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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-10-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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6 SCITUATE JANUARY 10-16, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON MARITA PIERCE, of Scituate, does stretching exercises while at a bone building class last Saturday at the North Scituate Public Library. At right is class instructor JUDI SARAIVA, of Warwick. The class is sponsored by the Village at Waterman Lake and conducted by the Bone Builders of RI with the goal of improving strength and balance, and increasing energy levels and bone density. Improving strength, balance with Bone Builders RENE KOSZEROWSKI, of Scituate, does neck-stretching exercises during the bone- building class. In the background are, from left, MAUREEN MCKENNA, of North Scituate, and MARICA NOVAK, of Johnston. Exercising with ANKLE WEIGHTS is part of the exercise pro- gram at the Bone Builders class. MILLIE PROULX, of Scituate, enjoys the exer- cise regime to the music of "Y.M.C.A," by the Village People, Saturday morning. We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Our philosophy: (401) 762-2400 • We're attentive, grateful, well-behaved (mostly), and always happy to see you. Visit our full-service animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care. PERIODONTAL SCREENING An effective way to assess the health of a patient's gums involves measuring the depth of the groove (known as the "sulcus") found between the teeth and surrounding gum tissue. To do so, the dentist simply slips a periodontal probe (that is calibrated in millimeters) in the spaces below the gum tissue alongside each tooth. In cases of healthy gums, these "pockets" will measure no deeper than 1-3 millimeters. When the pockets are found to range from 3-5 millimeters, this is taken as a sign of early gum disease (or "gingivitis"). Pockets that range from 5-7 millimeters in depth are considered a sign of moderate gum disease, while those that reach 7-10 millimeters in depth indicate advanced gum disease ("periodontitis"). At DENTAL ARTS GROUP, we'll use all the tools at our disposal to help keep your mouth a healthy one. We strongly believe that one of the most important services we render our patients is a plan for pre - ventive care. Along with daily brushing and flossing, one crucial tool to your good dental health is regular professional care, which can spot the little problems before they become out of control. Located at 1136 Hartford Ave., Johnston, we have office hours by appointment. Please call us at 401-521-3661. Most insurance plans accepted. P.S. Gum disease can be effectively treated at any stage. However, if left untreated, gum disease will eventually progress to a point where tooth and bone loss will occur.

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