Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hops From Beer May fight Cavities and Gum Disease

Hops from beer has just given beer enthusiasts something to talk about.  Most know that hops is what
Part of the Hops discarded in making beer may help prevent tooth decay and gum disease
gives beer its delicious bitter flavor.  Researchers have found a substance in the in the discarded part of hops that contains healthful antioxidants that may be able to battle tooth decay and gum disease. 

A specific laboratory technique known as chromatography identified new and already known compounds in hops.  Yoshihisa Tanaka and colleagues found the antioxidant polyphenols in the leaf extracts.  This extract stopped the bacteria responsible for disease from sticking to surfaces, and prevented the release of some of the bacteria's toxins. 

Since the leaves are not used to make beer, there is a large potential to repurpose it for dental applications.  +Verde Pointe Dental Associates+Kirk Kimmerling DDS  and +Suzanna Aguilera welcome discussions concerning dentistry and dental applications.

The study was published in the ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2014, Comprehensive Separation and Structural Analyses of Polyphenols and Related Compounds from Bracts of Hops (Humulus IupulusL.) Yoshihisa Tanaka, Akio Yanagida, Satoshi Komeya, Miho Kawana, Daiki Honma, Motoyuki Tagashira, Tomomasa Kanda, Yoichi Shibusawa.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

First Ever Spay and Neuter St. Patti's Event at a Dental Office

Call us crazy, and that's ok, because, here at +Verde Pointe Dental Associates we are hosting our first

"Gone to the Dogs" event this St. Patrick's Day 2014.  Our dental office is full of shelter pet enthusiasts. That's why we're dressing up in green and giving out St. Patti cookies in lieu of a spay and neuter donation for the Tigg Neuter Project!

The office in conjunction with +Marietta Vet Clinic and veterinarian +Julian Peckich DVM will be collecting monies to help shelter dogs and cats get spay and neutered.

"It's always a pleasure to help needy pets in the community," say Julian Peckich DVM.  "It's great to work with such a caring veterinarian office," says Kirk Kimmerling.

For more information on the upcoming event;

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Monkey Gets Root Canal byTwo Veterinarians and Dentist

A collaboration between a dentist and two veterinarians have made life a whole lot happier for one Allen root canal specialist , Kimberly Lindquist came together to perform a root canal on Noqui, an Allen swamp monkey with a toothache.
Allen Swamp Monkey Gets Root Canal
swamp monkey at Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, MN.  Veterinarian, Louise Beyea, veterinarian Michael Overend and human

 The zoo noticed a lesion on Noqui's face and determined the necessary treatment would be a root canal, just like humans get.

However, the dental procedure posed interesting challenges to the team.  Noqui's root length was extremely long compared to a human tooth, so human instruments were impossible to use.  Specialized tools needed to be located.

The palate of an Allen swamp monkey is very thin and shallow, and the accompanying narrow jaw made the root canal difficult, yet not impossible.  All in all, the procedure went well and was considered a success.  Noqui now lives pain free and able to get back to enjoying the things monkeys enjoy without chronic pain.