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Diabetes Linked with Severity of COVID-19?

July 25th, 2021

Ongoing research on COVID-19 continues to shed light on this unpredictable virus. For individuals diagnosed with diabetes, the impact of COVID-19 may be even more significant than thought before. A recent study of Japanese patients revealed diabetes as a main factor for progressing the severity of infection with COVID-19. In the Takatsuki Red Cross Hospital in Osaka, researchers analyzed a total of 102 male and female patients with an average age of 62 years who suffered with moderate symptoms of COVID-19 and initial favorable oxygen saturation levels. 49% of the patients also had type-2 diabetes. The lead researcher, Dr. Shizuka Kaneko, reported that 88% of patients whose symptoms of COVID-19 advanced from moderate to severe requiring ventilation were in the group of patients suffering from Type-2 diabetes. Whereas only 25 (24.5%) of the patients with Type-2 diabetes patients with moderate symptoms of COVID-19 improved. The researchers found a significant link between progression from moderate to severe COVID-19 and hemoglobin A1c levels of 6.2% or higher. They also suggested that older age and males were at greater risk for COVID-19 progression.

Dr. Kaneko mentioned, "Our findings shed light on the combined threat of COVID-19 and diabetes has on global population health and reinforces the importance of diabetes prevention more than ever before…While future pandemics are unpredictable, diabetes can be effectively managed - which could ultimately have far-reaching impacts on patient outcomes especially during times of public health crisis, like the COVID-19 outbreak." Although more research is needed to be conducted to evaluate the possible link between COVID-19 severity and diabetes, this study offers valuable insights that should be considered.

Unfortunately, individuals with diabetes are also at a higher risk for gum disease and other oral health issues due to improper blood sugar levels. Plus, gum disease may also negatively impact blood sugar levels according to research. This can make managing diabetes harder as these individuals can be more susceptible to infections and less capable of fighting infections.

If you have diabetes, be sure to inform your dental professional for the best management of your care.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/954159

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/diabetes

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fweillcornell.org%2Fnews%2Fwhat-to-know-about-diabetes-covid-19&psig=AOvVaw3-wIGxSi_CYr50Nyh3WGi3&ust=1627324022789000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCJCh47Dt_vECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAM

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Dental Offices are not High Risk Places for COVID-19, Study Shows

July 16th, 2021

How to get patients back in the dental office amid the COVID-19 pandemic - CDA

There’s been a lot of uncertainty and apprehension throughout the pandemic due to the unpredictable COVID-19 virus. But, rest assured as the world works together we are getting closer and closer to defeating this virus. A new study conducted published in the Journal of Dental Research by researchers at Ohio State University revealed that the risk of catching SARS-CoV-2 infection, which can cause COVID-19, is low at the dentist's office. This helps dismiss the belief that patients, staff, and dental professionals are at high risk of contracting COVID-19.

Due to the fact that common dental procedures such as cleanings and restorations produce aerosols, many have feared that the dental clinical setting could be a risky place to contract SARS-CoV-2 from scattering saliva. During the start of the pandemic, many believed that saliva could be a significant route of transmission for the virus. This notion led researchers to investigate whether or not saliva is the main source of dental aerosols. They collected samples from staff, equipment, and several surfaces at a dental office during different dental procedures to determine what organisms were present and if saliva was the main source of the spatter. These dental procedures involved common aerosol producing equipment including high-speed drills and ultrasonic scalers. Through testing samples of saliva and water-based cleaning solutions that were used to rinse out patients mouths, they found that saliva was not the main source of the presence of any bacteria or viruses. Regardless of the procedure or the location where they collected the samples, the organisms from the water-based solutions contributed to approximately 78% of the organisms found in aerosols, whereas saliva only contributed to 0.1% to 1.2% of the microbes found. Thus, lead author and professor of periodontology at Ohio State University stated, "…It is the water from the ultrasonic equipment that's causing bacteria to be there. It's not saliva. So the risk of spreading infection is not high…However, we should not lose sight of the fact that this virus spreads through aerosol, and speaking, coughing or sneezing in the dental office can still carry a high risk of disease transmission." However, when low levels of the SARS-CoV-2 virus were found in the saliva of asymptomatic patients, they found no presence of SARS-CoV-2 in the aerosols created during their dental procedures. Purnima Kumar concluded, "Getting your teeth cleaned does not increase your risk for COVID-19 infection any more than drinking a glass of water from the dentist's office does…These findings should help us open up our practices, make ourselves feel safe about our environment and, for patients, get their oral and dental problems treated -- there is so much evidence emerging that if you have poor oral health, you are more susceptible to COVID."

