This Week in Perio
May. 9, 2012

CDA 2012: Video interview with the American Academy of Periodontology
Dental Products Report
In this live CDA video interview, Dental Products Report Executive Editor Stan Goff talks with American Academy of Periodontology Past President Dr. Donald S. Clem, DDS, about the recent news linking periodontal diseases and cardiovascular diseases. "We agree with the American Heart Association that there is no direct evidence that periodontal disease either causes or changes the progression of cardiovascular disease," Clem said. "However, one of the important findings in the American Heart Association's statement is that periodontal disease is associated and a link to cardiovascular disease."More

American Academy of Implant Dentistry sues Texas Dental Board
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Austin seeking to invalidate a Texas regulation that severely restricts dentists from advertising their bona fide AAID credentials in implant dentistry. In 2009 and 2010, AAID won judicial verdicts overturning similar rules enforced by state dental boards in Florida and California. AAID's chief legal counsel, Frank Recker, JD, DDS, informed the Texas Board of Dental Examiners in writing about the unequivocal judicial precedents and hoped to convince the Board to rescind its restrictions and avoid litigation.More

Busting the myths about dentists
Dental Health Magazine
Horror stories and dentistry related myths are among the leading reasons for which people avoid going to the dentist. A patient hears from a friend that X dentist doesn't work well, that he had a tooth extracted and even now after six months he fights with a terrible infection. Of course, there are good professionals and bad professionals, but such horror stories are not universally applicable. The following are some myths and how they are debunked.More

How much is general health affected by oral health?
The Conversation
Bad oral health can have a significant negative impact on people's quality of life. It can also affect other diseases that they may be suffering. But whether oral ill-health causes general health problems depends on what disease you're talking about. People with untreated oral and dental diseases can experience severe pain, loss of sleep, inability to eat certain foods, time off work or school and embarrassment about their appearance. These diseases can accelerate the progress and severity of other illnesses, which makes it even more important that we do all we can to ensure everyone has access to affordable dental care.More

Even more reasons to floss
Dr. Stephanie Vondrak, "As a dentist, I see a lot of dirty mouths, and the 'F word' can be a sensitive subject — the 'F word' known as flossing, that is. Most of us know we're supposed to floss every day. We've listened to our dentists and hygienists recite the same dialogue on flossing for years. And let's be honest, we do floss — twice a year, usually the night before our six month cleaning. So what's the big deal? Why is flossing so important? Flossing is the ONLY effective way to remove harmful plaque from in-between teeth. It's important to understand what plaque is made of and why it's harmful in order to understand the importance of its removal.More

Energy drinks: Bad for the teeth?
Energy and sports drinks can damage tooth enamel, boosting the risk of cavities, according to a new study. "The big misconception is that energy drinks and sports drinks are healthier than soda for oral health," says researcher Poonam Jain, BDS, MPH, associate professor and director of community dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. "This study completely disproves that, because they erode or thin out the enamel of the teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity."More

I brush yet have bad breath!
MSN Health
THE DENTIST SAYS: "Most bad breath is caused by bacteria, so when you brush — which should be morning and night, and after lunch if possible — make sure to clean the roof of your mouth, the insides of your cheeks, and your tongue, because the skin can harbor bacteria. It can also linger between teeth, so follow with flossing. And be sure to drink water throughout the day: a dry mouth breeds a more aggressive type of bacteria. If you can't brush after lunch, swish some water around your mouth or pop a piece of sugar-free mint gum to remove at least some of it from your teeth."More

Getting to the root of dental implants
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, statistics show that 69 percent of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26 percent of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. Edentulism (aka missing teeth) affects mental and physical health. A healthy body starts with a healthy mouth. Teeth are necessary not only for chewing function but for overall oral health as well, including the health of your gums and jaw bone. When missing teeth are not replaced, several problems can occur.More

Tired of loose teeth? Consider implants
The State Journal-Register
Jim Cribbett of Riverton, Ill., had dentures since he was 25 years old. By the time the retired program analyst and National Guard assistant fire chief was 64, he was tired of worrying about his lower dentures. "Lowers just do not stay in," Cribbett says — a complaint common among people who wear dentures. Eating certain foods — such as crunchy apples — can be difficult with dentures. Then there's worry they will slip in public. Cribbett opted for a relatively new procedure to solve these problems: a surgical procedure called dental implants.More

Dentist removes all of ex's teeth following breakup
JD Journal
A dentist in London is facing time in jail after reportedly taking out all of her ex-boyfriend's teeth after she was dumped by him. The victim, Marek Olszewski, scheduled an appointment with his ex-girlfriend, Anna Mackowiak, because of a toothache. Well, it turns out that Olszewski made a very big mistake by scheduling the appointment. Mackowiak put her ex under some anesthesia and then pulled all of his teeth out of his mouth. She then wrapped his head in bandages so he would not find out all of his teeth were missing until he was out of the office.More

Study supports blood glucose testing in dental offices
Dentists and patients agree that blood sugar testing in dental offices is useful and should be done routinely, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Type 2 diabetes mellitus has been increasing at epidemic rates, the study authors noted. More than 12 percent of the U.S. population suffers from DM, making it one of the most common and costly chronic conditions in the country. In addition, prediabetes affects about 54 million Americans, meaning a quarter of the U.S. population has impaired glucose metabolism. (May require free registration to view article.)More