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Keep Scary Cavities Away this Halloween!

Worried about the cavities tricky sweets can give your kids this Halloween? According to Dr. Cherrie Cruz of Gan Advanced OsseointegrationCenter (GAOC), parents can help keep their children cavity-free this Halloween without banning candies. “Parents are always concerned with how much sweets their kids will consume on holidays,” shares Cruz. “But
telling children not to eat candies during Halloween is a losing battle.”

Still,some sweets need to be avoided. “Sticky or gummy sweets such as those made of caramels, nougat or taffy can be harder to brush away,” explains Cruz. “Hard candies, which stay in the mouth longer, make way for tooth-decay causing bacteria to form.

Cruz suggests that parents pair candies with healthier treats. “Adding healthier treats like yogurt, candied fruits, trail mix and low-sugar marshmallows can steer kids away from these sweets while preventing them from feeling deprived.” Cruz added that sugary drinks such as sodas and juices should be replaced with water to help wash away the extra sugar.

Making candies part of a nutritious meal is also a good way to avoid cavities. “Mealtime is ideal for consuming candies and sweets,” says Cruz. “During meals,extra saliva is produced, helping rinse away sugar and the acids produced by bacteria.”

Cruz stresses that making dental care a habit is key to preventing many adult dental problems. As such, the importance of dental care should be impressed early on. According to Cruz, teaching kids to brush their teeth at least twice a day is essential to keeping them cavity-free and visiting the dentist by the child’s first birthday or within six months of the first tooth is advisable.

“Getting dental care for children makes way for a lifetime of health,” says Cruz. “Most people think that going to the dentist isn’t essential for children since they eventually grow out their primary teeth. But on the contrary, one of its main functions is preparing the gums for permanent teeth and facilitating proper nutrition.”

“Dentists conduct a cavities risk assessment and educate parents on pacifier, finger or thumb habits,” shares Cruz, “For more information, parents can log on to our website at www.gaocdental.com or call 843-GAOC (4262).” ###

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Preventing Adult Dental Problems in Childhood

It’s never too early to see the dentist. 

“Getting dental care for children makes way for a lifetime of health,” says Dr. Steve Mark Gan of Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), a dental center that specializes in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry.  “Most people think that going to the dentist isn’t essential for children since they eventually grow out their primary teeth. On the contrary, one of its main functions is preparing the gums for permanent teeth and facilitating proper nutrition.”

Gan stresses that making dental care a habit is key to preventing many adult dental problems. As such, the importance of dental care should be impressed early on. “Visiting the dentist by the child’s first birthday or within six months of the first tooth is advisable,” shares Gan. “Dentists conduct a cavities risk assessment and educate parents on pacifier, finger or thumb habits. Habits that can injure the mouth and teeth and impair the jaws can be prevented.”

A study by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), showed that poor oral health care in children led to impaired school performance and poor social relationships. “Teeth play a role in speech and as such affect social development,” explains Gan. “Children who have difficulty communicating verbally could have more difficulties than their counterparts.”

Pediatric dentistry also tackles adolescent dental problems. “Aside from correcting misaligned teeth that may cause nerve or muscle pain, procedures such as braces and wisdom tooth extraction to help teens with appearance and self-image as these issues become more important in adolescence,” according to Gan. GAOC offers oral diagnostic and surgical procedures as well as conventional check-ups for children.

For more information, parents can log on to www.gaocdental.com or call us at 843-GAOC (4262).

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Healthy Teeth, Healthy Body

Think looking great is all there is to a bright smile?

Think again. Healthy teeth are essential to preventing bacteria from spreading to other parts of your body.

As such, proper oral hygiene can lessen your chances of suffering from systemic diseases such as heart problems and diabetes. “Your overall good health, in fact, is usually reflected by the condition of your teeth,” says Dr. Steve Mark Gan of Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC).

“Biofilm or plaque, a complex reef-like substance that builds up over time sets the stage for gum disease and other health problems,” shares Gan. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, includes gingivitis and periodontitis. “The term periodontal literally means “around the tooth” and cannot be removed without proper attention from your dentist,” adds Gan.

