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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.

Periodontal Disease and Preterm Low Birthweight

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Reprinted from the American Academy of Periodontology website.

CHICAGO - November 7, 2006 - Research presented in a recent paper by Michalowicz et al published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) suggests that treatment of periodontitis in pregnant women improves periodontal health and is safe but does not significantly alter rates of preterm birth, low birth weight, or fetal growth restriction. This outcome is at variance with findings of other studies, which have suggested that periodontal treatment positively affects birth outcomes.

There may be several explanations for the differences in research findings to date, including timing of the treatment intervention as well as the pregnancy outcomes studied. For example, the Michalowicz research did not study the effect of periodontal treatment on early adverse outcomes such as late miscarriage, stillbirth, and early spontaneous preterm birth, which previous observational studies have linked with periodontal disease.

According to the March of Dimes, the rate of infants born preterm increased nearly 14% from 1994 to 2004. And while the specific causes of spontaneous preterm labor and delivery are largely unknown, the March of Dimes believes they are likely due to a complex interplay of multiple risk factors, as opposed to any single isolated risk factors. The intriguing findings of the Michalowicz study support the need for additional research to clarify the potential effect of periodontal disease on adverse pregnancy outcomes, given the potential impact of the increasing problem of prematurity. Other trials are underway that should provide additional insight on this important topic. In the meantime, the recent NEJM study confirms that treatment of periodontitis in pregnant women improves oral health and is safe, which is an important message for the dental and medical communities and all patients.

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