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RESEARCH AND SCIENCE
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Military scientists create gum to fight Army's plaque problem
New York Daily News
The U.S. military is developing a new way to fight a national enemy. A team at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio is working on a chewing gum that kills cavity-causing bacteria. Rampant tooth decay and gum disease contribute to a huge and costly headache for the military. About 40 percent of Army recruits enter the service with at least three cavities, Col. Robert Hale, the commander of the U.S. Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment, told the Daily News.
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Flossing may help decrease your risk of a stroke
Dhaka Tribune
Flossing may be a bore but this kind of fastidious teeth-cleansing might be a lifesaver. Tooth loss increases the risk of a stroke many years later, according to a new Japanese study, and underlying gum disease may be to blame. A stroke is caused by a disturbance of blood supply to the brain. The most common type is an ischemic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel that normally delivers oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked. A hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel bursts, causing bleeding into the brain.
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    2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the American Academy of Periodontology. To celebrate the AAP's centennial, certain issues of This Week in Perio will feature an important moment in AAP history. Visit perio.org/100Anniversary for more information.

In January of 1930, the first issue of the Journal of Periodontology was published. It contained 26 pages and cost $2.



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Practicing good oral hygiene is even more important when pregnant
CTW Features via Philly.com
South of the chin, it's pretty obvious where a woman plumps up during pregnancy. Less noticeably, her gums become swollen, too. Not only are puffy gums painful, but they also pose a risk to the unborn baby. During pregnancy, blood vessels expand throughout the body, including the gums, says Dr. Dana Keiles, who practices dentistry in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Enlarged vessels make the gums tender and more likely to bleed.
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Good dental health is vital, beginning in infancy
Miami Herald
Johanna Evers, 6, has a routine each morning and night: She brushes her teeth, flosses and rinses with fluoridated mouthwash. She also has been visiting a dentist for twice-yearly cleanings since she was 2.
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Six gross side effects of chewing gum
ABC News
We know what you're going to say. "Now you're taking away my gum, too?!" After all, chewing gum seems like such a harmless — no, even smart — habit. You want something sweet? Pop a stick of gum for less than 5 calories (better than a candy bar, right?). Stressed? Chew a couple sticks of gum (preferable to chewing out a co-worker, no?). Feeling hungry? Chomp some gum while you think about your options (as in, hit the brakes before you end up knuckle-deep in the chips). What's not to like?
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Dental implant assessment
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Consider this scenario: Your dental hygiene patient enters the treatment operatory for a routine visit. She mentions that she has noticed bleeding from the area around her implant at the maxillary left lateral site. You take a periapical radiograph of the area. Upon probing, you note a 9 millimeter pocket. Bleeding on probing was also noted 15 seconds following removal of the probe, and the radiograph depicted bone loss, 50 percent of the implant length. The doctor made the diagnosis of advanced peri-implantitis, and referred the patient to a periodontist, which was the right thing to do.
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DENTAL INDUSTRY NEWS
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Tooth whitening
Dental Economics
What is there to write about tooth whitening that hasn't already been covered in previous articles and courses ad infinitum? Innumerable sources are available to provide information on intrinsic and extrinsic stains, peroxide whitening agents, managing patient expectations, Brannstrom's hydrodynamic theory of hypersensitivity, myriad desensitizing agents, in-office and take-home whitening products, documentation, the ADA's position on tooth whitening, etc. Is there any connection between whitening and the rest of the body?
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Do you have 1 of the 10 best jobs of 2014?
DailyFinance
No. 10: If you like teeth, you'll love being a dental hygienist — these trained medical professionals not only clean patients' teeth, but they also serve as front-line warriors in the battle against bad breath, plaque, and the gum disease gingivitis (among other mouthy ailments). Many work in dentist's offices, and more than half work part-time, which makes this a great job for those who want to spend more time with their families.
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Oral cancer screenings, periodontal assessments enhance the Ritz-Carlton experience
RDH
Over the past few months, RDH readers have been given information regarding dental hygiene appointment content, timing, and procedures. In one of the articles we discussed practice management advice for patient care and referred to this experience as the "Ritz-Carlton" standard of care.
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Keeping your primary-care dentist honest
The Hill
Partisan divides have further split an already-polarized electorate and specific policy differences have made consensus impossible on almost every issue in and around the healthcare debate. Almost.

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Dental infections thought to cause brain aneurysms
Dental Tribune
While bacterial infections have been associated with a number of serious medical conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, their role in cerebrovascular disorders has not been fully understood to date. Now, researchers from Finland have suggested that infections due to oral and pharyngeal bacteria could be a risk factor for ruptured intracranial aneurysms.

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
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Dental assistant and hygienist: Friends or foes?
DentistryIQ
The "body" of the dental office needs all members working together to be healthy. Each team member has his or her specific job so quality care is provided to patients. However, there can be an unhealthy disconnect if we don't realize we need each other to function as a whole body.
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EHRs and you
RDH
Most of us know that healthcare providers must implement electronic health records this year in order to continue receiving the same level of reimbursement from Medicaid and Medicare. While not every dental practice is a Medicaid provider and even fewer practices provide Medicare services, there are still many reasons that dental professionals should be paying attention to these new standards and preparing themselves for an eventual transition.
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US Army medical researches develop anti-plaque gum (KENS-TV)
Study: EBV associated with periodontitis; polyDNA recommends Gene-Eden-VIR against latent Epstein Barr Virus (PRWeb)
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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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