This Week in Perio
Jul. 23, 2014

Treating perio disease reduces costs of other medical conditions
DrBicuspid.com
A growing body of evidence shows that periodontal disease is associated with negative systemic health consequences for patients with certain diseases and conditions. To determine the effects of periodontal disease therapy on medical costs and hospitalizations among patients with five systemic conditions, University of Pennsylvania researchers conducted a retrospective study to see if such treatment might prevent or mitigate some of the adverse effects associated with the conditions. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Bariatric surgery may have negative impact on oral health
Dental Tribune
Bariatric surgery benefits patients who exceed a certain body mass index. While these procedures may improve systemic conditions in obese patients, they may negatively affect their oral health, a new study from Brazil has found. According to the study, weight loss surgery may increase the incidence of periodontal disease and dental wear.More

Study: Effect of endurance training on dental erosion, caries and saliva
dentalaegis
It's no secret that running can be great for the mind, body and soul, but what it's doing to peoples' teeth may be surprising. According to the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, a new study is linking an increase in cavities and tooth erosion among runners and athletes who train for long periods of time, multiple days a week. More

Better oral hygiene could improve survival rates in dialysis patients
Dental Tribune
Dialysis patients with poor oral health have a higher mortality risk, a Swedish study has found. The research findings corroborate a previous study that found a significant association between moderate to severe periodontal disease and cardiovascular mortality in this patient group.More

Otzi the Iceman: Non-human DNA found in hip bone of 5,300-year-old mummy
International Business Times
Much of what is known about Otzi the Iceman, who lived thousands of years ago, stems from a tiny bone sample preserved in a glacier in the Otztal Alps, which allowed researchers to decode his genetic makeup. Now, scientists have further analysed the hip bone and discovered it contains non-human DNA. Researchers from the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano and the University of Vienna have found evidence for the presence of Treponema denticola, an opportunistic pathogen involved in the development of periodontal disease.More

Why do my gums bleed and should I be worried?
The Conversation
Bleeding gums are very common but that doesn't mean you should ignore them. They're usually a sign of gum disease. If treated in its early stages, periodontal disease can be easily reversed. But more advanced and severe forms of the disease can result in tooth loss, require complex long-term treatment and are associated with a higher risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases.More

Grinding your teeth? Relax! There are solutions
The News-Press
More people than ever are dealing with stress, and that means bruxism — otherwise known as teeth grinding — is on the rise. Bruxism is caused by the excessive contraction of the masseter, the facial muscle used for chewing. According to WebMD, the condition affects 10 percent of adults and up to 15 percent of childrenMore

Treating perio disease reduces costs of other medical conditions
DrBicuspid.com
A growing body of evidence shows that periodontal disease is associated with negative systemic health consequences for patients with certain diseases and conditions. To determine the effects of periodontal disease therapy on medical costs and hospitalizations among patients with five systemic conditions, University of Pennsylvania researchers conducted a retrospective study to see if such treatment might prevent or mitigate some of the adverse effects associated with the conditions. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Non-surgical gum disease treatment reduces thickness of wall of arteries
The Medical News
A simple non-surgical gum disease treatment markedly reduces the thickness of the wall of the arteries, a risk factor for heart disease, according to a first of its kind study among Aboriginal Australians. The study findings may be of particular importance to Aboriginal Australians, who in general have poorer oral health and higher rates of cardiovascular disease.More

Peri-implantitis: The 'time bomb' in dental implants
The Telegraph
Cathy Gunnell was thrilled when she had dental implants fitted at the age of 52. Since childhood, she'd endured crooked teeth, gum disease and abscesses, one of which forced her to have a tooth removed. So when a local London clinic charged her £13,000 ($22,211) to replace four diseased teeth with gleaming white porcelain ones, fixed in place with metal pegs, she was more than happy to pay.More

Licensing 'dental therapists' could give more Americans the care they need
The Washington Post
In 2009, 830,000 visits to emergency rooms around the country could have been prevented if the patients had seen a dentist earlier. In 2011, more than half of children on Medicaid went without dental care. These facts lie behind the story of Deamonte Driver, a Prince George's County seventh-grader who died of a preventable infection that spread from his mouth to his brain in 2007. Maryland pushed through some reforms following Deamonte's death, but the situation across the country has not dramatically improved.More

Are you feeling the pinch of competition in your dental office?
DentistryIQ
If your town is like most, there is more competition out there fighting for those "good" patients. Dr. Rhonda Savage, lecturer and CEO of Miles Global Dental Consulting and Savage Dental Marketing in Gig Harbor, Washington, talks about ways to take control in a competitive market.More