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Ask AIP: A Chat with Dr. Gruwell

June 19th, 2015

We get it: sometimes, over the course of a procedure, you might not get the chance to ask all the questions you'd like to. While you may leave feeling confident about the answers you got about your periodontal concerns, you might still be wondering what Dr. Shuman's favorite color is! For that reason, we're excited to announce a new blog series called "Ask AIP." During the course of this series, we'll give you a topic on Facebook (in this case, the topic was our newest doctor, Scott Gruwell) and you can send us anything from minor musing to profound quandary related to the theme. We'll pick the most popular questions, and get you your answers in the next blog!

In this installment, we get to know Dr. Scott Gruwell a little bit better.

Tell us a little about your family and hobbies.

My family is the highlight of my life. My wife and I have been married for almost 19 years and our three kids (17, 14, 10) certainly keep us busy and out of trouble. My daughter is a competitive swimmer and high school championship water polo player. My boys love football, basketball, and soccer. We love a great board game and are really looking forward to trying out some of the great winter sporting activities that Vermont has to offer! Additionally, we love exploring new areas, taking road-trips together, and almost any outdoor activities. One of my life goals was to visit all 50 states and I recently checked my final box... Indiana!

You majored in humanities and minored in zoology at Brigham Young University. What made you decide to go into the field of dentistry and then specialize in periodontics?

In college, I loved art and ornithology, but switched majors several times, having no idea what I wanted to pursue professionally. My dad is an E.R. physician, so I decided to go to medical school.  After many long conversations with my dad, he talked me out of medicine and suggested I explore dentistry – a chance to combine both art and science into one job. In fact, I was part of a group of four guys all preparing for medical school. After really researching the careers, three of us decided to switch to dentistry.

As far as the specialty of periodontics is concerned, I can honestly say that perio was the only specialty I decidedly ruled OUT before dental school. During my undergraduate studies, I completed a progressive 3-semester pre-dental learning track. I thoroughly researched all aspects of dentistry and observed in the offices of many general dentists and specialists. Periodontics was just not for me.  Fast forward 4 years in dental school and I loved it. To me, it represented the specialty that focused largely on the biology of dentistry while combining aesthetics with oral & systemic health and medicine on an extremely detailed platform. I love details!

You said one of the highlights of your Air Force career was leading a 9-person team into the Amazon jungle to provide humanitarian service. Could you share details about this adventure?

My adventure to Suriname was a once in a lifetime experience. I was the only staff dentist leading a dental resident, 3 dental assistants, and 4 pre-dental students into the Amazon jungle as part of a larger Air Force medical team. We saw patients in 3 different mobile dental clinics we set up in the local elementary schools at Brokopondo, Klaaskreek, and Brownsweg.  Our entire mission consisted of about 14 days in country, but due to the logistics of setting up, tearing down, and traveling between sites, we were only able to see patients for about 8.5 days.

During that time period, the resident and I completed over 700 extractions and 1600 dental procedures, taking only a single 10 minute break for lunch each day. During the day, we had toucans and sloths in the trees above us, patients who showed up with pet monkeys and parrots, and even a poison-dart frog hop across the waiting room one morning. The evenings were spent on the banks of the Suriname river watching the piranha attack our leftovers we tossed in the river.

Looking back, it was definitely a difficult experience to articulate. To say it was humbling is an understatement… literally hundreds of people in line when you arrive in the morning, passing armed guards in the hallways, using a translator for every interaction, and knowing that no matter how much work you accomplish, it will simply not be enough. All-in-all, the people were exceptionally kind and thankful. It was an honor and privilege to serve this population, many of whom had never had the opportunity to see a dentist in their lifetime. I can't wait until I have the chance to participate in another humanitarian mission trip.

Thanks to Dr. Gruwell for sharing, and we look forward to answering more of your questions in the next installment of Ask AIP!

Welcome Dr. Scott Gruwell!

February 16th, 2015

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Scott F. Gruwell, D.D.S., M.S. to Associates in Periodontics. As he joins us from Texas, we are extending a particularly warm welcome -- we’ll do all we can do help him adjust to our occasionally arctic climate!

He brings with him so much more than just his excitement to join us up North. His impressive history began at Brigham Young University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He went on to receive his dental degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. There, he not only graduated magna cum laude, but earned both the Award for Excellence in Clinical Dentistry and the Award for Uncommon Dedication to the Field. After receiving his master’s degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and his Certificate of Training in Periodontics from the Wilford Hall Medical Center, he earned the prestigious title of Diplomate to the American Board of Periodontology. In layman’s terms: the Board recognized him as a periodontist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialization.

His journey didn’t lead him to Vermont just yet. Dr. Gruwell served as an Active Duty member of the US Air Force for 10 years, during which time he lead a 9-person dental team into the Amazon jungle to provide humanitarian services to the people of Suriname, and was the only dental officer in the Air Force to be selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel an entire year early.

Nope, not just yet! He taught at his alma mater and served as both the Director of Clinical Periodontics and Postgraduate Periodontal Education for the Texas Air Force Postgraduate Dental School.

During all this time, he has been honored with numerous awards and commendations, including the the Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award for Academic Excellence, the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Dental Educator of the Year award for the entire Air Force Medical Service, to name only a few. Learn more here.

Now, the next exciting chapter beings as he joins Associates in Periodontics. He, his wife, and three children (who he boasts are “much better looking than he is”) are excited to be living in Vermont and grateful to have relocated here on a permanent basis. As avid lovers of the outdoors, they are all excited to explore all the state has to offer.

