Issue #44
NOVEMBER 2014 Newsletter
Can brushing and flossing help to keep your heart healthy?
“Only brush the teeth you want to keep.” It is a common joke among dentists, and it is also a very true statement. Brushing and flossing are crucial for preventing periodontal disease, the number one cause of adult tooth loss in developed nations. However, you may not be aware that poor hygiene and periodontal disease can endanger much more than your teeth.

A number of scientific studies conducted over the past two to three decades have repeatedly drawn the same conclusion: There is a link between oral health and heart health. It has been demonstrated that individuals with good oral hygiene habits and healthy gums are statistically less likely to develop heart disease. Although the nature of the link is not yet fully understood, it certainly underlines the importance of regular dental care. Read more
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Sad News....
"It is with sadness that I will be leaving my "home" at Dr. Arellano's office. Over the past 30 years, I have been blessed to form many special bonds with YOU, my patients. We have laughed and cried together, shared stories and advice- and become a part of each others lives. You have made my "job" a place that fills my heart. I thank you all and will miss you. -Always, Debbie"

As an employer, I've always realized that life moves forward, and I don't expect the people who work for me to be with me forever. Nevertheless, when someone has added value not only to the office but to the lives of the patients and co-workers who she has touched, it is still an emotional event when she finally has to say "Goodbye." Our long time dental hygienist, Debbie Wertheimer, is such a person. I first started working with her when I was still only a dental hygienist working for Dr. Philip Hordiner. At that time, I practically worked under her as she helped manage the office for Dr. Hordiner. Now years later, we have worked together toward the same end, and that was to help all of you become healthier.

Debbie's last day with us will be on December 9th. Afterward, she plans on spending more time with her ailing mother-in-law. Please wish her the best as we certainly will. -Leo
Sleep Apnea News
Not only have I been a provider of oral appliances for the treatment of OSA for the California Center for Sleep Disorders and Kaiser Hospital for a few years now, but I have also been reaching out to our community and now will be working with a family practice sleep physician and an internal medicine office in providing oral appliances and OSA screening services to their patients. If any of your physicians are interested in how we set up screening services to catch the undiagnosed OSA that may be missed during routine exams, please let me know. This service is provided at no out of pocket cost to them.

In October, I attended a retreat in Phoenix, Arizona to continue our training in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). In the past month during routine exams, I was able to discover several of my patients that had screened positive for OSA, so we are in the process of doing a Home Sleep Test (HST) for them.
Sneaking in a Hike

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After a long couple days at a Phoenix dental retreat in October, we decided to sneak out before sunrise for a quick impromptu hike. Camelback Mountain is the highest peak in the Phoenix, Arizona area at an elevation of 2,704 feet. Though not anywhere as high as our local Mt. Diablo, it was the perfect short steep hike as a break from our retreat as it rises 1,300 feet in about 1.3 miles. The only problem was that I wasn't planning to hike as you can see by the photos.
Smile Makeover

"Old defective 4 upper front crowns with spaces and inflammation from gum recession
replaced with new crowns. Notice the resulting healthy gum tissue from well fitting crowns."
See more Smile Makeovers by Dr. Leo Arellano by clicking Here
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