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.

Clark Family Dentals-Ruddy Ducks s-Cinnamon Teal couple++++ s-Cinnamon Teal couple2s-Wood Duck

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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.”

 

s-Common Merganser female+++ s-Wood Duck male2 20l17++++

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VIBRATION RESISTANT MATERIALS BEING DESIGNED TO MIMIC TOOTH ENAMEL

VIBRATION RESISTANT MATERIALS BEING DESIGNED TO MIMIC TOOTH ENAMEL  dentist Albuquerque

University of Michigan research on building materials that can withstand vibration and stress came up with a perfect model: tooth enamel.

Soft materials absorb stress and vibration very well, but cannot be used to make structures like airplane fuselages and computer motherboards.  Rigid materials like steel and titanium are very strong, but vibration and stress over long periods of time can cause failure of the material.

In studying animal structures that hold up for decades under vibration and/or stress, the ideal material appeared to be tooth enamel.  Many organs and tissues in vertebrate bodies have evolved over millennia to try to improve on performance.  Tooth enamel, however has remained unchanged in a wide variety of animals over eons because the design has worked out so well.

Enamel is made of ceramic crystal columns bonded together with an organic matrix, set up in a hard protective covering.  This bonding of materials gives this resilience not seen in much harder substances.

The research at the University of Michigan mimicked the tooth enamel by growing zinc oxide nanowires on a chip then layered them with a polymer and baked the result.  The process is replicated thousands of times, linking the wire/polymer structures to form a solid sheet.The researchers showed that this structure duplicated some of the vibration-resistant characteristics of the tooth enamel.

This is a very pains-taking process, but one that researchers feel can eventually be refined to produce similar materials for industrial use, like cars, airplanes, and bicycles.

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

At Clark Family Dental we will strive to inform our patients of interesting and useful information related to dentistry and health.  We care about your health.

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DR. HOLLY MAE LINDSLEY DELIVERS 5 LB, 4 OZ BABY GIRL, ROSA RUTH LINDSLEY

DR. HOLLY MAE LINDSLEY DELIVERS 5 LB, 4 OZ BABY GIRL, ROSA RUTH LINDSLEY

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Following many miscarriages (some In-vitro), and nine months after a six year-old frozen egg was implanted, March 15 at 11:54 pm, Dr. Holly Mae Lindsley, my dentist daughter, gave birth to a 5 lbs, 4 oz baby girl named Rosa Ruth Lindsley. Mother and baby are doing well following the C-section, and will probably be home by Saturday or Sunday . We are SOOO THRILLED!!

Dr. Lindsley will be taking a couple of months leave from the practice to get to know Rosa Ruth better.  Dr. Clark will be working on Saturdays starting in April.

Pictures (at about three hours postpartum)s-Proud Grandpa and Rosa s-Rosa Ruth Sleeping 3hrs old s-Rosa Ruth Smiling3hrs old of Rosa sleeping, smiling, yawning and with adoring fan (Actually all sleeping).

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TOOTHPASTES WITH TRICLOSAN MORE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING DENTAL PLAQUE AND DECAY

TOOTHPASTES WITH TRICLOSAN MORE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING DENTAL PLAQUE AND DECAY  dentist Albuquerque

Data studied by The Cochrane Oral Health Group found that triclosan, an ingredient in many toothpastes, reduces the level of caries (dental decay), plaque formation, bleeding and gingivitis. The triclosan reacts with a copolymer to bring about these results.

The study found that the addition of triclosan to fluoride toothpastes produced a 22 percent reduction of plaque, 22 percent reduction in gingivitis, a 48 percent reduction in bleeding gums and 5 percent lowering of cavities.  The rate of periodontal disease did not seem to be affected.

A more detailed article on this study in the Online Dentistry Today can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental we encourage our patients to use effective toothpastes and will inform our patients about the effectiveness of various toothpastes.  We care about your health

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I SPOTTED A GREAT BLUE HERON, PORCUPINE

s-Porcupine 2017s-Great Blue on Island  dentist Albuquerque

The past week I have been down in the Corrales Bosque several times, but the birding has been somewhat limited.  However, I did manage to get this shot of a Great Blue Heron perched on an island made up mostly of drifwood.  I also got a couple of shots of a pretty healthy looking Porcupine.    dentist 87114

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