National Women’s History month: Women in Dental History

Dentistry is one of the oldest medical professions dating back to 7000B.C. However,until the mid 19th Century it was a “Man’s Profession”.  In 1854 Emeline Roberts Jones, at 18 years of age, married a dentist and despite his ongoing remarks of how dentistry was not for women she secretly studied dentistry, filling and extracting several hundred teeth by the age of  23.  She went on to become her husband’s clinical partner and then took over the practice after he died.  In 1914 she was made an honorary member of the NDA (National Dental Association) and is recognized as the first practicing female dentist.  Just a few years later Lucy Hobbs Taylor (an orphan that spent her entire childhood working to support her family) became passionate about medicine and pursued medical school but was denied entry due to being a woman.  Refusing to give up she accepted dental tutoring from a Doctor at the Ohio College of Dentistry and in 1866 her perseverance paid off!  Becoming the first woman to earn her DDS degree through the Ohio College of Dentistry.


Innovated Technology for Gum Disease

Treatment of periodontal disease presents many challenges, but effective homecare no longer needs to be one of them. Toothbrushes, rinses, and floss aren’t suffice when struggling with the disease, reason bieng that these tools cannot reach down deep into the pockets that form. Now there is an additional, more effective option that helps restore and maintain gum health called Perio Protect.  It’s scientifically proven to place medication deep into periodontal pockets by wearing custom fabricated trays with an internal peripheral sealing system that corresponds to pocket probing depths. The seal prevents the medication from leaking and directs it deep into pockets so it can fight subgingival infections.
At Wrigleyville Dental we strive to stay on top of the safest and most effective options for our patient’s overal health, and now offer Perio Protect Trays for our patients. The trays are comfortable, practical and effective and our patients, that are already using them, love it.


Bees are our Friends

Given the wide range of potential risks associated with cell phones, research has been done in an effort to find natural substances that are capable of helping with cell-phone associated toxicities.

Surprisingly, the little known bee product known as propolis exhibits powerful protective action against cell phone induced damage  to a variety of organs, including the kidney, heart and brain.

Propolis is now understood to have powerful protective properties, such as its antimicrobial activity. But infection-fighting properties is just one its potential beneficial effects. 15 different studies have shown it has the ability to reduce radiation-induced damage, including gamma radiation commonly associated with medical diagnostic and radiotherapy procedures.

Along with Propolis other substances capable of protecting against the radiation specific to the mobile phone range include melatonin, EGCG (green tea polyphenol), ginkgo biloba and the glutathione precursor NAC.


Dental Care Should Be a Priority During COVID-19

The (ADA) strongly disagrees with sentiments that patients should postpone their dental appointments during this pandemic.  In July the Washington Post article also urged the public to maintain their dental appointments throughout the pandemic. When you neglect your oral health, you leave your body vulnerable.

Think of your mouth as the gateway to the rest of your body. For example, gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and many other systemic illnesses. A chronic foul odor wafting from your mouth could be a sign of acid reflux, while periodontitis can lead to premature births or pregnancy complications. In a time when our well-being is the crux of many of our worries and fears, this is not the time to avoid preventative and proactive appointments, like dental visits.


Alternatives to Tik-Tok, YouTube and Video Games

With TikTok, YouTube, Facebook and all sorts of video games at our fingertips kids these days are finding it harder to focus on homework and/or E-learning.

Did you know there are platforms that provide educational interaction and can thus keep your child’s focus on studying?

1-BEANSTALK: It provides classes and videos aimed to pull kids “out of the screen to do real-world physical activities” such as science experiments, building projects, and more. Experienced teachers provide engaging lessons and learning tools and many are free.

2- EDUHAM: A free digital program for students and their families which provides history lessons on the Founding Era of the United States. It also brings art into the mix showing how to create performance pieces based on primary source documents, which can then be shared in the app. The program is geared toward students in sixth through 12th grade but fun for all ages.

