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Now that the new football season is back in swing it’s a good time to be reminded about looking after your teeth with a professionally fitted mouth guard. Mouth guards aren’t just limited to football, any sport or activity that could involve some kind of impact should have mouth protection. Football, soccer, martial arts, boxing, hockey, basketball and the list goes on.

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San Luis Obispo, CA Dentist, Dr. Michael Colleran, Joins One Percent Of Dental Professionals To Offer The FDA Cleared Laser Surgery For Gum Disease

The procedure outlined in this article is one of the many features that makes East Bentleigh Dental Group one of the best. We are one of the few dentists that perform this laser proceedure.

Patients from the greater San Luis Obispo area are being accepted for gum disease treatment with the New Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure by Dr. Michael Colleran. As a dentist that is fully trained and certified on this FDA cleared dental laser procedure, Dr. Colleran treats patients from all over California who have periodontal disease.

San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB) February 24, 2013

Michael Colleran, D.D.S., is one of only one percent of dental professionals in the country able to offer the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, and is now accepting patients from all over the area who are seeking gum disease treatment. With only one dentist out of every hundred that is certified and trained on the LANAP procedure, patients from all over the state can benefit from Dr. Colleran’s training and new equipment. Add to that the fact that Dr. Colleran is one of only thirty five certified instructors in the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD), the education institute for the LANAP procedure; this distinguishes him as being an expert in the technique.

The LANAP technology utilizes a specialized laser that has been cleared by the FDA for dental procedures. The laser specifically targets the bacteria that cause gum disease as well as the diseased gum tissue and removes it while the healthy tissue is left unharmed.

Another benefit to the LANAP treatment is the fact that the bone tissue is stimulated by the laser to regenerate, which improves the strength of the teeth. The entire procedure is only minimally invasive and most patients experience little if any discomfort or pain. In addition, the recovery time is relatively short. Patients suffering from gum disease no longer need to have any concerns about the dentist using scalpels and sutures for gum surgery.

Untold numbers of adults in California and across the country suffer from some form of gum disease. In fact, some reports state that it is practically an epidemic. In addition to dental symptoms such as bleeding or sensitive gums, sores in the mouth, loose teeth and so forth, it has been linked to such serious conditions as heart disease, respiratory illnesses, diabetes and low birth-weight babies, just to name a few. Information about gum disease and the new LANAP treatment are available at

Michael Colleran is a general dentist offering patients personalized dental care for San Luis Obispo, CA since 2002 Dr. Colleran attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for his undergraduate studies and University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry in San Francisco for his professional training. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. Dr. Colleran is a nationally renowned dental author and lecturer and an expert on laser dentistry. To learn more about Michael Colleran, DDS and his dental services visit his website at and call (805) 543-0814.

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Oral B tackles dental anxiety

Oral B tackles dental anxiety

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Patient anxious about dentist

About 49 per cent of Australians feel this way about a dental visit.

Nearly half of all Australians suffer some level of anxiety about visiting the dentist, so Oral-B’s has released a new TV commercial to raise awareness of the continued concern of “Dental Anxiety”. This comes as a national study in the UK has found cost and anxiety are keeping people away from regular checkups.

Oral-B® has taken a light-hearted approach to raise awareness of dental anxiety. The nursery rhyme “Big Bad Wolf” is used to convey the fear that patient’s may experience.

Previous studies by the Australian Dental Association reveal that nearly one in two patients have some fear associated with visiting their dentist. Furthermore, 20.6 per cent have a moderate to extreme fear of going to the dentist. Some of the most common anxieties are injections or uncomfortable procedures.

In the UK, information from the 2009 Adult Dental Health Survey was compared with similar data from previous surveys. The study involved interviews with 11,380 people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. More than half also were given dental exams. Scotland did not take part in the 2009 survey.

Cost and anxiety were two key barriers to care. About 10 per cent of the people in this study were judged to have high levels of dental anxiety. People in this group were more likely to visit a dentist only when they had a problem, rather than for a check-up.

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Long-term study supports periodontitis/diabetes link

By Kathy Kincade, Editor in Chief

January 2, 2013 — The scientific evidence linking type 2 diabetes with a significantly greater risk of periodontitis continues to mount, according to long-term data published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice (December 2012, Vol. 98:3, pp. 494-500).

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) exhibited an even stronger association with risk of periodontitis among those who consumed few fruits and vegetables, noted the study authors, from the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry.

In one of the largest prospective investigations evaluating the association between periodontitis and T2DM, they analyzed data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS), an ongoing closed cohort that comprises 51,529 U.S. male health professionals, ages 40-75 (at baseline), who responded to a mailed questionnaire in 1986 to evaluate associations between diet, heart disease, and cancer.

The initial questionnaire collected data regarding diet, lifestyle behaviors, anthropometric measures, medication use, and medical and dental histories. Follow-up questionnaires have been mailed biennially since 1988, and more than 90% of the baseline population has responded to these additional questionnaires, the researchers noted.

“Given the high prevalence of periodontitis, the public health impact of an association between diabetes and periodontitis would be substantial among those affected by diabetes,” they wrote.

Risk-factor data collection

Among the questions included on the biennial questionnaires were “Any professional diagnosis of diabetes mellitus?” and “Have you been professionally diagnosed with periodontitis with bone loss?”

When the researchers received a questionnaire reporting newly diagnosed diabetes, participants were sent a supplemental diabetes questionnaire designed to collect data on date of diagnosis, symptoms at the time of diagnosis, blood glucose levels, glycosuria, history of ketoacidosis at the time of diagnosis, and hypoglycemic medication.

In addition, data on several known risk factors for periodontitis and tooth loss, as well as potential confounders, were updated using the biennial questionnaires, with the exception of height, profession, race, and alcohol, fruit, and vegetable consumption, which were assessed from food-frequency questionnaires mailed every four years. Smoking status also was assessed over time.

At baseline, 35,247 dentate men who were free of periodontitis were included in the study, with more than 590,000 person years of follow-up and 3,009 self-reported periodontitis and 10,017 tooth loss events observed.

“At baseline, men with T2DM were more likely to report hypertension, were missing more teeth, consumed less alcohol, and were less likely to be dentists than men without,” the researchers wrote.

In an age-adjusted model, risk of periodontitis was 39% higher in men with T2DM than in men without. In addition, T2DM was associated with a 22% increased risk of tooth loss compared with those without. And among men whose fruit and vegetable intake were below the population median, T2DM was associated with a 49% greater risk of periodontitis compared with the reference group, while the researchers found no association among men with fruit and vegetable intake above the median.

“In this study with 20 years of follow-up, T2DM was significantly associated with greater risk of self-reported periodontitis,” the researchers wrote. “Furthermore, T2DM exhibited an even stronger association with risk of periodontitis among those who consumed few fruits and vegetables.”

Individuals with diabetes may also be at an increased risk of tooth loss due to increased risk of periodontitis, they added.

“These results hold important public health implications due to the associations between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease and nutritional alterations associated with tooth loss,” the study authors concluded. “Greater collaboration between diabetes care providers and dentists could be used to identify at-risk patients in both clinical settings.”

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Thinking of orthodontics?

At East Bentleigh Dental Group we cater for children, teens and adults, and for your convenience we now have after hours appointments for your consult with Dr. Juhi Yadav on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  As well as regular braces we also have ‘lingual braces’ which are placed on the inside of your teeth or Invisalign. Give us a call today to book in an appointment. Tel (03) 9575 1100

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