PERIODONTAL DISEASE INCREASES RISK OF VARIOUS TYPES OF CANCERS IN POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN

PERIODONTAL DISEASE INCREASES RISK OF VARIOUS TYPES OF  CANCERS IN POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN    Albuquerque dentist

A study of 65,000 postmenopausal women by the University of Buffalo discovered that periodontal disease increases the risk of risk of several types of cancer, including breast cancer, esophageal cancer and gall bladder cancer.  This was the first study to link gall bladder cancer and periodontal disease.

The women with periodontal disease had an overall risk increase of 14 percent compared to non-periodontal women.  Breast cancer was the most common of all types studied.  Esophageal cancer was the most serious, with a very high risk of death.

Periodontal bacteria have been isolated from many organ systems, as well as some types of cancer.  Chronic inflammation has been shown to be associated with various types of cancer, and periodontal disease bacteria in small amounts have been shown to cause significant chronic inflammation.

An article with links to the study can be found in sciencedaily.com by clicking here.

We have always taken periodontal disease seriously at Clark Family Dental, and have taken many post-graduate courses on the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.  We care about your health.

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RECENT CORRALES BOSQUE CRITTER SIGHTINGS

RECENT CORRALES BOSQUE CRITTER SIGHTINGS    Albuquerque dentist

A couple of weeks ago, I spotted a couple of regular sightings and a very new one.  The regular ones were a Cooper’s Hawk on a branch, a Snowy Egret, and a group picture of a Snowy Egret with a Canada Goose.

The new sighting was a Western Screech Owl, one I have never seen before.  He flew quite close to me and landed in a tree about 20 yards from me, allowing me to get some pretty detailed pictures of him.  He is only about eight inches tall, with very yellow eyes that look like they belong to a much bigger bird.  This one will end up on the wall at the office.

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DIABLO, WANDERING 115-YEAR OLD TORTOISE, RETURNS HOME

DIABLO, WANDERING 115-YEAR OLD TORTOISE, RETURNS HOME  Albuquerque dentist

Residents of the retirement community Manzano Del Sol can breathe easier now that their favorite tortoise, Diablo, has been found and returned to his home.

Diablo, a 115-year old, 10 pound tortoise, apparently went walkabout from his retirement home and was discovered by some local children.  They ended up selling him at a local park for $5.00 to a local resident who heard about the missing reptile and returned Diablo to his home of 35 years.

An article about Diablo’s return in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

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CORRALES BOSQUE CRITTERS LAST WEEK

CORRALES BOSQUE CRITTERS LAST WEEK   dentist Albuquerque

I got a pretty good shot of a Great Blue Heron on the riverbank at about 100 yards, fresh out of the water.  He didn’t want to hang around long, but I got a couple of shots of it in the air. My Nikon P900 allows you to get multiple shots with the “bird” setting, rapid fire, so you can follow the bird in the air.  However you lose resolution detail over the single shot choice.  I go back and forth on the settings.

I spotted a Snowy Egret wading in the water, looking for breakfast.  He was about 50 yards off, and took off when I got any closer.  I got a shot of him in the air, as well.

I got a fair shot of a Downy Woodpecker in a tree.  He is about the second most common woodpecker in the Corrales Bosque, behind the Red-shafted Flicker.

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SECOND NM DEATH FROM HANTAVIRUS REPORTED

SECOND NM DEATH FROM HANTAVIRUS REPORTED  Albuquerque dentist

Although there have been five cases of Hantavirus reported in New Mexico this year, we have just received reports of a second fatality from the dreaded disease, with cases reported  in McKinley, San Juan, and Lincoln Counties.

New Mexico had the highest number of Hantavirus cases (101) in  the last quarter century, followed by Colorado (93), Arizona (75), and California (60).  Most states east of the Mississippi have had a handful of cases, or many have had none at all.

The deer mouse is the main carrier of disease in New Mexico, the disease being spread from its saliva, droppings or urine. The virus can be aerosolized from any of these sources and inhaled by nearby humans.

An article in the Albuquerque Journal on the Hantavirus exposure in New Mexico can be read by clicking here.

Please use caution (and masks) when cleaning areas that have been mouse infested.  We care about your health.

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PERIODONTAL BACTERIA MAY PREVENT CONCEPTION IN WOMEN

PERIODONTAL BACTERIA MAY PREVENT CONCEPTION IN WOMEN   Albuquerque dentist

It has been long known that periodontal bacteria increase the risk of many serious diseases, including diabetes, heart attack, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease and others, but recent research at the University of Helsinki, Finland reveals that they can greatly reduce the possibility of conception in women.

The study involved monitoring the presence of the pathogen, Porphyromonas gingivalis, in the saliva, and the presence of antibodies to the pathogen in the blood of over 250 women who were planning to become pregnant. The study discovered that women who had the bacteria in the blood and saliva, and antibodies against the bacteria in the blood and saliva had a much lower rate of pregnancy than the women without the markers.

The study revealed that the women with the markers were three times less likely to become pregnant than the ones without the markers, and that with markers and early signs of periodontal disease the risk increased to fourfold that of the women without the markers.

