Science keeps finding ways that mouth health is linked to total body health.
The latest news is a potential link between gum (periodontal) disease and Alzheimer’s disease. In the study cited, bacteria from the mouth that causes gum disease was found in the brain tissue of over 90% of the Alzheimer’s patients studied. Whether this type of bacteria is the cause or a contributing factor in Alzheimer’s disease is still in question.
Either way, keeping gums free of bleeding and inflammation is even more paramount in light of this new information. Good home care and regular hygiene visits are our “chorus”, but maybe you’ll want to join in the refrain too!
We hope your New Year has gotten off to a great start and that your resolution to floss every day has already become a habit (for daily flossing IS the best resolution ever, isn’t it)?!
2019 is a year of new beginnings for our office. With tears in our eyes, we bade goodbye to Jill last fall. After seventeen years of “hygiening” with us, she and her family relocated to Colorado, where they are enjoying the mountains and a real winter.
In Jill’s place, we feel very fortunate to have found Svetlana, a graduate of the Foothill College Dental Hygiene program. We are thrilled to have her, for she is passionate about keeping mouths healthy and getting our patients excited about taking care of their teeth. Originally from Russia, she and her husband have lived in the Bay Area for five years. They have a five-year-old daughter and, if she has her way, might be getting a dog soon!
The next time you’re in our office, be sure to notice our new hybrid flooring! It is a huge update from the tired carpeting that was there, and it has given the entire space a new fresh look.
Hope to see you soon!
There is a new product on the market that has come to our attention (thank you, Cindy B.): Cocofloss. Here is the answer to the drudgery of daily flossing. Cocofloss is a beautiful blue thick floss infused with coconut oil that elevates flossing to the next level.
The tag line reads “a loofah for your smile”, and the idea behind the product is to make flossing more fun, motivating and rewarding.
We like the idea and we like the product. Cocofloss comes in four flavors, it’s easy to order, and there is even an auto shipment plan. But most importantly, the floss does a good job cleaning between your teeth (the blue color makes the plaque more visible) and, in a surprising way, it makes you almost want to floss. That’s amazing.
Each unit contains 32 yards of floss, a two-month supply, and retails for $8.
Check out cocofloss.com and see if you agree.
Last month we had the privilege to be a part of a team of 73 on a trip to Quito, Ecuador, with Dental Community Fellowship. Although the group was mostly from Charleston, South Carolina, there were also members from Indiana and the United Kingdom. There were 25 dental students as part of the team.
The trip had three main focuses: providing care for the under-served, mentoring students, and partnering with a local church. All of these purposes allowed for caring for those that lack financial resources for dental treatment and the professional development of students.
The clinic was set up with mobile equipment to provide cleanings, extractions and fillings. As mentor dentists, we rotated around the various stations including triage, dental hygiene, anesthesia, fillings and extractions. The team provided over 1,500 procedures in dental. There was also an eyeglass team that improved the sight of over 500 people. As well, every day a team went to local schools to provide dental education and dispense toothbrushes to thousands of students.
Quito is a beautiful city of over 4 million people that straddles the plateau between two ranges of the Andes and sits at 9,000 feet on the equator. It was mentioned above that it was a privilege to go on this trip and it was. We are amazed at how God puts together a ‘tapestry’ of wonderful new friends to work together toward a common goal. Thanks to the people of Ecuador who blessed us with kindness and smiles, and great food!
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