ADA, NHL Team Dentist Promote Mouthguards

The ADA News (4/1, Manchir) reported that Dr. Thomas Long, one of the team dentists for the Carolina Hurricanes, “believes widespread mouthguard use by the professionals is one of the reasons he has seen fewer dental injuries among athletes in recent years when compared to decades ago.” Dr. Long stated, “I think the athletes are more aware of the importance of taking care of their mouths,” and said other dentists can help young patients understand the importance of wearing mouthguards. provides additional information for athletes on caring for their teeth.

PRNewswire (4/1) hosted a release from the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons stating that April is National Facial Protection Month. According to the release, the ADA is among five associations urging “parents, caregivers, athletes and coaches to be proactive about staying safe by using a mouth guard.”

Higher Risk of Tooth Loss Among Smokers.

A new study recently confirmed that regular smokers have a significantly increased increased risk of tooth loss. According to research published in the Journal of Dental Research, the association between smoking and the incidence of tooth loss was stronger in men than women and stronger in younger versus older individuals.

The researchers found female smokers were 2.5 times more likely to lose their teeth than nonsmokers were while male smokers were up to 3.6 times more likely. The findings were independent of other risk factors, such as diabetes, and are based on data from 23.376 participants in three different age groups.

The researchers also reported that smoking cessation was consistently associated with a reduction in tooth loss risk, with the risk of tooth loss approaching that of never smokers. For more information, see the study in the Journal of Dental Research, October 2015 94: 1369-1375.

Dr. Senthill Senval’s Testimonial on the Microscopy Course

On May 28-30, 2015, Dr. Jean Wu conducted an educational course on Microscopy at the Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute in Newport Beach, CA.  Dr. Senthil Senval, who is from India, shares his experience at the seminar.

The Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute helps dentists to increase their professional knowledge and make their practice even more enjoyable and profitable than it is already. All courses are in-depth, interactive explorations of the latest concepts and techniques in the world of dentistry.  For maximum results, each course is tailored to the individual participants.

Tooth Preparation by Our Dental Specialists

Drs. Sheets, Paquette and Wu are specialist dentists who have had further training in the area of Prosthodontics, the rehabilitation of the mouth and replacement of teeth and other oral structures. By utilizing the dental microscope, they can magnify any area of the mouth and precisely restore damaged teeth to replicate natural beauty and function.

Well-fitting veneers, inlays, onlays and porcelain crowns will minimize sensitivity, prevent plaque build-up, and thus prevent future periodontal disease and tooth decay. Performing dentistry with high powered magnification allows Drs. Sheets, Paquette and Wu to give their patients the finest dentistry to last a lifetime!

For more information about our Newport Beach dentists, please contact us.

Perio Bacteria Spur Cancer Growth in Mouth

Case Western Reserve University has found two bacteria prevalent in periodontal disease from small fatty acids that incite growth of deadly Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) related lesions and tumors in the mouth. Their discovery could be key to the development of testing and preventive treatments. Saliva testing for the bacteria can lead to early treatment and monitoring for signs of KS before malignancy develops. The two bacteria associated with periodontal disease are known as Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum. They are suspected to contribute to the replication of Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) and the development of KS in the mouth. Researchers did a study of a saliva sample with two different groups, one had severe chronic periodontal disease and the other had healthy gums, practiced good oral health and showed no signs of bleeding or tooth loss from periodontal disease. “The most important thing to come out of this study is that we believe periodontal disease is a risk factor for Kaposi sarcoma tumor in HIV patients,” said Fengchun Ye, PhD, the study’s lead investigator.  The study did not show that people with periodontal disease are actually at a higher risk for developing KS lesions in the mouth.

For more information:

See the article, “Short Chain Fatty Acids from Periodontal Pathogens Suppress HDACs, EZH2, and SUV39H1 to Promote Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus Replication,” Feb. 5, 2014, Journal of Virology.

Perio Bacteria Pic 8-12-14

The 39th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry

Bacara Resort 8-5-14

Dr. Sheets, Dr. Paquette and Dr. Wu are attending the 39th Annual Meeting of American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry August 5- August 8, 2014. The Meeting is being held at the gorgeous Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara. The theme of the meeting is “The Legacy of Esthetic Dentistry,” which will seek to show how Doctors are bringing that tradition into the future. The Doctors will be lecturing on Evolving Concepts of Patient Care” and highlighting six patients within our Practice. With the progressive introduction of new technologies and dental biomaterials, the Doctors continue to redefine the approach to treatment of the esthetic rehabilitative patient. Yet, with each progression of advancements, one must reflect on the potential for contribution to greater successful outcomes vs. following current trends.  Past treatments once viewed as “state of the art” can sometimes be viewed as “dinosaurs of the past” due to today’s options.  The Doctor’s quest to recreate nature has been fulfilled for many patients, however, within their lecture the objective will be to critically examine the current evolution of treatment options.

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will have a better understanding of:

  1. How new technologies such as CAD/CAM and dental materials can be incorporated into older treatment plans to optimize results.
  2. How to sequence treatment plans to enhance longevity of complex interdisciplinary cases.
  3. When to be conservative and when to be bold in approaching comprehensive treatment to maximize long term results.