This Week in Perio
Mar. 25, 2015

Secondhand smoke increases risk of periodontitis
Dental Tribune
While there is evidence of the numerous adverse health effects of environmental tobacco smoke, an association between periodontal disease and secondhand smoke in nonsmokers has not been clearly documented by scientific studies. Now, researchers have found that the incidence of periodontitis is significantly higher in nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke compared with unexposed nonsmokers.More

The oral microbiota affects more than just the mouth
There is more going on behind that smile than you know; brushing, flossing and seeing the dentists regularly are only the beginning to a healthy mouth and a healthy body. Bacteria, fungi and even protozoa can inhabit the mouth, leading to more than just bad breath and cavities. If not treated, these pathogens can cause more severe ailments, from inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis, to cancer. More

Acid poses rapid risk to wine tasters' teeth
New research from the University of Adelaide shows the acid in wine can make teeth vulnerable to erosion within minutes, prompting renewed calls for professional wine tasters to protect their teeth. Laboratory studies conducted by researchers in the University's School of Dentistry have simulated the kind of short, multiple exposures to wine acid normally experienced by wine tasters. More

Green tea serves as useful adjunct to perio therapy
The oral health benefits of green tea are getting increasing attention in scientific literature, and now the authors of a new study suggest that it should be added to dentifrices as an active ingredient for managing periodontal disease. The study authors, who are associated with various medical institutes in India, reported that it is a beneficial adjunct to nonsurgical periodontal therapy.More

Should I use mouthwash?
Tufts University via Medical Xpress
A mouthwash or therapeutic rinse can complement brushing and flossing, but it's not a license to abandon proven oral health care. Here are a few things to consider before incorporating one into your daily routine. Simply rinsing helps remove plaque and debris from your teeth. Mouthwash does that, but even rinsing with plain water is good to do after meals and snacks. More

4 rules for effective compensation in your dental practice
Is it time to increase pay in your practice? According to, 88 percent of employers set their sights on increasing pay this calendar year, and the average pay increase is expected to be 4.5 percent. But rest assured, the majority of those increases are determined based on careful planning and consideration. In fact, more than 73 percent of respondents indicated that their businesses use a formal compensation strategy.More

5 questions to ask when hiring an administrative assistant for your dental practice
Having an administrative assistant is like having a carbon copy of you. Ideally, you want your assistant to have the same ideals, goals and vision about your dental business that you do. However, it's not easy to find someone who will adapt to your way of thinking, especially if that person is new to the dental industry. Finding the right candidate is hard, and with so many qualified (and unqualified) people vying for the position, once you've narrowed down the pile of resumes, how can you narrow your search further to land the right administrative assistant for your practice?More

6 ways to improve case acceptance in your practice
You and your team members spend time talking with patients about the importance of going forward with treatment. They seem to understand and say they're ready to schedule, yet most of them never do. Not only is this frustrating, it's costing you thousands of dollars in lost revenue every year. Your case acceptance rate is nowhere near the 85 percent benchmark, and you know you need to make some changes if your practice is ever going to reach its full potential.More