FEBRUARY Newsletter 2016
Alzheimer's disease and gum disease
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a growing concern in the medical community, as evidence of potential health risks continues to accumulate. We often hear about the connection to heart disease, however it is just one of many. A connection to Alzheimer’s disease had long been suspected, but was not studied extensively until recent years.

The New York University conducted a groundbreaking study in 2010, in which two decades of data was examined. Although they concluded there was a link, the number of individuals studied was less than 200. Three years later, a team or researchers from University of Central Lancashire expanded on the research, comparing brain samples from individuals with Alzheimer’s to those who didn’t have the condition. They discovered the presence of a specific bacteria in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, which was not found in other brain tissue. The bacteria, Porphyromonas gingivalis, is typically associated with periodontal disease. A more recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease confirmed that certain periodontal bacteria are capable of traveling to the brain.

Researchers continue to study this and may other conditions that may be associated with gum disease. Although there is still much to be learned, we know that the importance of great oral health extends far beyond the appearance of your smile.

Achieving the elusive air of confidence
You are interviewing for your dream job. You’re going on your first date with that perfect person. Life is full of situations that seem designed to make us nervous – and those are the times when an air of confidence is most important. How is that possible? According to Psychology Today, there are a few key factors in projecting confidence. We weren’t surprised to see smiles on the list!

Smile your way to success

Most importantly, use your smile. A somber expression can make you appear unfriendly or unsure of yourself. Yet, psychologists say that smiling too broadly may not be best in professional situations. An ear-to-ear grin could make you appear overly eager in a job interview. In these situations, a confident and polite smile is best. However, in social situations, there is no “right” types of smile; genuine and spontaneous is best.

The appearance of your smile is also important. A Kelton Research study revealed that attractive, properly aligned teeth can have a positive impact on a person’s success, both professionally and personally.

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