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The American Academy of Periodontology would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we continue to reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of This Week in Perio with Part 2 of our look at the most accessed articles from 2013. Our regular publication will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.




New methods can help receding gums
Florida Today
From Jan. 23: If you have a lot of gum tissue around your teeth, you're in great shape. But as we get older, we lose more of that gum tissue and the result is mucosa around the teeth. This is called gum recession. The roots of the tooth that are supposed to be protected by the gum tissue are now exposed. Root sensitivity is one consequence. The more devastating consequence is the erosion of the root surface. You'll feel the erosion as a cupped-out or grooved portion of the root at the gum line. If your fingernail finds a depression in the root, you have erosion. That erosion worsens, producing a weakness in the tooth, just the same as there would be weakness in a tree if you started to chop it down with an ax. If you have a denture that rests solely on mucosa, your chance for denture soreness goes up enormously.
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Worst foods for teeth: Make sure to brush after eating these 7 foods
The Huffington Post
From March 12: By now, we all know the basic recipe for healthy pearly whites, including regular brushing and flossing, and a diet rich in teeth-healthy foods. What we might not realize is how some food choices can contribute to the wear and tear of teeth. So what makes a food bad for your smile? Dr. Matt Messina, consumer adviser for the American Dental Association and a dentist in private practice in Cleveland explains to The Huffington Post that bacteria living in the mouth burn sugars in order to live. The byproduct of this burning is acid — which dissolves tooth enamel and causes cavities.
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Rethinking the twice-yearly dentist visit
The New York Times
From June 10: For decades, dentists have urged all adults to schedule preventive visits every six months. But a new study finds that annual cleanings may be adequate for adults without certain risk factors for periodontal disease while people with a high risk may need to go more often.
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New chip accelerates detection of periodontal bacteria
Dental Tribune
From Jan. 7: Of the estimated 700 bacterial species found in the oral cavity, only 11 are known to cause periodontitis. The detection of the relevant pathogens, however, has been very time-consuming to date. Now scientists from Germany hope that a newly developed diagnostic device will allow dentists and medical labs to conduct bacterial analysis in less than half an hour.
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The psychology of flossing
World of Psychology
From Feb. 25: Dr. Mark Burhenne writes, "Why is it so tough to remember to floss? I rarely run into patients who can't remember to brush their teeth twice a day, but even the most conscientious among us come to their hygiene appointment anxious and awaiting the hygienist's lecture about flossing. Flossing can be icky and awkward — no one likes feeling like they're shoving their entire fist into their mouth. But the reason why we don't make flossing a habit is a bit more complicated and has its roots in psychology."
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Thousands of Oklahoma patients urged to get tested for HIV, hepatitis after investigation shows dirty instruments in use
Fox News
From March 29: Thousands of patients of an Oklahoma dentist are being urged to get tested for HIV and hepatitis after public health officials found evidence of practices that could have exposed patients to the viruses. The Oklahoma and Tulsa health departments said approximately 7,000 people who were treated at clinics operated by Dr. W. Scott Harrington could have been exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, calling the dentist "a menace to public health."
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Gum disease may lead to cancer
LiveScience
From July 23: 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. The disease is a particularly deadly cancer, which the American Cancer Society estimates will kill nearly 38,500 Americans in 2013.
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Human microbe study yields periodontitis insights
R&D Magazine
From March 19: Microbes from the human mouth are telling Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists something about periodontitis and more after they cracked the genetic code of bacteria linked to the condition. The finding, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, profiles the SR1 bacteria, a group of microbes present in many environments, ranging from the mouth to deep within the Earth, that have never been cultivated in the laboratory. Human oral SR1 bacteria are elevated in periodontitis, a disease marked by inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support the teeth.
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'Don't bite the dentist': Child's book of rules found
KSL-TV
From Jan. 18: A child's book of rules, left in a Walmart parking lot and found by an employee, has taken a young girl from a Sacramento suburb to the set of the "Today" show. Isabelle Busath was in New York after a whirlwind week during which her treasured book of rules, only to have it returned by a man intent on putting the book back in the hands of its owners. Raymond Flores, 20, was corralling grocery carts at a Walmart in Citrus Heights, Calif., when something caught his eye: a notebook in the corner of an empty parking space.
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NOTE: The articles that appear in This Week in Perio are chosen from a variety of sources to reflect media coverage of the periodontal and oral health industries. An article's inclusion in This Week in Perio does not imply that the American Academy of Periodontology endorses, supports, or verifies its contents or expressed opinions. Factual errors are the responsibility of the listed publication. In addition, inclusion of advertising in this publication does not constitute or imply endorsement, agreement, recommendation, or favoring by AAP of such information or the entities mentioned or promoted herein.

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