Prevention vs. Treatment of Oral Health

The World Health Organization defines health as “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Sadly, in our fast-paced culture, many of us settle for less-than-healthy or even truly sick conditions every day. We allow ourselves to be tired, achy, stressed and in pain more often than not. Why? Because it’s hard to prioritize our long-term health in a world of so many immediate needs competing for our attention. But long-term health is actually the most important need of all. Without our health, we won’t truly be able to enjoy life or contribute to a greater good.

Dr. Colleran offers a few points on how to seek wellness and prevent oral health problems before they even start.

Starting Upstream

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An Orthodontics Overview

The root word “ortho” means “straight or upright.” And orthodontics, you guessed it, makes your teeth straight! But oh, how it can do so much more!

A lovely smile with straight teeth and an even bite is equal parts functional and beautiful. And thanks to scientific progress, all this can be yours. Orthodontics is an area of dentistry that focuses on how the bones and teeth of your mouth are placed and fit together.

Dr. Colleran in San Luis Obispo is a professional provider of orthodontic treatments. Read more for our general overview of orthodontics and what teeth straightening can do for you.

How Do Orthodontics Work?

Orthodontics moves the placement of your teeth slowly over time. Appliances (fixed or removable pieces in your mouth) add a tiny bit of pressure to help your mouth and teeth achieve the perfect shape and alignment. Read more ›

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The Importance of Dental X-Rays

The technology of dental medicine is advancing by the minute. There are now sophisticated techniques for diagnosing and tracking oral cancer, correcting crooked teeth in less than a year, treating periodontitis (advanced gum disease)without surgery, and many more. Yet, when it comes down to diagnosing issues and creating an effective treatment plan, nothing beats a fresh set of X-rays. Dr. Colleran uses dental X-rays to see the whole picture, in order to keep your teeth healthy, bright, and beautiful. If you are a San Luis Obispo resident with questions about how X-rays work, read on, and don’t hesitate to call Michael Colleran, DDS with any concerns.

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Do Whitening Strips Actually Work?

Whitening strips are among the most popular health and beauty products in San Luis Obispo. Brightening up your pearly whites is a great way to give your smile a boost, and with all the over-the-counter options, there’s no reason not to pick one up and try it out. Dr. Michael Colleran wants you to be informed about every aspect of dental health, so here’s a guide to which whitening options can give your teeth a bright new shine. If you have any questions or would like to visit the office of Michael Colleran, DDS for a consultation, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Veneers Can Give You Back Your Smile!

Having a great smile is a privilege that everyone in San Luis Obispo should enjoy. The confidence that comes from having genuine pride in your pearly whites is irreplaceable. However, many of us struggle with imperfections in our teeth. Broken, chipped, cracked, stained, and crooked teeth can really put a damper on your smile. At the office of Michael Colleran, DDS, we know how much a healthy, happy smile means to San Luis Obispo residents, so we’d like to talk about how Dr. Colleran can help get you the smile you deserve with veneers.

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History of Oral Hygiene – How the Pilgrims beat Gingivitis

History of Oral Hygiene – How the Pilgrims beat Gingivitis


With modern advances in dental medicine and the careful attention that San Luis Obispo residents pay to their dental hygiene, it is hard to imagine what life for teeth was like when the pilgrims first landed on these shores. We at Michael Colleran, DDS would like to share with you how our roots took care of their roots, so we can appreciate just how far dental care has come in the hundreds of years since.


How did the Pilgrims take care of their teeth?
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Choosing the Right Dentist


It’s no secret that San Luis Obispo residents are careful about how they choose medical professionals for their family, but sometimes it’s not easy to find everything you want in a dentist. We at the office of Michael Colleran, DDS understand that choosing a dentist is no small feat, so we’ve put together this guide to picking a dentist for individuals and families. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us! Even if you decide on a different dentist, Dr. Colleran is always happy to help!

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Get Your Beauty Sleep Back with Sleep Apnea Treatment


Do you have a spouse or loved one that complains about your snoring? Do you wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air? Do you find that you are always exhausted during the day and just can’t seem to ever catch up on sleep? If these symptoms sound familiar, you may be one of many San Luis Obispo residents suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. Colleran wants you to know you are not alone, there is a solution, and wants to help you get the restful sleep you deserve. Read on to learn about what sleep apnea is and how we can treat it. If you have any questions, our team at the office of Michael Colleran, DDS is happy to answer them. Feel free to give us a call!

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Teeth Grinding, Clenching, and Bruxism


There is a good chance you have heard Dr. Michael Colleran or someone else at the office of Michael Colleran, DDS mention the term ‘bruxism’ and discuss the problems it can cause for your oral health. At the office, we talk about a lot of technical dental stuff that doesn’t necessarily concern our San Luis Obispo patients, but bruxism is something we definitely want you to know about. Stress and bruxism go hand in hand, and we are going to tell you exactly what that means and how it affects your health. Read more ›

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Red vs. White Wine – Teeth Whitening Assassins!


A Bottle of Red or a Bottle of White?

According to Billy Joel, “it all depends on your appetite.” If you are enjoying a juicy steak, a bottle of pinot noir or cabernet might be just the ticket. On the other hand, you should probably reach for a sauvignon blanc if you’ve got a plate of tilapia with butter sauce in front of you. But which wine pairs best with teeth?

We’ve all heard that red wine will cause stained teeth, but Dr. Colleran would like to set the record straight, so San Luis Obispo residents can make informed choices. New research has shown that red wine protects your teeth and white wine may damage them. If you’re concerned with stains on your teeth, call the office of Michael Colleran, DDS today to discuss teeth whitening in San Luis Obispo. Read more ›

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