Local Author Wins National Recognition
First-Of-Its-Kind Book Honored

SAN DIEGO, California - December 2, 2004. Radcliffe Publishing is pleased to announce a national honor for first-time author Sheila Wolf. Her book, Pregnancy and Oral Health: The critical connection between your mouth and your baby, has been named an Award Finalist in the health category of the USA Book News "Best Books 2004" competition. Competition information and the complete list of finalists and winners are available at www.usabooknews.com.

Sheila Wolf's specialty is the non-surgical treatment of gum disease, an infection that in recent years has been linked to increased risk of serious illnesses, including heart attack, stroke, and diabetic complications. Gum infections afflict almost four out of five Americans, and are a special concern for pregnant women.

"With all the excess hormones floating around in the body in preparation for childbirth, half to three-quarters of mothers-to-be develop pregnancy gingivitis, and bleeding, tender gums," Wolf states. "Those who have a more serious infection, periodontitis, are nearly eight times more likely to have a premature baby - born too early and too small." With women waiting longer to start families the prevalence of serious gum infections has increased over the years.

A registered dental hygienist for more than thirty years, Wolf has had remarkable success treating patients with non-invasive techniques, supported by a simple but effective home-care regimen. In response to the Call to Action in the 2000 Surgeon General's report on oral health in America, she decided two years ago to take a dramatic step to take her message to people she could never hope to reach in her dental chair. She committed her time and resources to creating a book for mothers-to-be, to teach them how to take control of their own oral health. Pregnancy and Oral Health is the result.

Midwest Book Review gave the book a five-star rating, calling it "A superbly presented and welcome supplement to pregnancy shelves, and especially recommended reading for expectant mothers everywhere." Ann Louise Gittleman, New York Times bestselling author of The Fat Flush Plan, describes it as "A fascinating book that every pregnant woman MUST read to ensure her own health and that of her unborn child."

Pregnancy and Oral Health is an easy-to-read, entertaining manual that presents a simple, anti-bacterial self-care program to safeguard mother and baby against the dangers of oral infections. Warm and friendly in style, with informative illustrations throughout, it teaches, empowers, and makes you laugh. The tasteful and artistic maternity photographs are breathtaking, making this not only a wonderful gift of health, but also a gift of beauty.

Pregnancy and Oral Health (ISBN: 0974052809; price $15.95) is available at bookstores nationwide, at Amazon.com, and through Sheila's website, www.MamaGums.com, where she is happy to answer oral health questions.

Ian Radcliffe
Radcliffe Publishing
Phone: 619-287-3151
Email: radcliffepublishing@cox.net

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