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The Tooth-Friendly Diet

Try these foods to help build strong teeth and healthy gums

What you eat affects your mouth not only by building healthier teeth and gums, but also by helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Learn how to eat the best diet for your teeth, including the foods to eat, beverages to drink, and what to avoid.


January 7, 2011

Recommended Fluoride Level in Drinking Water Changed

American Dental Association information on Fluoride

CDC Information on Water Fluoridation


January 1, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!____________________________

December 25, 2010

We wish all our friends and families a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.

We will see you in January.


September 2010

Dr. Michelle Weddle started her term as Secretary of Central Dental Society component of the New Jersey Dental Association.


May 26, 2010

Perio disease bacteria provide clues to Alzheimer's

A defective, mutant strain of the bacterium that causes periodontal disease could provide a clue to potential treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and a number of other diseases, according to a new study out of the University of Florida College of Dentistry who reported their findings May 25 at the American Society for Microbiology meeting in San Diego.

Autophagy, or "self-eating," is an essential component of cellular survival and defense against invading organisms. It is how the cell degrades and recycles material into amino acids that can be reused. Several neurological disorders, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, are associated with the buildup of polypeptides within neurons.

Current evidence suggests that if the affected cells could break down these plaque buildups, it would greatly increase the chances of recovery. The ability to activate autophagy within these cells could prove invaluable in treating neurodegenerative disorders.

"Although we do not yet completely understand how these diseases develop, we do know that the proteins clump together and form a plaque buildup in affected patients' neurons," said Ann Progulske-Fox, Ph.D., a researcher on the study, in a press release. "If we can direct the cell's own ability to break down waste products against the plaques, we could keep them from forming and potentially intercept the development of these and other diseases."

In previous studies, Progulske-Fox and her colleagues demonstrated that the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis had the ability to activate autophagy when exposed to a human cell line, suggesting the bacterium secreted some unknown substance that initiated the process.

In the current study, the researchers report on a mutant strain of P. gingivalis (PG0717) that does not induce autophagy.

"Understanding how P. gingivalis turns on autophagy in host cells could lead to novel therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders, as well as advancements in the general understanding of the autophagic pathway," Progulske-Fox said. "Study of the mutant will facilitate this understanding and the development of new potential strategies for the treatment of multiple diseases."

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May 2010

Dr. Weddle attended a 2-day course on the All-On-Four/Teeth In A Day Technique from Nobel Biocare.  She is one of the few dentists in NJ trained in this technique.


February 23, 2010 - Help Repeal the McCarran-Ferguson Act Exemption for Insurance.

Dr. Weddle wrote to Congressman Leonard Lance supporting the repeal of the McCarran-Ferguson Act. 

The McCarran-Ferguson Act exempts insurance companies from federal antitrust laws.  Dr. Weddle agrees with the American Dental Association, and other dentists in believing that when insurance companies are permitted to work jointly, consumers are less likely to see as much innovation and variety in the workplace as they would in an atmosphere of robust competition for their business.

Dentists, their patients, and the public at large are all victims of McCarran-Ferguson’s negative impact on competition among entities in the insurance industry and would benefit from its repeal.  

Furthermore, this would bring the insurance industry into line with other American businesses which do not receive the same special treatment granted to insurance institutions almost 65 years ago.

Write to your Representative and help repeal the McCarran-Ferguson Act exemption for insurance companies.



February 19, 2010 - Dr. Weddle Visited Lil' People's Playhouse in Stirling, NJ

To celebrate Children's Dental Health Month, Dr. Weddle visited the Nursery and Pre-K classes of Lil' People's Playhouse and discussed Healthy Oral Care habits.


February 9, 2010 - Dr. Weddle nominated Secretary of the Central Dental Society component of the New Jersey Dental Association for 2010-2011.


February 5, 2010 -

Oral Bacteria Linked to Stillbirth

Researchers have reported the first documented link between a mother with pregnancy-associated gum disease and the death of her fetus. The findings are presented in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.



February is Children's Dental Health Month



January 16, 2010 

 Periodontal Disease Linked to Head and Neck       Cancers


A new study has found that chronic periodontitis is an independent risk factor for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

Although there is substantial evidence that supports an association between chronic infections/inflammation and cancer, the aim of this study (Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, September 2009, Vol. 18:9, pp: 2406-2412) was to assess the effect of chronic periodontitis on head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), noted the study authors.

"The results of this study provide the first evidence of an association between chronic periodontitis and HNSCC based on an objective and quantitative measure of periodontitis history," said lead author Mine Tezal, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo. 


Dental Community Pitches in to Help Haitians   


January 15, 2010 - The facts on Dental Cone Beam CT Scans vs. Medical CT Scans

Dental (Cone Beam CT) CBCT scans allow dentists to obtain vital three-dimensional information about their patients, without exposing them to the high levels of radiation that come from medical CT scans.  

Our office works with the following offices in the area that have CBCT scans available:

  Associated Periodontists - Dr. Tracy Ginsburg and Dr. Beth Dorfman

  Warren Oral Surgery - Dr. Daniel Sullivan and Dr. James Maguire


December 2009 - Happy Holidays to all.  Thank you for helping our practice grow in 2009.  We wish everyone a Happy 2010.


November 2009 - Dr. Weddle elected Assistant Editor for newsletter of the Central Dental Society. _________________

Dr. Weddle to participate in Pankey Dental Access Days 7/17 & 7/18/2009

     Dentistry is a profession filled with people wanting to give back and take care of people in  need.  On July 17 and 18, New Jersey's finest dentists will be volunteering their time, care, skill, knowledge and judgement to those who need it most.

If you know of anyone who needs dental care but can not afford it, please pass along the information to them.  To get the details, please click on the Pankey Dental Access Days link above.


April 2009 - Dr. Weddle invited to join the Vanguard Study Club.

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