ADA Talks Infection Precautions

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For more than two and a half decades, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, has served patients through Dentistry for Children, located in Staten Island, New York. A respected member of the dental community, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, contributes to advances in the field and networks with his peers through membership in the American Dental Association.

Last August, the American Dental Association (ADA) released a statement informing the public of the ways in which dentists prevent the spread of infection and keep patients safe. All dental practitioners are required by law to adhere to guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which were recently updated in a document titled “CDC Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care.” This guidance spells out in great detail the things that dentists, technicians, and other staff must do to keep their offices sanitary.

Best practices include cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces in an examination room before a patient enters, or covering equipment with plastic and then replacing the plastic each time a new patient comes in. Disposable tools are discarded in safe containers after each use, and all non-disposable tools are cleaned and sterilized before they are used again. Through these practices and others, dentists commit daily to keeping their offices infection-free.

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The Physical Benefits of Martial Arts

 

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The owner of Dentistry for Children in Staten Island, New York, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, has practiced pediatric dentistry for nearly 30 years. Outside of providing personalized patient care, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, enjoys staying active by practicing karate. Martial arts like karate offer a wide array of physical benefits to practitioners of all ages. Here are five reasons to take up this rewarding pastime.

1. It’s great for the heart. Like other aerobic activities, practice of the martial arts can improve cardiovascular fitness by giving the heart a good workout.

2. Full-body workout. Martial arts participation works every muscle group in the body and can improve flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina over time.

3. Improved weight loss. One hour of martial arts practice can burn off more than 500 calories, leading to weight loss. As muscle tone improves, metabolic demands increase, which leads to more calories burned each day, further preventing obesity.

4. Improved reflexes. Learning when to defend and when to attack works the brain and improves reflexes, translating to other areas of life, such as driving.

5. Increased energy. Working out releases endorphins, which keep the brain alert and make it easier to get things done during the day.

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College of Dentistry at New York University – Dental Research

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Prior to entering the practice of dentistry, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, attended Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in biology/chemistry. Glenn J. Marie, DDS, also attended the New York University College of Dentistry in New York, New York, where he earned his DDS.

As one of the oldest and largest dental schools in the country, the College of Dentistry at New York University is dedicated to achieving academic excellence in the dental students and helping to students to improve the health of the community through creative endeavors and research in the field of dentistry. One of the most critical components of dental education at the College Of Dentistry is in the area of research.

The NYU College of Dentistry focuses on teaching students how research can be a key component in the overall education of dental students. Students have the opportunity to participate in several research programs such as the NYU Dentistry Summer Research Experience, where students work alongside faculty members while conducting research and attending seminars three times each week on subjects like lab safety, ethics, and health disparities. The experience helps students to understand the science behind the world of dentistry.

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AAPD Pediatric Dentistry FAQ

 

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Glenn J. Marie, DDS, is the owner of and a dentist at Dentistry for Children in Staten Island, New York. In this role, he specializes in treating children with Down’s syndrome, autism, and other special needs. Glenn J. Marie, DDS, is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), a nationwide membership organization that strives to advance the optimal oral health of all children.

The AAPD website features a “Question and Answers” section to help parents navigate their child’s dental care. Below you will find some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers.

Question: What kind of toothbrush should I use on my baby’s teeth?

Answer: A soft toothbrush with a small head will work to remove plaque. For the best results, look for a toothbrush specifically made for use on an infant’s teeth and gums.

Q: When should my child have his or her first dental check-up?

A: The AAPD recommends bringing your child in before his or her first birthday, as soon as the child’s teeth start coming in.

Q: Are pacifiers and thumb sucking hurting my baby’s teeth?

A: Generally speaking, no. Most children grow out of these habits by the age of three. If the habit continues at that point, it may then lead to dental issues. See your pediatric dentist about ways to stop the child from sucking a pacifier or thumb.

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Three Mental Benefits of Practicing Martial Arts

 

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Since 1990, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, has served as the owner of and a dentist for Dentistry for Children, where he specializes in treating children with special needs. Outside of the office, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, enjoys karate, a pastime he has pursued for more than 30 years.

Learning and training in a martial art offers obvious physical benefits, but it can also greatly benefit your state of mind. Here are three ways practicing the martial arts can help you grow mentally.

1. Lowered Aggression – This may seem counterintuitive to the outsider who sees nothing but punching, kicking, and grappling, but doing martial arts has been shown to lower aggression. One study that tested middle-school boys found that those who participated in school-offered martial arts programs showed improved class behavior and less aggressiveness toward other students.

2. Stress Reduction – Martial arts provide students something to focus on other than their daily stresses. More than that, many introduce students to beneficial concepts like controlled breathing, meditation, and emotional control, all of which can help to reduce stress.

3. Increased Confidence – To become a good martial artist, a student must learn to trust their judgment and skill level. As a student grows as a martial artist, he or she continually sets new goals and reaches them, whether the goal is mastering a new kick or getting the next belt. This mixture of self-trust and regularly achieving milestones can boost general confidence in ways that carry over to other aspects of the practitioner’s life.

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Maximizing the Benefits of the CrossFit Workout

 

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As owner and practicing dentist of Dentistry for Children in Staten Island, New York, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, provides care for children of all ages and developmental levels. Glenn J. Marie, DDS, balances his professional responsibilities with an active personal life that includes regular CrossFit workouts.

CrossFit provides the athlete with a comprehensive and varied way to improve muscle strength, athletic stamina, and flexibility. Focus on the flexibility component frequently allows the athlete to improve overall results by increasing mobility, while simultaneously providing the injury prevention support necessary for ongoing workouts.

Proper technique plays a key role, as does balance. By introducing bilateral movements that strengthen the body on both sides, the athlete can avoid the imbalance that comes from overworking one side and instead build stable strength. Meanwhile, deep breathing helps to promote balance by keeping the body relaxed.

Finally, the consistency of a CrossFit regimen is essential for the athlete who hopes to see results. Experts recommend two to five classes per week, interspersed with enough rest to avoid overtraining. In between, a high-protein diet and plenty of sleep help the muscles to rebuild and strengthen. Steady progress is more likely in an athlete who does not overwork, but who instead sets realistic goals and short-term challenges throughout the process.

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Oral Health in the U.S. – Children with Financial Disadvantages

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Glenn J Marie DDS

Glenn J. Marie, DDS, a pediatric dentist with decades of experience, provides oral health services to children through his Staten Island, New York-based clinic. A provider who gives back to his community, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, donates professional time to financially disadvantaged children in need of dental care.

In the United States, millions of children live in poverty. Recent census puts the problem in sharp relief, reporting that more than 21 percent of American children reside with families earning incomes below the federal poverty level. Put in raw numbers, that percentage constitutes more than 15 million children.

Financially disadvantaged children face a variety of challenges, not the least of which is maintaining oral health. This can have wide-reaching consequences.

For instance, a study focusing on children in North Carolina found that those with financial disadvantages were significantly more likely to stay home from school as a result of dental pain. Another study, this one in Los Angeles, found dental health issues caused more than 30 percent of absences for elementary school children from poorer backgrounds.