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Systemic antibiotics in the treatment of periodontal disease
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Chronic periodontitis is an interaction between a plaque biofilm and the body's immune response. A biofilm is a multilayered microbiological ecosystem that adheres to the surface of a structure and confers greater protection from antibiotics and an immune response versus the planktonic microbiota alone. Some of the key pathogens in periodontitis are gingivalis, denticola, forsythia, actinomycetemcomitans, intermedia, rectus as well as other gram-negative rod anaerobes, spirochetes, enteric rods and beta hemolytic streptococcus reside in biofilms, making them hard to treat with antibiotics alone. More



Dental screenings linked to lower heart disease, stroke risk
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VideoBriefGoing to the dentist can be stressful, frightening and painful — but it may also help your heart. Research suggests that not only do frequent dental cleanings ward off plaque and gum disease, but they can also reduce risk of heart disease and stroke. "Periodontal, or gum health, as a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, has been looked at several times over the past 10 years," said Dr. Thomas Gerber, an AHA spokesman and a professor of medicine and radiology at the Mayo Clinic. "Some prior studies found a relationship between gum disease and heart or other disease, whereas others didn't." More

CDC oral health division remains intact
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will retain its Division of Oral Health, according to a story in ADA News. Earlier this year, the CDC came under fire after announcing a restructuring proposal that would have folded the division into the Division of Adult and Community Health. The ADA, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and a group of former chief dental officers of the U.S. Public Health Service all sent letters to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and CDC Director Thomas Frieden, M.D., MPH, voicing their opposition. More

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Another perk to weight loss? Improved gum health
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Losing weight can improve a lot of things about your health: your cholesterol, you blood pressure, even your self confidence. But how about your smile? New research from the Journal of Periodontology has found that when people lose fat, they improve the health of their gums, too. Researchers looked at 31 obese people with gum disease. Half of the subject had gastric bypass surgery and had fat cells from their stomaches removed, while the other half did not. More

Latte decay: Slow sipping may boost cavities in adults
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If your last trip to the dentist revealed a crop of new cavities, look no farther than your coffee cup. The culprit may be lurking in your latte, according to Seattle dentist Heidi Hackett, who says her conversations with patients have led her to believe that the popular coffee drinks are causing an uptick in adult tooth decay. "We found that the majority of the patients are spending many hours a day working at the computer and 'nursing' either lattes or coffee with milk," says Hackett. "The constant exposure to the lactose or milk sugar is giving the bacteria in the mouth a flood of raw fuel or 'food' to metabolize." More
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Tips for a healthier 'fresh from the dentist' smile
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People love to experience that "fresh from the dentist" feeling, when the tip of the tongue glides effortlessly and smoothly over a freshly cleaned set of pearly whites. So, why not have that feeling all of the time? If you want a healthier-feeling mouth, follow these tips. You've heard it over and over: brush your teeth twice every day. It also helps to brush after eating and snacking whenever possible. Brushing keeps small food particles from becoming food for harmful bacteria. If possible, brush for a full two minutes. More

2 resources help us forge ahead in perio care
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For those of you who truly enjoy learning about periodontal diseases and caring for those with periodontal conditions, there are two resources that you may want to have at your fingertips. In July, the American Academy of Periodontology released a report titled "Comprehensive Periodontal Therapy: A Statement by the American Academy of Periodontology." The AAP recognizes the advances made in both knowledge and treatment, and updates their concept of the scope of periodontal care. More

What 26 million Americans should know about diabetes and oral health
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People living with diabetes need to take care of and monitor their health very closely. While monitoring their blood glucose is usually top of mind, the 26 million Americans living with diabetes may be surprised to learn that 95 percent have a form of gum disease. This is compared to only 50 percent of the general population. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop serious gum disease as people without diabetes. More

Daily dental hygiene is crucial for a healthy, clean mouth
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With Halloween in the rearview mirror and the sugar plum fairy dancing her way onto the horizon, it's a good time to mention the importance of dental hygiene. You only get one set of teeth, and unless the idea of a liquid diet floats your boat, you're going to need to keep them in good shape. Although factors such as daily diet and tobacco use influence dental health to some degree, daily, preventative maintenance is paramount to ensuring healthy teeth and gums. More



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