This Week in Perio
Sep. 4, 2013

Expectant mothers' periodontal health vital to health of her baby
When a woman becomes pregnant, she knows it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure both the health of herself and the health of her baby. New clinical recommendations from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) urge pregnant women to maintain periodontal health as well. Research has indicated that women with periodontal disease may be at risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such giving birth to a pre-term or low-birth weight baby, reports the AAP and EFP.More

American Academy of Periodontology to host 99th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia
The Progressive Dentist Magazine
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) invites all dental professionals to attend its 99th Annual Meeting at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center from September 28 to October 1, 2013. This year’s meeting aims to highlight state-of-the-art advancements in periodontology, while allowing attendees the opportunity to network with fellow dental practitioners in the City of Brotherly Love.More

Periodontitis: Metformin may be an effective local treatment
Metformin, a drug used for diabetes, can also effectively treat chronic periodontitis in smokers, a new study shows. Administered in a 1 percent gel, the drug increased bone fill 26.17 percent (± 6.66 percent) compared with only 3.75 percent (± 8.06 percent) for a placebo when both were combined with scaling and root planing. It also reduced probing depth and increased clinical attachment levels more than placebo.More

Dental spending
Dental Economics
The U.S. is emerging – albeit slowly – from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. At the same time, the health care system is on the verge of unprecedented reform. The Affordable Care Act, with its triple aim of improving the health of the population, enhancing the patient experience, and reducing cost will usher in a sea change in how health care is financed and delivered. The U.S. far outspends any other country when it comes to healthcare, with no real demonstrated gains in health outcomes. More

Utah has lowest percentage of female dentists in the country
The Salt Lake Tribune
Rachel Smith has wanted to go to dental school since her childhood dentist treated her "filleted" face after she fell onto a ledge while racing a friend at age 12. ‘‘It’s more than just filling cavities," the 24-year-old said, "it can be healing as well." She was one of 20 people chosen from a pool of about 850 applicants for the inaugural class at the new School of Dentistry at the University of Utah, a group whose 3.8 GPA is the highest of any entering dental class in the country, administrators say.More

10 daily practice statistics every dentist should review
Dentistry IQ
While most dentists really enjoy the clinical side of their practice, many find the business side frustrating. Dentists often underestimate their ability to run their business effectively. The happiest and most successful dentists have learned to enjoy both the clinical and business parts of their practice. More

Brain inflammation linked to greater complications in Parkinson's Disease
Science World Report
A recent study looks at brain inflammation and the increasing problem involving fluid in the brain's cortex and complications with Parkinson's disease. According to researcher Lena Brudin of Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine who was part of a research team that measured inflammatory markers involving cerebrospinal fluid samples of Parkinson's patients and members of the control group, inflammation caused significantly more problems when relating to the disease.More

Broccoli could be key to fighting inflammation, arthritis
Los Angeles Times
Broccoli is supposed to be good for you, right? That's what Mom said. But now, researchers in Britain say the veg might be a veritable fountain of youth — or at least a way to slow painful inflammation and degenerative joint disease such as arthritis. Broccoli is a potent source of sulforaphane, which "slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with painful and often debilitating osteoarthritis," according to the study by researchers at the University of East Anglia.More

Oral infections causing more hospitalizations
The New York Times
Left untreated, a serious tooth abscess can eventually kill. In 2007, Deamonte Driver, a 12-year-old boy in Maryland, died after bacteria from an abscessed tooth spread to his brain. The case drew widespread media attention, and his is the cautionary tale cited whenever politicians and advocates discuss access to oral health care.More

Bacteria in brains suggest Alzheimer's-gum disease link
Bacteria linked to gum disease traveled to the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, suggesting that dental hygiene plays a role in the development of the memory-robbing illness, British researchers said. More

Gum disease may lead to cancer
Bacterial infections may play a role in triggering pancreatic cancer, according to recent research. A growing number of studies suggest a role for infections —primarily of the stomach and gums — in pancreatic cancer.More