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I recently had to visit the office for a root canal. Upon walking in, I was greeted by the entire staff and they all knew my name. The office was extremely clean and all of the staff had amazing personalities. They handled me with exceptional care and the procedure went as smooth as I could have ever wanted it. Dr. Dunne performed my procedure with expert hands, as did his assistant. I would highly recommend this office to anyone who is looking for a dentist.
Systematic Oral Health Costa Mesa, Systemic Oral Health Newport Beach, Dental CA, Costa Mesa Systematic Oral HealthAre Your Teeth Killing You?

More and more research studies are confirming what many physicians and dentists have long suspected. Poor oral health can lead to systemic health problems and diseases. The list of conditions linked to periodontitis (gum disease) reads like a who’s-who of disease, including:

The Cavity In Healthcare Reform - Video - Systemic inflammation
- Weight gain
- Osteoporosis
- Snoring
- Diabetes
- Kidney disease
- Ulcers
- Pregnancy complications
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Arthritis
- Stroke
- Cancer
- Sleep apnea

DNA testing proves that a person has over 800 species of bacteria in the human mouth, and many of them can wreak havoc on a person’s health. Oral health is critical to your good health and long life.



Good Dental care starts early:
Good dental care as a child can save you a lot of time in the dental chair as an adult. Dr. Rolfes, Do, and Dunne recommend that you bring your child for their first visit by their 1st birthday.

Good Oral Health: What is Normal?
Cell to Cell Communication – Oral Health and Systemic Health Patient Version There is nothing normal about blood in your mouth. Blood is the result of inflammation and disease, caused by bacteria in the mouth. As these bacteria continue to build and secrete toxins, the toxins accumulate and because they aren’t getting cleaned out, begin to irritate the neighboring gum tissue. Sensing the irritation, the body responds with an automatic system that’s a defense mechanism against inflammation. This is referred to as the body’s inflammatory response.

The problem with the kind of inflammation that is triggered by gum disease is that it does not stay in the mouth. A number of them are bad actors, pathogens that can cause infection, inflammation and disease. Some of them can get into your bloodstream and spread far and wide throughout your body. The result is something called chronic systemic inflammation.

Can Gum disease harden your arteries? Unfortunately, Yes.
Medical experts agree that hardening of the arteries is due to the build-up of fatty plaque. Now recent research indicates the “inflammation effect” is the primary cause.

Gum disease and stroke –another deadly duo
Gum disease has emerged in recent research as an important risk factor for ischemic stroke, the kind that involves a blockage that stops blood flow to the brain.

Gum disease, diabetes and systemic inflammation: a Triangle of Trouble
We know that people with diabetes are at higher risk of developing gum disease. But when gum disease occurs in people who have diabetes, it can have a direct effect on their diabetes control.

Oral Health & Pregnancy: Healthy Gums for A Healthy Baby
The primary risk posed by gum disease during pregnancy is preterm delivery and low birth weight, but researchers have also linked gum disease to gestational diabetes.

Taking Control!
When you take control of your physical health and your dental health, you are on your way to making sure you are doing everything you can to stay healthy. Dr. Rolfes, Do, and Dunne will pay special attention to your dental and health needs. Our team will adapt a diagnostic process when giving you your regular checkups to include baseline data about your health including any chronic problems like heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, ulcers and arthritis and evaluate how it is affecting your oral health. We will consider all factors affecting your general health in your dental care. That is critical.

What you should do:
Regular 3- 6 months visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning and exam.

Following through with recommended dental treatment.

