About Dr Gena Schultheis

Dr. Gena Schultheis is a Syracuse University and Baltimore College of Dental Surgery graduate with dental practices in Annapolis, MD and Dunkirk, MD. She's a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Eco-Dentistry Association, and Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. G was also a decorated Captain in the US Air Force. You can find her on Facebook, Google +, and Linkedin.

Cystic Fibrosis and Dental Health

Cystic Fibrosis and Increased Risk for Cavities: Cystic Fibrosis is a lethal genetic disease in Caucasians with 1000 patients being diagnosed with CF in the U.S. each year.  This condition affects dental health dramatically.   The disease is caused by an autosomal recessive mutation to the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regularly (CFTR) gene. This gene defect disrupts sodium and chloride ion movement across cell membranes. CF affect the sinuses, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract as well as the pancreas. So what does this mean for the CF patient’s teeth and gums? Usually CF patients are on multiple rounds of antibiotics which change the natural flora of the oral cavity and make them more susceptible to more cavities. In addition the prevalence of enamel defects (the protective outer layer of the tooth) ranges from 30-50%. In the 1950’s the survival rate did not extend beyond elementary school but currently many CF patients live [...]

By | November 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Did you know your mouth can help keep you cancer-free?

Periodontal Disease Could Increase Lung Cancer Risk: Accordingly to research published in the Journal of Periodontology, individuals with periodontal disease have 1.24-fold increase in lung cancer. The study evaluated 321,420 subjects.  Alcohol consumption, smoking habits, and those diagnosed with diabetes were at a 1.36-fold increase in lung cancer. Women with periodontal disease are more likely then men to develop lung cancer according to this study. Scientists are examining if certain oral bacteria may be involved in the development of cancer cells in the lungs. The successful treatment of periodontal disease may lead to a substantially reduced lung cancer risk.

By | November 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Vegan Bone Broth (see bone broth post from last year if you want our traditional bone broth recipe)

As promised for our Vegan Patients I wanted to get you my recipe for vegan bone broth in time for Fall. Bone broth is seeking popularity due to it’s nourishing and healing properties and it’s high mineral content for the body. I get asked every day by patients if they should start to incorporate bone broth into their diet. And I let them know that a high mineral broth should be a staple…. in traditional bone broth the minerals are released from preferably grass fed animal bones but many of our patients that are vegan or following a whole food plant based diet do not wan to use animal bones. There are vegetables capable of releasing many of the minerals like glycine, potassium, calcium, magnesium and complex amino acids that are found in traditional bone broth. Below is a vegan bone broth recipe which encompasses many roots and herbs known [...]

By | August 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Saliva testing save lives!

Many serious illnesses such as cancer leave traces of their presence in a patient's saliva.  Salivary diagnostic testing services may allow us to diagnosis dangerous conditions earlier.   There is evidence that almost any illnesses with an inflammatory component, including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases can be seen through a saliva sample "We have successfully linked the secretion of substances in patient saliva to these illnesses," said Björn Klinge.   A swab test in the cheek of the patient will allow more patients to be able to have preventative screenings for deadly diseases.  OralID is one test we are now utilizing in our office and many more are sure to come to market as labs continue to improve the breadth of factors they can pick up in samples.  More tests like this will save time and money for healthcare provider and patients as well as save lives due to early [...]

By | August 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer kills one American every hour. Roughly 40% of new diagnosis are YOUNG, NON-SMOKERS --- how can this be when oral cancer used to be a disease associated with 40+ year-old male smokers and tobacco users? It is because HPV exposure (which can be transmitted through saliva, skin contact or sex) is the cause of a 15x increase in oral cancer diagnosis. Five-year survival rate is 50%. So early diagnosis is the most important thing we can offer our patients. The majority of cases of oral cancer are found in the late stages. What can your dentist do to save your life or those you love? Perform a simple 2-minute examination using fluorescence technology that allows the doctor to identify oral abnormalities that are not visible to the naked eye. Are you a male? HPV-related cancers are 6-7 times more common in men than women. Not to mention that [...]

