This Week in Perio
Apr. 9, 2014

Mouthwash overuse may lead to oral cancer: Alcohol content raises risk of carcinogens in mouth lining
Medical Daily
Whether we're pressed for time in the morning, afternoon, in between snacks or in the evening, many of us may reach for the mouthwash when toothpaste or dental floss is nowhere in sight. Although this provides a quick fix to combat bad breath and lingering germs, frequently replacing mouthwash with toothpaste and dental floss could become a deadly habit that we need to spit out.More

Emergency department dental care continues to increase other costs
Dentistry Today
More and more people are visiting emergency medical departments for dental care, based on a study by the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. The problem is particularly prevalent in low-income communities. The problems come from the fact that many people have no option but to visit the emergency room after experiencing intense dental pain.More

Bone loss and inflammation reversed in immune disorder by dental team
inceDental
Patients with leukocyte adhesion deficiency, or LAD, suffer from frequent bacterial infections, including the severe gum disease known as periodontitis. These patients often lose their teeth early in life.More

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
DentistryIQ
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and the Oral Cancer Foundation invites you to join in a national screening campaign to end oral cancer. Awareness of prevention and early diagnosis of this disease by the public is low. Cures rates are also low. Approximately 43,250 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year.More

Study: Dental professionals view periodontics differently
DrBicuspid.com
A new study that surveyed periodontists, hygienists and general practitioners about the scope of periodontics found that most agreed surgical treatment of advanced gum and bone infection is the most important therapeutic focus of periodontists, but there was disagreement over the importance of placing implants and related procedures. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Are dental implants right for you?
SymptomFind.com
"Healthy gum tissues are necessary for the successful placement of dental implants. A patient must also have sufficient bone to support the implant, and if he or she does not, there are often a number of ways to correct bone deficiency," says Dr. Stuart Froum, president of the American Academy of Periodontology and clinical professor and director of clinical research at the Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at New York Dental University Dental Center.More

What your mouth can tell you about your health
Women's Health
Total-body health starts in your mouth — seriously, oral care is connected to everything from brain function to immunity. Plus, learn how your dentist could save your life.More

Obstructive salivary gland disorders and treatment options: What dentists need to know
DentistryIQ
Until recently, patients in the U.S. who suffer from obstructive salivary gland disorders had few options for relief. But today, advances in science and medical device technology are providing a variety of innovative and effective minimally invasive treatment options for patients.More

High-tech teeth: Dentistry is going digital
USA Today
Suffer a cracked or broken tooth and your dentist is likely to recommend a crown, a custom-fitted cap to cover it and restore the tooth's shape, strength and appearance. Traditionally that meant having a model of the tooth and surrounding area made using a mold, sending the impression to a dental laboratory to make the crown, having a temporary restoration put in place, waiting a week or more for the finished crown to be sent back to the dentist's office and returning for a second visit where the temporary is removed and the new crown is cemented into place.More

Hygienists report working for multiple offices, dentists
DentistryIQ
Although most dental hygienists still practice in one dental office, working closely with a single dentist, the changing demographics for the profession continue to indicate varied work situations, including 10 percent who work with five or more dentists during the course of a month. The statistics were reported as part of a "profile survey" about dental hygienists.More

How you should be communicating with patients on social media
Dental Products Report
Dental social posts are great to build your practice, but as Stephanie Pietrantonio Lodding, RDH, explains, it's just as important to show your practice's personality. Here's help.More

Mouthwash overuse may lead to oral cancer: Alcohol content raises risk of carcinogens in mouth lining
Medical Daily
Whether we're pressed for time in the morning, afternoon, in between snacks or in the evening, many of us may reach for the mouthwash when toothpaste or dental floss is nowhere in sight. Although this provides a quick fix to combat bad breath and lingering germs, frequently replacing mouthwash with toothpaste and dental floss could become a deadly habit that we need to spit out.More

Patients who have dental extractions before cardiac surgery are still at risk for poor outcomes
Medical News Today
To pull or not to pull? That is a common question when patients have the potentially dangerous combination of abscessed or infected teeth and the need for heart surgery. In such cases, problem teeth often are removed before surgery, to reduce the risk of infections including endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart that can prove deadly.More

Penn dental medicine-NIH team reverses bone loss in immune disorder
Health Canal
Patients with leukocyte adhesion deficiency, or LAD, suffer from frequent bacterial infections, including the severe gum disease known as periodontitis. These patients often lose their teeth early in life.More

Five ways to get patients on board with home care and oral health
Natural Gumption
With the oral-systemic health link now well recognized, this is the time to help patients understand what they need to do to control bacteria at home. Unless patients understand the "how to" portion of their home care, the efforts of dentists will continue to show limited results, and periodontal issues will still be a barrier to overall health.More

Study: Shorter waiting time between dental procedures is adequate
Surgical Restorative
Two surgeries are frequently required for tooth replacement with dental implants; however, clinicians must allow for adequate healing time between the procedures. Most patients want to minimize the overall recovery time and thus desire the surgeries be done close together. More

Study identifies 'new risks' for mouth and throat cancers
BBC News
Poor oral health and irregular dental checks can increase the risk of oral cancer, a new study has found. The International Agency for Research on Cancer report also found excessive use of mouthwash — more than three times a day — can also increase risk. Smoking, heavy drinking and "low socioeconomic status" are established risk indicators of mouth and throat cancers.More

Furred arteries found in ancient skeletons
The Telegraph
It was possible smoke was a factor in them developing the condition, as locals used large fires to cook and to make pottery and metalwork. Their poor dental health may also be linked to their atherosclerosis, just as gum disease in modern times may be an indicator of cardiovascular conditions.More

Take care of your teeth
Weatherford Democrat
Surveys show that 90 percent of adults have an average of 23.5 teeth. Almost a third of adults have all 28 teeth and 50 percent age 55 and older wear partial or complete dentures. Whether caring for original teeth or dentures, older adults face a range of special oral concerns, including root decay and periodontal disease. You can keep your smile healthy with proper care and making regular visits to your dentist's office.More