An article in sciencedaily.com on this study can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental we feel that it is very important to treat periodontal disease and reduce all the health risks associated with the disease, and encourage all our patients with signs of the disease to get treatment and medication.  We care about your health.

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Dr. Clark gets Op-ed in Albuquerque Journal on Casino”Free Play.”

NM trying to get $40M from tribes | Albuquerque Journal

NM trying to get $40M from tribes

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The New Mexico Gaming Control Board is demanding that tribal gambling interests pay the state about $40 million in revenue sharing for “free-play” credit incentives that the casinos offer to entice patrons to lose their money. The tribes are suing the gaming control board in federal court to block the state action.

Regulators say Tesuque Pueblo owes about $3.2 million, Sandia Pueblo owes about $26.5 million and Isleta Pueblo owes about $10.3 million. Santa Ana and Santa Clara have recently joined the case.

The tribes and the state entered compacts in 2015 that did not require tribes to pay revenue sharing on future “free play,” but the state is insisting that the tribal casinos owe revenue sharing on “free play” incentives before that time. The federal government has sided with the tribes in previous court battles.

The whole battle also hinges around accurate reporting of income and revenue sharing from the tribes. A report by the Legislative Finance Committee in 2013 revealed that financial reports from the tribal casinos are “self-reporting” and not subject to normal state accounting scrutiny, so what they actually offer in “free play” and what they actually make in their gambling racket is anyone’s guess.

The whole casino system is designed to deceive and addict its patrons, and “free play” is just another hook to snag the unwary gambler.

It’s time for the government (state and tribal) to get out of the predatory gambling racket.

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BOSQUE SIGHTS LAST WEEK

Bosque Sights Last Week
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I went out Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, but almost all the sightings were on Thursday. The really good news is that the trail right along the Rio Grande has dried out sufficiently to be able to walk and get pictures right next to the best source of water-fowl and often predators (No predators this time).

My best picture so far of a Black Phoebe, followed by another picture (got one last week–don’t know if it is the same bird) of a Black-headed Grosbeak. Lots of color, but little pattern.

Rob and I wandered through a swarm of hundreds of dragonflies, and I got this shot. Contrary to legend, they do NOT stitch your mouth shut. In recent years I have rarely seen Red-winged Blackbirds in the Bosque, but this year you can regularly hear their calls along the river, and I got this picture.

At one river-outlook I spotted about five Snowy Egrets, but they were mostly spread out, so no group pictures.

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ALBUQUERQUE HEARING ON FLUORIDATING WATER SYSTEM

ALBUQUERQUE HEARING ON FLUORIDATING WATER SYSTEM 
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The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority sponsored a public hearing on Wednesday, June 21, regarding the proposal to fluoridate the water in the municipal water system.  About 70 people showed up for the hearing and 25 were given two minutes to state their case for or against the fluoridation.  A story about the meeting in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

The major public health organizations in the state and about a dozen dentists made the case that adding fluoride to drinking water reduces the incidence of caries (dental decay) in children and adults. Nearly every national and international health organization views the incorporation of fluoride in drinking water as one of the major health advances of the twentieth century.  Several opponents said that fluoridating the water was unnecessary at best and harmful at worst.

I have done a significant amount of research on this issue and am convinced that the risks of adding fluoride at the proper levels to the drinking water are minimal,  and adding the fluoride provides a huge health benefit. Opponents point out that fluoride can be toxic, but I know that there are toxic levels for every mineral and vitamin that we need for proper health.  Even water can be toxic in large amounts.  I tend to view dental caries in many cases as a mineral deficiency disease, the mineral being fluoride.

I am sending a letter to the Water Utility expressing my support for the fluoridation, and would encourage my patients to do the same.  Their mailing address is the following:

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority
P.O. Box 568
Albuquerque, NM 87103-0568

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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS (AAP) RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING FRUIT JUICE AND TODDLERS.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS (AAP) RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING FRUIT JUICE AND TODDLERS.        Albuquerque dentist

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated a 2001 recommended guideline on feeding infants fruit juice.  Whereas the previous recommendation listed six months as the earliest age to start feeding infants fruit juice, the new guideline recommends waiting until one year of age. AAP reports that more damage is done by the fruit juice  than benefits gained.  They indicated that there was “no nutritional benefit” from the fruit juice, but that the unprocessed fresh fruit itself was much more nutritious.

Chief among the negative features that they targeted were the high concentration of sugar and the acidic content of the juice. The sugar is responsible in promoting dental caries (decay), and has been shown to promote obesity and diabetes in children.  the acidic content can cause erosion of the tooth structure.

Recommended limits to fruit juice increased to no more than 4 ounces for 1 to 3 year- olds, and increased up to 6 ounces for children between 4 and six years.  8 ounces was the recommended limit for children and adolescents from 7 to 18 years of age.

Grapefruit juice was singled out as a special concern, since it has been found to potentiate certain medications.

An article in medicalnewstoday.com gives more information on this AAP report.

At Clark Family Dental we encourage our patients with small children to follow these guidelines to help promote their health.  We value your health.

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