—   By Dr. Smita Patel We all know that maintaining good oral hygiene is good for your teeth and gums, but did you know that it is beneficial to your brain as well? Research has identified chronic periodontitis as a risk factor for dementia. In fact a recent study showed that having periodontitis for ten years increases risk of dementia nearly two fold. To understand why periodontitis increases risk for dementia we have to consider inflammation and oxidative stress (which …

— More and more patients are hearing the words “regenerative medicine” but don’t know what it means in terms of their care. And billboards and advertisements are popping up for stem cell therapy, but there are still misconceptions about it and how it works. As a primary care sports medicine physician who uses this innovative therapy for musculoskeletal issues, such as torn ligaments, tendons, strains and arthritis, I’m pleased to answer some common questions about regenerative medicine: How do Intense workouts …