2023 September Newsletter

September is National Gum Care Month!

More than 75% of all adult Americans have some form of periodontal (gum) disease, a destructive infection that attacks and destroys the gum tissue, supporting connective fibers attaching gums to teeth, and underlying bone supporting the teeth. With gum disease now linked to larger health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis, keeping your gums in excellent condition is critical for your overall well-being. If you are overdue for a cleaning and checkup, don’t wait any longer- call us today to schedule your next appointment.

Speaking of Gum Disease…

Researchers at NYU College of Dentistry have found evidence that periodontal disease may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. The NYU study offers fresh evidence that gingival inflammation may contribute to brain inflammation, neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s. Just another reason to call us for that cleaning, or go ahead with the periodontal work that you may be postponing.

Drinking Acid?

A substance that is neither acidic nor basic is neutral. The pH scale measures how acidic or basic a substance is. It ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7, such as pure water is neutral. A pH less than 7 is acidic and greater than 7 is basic. Each whole pH value below 7 is ten times more acidic than the next higher value. For example, a pH of 4 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 5 and 100 times (10 x 10) more acidic than a pH of 6. The same holds true for pH values above 7, each of which is ten times more basic than the next lower whole value. Soft drinks such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi have a pH of 2.52! So be careful the next time you want to drink soda, teas, or even energy drinks because they are all very acidic!

And… We’re Off!

The office will be closed starting Friday, September 1st and will reopen on Monday, September 11th. If you have an emergency during that time, and are unable to wait until we return, please call the office and our answering machine will have instructions on how to reach our covering dentist.

Fun Fact

If you’ve been using floss daily, by the end of the year the total length will be the perimeter of a baseball diamond! Is your floss going to make it to home plate?

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Dr. Gary Vander Vliet

Preventive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry



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