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SEPTEMBER 2013 Newsletter

Dental health linked to Alzheimer’s disease
More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease at this moment. This illness is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It impacts memory, cognitive thought, and behavior, robbing seniors and their caregivers of pleasurable autumn years. A new study by the University of Central Lancashire in the UK reveals an important connection between oral health and Alzheimer’s.

Their research detected Porphyromonas gingivalis in the brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients. That bacterial strain is a common cause of gum disease. It lives in the oral cavity and enters the blood stream from chewing, brushing teeth, or invasive dental treatment. Researchers believe that when it reaches the brain it triggers a response in the immune system that releases neuron-killing chemicals, leading to dementia symptoms. There is also evidence that the bacterium worsen an existing Alzheimer’s condition.

This information will help in the development of a blood test to predict Alzheimer’s in high-risk patients. Meanwhile, it emphasizes the critical need for good home hygiene to keep periodontal disease at bay, and regular dental visits for early detection and management. Read More

Congratulations Mom to Be!
Dr. Cynthia Wong recently announced her pregnancy. Please wish her the best when you see her as she enjoys this special time in her life. She is due March 3, 2014.
Mt. Whitney Hike - Third Time’s a Charm!
After 2 previous successful but grueling hikes up and down Mt. Whitney in a day on its main hiker's trail, we again decide to tackle Mt. Whitney but on the lesser-known Mountaineer's Route, the original route that John Muir climbed. We also decided to make it an overnight backpacking trip. After each previous hike I wondered if I would do this hike again. But the charm and challenge of this route spread over 2 days in mid-August made it one of the best hikes I’ve ever done! From across the U.S. we gathered most of the former members of our climbing team when we climbed the Mexican Volcanoes. What better way to have a reunion than on top of the highest peak in the lower 48 states?

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Jamaica Dental Goodwill Mission - Part Deux
Contrary to the notion that sequels are usually worse, this trip was more rewarding than the first time! From its humanitarian purpose, to mentoring dental students, to even increasing my own confidence and skills, this trip left me wanting more.

As one of 7 dentists who supervised 30+ UCSF primarily 3rd and 4th year dental students, along with 2 hygienists and other auxiliary staff from across the United States, we provided dental education, cleanings, fillings, and extractions to 3 underserved outlying communities around Negril, Jamaica. “Thank You!” to Great Shape, Inc.’s 1000 Smiles Project for giving us the opportunity to participate, to the Sandals Foundation for their generous support with food and lodging, to the Henry Schein Cares program for their donations of oral hygiene kits and other dental supplies, and finally to the dental students, Jenny Neglerio and Alain Flores, for organizing the UCSF Dental Team.

Although our time there was short, we all hoped that the care and memories left with the peoples would last a lifetime.

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Smile Makeover of the Month

Tooth with failing root canal, fractured root, and poor crown esthetics replaced with a dental implant and new crown.
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