Issue #52
Alzheimer's disease and gum disease
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a growing concern in the medical community, as evidence of potential health risks continues to accumulate. We often hear about the connection to heart disease, however it is just one of many. A connection to Alzheimer’s disease had long been suspected, but was not studied extensively until recent years.

The New York University conducted a groundbreaking study in 2010, in which two decades of data was examined. Although they concluded there was a link, the number of individuals studied was less than 200. Three years later, a team of researchers from University of Central Lancashire expanded on the research, comparing brain samples from individuals with Alzheimer’s to those who didn’t have the condition. They discovered the presence of a specific bacteria in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, which was not found in other brain tissue. The bacteria, Porphyromonas gingivalis, is typically associated with periodontal disease. A more recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease confirmed that certain periodontal bacteria are capable of traveling to the brain.

Researchers continue to study this and many other conditions that may be associated with gum disease. Although there is still much to be learned, we know that the importance of great oral health extends far beyond the appearance of your smile. Read more
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Welcome Bennie Gray, DA
Bennie graduated from dental assisting school in 2010 after which he volunteered for 4 years at a dental clinic for veterans in Stockton, California. He was born and raised in Stockton, and along with 1 brother and 2 sisters he also has 3 other adopted siblings. Please welcome Bennie as he gets used to the routines of our office. His great sense of humor definitely adds to the character of our team nicely!
Office Flood
The heavy rains in mid-January caused runoff to find its way into the back area of our office. The photos were after the drying out, clean up, and inspection was completed. Now starts the process of repairing and restoring the affected areas. Please excuse the current conditions while we work to getting the office back in order. Click here for more pictures
Our Wonderful Bay Area
Sometimes the best views are in our own backyard! I took these photos of Pacifica Pier the evening following the Mavericks surfing contest held in Half Moon Bay. Click here for more pictures
Hiking - First big hike of the year and a monkey off our backs
After our having to cancel this hike 4 years ago when my hiking buddy snapped his Achilles tendon a couple days before the hike, we finally checked this one off our list. Although not especially high in elevation or long in distance traveled, it still posed the usual challenges that winter hiking has. Click here for more pictures

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