Greater New York
In the Spring of 2017 my colleagues and I had the opportunity to present our scientific poster at the Greater New York Dental Convention at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Our research focused on the link between diabetes mellitus, periodontal disease, and gingival crevicular fluid (GCF). From our research we learned that high levels of inflammatory mediators are found in the GCF both of patients with Diabetes and/or Periodontal Disease and that treatment of periodontal disease decreases inflammation, and has a positive effect on the patient’s glycemic control.
In this research I learned about the debate surrounding supplements and how they are regulated and marketed to the public. The research explored the fact that FDA does not do any review of dietary supplements before they hit the market and will only takes initiative to investigate a product if there has been what they consider “substantial” evidence indicative that the product is a threat to consumer health, resulting in thousands of victims. Furthermore, in their research, Basch et al. (2014) examine the various marketing strategies used to advertise children’s vitamins in parenting magazines. Their study found that advertisements for children’s vitamins were all in the form of high sugary chewy or gummy treats and that none of the advertisements included a dosage or a warning.
Basch, C. H., Roberts, K. J., Ethan, D., & Samayoa-Kozlowsky, S. (2014). An Examination of Marketing Techniques used to Promote Children’s Vitamins in Parenting Magazines. Global Journal of Health Science.
Systemic Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease
In this research I studied about how different types of risk factors that have been found to increase a person’s susceptibility to periodontal diseases. The risk factors I learned about in depth included:
- Age, gender, race
- Endocrine system diseases (Diabetes)
- Hormones (Pregnancy, Oral Contraceptives, Puberty, Menopause/Osteoporosis)
- Hematological diseases
- Nutritional Status
- Drug and Tobacco Status (Alcohol)
- Xerostomia Due to Drugs
- Cardiovascular Diseases
- Alzheimer’s Disease
AlJehani, Y. A. (2014). Risk factors of periodontal disease: review of the literature. International journal of dentistry, 2014.
Weinberg, M. A. (2015). Comprehensive periodontics for the dental hygienist. Upper Saddle River, N. J.: Pearson.