This Week in Perio
Jan. 23, 2013

'Don't bite the dentist': Child's book of rules found
A child's book of rules, left in a Walmart parking lot and found by an employee, has taken a young girl from a Sacramento suburb to the set of the "Today" show. Isabelle Busath was in New York after a whirlwind week during which her treasured book of rules, only to have it returned by a man intent on putting the book back in the hands of its owners. Raymond Flores, 20, was corralling grocery carts at a Walmart in Citrus Heights, Calif., when something caught his eye: a notebook in the corner of an empty parking space.More

6 ways to negotiate lower doctor bills
Caroline Mayer writes, "For the past couple of years, I've been putting off getting a bone-density scan, despite my doctor's urgings. I have made efforts to bolster my bones (vitamin D, calcium, strength-training exercises) and haven't broken any since my last scan six years ago, so I figured I didn't need a new test. And I've been hesitant for another reason: Money."More

Do midlevel providers improve oral health?
American Dental Association
An ADA scientific literature review finds no evidence of disease prevention or cost effectiveness associated with midlevel providers such as dental therapists. "The expert panel and the ADA can be proud of the work that went into this report," said Dr. Robert A. Faiella, Association president. "It is an unprecedented look at these issues." The report's principal author, Dr. J. Timothy Wright, said that "this analysis shows midlevel providers who provide surgical treatment do not result in reduced rates of dental caries in the population. Oral health disparities exist regardless of the provider workforce model."More

Estrogen linked to gum disease in pregnancy
New research has revealed that women with higher levels of the hormone estrogen have a greater chance of developing gum disease during pregnancy. Although pregnancy can cause the gums to bleed more easily, the role of estrogen in that process previously had not been considered. Karen Coates, a dental adviser at the British Dental Health Foundation, described the research — by the University of Helsinki — as a positive step toward improving the oral health of pregnant women.More

The worst 7 health habits ever
FITNESS Magazine via Shine from Yahoo
It may surprise you that one of the worst health crimes you're committing is as small as forgetting to take your contacts out at night. Here, tips to bounce back fast from long days in high heels, fast food, and more. One item on the list: Forgetting to floss daily. What's the big deal? Brushing cleans the front and back of your teeth but your toothbrush has a hard time reaching foods that get stuck in between. Dr. Marc Liechtung, a dentist at Manhattan Dental Arts in New York, says that any food that gets stuck between your teeth has a chance at turning into bacteria that can eat away at the enamel and cause decay. Not only can this cause cavities, it can also lead to gum disease, root canals, and even tooth loss.More

Texas legislators to consider new DSO regulations
Dental service organizations in Texas would be subject to greater oversight under a bill being introduced by a Texas legislator who accused the groups of "outrageous actions" involving unnecessary pediatric procedures. SB 151 is designed to "strengthen the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners' ability to ensure that dental treatment is directed solely by licensed dentists, not by corporate entities." The measure would also require DSOs to register with the board and prohibits them from "interfering with dentists' treatment decisions." (May require free registration to view article.)More

From mouth to back: Gum disease and AS
Many diseases are driven by inflammation, or the swelling of tissues and organs. Inflammation plays a part in both arthritis and gum disease. As such, there may be a link between arthritis and gum disease. A recent study revealed that patients with ankylosing spondylitis (a type of spinal arthritis) were more likely to have had periodontitis in the past compared to patients without ankylosing spondylitis.More

Oral hygiene research aiding teeth, health
Scripps Howard News Service via The Republic
It's likely that the condition of our teeth influences health over many parts of our body beyond the digestive system. Researchers have tied oral bacteria and tooth decay to a number of other illnesses, from heart disease and diabetes to kidney disease and premature birth. While brushing thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing with an anti-microbial mouthwash is still the standard of care for preventing cavities and gum disease, some new twists are being tried in the way people brush, rinse and otherwise protect their (hopefully) permanent choppers.More