You can visit him at both our South Burlington and Barre offices starting March 24th.

Welcome Scott, Tara, Riley, Spencer, and Eddie!

Brian

Can your practice data survive a disaster? Are you sure?

May 19th, 2014

By Brian Shuman, DMD

On the night of September 5, 2011, I watched my historic Vermont dental office building burn to the ground. A fire that started in the ceiling fan of the basement bathroom spread throughout the building, and seven hours later my office was gone. Although this loss was devastating, I comforted myself with the knowledge that my backup system would ensure I did not lose my practice data. But by the time I was able to reopen a new office four and a half months later, this assumption had been severely tested.

Plan A: The Tape

My backup system had consisted of a tape backup and a redundant daily backup on the cloud; however, the tape drive that could have read the data was destroyed in the fire. We soon found the drive was no longer in production.

Plan B: The Cloud

Once I realized this, I shifted to my plan B and attempted to recover my data from the cloud backup. Because of the quantity of the data, it could not be downloaded. We were informed that we would have to wait for CDs to be burned and shipped. When they finally arrived, we discovered our cloud program only backed up the data itself -- not the dental software or the imaging and accounting programs that could actually process the data. Of course, the original software discs had been lost in the fire. In the end, this fact was moot anyway because, after more delays and expense, we discovered that the cloud data was corrupt.

Our eventual salvation came via eBay, where I located a used tape drive that could restore all of our backed up data, as well as the programs to run it. Getting to this point had taken almost two weeks after the fire.

Discovering a Better Solution

This painful experience forced me to take a much more careful look at my backup system -- something I thought I had well covered before the fire. I eventually discovered a backup system specifically designed for dental practices that included an onsite failover server, cloud backup, and 24-hour system monitoring. This system, DDS Rescue (now available from Patterson Dental), duplicates programs and data and stores them in multiple encrypted facilities. This allows users to gain access via the web in minutes. With this system, every backup is verified so there are no worries about the kind of data corruption I experienced with my previous cloud backup.

After this experience, I am now certain that there are many other dentists who are in the same position I was in -- believing their data is backed up, while in reality they are only one disaster away from finding out their system has holes in it. I urge dentists to ensure their data is truly protected with an offsite backup that includes the practice's software programs, along with the monitoring and support so that all goes according to plan. I also strongly recommend a backup system that is specifically designed for dental practices.

Most dentists are simply not IT experts. I am comfortable admitting that I was certain we were backed up correctly. When the first backup system failed, I was shocked. But the feeling of security I have now with DDS Rescue is something that I wish all other dentists could have. And, they can, because data security is available that is affordable, airtight, and custom-built for dentists. We just have to take advantage of it.

Brian Shuman, DMD, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1982 and from the University of Pennsylvania School of Periodontology in 1985. After graduation, Dr. Shuman went into private practice in Vermont. Dr. Shuman can be reached at BShuman13@aol.com.

See Dr. Shuman's article featured in Dental Economics.

Dr. Paul Levi receives the 9th Annual Yankee Dental Congress Clinician’s Award!

August 11th, 2011

Dr. Paul Levi has recently been awarded the 9th Annual Yankee Dental Congress Clinician’s Award. This award recognizes him as a New England Dentist who has been supportive of the Yankee Dental Congress both as a clinician and as a volunteer. With this honor, there will be a donation made on Dr. Levi’s behalf to the dental school of his choice. He will be formally recognized at this year’s Presidential Awards Ceremony & Reception, which will be held in January.

Associates in Periodontics is thrilled for Dr. Levi to have received this very special recognition from the Yankee Dental Congress. He has dedicated his life to helping others. Please join us in congratulating him on this very well deserved recognition.

Thank you

-The team at Associates in Periodontics

Drs. Shuman, Kolesar and Halliday create many smiles at the Special Olympics!

July 14th, 2011

At Associates in Periodontics, we enjoy not only providing our patients with exceptional periodontal care, but also giving back to the Burrlington and Barre communities whenever possible. Our team recently volunteered at the Special Olympics, providing free dental checkups and oral hygiene instructions at the Special Smiles tent. Dental hygienists used stuffed animals to demonstrate the best strategies for brushing and flossing, and all athletes were provided with an electric tooth brush and floss after their appointment. Dr. Shuman, Dr. Kolesar and Dr. Halliday all participated in the event, along with Nancy, Heather and Helen from our team. There were many smiles at the Special Smiles tentour team had a great time participating in the event!

For more information about the Special Smiles tent, be sure to check out the Burlington Free Press article. Or, you can always ask our team any questions on our Facebook page.

Associates in Periodontics Asks: What are your Independence Day plans?

July 1st, 2011

This coming Monday, July 4th, is Independence Day and the United States of America will be turning 235 years old! It’s a day to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and also a time for every American to pay homage to our soldiers, past and present, who have placed themselves in harm’s way so that we may continue to enjoy our freedom.

Our team at Associates in Periodontics will be celebrating this Monday and we would like to know, what are your plans for the 4th of July? Will you be out in the sun? Have you stocked up on fireworks? Are you going to grill up your favorite summer foods? Are you staying in town or heading somewhere else? If you have a 4th of July tradition, we would love to hear about it.

Whatever you plan to do, Associates in Periodontics hopes you have a fun and safe holiday! Feel free to upload your 4th of July photos to our Facebook page and let us know how your Independence Day turned out this year.

Smile Wide- June is National Smile Month!

