This Week in Perio
Jan. 2, 2013

Dentistry tops U.S. News & World Report's list of 100 jobs in greatest demand
New York Dailiy News
We have certain standards when it comes to our work. Pay is just the beginning. We want to be fulfilled. We want job security. We want a chance to establish ourselves. It takes both careful research and preparation to secure any job. U.S. News & World Report's Best Jobs of 2013 can help. This annual ranking bases its selections on the Labor Department's predictions of the occupations that should have the greatest hiring demand from now until the year 2020.More

Perio treatment may lower risk of preterm birth
A new systematic review has found that pregnant women who are at high risk for preterm birth and have periodontal disease may be able to lower their risk by getting scaling and root planing treatment. While previous studies have shown an association between preterm labor and periodontitis in pregnant women, the relationship is still under investigation, and a link has not been clearly established, noted the study authors, from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, and Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Easy New Year's resolution ideas
There's a lot of pressure that comes with the New Year — resolutions and fresh starts to name a few. Try something different in 2013, by making easy, healthy swaps instead of setting out with a list of complex resolutions. Try switching out your pack of Splenda for flossing — yes, flossing! These little changes eventually will add up, and without realizing it, you soon will accomplish what you set out to do.More

The importance of the dental hygiene appointment sequence
The order in which things are done is very important. Take for instance when you go to the hair stylist, your hair will be washed first. If the hair is cut when it's dry you get a choppy, jagged haircut. Things are done in a certain order for a reason. The same is true for a dental hygiene appointment.More

Add oral health to the top of your 2013 resolutions list
Delta Dental of New Jersey via
New Year's resolutions often include goals for losing weight or living a healthier lifestyle, but why not make one (or many) of those resolutions to improve your dental health? For those who aspire to better their oral health in 2013, Delta Dental offers the following suggestions to help make these resolutions work.More

Fear of loan debt grows for dentists, physicians
The Columbus Dispatch
Part of Patrick Lloyd's job as dean of Ohio State University's College of Dentistry includes helping future dentists overcome their fear of debt. Because when they graduate, they will owe an average of $195,000 in student loans. They will owe more than Ohio State's medical-school graduates. In fact, they will owe more than anyone else graduating from the state’s flagship university. "Our graduates are having debt loads for a long time," Lloyd said. "Our student-debt level concerns me." With debts so massive, any financial missteps or career miscalculations can have significant, lifelong consequences.More

Dentistry 2012: What a difference a year makes
In an exclusive video on the future of dentistry posted on, Dr. Gordon Christensen states that it is "difficult to prognosticate about what's going to happen in the future." Boy, is he right. Twelve months ago, who could have predicted these developments. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Experts debate whether molars need to go
The Columbus Dispatch
Ask most oral surgeons and they'll tell you that you're better off safe than sorry when it comes to wisdom teeth. Have them out early and your risk for long-term problems including infections and decay are low, they say. If you wait and do encounter problems, removal will carry more risks. In recent years, though, there has been some debate about the wisdom of removing wisdom teeth where there is no pressing dental concern.More

What's it like: To have your wisdom teeth removed
The Oklahoman
Wisdom teeth are your third molars, the last teeth to come in, usually appearing between age 17 and 25. Most people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth, which means your tooth is unable to fully enter your mouth. When wisdom teeth are impacted, they can cause problems. The problem most people have with impacted wisdom teeth is that there isn't room for them to come into a healthy maintainable position. Often times, they can develop infections, periodontal disease and also cysts or tumors in the jaw bone. Sometimes they will exert pressure on the teeth in front of them, which can cause damage to those teeth and contribute to crowding.More

Digital impressions for implants and crowns
The Palm Beach Post
Q: I have large boney projections the size of half my pinky finger on my gums. The doctor called them "tori." I need implants and crowns, but when my doctor tries to take impressions, I scream in pain when the tray holding the goop scrapes against these boney areas. How can I avoid this?
A: You are talking to the right guy. I have an "exostosis," or tori in my own mouth that can hold a rack of Passover china. Peanut butter loves to rest there as well. A great technology that I have been using called digital impression scanners avoids the whole goop and impression tray deal completely.More

Patients distracted at the dentist with 3-D multimedia glasses
Dental Health Magazine
Now, more and more dental practices help patients overcoming their phobia and anxiousness by offering them the multimedia 3-D glasses and the earphones. You can watch "Mission Impossible" while the dentist drills your teeth. A new such multimedia high-tech product has been presented in both Canada and the U.S. Carl Zeiss launched the system called Total 3-D Solutions, and it is specifically created for dental-office use.More

Stem cell therapy
Financial Chronicle
Dental stem cells are being studied as a way to help treat a number of medical diseases and conditions. Adult stem cells from teeth have been used to successfully grow jawbone and treat periodontal disease in people. Other potential diseases which can be treated via adult stem cells include diabetes, spinal cord injury, motor-neuron, stroke, heart attacks, liver disease, cornea repair, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's. Dental pulp stem cell banking can be done from the milk teeth of children in the age group of 5-12 years. Teens that are undergoing orthodontic procedures such as getting braces have the opportunity to bank their premolars that are often extracted during this procedure. Adults have the opportunity to bank their dental pulp stem cells via wisdom teeth.More