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Dr. Jerry's Secret...Trigger/Morof Complex of Vitamins and Minerals

Dr. Jerry Morof has been practicing dentistry for more than 50 years and wants to share his secret of good health! Read on for his daily recommendation of vitamins and minerals.

1. Oyster Calcium: One per day
Calcium 325mg
Vitamin A 800 I.U.
Vitamin D 200 I.U.

2. Vitamin C:  500mg Calcium Ascorbate : 2 per day

3. Multi-Mega Mineral. Two tablets provide:
Nutrients:                                  
Calcium………1000mg
Magnesium……500mg
Iron………………30mg
Manganese………10mg
Potassium………95mg
Chromium………100mcg
Vitamin D…………400I.U.
Iodine……………100mcg
Copper………………3mg
Zinc…………………22.5mg

Other Components:
Betaine
Hydrochloride…100mg
Glutamic Acid…100mg
Chloride…………90mg

4. Apple Pectin: Six per day
*Apple pectin may be a poison neutralizer taken with zinc. It may be an effective neutralizer against perto-chemicals and heavy metals (lead and silver).

5. Kelp: One per day     
Organic Iodine and Minerals. Iodine appears highly important, linking in with about eight other essential minerals.

6. Antioxidant Formula provides:
Vitamin E 400 Units                             
Vitamin C 500 Units
Vitamin A 25,000 Units
Selenium 50 MCG

7. Vitamin B50: One per day
Vitamin B1……………50mg            
Vitamin B2  (Riboflavin)……………50mg            
Vitamin B6  (Pyridoxine)……………50mg            
Vitamin B12……………50mg
Niacin amide……………50mg
Folic Acid…………….4mg
Pantothenic acid……………50mg
Biotin…………….5mg
Choline (Bitartrate)……………50mg

8. Potassium (Chelated) 99mg per day is optimal.
May be taken in addition to multi-mega minerals.

9. Acidophilus

10. Bifidus

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Sound and light changes can ease kids' fears at dental visits

A trip to the dentist can make even the most easy-going child nervous. A new study from Israel suggests that altering the sensory environment in the office -- particularly sound and lighting -- can considerably lower children's anxiety, especially for those with developmental disabilities.

"Many children are subjected to unnecessary pain and suffering and often fail to cooperate and overcome fear during healthcare treatment," wrote the authors (Journal of Pediatrics, February 23, 2009).

They propose that apart from traditional modes of anxiety management -- such as conscious sedation, stress-reducing medical devices, behavioral relaxation, and pharmacologic analgesic -- another option is sensory adaptation of clinical environments.

"Sensory adapted environment (SAE) has been proposed to improve the quality of life of varied populations sustaining anxiety, pain, and unrest, including individuals with developmental disability, Alzheimer's disease, or traumatic brain injury," the authors wrote. "The physical environment includes special lighting effects, relaxing music, vibration, and aromas."

Numerous studies have looked at dental anxiety in children -- particularly children with behavior control issues (International Journal of Dental Hygiene, May 2005, Vol. 3:2, pp. 83-87; International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, November 2007, Vol. 17:6, pp. 391-406; European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry, February 2008, Vol. 9:Suppl 1, pp. 29-35;International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, March 2009, Vol. 19:2, pp. 115-120).

This is the first study to focus on altering the sensory environment as an alternative method of stress reduction, according to lead author Michele Shapiro, M.S., of the Issie Shapiro Educational Centre in Raanana, Israel.

Shapiro and her colleagues chose a dental office for the study because it served as a suitable model, they noted. Fear factors at dental clinics include noises, odors, bright lights, intrusive contact, and anticipation of pain.

"Lighting, touch, the angle of the dental chair, deep pressure can all make an impact on a client and help him/her to feel more comfortable during anxiety-provoking procedures," Shapiro stated in an e-mail interview with DrBicuspid.com. "Once the dental staff recognize this need and offer this alternative, we may find that there is a reduction in pharmacological use and perhaps even reduction in general anesthesia in some cases."

