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Chaparral Village Dental & Orthodontics

27287 Nicolas Road Suite 104, Temecula, CA 92591

951-676-7200

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latest update of office infection control

Posted on August 24, 2020 at 12:26 AM Comments comments (9)
Our office has been opened for about 3 months after the lockdown from March to May. We are fully aware of the current Covid-19 situation in our country and especially our local community so we are trying our best in our daily practice to create the safest environment for dental care.

I know many of you are still debating whether it is a good time to go to the dental office. The good news is there hasn't been a single reported covid case contracted in dental office in the country. Another good news is the positive covid cases and covid -related mortality in Temecula valley are relatively low, in comparison with the rest of Riverside county and California state, so we are actually in a better and safer position in our local community.

At the same time, we do witness an upswing of dental emergencies including toothache, wisdom tooth pain, dental abscess and worsened gum infection, due to delayed dental care. As a result, many people with systemic diseases including diabetes, hypertension, heart, lung and kidney problems are experiencing worsened medical conditions due to infection of teeth and gum, which is an integral part of human body. This, in turn, makes them more prone to Covid-19 infection. A newest study suggests a link between gum disease and Covid-19 (Reference 1). This study supports the previous finding by British researchers who found connection between poor oral hygiene and severity of Covid-19 (Reference 2).

Dentists have long been known as the infection control experts in all categories of health care providers, due to the unique nature and setting of dental care. Our office has long been proud for social distancing by prescheduling patients to avoid congregation, and limiting the size of team (only three team members including myself). In the era of Covid-19, we are implementing even more strict measures to safeguard our patients and our team. Below is an update of the current infection control measures in our office:

  1. We monitor the daily health status of each of our team members;
  2. We screen each patient by asking Covid-related health history and checking temperatures. Any suspicious case will be postponed for at least 3 weeks until total clearance.
  3. Facing covering is required in the office. We will give you a mask if you do not have one.
  4. All magazines are removed from the reception area to avoid cross contamination.
  5. We schedule one patient at a time to avoid congregation; Only one parent or guardian is allowed for a minor patient in the office;
  6. We use chairside high volume suction to minimize aerosol production and UVC air purifier/sanitizer in the treatment rooms to keep clean air;
  7. We disinfect each room, front desk area, door handles and any other place that is touched by patients or staff. This is completed after each patient leaves the office;
  8. We use hypochlorous acid (HOCL) cold fogging to disinfect the whole office multiple times daily. HOCL is a potent killer of bacteria, fungi and viruses, about 80-120 times more potent than chlorine bleach. It is 100% safe and non-irritant to human body, providing the maximum protection for our patients and our team. Check the video here. 

Please stay safe and healthy! We look forward to seeing your smiles again! Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions!

Chaparral Village Dental has been selected for the 2018 Best of Temecula Awards for Dentistry.

Posted on November 24, 2018 at 11:41 PM Comments comments (4)

The Spectrum Award For Excellence In Customer Service

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 2:06 AM Comments comments (11)

Best of Temecula award 2017

Posted on September 9, 2017 at 6:03 PM Comments comments (1)


Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
            
Chaparral Village Dental Receives 2017 Best of Temecula Award
           
Temecula Award Program Honors the Achievement

TEMECULA August 31, 2017 -- Chaparral Village Dental has been selected for the 2017 Best of Temecula Award in the Dentistry category by the Temecula Award Program.

Each year, the Temecula Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Temecula area a great place to live, work and play.
           
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Temecula Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Temecula Award Program and data provided by third parties.
           
About Temecula Award Program

The Temecula Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Temecula area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Temecula Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Temecula Award Program

CONTACT:
Temecula Award Program
Email: [email protected]
URL: http://www.onlineawarded.org
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Chewing your food could protect against infection

Posted on August 20, 2017 at 1:53 AM Comments comments (1)
The study, recently published in the journal Immunity, found that chewing food - otherwise known as mastication - can stimulate the release of T helper 17 (Th17) cells in the mouth.