June 23rd, 2011

According to the American Dental Association, a person’s smile outranked eyes, hair and body as the most important physical feature, which is why it’s important for our team at Associates in Periodontics to support National Smile Month this June.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to improve your oral health so that you may celebrate National Smile Month for many, many years to come:

  • Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, for two minutes each time. If you have trouble keeping to the two minute rule, consider an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer. These can help ensure you’re getting in adequate brushing each day.

  • Floss every day to clean between your teeth. Flossing 3-to-5 minutes each day is recommended, but even 60 seconds of flossing has a great benefit over not flossing at all.

  • Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks as much as possible. It’s okay to have a bit of a sweet tooth every once in awhile, but make sure to brush after consuming these types of foods to prevent tooth decay.

  • Visit our office regularly (usually every six months apart).

If you have questions about any of these tips, we encourage you to give us a call.

6 Healthy Habits For Living Longer

June 16th, 2011

We at Associates in Periodontics are committed to helping our patients look and feel great. We've discussed the connection between oral health and heart health, but even between your visits, there are many ways you can start building healthy habits and living longer! A recent article from askmen.com highlights 6 easy habits to get started with. One of them is a habit that we preach to our patients every day!

  1. Exercise- some studies suggest that daily exercise can add as much as three years to your life
  2. Eat a Healthy Breakfast- while eating healthy in general is always a great rule to live by, a balanced breakfast is an important part of feeling and being healthier.
  3. Get Enough Sleep- While there is still some debate over how much sleep we really need, sleeping less than seven hours a night can lead to major health issues.
  4. Brush and Floss Daily- A tip we tell our patients every day, your oral health is truly a critical part of your overall health too!
  5. Stay Social- A healthy social life spent with friends is another important factor to a healthy lifestyle that many people overlook.
  6. Drink Enough Water- While the jury is still out on the "eight glasses a day" rule, the message is still a good one.

Hope these tips help!

"How can it possibly get any better!"

June 13th, 2011


Associates in Periodontics, serving Burlington, Barre and surrounding areas, has been receiving some great patient reviews lately! Check out what our current patients are saying about our team!

I love having a chance to exult in the wonderful care I receive from you and your first-class staff.
Valerie H

The most professional, courteous, responsive, and friendly group of practioners I have had the opportunity to visit. I actually enjoy my visits - even the periodontal surgeries
Renee R.

This practice has stayed on the cutting edge and provides genuine quality and personal care.
Mary P

"How can it possibly get any better!" Just a quote from my heart This entire staff is outstanding
Joanne

These reviews were submitted from an online survey, and republished without being altered in any way onto this blog.

"I travel over sixty miles each way for the exceptional service!"

June 6th, 2011

Associates in Periodontics, serving Burlington, Barre and surrounding areas, has been receiving some great patient reviews lately! Check out what our current patients are saying about our team!

Having been in the dental profession for 20+ years, I have never been able to get any other office to meet my high expectations and level of service.
~Victoria J

Nothing means more to me than "passionately committed" to those you serve. That's what makes the real difference and it shows itself in so many ways when I visit your offices.
~Len V

Relax and Trust ! And you can laugh, too !
~Phyllis D

Associates in Periodontics is awesome! What a kind, caring, topnotch practice. I wish every dental experience could be this great!
~Sarah

I travel over sixty miles each way for the Exceptional service
~Dolores M

These reviews were submitted from an online survey, and republished without being altered in any way onto this blog.

Flossing with Associates in Periodontics

June 3rd, 2011


We hope you are not a part of the 51 percent of Americans who don’t floss every day. And we definitely hope you're not part of the 10 percent who never floss at all. Our doctors and staff staff at Associates in Periodontics will always tell you that proper flossing is just as important for your dental health as brushing regularly. Flossing, you see, cleans food and plaque that builds up between teeth and below the gumline, key areas that brushing simply cannot reach.

Flossing 3-to-5 minutes each day is recommended, but even 60 seconds of flossing has a great benefit over not flossing at all. Also, make sure to always brush your teeth after you floss, and to rinse with water or mouthwash. When you begin flossing you may experience gum pain or bleeding, but with daily flossing and brushing this should stop within a week or so.

Lastly, has it been at least six months since your last checkup? If the answer is yes, we encourage you to schedule an appointment!

"The people at Associates in Periodontics are just plain great!"

May 24th, 2011

Associates in Periodontics, serving Burlington, Barre and surrounding areas, has been receiving some great patient reviews lately! Check out what our current patients are saying about our team!

The people at Associates in Periodontics are just plain great.
~Richard M

Top flight dental office, there is no more competent dental office in Vermont than Associates in Periodontics.
~David G

I am so glad my dentist referred me to Associates in Periodontics for the work I needed done.
~Rita

Every appointment was handled so thoroughly and professionally, that it gave me the impression that I was the only patient in the practice.
~Gary P

These reviews were submitted from an online survey, and republished without being altered in any way onto this blog.

Associates in Periodontics, helping you feel comfortable and at ease

May 20th, 2011


Associates in Periodontics, serving Burlington, Barre and surrounding areas, has been receiving some great patient reviews lately! Check out what our current patients are saying about our team!

My first ever oral surgery, two gum grafts - a procedure friends assured me was barbaric, painful and traumatic. To my surprise, it was none of these under the skilled care of Dr. Shuman and his incredible staff
Nancy R

A bonus, they all are Red Sox fans as I could not have a Yankees fan work on my teeth and gums.
Joe

Great to know that there are dedicated and skilled medical professionals out there in the world who really do care about their patients
Judy Ann P

The entire staff has a way of making you feel comfortable and at ease. I have the utmost trust and respect for the team from the doctors to the desk folks
Polly T

These reviews were submitted from an online survey, and republished without being altered in any way onto this blog.