The researchers looked at the influence of a sensory adapted environment on 35 children between the ages of 6 and 11, each scheduled for two routine dental cleanings. Sixteen of the children had developmental disabilities.

"It is known that children with developmental disabilities need more intensive dental care, and we were interested in knowing if SAE could benefit them along with the typically developing children," Shapiro said.

For each child, one dental visit took place in a typical dental environment, with fluorescent lighting and overhead dental lamps. During the other visit, the children were treated in a sensory adapted environment without overhead fluorescent lighting or overhead lamps. Instead, dimmed fluorescent lighting and a slow-moving repetitive color lamp were used. The dental hygienist wore a head-mounted lamp directed into the patient's mouth. The children listened to soothing music and were wrapped in a heavy vest to create a hugging effect.

The researchers found that while the adapted environment had a significantly calming effect on all the children, those with developmental disability relaxed to a greater extent. This was observed by duration of negative behaviors and electrodermal activity before and during professional dental treatment.

The duration of anxious behavior -- both behavioral and physiological -- dropped from an average of 3.69 minutes to 1.48 minutes in typical children and 23.44 minutes to 9.04 minutes in children with developmental disabilities.

"This study demonstrates that in the context of delivering medical and dental care to both typical and the very challenging group of children with developmental disability, a sensory controlled environment may represent an important substitute for the commonly used alternatives of pharmacological sedation or even general anesthesia," the authors noted.

Although this technique may not be suitable for all dental procedures and all clients, it can certainly be implemented into daily practice, Shapiro noted.

"We would not like the dental staff to simply see this as the purchasing of equipment only, but rather as a process of learning about the different sensory systems and their influence on behavior," she said. "The deeper understanding would facilitate enhanced utilization of the sensory adaptation during different dental procedures."

This approach could help to cushion the awareness of the client toward aversive sensory stimuli by offering more gentle stimuli, thus reducing the anxiety, Shapiro explained. It also appears to make the dental staff feel more relaxed, she added.

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Patients Dental Plaque may Cause Ventilator-associated Pneumonia

In results to be presented today (March 23, 2007) at the International Association of dental Research (IADR), researchers from the University at Buffalo School of dental Medicine show that the same bacteria identified in dental plaque of patients when they were admitted to the ICU and placed on ventilators were found later in the lungs from those who subsequently developed pneumonia. 

"Our study shows that a strong relationship exists between oral and respiratory pathogens in patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia," said Paul Heo, D.D.S., a doctoral student in the UB dental school’s Department of Oral Biology and first author on the study. 

"We are saying that if the patients’ mouths and teeth aren’t cleaned while they are in the hospital, they may easily develop lung disease." 

The presentation is part of a three-year longitudinal, double-blind study funded by the National Institute of dental and Craniofacial Research and headed by Frank A. Scannapieco, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Oral Biology. 

The trial aims to determine if swabbing ventilated ICU patients’ mouths with a bactericide protects them from developing pneumonia. 

In this component, Heo and colleagues concentrated on three strains of suspected pathogens that are responsible for most hospital-acquired pneumonia: Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Samples of plaque from teeth and of secretions from the trachea were obtained from ICU patients on the day of admission and every third day thereafter, up to 21 days. Bronchial alveolar lavage samples also were collected from those suspected of having developed pneumonia. 

Samples from nine patients who were found to have the pathogens of interest in their plaque and were suspected of having pneumonia were selected for analysis. Protein and DNA profiles of pathogens in plaque and in bronchial alveolar lavage samples were identified using a process called pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. 

Results showed that genetic profiles of bacteria from tracheal and bronchial samples of the nine patients with pneumonia were identical to profiles of bacteria from their dental plaque. 

"These results suggest that the teeth likely serve as an important reservoir of infection in these patients," said Heo. "To prevent opportunistic, hospital-acquired disease, taking care of teeth and gums while hospitalized might be especially important."

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