4th Annual Edna Bernier Bowled Over for SRIV

Southern Rhode Island Volunteers’ mission is to enhance lives by inspiring, creating and supporting a lifelong culture of service through our volunteer members and affiliates across Southern Rhode Island.

They accomplish this goal by serving individuals in the community by providing assistance and collaborating with community organizations providing other services. They serve by providing:

  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Grocery shopping (client can be present, or a volunteer can take a list to the grocery store)
  • Food delivery and/or Meals on Wheels delivery
  • Visitation for isolated individuals (1 hour a week commitment for volunteers)
  • SRIV also helps coordinate minor home repairs, yard clean up, and snow removal (for those 90 plus years of age without family)
  • Respite for caregivers

Each year they host a fundraising event called ‘Edna Bernier Bowled Over’ that we regularly participate in. We had such a great time bowling at this event and are looking forward to the outing again next year!

Protect those Smiles

Smiling, talking, eating are heavily reliant on your teeth – especially your front teeth. Each time we play a sport or engage in physical activity, we compromise our teeth and being aware of this and knowing how to prevent injuries to your mouth and face is essential.

A mouthguard helps to protect and cushion any facial impact, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. A mouthguard typically covers the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. A mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age.

The best mouthguard is a custom-made one that we make for you in our office. These are individually created for the best fit and are the most comfortable option available.

If these are outside your financial comfort zone, there are boil and bite options available as well. These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They are first softened in water (boiled), then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth. Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions on these options to ensure the best fit possible.

Feel free to reach out to us so we can help you select a mouthguard that will provide the right protection and work well for you.

The Perio Systemic Link

Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other disease in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Treating the present inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases, but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

Read more about each of the other conditions below.


People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes. This is largely believed to be due to the increased susceptibility for contracting infections. Periodontal disease is so closely linked with diabetes that it is considered a complication of diabetes. We often see an increase or flare up in periodontal disease as blood sugar remains uncontrolled and vice versa.


Several studies have shown that periodontal disease is associated with heart disease. While a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been proven, research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease.

Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions. Patients at risk for infective endocarditis may require antibiotics prior to dental procedures. Your periodontist and cardiologist will be able to determine if your heart condition requires use of antibiotics prior to dental procedures.


Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke. In one study that looked at the causal relationship of oral infection as a risk factor for stroke, people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were found more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in the control group.


Researchers have suggested that there is a link between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw. Studies suggest that osteoporosis may lead to tooth loss because the density of the bone that supports the teeth may be decreased, which means the teeth no longer have a solid foundation.


Research has found that bacteria that grow in the oral cavity can be aspirated into the lungs to cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, particularly in people with periodontal disease.


Researchers found that men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.

All information and statistics have been sourced from The American Academy of Periodontology ©2019. All rights are theirs.

Chewing on Ice

It is a fairly common habit for people to chew on ice. The tendency usually increases with the warmer weather approaching so we thought we would discuss it now. We frequently see patients who are suffering from gum injuries and broken teeth – sometimes as a result of exactly this habit. One of the easiest ways to avoid this fate, is to avoiding chewing ice.

Rather than crushing big chunks of ice with your teeth, we recommend letting ice slivers melt in the mouth like candy and crunching on baby carrots or apple chunks instead. These healthier options pose less of a risk to your teeth than ice.

If you have an ice-chewing habit and find it difficult to stop, we would love to hear about it. Craving and chewing ice is often correlated with iron deficiency anemia (an easily identified and common problem that can be corrected fairly easily).

As we welcome the warmer weather, we’d like to remind you that your smile is strong and beautiful, but preventing larger problems like cracked and broken teeth is the easiest strategy.

Reference: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/ada-07-chew-on-this