Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

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The Link Between Gum Disease and Other Disease Processes

Dr. Harvey finished his Periodontal Residency in 1983, and has spent his entire professional career helping patients gain control of their periodontitis (gum disease), thereby enabling these people to keep their natural teeth.  Well, guess what?  It turns out that in doing so, he has also been saving lives!

“Even though I am not surprised at the link between gum disease, in essence an infected mouth, and other systemic disease processes, the extent of the link is amazing. It turns out that having periodontal therapy, that is, getting your mouth healthy, actually decreases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke; improves outcomes with arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis; improves control of diabetes; and apparently even reduces the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.”

The importance of having a Healthy Mouth in order to get or maintain a Healthy Body has never been more clear.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It has been my honor and privilege to serve my community, and to serve my profession, this last 37+ years.

I am thrilled to share some really exciting news. Following an exhaustive nationwide search and a super positive transition process over last year, Dr. Abhi Patel will be assuming control of the office starting March 1st, 2024. I will be reducing my schedule and will be seeing patients on a part-time basis.

The team and I are thrilled to have Dr. Patel with us and we are looking forward to continuing to
provide exceptional care of our patients. In all of my interactions, Dr. Patel has demonstrated the honesty, integrity and dedication necessary to be an exceptional periodontist. He is extremely competent and caring, and has the passion and skills to deliver high quality, evidence-based care. I trust him to take care of you and I believe he will be a valuable asset to our community.

Dr. Patel is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Implantology. He is highly trained recognized leader in periodontics and implantology, having been an educator and researcher who has published many articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He was awarded the prestigious “Outstanding Educator Award” by the American Academy of Periodontology for his mentoring and scientific research. He serves as a committee member for the Academy of Osseointegration. Dr. Patel brings a wealth of knowledge and a superior skillset that will assure exceptional outcomes for our patients. Dr. Patel and I, along with our extraordinary team, are looking forward to continuing to provide what you have come to expect from our practice: unparalleled patient service and clinical excellence. The team has been actively involved in the transition process from the beginning, and they are remaining in place. We will all be here to assist Dr. Patel with your care.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Dr. Patel to our practice. Thank you again for your loyalty and confidence over this last (almost) four decades.

Warmest regards,
Dr. Brien Harvey

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