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Our Thousand Oaks Smile Design Blog brings our patients relevant posts regarding oral health topics such as:

  • Trends in Oral Hygiene
  • Foods That Promote Dental Health
  • Research, Studies & Clinical Trials
  • Current news focusing on advancing dental technology
  • Dental procedures to discuss throughout the year
  • Common or chronic dental problems including sleep apnea, bruxism, chipped or missing teeth

 

 


 

Date: 12/19/2017 2:45 PM PST

At Thousand Oaks Smile Design we appreciate active lifestyles and how good dental health contributes to the efficiency of your days. We also know it’s easy to skip past planned treatment or periodic preventive visits, even with the best intentions. While we’ll always be here to help you with dental emergencies, we want to help you enjoy the benefits of exceptional dental health. So if you’re overdue by a month or a year or more, give us a call. We’ll work with you to find a treatment schedule that works and keeps your life on track!

A Lifetime Investment
 Preventive dentistry may be the best health investment available, paying immeasurable dividends far into the future. Since most dental problems develop relatively slowly, regular check-ups with professional cleanings provide a stellar return. Avoiding even a single advanced cavity can save large amounts of time, discomfort and money. And the silent destruction of gum disease can be even more life-altering. To top it off, ongoing research continues to uncover links between oral disease and serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and even certain cancers.
Don't forget about yourself
 As the days of another year race forward, we are all aware that time isn’t slowing down. The demands of modern life push and pull on us from every angle. Deadlines at work and headlines at home write the story of our lives. The never-ending list of responsibilities and activities jostle for attention from a limited number of hours in the day. If we’re lucky, we carve out little blocks of time for ourselves.


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Date: 11/30/2017 2:29 PM PST

If you don’t currently have dental insurance – or – if your employer is considering dropping your dental coverage, then we have great news!
We now have our own in-house patient membership club that provides all the rewards of dental insurance without the headaches. Every family member can join too.
For a small monthly membership fee, you’ll receive complimentary:
  • Dental cleanings (2 a year)
  • Perio maintenance (4 a year) 
  • Doctor exams (unlimited)
  • All needed x-rays
  • Fluoride (Children 12 and younger)  
PLUS a 15% Discount on any needed treatment, including cosmetic services! (some exclusion may apply)
Even better, because our patient membership club is not insurance, there are:
  • No deductibles
  • No yearly maximum benefits
  • No exclusions for cosmetic or elective care
It’s NOT insurance... It’s better than insurance.
Please click here for more information. Our own patient membership club is just one more way we strive to keep you smiling!

To your health,
Dr. Daniel Elbert and Team





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Date: 9/7/2017 11:34 AM PDT

Dr. Elbert encourages his patients to follow healthy oral hygiene and diet habits.  


Here are some healthy tips for you to follow:

  • Wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking anything before brushing as the enamel will be softened and you could be brushing away tiny particles. 
  • Eat a varied diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals.
  • Fresh fruit and veggies can help prevent gum disease.
  • Finishing a meal with a cube of cheese is a great way to reduce the effect of acids from the foods damaging your teeth.
  • Avoid snacking on sugary foods and drinks.
  • Chew gum with xylitol as it can actively contribute to your oral health.

Lastly, we cannot underestimate the importance of visiting your dentist regularly.  


Schedule your cleaning and oral exam with Thousand Oaks Smile Design today!

Chewing Gum to Prevent Cavities





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Date: 8/16/2017 12:47 PM PDT


You're not alone. As many as 75% of U.S. adults suffer from Dentophobia - fear of dentistry and receiving dental care. That translates into millions of people who fail to get necessary dental care because they are afraid to go to the dentist. Our goal is to help you receive regular dental care with minimum fear and anxiety. We are sensitive to your concerns and take the time to answer your questions. We provide a calm, relaxing environment. Remember, regular visits will help ensure better overall dental health. The more regular you are about your dental visits, the less time you'll have to spend when you come to see us. 

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Date: 7/13/2017 11:07 AM PDT



Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times.
This means the brain, as well as the rest of the body, may not get enough oxygen.


Risk factors of sleep apnea include:
   •   Being male
   •   Being overweight
   •   Being over 40 years of age
   •   Having a large neck size (17 in. or greater in men and 16 in. or greater in women)
   •   Having a familial history of sleep apnea
   •   Having large tonsils or a large tongue
   •   Suffering from Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
   •   Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies or sinus problems
                         
Sleep apnea doesn't discriminate; it can affect anyone at any age, including children.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:
   •   High blood pressure
   •   Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
   •   Stroke
   •   Diabetes
   •   Depression
   •   Worsening ADHD
   •   Headaches

In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.

Treatments for sleep apnea include lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, changing sleep positions or CPAP therapy. Other ways to help sleep apnea include:
   •   Avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills
   •   Changing sleep positions to improve breathing
   •   Quit smoking. Smoking can increase the swelling in the upper airway, which may worsen 
       both snoring and apnea
   •   Avoiding sleeping on your back


Talk to your doctor or dentist about your health history right away if you suspect you or a family member suffer from sleep apnea.

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Date: 6/27/2017 10:53 AM PDT


TOSD #TipTuesday ! 

