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12May, 2016

National Arthritis Awareness Month

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May is also National Arthritis Awareness Month. According to the Arthritis Foundation, “over 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country.” This number continues to increase every year, along with the number of people being diagnosed with periodontal disease. Studies have shown that “individuals with periodontal disease are more likely to have rheumatoid arthritis than those with healthy mouths, and rheumatoid arthritis patients are two times more likely to have periodontal disease.” This hand-in-hand relationship is important to be aware of. While rheumatoid arthritis has […]
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3May, 2016

Periodontal Disease Increases Risk for Stroke

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May is American Stroke Awareness Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month, and recent studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. The British Health Foundation conducted research to find out just how strong this correlation was. They concluded that “patients with periodontal disease have twice the risk of stroke than patients with diabetes.” According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “half of Americans aged 30 or older have periodontitis.” This means that it is even more important for adults to practice proper oral hygiene. Not only will this […]
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29Apr, 2016

The Benefits of ZOOM! Teeth Whitening

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Wedding and graduation season is here! What a perfect time to start thinking about teeth whitening! Who doesn’t want to look their best at these events? At our office, we offer both ZOOM! Whitening as well as custom whitening trays to our patients. ZOOM! Whitening has many great benefits and is a great option for patients who wish to whiten their teeth fast! What is ZOOM! Whitening? The ZOOM! Chairside Whitening System is a safe and effective way to brighten your teeth in a single office visit. The ZOOM! procedure is […]
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16Apr, 2016

Our Dedication to Oral Cancer Prevention and Detection

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April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Oral cancer cases continue to rise each year. Over 40,000 people will be diagnosed this year alone. When detected early enough, the survival rate from oral cancer is high, which is why it is important to receive thorough screenings and exams to ensure prevention of this disease. As an oral systemic dentist, Dr. McClatchie is dedicated to protecting the whole body health of her patients. She has partnered with the Joan Bisesi Foundation for Head and Neck Oncology Research to give patients the best care possible. The mission of the Joan Foundation “is […]
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8Apr, 2016

Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy

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Dental health is often the last thing on a pregnant woman’s mind. She is focused primarily on the health and safety of her baby, rather than her own health. The last week of April is National Infertility Week, which means there is no better time to become educated on the effects poor oral hygiene can have on a newborn baby. A recent study done by the Journal of Periodontology found that pregnant women with periodontal disease are at a higher risk of delivering a low birth weight baby. The study concluded that “Mothers with periodontitis were […]
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4Apr, 2016

The Link Between Stress and Periodontal Disease

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April is also National Stress Awareness Month. With the hustle and bustle of our every day lives, it is not always easy to avoid stressful situations. However, recent studies show that managing your stress is an important part of your oral health. Research has found that people who are in high pressure situations and experience increased levels of stress tend to practice habits that can make them more susceptible to periodontal disease. According to the American Dental Association, factors related to these habits include: Tobacco smoking or chewing Systemic diseases such as diabetes Some types of medication such as steroids, some types […]
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17Mar, 2016

Oral Systemic Health: Rate Your Health

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It is important to note that the research is revealing that periodontal diseases do not cause other health problems.  It is simply that the same pathogens that cause periodontal disease to occur also contribute to the other health issues. This is the reason why people who have poor oral health are also likely to have poor overall health or other systemic diseases. Barbara L. McClatchie, DDS has received professional training through the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. She uses Oral DNA saliva testing to find and reduce the risk of […]
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10Mar, 2016

The Rise of Kidney Stones

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Did you know that March is National Kidney Month too? Kidneys are an important part of maintaining whole-body health, and therefore dental health. According to a study researched by Robert Shmerling, M.D., Faculty Editor with Harvard Health Publications, kidney stones are on the rise and are even being seen more commonly in people who were once considered low-risk. As a complete health dentist, I encourage you to take the best possible care of your body. There are numerous factors that cause the formation of kidney stones. These include diet, diabetes, some medications and family genetics. […]
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4Mar, 2016

Sleep Apnea and Your Dental Health

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March is National Sleep Apnea Month. Sleep apnea is a disorder where you experience pauses in breathing and shallow breaths while you sleep. This can last anywhere between a few seconds to a few minutes. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, “a major symptom is extremely loud snoring, sometimes so loud that bed partners find it intolerable. Other indications that sleep apnea may be present are obesity, persistent daytime sleepiness, bouts of awakening out of breath during the night, and frequently waking in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache.” Sleep […]
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17Feb, 2016

What is Complete Health Dentistry?

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Complete health dentistry involves caring for a patient’s overall health by making the connection between oral health and total body health. Complete health dentists use clues from a patient’s mouth to find signs of other illnesses they may have or be at risk for having. We strive to form partnerships between dental and medical professionals to work toward the common goal of improving a patient’s overall health and wellness. What does this involve? One step is moving from reactive care to preventive care. One way we do this in our office […]
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