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Digitized……

Digital X-rays

Technology is amazing, and each day I reminded of how far the field of dentistry has come in this area.   My office has used digital x-rays for the past eight years, and like most things, the time had come for an upgrade and/or replacement.   I spent many painful hours reviewing products, and reading numerous articles to help determine which new digital system would be the best fit for our office.

If you are unfamiliar with digital radiography, it is a form of x-ray imaging, where digital x-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film.  Advantages include, but are not limited to, time efficiency, immediate image preview (no waiting), the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images, and much less radiation exposure to the patient.

Digitally enhanced x-ray for diagnostics.

Well, our new x-ray system was installed this week, and thus far we love it.  Once we were up and running, I was immediately reminded of how quickly technology changes, and how important it is for us to stay current.   While my previous digital system was clear and fast, our new system is like lightening, and phenomenally diagnostic!   Pictures truly do tell a thousand words, and in my case, they tell me  the current health of your mouth.

In closing, it is our goal to strive to provide the best quality, and most up to date dental treatment for all our patients.

 

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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

You know you need to take care of your oral health for your teeth’s sake — but did you know it’s also for your heart, your brain — and your whole body?

Research shows that if you have an infection in your mouth, it can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even pregnancy complications. For years, healthcare professionals suspected there was a link between oral infections and some medical conditions, but they thought this was because bacteria from the mouth made its way to other parts of the body.  But now studies are showing that the inflammation found in periodontal, or gum, disease may play a more specific role in causing or increasing the risk for certain conditions.

Oral Health and Overall Health

Poor oral health can contribute to these serious health problems:

  • Heart disease:  Researchers have found that long-term periodontitis, an infection of the gums, can lead to coronary heart disease or atherogenesis, a condition in which plaque forms in your arteries. In fact, people with gum disease are nearly twice at risk for heart disease.
  • Stroke: There is evidence that severe periodontitis is also a risk for developing atherosclerotic plaques, which can cause strokes and heart attacks.
  • Diabetes: Researchers have discovered that periodontal disease somehow affects the body’s metabolism and can contribute to the development of pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal.
  • Pregnancy complications: Research by the American Academy of Periodontology has shown that periodontal disease can increase the risk of delivering a pre-term baby with a low birth weight. If you’re pregnant and have gum disease, be sure to seek regular dental care from a periodontist. Studies have found that periodontal therapy can reduce the risk of going into labor preterm or delivering a baby with a low birth weight. Pregnant women who are also diabetic are more prone to gum inflammation and more severe gum disease.
  • Kidney disease: Poor oral health also seems to be linked to chronic kidney disease, which affects blood pressure and bone health, and can lead to kidney failure and heart disease.
  • Mental health problems: It’s common knowledge that stress and anxiety can impact your health. But research has now shown a strong relationship between gum disease and many mental health problems, including stress, depression, distress, anxiety, and loneliness. All of these conditions can cause your body to produce more of the hormone cortisol which, in increased amounts, can aid in the progression of periodontal disease.

Researchers are continuing to find links between gum disease and other health conditions, such as obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, steroid abuse, menstrual problems, menopause, and osteoporosis, just to name a few.  By taking good care of your teeth, getting regular dental checkups, and treating any dental problems that occur, you can keep your mouth healthy and also reduce your risk of developing a serious medical condition. If you already have one of these health problems, it’s vital that you take good care of your mouth to keep the condition from getting worse…….A healthy mouth, leads to a healthy body.

 

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Remembering…..

The Greensboro Aquatic Center (The GAC)

Every family has their “thing,” and this “thing” often seems to dominate every waking moment of your free time.   Well, our family’s “thing” is swimming.   My children have been  year round swimmers at High Point Swim Club for the past four years.   Ninety-nine percent of the time, they truly love it.  However, there is that one percent of the time that can be difficult.   Those days when the thought of putting on a bathing suit, and getting in the water can be a bit of a challenge.   Especially in the case of my daughter, when two and half hours of every afternoon are spent in the pool, it can be all consuming.

