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Reprinted from New Jersey Top Dentists Magazine

Local Periodontist To Display Drawings and Paintings at Morristown Medical Center

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Dr. David Goteiner, a Chester-based periodontist and artist, will display selected drawings and paintings at a solo art exhibit from Aug. 4 through Sept. 14 at Morristown Medical Center. The exhibit is the latest in a series sponsored by the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center.

Goteiner has selected 34 pieces that will be displayed in the main corridor of the Medical Center (Madison 1). Part of the proceeds of the art show will go to the Woman’s Association of Morristown Medical Center.

Two of the pieces are Rendevous and Venezia. Rendevous is a painting of a Norwegian three-masted training schooner plying the North Sea on its way to a meeting with mythical creatures. Venezia is a study in light and shadows on Ria de la Vesta, Canal of the Tailors. It portrays a typical scene from Venice that disappears just as it captures your heart.

Born in Mannheim, Germany, Goteiner came to this country as a baby and developed a love for the arts at an early age. In 1982, he met highly regarded painter Anatoly Ivanov, then a recent immigrant from Russia. From then on, he has pursued his passion to paint and has continued to study with Ivanov.

Not all of Goteiner’s art is on a canvas. He is a practicing periodontist who sees patients in Chester. He received his dental and specialty training at Columbia and Harvard universities. His work restoring teeth and gums is, itself, a form of artistry. He also teaches at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark. He lives in Sunset Lake with his wife, Carrie.

More information about Goteiner’s periodontal practice and samples of his artwork can be found at www.artofperio.com or by calling (908) 879-7709.

Women's Hormones Could Affect Their Oral Health

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Reprinted from the American Academy of Periodontology website.

Women: Your health care needs are unique, and re- quire special care. Taking care of your health also includes oral health because it's an important part of your overall health. Periodontal researchers are making strides to find out how periodontal diseases may affect women's overall health. Recent issues of the Journal of Periodontology published findings that relate to women's unique oral health needs. Following is a brief overview of some of these studies:

  • Menstrual Cycle Affects Periodontal Health - Researchers found that many women noticed an increase in gingival inflammation and discomfort associated with their menstrual cycle. This is the first time this well-known phenomenon has been studied.

    Symptoms included a slight burning sensation, bleeding with minor irritation, redness to the gums, oral ulcers and discomfort in the gums. Further studies will be required to examine whether these symptoms will have lasting negative effects. In the meantime, women should tell their dental professionals about changes taking place in the mouth or body. This includes taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. This way the dental professional can explain any effects it may have on periodontal health.

  • Infertility Treatment and Oral Health - Researchers found that women undergoing ovulation induction for infertility treatment for more than three menstrual cycles experience higher gingival inflammation, bleeding and gingival crevicular fluid. (This fluid contains enzymes and tissue products that are potential markers for the progression of periodontitis.) These effects are presumably associated with increased levels of progesterone and estrogen.

    Several studies also provided evidence that the presence of infection is associated with unsuccessful embryo development and implantation failure in in vitro fertilization patients.

    Since periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection, future studies may determine the effects of periodontal status and periodontal treatment on the outcome of infertility treatment.

  • Pregnancy Complication is Associated with Periodontal Destruction - The January 2005 JOP reported that periodontal inflammation plays a possible role in the development of preeclampsia, a potentially deadly condition that affects approximately five percent of U.S. pregnancies. Researchers found that periodontal disease was more severe in the preeclamptic patients, which suggests an interaction between periodontal disease and pregnancy. In fact, the protein levels of cytokines in the preeclamptic group were nearly three times greater than the healthy group.

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