This Week in Perio
Jan. 14, 2015

Chronic periodontitis influences prognosis and the severity of heart attacks
University of Granada via Medical Xpress
Researchers from the University of Granada have demonstrated for the first time that chronic periodontitis, an inflammatory gum disease that provokes gradual tooth loss, is closely related to the severity of acute myocardial infarction, commonly known as heart attack.More

Durable biomaterial potentially reduces tooth sensitivity
Medical News Today
Loss of the enamel layer that covers our teeth results in sensitive teeth and raised risk of cavities, pulp inflammation and other dental diseases. Now, scientists have produced a new biocompatible material that potentially rebuilds worn enamel, reduces tooth sensitivity and is much longer-lasting than current treatments.More

CDC data shows early childhood caries trending down
American Dental Association via Dental Tribune
The American Dental Association recently announced that it is encouraged that preliminary data presented at the Innovations in the Prevention and Treatment of Early Childhood Caries conference shows a downward trend in early childhood caries in the United States and indicates progress in ensuring that kids are getting needed dental treatment.More

FDA approves new hydrocodone product that's hard to abuse
American Dental Association
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an extended-release hydrocodone product with properties that can reduce abuse of the drug. Hysingla ER is an opioid analgesic that can treat pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term use. More

There is more to your mouthwash than a minty taste
The Wall Street Journal
People gargle mouthwash thinking it will get rid of bad breath, but that is the minty liquid's least effective function. Dentists say mouthwash and other rinses can be beneficial to overall oral health and an important part of daily oral hygiene routines but aren't essential.More

8 ways dentists can use their time more efficiently
It's important to run your dental office as efficiently as possible. When an office runs well, you can see more patients and keep them happy during their visit to your office. Your patients have lives too, and they don't want to spend hours in your waiting room. Here are tips that can help dentists use their time more efficiently so that everyone is happy.More

3 ways to know when stress is getting to you contributing writer Jen Butler, MEd, writes: "'How do I know my stress levels are too high?' This is one of the most common questions I hear. It is a great question, because if you know when your levels are high, then you can start to do something about it before you surpass your stress threshold."More

Dental practice net production leaps 22 percent
According to the latest Sikka data, December proved to be a profitable month for dental practices. Dentists' daily net production leapt 22 percent from November to $1,983/day. Gross production per visit also rose 3 percent to $360/visit. The increases offset declines in other areas, such as an 11 percent decrease in gross production per comprehensive exam.More