This Week in Perio
Oct. 31, 2012

Osteoporosis treatment can help protect teeth from falling out
Daily Mail
Getting treatment for thinning bones could stop your teeth falling out, claim experts. Research shows a link between osteoporosis and gum disease, with older women at risk of losing bone density and their teeth. Gum disease has been linked to chronic health problems including heart disease, thought to be caused by inflammation passing from the gums into the bloodstream.More

Christensen puts implant makers in the hot seat
During the final day of the ADA Annual Session, Dr. Gordon Christensen and a panel of dental implant experts gave dental implant manufacturers and attendees plenty to consider during a question-and-answer session titled "Controversies in Dental Implantology." During the two-and-a-half-hour session, Christensen and fellow Drs. David Little and Joseph Massad provided candid and, as advertised, occasionally controversial opinions on everything from costs to methods regarding dental implants. (May require free registration to view article.)More

The surprising side effect of grinding your teeth
Live Well Nebraska
Dr. Stephanie Vondrak writes, "As a dentist with an emphasis on overall health and preventative care, I do so much more than just treat dental disease and fill cavities. Most of us know that for excellent dental health, you must have clean, decay-free teeth and strong healthy gums. But what about your bite? Where does that come into play? A growing concern in the field of dentistry is the epidemic of teeth clenching and grinding. Teeth grinding, also known as occlusal disease (or Bruxism) is a parafunctional habit that often occurs during sleep. Patients will unknowingly grind their teeth with tremendous force."More

Digital restorative dentistry becomes a practical solution
A talk hosted by the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry head of technology during the ADA 2012 Annual Session in San Francisco highlighted the breakneck pace that technology development in digital restorative dentistry has reached. "Sure enough, changes took place this week where I had to update my talk," said Dr. Parag Kachalia, vice chair of preclinical education, technology, and research in the department of integrated reconstructive dental sciences. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Atorvastatin: A new treatment for periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection, and tissue destruction occurs as a consequence of the host immune inflammatory response to oral pathogens. Periodontal pathogens produce harmful by-products and enzymes that break down extracellular matrices, such as collagen, as well as host cell membranes and lead to bone resorption creating bony defects that may cause tooth loss. Current techniques to treat bone defects associated with periodontitis or dental implants consist of surgically placing bone particles or substitutes into the defects to stimulate host bone formation. It also has been suggested that statin use has been associated with decreased tooth loss in chronic periodontitis patients.More

Inmates sue over lack of dental floss
Sun Sentinel/WPTV-TV
October is National Dental Hygiene Month — and maybe that's why some Palm Beach County, Fla., Jail inmates are suing the sheriff for not providing dental floss. Court records show four inmates have now filed civil lawsuits against Sheriff Ric Bradshaw since Oct. 1, demanding dental floss in the jail commissary and money damages for their dental "pain and suffering." But Bradshaw isn't budging. "I don't care if they file 400 suits, they're not getting it," the sheriff said. "You're not the mayor. This isn't the Ritz-Carlton."More

Leaders in Dentistry: Dr. James Metz on sleep apnea writes, "We are pleased to present the next installment of Leaders in Dentistry, a series of interviews with researchers, practitioners, and opinion leaders who are influencing the practice of dentistry. We spoke with Dr. James E. Metz, who has practiced dentistry since 1973 and has authored numerous articles about obstructive sleep apnea, as well as given 1,000 OSA presentations. In 2004, Metz lost 100 pounds and alleviated his own OSA. After treating 4,000 sleep disorder patients, he has made detecting and treating OSA his life's mission." (May require free registration to view article.)More

Dentists told old magazines are a health and safety risk
The Telegraph
It is a well-established part of a every trip to the dentist: leafing through a dog-eared copy of a glossy magazine while awaiting your turn in the chair. But this familiar ritual is now under threat in the U.K. after NHS officials issued a warning to dentists to stop keeping back issues of periodicals in their waiting room, because they are a health and safety risk. They believe that the magazines could be responsible for helping to spread bacteria and should be thrown out after just a week.More

'Laughing gas' thefts plague some Vallejo, Calif., dentists
Vallejo Times Herald
For the second time in just the past few days, the staff of one Vallejo children's dental office came to work to find their nitrous oxide cylinder missing, an employee said. Theft of the large, typically 100-pound containers of a state-regulated substance often called "laughing gas," is an ongoing problem for some local dentists, registered dental assistant Stacy Tolman-Cordero of Vallejo Children's Dentistry said. Nitrous oxide, which causes giddiness and a sense of euphoria, often is used to calm dental patients, particularly young ones, she said.More

10 unique dental offices from around the world
As Dr. David Myers started thinking about a new office, a developer in town announced they were incorporating an old gas station from the '40s into a new space in town. Myers then developed an idea that would be realized just three years later. DJM Orthodontics in Conway, Ark., doesn't look like your run-of-the-mill orthodontics office. Using his interests in rebuilding old cars and collecting what he calls "junk," Myers created an office that was both personal and welcoming. Here are nine more examples of doctors who went above and beyond with their office design.More

Dentist office selling fangs for a good cause
A Mesa, Ariz., dentist office is offering something pretty unusual this Halloween: a custom set of fangs. Calling all wannabe vampires! Between Halloween and the upcoming premiere of the final "Twilight" movie, fangs are in. And Mountain View Family Dentistry is taking part in this trend.More