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Registered dental hygienist Julie DiNardo wants the public to see Say Ahh, a documentary that explores the connection between oral health and other health issues and chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.

Does a healthy mouth mean a health body?

Mountain hygienist wants public to see Say Ahh

 By Mark Newman, News Staff 

Julie DiNardo was blown away by what she saw.

The long-time Mountain registered dental hygienist viewed the 60 minute documentary Say Ahh while attending a scientific conference in Las Vegas last September.

The video explores the connection between oral health and chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.

“When I saw it, the first thing that came to my mind was people need to see this,” said the central Mountain resident. “It’s not over anybody’s head; it’s for the lay person.”

DiNardo, who provides free oral health screening at her Upper James clinic twice a year, was so impressed with the movie that she endeavoured to acquire the Canadian rights to it and will be showing it free of charge at one of the movie theatres at the Silver City complex on Paramount Drive in upper Stoney Creek at 9:30 a.m. on March 29.

DiNardo has booked a 235 seat theatre and is giving away tickets to her clients and to anyone who wants to see the video.

To get a free ticket, call DiNardo at 905-387-6453.

As of this week she had about two dozen tickets left to distribute.

“This is the Canadian premier,” DiNardo said. “If we get a really positive response, I may do it again.”

Say Ahh is produced by Gary Kadi, a business person and dental advocate who, according to the movie website, is chair of the non-profit Partners in Complete Health, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based group committed to helping dentists understand the science and connections between oral health and overall physical health.

“It explains how the evolution of (healthcare) has come about,” said DiNardo, who added the movie will surprise the public on how closely the health of their mouths is linked to other health issues.

To see the trailer for Say Ahh, go to: sayahhthemovide.com.

A Jan. 4, 2013 article in the NIH Record (nihrecord.od.nih.gov) reports about a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that suggests good oral health and proper dental care can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

The article noted bacteria in the mouth can produce inflammation in the brain that may contribute to Alzheimer’s.

The NIH Record is a biweekly newsletter for employees of National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.

According to the organization’s website, the NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world.

 

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