This Week in Perio
Apr. 29, 2015

Understanding and managing peri-implant bone loss
Surgical Restorative Resource
Although a high survival rate of dental implants has been documented in numerous long-term studies, peri-implant bone loss presents a problem that can compromise — or even result in the loss of — a successful implant restoration. Bone loss can be classified as early implant bone loss or late, depending on when it occurs. Early implant bone loss is usually defined as occurring prior to final restoration or during the first year of prosthetic loading.More

Adseverin protein plays key role in bone loss associated with osteoinflammatory disease
University of Toronto - Faculty of Dentistry via News-Medical.Net
Adseverin, a protein found in the body, has been identified as the key driver behind the bone loss associated with the world's most common inflammatory disease: gum disease, or periodontitis. The findings, published this month in top biology journal FASEB by researchers at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry, paves the way for new preventive treatment models for this prevalent disease.More

Natural reparative capacity of teeth elucidated
INSERM via ScienceDaily
Researchers at Inserm and Paris Descartes University have just taken an important step in research on stem cells and dental repair. They have managed to isolate dental stem cell lines and to describe the natural mechanism by which they repair lesions in the teeth. This fundamental discovery will make it possible to initiate unprecedented therapeutic strategies to mobilize the resident dental stem cells and magnify their natural capacity for repair. These results are published in the journal Stem Cells.More

HHS recommends single level for fluoridation in new report
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services on April 27 recommended a single level of fluoride of 0.7 mg/L to maintain caries prevention benefits and reduce the risk of dental fluorosis in community water systems. The recommendation replaces the previously recommended range of 0.7 mg/L to 1.2 mg/L, which had been issued in 1962. The recommendation was published online and will be in the July-August 2015 issue of Public Health Reports.More

Why falling asleep without brushing your teeth is gross
The Huffington Post
The question: Just how gross is it really if I forget to brush my teeth before bed every once in a while? The answer: Bad news: It's pretty gross. You probably already know that the American Dental Association recommends brushing those pearly whites twice a day. You also probably know that brushing your teeth is one of the easiest ways to avoid scaring off your date.More

Oral HPV: Another reason to brush and floss
Gargle some mouthwash, brush and floss your teeth, and drop into the dentist's chair a couple times each year. Sound familiar? Even if many people fall short of following it, the conventional wisdom for maintaining good oral health has become fairly ubiquitous. However, there may be more to the story.More

5 reasons emergency patients never come back
When you agree to see an emergency patient, it throws your entire schedule out of whack and adds stress to your day. You do your best to get these panicked patients out of pain as soon as possible, yet you know you'll likely never see them again. These patients rarely come back for comprehensive exams, let alone become loyal patients. That's why your team members cringe every time they take a call from someone with a dental emergency.More

Is your dental practice screening for oral cancer?
The most effective way of detecting oral cancer at its earliest stages is for the dentist to perform a quick and efficient screening during a patient's office visit. April is oral cancer awareness month, so if your practice is not screening patients, now is the perfect time to start. In fact, many practices have been offering free oral cancer screenings for the entire month of April. More