Saturday, May 17, 2008

General Health Topic - Nursing Home Selections

Hello Everyone,

At some point in time almost everyone may be faced with a decision to place a loved one in a nursing home. It is a very difficult decision both for the person being admitted into the home as well as the family.

There are many nursing homes in your area. While I feel that most of the caregivers in the homes do care and try to do the right things, there are some homes that perform those duties better than others.

There is a website that lists 50 nursing homes that consistently fail to meet quality of care and safety standards. When you go to this website, click on "Compare Nursing Homes in your Area".

While it doesn't list the best homes in your area, it can alert you to the homes you need to avoid. And, according to Kerry Weems, acting administrator for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services, in the May 15th edition of "Bottom Line", if your loved one is in one of the homes listed, consider moving to a better nursing home.

Hopefully this information can help in making this very difficult decision.

Until then,

Dr. Paul

Sunday, May 4, 2008

General Health Topic - Heart Health and Gum Disease

Hello Everyone,

Can preventing diseases of the gums and bone that support the teeth with regular brushing and flossing prevent heart disease?

According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease (heart disease). One study found that the presence of common problems in the mouth, including gum disease (gingivitis), cavities, and missing teeth, were as good at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels. The evidence isn't clear yet but it is worth noting.

At this time, in addition to all the other steps you are taking for heart health (diet, exercise), it may be a good idea to take a few extra minutes a day on your oral health. In addition to fresh breath and gleaming choppers, you may be helping your heart.

Floss on.....

Dr. Paul