3-FIVEABLE: Free resource, directed towards high school aged kids, that houses thousands of livestreams, study guides, trivia games and other resources for 15 AP subjects. Started by a former teacher, Fiveable is

passionate about giving students the resources they’ll need to be successful now and into the future.


Can Canker Sores and COVID-19

Canker sores are the most common condition in the oral cavity affecting the soft tissue and it impacts about 15-20% of the population worldwide. Most patients who are diagnosed with a canker sore are primarily healthy. However, those with systemic conditions or compromised immune systems are more susceptible, specifically those with Bechet’s syndrome and chronic gastrointestinal malabsorption disturbances (Crohn’s and celiac disease) that create nutritional deficiencies of folic acid, vitamin B12, and iron.  Recently, there has been an increase in Canker Sore cases reported and there is reason to believe that it may be linked to the stress of COVID-19.  Our mental health is inextricably connected to physical and oral health. Increased stress from COVID-19, along with other preexisting medical conditions, have been seen to result in painful oral lesions.


Aloe Vera: Mother Nature’s gift.

Aloe vera has been used medicinally for thousands of years and is a succulent plant that belongs to the lily family. It has been used to traditionally to treat burs, hair loss, acne, skin infections, hemorrhoids, sinusitis, and gastrointestinal pain. It also heals bruises, x-ray burns, and insect bites.

There are more than 300 species of the aloe plant with the Aloe barbadensis exhibiting the most proven medicinal properties.  75 nutrients have been identified in the gel of the aloe plant including vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6, choline, folic acid, alpha-tocopherol, and beta-carotene.  It also contains digestive enzymes like amylase to break down starch and sugar, and lipase to help break down fats.

Today, aloe vera has become a home remedy for dry skin, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. Its amazing pharmacological actions include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, and antifungal. 


Mental Health Through Gardening

Do you want to improve your mental health? Why not get outside and dig in the earth? Gardening has significant benefits that extend beyond temporarily taking your mind off your troubles — although that is a definite plus.  Gardening can contribute to our mental health as it allows us to connect with the natural world and gets us outdoors allowing the body to produce natural stores of vitamin D.  

Maybe you hesitate because you don’t know what to do… Well have no fear because it doesn’t matter if you dwell in a tiny urban apartment or have an entire back 40 to hoe, it can be for you! Tomatoes, peas and squash are a great way to start and they grow well in containers,which works great for smaller spaces. Instead of buying baby plants consider saving the seeds from the produce you buy, dry them out and spout them on a windowsill. Egg cartons work well for this purpose, and you can transfer them when they mature. Remember, there are many, many resources on-line to assist with your gardening project so go ahead- give it a try.


VEGAN HEALTH BENEFITS

Do you have a family history of heart disease, diabetes or cancer? Research has shown that a vegan diet can help lower your risks.  A well-practiced vegan diet promotes weight loss, reduces your risk of heart disease, lowers cholesterol levels, lowers the chances of getting certain types of cancer, such as colon cancer and manages diabetes by lowering A1C levels.

But remember, to have a healthy diet of any kind, you need to provide your body with important nutrients: Proteins, Vitamin B12, Eessential fatty acids and Vitamin D and refrain from refined grains, sweets and junk food as they are “troublemakers” for everyone.


Oral bacteria can amplify gut inflammation

New research from the University of Michigan has homed in on the possible mechanisms by which periodontitis can exacerbate the gut inflammation seen in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

It is becoming increasingly clear the trillions of bacteria living inside our bodies have profound effects on our general health. While a great deal of research has focused directly on the gut microbiome, evidence is emerging demonstrating compelling ways our oral bacteria can influence the rest of our body.

This new research set out to explore the mechanisms by which bacteria in the mouth could possibly influence the severity of gastrointestinal disease. In a collaborative effort bringing together gastroenterology and dental research teams, a detailed animal study has presented a convincing mechanistic hypothesis to explain the oft-cited association.