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

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  • Research, Studies & Clinical Trials
  • Current news focusing on advancing dental technology
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  • Common or chronic dental problems including sleep apnea, bruxism, chipped or missing teeth




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

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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
   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.


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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Date: 4/5/2017 12:39 PM PDT

The dental office is often the first line of defense for an oral cancer diagnosis.  According to the Mayo Clinic, oral or mouth cancer refers to cancer that "develops in any of the parts of that make up the mouth. Mouth cancer can occur on the: lips, gums, tongue, inner lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth and the floor of the mouth."

Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 49,750 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person every hour of every day, and approximately 132 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening.  If you visit your dentist regularly (at least twice a year), you are getting a unique opportunity to have a medical professional screen your mouth for signs of cancer.

Without vigilance, cancer diagnosis may be delayed which often translates to poorer outcomes and higher mortality rates. Oral cancer that is detected early has an 80 percent five-year survival rate.

Cancer is often associated with heavy drinking, use of tobacco products and UV exposure.  Oral cancer can be difficult to diagnose as there are generally few physical symptoms in the early stages. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Elbert today to ensure you have a healthier mouth tomorrow!

In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Thousand Oaks Smile Design will be offering free oral cancer screenings during the month of April.

Who should get screened?
Every adult. Oral cancer can often be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates are high and the side effects are from treatment are at their lowest. Like other screenings you engage in such as cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages. Make them part of your annual health check-ups.

What are the risk factors?
There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is thorough the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16), which is now the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers in the US, and the same one, which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. The quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population are young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to this virus.

Early Indicators:
  • Red and/or white discolorations of the soft tissues of the mouth.
  • Any sore which does not heal within 14 days.
  • Hoarseness which lasts for a prolonged period of time.

Advanced Indicators:
  • A sensation that something is stuck in you throat. 
  • Numbness in the oral region.
  • Difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.
  • Ear pain which occurs on one side only.
  • A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal.
  • A lump or thickening which develops in the mouth or on the neck.

The team at Thousand Oaks Smile Design, are dedicated professionals whose passion is your smile. We would like to highlight them in this blog so you can familiarize yourself with these members of our staff.

Meagan Moore is originally from Calabasas. She received her diploma in Dental Assisting in 2010. Outside of work Meagan enjoys camping, boating and water skiing. Meagan is looking forward to growing with our office and applying her dental experience. She is a great addition to our team!

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Date: 3/6/2017 10:45 AM PST

Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile attractive – they can also tell dentists information about your overall health, including whether or not you may be at risk for chronic disease. 

Research suggests, that the health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your body as a whole. For example, when your mouth is healthy, chances are your overall health is good, too. On the other hand, if you have poor oral health, you may have other health problems.  

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there is a relationship between gum (periodontal) disease and health complications such as a stroke and heart disease. Women with gum disease also show higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies.  

Other research shows that more than 90% of all systemic diseases (diseases involving many organs or the whole body) have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems. Such diseases include:  
  • Diabetes 
  • Leukemia 
  • Pancreatic Cancer 
  • Oral Cancer 
  • Kidney Disease 
  • Heart Disease 

Since most people have regular oral examinations, their dentist may be the first health care provider to diagnose a health problem in its early stages.  Research also shows that good oral health may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring.  Schedule your appointment with Thousand Oaks Smile Design because your health is important! 

Meet Our Employee Of The Month Rachel Jackson

Rachel Jackson completed her degree in Registered Dental Hygiene in Southern California, and joined our team in the beginning of 2015. Patients consider Rachel very gentle and caring, while at the same time very thorough. Rachel is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association. She enjoys spending her down time with her family and friends. Rachel's hobbies include reading science fiction books, spending time at her kids school, and enjoying a good family dinner. 

If you are an anxious dental patient, you would be in great hands with Rachel as your hygienist.  She personifies our mission for gentle and caring treatment.  Call Thousand Oaks Smile Design to meet Rachel in person! 

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Date: 2/27/2017 7:33 PM PST

Here at Thousand Oaks Smile Design, we believe in taking a comprehensive approach to your dental health.  Dr. Daniel Elbert examines every aspect of your oral health - your teeth, gums and other soft tissue in your mouth, as well as your jaw and the way you bite. This ensures continuity of care in addition to allowing us to provide you with the very best that dentistry has to offer in a comfortable, familiar environment.

Our passion is your smile! 

When you come to our dental office, you will find that our team is highly skilled and also conscientious when it comes to your comfort. We know that dental appointments can cause anxiety for some patients, and that is why we take the time necessary to make sure your experience is second to none!

We will communicate with you throughout your treatment to ensure that you remain comfortable. When we discover a dental condition that requires your attention, we will not only tell you about the problem, but we will also describe each of your treatment options. Once we present you with the treatment options that will best restore your health, we can help you make the decision that is right for you so you can enjoy a healthy smile again.

We will describe what to expect during treatment so that you completely understand your procedure, recovery time, and the next step!

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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