TIME-HONORED CEREMONY FOR NEW LOS RANCHOS FIRE TRUCK

TIME-HONORED CEREMONY FOR NEW LOS RANCHOS FIRE TRUCK  Albuquerque dentist

Firefighters and local citizens worked together to push the new fire truck into its berth in the Los Ranchos fire station.  Although the new truck was quite capable of pulling into the station in reverse, the tradition from the days of horse drawn fire trucks was honored in this ceremony.

The new Pierce Velocity engine comes at a cost of over half a million dollars, most of which was paid by the village of Los Ranchos and Bernalillo County.  The village provides the facility and equipment, while the county provides staffing and service.

A more detailed article on the new fire-wagon in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

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STUDY SHOWS HOW CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS CAN BE CAUSED BY HIGH BLOOD SUGAR

STUDY SHOWS HOW CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS CAN BE CAUSED BY HIGH BLOOD SUGAR  dentist Albuquerque

Research at the University of California, Davis, also collaborated by work at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, showed that high blood levels can lead to cardiac arrhythmias, a major cause of heart attacks, stroke and death. Most of the work centered around the high blood sugar levels in diabetes sufferers, who have four times the rate of heart attacks found in the general population.

The research centered around a specific sugar molecule that linked in cardiac cells with a protein, known as CaMKII.  The protein CaMKII is known to regulate normal calcium levels, electrical activity and pumping action of the heart. This linkage causes pathological changes in the electrical activity of the heart, leading to full-blown arrhythmias in the heart muscle.

The study also gives insight into the damaging activity that high blood sugar can have in neurological diseases, retina and kidney diseases, where similar molecular interactions can affect the biology of those organs.

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

At Clark Family Dental, we have encouraged our patients to avoid excess sugar in their diets because of the effect sugar has on the teeth and periodontal tissues.  We now have another major reason to encourage patients to be cautious about their intake of refined sugar.

We care about your health.

Clark Family Dental, Albuquerque, NM 87114

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ALZEIMERS DRUG USED TO GENERATE TOOTH DENTIN IN STUDY

ALZEIMERS DRUG USED TO GENERATE TOOTH DENTIN IN STUDY  Albuquerque dentist

Research done at the Dental Institute at King’s College London discovered a new way to repair tooth decay by enhancing the tooth’s natural reparative ability with an Alzheimer’s drug.

The living tissue within the tooth, called the dental pulp, is able to produce what is called secondary dentin, when assaulted by dental decay.  The pulp is able to produce a thin protective layer of dentin between the pulp and the decay.  This also occurs when dentists treat the tooth decay with various types of chemicals. The layer is thin and does not replace the bulk of the tooth structure destroyed by decay, but is used as a base under the filling.

The researchers found a way to stimulate the pulp of the tooth to replace significant amounts of tooth structure by stimulating stem cells within the pulp using the Alzheimer’s drug, Tideglusib.  The drug was placed inside the tooth in collagen pellets that were replaced by tooth dentin over time, potentially reducing the need for artificial fillings to repair the lesion.

One of the advantages of the drug is that it has already passed testing in treating Alzheimer’s disease, making it available in a much shorter time than working with a new, untested drug.

This work is preliminary, as it was done in laboratory studies on rats, but the results are very promising and will shortly be tested on human dentition.

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

At Clark Family Dental, we already use medications that promote the production of secondary dentin to augment the natural reparative processes, although it does not restore the bulk of the lost tooth material.  We will follow this research and let patients know if it develops into the treatment it is hoped to become in human teeth.

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COUGAR IN THE CORRALES BOSQUE

COUGAR IN THE CORRALES BOSQUE  Albuquerque Dentist

A Corrales resident spotted large animal tracks in the Corrales Bosque, took numerous photos, and had them identified by New Mexico Game and Fish as large Mountain Lion tracks.

Game and Fish related that a male Mountain Lion out of Socorro has been known to roam the Rio Grande corridor up past Corrales.  They have been known roam areas up to 300 square miles, looking for deer, their favorite prey.

Decades ago, animal control was called out when a Cougar was found in the garage of a Corrales resident, but I am not aware of any eye witness sightings of Mountain Lions in the Corrales area in years.

The big cats are very happy to snare a dog or a cat, and the most likely time for that to occur is in early morning, or at dusk.

An article on the Cougar situation from KOB TV can be read here.

