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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PREGNANCY AND YOUR ORAL HEALTH
We rejoice in spreading the news that our dear hygienist Jennifer has had a baby. Mother and son are doing just fine, thank you. Unlike Jennifer, many women today are having trouble conceiving. Fertility clinic business is booming. A recent study from Finland might shed some light on one of the reasons why conception can be difficult. It involves specific bacteria found in some people’s mouths. A bacterium by the long name of Porphyromonas gingivalis, which is associated with gum disease, may delay conception in young women, according to the University of Helsinki. The study involved 256 healthy, nonpregnant women from Finland between the ages of 19 and 42 years who had discontinued contraception to become pregnant. This bacteria, P gingivalis, was more frequently detected and in greater numbers in the saliva of the women who did NOT become pregnant than those who did. These findings were independent of other risk factors contributing to conception, including age, tobacco use, socioeconomic status, bacterial vaginosis, previous deliveries, and clinical periodontal (gum) disease.
The researchers noted that infertility is a major concern, and an increasing number of health care resources are dedicated to treating it. Severe gum disease is the sixth most common medical condition in the world , according to the Global Burden of Disease Study. The researchers concluded that young women should be encouraged to take care of their oral health and maintain good oral hygiene when they are planning pregnancy. WE NOW KNOW that this specific bacterium, Porphyromonas gingivalis, has also been implicated in many other diseases, such as:
bacteria or not? Isn’t knowing your risk and being able to do something about it worth 50 cents a day? And, when we know these bacteria are there, we can CUSTOM DESIGN a unique program specifically for you that can actually reduce the numbers of these bad bugs and even get rid of them! And, we can do it all naturally and without the use of harmful antibiotics. This is just another way that Great Smiles NJ can give you something to smile about!
HEART DISEASE STROKE
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE PANCREATIC CANCER RESPIRATORY DISEASE
The evidence that specific bacteria in the mouth influence our overall health is OVERWHELMING. That’s why we will now be offering a simple saliva test that can detect these harmful bacteria. Just like a STREP test, the results of this BACTERIA PROFILE can help us guide you toward better mouth health and overall health. While the insurance companies haven’t gotten around to accepting the science , we care more about your health than they do. Isn’t an investment of $189 worth it to know if you have these
Caring for you makes us smile, too.
So, as we welcome Julian Michael as a new member of the Great Smiles NJ family, we’d love to help others enjoy the joys of motherhood, health, and wellness.
To your Great Smiles and Better Health,
–Dr. Michelle Wedd le
The researchers determined that women with P gingivalis in their
saliva were three times LESS LIKELY to get pregnant compared to their counterparts. Failure to conceive risk increased to nearly four times if signs of gum disease were also present.
P.S. Through Oct. 30, 2019, $20 from each bacteria profile test will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Jennifer’s favorite charity!
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LIMBERING UP FOR YOUR NEXT ROAD TRIP
Even though road trips offer you a break from the monotony of your office, the stiffness in your muscles and joints that comes from sitting in one position for too long can follow you onto the road if you’re not careful. Whether in front of a laptop or behind the wheel, taking the opportunity to stretch and exercise on your summer road trip is a great way to prevent the soreness from following you back to the office. Here are a few stretches to keep in mind for the next rest stop.
your elbows at 90-degree angles, then lean forward. This will cause your chest muscles to open up. Hold this position for 15 seconds. You can do a similar stretch by bending downward while keeping your hands on your car door in front of you, stretching your entire upper body. While you’re driving, a good way to prevent sore hips is by making sure your knees are slightly elevated above them in your seat. Once you have the opportunity to stop, try doing some hip flexors. Kneel on one knee, slowly push your pelvis forward, squeeze your shoulders back, and open your chest. Hold this position for 15 seconds, then repeat while kneeling on the other knee. FOR THE HIPS
FOR THE NECK
your arms upward, and then lean your upper body forward. You’ll feel a pull in the back of your upper leg. Once you’ve done this for about 15–30 seconds, repeat the process with your left heel. The road may be long, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel it in your muscles. If you stop every couple of hours and take some time to limber up, your body will thank you.
Reach your left arm over the top of your head and touch your right ear. Then, gently pull your head to the left and hold it there for 15 seconds. Repeat this process with your right arm.
FOR THE CHEST
FOR THE LEGS
Stand in front of a door frame with one hand pressed on either side and
To stretch out your hamstrings, place your right heel on a small step. Extend
ZUCCHINI, AVOCADO, AND SWISS CHARD — OH MY! A GUIDE TO EATING SEASONALLY THIS JULY
When you eat something during its harvesting season, you get the most out of your meal. In-season fruits and vegetables are more nutrient-dense than their out-of-season counterparts, and there’s no matching the flavor profile of fresh, in-season produce. Even better, because in-season foods are so bountiful during their peak, you can save a lot of money by shopping with the season. This July, enjoy some tasty foods during their prime with this handy guide.
Don’t forget about the cherries and blueberries, too! Because these fruits are so plentiful this time of the year, it’s easy to find ingredients for your favorite recipes. Host a Latin-inspired foods night with fresh guacamole and salsa, or make a delectable shortcake with a blackberry and strawberry mixture on top. There’s no better time to fire up the grill than July, and not just because of the weather. Zucchini and corn reach their peak during July, and these grilling favorites pair well with steaks, burgers, hot dogs, or fish. Go low-carb by stuffing your zucchini with vegetables and a protein for a charred skillet bowl. Even better, add some corn to your fresh salsa to add an extra zing to your GRILL GAME SO STRONG
tacos. Regardless of how you utilize them, zucchini and corn are sweetest, juiciest, and freshest during July.
