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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CORALES BOSQUE CRITTERS THE LAST 10 DAYS

Corrales Bosque Critters last 10 Days                 Albuquerque dentist

 

In the last ten days I have gotten a few good shots of critters in the Corrales Bosque.  Last week I spotted a Downy Woodpecker and a family of Canada Geese. The goslings appeared to be over a month old and were venturing out somewhat from their parents.

On Memorial day I caught the Great Blue Heron flying away, and a shot of a Turkey Vulture in flight. We also spotted a Swainson”s Hawk. I have never gotten a picture of a Snub-nosed Snake before, so I was glad to get this one. Non-poisonous, and about 18 inches long. My dog Bella was fascinated with with it, and we had a hard time making sure she didn’t hurt it.

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CHANGE IN POST- TREATMENT “THANK YOU” EMAILS

CHANGE IN POST- TREATMENT “THANK YOU” EMAILS  dentist Albuquerque

Dear Patient,

If you have had an appointment recently, and received the “Thank You” email from us, you may have noticed a change in the “ask” in the email.  Before, the email asked if you would click on a link to complete a survey.  If you filled out the survey, it would appear on the Clark Family Dental website in the Survey section.  This allows people who visit the Clark Family Dental website to read your survey along with about 50 fairly recent surveys.  Positive reviews help our practice.

Recently the email has also added a button to “Review us Online.” If you click on this hyperlink you will be invited to leave a review on Google, Yelp or Facebook (or any combination thereof).  All of those reviews help direct people to visit our website, which helps us get more patients. It also helps promote the position of our website on Google organic listings, which makes us more visible on the Internet. On at least  Google and Facebook you need to have an account with them to post a review.

If you like us and like the work we do for you, we would be honored if you would take advantage of these opportunities to express your appreciation.

Gratefully,

Dr. Guy C. Clark

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CORRALES BOSQUE BIRDS LAST WEEK

CORRALES BOSQUE BIRDS LAST WEEK  Albuquerque dentist

Tuesday, for a change, was warm and sunny, and lots of birds were showing up for portraits.

There is an area that Rob and I call “The Ponds,” where the conservancy district has carved out these shallow bowls in the soil, about 200 yards from the river. During most of year they are dry, but when the Rio Grand swells up in the spring, they fill up with water for six to eight weeks, and fill up with minnows and pollywogs. This often attracts Herons, Egrets and Hawks. The s-Red-tailed Hawk4s-Red-tailed Hawk5first two shots are of a pretty large Red-tailed Hawk looking for breakfast.

At one of the only good outlooks over the river recently, I spotted a flock of American Avocets, probably my favorite shore wader species. They are very colorful and interesting looking.

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Also on Tuesday I spotted a Swainson’s Hawk by the clear ditch, and managed to get two good shots from different angles. He seemed to ignore me the whole time I worked from north to south of him.

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Altogether, a good birding day.  Clark Family Dental 87114

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PERIODONTAL DISEASE BACTERIA CAN LEAD TO KAPOSI’S SARCOMA

PERIODONTAL DISEASE BACTERIA CAN LEAD TO KAPOSI’S SARCOMA
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Case Western Reserve University conducted research on Kaposi’s Sarcoma and its relationship with periodontal disease.  Although Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) is more common among HIV patients, other groups can be afflicted by the disease, and, according to this research, certain fatty acids expressed by periodontal disease bacteria can promote the onset of the disease.

The principle bacteria involved in causing periodontal disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum, were found to produce five short-chain fatty acids.. In tests on living cells, the researchers at Case Western, the fatty acids prevented the cells from being able to stop the growth of KS.

One of the outcomes of this research is that early testing of saliva could result in treating for KSs before it became malignant.

An article on this research in dentistrytoday.com can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental, we monitor the signs of periodontal disease on all adult patients and treat the disease whenever patients allow.  We may have been unknowingly reducing the incidence of KS in our patients.  We care about your health.

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NEW STUDIES ON WATER-PIK

NEW STUDIES ON WATER-PIK   dentist Albuquerque

Nearly everyone can benefit from using an electric toothbrush.  the benefits are even greater for someone with periodontal disease.  But even the best brushing cannot get all the plaque that is between the teeth around the contact point.  The options for getting interproximal plaque off are dental floss and Waterpik-type devices.