Th17 cells form a part of the adaptive immune system, which uses specific antigens to defend against potentially harmful pathogens, while enduring "friendly" bacteria that can be beneficial to health.

According to the study team, led by Dr. Joanne Konkel of the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, in the gut and the skin, Th17 cells are produced through the presence of friendly bacteria.

However, the researchers note that the mechanisms by which Th17 cells are produced in the mouth have been unclear.

Chewing 'can induce a protective immune response in our gums'

Dr. Konkel and colleagues note that the mechanical force required by mastication leads to physiological abrasion and damage in the mouth.

With this in mind, the team set out to investigate whether such damage might play a role in oral Th17 cell production.

The researchers came to their findings by feeding weaning mice soft-textured foods, which required less chewing, until they reached 24 weeks of age. At 24 weeks, the release of Th17 cells in the rodents' mouths was measured.

A significant reduction in oral Th17 cell production was noted, which the team speculated was down to a reduction in mastication-induced physiological damage.

Confirming their theory, the researchers found that increasing the levels of physiological damage in the rodents' mouths - by rubbing the oral cavity with a sterile cotton applicator - led to an increase in the production of Th17 cells.

Dr. Konkel and colleagues believe these findings indicate that chewing food may help to protect us from illness.

The downsides of excessive mastication

However, the researchers caution that increased oral Th17 cell production may not always be beneficial; too many of these cells can increase the risk of periodontitis, or gum disease, which has been associated with numerous other health conditions, including diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. 
 
In their study, the team also found that long-term exposure to physiological damage caused by mastication can exacerbate the effects of periodontitis.
 
They came to this finding by feeding weaning mice hardened food pellets up until 24 weeks of age.
 
Compared with mice fed soft food, the mice fed hard food showed more mastication-induced physiological damage in their mouths and increased periodontal bone loss.

Still, the researchers believe that their findings could lead to new strategies to combat an array of illnesses. "Importantly, because  inflammation in the mouth is linked to development of diseases all around the body," says Dr. Konkel, "understanding the tissue-specific factors that regulate immunity at the oral barrier could eventually lead to new ways to treat multiple inflammatory conditions."

Soda Drinkers More Prone to Cavities

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 2:38 AM Comments comments (4)
Dentists can usually spot a soda drinker. These patients are often prone to dental cavities and white spots on their teeth known as decalcifications, which are actually the start of new cavities.                

A cavity is an infection caused by a combination of carbohydrate-containing foods or beverages and bacteria that live in our mouths. Sweetened soda contains a high amount of sugar, a carbohydrate that can promote cavities. Soda may be even more damaging to the teeth than other sugar containing beverages because it is acidic as well.  

Before we drink a sugar-sweetened soda, the pH in our mouth is about 7.0, which is slightly more acidic than water. When the bacteria in our mouths are exposed to sugar, they metabolize it and produce acid. The acid causes the pH on the tooth surface to drop. At a pH of 5.2 or below, the acid begins to dissolve the hard enamel that forms the outer coating of our teeth. Over time this leads to erosion that causes cavities and painful toothaches!  

A study examined the effect of several types of sweetened soda and mineral water on the teeth. Teeth exposed to cola, orange and lime soda had significantly more decalcification than those exposed to mineral water. Of all of the sodas tested, cola caused the most decalcification. Sweetened soda seems to damage teeth in two ways. The soda has a low PH and makes the mouth acidic, and the sugar content promotes tooth decay when it comes into contact with bacteria in the mouth.  

The easiest way to prevent cavities is by brushing your teeth at least three times a day, especially after eating or drinking and before bed. Reducing the amount and frequency of eating sugary foods and beverages can decrease the risk of forming cavities.

If you have to have sweetened soda, it is better to drink it at one sitting than sip it throughout the day. Better yet, drink it through a straw in one sitting, to bypass the teeth altogether.

