Congratulations Alexa!

Congratulations to my daughter Alexa for completing her Masters in Accounting at USC and joining KPMG to begin her career in accounting!  We are proud of you!

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Congratulations Morgan!

Congratulations to my daughter Morgan for her graduation from the USC School of Dentistry, Class of 2015! You are remarkable and I am very proud of you!

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USC Event Provides Dental Care To 500 Special Olympics Athletes.

The ADA News (8/31, Manchir) reports that “more than 150 students and 25 faculty members at University of Southern California’s Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry” provided dental care to 500 Special Olympics athletes in July and August. The students and faculty members provided extractions, restorations, root canals, and partial dentures to the athletes, marking “the first time athletes were able to access significant dental treatment as part of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, according to the school.” Dr. Santosh Sundaresan, chair for community oral health programs at the school, said, “It was an eye opener to see the immense dental need in these athletes and the significant lack of access to dental care for them, even for athletes from USA and other developed countries.” Dr. Santosh Sundaresan added, “It is my hope that this triggers a change in the mindset and the way we treat these amazing Special Athletes.”

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Community Water Fluoridation

The safety and benefits of fluoride are well documented. For 70 years, people in the United States have benefited from drinking water with fluoride, leading to better dental health.

Drinking fluoridated water keeps the teeth strong and reduced tooth decay by approximately 25% in children and adults. By preventing tooth decay, community water fluoridation has been shown to save money, both for families and the health care system.

Over the past several decades, there have been major improvements in the nation’s oral health. Still, tooth decay remains one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. Community water fluoridation has been identified as the most cost-effective method of delivering fluoride to all members of the community, regardless of age, educational attainment, or income level.

Nearly all water contains some fluoride, but usually not enough to help prevent tooth decay or cavities. Community water systems can add the right amount of fluoride to the local drinking water to prevent tooth decay.

Community water fluoridation is recommended by nearly all public health, medical, and dental organizations including the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, US Public Health Service, and World Health Organization. Because of its contribution to the dramatic decline in tooth decay in the United States since the 1960s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named community water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/

 

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Energy gels, drinks wreak havoc

USA TODAY 
Picture the typical endurance athlete: chiseled body, strong focus on good health, well-versed in proper nutrition. And a mouth full of rotting teeth. Acids and sugars in the sports drinks, energy gels and other snacks routinely consumed by runners, cyclists and swimmers are wreaking havoc on the dental hygiene of athletes and nonathletes alike, causing a range of problems including loss of enamel, tooth decay and gum disease. 

     Chiseled body, chipping teeth: Energy gels, drinks wreak havoc 

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Handling an Orthodontic Emergency

If you have an orthodontic issue please click on the link below for some very helpful information:

Handling Orthodontic Emergencies

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April Is National Facial Protection Month.

April Is National Facial Protection Month.

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The Fairfield (CA) Daily Republic (3/16) reports that April is National Facial Protection Month, which is sponsored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and co-sponsored by the American Dental Association and other organizations. “These organizations naturally emphasize the importance of mouth guards,” the Daily Republic reports, adding that many people do not realize that “the list of activities in which mouth guards are recommended is expanding” to include activities such as martial arts, boxing, football, volleyball, softball, bicycling, “and even cheerleading.” The article then goes on to advocate for stricter bicycle helmet laws, noting that “motorcycle riders without helmets were once a common sight” too.

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TED-Ed Video Examines Halitosis.

TED-Ed Video Examines Halitosis.

The Huffington Post (4/2, Weingus) reports that a TED-Ed video narrated by professor and “bad breath researcher” Mel Rosenberg explains the causes and origins of Halitosis, which, the Huffington Post says, “all comes down to the activity of bacteria in the mouth.” The video points out that other activities, such as smoking or drinking alcohol heavily can also have distinct odors, but that bacteria build-up in the gums between the teeth and on the back of the tongue are the primary cause of halitosis. Proper oral hygiene and a healthy diet can help keep halitosis at bay, and “the American Dental Association recommends brushing twice per day, flossing and making regular trips to your dentist.”

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Gum Disease Preventable With Proper Oral Hygiene, Healthy Diet, Regular Dental Visits.

Gum Disease Preventable With Proper Oral Hygiene, Healthy Diet, Regular Dental Visits.

The Fort Campbell (KY) Courier (4/3, Young) reports that many basic daily activities, such as speaking, smiling, chewing and even smelling “are dependent on having good oral health,” which in turn can be ensured through proper oral hygiene. The article goes on to focus on gum disease specifically, noting that over time gum irritation “can progress until the gums detach themselves from the teeth, forming pockets,” eventually leading to tooth and bone loss. Proper oral hygiene, including brushing twice daily and flossing daily, visiting the dentist regularly, and avoiding tobacco products are the best way to help prevent gum disease. Additionally, “a poor diet that is low in vitamin C, calcium, vitamin D or magnesium can compromise gum tissue’s ability to heal and can speed up bone loss,” the article reports.

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San Diego Orthodontist Shares Top Tips For Maintaining Healthy, White Teeth

San Diego Orthodontist Dr. Anton J. Bisbas shares his top tips for maintaining healthy, white teeth after braces.

Maintaining a beautiful smile after your braces are removed is all about practicing good dental health.
The teeth are naturally white, but several factors may turn the teeth a yellow color. The most common reasons for teeth discoloration are:

* Poor dental hygiene habits
* Cigarette Smoking
* Eating and drinking dark colored foods

To get healthy white teeth, you must brush your teeth a minimum of three times a day. Change your toothbrush at least every two to three months otherwise, you’re just transferring bacteria to your mouth, according to San Diego orthodontist Dr. Anton J. Bisbas. The proper way to brush your teeth, prevent plaque, and reduce cavities is to brush your teeth in a gentle circular motion with fluoride toothpaste. Make sure you rinse your mouth with mouthwash and floss your teeth, especially before bedtime, so you can remove any leftovers that will lead to plaque and increase the risk of gum disease.

Smoking is not only bad for your health, cigarettes and cigars have nicotine that stains the teeth. Stop smoking not only for your health, but also for your dental health.

Go on a white-teeth diet. If you’re drinking red wine, dark sodas, and black tea, expect a mild discoloration of your teeth. If it’s dark before you put it in your mouth, it will probably stain your teeth. Brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking foods that could stain teeth. For convenient teeth-cleaning action, eat an apple. Eating fresh foods that are firm or crisp help clean teeth as they’re eaten, other choices include raw carrots and celery.

Use strawberries to gently buff away mild stains from wine, coffee, and dark sodas. Combined with baking soda, strawberries become a natural tooth-cleanser and can enhance the teeth’s color from yellow to white. Apply the mixture directly on your teeth, then use a soft toothbrush to gently spread the mixture onto your teeth. Leave on for 5 minutes, then brush with toothpaste, rinse your mouth thoroughly and use dental floss to remove any remaining seeds.

 

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