This Week in Perio
Apr. 23, 2014

Keeping a healthy smile
KITV-TV
Chris Harrison, host of ABC's popular television shows "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," discusses the Love the Gums You're With dental campaign where he's teamed up with the American Academy of Periodontology to promote periodontal health.More

Blindsided by dental bills? What you can do
ABC News
Q: I had an appointment for a dental cleaning in December. I filled out the form, paid a $25 co-payment and they put me in the chair, ready to take an X-ray. I told them I didn't want the X-ray. The dentist took a look at my teeth, and he said I have good teeth, but they couldn't clean them unless I took an X-ray there or transferred one from another office. So I asked for my co-payment back and went home.More

10 ways to keep your teeth healthy
MensJournal.com
There's no shortcut to oral health. Setting aside a few minutes at both ends of our day to brush and floss your teeth is the only way to maintain your smile. "There are dental implants to be sure, but you're not going to get a chance at another set of teeth," says Richard H. Price, a spokesman for the American Dental Association. "This is it."More

Medical professionals stress the importance of oral health
KLAS-TV
Regardless of your race or gender, oral care is extremely important, but often ignored. The Centers for Disease Control say nearly 65 percent of third-graders in Nevada have had some form of tooth decay. Twenty-eight percent went untreated. Dentists say bacteria can spread beyond your mouth and cause heart disease or diabetes.More

How does the health law affect dental coverage?
The Boston Globe
There is a lot of information out there about how healthcare reform is changing health insurance benefits, but what you don't hear about is its effect on dental coverage. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.More

Oklahoma dental groups oppose bill on training rules for oral surgery assistants
Tulsa World
Some dental groups are opposing a bill making its way through the Oklahoma state Legislature on training requirements for oral surgery dental assistants, but the head of the state dental board says they misunderstand its language. The bill would set forth the training required to obtain a permit as an oral surgery dental assistant.More

Cavity in dental coverage in Missouri could be filled
WDAF-TV
Missourians on Medicaid haven't had dental coverage since 2005. Now Missouri House and Senate committees want to restore coverage, putting $48 million in state and federal dollars in next year's budget. That follows a report showing emergency room visits by Medicaid patients for dental problems have skyrocketed.More

Good dental hygiene can improve overall health
South China Morning Post
"Routine brushing and flossing, and seeing a periodontist, dentist, or dental hygienist for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation during pregnancy may decrease the chance of adverse pregnancy complications," says Dr. Nancy Newhouse, immediate past president of the American Academy of Periodontology.More

Keeping a healthy smile
KITV-TV
Chris Harrison, host of ABC's popular television shows "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," discusses the Love the Gums You're With dental campaign where he's teamed up with the American Academy of Periodontology to promote periodontal health.More

How dental professionals can respond to 'oil pulling' patients
DentistryIQ
Although the literature on oil pulling has increased substantially in Western countries in recent years, there is still much confusion among dental professionals about the proper response to a patient who has adopted this alternative therapy.More

Study: Periodontal disease associated with cardiovascular risk
Medical News Today
Periodontal disorders such as tooth loss and gingivitis have been identified as a potential risk marker for cardiovascular disease in a large study. More than 15,000 patients with chronic coronary heart disease provided information on their dental health, with results showing that indicators of periodontal disease were common in this patient group and associated with numerous cardiovascular and socioeconomic risk factors.More

Report from the 43rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research
DentistryIQ
Salivary biomarkers have been studied to help determine the presence, risk, and progression of periodontal disease; however, clinical translation of salivary biomarkers from research to clinical practice necessitates studies that identify biomarkers associated with the range of phases between health and periodontal disease. The objective of this study was to identify salivary biomarkers associated with gingivitis.More

Tooth implant solution has immediate results
Florida Today
Here's the scenario: A person sees the dentist and gets fillings. Those fillings then deteriorate, requiring crowns. The teeth then decay under the crowns and need to be extracted. Or a person has periodontal disease and the teeth loosen. Fortunately, this problem doesn't happen to most of us. But for the few that it does happen to, it can be frustrating for the patient as well as the dentist. Understandably, some patients choose to leave dental care entirely because it just doesn't work for them.More