ATTENTION

Dear Smiles4OC patients,

Dentists in California have been asked by the California Dental Association to voluntarily suspend nonessential or non-urgent dental care until further notice.

CDA does not make this request lightly and it is being done out of an abundance of caution during this historic public health emergency. At Smiles4OC we have decided to comply with this request to do our part in "flattening the curve” in order to follow sound, scientific public health advice to help limit infections and slow the spread of the virus. CDA also believes that by taking these extraordinary precautions dentists can make a difference in helping to preserve the limited supply of personal protective equipment critical for emergency dental care and frontline health care of personnel responding to the pandemic.

We are uncertain as to when we will be back to work. We are available for emergencies. Patients can call 714-557-0700 or email info@smile4oc.com with any questions or concerns. We are confident we have a very safe environment to treat our patients. However, you must call first as walk-ins will not be seen without an appointment.

Please practice safety, take care of yourselves and your family. And let us know how we can help.

Sincerely,
Dr. Rolfes and the Smiles4OC Team
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SYSTEMIC ORAL HEALTH AT SMILES4OC, COSTA MESA


Systemic Oral Health

When patients in Costa Mesa, California connect with the team at Smiles4OC, they are often working with the dentists in the practice to keep the smile healthy and to avoid the development of gum disease, infections, and cavities. However, it is also important for patients to educate themselves on the importance of oral health due to systemic infections which can occur. Oral systemic health refers to the health of the rest of the body based on the health of the smile.

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:

  • 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. Drs. Thomas J. Rolfes, Christina T. Do, Cary J. Dunne, and Timothy J. Rolfes recommend that you bring your child for their first visit by their 1st birthday. They proudly offer services for not only adults, but for children who are seeking pediatric care. Our staff is committed to treating the entire family, allowing appointments for the whole household to make it easier than ever for everyone to get the care they need with one stop at the office!

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. 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. Many of them are bad actors, pathogens that can cause infection, inflammation, and disease. Some of them can get into your bloodstream and spread everywhere 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. While this area of dentistry is constantly being studied and evaluated, it continues to show that inflammation in the smile can be a contributor to hardened arteries.

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. This is due to the transfer of the infection throughout the body. Gum disease is completely preventable when patients take diligent care of their smile, making dental care more important than ever!

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. Patients with diabetes are urged to visit their dentist regularly to monitor not only their oral health but to ensure the systemic infection is not contributing to their condition.

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. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, make dental health a priority for you and your baby!

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. Drs. Thomas J. Rolfes, Christina T. Do, Cary J. Dunne, and Timothy J. Rolfes 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.

WHO IS AT RISK OF DEVELOPING PERIODONTAL DISEASE?

Any patient who is not monitoring their oral health and is not caring for their smile between dental visits is at risk of developing conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth decay, which can impact the smile in a negative manner.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CARING FOR YOUR SMILE

At Smiles4OC, our team of professional want to help patients learn more about how their oral health affects the rest of their bodies. Contact Drs. Thomas J. Rolfes, Christina T. Do, Cary J. Dunne, and Timothy J. Rolfes today to book an appointment and an initial evaluation to monitor your dental health. We can be reached by calling (714) 557-0700 and we welcome new patients into our practice conveniently located at 1530 Baker Street, Suite J in Costa Mesa, California. Take time to learn more about your oral health today and we can walk you through the process of treating periodontal disease and other conditions that may negatively affect the smile and body.


What our patients say

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We all fear Dentist visits. I have had the worst experiences from bad root canals to unnecessary fillings. Some try to sell services that are not needed. Dr Rolfes was recommended to me by family member who went to school with someone that not only lives in OC but also has lab used by the doctor. By far the most gental dentist I have ever encountered. Integrity is very important in this office and his staff is amazing. I drive 1.5 hours from LA to see this doctor and always trust his recommendation. He is very patient, detail oriented and very conservative with teeth preservation. I just wish we found each other sooner :) His assistant is my fav. Originally posted on
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