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PREGNANT PERIODONTAL PATIENTS MORE LIKELY TO HAVE “PREMIES” AND LOW BIRTH WEIGHT BABIES Albuquerque dentist

PREGNANT PERIODONTAL PATIENTS MORE LIKELY TO HAVE “PREMIES” AND LOW BIRTH WEIGHT BABIES     Albuquerque dentist

Based on recent studies that indicate that periodontal disease in pregnant women can contribute to low birth weight and premature delivery, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) have issued recommendations that pregnant women maintain good periodontal practices to insure proper health for themselves and their babies.

Low birth weight and premature delivery in babies can lead to a host of problems for the infant, including vision and hearing loss, respiratory problems, as well as feeding and digestive problems.

Bacteria that cause periodontal disease have been implicated in senile dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and coronary artery disease.  These recent revelations indicate that the health of their babies may be at risk, as well.

Periodontal disease is usually a disease of choice, a disease that can usually be prevented with consistent, thorough tooth-brushing and flossing, as well as dental exams and/or treatment.  We recommend that most adults should use electric toothbrushes for five to six minutes per day, and floss at least once a day.

Most people seemed to think that the mouth was a corollary to Las Vegas:  “What happens in the mouth stays in the mouth.”  This is obviously (now) far from the truth, and dental disease can have far-reaching consequences.

Drs. Lindsay and Clark will be glad to answer any of your questions on periodontal disease and its consequences.

An article in Science Daily gives more details on this story.

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CITY OF RIO RANCHO TO DROP RED-LIGHT CAMERAS, BUT ADDING FOUR SPEED-DETECTION VANS

CITY OF RIO RANCHO TO DROP RED-LIGHT CAMERAS, BUT ADDING FOUR SPEED-DETECTION VANS

The Rio Rancho City Council voted to double the number of speed-detection vans from four to eight while removing red light cameras from the city. The city’s Safe Traffic Operations Program, or STOP, is renewing the contract with Redflex Traffic System to manage this program.

The vans will issue warnings instead of citations for the first 30 days, then will issue citations for speeding. Redflex will receive payment for citations based on a sliding scale, $40 dollars per citation up to 100, reducing in amount thereafter. The state and city will split additional revenue, the city portion being used to purchase police vehicles. It is expected to raise $500,000 in revenue over the next four years.

Demonstrators gathered outside city hall, protesting the Redflex contract, saying that live officers were a better deterrent to speeders.

Clark Family Dental, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87114

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SPOTTED RUFOUS MORPH RED-TAILED HAWK IN CORRALES BOSQUE

SPOTTED RUFOUS MORPH RED-TAILED HAWK IN CORRALES BOSQUE

s-Rufous Morph Red-tailed HawkOn Saturday, I spotted a Red-tailed Hawk that was a bit unusual for this area and time of year.  It is called a Rufous Morph Red-tailed Hawk.  It is much darker than the usual Red-tails that we see in the Corrales Bosque.  It has a very orange chest and is dark brown almost everywhere else.  I wasn’t able to see the dorsal side of the tail to see the signature red color, but I am sure it was there, although it probably was more orange than the usual.

Clark Family Dental,  Albuquerque, NM 87114

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DR. CLARK OP-ED IN ABQ JOURNAL ON HB-250

The Albuquerque Journal ran this op-ed on February 8 that Dr. Clark wrote on House Bill 250 which, along with a novel management of scholarship funds, would outlaw “Play at the Pump,” Online lottery games, and Video Lottery Terminal (a.k.a. slot machines).  The lottery has indicated an interest or has already implemented some of these things.

https://www.abqjournal.com/944876/nm-should-halt-video-gambling.html

 Albuquerque Journal Guest Columns
Lawmakers should outlaw ‘video lottery games’

By Dr. Guy C. Clark / Chairman, Stop Predatory Gambling New Mexico
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 12:02am

House Bill 250 has attracted a fair amount of attention for its logical approach to lottery fund distribution to the state scholarship program. Stop Predatory Gambling New Mexico is very much in favor of HB 250, mainly because of the provision that would outlaw “video lottery games.” There are three types of video lottery games the lottery authority has been recently promoting.

