This Week in Perio
March 17, 2010

How your gums affect your heart
Parade
Scientists increasingly are observing a connection between oral health and heart conditions. In a study published in the International Journal of Cardiology, researchers looked at two groups of patients -- those who had suffered a recent heart attack and a control group -- and found that the heart patients had noticeably worse oral health compared to the controls. This doesn't prove that bad teeth and gums caused the heart attacks, but it does indicate an association between the two.More

Ceramic tooth implants a new alternative to titanium
KENS 5
Implants are a popular way for people to replace missing teeth. Now there's a new kind of implant that uses a ceramic post instead of a metal one. "They're made out of a ceramic called zirconia," said Dr. Paul Wilke, a dentist with Total Mouth Fitness in San Antonio. "And this ceramic is the same stuff used on the space shuttle. It's very biocompatible. So people that are metal sensitive or allergic to metals, this is ideal for them."More

Top 5 reasons you make more money as an entrepreneur
The Entrepreneur School Blog
Why is it you have more potential to make money as an entrepreneur or small business owner than you do working for the man? Here are my top 5 reasons.More

Watches may signal time for dental implant recovery
Reuters
Dental implant makers lost their shine as a recession-proof investment during the global crisis, which turned fixing smiles into a luxury for consumers who struggled to pay for non-essential work on their mouths. But as the wealthy begin to splash out again on watches, the recovery in the luxury goods industry may herald a pick up in demand for dental implants.More

8 big ideas for small business
TIME
It is a good thing Roger Dreyer has a passion for magic. Throughout the past 18 months, the 48-year-old tried nearly every trick in the book to find the expansion capital he needed to grow his business, Fantasma Toys Inc. He turned to traditional bank lenders for working capital, with no luck. Even though he had a backlog of orders from the likes of Costco and Toys "R" Us for his firm's specialty magic sets, the deep recession made credit disappear. So like the chief operating wizard he is, he found an innovative approach to his dilemma.More

The connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body
The Lakewood Observer
During the past few years, a strong link between oral health and overall health has been proven by several studies. Specifically, the bacteria and inflammation found in patients with periodontal disease has been shown to play a role in several systemic diseases. For example, evidence has linked oral bacteria to cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, blocked arteries and stroke. Some studies have shown a link between diabetes and periodontitis as well.More

World dental implant, bone graft market could top $4.5 billion by 2012
Dental Office Magazine
Global sales of dental implant systems are expected to maintain double-digit growth during the next five years. In fact, sales could soar to more than $4.5 billion, according to a new study released from Kalorama Information. Sales of dental implants and abutments, which is becoming the preferred restoration for replacement of missing or extracted teeth or as supports for dentures, crowns and bridges, rose more than 15 percent in 2006 to reach nearly $2 billion.More

Dental patients will travel to see their dentist
Dental Marketing and Practice Management
The average dental patient travels about 5 to 10 miles to see their dentist for treatment, we found in this survey of dentists. Rural patients travel longer distances for dental care than do urban residents. However, some patients keep their dentist even after moving hundreds -- sometimes thousands -- of miles away. "I'm a specialist," said one periodontist, "so we have quite a few patients from the coast, which is 90 miles away."More

57% of Canadians want bright smile, but only 4% maintain proper oral hygiene
Dental Health Magazine
Unbelievably, despite the fact that a healthy looking smile is highly desired, a recent survey indicates that a mere four percent of Canadians actually engage in regular, proper oral hygiene practices. The main reasons that many people fail to take good care of their teeth are cited as being a lack of the time needed to provide adequate oral care and fatigue. In all, 57 percent of Canadians surveyed believe that having a great looking smile is important, but less than five percent of all people are willing to put in the extra steps it takes to ensure that they actually maintain a healthy smile.More

6 small business tax strategies for the entire year
Going Concern
Tax planning gets a lot of attention during the January through March time frame, but what about the rest of the year? Should you be thinking about planning for three lousy months out of the year? Please. But because the timing is not lost on us, we reached out to a CPA who has been around the block a time or two for some tax advice.More

Early births reduced by successful gum disease treatment
Dentistry.co.uk
A new study has revealed the strongest suggestion yet that successful treatment of periodontal disease reduces the number of premature babies. The findings, which recently were publicized at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research in Washington, followed more than 1,000 pregnant women between six and 20 weeks gestation. The study monitored 160 participants diagnosed with periodontal disease and compared them to 872 pregnant women who had good levels of oral health.More