This Week in Perio
May. 8, 2013

'Toothsome Rex': The president with the winning smile
In 1918, an elderly women suffering from dementia attended a church program featuring former President Theodore Rex Roosevelt. Pointing at Roosevelt, she asked the usher if "that there man" was going to speak. "What man?" the usher asked. "I can't remember his name," the old woman replied, "but it's the chap I always thought would make a good advertisement for a dentist. He's got wonderful teeth, and always shows them." (May require free registration to view article.)More

The dentapist
The Huffington Post
Sarah Barness writes, "Your teeth can say a lot about you. By first grade, all of my baby teeth already had been replaced by adult ones. My dentist told me I had a mature mouth. By fifth grade, when most children were first getting their braces on, I was getting mine off. I was given two retainers to keep my teeth in place: One clear with sparkles; the other pink."More

Lawsuits filed against dentist; incarcerated juveniles possibly exposed to diseases
The oral surgeon under fire for potentially exposing thousands to HIV and hepatitis B and C will face four more people in court. This comes as the Office of Juvenile Affairs is working to notify young people who might have been Dr. Scott Harrington's patients during their time at L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs, Okla. "We're working with the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority and Department of Health to notify those juveniles that were with us at the Rader Center, to get a letter to notify them to go in and have themselves checked," said Paula Christiansen with the Office of Juvenile Affairs.More

How dirty is your toothbrush? Answer: Not as much as you think
NBC News
It's common wisdom as old as your grandmother: After a child has had strep throat, flu or some other similar infection, it's important to throw away that contaminated old toothbrush and get a new one. But a new study challenges this assumption. A team of experts couldn't find any strep germs on toothbrushes used by children with strep throat. But they did find potentially nasty germs on two brand-new toothbrushes right out the package.More

Oral health and pregnancy
The New York Times
The New York Times' Catherine Saint Louis reports on the misconceptions many pregnant women have about going to the dentist.More

New reports confirm perio-systemic connection, outline clinical recommendations
Dentistry Today
The American Academy of Periodontology, in collaboration with the European Federation of Periodontology, recently published a series of consensus reports that analyze the scientific evidence linking periodontal disease, specifically periodontitis, to other systemic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The consensus reports, which appear in both the Journal of Periodontology and the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, also outline clinical recommendations for dental professionals to use when treating patients at risk for, or presenting with, certain medical conditions.More

Cash-strapped Americans delaying dental care despite knowing long-term implications
PR Newswire
More than 1 in 3 American adults has delayed or will delay dental care due to the uncertain U.S. economy and their lingering fears about their current financial situation, and they are making that decision despite understanding the long-term implications. More than 80 percent indicated that they knew that delaying dental care would cost them more in the long run. The survey of more than 1,000 adults was conducted by ORC International and commissioned by Aspen Dental.More

Links between nutrition and oral health: Updated position of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Targeted News Service via DentistryIQ
There is a strong connection between the food people eat and their oral health, according to a recently updated position paper of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Academy's position paper "Oral Health and Nutrition" was published in the May issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and can be found on the Academy's website.More

Material loss stops teeth from fatigue failure
Dentistry Today
Researchers recently conducted what they believe is an innovative study of teeth. The scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt constructed a digital human set of teeth through an engineering approach. This will provide the ability for unprecedented analysis, including looking at the enamel and dentin at the base of the crown and how there may be a correlation between the lowering of tooth wear in some countries.More

Treating gum disease can lower medical costs for individuals with cerebrovascular disease; May is American Stroke Month
During American Stroke Month in May, United Concordia Dental, one of the nation's largest dental insurers, reminds adults with cerebrovascular disease, or stroke, that treating their gum disease can help lower healthcare costs. "Recent findings from our landmark oral health study show that annual medical costs are lower by more than $1,000 for individuals with cerebrovascular disease who are treated for gum disease," said Dr. James Bramson, chief dental officer for United Concordia.More

Researchers increase the success rate of tooth implants
Asociación RUVID via ScienceDaily
Elderly or people with osteoporosis, smokers, diabetics or people who have had cancer are sometimes not eligible to receive dental implants as their bones are unable to correctly integrate the new prostheses which replace the root. Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I have developed an implant coating with a novel biodegradable material aimed at people with bone deficit. It also will increase the overall success rate of implants through an enhanced biocompatibility and reduce the time of osseointegration or bone integration.More

Rhode Island Dental Association files complaint against state health department
Illegal raids and violation of privacy laws are just some of the accusations the Rhode Island Dental Association has waged against the state Department of Health. The Rhode Island Dental Association filed a complaint in Rhode Island Superior Court against the Rhode Island Department of Heath. The complaint cites failure by the Department of Health and Rhode Island Board of Examiners in Dentistry in establishing proper standards in continuing education, dental office inspections and infection control.More

Study predicts rise in healthcare cost growth by 2019
The Hill
A stronger U.S. economy will contribute to a rise in the growth of healthcare costs over the next six years, ending the current record-breaking slowdown, according to a new study.More

A new tool in the fight against peri-implant disease
Surgical Restorative
Peri-implant disease has been defined as an inflammatory process affecting the hard and/or soft tissues surrounding an implant in function. Peri-implant diseases can be broken down further into two entities: peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis.More

The wrong way to restore an implant
Surgical Restorative
Dr. Chris Salierno writes, "A new patient presents to my office with a chief complaint: 'My implant crown fell off yesterday.' She's a 72-year-old woman with noncontributory medical history. She states the implant in tooth position No. 11 was placed 'a few years ago and never felt right.'" More

Bartering helps dentists serve uninsured patients
Many dentists are embracing bartering as a marketing strategy to bring in more patients by exchanging goods and services rather than charging a fee. Bartering also appeals to patients who need costly procedures for their families but don't have dental insurance. Trade International Exchange is a barter exchange network that allows members to buy and sell products and services using TIE Dollars rather than cash. Businesses in certain areas use TIE to trade with physicians, dentists and pharmacies in exchange for medical services for their employees. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Use tax and your dental practice
Most everyone is familiar with the principals of sales tax, but few are privy to its counterpart, use tax. The following article will shed light on what to consider regarding use tax and your dental practice. Taxes are not a fun topic for any business owner, but to continue on your mission as smile creators, your best bet is to work diligently with a CPA firm.More

How to build trust with your dental patients (Hint: Do it before offering your services)
Keaton Marks writes, "Immediately after I graduated from college, I decided to see the dentist. It had been a while. I didn't think I would have to worry about cavities or gingivitis. I brush every day. I floss consistently. I never have tooth pain, so was prepared for a nice routine cleaning. A hygienist came to the waiting room and called me forward. I sat down in the chair and she started her routine: X-rays, scraping with the metal pick, flossing and fluoride. Nothing unexpected. When she left, I sat for a few minutes before the doctor came to see me. Before two minutes had passed he said something along the lines of, 'You should pay me $600 to fix your cavities.'"More