This Week in Perio
March 24, 2010

Health care reform will reshape dentistry
DrBicuspid.com
The sweeping health care reform bill that the U.S. Congress sent to President Barack Obama for his signature March 21 could affect dentistry for years to come. First and foremost, the bill aims to provide dental care to nearly every single child in the country. If it survives court challenges, it also will provide funding to educate more dental professionals, set up pilot programs for mid-level providers, expand dental care in community health clinics, and fund more research, preventive programs and public education about oral health.More

Gum bleeding: Dental care or die?
Dental Health Magazine
Women with gum disease are almost three times more likely to give birth prematurely than those with healthy gums, according to more than a decade of research. But scientists are still uncertain how significant a risk dental bacteria is to healthy pregnancies -- or how to save fetuses from potentially deadly exposure. Because of hormonal changes, women are prone to develop gum disease during pregnancy.More

Dental practice marketing campaigns
Dental Marketing and Practice Management
Dentists picked direct mail as their most effective avenue for dental practice marketing. Other favorites include yellow pages advertisements, TV ads and dental Web sites. "Sixty new patients per month with the new dental sign!" said one dentist. "A mini dental implant ad can help many people with denture problems," offered another. "Oh yeah, and my campaign brought in thousands in restorative revenue."More

The best tax breaks for small business
The Wall Street Journal
It's tax crunch time again. From March 15, when some corporations file, to the April 15 deadline for individuals, small-business owners busily are organizing their receipts and books -- and looking for as many tax breaks as possible. But when filing small-business taxes, mind that the devil is in the details, warns Roni Lynn Deutch, author of "The Tax Lady's Guide to Beating the IRS and Saving Big Bucks on Your Taxes." "You're not a doctor or a dentist and also a tax attorney," she says.More

Study finds dental bib chain contamination
Dental Office Magazine
A study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Dentistry Oral Microbiology Laboratory found that dental bib clips may be potential sources of cross-contamination in a dental office. Researchers sampled 50 bib clips from hygiene and dental operatories. One out of five bib clips were found to have a presence of significant microorganisms.More

What health care reform means for your business
CNNMoney.com
The sweeping health care bill passed by the House of Representatives on March 21 promises a sea change in the way that small business owners purchase and provide health insurance for themselves and their employees. But many of the provisions won't kick in until 2014 -- and the final rules still could be changed by amendments that will be considered by the Senate. For small businesses, the effects of the now-passed health reform law include the following. More

Tobacco, oral health
Capital Flyer
It is well known that tobacco is highly addictive and can cause serious diseases such as cancer, lung conditions, high blood pressure and heart disease. However, not everyone knows that tobacco is directly linked to bad breath, stained teeth, receding gum lines, gingivitis, periodontal disease and oral cancers of the throat and mouth. Whether it is smoking, chew or dip, if it has tobacco, the chances of having dental issues greatly increase.More

Small business marketing: How to create a Web site
SmallBusinessComputing.com
Establishing your first small business Web site might seem like a major undertaking. If you're confused by terms like domain name, Web hosting service and SEO, it's easy to think that paying a Web professional is the only way you'll get the project done. But you don't have to spend a lot of money or have a degree in Web site design to get a professional-looking site to market your business. Here's what you need to know to get started.More

This Week in Perio now available as iPhone app
American Academy of Periodontology
AAP understands the need to deliver timely, relevant news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create This Week in Perio, the association committed itself to delivering a resource that provides industry-specific news and information to periodontists on a weekly basis. That partnership now has expanded to provide another convenient avenue to receive this information. This Week in Perio is now part of the new MultiBriefs App, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" in the App Store and download the app free of charge. After the MultiBriefs App is downloaded, you can add the This Week in Perio feed from the "Healthcare and Medical" section. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch. And just like the e-mail news brief you've become accustomed to, you may share articles with your colleagues via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You can even bookmark certain articles as favorites to revisit at a later date. Feedback is appreciated and important to the success of the app, so please rate it in the App Store.More