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APRIL 2014 Newsletter

Yet another reason to protect your oral health
Past studies have found that rheumatoid arthritis is more common in people who have gum disease. A new study done by University of Louisville researchers has found that an enzyme (peptidylarginine deiminanse) is present when a person has gum disease. This enzyme has also been linked with rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints.

Peptidylarginine deiminanse can cause the body to transform certain proteins into citrulline, a different form of protein. The problem is that citrulline confuses the body, so the body attacks it because it thinks that it is harmful and will cause problems. The result is inflammation in those who have rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune disorders.

A large body of work supports an association between systemic problems and oral health. Studies have found a relationship between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, a higher risk of stroke, and many other health related problems.

When you maintain effective oral hygiene practices and visit your dentist regularly, you are protecting your overall wellness as well as your oral health. Read more
What is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is one way to help keep and maintain a healthy smile. Instead of being reactive about your oral health care (taking care of problems as they occur), preventive dentistry encompasses the idea of being more proactive about your oral health. This means that by taking care of your teeth, you can avoid having more and more expensive dental work done because of the fewer problems that may occur by regularly caring for your mouth.

Preventive dentistry is one way to avoid oral diseases that result in loss of teeth and the need for expensive oral surgery. It is typically taught to individuals as soon as they start visiting the dentist when they are approximately two to three years old. Pediatric dentists focus on teaching children preventive dentistry in the hopes that they will practice good oral health habits and have minimal problems with their teeth. Many adults need to be reminded of good oral health practices as well to avoid expensive surgeries and procedures. Read more
Update - Kaitlyn at 1 month old
Dr. Cynthia Wong and her new born baby girl are both doing well!
Surprise Visit!
We had a surprise visit this month from our former dental assistant, Alicia, who is now pregnant with her first baby and is due in early July 2014. On the left is her husband, Ryan. They are all doing well now living in San Jose. We have many patients who still ask about her..., and we miss her too!
Continuing Education
Since the last newsletter, I have learned the latest techniques in oral surgery and dental implantology that include regenerating lost jaw bone, and the ideal surgical placement of dental implants to get the best esthetics when restoring them.

A "Working" Vacation
My Spring Break vacation was spent visiting these famous dental offices in southern California. Can you guess where? And I was able to work a "hike" into my vacation. Universal Studios' Starway Stairs consists of 4 flights (3 flights shown in the photo) for a total of 345 steps. Doing them twice and taking them 2 steps at a time almost rivaled my favorite stair workout in San Francisco, Filbert Stairs from Sansome Street up to Coit Tower.
Smile Makeover of the Month

Dark stained baby teeth masked with direct bonding composite veneers.
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