This Week in Perio
Feb. 12, 2014

Researchers motivate diabetics to adopt healthy lifestyle
University of Copenhagen via ScienceDaily
By means of so-called health coaching, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have helped a large group of diabetics to markedly improve their oral health. The patients assume responsibility for their own bodies and boost their self-efficacy through motivational health coaching, taking a different approach to conventional health campaigns and one-way communication. The research findings have just been published in the Clinical Oral Investigations.More

Study reveals complexity in treating frail older adults
DrBicuspid.com
With much focus on improving oral healthcare for kids, sometimes care for older adults, particularly those with a terminal illness, is often not even discussed. While there are guidelines for treating younger patients, no clear guidelines exist for those terminally ill adults. Should there be a focus on palliative dental care? If so, how is it defined? (May require free registration to view article.)More

Periodontist personally experiences gum disease, cardiovascular health link
The Spokesman-Review
Studies have linked gum disease to cardiovascular disease, putting people at higher risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke. Periodontist Lauralee Nygaard learned that the hard way.More

Good dental health is vital, beginning in infancy
Sioux City Journal
Dental hygiene is a vital part of overall health, dentists and doctors say. According to the Surgeon Generals Report on Oral Health in America, oral diseases and disorders affect health and well-being throughout one's life.More

Two sedation drugs for outpatient dental procedures compared for effectiveness
Anesthesia Progress via Dental Tribune
The demand for outpatient dental procedures is increasing and, along with it, the requirement for sedatives that meet the needs of both patient and the dentist. For many outpatient oral surgical procedures, an intravenous sedative and local anesthetic are used, but there are many drug combinations and techniques.More

Acid erosion: A challenge for modern dentistry
DentistryIQ
A recent pan-European study found that almost one-third of study subjects, 18 to 35 years old, have experienced tooth wear. This identifies a need to regularly screen patients for the condition.More

Screening for diabetes in the dental office
DentistryIQ
Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action or both. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications. These are the current diabetes statistics.More

Intake of vitamin C curbs gum, heart diseases
Times of Oman
The American Academy of Periodontology reports people who have gum disease are twice as likely to get heart disease. Another study confirmed that the more the presence of dental issues, like missing teeth and cavities, the more the chances of getting heart disease.More

CVS vows to quit selling tobacco products
The New York Times
CVS Caremark, the country's largest drugstore chain in overall sales, announced it planned to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October. The company's move was yet another sign of its metamorphosis into becoming more of a healthcare provider than a largely retail business, with its stores offering more miniclinics and health advice to aid customers visiting its pharmacies.More

Screening for diabetes in the dental office
DentistryIQ
Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action or both. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications. These are the current diabetes statistics.More

Dental implant assessment
RDH
Consider this scenario: Your dental hygiene patient enters the treatment operatory for a routine visit. She mentions that she has noticed bleeding from the area around her implant at the maxillary left lateral site. You take a periapical radiograph of the area. Upon probing, you note a 9 millimeter pocket.More

Periodontal regeneration: A look at the current and future landscape
DentistryIQ
The ultimate goal of periodontal therapy is to give the patient healthy, functional teeth while maintaining as much of their natural dental structures as possible. Beyond its implications for oral health, it has become more apparent in the last decade that periodontal disease may also have an affect on the rest of the body.More

The D0180 examination code
RDH
Q: Do you have any information on when it is appropriate to use the code D0180 Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation? Is this for a new or established patient? Is it just for periodontal offices? In our office we currently just use the code 183 for periodontal charting for new and established patients. Things that I have read about the code D0180 seem kind of fuzzy, and I'm not clear as to when, if ever, to use this code.More

Navigating reimbursement
Inside Dentistry via dentalaegis
If you ask any dentist what their top concerns are, you will likely hear that denials of claims and problems with reimbursements are at the top of the list. It's no surprise, because when claims have to be submitted many times or payment is denied, it can lead to problems paying staff and covering administrative expenses.More

Five simple steps to assess your patient's case acceptance value
DentistryIQ
"How much time should I be spending on this particular individual?" This is a question you should ask yourself at each new patient consultation in order to effectively decrease your time spent on invaluable patients, which will result in more time spent on patients that may yield a higher case acceptance rate. These five steps will help you manage your time properly and, in turn, increase your daily collections.More

Four keys to effective dental website design
American Dental Association
There are four keys to creating an effective dental website to help grow dental practices, according to PBHS. Possibly the most vital feature to making a website effective is a message or call to action that will clearly engage your visitor.More