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Good luck to the participants of the 2015 Boston Marathon!
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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month!
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Remember to floss after you brush your teeth!
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The Massachusetts Dental Society recently published this in one of their articles.

Kids’ Spit Could Determine Risk for Diabetes
Determining a child’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes may soon become less invasive. Instead of traditional blood and urine tests, scientists have found that analyzing certain biomarkers—measurable substances that may predict disease or infection—in children’s saliva can help to identify those at risk for developing the disease. The Forsyth Institute study evaluated saliva samples from 744 11-year-olds of various weight classes. Four specific biomarkers (insulin, C-reactive protein, adiponectin, and leptin) were found to change significantly in obese participants. And because obesity is linked to type 2 diabetes, saliva tests may be an important tool in simplifying screening procedures and developing strategies to prevent the progression of the disease.

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Happy Friday! There are only a few days until the official start of Spring, March 20th to be exact!
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Here's an interesting piece from the Massachusetts Dental Society.

Coffee:
A Perk for Your Gums
Your morning cup of coffee helps you wake up, but it could also help protect your gums from disease, according to a study by researchers at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. The study, which was published in the Journal of Periodontology, looked at the oral health and coffee consumption data collected every three years from 1,152 healthy adult males during dental visits between 1968 and 1998. The study subjects were participants in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Longitudinal Study. After analyzing the data, researchers discovered that drinking coffee was associated with a small but statistically significant reduction in the number of teeth with periodontal bone loss in men. “This is the first long-term study of its kind that has investigated the association between coffee consumption and periodontal disease in humans,” says lead author Dr. Nathan Ng. Although more research still needs to be done on different populations, these findings certainly suggest another perk of a regular cup of joe.
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Our wonderful team has had a very busy week by participating in the National Children's Dental Health Month. In this educational campaign we shared the importance of oral health to children in our community. We reached out to every student at the nine elementary schools in our home town of Framingham MA. We distributed 4,500 goody bags containing tooth brushes, tooth paste, floss and four pages of oral health information.

We would like to thank Michael Bamberger from Henry Schein, Foti Efthalitsidis from Colgate, Alex Ogle and Jeffrey Meersman from Staples for their contributions and efforts which made this oral health educational campaign possible.

We would also like to thank our Dental Assistant's Talia, Nathalia, and Juliana for their help in putting together all of the goody bags and delivering them to the schools. Maria and Nahal's help is greatly appreciated as well.

Finally, We would like to extend our appreciation to the Framingham elementary school nurses for their sincere cooperation with us in making this campaign a success.
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February is the month of sharing the importance of oral heath to children.
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Happy Valentine's Day!

-The team at Orris Dental
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