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Monday, September 4, 2017

Paperless office


Since dental (and medical) office upgraded from paper charts (you might be too young to remember those huge cabinets filled with folders and papers, some offices still use those, believe it or not!) to computer software - everything got easier, searchable, automated, digitally manageable. Well, almost everything, since some forms and papers were hard to almost impossible to replace, the right technology wasn't there yet. Since the tablets became mainstream the developers started incorporating them into the dental software, but it was a slow, hard process. It wasn't until very recently that this process became seamless and actually effective, and even today only a few offer this option for their dental software.

Yes. you know what comes up here, Aliso Viejo Dental is on the edge of technology and we pride ourselves to integrate any improvement in the dental treatments and processes, tools and procedures. And dental software too! That's why our office has all our forms (well, most of them right now and we are working on the rest of them) on a touch screen tablet that automatically populates your profile with all the dental and medical conditions, allergies or previous procedures. So there is no room for mistakes or omissions, everything is in your account and critical conditions pop up on our screen when needed (like your allergy to latex or the fact that you don't like our blueberry flavored gloves!). Everything is HIPAA compliant, and "military grade encryption", they love to throw these terms around!

Well, it works for us! There are no papers to print and scan, time wasted to manually enter the information in the system, then time to shred the papers! Also, we can send you a secure link to fill in the forms from home in advance on your tablet, phone or any computer to save time at your first visit in the office.
Everything is very fast, all the forms are typed in, boxes checked, and electronically signed in a quick move, and you are ready and on your way to improve your #smile!
We also use our tablets for applying for CareCredit, that makes the process fast and easy, you can even do it while seated in the chair!

We still have to print some papers, for internal use and some generated to be signed by the Patients, but we are working on this, in the meantime we are only using recycled paper in our office, so no trees are harmed in this process! So we are truly a "chartless" office and also a "paperless" office too!
When you are ready to start the improvement process to a #BrighterSmile please contact us at http://www.alisoviejodental.com/contact.html anytime or call 949-425-1447.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Questions to ask your dentist about dental amalgam waste

"Dental amalgam waste is a significant contributor of mercury discharges to municipal wastewater treatment facilities," up to 40% according to the multiple sources.
According to a recent EPA ruling, starting on July 14, 2017 new dental offices will be required to install an amalgam separator, while existing dental offices will have until 2020 to comply. Needless to say, Aliso Viejo Dental has one installed for almost 2 years now, effectively stopping toxic waste in amalgam traps that are collected monthly and recycled together with sharps and other biohazard materials, typically disposed by dental offices.
We don't use amalgam/mercury in our office at all, the only waste comes from safely removing old ones, in a process that protects the Patients and the staff from vapors or debris (yes, some other dental offices still offer amalgam/mercury fillings for their Patients!).
When you go to your dentist next time, please ask those questions:
 
1. Do you currently have an amalgam separator and traps installed in your office?
They might still have some 3 years to comply, but that is a long time and a lot of mercury going into your city's sewage system.
 
2. When you remove mercury fillings, what is done to protect me and the staff from mercury vapor? During dental procedures involving placing or removing mercury fillings, the amount of mercury vapor released drastically exceeds OSHA limits.
 
3. Do you still place "silver" mercury fillings? If the reason is price and insurance coverage think about the small extra price you would rather pay for composite, tooth colored fillings instead.
 
If you still have questions or need to safely remove your old amalgam fillings by a S.M.A.R.T certified dentist please contact us at 949-425-1447 or visit our website at AlisoViejoDental.com

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wellness

There is an increasing interest into an active process of making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life and of becoming aware, rather than treating sickness. Preventing is easier and cheaper, not to mention better for you and as a life choice than treating an illness after it occurs. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of changing and growth and staying away from getting sick in the first place.

Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is an important part of living a higher quality life. Everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. The other side of the coin is true too, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions, it’s an ongoing cycle. We need to achieve optimal wellness in order to minimize stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions and relations.

