Dr. Robert B. Gerber is Director of the Tower Dental Group, Tower Dental Implant Center at The Cedars-Sinai Medical Office Towers in Los Angeles, California.
- Esthetic Dentistry
- Sports Dentistry
- Qualified Medical Evaluator
Dr. Gerber is one of over 40,000 dentists in the World currently engaged in the ceramic reconstruction of teeth with the Sirona CEREC AC CAD-CAM computer. Dr. Gerber has been successfully using CEREC AC CAD-CAM dentistry for over fourteen years with CEREC 1, the CEREC 2, CEREC 3D and now the CEREC AC. The CEREC AC computer enables the fabrication of porcelain inlays, onlays, and crowns in only one visit, in most cases.
DR GERBER APPOINTED STATE DENTAL OFFICER FOR THE
CALIFORNIA STATE MILITARY RESERVE
On October 1, 2017 Lt. Col. (CA) Gerber was appointed as the State Dental Officer by the General Staff of the CSMR. This is in addition to his current position as Deputy Commander of the Installation Support Command of Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, Camp San Luis Obispo, and Camp Roberts. He also serves as a Combat Life Saver Instructor training soldiers in the Army Reserve, National Guard and Civilian Agencies in the treatment of wounds on the battlefield.
OVERFED BUT UNDERNOURISHED
Americans are living large but not in a good way!
The United States has been considered the land of milk and honey. But judging from the size of Americans’ waistlines, we are the home of milk chocolate bars the size of bricks and honey –drenched cereals. An estimated 160 million Americans are dining out mostly in fast-food restaurants. Smoking cessation, medications, and insufficient sleep are among the contributors to our overweight and obese population. In addition, genetics, illness resulting in limited activity, food companies marketing to young children, and fast food with always available, inexpensive cost, and expanded portions.
In short, the “knife and fork” have become “weapons of mass destruction” for us and our children. The statistics are frightening with 1 in 3 children obese and at risk for type 2 diabetes. There are some projections suggesting that today’s kids will not live as long as their parents. The U.S. is number two in the world for obesity!
Americans are overfed but undernourished with foods that are calorie dense but not nutritionally dense. In addition to the high rate of hypertension, heart disease and increased potential for cancer there are also significant dental consequences:
- Increased rate of dental decay and tooth loss
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Vitamin and iron deficiencies
- Conditions of Glossitis (inflammation of the tongue), Stomatitis (inflammation of the tissues of the mouth), and Angular Chelitis (Inflammation of the corners if the mouth)
Patients who are overweight or obese can be proactive to lose weight with the help of a physician and/or a registered dietician. To protect your dental health we can provide you with dietary information, instruction on decay and periodontal disease control. We encourage regular dental prophylaxis, fluoride treatments, intensified oral hygiene instruction and of course any needed dental restorations. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation call Dr. Gerber at 310-652-0450.
Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!
From Dr. Gerber, Karen, Ruth, Lila and Tessa