In the past, I have recommended dental floss over Waterpik, but recent research has convinced me that a Waterpik can be as effective or even more effective than floss.  My opinion is that flossing is still a useful technique to clean in-between teeth and slightly below the crest of the gingiva (gum), but there are reasons why some people would benefit from using a Waterpik.

I have quite a few patients that just have a very hard time manipulating the floss in-between their teeth.  Their fingers and hands tend to get in the way, or they have a small opening into their mouth, making it hard to manipulate the floss. These people could greatly benefit by using a Waterpik.

A good YouTube video on use of a Waterpik device can be viewed by clicking here.

A very good article on the pros and cons of floss v. pik in medicalnewstoday.com can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental we stress the use of brushing and flossing with all our patients.  It makes a huge difference in a patient’s health to be following these good health practices.  We care about your health.

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MORE DUCKS IN CORRALES BOSQUE

MORE DUCKS IN CORRALES BOSQUE   dentist Albuquerque

Last week was a good week for ducks in the Bosque.  I don’t usually count Mallard Ducks, since they are so common that I call them “default ducks.”  I did spot another Wood Duck, which is the most common of the three, but I am always glad to see this duck with the outlandish color scheme.

The picture of the Ruddy ducks is not very detailed, as it was shot while it was raining and with dense cloud cover.  I was able to pull a little color out of them with Photoshop, but they are still mostly grey and black.  I have only got pictures of them once before, so I’m glad to have this one, even with its flaws.

The Cinnamon Teals are exceptionally colorful and easy to spot when flying.  They are quite a bit smaller than the Mallards.  I have only got pictures of them once before, a couple of years ago.

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APHTHOUS ULCERS AND COLD SORES—DIFFERENCES?

APHTHOUS ULCERS AND COLD SORES—DIFFERENCES?  Albuquerque dentist

Although many dentists and physicians treat aphthous ulcers, also known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS), the same as they treat cold sores (caused by herpes simplex virus), they have very different causes and presentations.  The disease often presents as a red circle of inflammation around a white, ulcerated area.  The disease almost always occurs on the oral mucosa, instead of attached gingiva and lips, as herpes simples does.

Research at the Sahlgreska Academy has recently shed more information on a variety of causes for RAS.  RAS is not caused by a virus as herpes simplex is, so anti-virals provide no benefit for RAS.  The research at the Academy indicates that there may be many complex interacting factors contributing to the disease.

Among the causes listed in the report, food allergies, hereditary factors, and bacterial imbalance in the mouth all can play a part.  Most treatment is directed at reducing the symptoms of the disease, which can be debilitating and very painful.

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

At Clark Family Dental, we stay alert to new research that has a bearing on the health of our patients.  We care about your health.

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CRAIG NEAL DROPPED AS HEAD COACH OF UNM BASKETBALL TEAM

CRAIG NEAL DROPPED AS HEAD COACH OF UNM BASKETBALL TEAM  Albuquerque 87114

Neal ‘s initial record of  27 wins with 15 conference victories, a Mountain West tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth where the Lobos were seeded in 7th place was a great beginning, but his record tapered off after early successes.

In his overall record for four seasons, Neal posted 76-52 record, 42-30 in Mountain West play. A serious decline in ticket sales after the first two years, along with the fans criticisms relating with his use of his son on the team, added to the pressure to remove Neal from the coaching position.

Neal was the highest paid state employee at a salary and compensations of $950,000 per year.  His contract provided a $1,000,000 buy-out package, along with paying him the remainder of the year’s salary.

An article about this story in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

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DUCKS IN THE BOSQUE

DUCKS IN THE BOSQUE    dentist Albuquerque

This happens quite a lot.  Although I usually go on hikes from 4 to six miles, I often get the best pictures within a couple of hundred yards of where I park my truck.  Last Saturday I spotted two of my very favorite species of ducks within a hundred yards of the truck:  A Wood Duck and a Common Merganser.  The male Wood Duck looks almost like a clown with all the vibrant colors, and I love the female Merganser with her head feathers that look like a wild hair-do.

The Wood Duck is well named, since it is about the only duck that I quite often see sitting in a tree, clinging to a tree branch with its claws–almost talons.  It has partially webbed feet, but impressive claws at the end.  We almost always see Mallard Ducks–so often I commonly refer to them as “default ducks.”

 

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