage is 15 times lower than medical CT scans.

3d12In our office each patient will have a CBCT scan as a part of their comprehensive exam.  The 3-D image allows the dentists to look for pathology such as abscesses, cysts, tumors, etc that are not easily detected with 2-D xrays.    In addition to pathology we are able to evaluate the jaw for TMJ, sinuses for inflammation, and bone levels for advancement of periodontal disease and/or implant placement.  Beyond evaluation these images along with the computer software give us the ability to plan an implant case from start to finish right in our office. The applications for CBCT are endless and we look forward to the many ways it will continue to help us provide the best treatment to our patients!

sd10The process of taking a CBCT scan is very simple.  All jewelry and glasses must be removed first. You will then be guided into the correct standing position in which you must hold very still. The xray source then rotates around your head for about 10 seconds capturing many images that will be combined to make a 3-D image.  Once finished, Dr. Calleros or Dr. Moser will analyze and review the image with you.

Knock Tobacco Out of the Park!

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California Dental Hygienists’ Association has taken action and so can YOU.

Please take a moment to review Tobacco-Free Baseball. Join CDHA and Major League Baseball by asking your state legislator to support a bill to prohibit tobacco products in California baseball venues.

It’s Time to Take Tobacco Out of Baseball.

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NUMBER OF KIDS AGE 12-17 WHO TRY SMOKELESS TOBACCO FOR THE FIRST TIME EACH YEAR

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In 2014, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died at age 54 from salivary gland  cancer. Shortly after, pitching great Curt Schilling went public about his treatment for oral cancer. Both players attributed their health battles to their longtime use of smokeless tobacco.

Blood Pressure and Medical History – Why we check your blood pressure and why your medical history is important.

Unknown-1One of the first things to occur at Calleros Dental when you come in for an appointment is a blood pressure check with a wrist monitor. In addition to completing a comprehensive medical history questionnaire, disclosing your daily medications and seemingly providing your entire life story in condensed form, all this health care surrounding your dental appointment may seem unnecessary.

Patients often ask us why they need to disclose this health information and sometimes feel that they can gloss over certain details, because after all, it’s just your teeth being taken care of, isn’t it?

Nothing could be further from the truth. Dental care in the office of Calleros Dental is more than superficial care and repair of the teeth. We understand how your overall health affects your dental health. Did you know that many serious health conditions first show up in your mouth?

For most healthy patients, undergoing dental work has no effect on their overall health and well-being. For patients with certain health conditions, medical histories and some medications, undergoing a dental procedure can have adverse consequences if these factors are not taken into consideration, and appropriate precautions taken prior to treatment. Since your health and safety is our primary concern, we take your medical history very seriously.

Some Common Concerns About Your Overall Health

Health conditions and medications can interfere with your regular dental care. For some patients, undergoing a dental procedure without proper preparation and precaution can be dangerous. Here are just a few examples of medical conditions which can complicate your dental care.

High Blood Pressure

We check your blood pressure when you arrive for your appointment. This may seem trivial, but did you know that an abnormal blood pressure can have serious consequences if certain dental procedures are performed on a patient with high blood pressure? Just a few complications could be excessive bleeding, dangerous continued elevation of blood pressure during treatment (increasing the risk for heart attack or stroke).  Also, beyond dental treatment we use your blood pressure reading as a screening tool to better inform you of your overall health and whether you should seek further evaluation from your primary care physician as many people are unaware of their blood pressure and what is considered normal.

Heart Problems and Heart Valve Problems

Telling us about your heart problems is important. Certain medications you may be taking can cause complications such as excessive bleeding during and after dental treatment. In addition, heart valve problems can increase your risk of experiencing a very serious heart infection called bacterial endocarditis. For patients with heart conditions, certain precautions must be taken to ensure your safety.

Joint Replacements and Implants

Having an artificial joint replacement or other implant anywhere in your body can put you at risk for infections when bacteria from your mouth enter your bloodstream during dental treatment, and settle in the artificial joint or implant. If you have any of these, be sure to tell us so precautions can be taken if needed.

Osteoporosis

Patients with osteoporosis may be taking certain medications that affect the anatomical structure of your bone tissue. Complications can occur following dental surgical procedures in some patients who are taking these medications, known as bisphosphonates. In some instances, the jaw bone might not heal properly following a tooth extraction or other surgical procedure. This can cause serious complications such as bone infection. If you are taking a medication for osteoporosis, such as Boniva, be sure to inform us.

Diabetes

Patients with diabetes, both insulin dependent and non-insulin dependent can experience difficulties with wound healing. Undergoing a surgical dental procedure can potentially result in problems with healing in patients with diabetes. Calleros Dental understands how to manage the care and treatment of patients with this condition, so be sure to include it on your medical history questionnaire.

Medication Allergies

If you are allergic to medications, foods or substances such as adhesive or latex, be sure to include that information on your medical history form so these allergens can be avoided during your treatment.

Having named just a few of the health conditions which must be addressed prior to your dental treatment, it’s easy to see how undergoing dental procedures can affect your overall health or exacerbate otherwise well-managed conditions. When completing your medical history questionnaire, remember to be thorough and complete. If changes in your medical conditions have changed since your last visit, be sure to inform us prior to treatment.

Your health and safety is important to us, and having complete medical history information about you helps us to provide you with the most comprehensive and safe dental treatment possible.