Taking the "Dread" Out of a Dental Visit

May 4th, 2011

Associates in Periodontics, serving Burlington, Barre and surrounding areas, has been receiving some great patient reviews lately! Check out what our current patients are saying about our team!

Having been to numerous dental settings over my 64 years for dental care, I can say without hesitation or reservation that Dr Shuman and everyone on his staff are outstanding in all respects. The level of professionalism and compassion for the patient, gentle, confident techniques utilized, the attention to detail related to explanations and answering of questions, the precise attention to individual analgesia needs are exactly what each of us would hope to encounter.
Pam

I have been going to periodontists over the last 25 years in the Boston area. I did not expect that Associates in Periodontics located in Vermont would be better than those listed for "Best of Boston" in periodontics.
Nancy B

I was quite nervous. If this sounds familiar to you, look no further. The entire staff at Associates in Periodontics is fabulous. They take the "dread" out of going. I actually look forward to seeing everyone!!
Marie

These reviews were submitted from an online survey, and republished without being altered in any way onto this blog.

Patient Testimonials

April 29th, 2011

Associates in Periodontics, serving Burlington, Barre and surrounding areas, has been receiving some great patient reviews lately! Check out what our current patients are saying about our team!

Simply the BEST
This is a wonderful group of people who treat you with respect and humor. Talented, caring and on top of their field.

I can attest to the quality of care at Associates in Periodontics: We are indeed fortunate to have this resource available in our community.
Molly R

For the first time in my life, I meet with a dentist who understood my dental problems and sought solutions with me. It is the best !!!!
Lois

These reviews were submitted from an online survey, and republished without being altered in any way onto this blog.

Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2011


Whether lending your helping hand to plant trees or grasses or getting out volunteering in various projects in the the Burlington and Barre areas, today is our opportunity to get involved in making our year-round impact in the community. We want to know: Did you make a difference today? Tell us, what Earth Day-related activities did you accomplish? How long have you participated in helping our community and planet?

At Associates in Periodontics, we support Earth Day, which marks its 41th anniversary today and is designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for our environment and ecosystem. If you’d like to join the millions of people around the world who are making small but important changes to help sustain our ecosystem, try these helpful environmental tips, courtesy of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Enjoy!

Your Next Dental Checkup Could Help Detect Heart Issues Early

April 12th, 2011

Don't put off your next visit any longer! As we've touched on in the past, heart disease has been increasingly linked to oral health issues such as periodontal disease. Since most patients are not regularly visiting a heart specialist, their regular visits to our office can help detect early warning signs of heart issues or disease. If you're new to the topic, we invite you to examine a recent article that discusses the link between oral health and heart health, as well as the latest findings that suggest the value of dental checkups for early detection. Check it out, and be sure to let us know your thoughts!

Additionally, if its been more than 6 months since your last visit, give us a call!

April is National Library Month

April 5th, 2011

We at Associates in Periodontics believe that reading is important for children and adults alike. Reading enhances learning and empowers education. Reading for pleasure develops imagination and creativity in everyone.

As part of our commitment to green sustainability, and in recognition of National Library Month, this April, we invite you to participate in our Take a Book, Bring a Book program. Stop by our "lending library" in the back cabinet at our office, and feel free to take a book home with you. Then on your next appointment, return the book or better yet, bring along another book to recycle to someone else!

We appreciate your participation in this program, and look forward to seeing you on your next appointment!

How important is your smile? From Associates in Periodontics

April 1st, 2011


The Associates in Periodontics team provides the Barre and Burlington, VT communities with leading periodontal treatmen;we know having a beautiful, healthy smile is important to you. It’s important to us, too.

And speaking of smiling, in a new poll conducted by Glamour Magazine, people were asked, “If you had to pick between having perfect teeth, eyesight or hair, which would you choose?

Well, 44 percent of folks out there are choosing teeth! In addition, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, or AACD, conducted a study and found that 99.7 percent of those polled believed a smile is an important social asset. Respondents said straightness, whiteness, cleanliness, as well as the sincerity and sparkle of a person’s smile were all important factors not only socially, but career-wise as well.

Take the next step toward restoring and improving your smile; please contact our office and schedule a consultation.

The Associates in Periodontics Difference, a Patient Testimonial

March 25th, 2011

It was indeed my pleasure to complete the online survey and prepare a review. I was very pleased to have the opportunity to communicate how I feel about your practice. Its quite exceptional to find a "vision" that embraces what really means the most to a patient in these days of "rapid business". More importantly the words are not simply "display material." They are practiced on a consistent basis and you are alert to developing new and improved initiatives. Having provided services since college, nothing means more to me than "passionately committed" to those you serve. That's what makes the real difference and it shows itself in so many ways when I visit your offices.

I wish you and your colleagues much success in future years.
Be well and keep warm!

My very best,

Len

This review was submitted from an online survey, and republished without being altered in any way onto this blog.

More Patient Reviews

March 17th, 2011

Top flight dental office
There is no more competent dental office in Vermont than Associates in Periodontics. I have been to enough dental offices over the years for various procedures to recognize excellence in dentistry. I have been a patient for 35 years and have found that both the doctors and the hygienists to be excellent and truly interested in giving you the best outcome while educating you as to what needs to be done to maintain good dental health.
By David G., Jan 14, 2011

They always willing to spend the needed time ...
I am so glad my dentist referred me to Associates in Periodontics for the work I needed done. The staff and doctors are always willing to answer my questions, explain procedures and choices in detail, and are very understanding. I feel lucky to be able to count on these highly professional individuals to guide me along through the process of caring for my teeth and gums.
By Rita P., Jan 9, 2011

Patient Testimonials

March 11th, 2011

Associates in Periodontics, serving Burlington, Barre and surrounding areas, has been receiving some great patient reviews lately! Check out what our current patients are saying about our team!