Going camping? Did you forget the bottle opener? Don't even think about using your teeth! You would be surprised how many people do. This can chip and damage your teeth, leading to an unsightly smile and possible cavities depending on the amount of damage. Remember, we have come a long way since caveman days. We have sophisticated tools and they do not include your teeth. Schedule your appointment with Thousand Oaks Smile Design today!

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Date: 6/9/2017 2:35 PM PDT


According to medical dictionary the definition of bruxism is the habit of clenching and grinding the teeth. It most often occurs at night during sleep, but it may also occur during the day. It is an unconscious behavior, perhaps performed to release anxiety, aggression, or anger. Occasional teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise.

Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?

Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. It can also be caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.

How Do I Find Out if I Grind My Teeth?

Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw when you wake up is a telltale symptom of bruxism. Many times people learn that they grind their teeth by their loved one who hears the grinding at night.
If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist.

Some factors for bruxism may include:

   Your daily stress level
   How long and how tightly you clench and grind your teeth
   Whether your teeth are misaligned
   Your ability to relax
   Your diet
   Your sleeping habits
   Depression
   Headache
   Insomnia
   Sore or painful jaw

How is bruxism harmful?

In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. The chronic grinding may wear teeth down to stumps. When these events happen, crowns, bridges, implants or and even dentures may be needed.

What are my treatment options if I have bruxism?

Some self-care tips may help relieve pain before you consult a professional. These include:

   Apply ice or wet heat to sore jaw muscles. 
   Avoid eating hard or dense foods like nuts, candies, and steak.
   Do not chew gum.
   Drink plenty of water every day.
   Get plenty of sleep.
   Learn physical therapy stretching exercises to help the muscles and joints on each side of your head get back to normal.
   Massage the muscles of your neck, shoulders, and face. Look for small, painful nodules called trigger points that can cause pain throughout your head and face.
   Relax your face and jaw muscles throughout the day. The goal is to make facial relaxation a habit.
   Try to reduce your stress levels.

To prevent damage to your teeth, mouth guards or appliances (splints) are often used to treat teeth grinding, clenching, and TMJ disorders. A splint may help protect your teeth from the pressure of clenching.

In some people, just relaxing and modifying daytime behavior is enough to reduce nighttime bruxism. Methods to directly modify nighttime clenching have not been well studied. They include biofeedback devices, self-hypnosis, and other alternative therapies.

Call Thousand Oaks Smile Design today at 805-492-3553 if you suspect you or a family member have bruxism.  Our gentle and caring staff can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and excessive wear on your teeth.  We can fit you with a mouth guard to help prevent bruxism and further damage to your teeth.

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Date: 5/15/2017 7:00 AM PDT





Dr. Elbert encourages his patients to follow healthy oral hygiene and diet habits. Here are some healthy tips for you to follow:

  • Wait an hour after eating or drinking anything before brushing as then enamel will be softened and you could be brushing away tiny particles.
  • Eat a varied diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals.
  • Fresh fruit and veggies can help prevent gum disease.
  • Finishing a meal with a cube of cheese is a great way to reduce the effect of acids from the foods damaging your teeth.
  • Avoid snacking on sugary foods and drinks.
  • Chew gum with xylitol as it can actively contribute to your oral health.


Lastly, we cannot underestimate the importance of visiting your dentist regularly. Schedule your cleaning and oral exam with Thousand Oaks Smile Design today!

We look forward to seeing your smile. Call our office 1-805-492-3553 or click here to request an appointment online and take the first step toward a lifetime of good dental health!


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Date: 4/20/2017 1:08 PM PDT

Straight teeth not only create a more beautiful smile, properly aligned teeth are key in maintaining your overall dental health, reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
Reducing these issues can decrease risk factors for other potential health issues as well. Think about it - A smile is far from perfect if it’s not a healthy one.
Straight teeth provide:
  • Overall Health 
  • Well Being 
  • Easier Cleaning 
  • Healthier Teeth and Gums 
So, why not achieve the confidence of a magnificent smile AND improved oral health.
Contact our office today to get more information and start enjoying a straighter healthier smile.

Sincerely,

Daniel Elbert, DDS



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Date: 4/5/2017 12:48 PM PDT




Because we want to be certain that our patients continue to receive the best possible care, we have carefully evaluated a number of candidates, and have selected Dr. Poleo, whom we believe possesses the highest qualifications and is extremely well skilled in all phases of dentistry. 


Adriana Poleo, DDS was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She graduated from Universidad Santa Maria School of Dentistry in 2003 and opened her own private practice. In 2006, Dr. Poleo came to the United States to pursue an Advanced Education Degree in General Dentistry at Boston University. She was then offered to join the Faculty Practice at Boston University. She remained there until 2008, when she decided to obtain her Dental License in the United States.  She then moved to Los Angeles to attend the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, where she obtained her Dentist Degree in 2012.  Dr. Poleo was also awarded The Charles L. Pincus Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in the field of Esthetic Restorative Dentistry during the doctoral dental program.
She worked in private practice in the South Bay and then moved to Thousand Oaks to join the Thousand Oaks Smile Design team in January 2017.
She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the Santa Barbara Ventura County Dental Association. Dr. Poleo is married and has two young boys, Lucca and Matias, and loves to spend quality time with her family. She likes to travel, enjoy outdoor activities and loves spending time at the beach.

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