This Week in Perio
Feb. 4, 2015

BPA exposure during pregnancy may raise baby's risk of diabetes, heart disease
A new study has added to the mounting evidence on the harmful effects of the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A, which is found in epoxy resins used in some dental sealants and composites. Exposure to BPA during pregnancy can cause oxidative damage that may put the baby at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease later in life, according to a new study in the journal Endocrinology.More

New relationships between periodontitis, Alzheimer's disease, and heart attacks
According to a paper published in the Journal of Dental Research, severe periodontitis is the sixth most prevalent health condition in the world. These conclusions emphasize the massive public health challenge caused by severe periodontitis and are a small-scale version of the epidemiologic transition to noncommunicable diseases occurring in many countries.More

Study: Restorations, aesthetic work most common procedures by general dentists
Nonimplant restorative work, aesthetic procedures and extractions are the most commonly done procedures by general dentists, according to the findings of a new survey published in BMC Oral Health. Also, more than 80 percent of dentists in private practice reported working more than 32 hours a week, while only 52.3 percent of those in nonprivate practice did so.More

Green tea may zap cancer cells in your mouth
A new Pennsylvania State University study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research found that green tea might kill oral cancer cells — and boost healthy cells. This is the latest research to tap green tea as a potential cancer-fighter. More

Dentist: Flabby gums are worse than flabby abs
Loyola University Health System via ScienceDaily
When you hear your dentist or dental hygienist reciting numbers while the inside of your mouth is being examined you may think your teeth are being counted. Not so. Your gum health is actually being assessed. More

Straighter teeth by mail
The New York Times
When John Hofford, a 27-year-old digital media specialist, wanted to straighten his teeth, he wanted invisible plastic aligners that would correct his crowding, instead of conspicuous metal braces. But he couldn't afford the clear aligners sold at his local orthodontist in Atlanta. So in September, he paid $124.95 for a kit to take his dental impressions at home. More

What osteoporosis medication could be doing to your oral health
When we get sick and our doctor prescribes medication, we expect to be warned about any potential side effects. But a Florida doctor says many women are coming to his office with a debilitating condition from their osteoporosis medication. "Every day I wake up and think, 'Gee, is another tooth going to loosen?'" says Ethel Bennett. She suffers from a condition called Drug Induced Necrosis of the Jaws. More