Have regular physical examinations

Take control of your health and do not forget the importance of diet and exercise.
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    Dr. Rolfes and the staff are amazing. My family has been patients here for over 25 years and we just love the office. All of the staff are genuine and caring. I highly recommend this quality family practice.
  • Dentist Costa Mesa -  Star Reviews by Alicia F. I have been to several dental offices in the past and have had many terrible experiences when it comes to my dental care. Every interaction during my visit was not only positive, but reassuring, which truly helped me overcome my fears and follow through with my check-up and cleaning. Dr. Dunne and Nicole were most thorough with my exam, explaining each step and giving individual focused care, Karen took her time to get my smile pretty and white again with my cleaning, and both Vicky and Gail provided excellent support and professionalism from the time I came in to the end of my visit. In summary, my visit to Smiles4OC surpassed expectations. For once, I'm not only not afraid to go to the dentist, but actually welcome the thought of visiting again in 6 months! Thank you, Smiles4OC!~ Alicia F.
  • Dentist Costa Mesa -  Star Reviews by Stacy MC. Smiles4OC is such a comfortable office starting with the people, the surroundings, their attention to detail, quality dental skills and service, and the technology is top notch. I appreciated the thorough explanations from everyone involved with my appointments from Dr. Dunne to the entire staff. It's obvious Smiles4OC values customer service, professionalism, attention to detail, and they provide outstanding dental services because they just can't do anything less. My husband and I are so pleased Smiles4OC is available to us for all our dental care. ~ Stacy MC.
  • Dentist Costa Mesa -  Star Reviews by A Google User The Best in OC. My family has been patients here for over 25 years. This is a state of the art facility with only the highest quality. the Staff makes me smile. they always remember your name and I enjoy visiting with each and everyone. I recommend this office. Each of the dentist, Dr. Rolfes, Dr. Do and Dr. Dunne is highly skilled and gentle. You will be impressed. ~ A Google User
  • Dentist Costa Mesa -  Star Reviews by Victoria L. I've been coming to this office before Dr. Rolfes was even married! I've seen it grow into a top-notch dental practice, second to none. I never hesitate to refer friends here. Their professionalism is outstanding as is the quality and range of their dental services. If you're looking for a dentist, do yourself a favor and have a consult here; you won't be sorry. ~ Victoria L.
  • Dentist Costa Mesa -  Star Reviews by Hallie P. L. I cant say enough great things about Dr Rolfes and his office. They have always welcomed me with open arms at every appt. They are very professional and thorough with every procedure I've had done.
    I had some sub-standard work done prior to making the switch to Dr Rolfes and I am so thankful I was referred here. He's fixed every issue and then some!
    I highly recommend making them your go-to for any dental needs!~ Hallie P.
  • Dentist Costa Mesa -  Star Reviews by Hallie C.C. Dr. Rolfes always takes great care of my teeth. My cleanings go very smoothly, I have extremely sensitive teeth and I love that is requested, the hygienist will add an extra numbing cream on my teeth to make sure I am comfortable during the cleaning. They really dig in there to make sure your smile is perfectly clean so I appreciate the extra comfort. Dr. Rolfes has always been a very honest dentist and recommends the best treatment to keep my teeth healthy. After having many bad experiences, including bad fillings, at other dental offices I fully trust his knowledge and skills. For many years, he has kept my smile bright white and healthy. You will not be disappointed!~ C.C.
  • Dentist Costa Mesa -  Star Reviews by Cyndi H. A breath of fresh air!! I had a dental emergency while my dentist was out of town. A friend of my recommended Dr. Rolfes to me, who ironically was also out of town! The office staff was so kind and told me to come right in. I had a very positive experience from the moment I arrived. I was quickly taken back to meet Dr. Do and her assistant. This entire office made an extremely uncomfortable experience a pleasant one!! Not only would I HIGHLY recommend their office, I am switching!! They can even see my children. I can not say enough good things about Dr. Do and her office!! ~ Cyndi H.
  • Dentist Costa Mesa -  Star Reviews by Tamara S. Dr. Do and every person I come in contact with at this office is amazing! This is a very kid-friendly office. I was very concerned how my 2 year old son (now 3 years old) was going to take going to the dentist. Dr. Do and her staff are all super friendly and great with kids. On my son's first visit, their focus was just to get him comfortable with being in the chair and the equipment. They let him ride in the chair up and down, pick out his animal toothbrush, flavored toothpaste, and of course pick out of the treasure box. Now my son on his 3rd visit could not wait to go see Dr. Do. He said ,"Please can we go see Dr. Do." They have gotten my rambunctious 3 year old to get x-rays and a full on teeth cleaning. I am really impressed with what they have been able to get son to do. I really believe everyone one in the office goes above and beyond to make our visits a wonderful experience. Definitely 5 stars! ~ Tamara S.
  • Dentist Costa Mesa -  Star Reviews by Kayleen K. Dr. Rolfes and his staff are fantastic. I was referred to them from a friend and it's been the best dental decision I've made. They keep me consistently well-informed and make me feel comfortable; even through my unnerving dental procedures.
    You can't go wrong going to their offices. ~ Kayleen K.
  • Dentist Costa Mesa -  Star Reviews by Lauren P. I have visited many dentists over the years, a result of moving so often. Dr. Rolfes and his team are by far, the best dental practice I have been to ever!

    I would highly recommend Dr. Rolfes and his team to everyone (I already give their name out to friends and family!). You won't be disappointed. ~ Lauren P.
  • Dentist Costa Mesa -  Star Reviews by Kelly C. Could not be happier with my NEW million dollar smile ~ Kelly C.
  • Dentist Costa Mesa -  Star Reviews by Susan B. I chipped my front tooth on the bottom edge and dr. Dunne repaired it with a bonding treatment. It looks fantastic! It was painless and he explained each step as he performed the procedure . I am very happy and will continue my dental care with this group. ~ Susan B.

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