Recommended without reservation
Need a periodontist? Don't hesitate to call and make an appointment to see Dr. Schumann. You will receive down-to-earth advice in a positive and straight-forward manner. You'll leave knowing what you need to have done and why. It's a great place to do business and come out smiling!
By Lynn C., Jan 10, 2011

Exceptional Experience
I cannot say enough about the treatment and care that I received from Dr. Shuman and the staff at Associates in Periodontics. I had the utmost confidence in Dr. Shuman's ability to get me the desired result, and he did. Every appointment was handled so thoroughly and professionally, that it gave me the impression that I was the only patient in the practice. Dr. Shuman's personal follow up and caring attitude made me feel special. As a nice bonus, my proceedure was virtually pain free. I would highly recommend Associates in Periodontics and Dr. Brian Shuman for a great outcome and a very positive periodontic experience.
By Gary P., Jan 10, 2011

Gum Disease- Don't Be Another Statistic!

March 4th, 2011

Gum disease is a lot more common than you think. Did you know that between 75-95 percent of all adults have some degree of gum disease, yet may not even realize that they have it? An article in the Huffington Post this January described the prevalence of gum disease in Americans, but more importantly, two new ways to help avoid it in the first place! Check out the article and let us know what you think! As always, feel free to call and consult with our team and doctors about your oral health concerns- we are here to help!

A Few Patient Testimonials for the Associates in Periodontics Team

February 18th, 2011

Associates in Periodontics, serving Burlington, Barre and surrounding areas, has been receiving some great patient reviews lately! Check out what our current patients are saying about our team!


Great practice Wonderful people
If you are like me, you don't like to have your mouth worked on. But if you have to have your mouth worked on, these are the go to people. I attribute the fact that I still have my teeth to their great care.
By Anonymous, Dec 19, 2010

very pleased
I am a very nervous dental patient and have been a patient with Dr. Shuman and staff for many years. They have always been patient, professional and I have continuing good health with my teeth. I am rarely kept waiting even a few minutes for my appointments, which is appreciated, since I travel quite a distance.
By Marlene, Dec 19, 2010

Better then hoped for!!
Sixteen years ago I was not far way from loosing not one or two of my teeth but all of my teeth to advanced gum disease. Then I was referred to Dr. Shuman and all that began to change. The treatment I received was first class and now sixteen years later I'm happy to say that my teeth are healthy and it looks like they may last for a very long time to come. May thanks to Dr. Shuman and the entire staff, your hard work has made it possible for me to have healthy teeth and gums!! Warren Palmer
By Warren P., Dec 19, 2010

Great Service
The entire staff was friendly, professional and caring. I would recommend them to everyone in need of treatment.
By Anonymous, Dec 18, 2010

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February 10th, 2011

With February being National Children's Dental Health Month, our team at Associates in Periodontics thought we'd share a few good oral hygiene tips with our patients, courtesy of the American Dental Association, or ADA.

• Teeth brushing techniques: It takes only two minutes to properly brush, using short, gentle strokes and devoting extra attention to the gumline, areas around fillings and hard-to-reach areas such as the back teeth.

• Flossing: hold the floss snugly between thumbs and index finger and place between each of the teeth, making sure to go beneath the gumline and curving the floss around the base of each tooth.

• Snack wisely: choose healthy snacks such as vegetables, fruits and cheese and avoid sticky, chewy candies that can stick to the teeth. If you eat these snacks, make sure to brush after doing so.

• Carbonated or sugary drinks: these beverages create acids that can damage the teeth when mixed with saliva, so they should be avoided altogether. When drinking one of these beverages, avoid sipping on it throughout the day. Rather, have a drink and then brush your teeth.

• Regular dental visits: You should plan for checkups and cleanings every 6 months.

National Children's Dental Health Month, now in its 61st year, aims to increase awareness about the importance of kids' oral health. If you have any questions about keeping your mouth healthy, or about your treatment with Associates in Periodontics, please feel free to give us a call!

February is American Heart Month

February 4th, 2011


Did you know February is American Heart Month? It’s a great time to take notice of the health of your heart. Cardiovascular disease remains American's number one killer, according to the American Heart Association. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care.

Visiting our office on a regular basis can help prevent gum disease or at least catch it in its early stages. In observance of Heart Month, it’s also important to know your numbers: blood pressure (less than 120/80), cholesterol (less than 200) and BMI (less than 25). If you have any questions about heart health, or about your treatment, please give us a call today.

" Top Notch Periodontal Care"- Patient Reviews of Associates in Periodontics

January 20th, 2011

Associates in Periodontics, serving Burlington, Barre, VT and surrounding areas, has been receiving some great patient reviews lately! Check out what our current patients are saying about our doctors and team!

