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The Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital to offer an informational evening workshop:

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The Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital to offer an informational evening workshop:
 
Dental Health for Children with Diabetes
- Warwick dentist Dr. Vipul Patel to present Feb. 27 program -  
WARWICK (Feb. 10) – Oral hygiene can be fun and not a chore.

That’s the message Warwick dentist Dr. Vipul Patel will bring to youngsters attending the Feb. 27 meeting of the Children With Diabetes Support Group at St. Anthony Community Hospital.  

The support group, sponsored by the hospital’s Center for Diabetes Education, will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s second-floor conference room. The community is invited to attend this important educational program geared for children with Type 1 diabetes and their families.

Dr. Patel, who practices at Warwick Valley Dental in the Village of Warwick, is a fellow of the prestigious International Congress of Oral Implantology. He is also a founding member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, a group dedicated to the improvement of health by changing public and professional awareness of mouth-body health links.

Children with diabetes have a higher risk for gum disease, a chronic low-grade infection of the gums and bone around the teeth, Dr. Patel said. And because diabetics tend to have more problems with infections and wound healing, gum disease is a threat to both oral and general health.

In his Feb. 27 presentation, Dr. Patel will stress the importance of children getting frequent
dental checkups and keeping their teeth healthy, especially if they have diabetes. The
doctor and his staff will have with them a few lively props, to help the kids in attendance
learn how to take care of their teeth – and make it fun.

“This is an opportunity for us to offer a program where kids with diabetes and their parents will learn the good news that those who have regular dental care experience better control of their blood sugar, compared to others with gum disease,” said nurse Lourdes Braadt, certified diabetes educator at St. Anthony Community Hospital.

“Children with diabetes can enjoy the same level of oral health as everyone else if they practice good oral hygiene, have regular professional care, and keep their oral tissues healthy,” she said.

In addition to the support group, the Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony
Community Hospital offers a series of classes for all patients who have been recently
diagnosed with diabetes or those who demonstrate poorly controlled diets.

During group and individual sessions, clinical instructors offer initial assessment, emotional support and try to help patients better understand the disease. They show patients how to live a normal and productive life with diabetes – and how to control the disease through diet and exercise.

Parents and children with Type 1 diabetes interested in attending the Feb. 27 Children With Diabetes Support Group meeting are asked to reserve seats as soon as possible by calling 845-987-5168. Seating is limited.

More information about the Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital is available by calling 845-987-5168 or visiting bschs.bonsecours.com.

About Bon Secours Charity Health System
Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.

Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.  The Health System, which draws its name from its two Catholic sponsors, the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more Information, visit bschs.bonsecours.com.


                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Vipul J. Patel, DDS, FICOI

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