This Week in Perio
Feb. 5, 2014

Periodontal regeneration: A look at the current and future landscape
DentistryIQ
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that approximately half of American adults over age 30 have some form of periodontal disease, and it's even more prevalent in those age 65 and older. The ultimate goal of periodontal therapy is to give the patient healthy, functional teeth while maintaining as much of their natural dental structures as possible. Beyond its implications for oral health, it has become more apparent in the last decade that periodontal disease may also have an affect on the rest of the body.More

Motivational health coaching empowers diabetic patients, improves dental health
Medical News Today
By means of so-called health coaching, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have helped a large group of diabetics to markedly improve their oral health. The patients assume responsibility for their own bodies and boost their self-efficacy through motivational health coaching, taking a different approach to conventional health campaigns and one-way communication. The research findings have just been published in Clinical Oral Investigations.More

Dental scientists patent new agent to fight oral bacteria
Dental Tribune
Researchers at the University of Washington's School of Dentistry have received a patent for a new way of using titanium-based materials to control bacterial infections. They believe that the substances could be used in a patient's mouth after dental procedures to reduce the risk of infection or in mouthwashes and toothpastes to limit bacterial growth prophylactically.More

Key role for Fusobacterium adhesin in non-orthodontic periodontal inflammation
medwireNews via The Medical News
Researchers from China have found that patients with gingivitis and periodontitis are more likely to have Fusobacterium nucleatum carrying the novel Fusobacterium adhesin A than periodontally healthy people. The results suggest that fadA, which is required for entry of the bacterium into endothelial cells, plays an important role in the development of gingivitis in patients without orthodontic devices.More

Intravenous sedation drug shows promise from results of clinical dental trial
Surgical Restorative
Dental sedation has been in the news. Sometimes bad. Sometimes good. Sometimes probing questions that make us think. And more questions. Consumer demand for outpatient dental procedures is increasing and, along with it, the requirement for sedatives that meet the needs of patients and dentists.More

Poor oral health tied to cancer-causing oral HPV infection
Dental Tribune
Poor oral health, including gum disease and dental problems, was found to be associated with oral human papillomavirus infection, which causes about 40 to 80 percent of oropharyngeal cancers, according to a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.More

Smoking during pregnancy can lead to increased risk of orofacial clefts
Dental Tribune
The Office of the Surgeon General, a U.S. governmental office concerned with public health, has published its 2014 report on the implications of tobacco use for oral health. Among other findings, the report showed additional evidence that maternal smoking in early pregnancy is associated with the development of cleft lip and palate in infants.More

The effectiveness of interdental brushes
RDH
The importance of plaque removal for the prevention of dental and systemic disease is becoming better understood by the general community. However, daily habits such as interproximal plaque removal have yet to be established by many people. Effective removal and disruption of plaque within the oral cavity is not achieved by simply brushing. Floss, which would be preferable to using only a toothbrush, is not used by the majority of the population on a regular basis.More

Periocclusion
Surgical Restorative
Periodontal treatments are now well documented and codified. It is now undisputed that nonsurgical treatment needs to remove the largest amount of periodontal pathogens as possible in order to limit the individual inflammatory response and prevent future bone loss. Supragingival decontamination is ensured by the patient's daily oral hygiene habits, and the dental team performs the infragingival decontamination by scaling and root planing.More

People don't always take advantage of dental care
Dentistry Today
People with dental insurance aren't necessarily using it, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry concluded that people aren't knowledgeable enough to understand the importance of dental health. If dental health is neglected, it may lead to poor overall health.More

I don't brush my teeth every day — should I worry?
Fox News
Drs. Marc Siegel and David Samadi weigh in.More

Dentists look for more than cavities
CNN
CNN's Holly Firfer looks at how a trip to the dentist may help more than just your teeth.More

Periodontal regeneration: A look at the current and future landscape
DentistryIQ
The ultimate goal of periodontal therapy is to give the patient healthy, functional teeth while maintaining as much of their natural dental structures as possible. Beyond its implications for oral health, it has become more apparent in the last decade that periodontal disease may also have an affect on the rest of the body.More

Keeping your primary-care dentist honest
The Hill
Partisan divides have further split an already-polarized electorate and specific policy differences have made consensus impossible on almost every issue in and around the healthcare debate. Almost.More

Dental implant assessment
RDH
Consider this scenario: Your dental hygiene patient enters the treatment operatory for a routine visit. She mentions that she has noticed bleeding from the area around her implant at the maxillary left lateral site. You take a periapical radiograph of the area. Upon probing, you note a 9 millimeter pocket.More

Personalized dentistry adds new dimension to patient care
DrBicuspid.com
How would you feel if an insurance company told you that, based on clinical studies, it was instituting risk-based preventive dental care? That day is here, as some insurance companies are changing their reimbursement patterns after the recent release of a study of more than 5,000 patients who were followed for 16 years and stratified for genetic risk, smoking, and diabetes. (May require free registration to view article.)More

More than just pennies: Six tips to dramatically cut your dental supplies overhead
Dental Practice Manager
Dentistry has one of the highest overheads of any profession. The rising cost of rent, equipment, lab fees, staff salaries and numerous other costs can easily take over your bottom line. If you are an insurance-based practice, you can only raise fees so much. Being in network with an insurance company limits what you can charge.More

The necessity of subgingival air polishers
DentistryIQ
Air polishing is not a new technology. It's been used for almost 50 years, tracing its roots back to Dr. Robert Black and his invention, the Air Dent. Air polishers employ a mixture of powder and water delivered through a device via compressed air. This fine jet is directed toward the tooth surface leading to the removal of deposit (plaque and stain, mostly).More