One form is the “play at the pump” devices that the New Mexico Lottery has already installed at over a dozen service stations around the state. The lottery basically spit in the face of the New Mexico Legislature by installing them after the Legislature rejected the lottery legislation the last two years in a row. So far, no legislator is sponsoring “play at the pump” legislation this session, probably to avoid the humiliation of dealing with an organization that has no respect for their deliberations. In Minnesota, their legislature outlawed “play at the pump” when the state lottery pulled a similar stunt.

 The second type is online lottery playing. David Barden, chairman of the New Mexico lottery, recommended legalizing online lottery games for smartphones, etc. at two Legislative Finance Committee meetings that I attended. He mentioned that young people do most of their commerce and game playing on mobile devices, and why shouldn’t we take advantage of this popular technology? Imagine allowing legalized video lottery games into our bedrooms, studies, kitchens, dormitories, etc. This would generate a major expansion of gambling addiction in New Mexico, especially among the young people Mr. Barden mentioned.

 This online gambling would embolden the Poker Player’s Alliance, plus the brick-and-mortar casinos to demand similar opportunities. That could lead to full-blown legalized casino gambling on the internet in New Mexico.

 The third type that the lottery has recommend in their legislation the last two years is “Lottery Gaming Systems.” Over a dozen states have legalized “video lottery systems” in the form of stand-alone Video Lottery Terminals (VLT’s). These machines allow gamblers to play video poker and other casino-style games at convenience stores, beauty shops, shopping malls, grocery stores and anywhere you would expect to see paper lottery tickets being sold. These are, in reality, actual slot machines that these state lotteries operate.

 Many studies have shown that video gambling machines (slots and online gambling) are much more addictive than other forms of gambling. Public health providers have termed them the “crack cocaine of gambling.” Dr. John Welte of Maryland has done extensive research on these systems and found them to triple the speed at which gambling addiction occurs compared to traditional forms of gambling. Studies in South Dakota and South Carolina discovered that calls into their addiction hot lines and addiction treatment centers dropped off spectacularly when the lottery gaming systems were shut down by court action.

 University and state government research on gambling has shown time and again that the state lotteries exploit the poor, the uneducated and minorities. These families spend a disproportionate amount of their income on the lottery, not just as a fraction of their income, but in raw number of dollars, more than the middle and upper income families.

 Stop Predatory Gambling hopes that the Legislature gets it right this time with a prohibition on the outrageous expansion of gambling the state lottery has been proposing.

 It’s time for the government to get out of the predatory gambling racket.

 

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ALVARADO 4TH AND 5TH GRADERS ASK FIREFIGHTERS TO BE VALENTINES

ALVARADO 4TH AND 5TH GRADERS ASK FIREFIGHTERS TO BE VALENTINES

About 100 Alvarado Elementary School students gave hand-made valentines to firefighters from the Albuquerque Fire Department.

The firefighters demonstrated somewhat scary uniforms used when fighting fires and taught the students how to exit a burning building safely.  They picked the 4th and 5th graders because they are old enough to teach younger students and family members , including parents, how to safely deal with a fire.  “Stop, drop, and roll” was a technique taught to show the students how to escape a smoke filled house.  They were also taught to use the back of their hands to check doors for warmth, indicating fire on the other side of the door.

The students seemed anxious to share their skills with other family members and were happy to share the love with the firefighters.

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

Clark Family Dental.  Albuquerque, NM 87114

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E-CIGARETTES KILL LOTS OF CELLS IN THE MOUTH

E-CIGARETTES KILL LOTS OF CELLS IN THE MOUTH

Universite Laval researcher Dr. Mahmoud Rouabhia’s team exposed oral epithelial cells in a laboratory setting to the vapor that is produced by e-cigarettes and found that a very large number of epithelial cells died within a few days.

The cells were only exposed for about five minutes a day during two five-second inhalations per minute, and resulted in an increase in dead or dying cells of from about 2% of the cells to 53%.

Although most people think that the e-cigarette vapor is simply water, it exposes the oral tissues and respiratory tract to chemicals produced by heating glycerine, propylene glycol, and nicotine aromas found within the e-nicotine liquid.

Dr. Rouabhia commented that damage to the defensive barrier in the mouth can increase the risk of infection, inflammation, periodontal disease, and potentially, oral cancer. Future risk with assess the level of risk of these outcomes.

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

At Clark Family Dental we encourage our patients to abstain from all forms of smoking as they all present risks to their health.

We care about your health.

Clark Family Dental, Albuquerque, NM 87114

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