This Week in Perio
April 21, 2010

Study: People with fewer teeth prone to die of heart disease
People with dented smiles run a far greater risk of dying of heart disease than those who still have all their pearly whites, a Swedish researcher said. "Cardiovascular disease and in particular coronary heart disease is closely related to the number of teeth" that a person has left, Anders Holmlund told AFP, explaining the results of a Swedish study to be published in the Journal of Periodontology.More

No association between ischemic heart disease and periodontitis in women
Evidence-Based Dentistry
Question: Is there an association between ischemic heart disease and periodontitis in middle-age and elderly women?More

Semiconductor swab test can detect oral cancer in only 15 minutes
Popular Science
Each year, nearly 300,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer, which has an average survival rate of only 60 percent over five years. The rate of survival rises to 90 percent when the cancer is diagnosed early, but the process of detection can take several days and is painful for the patient. Nanobiochip technology created by researchers at Rice University may change that.More

Oral inflammatory diseases, diabetes linked
Dental Health Magazine
A link has been identified between individuals suffering from diabetes and oral inflammatory diseases; a recent study conducted in Canada suggests that there is an interaction between the two conditions. This finding could lead to dental offices and health care professionals working in unison to ensure that diabetics get the appropriate treatments. Researchers have found that as many as two thirds of all diabetics have periodontitis and gingivitis.More

Is oral hygiene key to a healthy heart?
Good oral health is crucial to living a healthy lifestyle. But many people are negligent about it. According to the oral health facts presented by World Health Organization, "The most common oral diseases are cavities and periodontal disease, and 60 to 90 percent of schoolchildren worldwide have dental cavities." The American Academy of Periodontology notes, "People with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease."More

Study: Toothpaste with triclosan/copolymer kills harmful germs
The human mouth is home to an estimated 800 to 1,000 kinds of bacteria. The warm and moist environment, along with hard tooth surfaces and soft tissues, prove to be optimal factors in boosting germ growth. Many of these bacteria are harmful and can form dental plaque. Toothpaste that contains triclosan/copolymer is better than regular fluoride toothpastes at killing the kinds of bacteria that live in people's mouths, according to a recent study.More

The dos and don'ts of practice transitions
Retirement remains the primary reason that dentists sell their practices, but dental dissolutions often result from the same reasons that cause marriages to fail, according to practice transition specialists. "Our phones ring because of words that start with D: divorce, disability, death, drugs, drinking, depression, delusion, discipline," said Tim Brown, president of ROI, a Canadian company that provides brokerage and appraisal services for dental practices. (May require free registration to view article.)More

3 areas where your practice can become 'greener'
Dentistry IQ
When I lecture around the country on the subject of "going green in the dental office," people always ask me what are some easy things they can do in their practice today to not only help save the environment, but also save some money as well. Here I've listed three areas to watch in your office. Keep in mind some of these tips also can be used in your home.More

Breathing through mouth causes health problems
When spring flowers bloom, pollen and other materials can wreak havoc on those suffering from seasonal allergies causing a problem called mouth breathing. The physical, medical and social problems associated with mouth breathing are not recognized by most health care professionals, says a new study. Dentists typically request that their patients return every six months, which means they may be the first to identify the symptoms of mouth breathing.More

Study finds gaps in dental care among stroke survivors
Significant gaps exist in dental care among stroke survivors, according to a study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting and published in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. Conducted at UCLA, the study is the first to examine the use of dental services by stroke survivors, according to the researchers. The study, which reviewed data from the National Health Interview Survey, found that only 46 percent of stroke survivors had visited the dentist in the previous year. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Black men 40 and older at highest risk for oral cancer
The Louisiana Weekly
When people think about diseases related to smoking and alcohol, oral cancer isn't usually one that comes to mind. But the combination of tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption accounts for most cases of oral cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence rate of oral cancer among black men in Orleans Parish was 19 cases per 100,000 people between 2002 and 2006, the most recent data available. In fact, oral cancer is one of the leading causes of death for black men.More