Dr. Shuman is a skilled, compassionate periodontist. He explains your condition, options for treatment and performs the prescribed procedure in a very calming manner. I have complete confidence in Dr. Shuman.
~ By Heather H., Jan 16, 2011

I actually look forward to each visit.Everyone is courteous and extremely professional. I learn something new to improve my daily care procedures with each visit. I enjoy my conversations, everyone is a joy to see again. I love the offices,a lovely renovated home with private rooms for dental care. I am a lucky guy to have all this for such an important part of my health.I can only ask that this will continue in perpetuity.
By Leonard V., Jan 16, 2011

A professional staff dedicated to the gum health of its patients. The staff encourages patients to tend to their daily care of their gum health. Each and every staff member makes a personal effort to meet every challenge that gum health presents and makes helpful suggestions to achieve this end. I highly recommend Associates in Periodontics to anyone seeking help with their gum health. They are up front regarding fee insurance schedules and offer to indemnify any error that might occur.
By Charles M., Jan 15, 2011

Dirty Money

January 14th, 2011


We all know that because currency trades hands so many times, it is a prime carrier of germs. However, did you realize just how filthy the average dollar bill can be? Check out some amazing facts about your money in the infographic above!

Gum Disease Found to be Underestimated in the U.S.

January 14th, 2011

According to a 2010 study by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the prevalence of periodontal disease in the United States may have been underestimated by as much as 50 percent! This means that more Americans may have periodontal disease than previously thought, and therefore may be more susceptible to other chronic inflammatory diseases such as CVD, diabetes, and respiratory diseases. Visit this article to learn more, and please call us to learn how you can protect against periodontal disease!

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This Year, Make a New Year’s Resolution to Smile About!

December 29th, 2010

Let’s face it- when was the last time you managed to keep a New Year’s resolution? We at Associates in Periodontocs believe the key to sticking to a goal is picking one that is both reasonable and attainable. If you haven’t yet picked a New Year’s resolution, consider setting one that will improve your oral health!

For example, resolve to brush twice and floss once a day. Good oral hygiene only takes a few minutes a day, and can make a big difference in your oral health and overall health too! For more oral health-themed resolutions for you and your family, check out this article.

We would love to see what you come up with, share with us by commenting on this post or on our Facebook page. Whatever your New Year’s Resolution, we wish you the very best for 2011!

-Happy New Year, from your friends at Associates in Periodontics

What is your New Year’s Resolution?

December 22nd, 2010


The 2010 holiday season is upon us, and our team at Associates in Periodontics would like to wish all our patients and their families the merriest of holidays and best wishes for the New Year.

We thought we’d ask: what was memorable about 2010 for you, and what are you looking forward to in 2011? Do you have a new year's resolution, or any exciting plans for the coming year?

Have a safe and happy New Year, from all of us at Associates in Periodontics!

Write a Review of Associates in Periodontics!

December 17th, 2010

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Cold and Flu Season is Here - Replace Your Toothbrush!

December 10th, 2010


Fall is upon us, and with it comes the dreaded cold and flu season. After recovering from your cold, our doctors and team will tell you one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming reinfected is replacing your toothbrush!

Germs are known to linger on the bristles, and you risk prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush. Be smart - keep a spare, just in case! To protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long, consider the following tips:

• Wash your hands before and after brushing
• Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
• Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
• Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth, and can actually be damaging to teeth if used too long!

We hope these tips help! Feel free to call us at Associates in Periodontics if you have any questions or ask us on Facebook.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22nd, 2010


Our doctors and team would like to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy a day filled of friends, family, and great thanksgiving food! What are you most thankful for this year? Leave us a comment, or if you have any stories or pictures to share with us, we encourage you to share them on our Facebook page!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Staying connected with Associates in Periodontics

November 17th, 2010

At Associates in Periodontics, we embrace technology, whether it’s through the innovative treatments we offer, our high-tech web site or our Facebook fan page. As you can probably tell, we love connecting with our patients online, whether it’s by sharing news on our blog or communicating ideas on our fan page. For social media to work, we understand that conversation is vital, and that’s why we invite you to join in and tell us what’s on your mind. Although social networks are hugely popular these days, we know they’re unpredictable and ever-changing.

While we take a little time to research how to best use social media, we thought we’d ask you, our loyal patients: How would you like us to use our social networks? What would you like us to share on our blog? Please post your thoughts or give us a call!

Access your account—any day, any time

November 10th, 2010

Access to your account, 24/7. Sounds simple and convenient, doesn’t it?

Patients at our office enjoy access to their account 24 hours a day, seven days a week—all through our website. You can look up your appointments and all of your account details at your convenience, all from the comfort of your own home! You can even receive appointment reminders through email or text messages!

You, too, may sign up for this convenient service on our website by clicking on the "Patient Login" button on our homepage. Please give us a call if you have any questions about getting started!

At Associates in Periodontics, what puts you at ease?

November 4th, 2010

Our doctors and team understand not everyone may be thrilled to come in for an appointment. But we strive to bring you the best and most comforting experience at each visit. We’d like to know: What is it about Associates in Periodontics that makes you comfortable or puts you at ease? Is it something about our pleasant office environment? Our friendly staff or doctors?

Let us know by posting here or by giving us a call!

Gum disease found to be significant public health concern

October 20th, 2010


We've posted about the important role gum health plays to oral health and overall bodily health, but a recent article from the American Academy of Periodontology finds gum disease to now be a significant public health concern. Check out the article below, and leave a comment here on what you think. Hope you find this article helpful!

CHICAGO, IL / NEW YORK, NY, USA: The prevalence of periodontal disease in the United States may be significantly higher than originally estimated. Research published in the Journal of Dental Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) suggests that the prevalence of periodontal disease may have been underestimated by as much as 50 per cent.
The implication is that more American adults may suffer from moderate to severe gum disease than previously thought.

In a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) pilot study, funded by the CDC’s Division of Oral Health, a full-mouth, comprehensive periodontal examination was conducted on over 450 adults over the age of 35.