There are at least 8 dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, social, intellectual, and occupational and they are all interrelated.
Although a Dentist can influence your Emotional wellness (a beautiful smile will help you with better relationships) or Occupational wellness (statistically people with better oral health and teeth are perceived as smarter and get better jobs easier), probably the most help you'll get with your Physical Wellness.

Understanding the relationship between your oral health and your overall health is very important in order to develop a balanced physical wellness.
Applying a few principles of good health and knowledge will affect your behavior patterns towards a healthier lifestyle. Here are a few easy steps to take to maintain an optimal level of physical wellness:
  • Engage in some physical activity every 30 minutes, even if it's just to get up and go get a glass of water or walk outside for a minute, seating for too long is bad. Try to workout everyday too.
  • Use stairs instead of the elevator or escalator and park farther to give yourself a chance to walk more.
  • Use better nutrition, natural, fresh ingredients as much as possible to boost your immune system. Also, try to control your meal portions.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule and get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
  • Maintain your good health by keeping a good oral hygiene with regular checkups an cleanings, daily flossing and brushing. Ask us if you need more advice, a good oral hygiene helps with your overall health.
  • Avoid toxic food, ingredients, containers or situations and procedures, chose a natural, non-toxic environment whenever possible.
There is more to do, but this is a good start, please contact us for more information.

Monday, May 8, 2017

"I already have a Dentist!"

Attended a couple of venues last week where we had a booth and had a great opportunity to talk to a lot of people! We handed out info and coupons, gave more information to interested potential Patients and explained how we practice dentistry differently than most other Dentists. We explained this because the most common excuse we heard for not taking our free brochure, tooth brush/paste promo bag or coupon we handed out was "Thank you, but I already have a Dentist".
Well, most people do and some follow their 6 months Hygiene schedule almost religiously. But unless a tooth hurts or something is bothering them - they never have any improvements for their smiles - like, ever! The Dentist should recommend any necessary treatment or even possible cosmetic improvements available, or health concerns so at least the Patient is aware of them, if there is no immediate threat. You as a Patient might decide which procedures and when you want to start, and the Dentist will help you prioritize them. But going to the Dentist every 6 months just so they can charge your insurance for a cleaning without improving your smile doesn't make much sense!
That's why every time I heard the "I already have a Dentist" answer I came back with one of the following questions, depending on which was more suitable for that person:

 - And they never recommended teeth whitening? (this is probably the easiest, least expensive way to improve your smile, that's why we always offer this option when appropriate)
 - And they never offered Invisalign treatment to straighten your teeth? It's a great way for adults to wear invisible braces and get straight teeth in a few months most of the time.
 - And they never explained that you can get Veneers on the chipped or misaligned front teeth? These are fairly inexpensive and the improvement is huge!
 - And they never offered to Safely remove the ugly, dark silver/mercury amalgam on your molars and replace it with composite, tooth colored fillings?
 - And they never told you that you can have a Smile Design to overhaul your whole mouth, get all the treatment you need and even some cosmetic work done in a day using Conscious Sedation so you don't feel or remember anything? So you can improve your smile, improve the way others see you, get better first impressions, better friendships, better relationships, a better job, a better life and ultimately a better you?
Yes, not all Dentists are the same, some are doing everything the same way they did it 20 years ago, and some care about you and your overall health and the benefits you can get from a healthy, beautiful smile! We also offer complementary oral cancer screenings, contact us at Aliso Viejo Dental and we'll explain all these and more in detail, please call us at 949-485-1447 today!