This weekend, we went to our first meet of the season, at the new Greensboro Acquatic Center, affectionately called the “GAC.”  This meet was unofficial, designed to be a fun seasoner opener for the swimmers, and an opportunity for the GAC staff to work out some of the kinks in their system.   As we drove into the colliseum parking lot, I was taken in the by facilities “awesomeness” (not sure if that is a word).   It was quite impressive, and no detail had been left undone, even down to a Speedo Vending machine for goggles and swim caps.

Speedo Vending Machine

The meet was exciting, and the venue was unbelievable; the perfect mix.   As my husband and I sat in the stands, I was struct by the normality of my day, and how wonderful it was to watch my children participate in something they love.  However, at the same time, I was immediately saddened to think of all the family members from 911 that were missing out on these same experiences.   My heart became suddenly heavy.

I remember September 11, 2001, as if it was yesterday.   I remember the patient (who has since moved to Charleston, S.C.) who came in, and told us to turn on the televsion.   I remember the patient who moved from my chair, to the staff lounge, only to look at the television in horror.   I remember almost every detail of that morning, but more than anything, I remember being completely overwhelmed with a need to touch, and feel my children and family; just to make sure they were safe and sound.   Knowing the entire time, they were no where near New York, Washington or Pennsylvania.   I just needed to know they were okay.

It has been 10 years since that awful day, and the wound is still fresh for many people, myself included.   The firefighters, policemen, and various other volunteers who lost their lives or loved ones, need to be remembered.   So, it is with great pride, much respect, and a bit of sadness that I look upon the normality of my life a bit differently these days.   God Bless America!

God Bless America

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No Pain, No Gain

Labor Day weekend is always a special weekend for me. It is the official end of summer, and the opportunity for all of us to remember the economic and social contributions of ALL American workers.  As this weekend comes to an end, I am forced to think of the things that we do to make us better people, better parents, and hopefully, in my case, a better health care provider.

My husband and I are currently training for the Marine Corp Marathon in October of this year.  Now……. I love to run, and I love to run for many reasons.  First, it is my time, and often the only time I have by myself.  Secondly, it is often the time when I organize my thoughts, and come to terms to the many moving parts in my life.  Lastly, it is also a way for me to stay healthy, and to reinforce to my children that taking care of yourself never stops.

However…… the thought of running 26.3 miles is truly not exciting to me, nor is it on my bucket list.  I am solid 6-13 mile girl, and I entered this endeavor because my husband wanted to pay tribute to his father, and his father’s Marine Corp heritage.  So, I run, and I run, and everyday I run more.  This weekend was an especially hard run for me.  Mentally I was not in the run, physically I was exhausted, and all I really wanted to do, was to be on the beach basking in the sun.

So, as I ran, all I could think of was the old saying, “No pain, no gain.”  The run got longer, the morning got hotter (much hotter), and my thoughts were eventually overwhelmed by the American job loss, and the negative changes in our economy.   I eventually realized, that in comparison, my last few miles were really no big deal.  Ultimately, I decided that “No pain, no gain” really meant, that all the effort we put forth was ultimately for a greater good, and that one day it would certainly be worth all the discomfort.

“No pain, no gain.” 20 minute ice bath, with coffee and a sweatshirt after long run. It was awful!

So, in closing, I am so fortunate to have my career, an incredibly dedicated staff, and more importantly, to be an active participate in this great country.   Have a GREAT labor day!!!

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For the Love of Food

It has been said that the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  Well, that might be true, but my female staff might beg to differ.  To say that we all have an intense love for food, is an monumental understatement.  In fact, one might think that some form of intervention is necessary.  I feel it is important to clarify, that we are not in any way food snobs; we just simply love any, and all types of food.  Quite simply, it rules our day.

So, it goes without saying that when a patient surprises us with food, we immediately turn into Pavlov’s dogs…….and possibly, a little more gentle!  And today was no exception.  This afternoon we were the recipients of a FABULOUS peach pie from our local Sweet Shoppe Bakery.

All smiles! Getting ready for the first BITE!

After deciding who was getting the first piece, we all sat down to feed our food psyche.  Immediate happiness returned, and we were all refueled for the remainder of the afternoon.  So, for those of you who ever question about women and food; please know this group of women love it all!

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