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You may have never heard of the word Porphyromonas gingivalis before unless you’ve sat through a dental school lecture.  However, most people have heard of Alzheimer’s disease.  A recent study at the University of Central Lancashire in England may have put the little-known bacteria P. gingivalis in the forefront of Alzheimer’s disease research.

Recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the study showed that evidence of P. gingivalis was found in 4 out of 10 brain tissue samples from Alzheimer’s patients, while no evidence of it was found in any of the 10 brain samples from patients of similar age with no signs of the disease.  P. gingivalis is typically found in the mouths of people who have untreated, advanced, destructive periodontal (or gum) disease.  Gum disease is typically a result of poor oral hygiene (such as improper or nonexistent brushing and flossing) and a lack of regular dental office cleanings.

The researchers stated that the study did not prove that the bacteria, or its byproducts, definitely caused Alzheimer’s disease, only that the bacteria were found in the brain.  Due to this finding, this leads to the need for further research.  P. gingivalis has also recently been noted in other studies on rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, low birth weight and diabetes.  Even though no hard evidence proves a definite causative relationship between gum disease and other diseases, it would seem prudent to have your gum disease issues treated rather than hoping it doesn’t affect your overall health.  Call my office today @ 893-5500 to set up a check-up.

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Baby Boomer Dentistry Quiz

People are living much longer than ever before.  When The Baby Boomer generation was growing up it was assumed that losing your teeth was unavoidable and dentures were a given. Now we know that that just isn’t the truth.  With proper care everyone should have the majority of their teeth for a lifetime.  We are also seeing that poor oral health can contribute to many of the causes of illness and early death such as heart conditions, diabetes and stroke.

 

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The following quiz contains information garnered through The American Dental Association site www.mouthhealthy.org for Baby Boomers.

1.  Everyone needs dentures at some point. T or F

False.  75% of all adults over 65 have some or all of their natural teeth.

2.It doesn’t matter if I get calcium from my food or from supplements-its all the same.  T or F

False.  In a recent study, people who got their calcium almost exclusively from supplements were more than twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with those who took no supplements. The recommended daily amount of calcium for most adults is 1,000 milligrams a day, preferably from foods including low-fat dairy such as milk, cheese and yogurt.  Calcium can help to avoid bone loss and thus also tooth loss.

3. Dry mouth causes cavities.

True.  Many Baby Boomers take medications (such as certain blood pressure medications) that cause dry mouth.  This environment can cause an increase in cavity-causing bacteria.  Drinking plenty of water and using prescription fluorides to strengthen teeth.  Seeing your dentist regularly is extremely important.

4. A manual toothbrush cleans as effectively as an electric toothbrush.  T or F

True.  See my other blog titled “Doctor, What’s the Best Toothbrush and Toothpaste To Use?”  As long as you are brushing properly and often either one is effective.  For those with decreased manual dexterity due to osteoarthritis, an electric toothbrush may be the better choice.

5. It’s not important to my dentist if I have a heart condition or joint replacement. T or F

False.  The American Heart Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons have noted that there are some conditions that have a high risk of bacterial infection from dental procedures.  They may recommend that you take antibiotics before dental procedures to reduce the risk.  Be sure to ask your physician if you have either a heart condition or an artificial joint before you visit your dentist.

Baby Boomers are the generation that have seen some of the most fantastic advances and innovations in all aspects of life.  It is because of many of these that they are living longer than any other generation in times past.  Keeping a healthy mouth and having an attractive smile is important to them as well.  They feel healthier and younger and want to look the part as well.  Many Baby Boomers are having their teeth whitened or having cosmetic dental veneers or crowns placed on their teeth to improve the looks of their smile.  If you are interested in having a free cosmetic dental consultation with me, Dr. Greg Nicholson at Cosmetic Dentistry of Murfreesboro, give my office a call today at 615-893-5500.  You too can discover why my office was voted “Favorite Cosmetic Surgery Center” in the Daily News Journal’s 2013 “Ruthies Awards”.

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Sleep better at night!!

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Recently I attended the Academy of General Dentistry 2013 annual meeting in Nashville.  My main course of study while there covered everything you would want to know about removable anti-snoring appliances.  This was an eye opener as to just how effective these devices are. According to the physician that led the course these retainer-like devices have been proven to be as effective as the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine in helping folks prevent airway obstruction during sleep . So many of our Murfreesboro friends and family have to use the CPAP -’Darth Vader’ mask every night.  Good restful deep sleep is as important to our health as anything. Call me at 615-893-5500. I’ll have you in for a free consultation or as part of your regular check-up. Do it for yourself or a family member. I’d love to help!

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Hello Murfreesboro and Rutherford County!

We just added this section to our dental website. Its called a Blog. I know … to me that sounded like something you might get your truck stuck in. But i believe this will be a great way for me to communicate with my patients or potential patients. In the next weeks, months and years I will let you know here about important stuff that’s happening at our practice or with us and the community. When I find something new that I think you’d enjoy hearing about or something that may improve your life I’ll take some time to share it here.

Feel free to comment on my posts or you can ask me a question here and I will do my best to respond a quickly as possible. But I think most of my patients know that they are welcome to call or come by the office if they ever have any questions. Our office is “user friendly’. We are always here for you!!

(Well, we have set hours, but you know what I mean.)

Greg
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