4 Tips for a Healthy Halloween

As your kids return from trick-or-treating with bags of candy, there are a few tips you can follow so your family can enjoy all the fun of Halloween without harming your kids’ teeth!

  1. Moderation is key!  Teach your kids the importance of moderation with sweets. While its okay to have candy, they don’t need to eat it all day and night in the days that follow.

  2. Avoid sticky candy.  Sticky candy stays on your teeth a lot longer, increasing your risk for tooth decay.

  3. Brushing twice daily.  Make sure your kids are brushing their teeth two times daily, as well as, flossing. 

  4. Donate some of your candy.  It is tempting to keep all the candy, but your kids teeth will thank you if you limit their stash.  Remember,  November 1-3, we are buying back your candy for $1 per pound up to 5 pounds! We will then donate the candy to Operation Gratitude

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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.

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.

Quit Smoking Today!

What’s Your Reason to Quit?
Everyone has their own reasons for quitting smoking. Maybe they want to be healthier, save some money, or keep their family safe. As you prepare to quit, think about your own reasons for quitting. Remind yourself of them every day. They can inspire you to stop smoking for good. Whatever your reasons, you will be amazed at all the ways your life will improve when you become smokefree.

Here are a few reasons to quit you may want to consider:

Your Health and Appearance:
– My chances of having cancer, heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, cataracts, and other diseases will go down
– I will be less likely to get sick
– I will breathe easier and cough less
– My blood pressure will go down
– My skin will look healthier, and I will look more youthful
– My teeth and fingernails will not be stained

Although quitting will make you feel better and improve your health, there are other reasons to quit that you may not have considered:

Your Lifestyle:
– I will have more money to spend
– I can spend more time with family, catch up on work, or dive into my favorite hobby
– I won’t have to worry about when I can smoke next or where I can or can’t smoke
– My food will taste better
– My clothes will smell better
– My car‚ home‚ and kids won’t smell like smoke
– I will be able to smell food, flowers, and other things better

Your Loved Ones:
– I will set a great example for my kids; it takes a lot of strength to quit
– My friends, family, co-workers, and other loved ones will be proud of me
– I will protect my friends and family from the dangers of secondhand smoke
– My children will be healthier
– I will have more energy to do the things I love with friends and family
– I will get healthy to make sure I am around to share in my family’s special moments

Make a list of all of the reasons you want to become Smokefree and keep it in a place where you will see it often, like your car or where you kept your cigarettes. When you feel the need to smoke, take a look at the list to remind yourself why you want to quit.

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/guide/reasons-to-quit.html

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or

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Random Acts of Hygiene – Anthony

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!

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“Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.” —Kevin Heath, Ceo More4kids

National Dental Hygiene Month – Brush, Floss, Rinse, Chew

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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.

Click below for:

Proper Brushing Instruction

Proper Flossing Instruction

Ragnar Trail Relay – Vail Lake Recap

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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.

Child%20Abuse%20Prevention%20center%20logo%20hi-resWe 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!

 

 

 

Manhattan Beach 10k

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.

Welcome To Our Blog

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We are excited to be launching our Calleros Dental Blog!

This blog is provided to inform both our current and future patients about helpful dental tips, the latest in dentistry, and our office news.

We are very passionate about dentistry, as well as, overall health.  Just like you, we are forever learning and evolving in our health and hope that our posts will teach and inspire you to reach your health goals.