Gingivitis, periodontal disease’s beginning stage, is characterized by gum inflammation and bleeding due to plaque build up. “Ginigivitis can easily be treated and reversed by a visit to the dentist,” says Gan. “However, if it not treated, plaque may spread over the gum line. Bacteria in plaque lead to more toxins and more inflammation. Increased inflammation will lead to bone and tissue deterioration as well as tooth loss,”explains Gan. Additionally, developing inflamed tonsils (tonsilitis) can also be prevented by treating gum disease. Bacteria in plaque can enter the bloodstream, causing mitral valve infection.

According to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, bacteria from gum disease can affect blood vessel function. Lower blood vessel function can lead to more cardiovascular problems. Additionally, the body’s inflammatory response to gum disease, which affects blood sugar control, also puts diabetics at risk. “Teeth affects your confidence as well,” says Gan. “Healthy teeth are your first line of defense against halitosis (bad breath) and they also make speaking clearly possible,” explains Gan.

“Because teeth are an important part of our emotional and physical health, it’s essential to get the best possible care for our pearly whites,” Gan says. GAOC offers patients advanced technology in oral diagnostic and surgical procedures, dental implantology and jaw reconstruction all done in a comfortable hotel-like facility.

“From conventional checkups to the most complicated oral rehabilitation procedures, we are committed to expertly handle any dental contingency at an affordable price,” says Gan. “If you want to know more about oral health and how to have healthy teeth, log on to our website at http://www.gaocdental.com or call 843-GAOC (4262),” concludes Gan.

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Flash that Showbiz Smile Today

What makes stars shine so bright?

Show business is an image-driven industry. Confidence and appearance play a key role in becoming a success. There are many ways to improve self confidence; one way is having a great set of teeth.

For funny man Allan K, a dazzling smile is one of the essentials as an entertainer. The comedian believes that a camera-ready smile not only improves appearance, it invokes positive social responses as well. He says that undergoing a dental implant procedure at Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC) has improved his smile immensely.

GAOC’s Dr. Steve Mark Gan, who’s been dubbed “dentist to the stars,” explains that dental implants are artificial tooth roots usually made of highly biocompatible titanium screws. An ideal tooth replacement option, the procedure involves anchoring the titanium screws into the jaw bone. This allows the jaw’s living bone cells to grow and wrap around the screws.

“Osseointegration (the fusing of the bone and the implants) make dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth,” says Gan. “By letting the bone cells (osseoblasts) fuse with the titanium screw, the patient will have the most secure and natural-looking fit possible.

Patients will never have to worry about their dentures falling out while they’re laughing, eating or talking,” he adds.

At GAOC, careful and detailed planning is done to ensure the proper fit for implants. X-rays and CT scans are performed on the teeth and jaw as well as a computer-aided 3D imaging program is used. These allow dentists to see the exact position and depth of the implants, ensuring that the treatment plans and schedules are tailored to the patients’ needs.

“In the long run, dental implants are a great investment,” according to Gan.

“Implants are durable and can last decades. Additionally, patients will be able to preserve healthy adjacent teeth and gum tissue as well as their natural bite without pain and discomfort.”

GAOC’s host of aesthetic dental procedures have become very popular. Teeth whitening, a bleaching process that lightens discolorations of tooth enamel discolored or stained teeth is one of their best-sellers. It uses plasma arc blue light, considered as one of the safest and most effective way to brighten teeth, that activates a special in-house whitening solution.

With its high level of expertise and use of state-of- the art technology, GAOC has attracted many personalities. Among them are Albert Martinez, Billy Joe Crawford, Boy Abunda, Joyce Jimenez and Kim Chiu. If the center’s growing roster of celebrity clients is any indication of how effective their procedures are, it’s safe to say that your needs will be well taken care of at GAOC.

Want to get that confident smile? Log on to http://www.gaocdental.com or call 843-GAOC (4262) for more information.

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Patients, Dentists to Benefit from New Bone Technology

San Francisco, California –Developments in the area of Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein 2 (rhBMP2) which allows a patient’s bone to regenerate without the use of bone grafting (commonly known as bone transplant) were among those discussed in the Bone Morphogenetic Protein Symposium 2010 which was recently held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.

