This Week in Perio
Mar. 7, 2012

More Americans visit ER for costly, inefficient dental care
CBS News/The Associated Press
Toothaches can be incredibly painful, but painful enough to send you to the emergency room? For a growing number of Americans, the hospital is the first line of treatment for dental care, according to new research from the Pew Center. And these patients probably are paying 10 times as much and getting worse treatment than they'd get from a preventive visit to the dentist, experts warned. "Emergency rooms are really the canary in the coal mine. If people are showing up in the ER for dental care, then we've got big holes in the delivery of care," said Shelly Gehshan, director of Pew's children's dental campaign. "It's just like pouring money down a hole."More

Survey: Few American adults regularly practice healthy habits
Are you one of the many Americans not practicing healthy habits? A recent American Heart Association survey reports only 12 percent of American adults regularly practice all of these healthy habits: good nutrition, exercise, and oral care. Of those that listed an excuse for not following through with healthy habits, the most common culprit is said to be a lack of time. The survey showed that among American adults, two health behaviors not practiced regularly are identified with improving cardiovascular health.More

Better first impressions mean better health
The Wichita Eagle
Drs. Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen write, "First impressions can attract, repel or even bewilder — and they stick around. The smart move is to boost your appeal to friends, lovers and colleagues, both new and old. It will help assure the health of your heart, brain, immune system — and spirit. And if you attract and keep friends (and have a happy marriage), you have about a 50 percent chance of living longer than people who can't make those good first or lasting impressions. Maybe that's because when you're connected, you feel less stress — and that's a bonus for every part of the body."More

The end of sensitive teeth? Doctors reverse painful receding gums with cow heart implant
Mail Online
Doctors have found a permanent solution for people suffering from nerve-jangling tooth sensitivity due to receding gums: a patch made from cow heart tissue. More than half of all adults in the U.K. are thought to be affected by receding gums, also known as gingival recession, which is caused by aging, gum disease, teeth grinding and over-brushing. Over time it exposes more of the tooth root, which is far more sensitive as it doesn't have a protective enamel coating.More

Caring for your teeth can help to prevent damaging effects of gum, tooth disease
News Olio
More than 85 percent of the world's population suffers from some form of dental disease — of which are preventable. Dental diseases are defined as a variety of disorders that affect the gums, teeth and bone that holds the teeth in place.More

Chemical in bad breath 'influence' dental stem cells
BBC News
Hydrogen sulphide, the gas famed for generating the stench in stink bombs, flatulence and bad breath, has been harnessed by stem cell researchers in Japan. Their study, in the Journal of Breath Research, investigated using it to help convert stem cells from human teeth into liver cells. The scientists claimed the gas increased the purity of the stem cells. Small amounts of hydrogen sulphide are made by the body. It also is produced by bacteria and is toxic in large quantities.More

Dental office sedation requires more regulation
Dental Health Magazine
Sedation dentistry is that branch of dental medical health that describes all kinds of procedures through which pain is being relieved during treatments. The main issue that is that there are more and more people struggling with dental phobias and physical/developmental disabilities that require sedation during a dental visit. There is a fierce debate among advocates and opponents of sedation dentistry regarding as to whether the dental professionals administering sedation do have a proper educational background and sufficient training in offering these procedures.More

Why you should salivate over benefits of saliva
When it comes to oral health, most Americans think about keeping their teeth and gums healthy. But there is an important player in the game of oral health that often is overlooked: saliva. Without saliva, food wouldn't taste as good, tooth decay would increase, and digestion could be more difficult. Michael Brennan, DDS, MHS, director of the Sjogren's Syndrome and Salivary Disorders Center at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., provides more information on the benefits of saliva.More

Top 3 reasons to visit your dentist
You may think that going to the dentist regularly may serve only to flash your pearly whites and healthy gums. While it is certainly true that regular check ups and cleanings help to promote good oral health by preventing tooth decay and gum disease, the benefits of maintaining oral health reach far beyond your mouth.More

Federal judge blocks anti-smoking images required on tobacco products
A federal mandate requiring tobacco companies to place graphic images on their products warning of the dangers of smoking was tossed out by a judge in Washington, with the judge saying the requirements were a violation of free speech. "Unfortunately, because Congress did not consider the First Amendment implications of this legislation, it did not concern itself with how the regulations could be narrowly tailored to avoid unintentionally compelling commercial speech," said federal Judge Richard Leon in his 19-page ruling.More

Long-term study finds 92 percent dental implant survival rate
More than 16 years after implant placement, the cumulative survival rate of a group of single implant patients treated at the Dental Specialist Clinic in Malmö, Sweden, between 1987 and 1993, was 91.5 percent, a Belgian research team reported at the 27th Annual meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration in Phoenix. "After more than 16 years of function, all surviving implants were still supporting a functional single crown," reported Melissa Dierens, DDS, of the Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology at University Hospital of Ghent in Belgium. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Nobody knows you when you're down and out
The Huffington Post
George Heymont writes, "Silent diseases are defined as those which produce no clinically obvious signs or symptoms. From high blood pressure to chlamydia, from gluten enteropathy to periodontitis, patients can go for years without being diagnosed. Silent diseases perform slow, steady and insidiously erosive stealth attacks on a person's autoimmune system. Some may be linked to other diseases, or their diagnosis may be masked by a similarity to some other disease's symptoms — as the late, great Alberta Hunter explains in the following video clip, 'Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out.'"More

What is periodontitis? What causes periodontitis?
Medical News Today
Periodontitis means "inflammation around the tooth" — it is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and bone that supports the tooth. All periodontal diseases, including periodontitis, are infections that affect the periodontium. The periodontium are the tissues around a tooth, tissues that support the tooth. With periodontitis, the alveolar bone around the teeth is slowly and progressively lost. Microorganisms, such as bacteria, stick to the surface of the tooth and multiply — an overactive immune system reacts with inflammation.More