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As 2014 comes to a close, AAP would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of This Week in Perio, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.


Blindsided by dental bills? What you can do
Blindsided by dental bills? What you can do
From April 23: Q: I had an appointment for a dental cleaning in December. I filled out the form, paid a $25 co-payment and they put me in the chair, ready to take an X-ray. I told them I didn't want the X-ray. The dentist took a look at my teeth, and he said I have good teeth, but they couldn't clean them unless I took an X-ray there or transferred one from another office. So I asked for my co-payment back and went home.
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The surprising link between medicine and oral health
A Healthier Michigan
From Aug. 6: If you take any sort of medication — over-the-counter or prescribed — you've probably noticed those long lists of potential side effects listed on the labels. These can range from skin discoloration and headaches to blood clots or worse. But one symptom most people don't think twice about is how some medications affect your teeth, gums and mouth. The following are just a few of the common oral health-related side effects from different medications.
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6 easy tips from UAB dentist to keep your toothbrush (and mouth) free of harmful bacteria
al.com
From May 14: You probably have no clue how much gross stuff is hiding on your toothbrush. That humble implement meant to help you clean your teeth, get rid of plaque and prevent cavities may harbor such hazards as Staphylococci, coliforms, yeasts and intestinal bacteria, according to Dr. Maria Geisinger, a periodontist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry.
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Patients who have dental extractions before cardiac surgery are still at risk for poor outcomes
Medical News Today
From March 12: To pull or not to pull? That is a common question when patients have the potentially dangerous combination of abscessed or infected teeth and the need for heart surgery. In such cases, problem teeth often are removed before surgery, to reduce the risk of infections including endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart that can prove deadly.
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Scientists identify a rise in life-threatening heart infection
Medical News Today
From Nov. 26: Scientists at the University of Sheffield have identified a significant rise in the number of people diagnosed with a serious heart infection alongside a large fall in the prescribing of antibiotic prophylaxis to dental patients. The pioneering study is the largest and most comprehensive to be conducted with regards to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines, which recommended dentists should no longer give antibiotics before invasive treatments to people considered at risk of the life threatening heart infection, Infective Endocarditis, which in 40 percent of cases is caused by bacteria from the mouth.
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Drs. Roizen and Oz: How to fight periodontal disease and become more healthy in the workplace
The News-Sentinel
From Aug. 13: Q: I've been diagnosed with periodontal disease. I want to reverse it ASAP, because I hear it leads to more problems than just tooth decay. What's my next step?
A: You're smart to want to get control of your oral health. Your timing is great, too; there's breakthrough research that's discovered a pretty simple way for you to reduce gum problems and cut your risk for several major diseases in the process.

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Periodontal regeneration: A look at the current and future landscape
DentistryiQ
From Feb. 5: A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that approximately half of American adults over age 30 have some form of periodontal disease, and it's even more prevalent in those age 65 and older. The ultimate goal of periodontal therapy is to give the patient healthy, functional teeth while maintaining as much of their natural dental structures as possible. Beyond its implications for oral health, it has become more apparent in the last decade that periodontal disease may also have an effect on the rest of the body.
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Does oil pulling work?
CNN
From Aug. 13: Starting the day off at the beach with your skin smelling of tropical-scented sunscreen can be one of life's greatest pleasures. Smelling coconut oil as you swish it around in your mouth before work — well, that's another story. Oil pulling, or placing oil in the mouth to kill harmful bacteria, seems to have caught on recently. It's a controversial practice that takes dedication and time, though fortunately not the 10 or 20 minutes of marathon swishing some sources suggest.
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Dr. Anthony Youn: You don't want a jack-of-all-trades surgeon
CNN
From June 11: I once worked with a plastic surgeon, let's call him Dr. Saul, who performed cleft lip and palate repairs, face-lifts, breast reconstruction after mastectomy, and even complex repairs of tendons in the hands and fingers. His practice wasn't very busy, so he performed some of these procedures only once every few months. While the breadth of Saul's practice was impressive, I couldn't get over the question: How many different types of procedures can you trust one doctor to perform?
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Mouthwash overuse may lead to oral cancer: Alcohol content raises risk of carcinogens in mouth lining
Medical Daily
From April 9: Whether we're pressed for time in the morning, afternoon, in between snacks or in the evening, many of us may reach for the mouthwash when toothpaste or dental floss is nowhere in sight. Although this provides a quick fix to combat bad breath and lingering germs, frequently replacing mouthwash with toothpaste and dental floss could become a deadly habit that we need to spit out.
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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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