Friday, April 28, 2017

SOKA International Festival

No matter how many of our Patients come from cities far away, or after they move, there is always a local component to every Dental office. You are part of your local community after all and we are lucky to belong to Aliso Viejo, one of the nicest, safest, most vibrant communities in Orange County! The people here are involved in local activities and they care about daily events. And there is a lot going on all the time, a lot of our local residents are excited about the new additions to the Town Center - the new 5Below store that just opened and the new 9Round gym that is going to open soon! (we are still waiting on the Urban Plates and Pieology that are due this summer).
There is also the annual Taste of Aliso Niguel fundraising event that benefits ANHS, but we see it as an evening of fun, good food, drinks and a good chance to get to know local restaurants and businesses better and meet locals.
But probably the most exciting local annual event is the SOKA International Festival that locals  love! This is a big event that involves the students from the local SOKA University, local businesses, city officials, lots of crafts and arts, and performers! This brings AlisoViejans together like nothing else because of the multitude of ethnic food options, local businesses promotions and opportunities to get in touch with people from a diverse background.
We'll have a booth at the SOKA International Festival as we did in the last few years, we are a proud Friend  banner sponsor of the festival and we love to meet local people!
The attendance is FREE (you only pay for parking per car, so is a good idea to carpool or walk if you live close) and the food and the items for sale are usually at discounted or promotional prices. We'll offer free Oral Cancer screenings using our ViziLitePRO tool for anyone interested!
We are looking forward to seeing you next Saturday May 6th at the SOKA International Festival, look for our booth near the Founders Hall and the main stage!
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Free Oral Cancer Screenings

So what's new in your office lately? Well in our office we got a ViziLitePro device for Oral Cancer Screenings and a DryShield Isolation System, that's all!
We are proud to offer complimentary oral cancer screenings to all our Patients, it only takes less than a minute anyway, but it can save your life!

Oral cancer is a growing concern among Patients because of its prevalence and because of the dangers it brings. Fortunately the screening is fast and easy when using the latest technology, ViziLite PRO shows any lesions in less than a minute and at Aliso Viejo Dental, Dr. Preda can help you maintain a healthy, cancer-free mouth.

By using our ViziLitePRO screening system, we can provide you with comfortable, quick oral cancer screenings, and they are included in your routine exam, as a New Patient or when you come back for cleanings or treatment. Some insurance plans are starting to catch up and cover the oral cancer screenings, but even if they don't we'll offer this complimentary service at no cost, our Patients' oral and overall health is as important to us as it is to you!
Request an appointment with Aliso Viejo Dental now or call us at 949-425-1447 to schedule a free Oral Cancer screening.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Do you have Dental Phobia or Dental Anxiety?




“When confronted with fear of the dentist chair, our minds run wild by conjuring the most terrifying
experiences. By staying in the present moment, we can avoid conjuring these worst case scenarios, and instead remain in a calm and centered place.” — Dr. Fern White, Australian Dentist


The fear or anxiety of going to the dentist is more common than you think. A lot of people postpone as much as they can or just hate going to the dentist and get chills when they book an appointment, so if you experience this - you are not alone. People with dental phobia often put off routine care for years or even decades, they'll even put up with gum infections, pain, or even broken and unsightly teeth.


But chances are that your old bad experience will never happen again, here's why:
First of all, dentistry has changed a lot in the last few years, so whatever bad experience you might have had in the past - it might not be an issue any more. We use Lasers now even for Hygiene procedures, they require less or no anesthesia and you are healing faster, so ask if your procedure can be done using a Laser tool when booking your appointment.


Then, your experience in a dental office might be different today altogether than it was a few years go. Now we have wifi so you can play your favorite game or watch your favorite videos in the reception area or in the chair before we start, or in any breaks, we can pause for a moment sometimes if you want to.
Or you can immerse in your favorite music - use your phone or we can play Pandora or Spotify on one of our tablets, we even give you earphones to use and keep! In between the music and the dark, Laser protective glasses - you might even forget you are in a dental chair!
The "Laughing gas" helps too, or a service animal (yes, we allow these too!)
But for other cases when phobia or uncontrollable anxiety can't be overcame - there is always Sedation Dentistry! You take a pill and we control your level of sedation and you won't remember anything about any procedure you might not like, as if it never happened!


And never feel ashamed of maybe not flossing enough, we've seen it all and we don't judge anyone, we are here to help and turn your oral health around towards improving our Smile!