San Diego Author Promotes Health at Halloween
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - October 25, 2004
Trick-or-treaters in the Rolando area
who knock at Sheila Wolf's door on Halloween won't be
getting candy. Instead of traditional sticky sweets,
Wolf, a dental hygienist and writer on oral health issues,
hands out toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and other
oral care goodies.
For the past thirty-five years, since
she entered hygiene school, Wolf has used Halloween
to promote oral health. "A healthy mouth is essential
to a healthy body," she states. "Encouraging
kids to take care of their mouths gives them a better
chance for good health throughout their lives."
Four out of five Americans have some form
of gum disease. Chronic gum infections increase the
risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetic complications,
adverse pregnancy outcomes, and other serious health
Wolf began writing two years ago, determined
to take her message to a larger audience beyond the
bounds of her dental chair. Her first book, Pregnancy
and Oral Health, was published in June. Pregnant women
with gum disease are almost eight times more likely
to have a premature or low birth weight baby, and Wolf's
book offers mothers-to-be a simple self-care program
that promotes better health for mother and baby. She
has written articles for newsletters, magazines, web
sites, and e-zines, and her next book, Your Mouth Could
Be Killing You, will be published early next year.
Wolf is a passionate exponent of oral
health education. "The evidence for the mouth/body
connection is overwhelming, and traditional dentistry
isn't doing the job. I want people to know that they
can take charge of their own mouths, keep their teeth,
and live longer, healthier lives."
And what sort of reaction does she get
to her Halloween tradition? "Most of the kids actually
think it's pretty cool," Wolf says, "and their
parents love it!"
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