Periodontal disease was classified according to definitions determined by the CDC in collaboration with the AAP. The prevalence rates were then compared against the results of previous NHANES studies, which used a partial-mouth periodontal examination.

Historically, NHANES has served as the main source for determining prevalence of periodontal disease in U.S. adults. The pilot study finds that the original partial-mouth study methodology may have underestimated true disease prevalence by up to 50 per cent.

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and other structures supporting the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss, and may also interfere with other systems of the body. Several research studies have associated gum disease with other chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.

“This study shows that periodontal disease is a bigger problem than we all thought. It is a call to action for anyone who cares about his or her oral health,” said Samuel Low, DDS, MS, associate dean and professor of periodontology at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and president of the American Academy of Periodontology.

“Given what we know about the relationship between gum disease and other diseases, taking care of your oral health isn’t just about a pretty smile. It has bigger implications for overall health, and is therefore a more significant public health problem,” Dr Low said.

Dr Low explained that the increased prevalence of periodontal disease makes it essential to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

“Not only should you take good care of your periodontal health with daily tooth brushing and flossing, you should expect to get a comprehensive periodontal evaluation every year,” he advised.

A dental professional, such as a periodontist, a specialist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gum disease, will conduct the comprehensive exam to assess your periodontal disease status.

According to Paul Eke, MPH, PhD, epidemiologist at the CDC and lead author of the study, the findings have significant public health implications.

“The study suggests we have likely underestimated the prevalence of periodontal disease in the adult U.S. population,” Dr Eke said. “We are currently utilizing a full-mouth periodontal examination in the 2009/10 NHANES to better understand the full extent and characteristics of periodontal disease in our adult population.”

“Research suggests a connection between periodontal health and systemic health,” Dr Eke added. “In light of these findings, understanding the relationships between periodontal disease and other systemic diseases in the adult U.S population is more crucial than ever.”

(Edited by Fred Michmershuizen, DTA)

Celebrating National Dental Hygiene Month

October 13th, 2010

Would you believe it's already October? For our staff, October means one thing: National Dental Hygiene Month. This month, we join the American Dental Hygienists' Association in spreading the word that good dental habits are easy to develop and even easier to maintain.

Here are a few tips to help you build good oral hygiene habits this month:

* Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two to three minutes. Make sure to get the outer and inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces of each tooth.

* Floss once a day to remove plaque from between teeth. Help children learn healthy flossing habits so when they're capable, they know how to do it properly.

* Visit us on a regular basis. Children should start seeing a dentist within six months of getting their first tooth.

* Ask us what toothpaste family members should use. Remember that not all toothpaste is appropriate for all ages.

* Eat a healthy diet, rich in fruit and veggies. Avoid sugary foods and eat a high fiber diet of fruits and veggies such as apples and carrots to help prevent tooth decay.

Your teeth are an important part of your body, and keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and your body healthy. By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet, and visiting our convenient offices on a regular basis, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile throughout your entire life.

We encourage you to check out the ADHA's National Dental Hygiene Month website for tips on keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Lastly, has it been six months since your last visit to Associates in Periodontics? If the answer is yes, we encourage you to give us a call to set up an appointment.

Sleep apnea: Risks and treatment options in Burlington and Barre, VT

October 8th, 2010

Sleep disorders are fairly common, with around 50 to 70 million Americans being affected by some type chronic sleep disorder, and some of these progressing to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which can cause loss of sleep among many other health problems. What ages get sleep apnea? Those under age four (large tonsils) and those between the ages of 55 to 59. Snoring is one of the most easily identified symptoms, and as it worsens it can lead to full airway blockage while you sleep, which can severely disrupt your sleep patterns.

Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical problem that if left untreated can lead to high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart failure and stroke. It can also take a toll on your overall energy level, as sleep apnea causes an ongoing state of fatigue.

There are several different approaches to sleep apnea treatment, including:

• Surgery to the jaws or airway tissue to open the airway. This is typically only used in the most severe cases.
• Continuous airway pressure therapy which involves a mask and machine (CPAP machine) to keep your throat muscles and tissue open while sleeping
• Oral appliance therapy, a less intrusive method involving a customized oral device that positions your jaw in a favorable position to keep your airway open while you sleep.

If you suspect that you may suffer from a sleep disorder or sleep apnea, give us a call and we can refer you to a sleep apnea specialist. Depending on your situation, treatment may involve an oral device that we can custom-create for you.

Smile, and you might just live longer!

September 30th, 2010

Folks with big smiles may actually live than those who don’t, according to a March 2010 study at Michigan’s Wayne State University. We have known for quite some time that positive emotion has been linked to both physical and mental health, but researchers at the university did something quite interesting: they looked at photos of 230 ball-players who began their careers in baseball prior to 1950 and studied their smile intensity (ranging from big smile, no smile or partial smile). The players' smile ratings were compared with data from deaths that occurred from 2006 through 2009. The researchers then took into account other factors that impact life longevity, including body mass index, career length and even college attendance.

The results? Researchers found that players who weren't smiling in the photos lived to be an average age of 72.9 years. Players with partial smiles lived to be 75. Those with big smiles, however, lived on average to be 79.9 years old.

The take-away from the new study? Smile now, smile often and you might just live longer! Have you been perfecting your smile by visiting us? If not, give us a call!

