This Week in Perio
Mar. 4, 2015

American Academy of Periodontology publishes proceedings from its workshop on regeneration
The American Academy of Periodontology has released the official proceedings from its June 2014 workshop on regenerative therapies for periodontal disease. Systematic reviews and consensus reports from the "Enhancing Periodontal Health Through Regenerative Approaches" workshop are published in a supplement to the February 2015 print and online editions of the Journal of Periodontology.More

Link may exist between oral health and rheumatoid arthritis
Dentistry Today
Poor oral health may cause rheumatoid arthritis, based on a new study. Researchers from the University of Louisville determined that poor oral health can raise the risk of rheumatoid arthritis based on the presence of an enzyme that is around when a person has gum disease. This enzyme, called peptidylarginine deiminanse, has also been associated with rheumatoid arthritis.More

NYU study successfully screens for diabetes at dental visits using oral blood
Medical News Today
It is estimated that 8.1 million of the 29.1 million Americans living with diabetes are undiagnosed, and many who have diabetes have poor glycemic control. Given that each year many Americans visit a dental provider but not a primary care provider, dental visits may be an opportune site for diabetes screening and monitoring glucose control for many at-risk patients. More

Supreme Court drills dentists in teeth-bleaching dispute
The Associated Press via Medical Xpress
The Supreme Court ruled Feb. 25 that a state regulatory board made up mostly of dentists violated federal law against unfair competition when it tried to prevent lower-cost competitors in other fields from offering teeth-whitening services. By a 6-3 vote, the justices rejected arguments from the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners that it was acting in the best interests of consumers when it pressured nondentists to get out of the lucrative trade in teeth-whitening services.More

8 mistakes you're probably making when you brush your teeth
The Huffington Post
It's not exactly a newsflash that one of the most important reasons to brush your teeth is to fight off cavities. But what if the way you brush your teeth actually makes you more susceptible to cavities, tooth decay and gum disease? Turns out, there are a host of common mistakes that many of us make morning and night that can damage teeth and turn a healthy smile upside down. Find out what you're doing wrong — and how to break these bad habits for better teeth.More

10 warning signs: What your mouth says about your health
If the eyes are the windows to your soul, then your mouth is the gateway to your overall health. Research has found a surprising number of links between the state of your oral health and common, yet serious, health conditions. Dr. Sharde Harvey helps provide these valuable insights into oral health. More

What's the missing piece in your dental practice?
How does your team function? Do you function as one well-oiled machine, everyone functioning as one to reach your goal? Or do you all function separately and find it hard to reach those objectives? If so, it may be time to determine what the missing piece is for your practice.More