By | March 31st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Black Pepper Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Warm your body and your mouth this winter by using a common cooking herb in your daily brushing and flossing routine. In the past, black pepper was used as currency and traded for gold. Why was black pepper so valuable then and now? Because it is fundamental to your oral and whole body health. What's In Black Pepper Essential Oil? Here is the extensive and impressive list of the components in Black Pepper essential oil: Limonene, Pinene, Myrcene, Phellandrene, Beta Caryophyllene, Beta Bisabolene, Sabinene, Linalol, Pinocarveol, Alpha Termineol, Camphene and Alpha Terpenene. It is also rich in minerals and vitamins like Vitamin-K (a very hard to come by mineral but super important to our well being) Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Beta Carotene, Phosphorus, Potassium and Selenium. WOW! So what health benefits can you expect to reap? I’ll focus on dental benefits first. We recommend dipping your un-waxed or naturally vegetable waxed [...]

By | January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Essential Oils|0 Comments

Want to Avoid Bad Breath and Receding Gums? Head to your Herb Garden and WF!

Gum diseases like pyorrhea and gingivitis are common in today's society. They are usually progressive disorders affecting the gums and underlying bone structure. Gum diseases can be successfully treated with herbs. Symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen gums that bleed easily, loose or shifting teeth, receding gums, loss of teeth, changes in bite pattern, bad breath, and hot and cold sensitivity. Causes of gum disease include plaque and tarter build-up, nutritional deficiencies,systemic illnesses, allergies, lack of fresh food, too much meat, refined food or sugar in the diet, and poor brushing and flossing habits. The best way to insure healthy gums is an improved diet. Eating lots of fresh, crunchy foods like celery, apples, cereal, seeds, and green salads can improve gum health. Always chew food well and avoid acid forming foods like tomatoes, soft drinks, and refined foods when brushing is inconvenient. Another way to keep the mouth [...]

By | December 16th, 2015|Categories: Family Dentist, Healthy Teeth|0 Comments

Not Seeing Your Dentist Could Be Dangerous For Your Baby

Pregnancy and teeth have an important relationship. A recent research done by Western Reserve University of Dental Medicine determined that the death of a fetus in uterus occurred because of pregnancy-associated gum disease. How is it that a mother's oral health has the potential to affect her unborn infant's health? It all has to do with the bacteria and inflammation in the mothers mouth that get’s into the bloodstream and travels to the amniotic fluid where the baby then swallows this bacteria. The baby can then get an infection from this bacteria. This low grade inflammatory response to bacteria can cause pre-term labor, low birth weight, preeclampsia, developmental complications, asthma, ear infections, birth abnormalties, and behavoiral difficulties. 60 - 70 percent of all pregnant women will get gingivitis at some point during their pregnancy due to increased hormone levels that cause a over-reactive inflammatory response of the gum tissues to [...]

By | December 9th, 2015|Categories: Pregnancy|0 Comments

Replacing Silver Fillings? Get Your Vitamins Ready!

Our patients come to us everyday asking about replacing silver fillings. Patients want to remove mercury amalgam fillings for a variety of health reasons (recent diagnosis of lyme disease, MS, low thyroid hormone levels, their chiropractor, naturapathic doctor or medical doctor has recommended it, they are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or have endocrine issues, or sometimes the fillings are simply breaking down or falling out). If you have silver fillings you'd like to get replaced, you can make an appointment here. We're always happy to remove those old silver fillings safely. We follow Safer Mercury Filling Removal Protocols (see our blog on this topic to know what this entails) but we also recommend that the patient use food and supplements that are known to clear cells, tissues, organs, neuron areas of these harmful heavy metals. These heavy metals may have been building up from multiple sources (not just fillings) over [...]

By | December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Mercury|0 Comments

10 Serious Health Problems Linked To Mercury

The OSHA website goes it to great detail of the risks of mercury and industries that expose individuals to higher levels.  Many individuals are suffering with what they think are chronic conditions, diseases or symptoms that are either caused by Heavy Metal Toxicity or are being exasperated by compounds like Mercury.  Do not let a loved one suffer unnecessarily, if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with any of the below conditions and you have not explored heavy metal toxicity we invite you to talk to ourselves and other providers specializing in rehabilitating those with autoimmune diseases, chronic inflammatory diseases, and neurological disturbances to find if you can feel better and live a happier and healthier life. 1. Autoimmune problems such as arthritis, MS, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Parkinson’s/muscle tremor, Alzheimer’s, muscular & joint pain /fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, lupus, scleroderma, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), endometriosis, diabetes. 2. Neurological and [...]

By | November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Mercury|Tags: , |0 Comments