This Week in Perio
May. 6, 2015

Take a bite out of gum disease by seeing a periodontist
NewsUSA via South Florida Times
Many people know that seeing a dentist twice a year is a key to keeping teeth clean and healthy. Those regular visits ensure your choppers are cavity-free, and perhaps it's a chance for the dentist to chastise you for not flossing enough. However, you shouldn't simply stop there.More

The worst things you can do when you have sensitive teeth
Body + Soul
When the pain and discomfort of tooth sensitivity hits, it's hard to ignore. Sensitive teeth have the ability to ruin an otherwise enjoyable meal or night out with friends. And if you're not informed, you could be unknowingly making yourself even more susceptible to a world of dental agony. Thankfully, with a little care, it is possible to get on with your life, without aching teeth getting in the way. More

Brushing soon after eating could be acceptable
Dentistry Today
Brushing one's teeth right after a meal may not cause any problems, according to the Japan Society of Pediatric Dentistry. In recent years, most people in the dental profession recommended waiting 30 to 60 minutes after eating to brush. This way, the acidic nature of many foods can subside before spreading the acidity around and harming one's enamel and dentin.More

Alternative forms of tobacco and e-cigarettes: Harmful or harm reduction?
Dentistry Today
Since the 1964 Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health linked smoking to increased risks for cardiovascular, respiratory diseases and cancer, overall smoking prevalence of the adult population declined from 42 percent(1964) to 17.8 percent (2012). In response to the decreasing number of adult cigarette smokers, the tobacco manufacturers were successful in promoting new tobacco products. More

Dental groups applaud fluoride recommendation; opposition remains
Dental professionals and public health advocacy groups are applauding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' new recommendation for a single level of fluoride in community water systems. But critics remain opposed, asserting that the chemical used for fluoridation contains toxins. More

Study notes increased emergency room dentistry in California
The elective status of adult dental coverage under Medicaid in California has led to a 32 percent increase in emergency dental care visits during a six-year period, according to an article published in the May 2015 Health Affairs. "The California experience provides evidence that eliminating Medicaid adult dental benefits shifts dental care to costly emergency departments that do not provide definitive dental care," the study reported.More

Study: High dental costs strain personal finances worldwide
The high cost of dental care leaves many in several countries with little money for basic necessities, according to new study in PLOS One. The study from the U.K. and Malaysia assessed the extent of household "catastrophic dental health expenditure" in 41 low- and middle-income countries. An expenditure was defined as catastrophic if it reached at least 40 percent of a household's ability to pay.More

Dental leaders find receptive audience on Capitol Hill
American Dental Association
Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Tenn., led Tennessee dentists to the U.S. Capitol for a photo in the National Statuary Hall, also known as the Old Hall of the House, the large two-story semicircular room south of the Rotunda. Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., urged Georgia dentists to get some Republicans on the Student Loan Refinancing Act they were promoting. More

6 reasons dental patients say 'no' to treatment, and how you can change that
It's becoming common at your practice. You recommend treatment, you think a patient is ready to move forward with that treatment, and then the person declines the treatment. That means not only are your patients not getting the treatment they need, your practice isn't meeting its full potential, and it's costing you money.More

How to keep your dental employees from defecting to the competition
Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP
With all the competition you have in the area, you know that dental employees can be difficult to keep. After all, you are a small-business owner who has limits on the amounts of benefits you can offer to keep your staff members happy and eager to come back, day after day. But, by focusing on creating a healthy environment, maintaining efficient processes and working within your means to provide your staff with benefits and financial incentives, your employees will be glad to work with you.More