Dental offices have always followed standard safety protocols, and since the beginning of the pandemic, offices have incorporated new equipment and protocols to strengthen protection against the spread of bacteria and viruses to ensure the safety of all individuals. Be sure to not put off visiting your dentist! Our team is equipped with all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure an environment that is safe and healthy at all times. Staff will thoroughly clean all areas using disinfectants effective against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. You can learn more about the increased safety and our latest equipment additions on our blog post: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/05/whats-new-at-wdg-covid-19-safety-precautions

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210513084956.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cda.org%2FHome%2FNews-and-Events%2FNewsroom%2FArticle-Details%2Fhow-to-get-patients-back-in-the-dental-office-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic&psig=AOvVaw0pW7lsl2JdCDsDk6Ug0xwo&ust=1626441167999000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCOj9pfOT5fECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Is Harmful Oral Bacteria Contributing to Alzheimer's Disease?

July 7th, 2021

 

Just last month, nationwide awareness campaigns for Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness took place to shed light on this major public health issue. Alzheimer’s disease is a common type of dementia that impacts the brain. Recently, researchers at the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry and Weill Cornell Medicine found that older individuals with harmful oral bacteria associated with periodontal disease are more at risk for having an Alzheimer’s disease biomarker, amyloid beta, present in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Amyloid beta is a protein that forms plaques within the brain and is noted to be the first protein present as Alzheimer's disease develops. The researchers found that individuals with amyloid beta had more harmful oral bacteria and less beneficial bacteria present in their oral cavity. Another protein that is present in individuals with Alzheimer's disease is tau, which is found to clump together in nerve cells. However, the tau protein was not found in this study to be linked to harmful oral bacteria.

Periodontal disease, a severe form of gum disease, impacts approximately 70% of adults over the age of 65 years, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When your gums are infected, bad bacteria can begin to create pockets within your gums that host more bacteria and damage the bone surrounding your teeth. This can eventually result in tooth loss along with many other oral health issues. In addition, the bacteria influence inflammation, which can affect not just your mouth but the rest of your body systemically.

More research is needed to be done regarding this complex disease and its association to periodontal disease. Senior author Mony J. de Leon stated, “the present study adds support to the understanding that proinflammatory diseases disrupt the clearance of amyloid from the brain, as retention of amyloid in the brain can be estimated from CSF levels,”

The researchers of this study determined the harmful oral bacteria to be PrevotellaPorphyromonas, and Fretibacterium. Whereas, the healthy oral bacteria included CorynebacteriumActinomyces, and Capnocytophaga. The researchers believe that the presence of healthy bacteria and less inflammation in the oral cavity may help protect against developing Alzheimer's disease. They are interested in future research to test if improving gum health by reducing plaque build-up and harmful bacteria will help protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

Check out these quick facts about Alzheimer's disease from the Alzheimer's Association:

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=paidsearch&utm_campaign=google_giving&set.custom.wt=giving&gclid=CjwKCAjww-CGBhALEiwAQzWxOmBPlwCaakm3ybowHLB1zV3MGX5bR0ZlVN0sShkR772_wAhDt5WXrRoCa5YQAvD_BwE

https://engage.healthtrustjobs.com/june-is-alzheimers-brain-awareness-month

https://www.alz.org/alzheimer_s_dementia

https://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/8113-gum-bacteria-imbalance-linked-to-alzheimer-s-disease-biomarker

