Our new site at 933 E 1st Street is already buzzing with activity as it eases some of the space restrictions at our Downtown clinic. Many patients have already seen their providers at the new Site.
In early 2019 we will add dental care to the services provided at our First Street Site. This is an exciting addition for us as we seek to expand our ability to address the whole person and their needs. A growing body of research clearly links dental health with overall health.
We’re all reading a lot now about the relationship between gum disease and serious health complications like heart disease and stroke. But several research studies are also suggesting that more than 90% of all systemic diseases (those that involve multiple organs or systems) have oral manifestations, including recurring gum problems, mouth ulcers, and dry mouth. Some of these diseases include diabetes, oral (and other) cancers, kidney disease, and other illnesses. While we don’t yet know exactly why, scientists and practitioners are finding that women with gum disease also show higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies.
Sometimes, it’s a dentist who is the first healthcare provider to identify the signs of these diseases and health concerns in patients, often in their earliest stages. So dental care is an important aspect of our prevention, assessment, and treatment approach to health and healthy lifestyles. We currently plan to open seven dental chairs in early 2019.
Watch for lots of building activity at our First Street Site. And please excuse our mess while we prepare to strengthen our ability to help patients improve their health and vitality