Dr. Elizabeth Ralstrom Published In AAPD’S National Journal
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Dentistry, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry
MACOMB, MI - Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan is proud to announce that one of our staff members if now an esteemed author, with work published in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s National Journal. Dr. Elizabeth Ralstrom was honored to have her thesis, titled, “The impact of sickle cell disease on oral-related quality of life,” published in the AAPD’s National Journal in late February 2014.
The thesis covers a study which was built to characterize the impact of sickle cell disease (SCD) upon standard oral health. In tandem with examination of oral health effects, the study also aimed to better understand the SCD’s overall impact towards quality of life in those living with the disease.
Sickle Cell Disease is a hereditary blood disorder caused by a haemoglobin mutation. Individuals with SCD have abnormal sickle-shaped red blood cells that have decreased functionality in the body. It is most common for this disease to appear in people whose family histories trace back to tropical/sub-tropical regions, or other areas where malaria was or continues to be a threat to the general population.
Those who suffer from SCD may experience a number of symptoms, many of which can be extremely uncomfortable, and oftentimes life-threatening. Carriers may experience tissue damage, excessive inflammation, or nerve damage, and in serious cases may be at risk of stroke, spleen malfunction, or even forms of bacterial bone infections. Treatment to alleviate symptoms and decrease the likelihood of adverse effects can be uncomfortable, and include blood transfusion therapy as well as bone marrow transplants.
Dr. Elizabeth Ralstrom dedicated years of research towards better understanding the many ways in which Sickle Cell Disease may affect not only oral health of carriers, but their overarching wellbeing, as well. To learn more about her research and results, you may read the full-form thesis here: (ADD LINK HERE - KELSEY, WE NEED A DIRECT LINK).
If you have any questions about SCD, feel free to reach out to the extremely capable dental professionals at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan. We’ll be glad to answer any and all queries regarding this heartbreaking ailment.
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Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan have specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. The pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults, including being an Invisalign preferred provider. The ability to treat all special needs patients reaches beyond our facility, which has treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy. Valued hospital affiliations allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children's Hospital when needed.
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