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.aarp.org%2Fhealth%2Fdementia%2Finfo-2018%2Falzheimers-what-we-know.html&psig=AOvVaw1gCp9_qLzp0XExJVkgXtyS&ust=1625772585309000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAoQjRxqFwoTCODA24DZ0fECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

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Men's Health: Let's Make it a Priority

June 28th, 2021

Before June comes to a close, we could not miss this opportunity to celebrate Men’s Health Month. Each year people across the world honor Men’s Health Month and promote important health facts and knowledge to help prevent health conditions that impact men. Typically, organizations and community members host health screenings, health fairs, and other important events throughout the month. In turn, this can lead to early detection of issues and help promote prevention of avoidable health problems.

We all know that taking care of your health also involves taking care of your oral health. Here’s some health facts about men’s health and tips to help keep men’s oral health on track:

  • Avoid smoking. We’ve all heard a lot about the dangers of smoking throughout our lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 15.3% of men aged 18 and over currently smoke cigarettes. Smoking is strongly associated with the development of cancer, including oral cancers. Men are at a higher risk of developing oral cancers. In addition, individuals who smoke cigarettes also have an increased risk of gum disease, which can lead to several oral issues and eventual tooth loss.
  • Being active is important to keeping your body healthy. The CDC reports 40.5% of American men aged 20 and over suffer from obesity. Changing your lifestyle habits to include daily exercise and a healthy diet can help keep your weight under control and prevent other diseases that have been linked to obesity, such as heart disease. When playing contact sports to get your exercise in, be sure to wear a mouthguard and any other necessary gear for protection. Injury to your mouth without the proper protection can lead to broken, cracked, or lost teeth.
  • Monitor your blood pressure. The CDC reports that 51.9% of American men aged 20 and over have hypertension. Speak with your Doctor as soon as possible if you notice signs of consistent high blood pressure.
  • Make sure you are making your regular dental checkups. Often, individuals schedule their dental checkups twice a year, but some people may need more frequent visits depending on the recommendation of their dentist depending on each person’s oral conditions. When dental visits are missed, this can cause problems to go undetected and untreated, which can lead to more invasive and costly procedures down the road. It is also important to follow through with treatment your dentist recommends for the improvement of your dental health. For instance, be sure to have your fillings, root canals, and crowns done in a timely manner to avoid further oral health problems.
  • According to the American Academy of Periodontology, men are at a higher risk of developing gum disease (56% of men compared to 38% of women). Gum disease has been linked to many other systemic diseases that can decline your overall health and wellbeing, including heart disease, certain cancers, and even prostate problems in men. Gum disease has been found to increase the levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in men.
  • Dry mouth can be an irritating feeling. When there is inadequate salivary flow, the risk of tooth decay is higher. Saliva helps neutralize harmful bacterial acids, in addition to washing away dental plaque that can contribute to tooth decay. If experiencing dry mouth, be sure to inform your dentist. It will also be important to stay hydrated with water.
  • The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends everyone change their toothbrush approximately every 3-4 months or when the bristles become excessively frayed. The ADA reported a study where men changed their toothbrush less frequently than women, taking on average 5 months to change out their toothbrushes. Regularly changing your toothbrush is necessary because bacteria and food build up overtime, and the worn bristles won’t allow you to effectively brush your teeth. Worn bristles can also be damaging to the gums.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://nationaltoday.com/national-mens-health-month/

http://www.menshealthmonth.org/

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/mens-health.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.healthline.com%2Fnutrition%2Fbest-multivitamins-for-men&psig=AOvVaw1423OcUZGIBPPbqGCz3T1O&ust=1624919998582000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAoQjRxqFwoTCPDq8e_wuPECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

https://www.lumahealth.io/blog/four-things-to-know-about-mens-health-2/

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