Issue #42

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AUGUST 2014 Newsletter

What we’ve learned about periodontal disease
Just a decade ago, few people took this disease seriously. However, with extensive scientific research, we have learned a great deal about the condition, its connection to the entire body, and the serious risks of leaving it untreated.

We now know that oral disease risks far more than your teeth. Extensive research has shown connections to a wide variety of systemic health conditions, particularly those involving chronic inflammation. As this research continues, we are developing an ever-deepening understanding of the importance of maintaining oral health. Some of the most recent discoveries, from research conducted within the last 12 months, include:

• Approximately half of all heart attacks may be triggered by oral pathogens

• Treatment of periodontal disease may slow or reverse the development of the CIMT, which is an indication of risk for heart attack or stroke

• A type of oral bacteria called P. gingivalis, increases a person’s heart attack risk by approximately 13 times, which is double the risk of a heavy smoker

• Periodontal disease is as significant of a risk factor for strokes as high blood pressure
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Manny Vasquez, RDH
Manny has developed quite a following since he filled in for Dr. Cynthia Wong on Thursdays during her maternity leave. Now that she has decided to spend more time with her new baby, Manny has accepted our offer to take on her Tuesday appointments also. Thank you, Manny!
Certificate of Recognition

Dr. Arellano was recently recognized by the American Dental Association for International Volunteer Service for his two dental humanitarian missions to Jamaica. Although he was not able to attend this year, he looks forward to future dental missions to Jamaica and possibly to other countries in need.
Sleep Apnea News
Prevalence of Sleep Apnea in the U.S.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 12 to 18 million Americans are diagnosed with moderate to severe sleep apnea. Not only does it not include mild cases, but it does not include the reported 90% of the sleep apnea that goes undiagnosed. Read more
Do I have sleep apnea?
Since the dentist's role in co-managing the treatment of sleep apnea can not only significantly improve the quality of life but also save lives, we are adding this service to our comprehensive and holistic approach to your health. The completion of a simple screening questionnaire during your next visit will be added to your permanent file as an additional benefit of your care with us. Call us if you would like to be screened sooner.
Can I Use My Medical Insurance?
Since sleep apnea is considered a medical condition, its diagnosis and treatment is billed through your medical insurance. We are now able to bill most medical insurance plans including Medicare. Call us for details.
Home Sleep Testing (HST)
We will soon be able to provide HST devices for the diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Many medical insurance companies are allowing home testing first before testing in a sleep lab facility. They have proven to be an effective low cost alternative especially for mild to moderate sleep apnea. Sleep lab testing may be required afterward depending on the diagnosis and the type of treatment needed.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
If you snore, have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or have a CPAP machine that you do not use regularly because of the discomfort and inconvenience, oral appliances made by a dentist may be the best option for you. According to the current guidelines of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM):

"Oral Appliances are indicated in patients with mild to moderate OSA who prefer their use to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment or who are inappropriate candidates for or who are refractory to CPAP treatment."
Smile Makeover of the Month

Upper front tooth replaced with an all porcelain Maryland Bonded Bridge.
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