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Bone-creating protein could improve dental implant success
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Using a bone-creating protein to augment the maxillary sinus could improve dental implant success, according to Georgia Health Sciences University researchers. Dental implants, screws that anchor permanent prosthetic teeth, won't work if the bone in which they are anchored is too thin. Bone-thinning is a common cause and consequence following tooth loss. The current favored solution is to supplement the area with bone grafts to stabilize the implant base. But that technique is problematic "primarily because it involves additional surgeries to harvest the bone," said Dr. Ulf M.E. Wikesjö, Interim Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise in the GHSU College of Dental Medicine. More



Dr. Pedro P. Lense: Gum disease and cardiovascular disease
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Gum disease and cardiovascular disease often are seen together and have been mentioned in the scientific journals for quite some time. The public has been educated by TV commercials to watch out for their cholesterol and triglycerides, specifically the "bad" LDL because it affects their heart. But do you know that high levels of LDL are observed in people with gum disease before they have any signs of heart disease? Gum disease is a low grade infection in the gums, which causes the body to produce a generalized inflammatory response elevating the C-reactive protein. More

Dental health for pregnant women
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As if there aren't already enough changes going on in your body during pregnancy, your oral health can be affected by your mom-to-be status as well. Patch posed a few questions on the topic to Potomac's Gigi Meinecke, DMD, FAGD, and a representative for the Academy of General Dentistry. "It's important not to skip your regular cleaning and checkup due to the effects of circulating hormones on gums," wrote Meinecke in an e-mailed response. "The hormonal influences of pregnancy predispose the expectant mom to problems with her gums. It's these changes which, when untreated, may have an effect on her teeth." Although the occasional case of bleeding gums is a common side effect of pregnancy, pregnancy gingivitis isn't something you want to take lightly. More

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Obstetric outcomes after treatment of periodontal disease during pregnancy: Systematic review and meta-analysis
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Periodontitis is a relatively common clinical condition, which occurs in more than 30 percent of people in some populations1; it has a prevalence of between 5 and 20 percent in pregnant women. Treatment in pregnancy is safe, easily applicable and involves scaling and root planing. An association between periodontal disease and preterm birth has engendered much interest. Despite advances in obstetric care, preterm birth continues to be the leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality. This suggestion has led many investigators to seek evidence in this field. Since 1996, when a relation of periodontal disease with preterm birth was proposed, many observational studies have been carried out. More

How social media can help — and hurt — your practice
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The expanding world of social media offers dentists some real advantages in terms of potential market reach, but it also is fraught with legal caveats, according to presenters at the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention in Denver. Growing practices stand to benefit from the increased clout of real-time, multimedia venues such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, advised a Boulder, Colo., consultant who specializes in dental marketing. However, the users of such sites put themselves at peril if they fail to read and heed these companies' terms of service, said an attorney who also spoke at the convention. (May require free registration to view article.) More
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Groupons for health care services: No-brainer or legal minefield?
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We all have bought Groupons for a wide variety of goods and services — dinner at a new restaurant, a periodical subscription, clothing, a hot air balloon ride — but most of us have not bought a Groupon for health care services. Thus far, the health care offerings via Groupon seem to be limited mostly to cosmetic, dental, chiropractic and acupuncture services; in short, to services that often are excluded from traditional health care insurance coverage. In an age of online communications and marketing of health care services, it is natural to ask whether Groupon can work for other health care services. The answer: It depends. More

Drug reduces gum disease, risk of osteoporosis, heart disease in women
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A drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating periodontal disease also significantly reduces risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women, new research has found. In addition, the drug significantly raised levels of "good" cholesterol among women more than five years postmenopausal — the first medicine ever to be shown to do so. University of Arizona cardiologist Dr. Marvin Slepian co-authored the study, which was the cover story this month in the Journal of the American Dental Association. As a source of systemic inflammation, chronic periodontal disease, a disease of the gums and underlying tooth supporting structures that is commonly known as "gum disease," could be a primary cause of chronic inflammation that leads to cardiovascular disease. More



How to find affordable dental insurance
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Dental insurance is the fringe benefit most of us want, but either do not have or isn't sufficient for our needs. Dental care is extremely important as gum disease and bad teeth can have an effect on your heart and other vital organs. In recent years, the nation's major health care companies have improved the dental plans offered as consumer demand has required these companies to do so. If you lack dental coverage, there are some steps you can take to ensure that your family's twice-yearly visits to the dentist are covered. More

Message to postmenopausal women: 'Increase yearly dental checkups,' researcher urges
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Postmenopausal women have a new health message to hear. Two annual dental checkups aren't enough. Older women need more, according to research findings from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic. That message comes from a comparison study of women on and off bone-strengthening bisphosphonate therapies for osteoporosis. Leena Palomo, assistant professor of periodontics from the dental school, and Maria Clarinda Beunocamino-Francisco from the Center for Specialized Women's Health at the clinic, set out to study the long-term effects of bisphosphonate therapies on the jawbone, but came up with these new findings that affect all women after undergoing menopause. More

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IPad advances digital dentistry
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For Dr. Ferencz, the latest technology always has driven quality patient care. As an early iPad adopter, he knew the device could launch a new era in digital dentistry. The iPad has become central to all aspects of his practice. In addition to simplifying patient forms and record-keeping, it enables the dentist to show his clients photos of treatment options. And his technicians refer to digital images on the tablet computer to create perfect-looking dental prosthetics. The iPad simplifies the record-keeping process for both patients and staff. Rather than designing, filling out, scanning and then shredding paper forms, Ferencz and his staff have created a fast, efficient system using the tablet computer. Patients complete their intake forms directly on it using the Adobe Ideas app, and can even sign the form using a stylus on the iPad screen. More

Julie Deardorff: Is CoQ10 a wonder pill?
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Claim: CoQ10, a substance produced by the body and found in cells, can help with cardiovascular conditions, especially heart failure, as well as cancer, muscular dystrophy and gum disease. Plus, it can boost energy, prevent migraines, aid memory, slow aging, strengthen immunity, speed recovery from exercise and help with a staggering number of other ailments.
Reality: "The claims for CoQ10 are overblown, and there's no reason to take the supplements, especially if you are healthy," according to the current issue of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. Moreover, "no one knows how much to take or which formulation, if any, is best," the Wellness Letter editors wrote. That confusion is largely because of "mixed clinical findings, absorption issues, two chemical forms (CoQ10 and its activated from, ubiquinol), and a variety of suggested dosing across products," according to Consumerlab.com, which recently purchased, tested and compared CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements.
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Obama administration appeals health care ruling
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The Obama administration has appealed a judge's ruling in Florida that struck down its landmark health care overhaul law as unconstitutional because it required Americans to buy health care insurance or face a penalty. President Barack Obama's Justice Department filed its notice of appeal and the case will go to the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta. The fight over the law is expected to reach the Supreme Court. Health care reform is the signature of Obama's domestic policy and the administration has said it would continue to implement the law because halting it would cause irreparable harm. More


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