This Week in Perio
Jul. 30, 2014

Gum disease linked to chronic health problems
The Conversation
Researchers have found that treating gum disease may reduce heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. The study involved health and dental insurance records from 338,891 people with one of five conditions. The conditions included Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy.More

Good teeth could be a longevity marker
Dental Tribune
Maintaining good oral health may increase the odds of reaching age 100 and over. A recently published study has shown that centenarians and their children have better oral health compared with their respective birth cohorts. The researchers thus suggested that oral health may be a helpful marker for systemic health and healthy aging. More

Treating gum disease may lessen the burden of heart disease, diabetes, other conditions
Harvard Heart Letter
Gum disease — which begins when the sticky, bacteria-laden film known as plaque builds up around your teeth — is closely linked to premature birth, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health problems. Now, a report in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that treating gum disease can lead to better health — as evidenced by lower healthcare costs and fewer hospitalizations — among people with common health conditions.More

Elderly are at risk for periodontal disease
Wahpeton Daily News
People older than 65 will lose one or more teeth due to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a condition that affects the structure surrounding the teeth. This may include the bones and gums.More

Brushing up on healthy gums
Otago Daily News
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

Gum disease linked to chronic health problems
The Conversation
Researchers have found that treating gum disease may reduce heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. The study involved health and dental insurance records from 338,891 people with one of five conditions. The conditions included type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy.More

Nonsurgical gum disease treatment reduces thickness of wall of arteries
The Medical News
A simple nonsurgical 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

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

Nobel Biocare confirms talks about sale of implant maker
Bloomberg Businessweek
Nobel Biocare Holding AG, the world's second-biggest maker of dental implants, is in discussions about a possible sale of the company as interest in medical-device companies increases. The talks are at an early stage and may not result in a transaction, Nobel said in a statement. The company issued the statement in response to a Bloomberg News report that it was working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on a potential transaction. Nobel has a market value of 1.98 billion Swiss francs ($2.18 billion).More

Clinical dental advantages of the apically positioned flap
Surgical Restorative
The apically positioned flap is a commonly used surgical approach to achieve pocket elimination. This technique is important for maintaining an adequate zone of keratinized tissue, as opposed to the gingivectomy technique, where soft tissue is resected.More

Indian teenager Ashik Gavai has 232 teeth removed in 'world record' surgery
The Huffington Post
Surgeons have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager. Ashik Gavai was admitted to JJ Hospital in Mumbai with swelling in his lower jaw. The 17-year-old was suffering from a condition known as complex odontoma or benign tumor of the tooth, head of dentistry Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar said.More

Discovering the benchmark for your dental practice
DentistryIQ
It's no secret that businesses seek success by looking for the most effective ways to make their goals a reality. In order to learn that information, businesses must continually evaluate themselves, their competitors, and their industry. A measure of success must be set. A benchmark is a point of reference by which things may be compared or assessed. Benchmarks show businesses what best practices to strive for, what is necessary to maintain a competitive edge, and what actions are necessary to adapt to the needs of their customers.More

Building a successful dental practice brand
Modern Practice
If you don't think branding your dental practice is important, think again. A strong brand strategy can help you differentiate your practice and become the foundation for long-term growth and profitability. The brand will become an asset on your balance sheet and will greatly improve the value of your practice should you decide to sell it. More