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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.

Listen Up Ladies: Calcium May Reduce Risk of Periodontitis

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Reprinted from the American Academy of Periodontology website.

Adults consuming at least three servings of calcium each day have a reason to smile. A study in the Journal of Periodontology found that people who get enough calcium have significantly lower rates of periodontal disease, a leading cause of tooth loss. That's because periodontal disease isn't only about gum tissue. The tooth's health depends upon the integrity of the bone holding the tooth in place.

Researchers found that people who intake less than 500 milligrams of calcium, or about half the recommended dietary allowance, were almost twice as likely to have periodontal disease, as measured by the loss of attachment of the gums from the teeth.

The association was particularly evident for people in their 20s and 30s. The relationship between calcium and periodontal disease is likely due to calcium's role in building density in the bone that supports the teeth.

Calcium alone can't prevent or cure periodontal disease, but it's an important part of an overall prevention or treatment program. Unfortunately, national surveys have shown that many Americans are not consuming enough calcium, and many women consume less than half of the recommended daily amount of calcium. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, women have less bone tissue and lose it more rapidly than men because of the changes involved in menopause.

It's important for women to eat calcium-rich foods and to speak to their healthcare providers about obtaining the proper amount of calcium. This way you can take an active role in helping your smile last a lifetime.

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