Aspiring Dentist and Active Community Service Volunteer
About Emma Wise
Although currently pursuing a career, in dentistry, Emma Wise has previously worked in the field of education. As a participant in the Alternative Teacher Certification Program offered by the Rhode Island Teaching Fellows, she engaged in practice teaching at the high school level while also completing coursework and training toward becoming a full time teacher. Since teaching high school chemistry, Emma Wise has recently begun working as a dental assistant at Dentistry at Winbury, a practice in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
In addition to her professional experiences, Emma Wise has performed community service with a variety of organizations in multiple areas. While living in Illinois, she worked with the Midwest Food Bank and the Humane Society of Central Illinois, before which she volunteered with the Cleveland Food Bank and the Geauga County Habitat for Humanity in Ohio. Emma Wise’s earliest participation in charitable work was with her girl scout troop and church youth group from childhood through high school. Throughout her time at Allegheny College, she also worked with the Crawford County Humane Society and Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, an organization that recruits individuals to represent abused and neglected children in legal settings.
Vitamins and Minerals Needed for Good Oral Health
As a dental assistant in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Emma Wise helps educate patients on keeping their teeth and gums healthy. In addition to her current duties, Emma Wise plans to attend dental school in the near future. In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet also contributes to good oral health. Part of what strengthens teeth and keep gums disease-free are certain vitamins and minerals, many of which help to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a factor in gum disease- the gums become inflamed due to infection, which leads to more pain and infection.
A healthy diet should include: whole grains (no refined sugar, white flour or white rice), healthy proteins, healthy fats and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Nutrients that directly relate to tooth and gum health include:
Vitamin C: This vitamin serves multiple roles in oral health. It is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, supports the immune system and supports the formation of collagen, which is the main tissue making up your gums. In addition, vitamin C is a cofactor in calcium absorption.
Vitamin A: This anti-oxidant vitamin is necessary for collagen synthesis and immune system strength.
Vitamin D: This vitamin is vital for the absorption of calcium in maintaining healthy bone.
Vitamin E: This anti-oxidant vitamin works synergistically with vitamin C and Selenium, and additionally supports healthy inflammatory processes.
Vitamin K: This fat-soluble vitamin supports healthy blood clotting and calcium absorption- great for tooth and bone health.
Folic Acid: This B vitamin is essential for gum health. It binds to toxins that are created by plaque.
Calcium: Calcium is well known as a building block for bones, and therefore teeth. In addition, it contributes to the health of connective tissue throughout your body.
Magnesium: One of calcium’s partners in absorption, strengthening tooth enamel and preventing cavities, calcium cannot do its job without magnesium. In addition, it is important in muscle and nerve function, specifically for relaxation and therefore supports a healthy heart function. Since gum disease is definitively associated with an increased risk of heart disease, one should do everything possible to support one's heart.