Study Associates Tooth Loss to Depression and Anxiety

Posted on April 5, 2015 at 2:06 AM Comments comments (7)
Tooth loss from caries and periodontal disease is an outcome of complex, chronic conditions. Several biopsychosocial factors are involved, including accessing care. Individuals reporting dental anxiety may avoid dental care, and individuals with depression may be negligent in self-care. In this study, researchers examined a potential association of tooth loss with depression and anxiety.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Survey is a complex telephone survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments. In this study, the researchers used the BRFSS 2010 data (451,075 respondents). Analysis involved frequency, Chi-square analysis and complex survey logistic regression. Criteria for participants’ eligibility included being 19 years or older and having complete data on depression, anxiety and tooth loss.

Among 76,292 eligible participants, 13.4 percent reported anxiety, 16.7 percent reported depression and 5.7 percent reported total tooth loss. Chi-square analysis by tooth loss revealed that participants with depression, anxiety or a combined category of depression or anxiety diff ered significantly in tooth loss (p <0.0001)from participants without those conditions.

At the conclusion of this national study, the researchers found that depression and anxiety are
associated with tooth loss. The research study titled “Association of Tooth Loss and Depression and Anxiety,” was presented by R.Constance Wiener, PhD, at the 43rd annual meeting and exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research held March 19-22 in Charlotte, N.C.

From CDA Journal June 2014

Custom-made Mouthguards Reduce Concussion Risk

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (7)
When it comes to buying a mouthguard, parents who want to reduce their child’s risk of a sports-related concussion should visit a dentist instead of a sporting goods store. High school football players wearingstore-bought, over-the-counter (OTC) mouthguards were more than twice as likely to suffer mild traumatic brain injures (MTBI)/concussions than those
wearing custom-made, properly fitted mouthguards, reports a new study in the
May/June 2014 issue of General Dentistry.

“Researchers and, most importantly, parents, are looking for ways to better protect children against concussions,” said lead author Jackson Winters, DDS, a pediatric dentist who also served as a high school and collegiate football offi cial for 28 years. “Consumers may believe that today’s advanced helmet design provides sufficient protection, but our research
indicates that, when compared to over-the-counter versions, a custom-made, properly fitted mouthguard also is essential to player safety

The study followed 412 players from six high school football teams. Two hundred and twenty athletes were randomly assigned to wear custom-made mouthguards, and 192 athletes
wore standard OTC mouth guards of their own choosing. All players wore the same style of football helmet. According to the study, 8.3 percent of athletes in the OTC mouth guard group
suffered MTBI/concussion injuries. For those with custom-made mouthguards, however, the rate was only 3.6 percent. Previous studies have theorized that mouthguards can reduce concussion risk because they help absorb shock, stabilize the head and neck and limit movement caused by a direct hit to the jaw. “Although more research on this topic is needed, our study shows the value of a custom-made mouthguard,” Dr. Winters said. “The benefits of
protecting your child far outweigh the costs associated with a dental or medical injury, which is likelier to occur with a store-bought model.”

For more information, read the article “Role of mouthguards in reducing mild traumatic brain injury/concussion incidence in high school football athletes,” in the May/June 2014 issue of
General Dentistry.

From CDA journal July 2014.

Best of Temecula 2014, Business Hall of Fame

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 8:04 PM Comments comments (1)



















Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chaparral Village Dental Receives 2014 Best of Temecula Award
Temecula Award Program Honors the Achievement
TEMECULA April 27, 2014 -- Chaparral Village Dental has been selected for the 2014 Best of Temecula Award in the Dentistry category by the Temecula Award Program.
Each year, the Temecula Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Temecula area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Temecula Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Temecula Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Temecula Award Program
The Temecula Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Temecula area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Temecula Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Temecula Award Program
CONTACT:
Temecula Award Program
URL: http://www.recognitionawarding.com
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Mom Arrested Over Kids’ Tooth Decay

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM Comments comments (6)
Ever heard about mom being arrested for neglecting the oral health of her children? Here is the first case in USA ... Read the story

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