This Week in Perio
Mar. 12, 2014

Patients who have dental extractions before cardiac surgery are still at risk for poor outcomes
Medical News Today
To pull or not to pull? That is a common question when patients have the potentially dangerous combination of abscessed or infected teeth and the need for heart surgery. In such cases, problem teeth often are removed before surgery, to reduce the risk of infections including endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart that can prove deadly.More

Mother's saliva predicts kids' early childhood caries
DrBicuspid.com
Dentistry is sounding the alarm about early childhood caries as data roll in about its long-term impact on oral health. Now a new study has the potential to give dentists another tool to help parents understand how their own oral health affects that of their very young children. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Hyperparathyroidism-jaw tumor syndrome
Surgical Restorative
The hyperparathyroidism-jaw tumor syndrome is an autosomal dominantly inherited disorder whose principal features are neoplastic and/or cystic lesions in three main organs: the parathyroid glands, the jaws and the kidneys. Correctly diagnosing HPT-JT syndrome is essential because of the possible involvement of other family members and risk of malignant disease.More

Dentists reap benefits with improved mixing technology
DentistryIQ
Dentists play double roles as physicians and business people. This is why, as self-employed professionals, they pay special attention to their level of medical expertise and the economic side of the business. In addition to time management and general administrative tasks, managing the cost of dental materials is crucial to improving efficiency.More

Study finds dental bib clips still harbor bacteria after disinfection
Medical Xpress
A routine that begins and ends each dental visit: A bib is clipped on to protect a patient from a procedure's flotsam; then the bib is discarded, and the clips and the chain that links them are disinfected before being reused. No problem, right? A routine that begins and ends each dental visit: A bib is clipped on to protect a patient from a procedure's flotsam; then the bib is discarded, and the clips and the chain that links them are disinfected before being reused. No problem, right?More

Survey: Crucial role of schools in promoting oral health
Dental Tribune
Although dental caries rates among children have declined in several high-income countries over the last decades, the opposite trend has been noted for low-income countries. A survey conducted at the University of Copenhagen has shown, however, that school programs can contribute significantly to a gradual reduction of inequalities in dental health.More

Involve the whole dental team in marketing efforts
DentistryIQ
Dental practice owners wear many hats within their practice. Of course their most important role is that of dentist, however, as small-business owners, dentists are tasked with a variety of roles that go into running a practice — management, accounting, human resources, IT support — you get the picture. Marketing is yet another area dentists must ultimately oversee. The problem is that there are very few, if any, marketing courses provided in dental school, and dentists don't always have time for yet another responsibility.More

Beer ingredient may prevent tooth decay, gum disease
Counsel & Heal
An ingredient in beer may help prevent cavities and gum disease, according to a new study. Scientists found that a part of hop leaves, which gives beer its bitterness and smell, may contain healthy antioxidants that could be used to fight tooth decay. They noted that part of hops is discarded in beer brewing and isn't used for making beer. Researchers said they've discovered some of the substances that could be responsible for these health benefits.More

Can licorice and coconut oil prevent cavities?
Mother Nature Network
Two great examples for natural preventative care are these studies showing that dried licorice root and coconut oil could have the power to kill cavity-causing bacteria.More

Patients who have dental extractions before cardiac surgery are still at risk for poor outcomes
Medical News Today
To pull or not to pull? That is a common question when patients have the potentially dangerous combination of abscessed or infected teeth and the need for heart surgery. In such cases, problem teeth often are removed before surgery, to reduce the risk of infections including endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart that can prove deadly.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

Researchers find byproducts of bacteria-causing gum disease incite oral cancer growth
Medical Xpress
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have discovered how byproducts in the form of small fatty acids from two bacteria prevalent in gum disease incite the growth of deadly Kaposi's sarcoma-related lesions and tumors in the mouth.More

Would you floss for $8,000?
The Star Democrat
Today's topic is not pretty, but unless you have $8,000 earmarked for your friendly neighborhood periodontist, it could prevent a lot of pain — both dental and financial. Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the gum tissue around the teeth, the fibers that hold the teeth in the jawbone and the bone itself.More

Seven weird signs of health troubles
WHAS-TV
Dragon breath is a telltale sign of gum disease, which may be linked with erectile dysfunction. Turkish researchers found that among men between 30 and 40, those with severe gum disease were more than three times more likely to suffer from erection problems than guys with healthy gums. Your move: Brush twice a day, floss daily, and open wide for your dentist two times a year.More