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JUNE 2012 Newsletter

Sports and energy drinks responsible for irreversible damage to teeth
A recent study found that an increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks, especially among teenagers and young adults, is the cause of irreversible damage to teeth. The high acidity levels in the drinks erode the glossy outer layer or enamel of the teeth.

Many young adults consume these drinks to increase sports performance and energy levels thinking that they are better than soda. But what they don't realize is that these drinks are bathing their teeth in acid. As many as 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens consume energy drinks and as many as 62 percent consume at least one sports drink per day. While both type of drinks are potentially harmful to teeth, the research shows that energy drinks cause twice as much damage as sports drinks.

The damage caused to enamel is not repairable and without enamel the teeth become overly sensitive and prone to cavities. As dental professionals we often see these problems with teens and we realize the problem after reviewing their diet and snacking habits. It is important to educate parents and teens so that they can make informed choices.

While these seemingly harmless drinks can cause permanent damage to teeth, there are some ways to reduce the risk to your teeth. First of all, minimize your intake of sports and energy drinks. If you do consume them, chew sugarless gum or rinse your mouth with water immediately following consumption. Both of these tactics increase saliva and help return normal acidity levels to the mouth. Also, you should wait at least one hour to brush your teeth after consuming these drinks. Brushing too soon will spread the acid and increase the erosive action. As dental professionals, it is important educate parents and teens about the problems associated with consumption of these types of drinks. Read more here

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After 27 years of practicing dentistry and giving back to his community and profession in a number ways, Dr. Arellano is volunteering for the world's largest humanitarian dental outreach program, Great Shape! Inc.'s 1000 Smiles dental project. In fact, he was chosen to be a supervising dentist for our local UCSF School of Dentistry team traveling to Jamaica in September 2012.

As with any humanitarian outreach program, its success is not only dependent on volunteers like Dr. Arellano, but on support from donors and sponsors. If you would like to be a part of Dr. Arellano's volunteer efforts with a chance to win an all inclusive vacation for 2 to Jamaica, your tax deductible donations are greatly appreciated.
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Epic Hike
Many of you know about my passion for hiking ... especially challenging ones! My recent first time experience with a kidney stone which led to a kidney infection in March, along with my hiking buddy's Achilles tendon tear in December, had put a real damper on our pastime. What better way to get back on the horse by planning an insanely epic hike? Of course, it had to be longer than our last personal record of 35.5 miles in one day. And for "fun", we planned it to take us from the sea to a summit and span from sunset to sunrise, a night-time hike. Check out the photos of our Sea to Summit II - Berkeley Pier to Mt. Diablo Summit - May 25-26, 2012 on our Facebook page at here
Our hike began here, at the Berkeley Pier with a start time of 7:20 p.m. Elevation: 0 feet. Success! Although I bonked halfway up Mt. Diablo, I finished strongly. Our final stats: Time - 15 hrs 45 min from 7:20 p.m. to 11:05 a.m. the next day; Distance - 38 miles; Vertical Elevation Gain - 3,849 feet; Total Elevation Gain - 7,865 feet; Tired legs - 4
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Bleaching and new crown to correct yellow teeth and discolored and poorly shaped crown
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