Filling your plate with plenty of greens is never easier than in July. Pick up a bundle of spinach, arugula, lettuce, Swiss chard, or any other leafy green, which are all juiciest and freshest during July. Cucumbers and green beans are bountiful this time of the year, as well. This July, add some fresh flavor to your water with cucumbers or create hearty salads with any of the leafy greens mentioned above. After all, there’s no better way to celebrate the middle of summer than by consuming its most delicious foods.
Avocado toast lovers rejoice! Your season is here. Avocados are in season during July, joining many other fruity favorites. Gorge yourself on scrumptious blackberries, sweet strawberries, and bountiful tomatoes.
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INSOMNIACS UNITE 3 FREE APPS TO HELP YOU CATCH THOSE Z’S
Everyone with a smartphone has heard time and time again that looking at your phone before bed is a bad idea. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “The use of electronic devices in the bedroom further disrupts the natural pattern of the sleep-wake cycle” primarily because of the blue light emitted
from the screen. While most scientific data pertaining to sleep recommends you place your phone in another room overnight, those who toss and turn regardless of phone location might benefit from using technology rather than tucking it away. Here are three FREE sleep apps that might help you get to dreamland faster. While there are many apps that claim to help people fall asleep quicker, very few are programmed to prevent sleepers from growing bored of the same monotonous soundtracks. Pzizz combines music, sound effects, and binaural beats, and an embedded algorithm generates a slightly different track each time you use it. PZIZZ
afterward. The inability to stay asleep throughout the night can stem from a multitude of factors, but snoring tends to be the most common. The Snore Report app records through the night to detect any snoring sounds and then provides the user with an overview of the previous night’s recording, including an index to determine snore intensity. Using this app might not help you fall asleep faster, but it could offer helpful information about why you aren’t able to stay asleep. Instead of setting an alarm to jolt you out of sleep at a specific time, choose a window of time to wake up with the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. The app will sense your sleep movements and ring an alarm when you’re in the lightest stage of sleep. This way, you’ll wake at the optimal time, feeling refreshed rather than groggy. SLEEP CYCLE ALARM CLOCK
Many troubled sleepers who are able to fall asleep are jolted awake shortly
PALEO TOMATO BASIL SALAD
TAKE A BREAK!
Inspired by Nom Nom Paleo
The main course on the Fourth of July almost always works with paleo diets, but that isn’t always the case with sides and appetizers. This salad offers a great way to enjoy some paleo fare without having to resort to only eating grilled meats.
• 1 small shallot, thinly sliced • 4–5 medium tomatoes, preferably heirloom, seeded and cut into wedges • 6–10 medium basil leaves, cut into ribbons • 1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Place shallots in balsamic vinegar for 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry using paper towels. 2. Assemble tomatoes on a plate, top with basil and shallots, and season with salt and pepper. 3. Drizzle olive oil over top of salad and serve immediately.
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1. COVER TITLE 1. WHAT DOES ORAL HEALTH HAVE TO DO WITH PREGNANCY? INSIDE THIS ISSUE 2. 4 STRETCHES FOR STAYING LIMBER ON THE ROAD EAT SEASONALLY THIS JULY 3. 3 FREE APPS TO HELP YOU CATCH THOSE Z’S PALEO TOMATO BASIL SALAD 4. PAIN MANAGEMENT OPTIONS
PHYSICAL THERAPY VS. CHIROPRACTIC
FINDING THE BEST ROUTE FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT
In the modern medical world, there’s no shortage of ways to treat your pain. Still, some rehabilitation systems work best for certain types of ailments, and understanding which recovery methods are available is invaluable. Two important options for any type of pain management are physical therapists and chiropractors. Depending on a number of factors, one may be more helpful than the other, but if they’re used together, you’ll have a much better chance of eliminating your pain. Let’s take a look at how each option can help you.
treatment will help free up your muscles and tendons to alleviate pain and improve your mobility. This normally means stretching or resetting your problem areas. In addition to helping with the pain from certain types of persistent issues like soreness, chronic discomfort, or lack of mobility, chiropractors can also work to alleviate symptoms of certain types of infections and even asthma! Their treatments help you to avoid relying on dangerous pain medication or surgeries. If you’re looking to recover from an injury or surgery, you may want to consider physical therapy. While there’s no end-all treatment for any type of pain, physical therapists work with you to strengthen your muscles and restore your range of motion. By fixing PHYSICAL THERAPIST
these underlying problems, you can get back to the things you love. While physical therapy is very different from chiropractic on paper, combining the two to treat your pain can generally be very helpful. Depending on what you’re suffering from, physical therapists may use new age technologies like deep- tissue lasers or hydrotherapy to get you back on your feet again. Whatever you’re looking for, the answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. Consulting a medical professional will allow you to understand the best option for your specific case.
A chiropractor is a physician who treats issues involving the musculoskeletal system, which can have an impact on your body’s general function. By manipulating certain areas, their
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