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Welcome to the website of R. Shawn Essey, D.M.D., L.L.C., a distinguished dental care provider serving the dental needs of patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Essey and his team of skilled professionals work together to provide quality dental treatment solutions for children, teens and adults. We strive to provide personalized and thorough dental care to achieve comprehensive dental wellness. From common problems to gum disease, we provide an array of dental services to meet your dental needs. Please see our Services link under Comestic Dentistry for an in-depth look!  

 

We are proud to announce that Dr. Essey has again been selected as a Pittsburgh Top Dentist for 2017!!!!!  Congratulations to Dr. Essey and staff!!!   

Monthly  Update  

November is time for Alzheimer's Awareness!

     So you might be wondering what Alzheimer's and oral health have in common.  Actually quite a bit!  A newly released study stated that periodontal disease may be an initiator of Alzheimer's.

    Long term exposure to periodontal disease bacteria causes inflammation and degeneration of brain neurons in mice that is similar to the effects of Alzheimer's disease in humans according to a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

     The findings suggest that periodontal disease, a common but preventable gum infection, may be an initiator of Alzheimer's, which currently has no treatment or cure.

     "Other studies have demonstrated a close association between periodontitis and cognitive impairment, but this is the first study to show that exposure to the periodontal bacteria results in the formation of senile plaques that accelerate the development of neuropathology found in Alzheimer's patients,: said Dr. Keiko Watanabe, professor of periodontics at the UIC College of Dentistry and corresponding author on the study.

     To study the impact of the bacteria on brain health, researchers established chronic periodontitis, in 10 wild type mice, with another 10 mice as the control group.  After 22 weeks of repeated oral application of the bacteria to the study group, the researchers studied the brain tissue of the mice and compared brain health.

    Researchers found that the mice chronically exposed to the bacteria had significantly higher amounts of accumulated amyloid beta- a senile plaque found in the brain tissue of Alzheimer's patients.  The study group also had more brain inflammation and fewer intact neurons due to degeneration.

     The data not only demonstrated the movement of bacteria from the mouth to the brain, but also that chronic infection leads to neural effects similar to Alzheimer's.

These findings are powerful in part because they used a wild type mouse model; most model systems used to study Alzheimer's rely on transgenic mice, which have been genetically altered to more strongly express genes associated with the senile plaque and enable Alzheimer's development.

     While the findings are significant for the scientific community, Watanabe said there are lessons for everyone.

     " ORAL HYGIENE IS AN IMPORTANT PREDICTOR OF DISEASE, INDLUDING DISEASES THAT HAPPEN OUTSIDE THE MOUTH.  PEOPLE CAN DO SO MUCH FOR THEIR PERSONAL HEALTH BY TAKING ORAL HEALTH SERIOUSLY"

    To schedule your complete examination and professional cleaning appointment please call 412-963-6789!

                                                                                                  

                                                                                                  We've done it again!  Dr. Essey has once again been selected as a topDentist for 2018!!!!!  Congratulations to Dr. Essey and staff!!!!

 

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No matter what day or week it is this month we hope it is wonderful!  Please don't forget to show your beautiful smile and be sure to tell everyone how Dr. Essey is helping you keep that healthy smile!

 
Healthy smiles are our #1 priority but we can also discuss with you cosmetic changes that might enhance your smile even more.  If you would like to discuss any changes you might be considering please call Dr. Essey to give you the most up to date options.

Our web site has lots of great information on learning about your oral health!  To learn even more visit www.mouthhealthy.org/ .

We believe our high-tech office and highly skilled team will give you the confidence that you are receiving the highest standard of dental care available. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Essey has been chosen in 2010 ,2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016, 2017 & 2018 Top Dentist by Pittsburgh Magazine!  We want to say Thank You to all our patients!

TopDentists is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout the Pittsburgh area cast "votes" on the abilities of other dentists and specialists, and because listings cannot be purchased, inclusion in topDentists is considered a singular honor.

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