Great Smiles of NJ July 2019

JULY 2019

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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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