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.

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.

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.

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.

Continuing Education

The dental field is constantly evolving. In order to stay current and provide our patients with the highest quality of care, Calleros Dental takes continuing education very seriously. Both Dr. Calleros and Dr. Moser take hundreds of hours of continuing education courses a year…well beyond the required amount. The hygienist and assistants participate in various courses through out the year as well, allowing us to grow as a team. Our ongoing education ensures each of our patients has access to the latest diagnostic, preventative, and treatment methods.

Dentist Highlight – Dr. Sally Moser

I live in: Rancho Palos Verdes.

I attended dental school at: University of Southern California School of Dentistry.

I became a dentist because: ever since I was 13 years old I knew I wanted to be a healthcare provider.  Dentistry offered me the chance to be in close relation with patients and I fell in love with the amazing development that happens every year in the dental field.

The thing I enjoy most about being a dentist is: the satisfaction of creating a beautiful smile and making an impact on my patient’s life.

I keep my passion for dentistry alive by: Continuing education is the key. Learning and exchanging new ideas from colleagues is a must in dentistry.

My best dental advice is: Your dentist and hygienist will always work together to help and educate you about your oral health.  Keeping your regular visits will allow a small problem to be detected before it becomes bigger and more extensive.

Dentist Highlight – Dr. Sandra Calleros

I live in: Manhattan a Beach.

I attended dental school at: UCLA School of Dentistry.

I became a dentist because: Honestly it was not my first choice for a career (veterinary medicine was), but a close friend was in dental school at the time I decided veterinary medicine wasn’t for me. He helped me see what a wonderful profession dentistry is. I love the combination of biology and art, along with the flexibility of having my own business . Being able to help people become more healthy and self-confident is priceless.

The thing I enjoy most about being a dentist is: The opportunity to put my skills, training, experience and my incredible team together to create an exceptional experience for our patients.

I keep my passion for dentistry alive by: continuing education. I love learning and dentistry is changing so much right now, so there is a lot to learn. It’s never been so exciting for me in all of my 27 years of practicing dentistry.

My best dental advice is: see your dentist regularly! You will be healthier overall if your mouth is healthy.