Staying connected with Associates in Periodontics

September 23rd, 2010

At Associates in Periodontics, we embrace technology, whether it’s through the innovative treatments we offer, our high-tech web site or our Facebook fan page. As you can probably tell, we love connecting with our patients online, whether it’s by sharing news on our blog or communicating ideas on our fan page. For social media to work, we understand that conversation is vital, and that’s why we invite you to join in and tell us what’s on your mind. Although social networks are hugely popular these days, we know they’re unpredictable and ever-changing.

While our doctors and staff take a little time to research how to best use social media, we thought we’d ask you, our loyal patients: How would you like us to use our social networks? What would you like us to share on our blog? Please post your thoughts or give us a call!

Which toothbrush should my child use?

September 17th, 2010

We will tell you that brushing your teeth is one of the easiest methods of cavity prevention. But which type of toothbrush should your child use? When choosing a toothbrush, look for round-ended (polished) bristles that clean while being gentle on the gums. Choose one that is specifically designed for children's smaller mouths and hands. Also, look for large handles that can help children control the toothbrush. Lastly, throw out a toothbrush after three months or sooner if the bristles are fraying. Frayed bristles can harm your gums, and are not as effective in cleaning teeth.

As far as which toothpaste is best? It doesn't matter as long as it has fluoride in it. However, for small children who tend to swallow toothpaste, do not use fluoridated toothpaste. Make sure to touch each tooth and every side of that tooth. Also, you do need to gently brush on your gums.

To learn more about choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste for your child, we encourage you to read this helpful article from Parenthood.com. Or, you may give us a call and we'll try to answer any question you may have about keeping your child's mouth as healthy as possible!

More Studies Connect Oral Diseases to other Systemic Disease

September 10th, 2010

As research continues to explore the relationship of oral disease to other systemic diseases, it is becoming clearer that oral health can help contribute in the prevention of various medical ailments, or reduce their severity.

The culprit it appears is chronic inflammation which can be caused by chronic periodontal disease or other chronic dental infections. Although some of the damage seen is localized to the periodontium by bacterial invasion, most of the other damage is seen by cytokines, a product of chronic inflammation, which can help cause destruction in distant places, contributing to type 2 diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premature births.

Recent studies show that 1/3 of people with Diabetes Mellitus have severe periodontal disease, and that by treating their periodontal disease their serum glucose levels were reduced by 50mg/dL.

One researcher found that if oral bacteria breach the placenta, the baby's risk of being prematurely born rises to 2.8 times that of a baby with no exposure.
Research at the University of Buffalo showed a link between periodontal disease and osteoporosis, especially in women over 70. In the NHANES study which included 10,000 Americans, between 18-74 , people with periodontal disease were much more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease.

Given the increased presence of periodontal disease in the medicaid population, the lack of adequate dental care will help contribute to their developing these various chronic diseases, and raise the costs of healthcare to treat these diseases.

Questions about oral health and periodontal disease? Give us a call or visit the Associates in Periodontics website!

September is National Gum Care Month

September 1st, 2010

Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, can be difficult to recognize. Many people do not recognize the warning signs- bleeding and swollen gums, as a precursor to gum disease. This month a national campaign is underway to raise awareness about gum health and periodontal disease, and at Associates in Periodontics in Burlington & Barre, VT, we wanted to do our part to help spread the word!

Early recognition and action are the most important steps to health gums, and ultimately a health body too! Studies are published every year linking oral health, including the gums, to the health of other areas of the body, such the heart. One of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for gum disease. These can include:

• Gums that appear red or swollen
• Gums that feel tender
• Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
• Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
• Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
• Loose teeth
• Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position

If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible. We can take proactive steps to prevent gingivitis and gum disease, while showing you how to improve gum care in your daily oral hygiene habits.

I Had No Idea Periodontal Disease Is Linked to…

August 13th, 2010

You may have seen stories in the news about the connection between periodontal disease and heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. However, those aren't the only health conditions that are related to periodontal disease. Research has shown that having periodontal disease can put you at risk for a few surprising conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers, and even kidney disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Over 1.3 million Americans suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic, inflammatory disease of the joints that can lead to long-term joint damage. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology uncovered yet another potential side effect of RA; researchers discovered that patients with RA are eight times more likely to have periodontal disease than those without RA. However, the research indicates that poor oral hygiene alone did not account for the connection between RA and gum disease, which means that other factors play a role as well. Both RA and gum disease are systemic inflammatory disorders which may explain the connection between the two.

Cancers
Men are especially at risk for developing certain cancers if they have periodontal disease. Research published in The Lancet Oncology found that men with a history of gum disease are 14 percent more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums. In fact, researchers discovered that men with periodontal disease are 49 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers.

Kidney Disease
A study published in the Journal of Periodontology suggests that toothless adults may be more likely to have chronic kidney disease than adults with all of their teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can lead to bone loss around teeth, which can then cause teeth to loosen and fall out. Periodontal disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. In the study, the lack of teeth was found to be significantly associated with chronic kidney disease. The two diseases may be connected by chronic inflammation, as both are considered inflammatory conditions.

Protect Yourself
To help protect yourself from these health conditions, including periodontal disease, make sure to brush your teeth twice each day, floss at least once each day, and see a dental professional for cleanings twice each year. If periodontal disease develops, a consultation with a dentist or periodontist may lead to effective treatment. The key to a healthy body may start with a healthy mouth!

Are you at risk for periodontal disease?
Your risk for periodontal disease may increase depending on Your age,Gender, Bleeding gums, Tobacco use, or family history of gum disease.

To find out if you may be at risk, take the American Academy of Periodontology’s risk assessment. The assessment will let you know if you are at low, moderate, or high risk for periodontal disease. We would be happy to discuss your results with you.

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