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Setting the record straight
American Dental Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nearly a month after issuing a news release that fueled widespread confusion and controversy, the American Heart Association distributed a second release to clarify its views on the relationship between periodontal disease and atherosclerotic vascular disease. The AHA's newer release, dated May 15, followed an April 18 statement that appeared to downplay the merits of treating gum disease as one way to combat the threat of heart disease. The new release, like the older one, notes that periodontal disease and heart disease share common risk factors such as smoking, age and diabetes. But unlike the original release, the newer press statement acknowledges that "studies have found an association between the two diseases that cannot be explained by the common risk factors." More



Dr. Lauren L. Patton: The complexity of periodontal disease
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This commentary from the American Heart Association's website is in reference to "Periodontal Disease and Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease: Does the Evidence Support an Independent Association? A Scientific Statement From the AHA." More

Standardized terminology needed for periodontitis diagnoses
DrBicuspid.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study in the Journal of Periodontology has added clinical support to recent publications suggesting a need for standardizing the terminology used in diagnosing periodontitis. "An issue in periodontitis diagnosis is the lack of a single consensus document where all the information needed to form a diagnosis is contained," the study authors wrote. "Hence, a 'gold standard' for diagnosis of periodontitis is lacking." The idea for the study arose from discussions with periodontal thought leaders, study author Frederick Curro, DMD, a clinical professor at the New York University College of Dentistry, told DrBicuspid.com. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Cavity-proof teeth: Keep 32 molecule kills bacteria that can cause tooth decay
Gizmodo via The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two scientists have discovered a molecule that kills the bacteria that can cause tooth decay, meaning a treatment for cavity-proof teeth could be on the way. Jose Cordova of Yale University and Erich Astudillo from the University of Chile named the molecule Keep 32 — a reference to the number of teeth in the human mouth — and now the duo is waiting to begin performing trials on humans, Gizmodo reports. The molecule targets Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria that turns sugar into the lactic acid that affects tooth enamel and can lead to decay, Geek.com explains. More

Tooth fillings made with BPA tied to behavior issues
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Children who get dental fillings made using BPA are more likely to have behavior and emotional problems a few years later, according to a new study. But the effect was small, and the lead researcher was quick to point out that her team didn't measure BPA levels in particular — and had no way of knowing if any other chemicals were leaching out of the fillings. More

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Colorado Health Department: Dentist put thousands at HIV risk from reused syringes
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A suspended Colorado dentist reused syringes and needles in his now-shuttered practice, potentially exposing thousands of patients to HIV and hepatitis infection, health officials warned. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment sent letters to 8,000 patients of dentist Stephen Stein, urging them to seek tests for the diseases after learning of "unsafe injection practices" at two Denver-area clinics he owned between September 1999 and June 2011. Investigators found that Stein reused needles and syringes in several patients' intravenous lines at his oral surgery and dental implant clinics, in violation of standard medical protocol, the department said in a statement. More

Study shows poor US citizens have lower oral health status
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A recently published report has demonstrated that oral health status in the U.S. varies significantly by age, ethnicity and poverty level. With regard to the prevalence of untreated dental caries, existing dental restorations, dental sealants and tooth loss between 2005 and 2008, it was observed that more than 1 in 5 people in the U.S. have untreated caries and 3 in 4 have at least one dental restoration. More



Dental therapists bridge gap
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Dental therapists span the divide between the hygienist and the dentist, similar to the way a nurse practitioner or physician assistant works in a medical setting. They practice under a dentist's supervision and are trained to do such things as fill cavities, place crowns, give local anesthesia and, in some cases, pull teeth. A year after the first cohort of dental therapists began practicing in Minnesota, the new and controversial breed of dental worker is showing early signs of acceptance. More

Dental marketing: How are positive Yelp reviews different from testimonials?
The Wealthy Dentist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ever since online review websites have become popular on the Internet, business owners and dentists alike have been trying to figure out a way to deal with the public's ability to post negative reviews online and instantly jeopardize the dentist's business reputation. Often, supposed customers are allowed to post reviews in which they don't disclose their real names or the type of relationship they've had with the business and business owner they're reviewing. More

Louisiana Society of Periodontists July 13-14,
New Orleans


• "Changes Coming to Healthcare Reform-What Does It Mean to    you?" Charpentier
•  "Achieving Predictable Implant Esthetics: Understanding Seven    Basic Priciples" Shapoff

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Everything dentists should know about blogging
Modern Dental Practice Marketing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Google holds more than 93 percent of the market share for search engines, and the Google Webmaster Tools blog says that content is king. By providing Google with original, informative blogs about dentistry, you will be rewarded with higher rankings on search engine results pages. Higher rankings mean more visibility to potential patients and more new patients for your practice. More

Promoting a dental practice with hyperlocal social media
Dentistry's Business Secrets    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Social media is an invaluable tool for promoting your dental practice to people in your local area. The difficulty lies in targeting the right audience. Hyperlocal social media marketing is a highly effective way of gaining local exposure online. Take a look at how to make best use of social media platforms to locally promote your practice. More


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10 foods that may whiten teeth, protect gums
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the saying goes, "you are what you eat." But when it comes to healthy teeth, "you are what you chew." According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, certain foods naturally cleanse, brighten, and defend against bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums. In contrast, some foods and lifestyle habits such as drinking coffee and tea as well as smoking can cause discoloration of your teeth. To deliciously achieve a healthier, whiter smile, try these 10 foods suggested by the cosmetic dentistry group. More

A survey with teeth
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pop quiz: How often should you floss? If you think twice a week sounds about right, you're like most Americans surveyed in the American Dental Association's first oral health quiz. And you'd be wrong, as they were, about that and many other dental basics, netting them the lowly grade of D on the quiz. More

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Tips for everyone to consider for their dental health
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Traces of food particles left on the teeth can be transformed by bacteria into very corrosive substances that eat away the hardened teeth. It is important that you are informed about the specific dental cleaning tips that you need to apply in order to ensure your teeth remain healthy and feel strong every day. The first and most basic of all approaches toward dental health is visiting the dentist often to get your teeth checked. The interval at which you visit your dentist needs to be regular and most dentists will prescribe a recommended interval. More
 
 

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