Among participating clinicians, researchers and dentists from across the globe was Dr. Steve Mark Gan of the Philippine-based Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), a dental center that specializes in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry.

According to Dr. Gan, participants in the 2-day symposium explored the expanding use of rhBMP in jaw reconstructions and in the regeneration of bone in defects of the jaws.

Program chairman Dr. Robert E. Marx said that “In just 2 short years, it (rhBMP) has met and even exceeded its clinical promise of bone regeneration without using the patient’s own bone … thereby reducing complications and problems for patients (because it reduces the need for a bone transplant).”

Dr. Gan said that keeping abreast of technology is essential to giving the best possible care to patients. “At GAOC, we believe in being most prepared and being well-equipped.  We really invest in continuous education and make it a point to attend symposiums like this one to help us keep up to date with the latest information available in dental health and technology so we can better serve our patients.”

Gan believes that broadening applications of rhBMP will affect the recovery time and long term care of future dental patients the world over, especially for those who choose to get dental implants (the use of titanium screws anchored into the jaw bone as a permanent base for artificial teeth). “Developments like these are encouraging both for patients and dentists alike,” he concludes.

The symposium also featured sessions on the specific indications, techniques, doses, co-materials, and outcomes of the different applications of rhBMP. Speaking at the sessions were top researchers and clinicians in the field.  Participants were given a chance to be informed of the most thorough scientific and clinical experience using rhBMP through these sessions as well as through hands-on training.

For more information log on to http://www.gaocdental.com or call 843-GAOC (4262).###

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White Teeth: Perfect for Setting off that Golden Tan

Looking great is essential this summer.

Whether you’re going swimming, sunbathing or just plain walking around; you’ll need a red hot look to match the sweltering weather. Aside from the usual summer gear, make sure you have a dazzling smile to complete your outfits. Though physiology teaches us that smiling involves flexing a few facial muscles it’s much more than that.

Studies have shown that smiling makes us more attractive. “Smiling promotes positive interpersonal and social influences,” shares psychologist Dale Jorgeson of the California State University. “Attitudes become more positive with many exposures to smiling faces. That is true regardless of whom they’re looking at,” the psychologist adds.

Taking care of your teeth is essential to having a great smile. With tooth whitening procedures readily available today, you can have a bright smile to set off that golden tan in no time.

For most people, having yellowish or discolored teeth is a frequent problem. “Discoloration or the staining of teeth can be due to smoking, eating or drinking dark colored beverages,” shares Dr. Cherrie Anne A. Cruz of Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), a dental center that specializes in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry.

“This problem can be solved easily through a process called whitening. Teeth whitening is one of the few non-invasive dental procedures that produce almost immediate results,” adds Cruz.  At GAOC, plasma arc blue light is utilized in the whitening procedure. The plasma arc blue light, combined with a special whitening formula, make for an effective procedure.

“The plasma emits light energy which is then absorbed by whitening formula, hastening the whitening of the enamel (hard outer covering of the teeth),” says Dr. Cruz.  “This kind of whitening procedure takes as short as a one-hour session for teeth to become markedly whiter, depending on the color of the patient’s teeth prior to the whitening.”

While some people buy home teeth whitening or bleaching products, they should always remember that having it done professionally by a dentist is much better for their health. “You may have cavities or cracks in your teeth that you don’t know about and the products might affect your tooth or even ‘burn’ your gums and lips,” says Dr. Cruz.

The results vary from person to person, but can last for up to three years depending on how well the patient practices good oral hygiene after the procedure.  GAOC also performs booster treatments that can be done every six months to maintain the whiteness achieved after the initial treatment.

GAOC has high tech facilities and a competent dental staff, making it the choice of discerning clientele.  Dr. Cruz believes that GAOC’s personalized services give them an edge. “The GAOC team goes beyond making the procedure a success. Our attentive staff as well as the relaxing environment makes your stay with us an enjoyable and comfortable experience.”

Get white and bright smile this summer. Visit your dentist today.

For more infomation, log on to www.gaocdental.com or call 843-GAOC (4262).

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