This Week in Perio
Jan. 7, 2015

CWRU researchers discover byproducts from bacteria in gum disease can awaken dormant T-cells and HIV viruses
Case Western Reserve University via
Dental and medical researchers from Case Western Reserve University found another reason to treat periodontal disease as soon as possible. They discovered that byproducts of bacteria in gum disease, called metabolic small chain fatty acid, can work together to wake up HIV in dormant T-cells and cause the virus to replicate.More

Study: 'Microbial dark matter' may cause periodontitis
A new study may shed light on the role of "microbial dark matter" in the progression of periodontitis and other diseases, according to results published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While the human body contains 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells, scientists estimate that roughly half of the bacteria are difficult to replicate for research — hence the term "microbial dark matter," explained a press release from the University of California, Los Angeles. A long-standing question is whether these bacteria contribute to chronic disease.More

Tooth loss linked to slowing mind, body
University College London via ScienceDaily
The memory and walking speeds of adults who have lost all of their teeth decline more rapidly than in those who still have some of their own teeth, finds new University College London research. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, looked at adults aged 60 or over from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and compared their performance in tests of memory and walking speed.More

Love the Gums Your With Campaign featured in New York University's Alumni Magazine (see page 8)
AAP via New York University Magazine
If you're over 30, there's a 50 percent chance you have gum disease. From there it's a saliva-slick slope to receding gums, tooth loss and even an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.More

Colorado dentist finds gratification in giving
A map of Liberia surrounded by photographs of Dr. Craig Hovick working on patients hang on the lobby wall at the dentist's Longmont, Colorado, office. The memories are souvenirs from Hovick's trips to third world countries where he has volunteered for 10 to 18 days every year for the past decade.More

AAP reminds the public to take care of dental implants
Television personality Sharon Osbourne became an unlikely poster woman for dental implant health when her artificial tooth loosened and fell from her mouth during a Dec. 16 episode of the CBS daytime chat show "The Talk." The American Academy of Periodontology encourages those who wear dental implants to care for them through twice-daily brushing, flossing at least once a day, and regular visits with a periodontist.More

Mind your mouth: How oral health affects overall health
U.S. News & World Report
Good oral health means more than a mouth full of pearly whites and fresh breath; it can also be the difference between life and death. Your mouth is a hotbed of bacteria, which can be controlled with good oral hygiene. But neglect your teeth and gums, and it's not just your mouth that will suffer. Studies suggest your overall health may also be on the line.More

600 doctors, hygienists listen to Colgate's Science to Cities programs
More than 600 dentists and hygienists across the United States participated in Colgate's Science to Cities tour. The Colgate educational program, which offered perspectives on evidence-based dentistry, was presented in Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, and Chicago. Dental professionals listened to lectures presented by Dr. John Comisi, Dr. JoAnn Gurenlian, Dr. Angelo Mariotti and Dr. Ann Eshenaur Spolarich.More

Dental spending growth slower
American Dental Association
Government actuaries cited slower growth in dental spending than projected just three months earlier in a study revising the post-recession National Health Expenditures narrative from "low rates of growth" to "slowdown." The 3.6 percent increase in the 2013 rate of growth in the overall health economy is the lowest on record since NHE record keeping began in 1960, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary said.More

ADA: Medicaid market for dental care will grow significantly
Due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Medicaid market for dental care will grow significantly nationwide, according to new research by the ADA Health Policy Institute. But translating expanded Medicaid dental benefits coverage to expanded access to dental care will require significant reforms to Medicaid programs, the researchers noted. The authors of the new ADA research brief, "Medicaid Market for Dental Care Poised for Major Growth in Many States," wrote that the ACA "is changing the dental benefits landscape."More

Dental problems could be a sign of an eating disorder
The Baltimore Sun
People with eating disorders often mask their disease, making it hard for a primary physician to detect. But the dentist can see telltale signs, such as redness and ulcers, that patients can't hide. Dr. Gigi Meinecke, a practicing dentist and president of the Maryland Academy of General Dentistry, discusses how dentists can help treat people with eating disorders.More

How to set your practice goals for the New Year
All the practice management gurus talk about helping practice owners reach their goals. But what about the people out there who don't even know their goals? Sure, we know we'd like more money. But how much? We know w'’d like more new patients, but where do we start to get them?More