This Week in Perio
May. 20, 2015

CDC report: Older adults are keeping their teeth
While 91 percent of U.S. adults have dental caries, fewer than 2 in 5 experience complete tooth loss, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report authors believe that general dentists will begin to see more patients who want to save their natural teeth. This report comes two months after another CDC brief that analyzed caries in children's primary and permanent teeth.More

Dental office screening identifies diabetes, prediabetes
MedPage Today
Screening for diabetes during a dental office visit is feasible and may represent an effective strategy for identifying millions of Americans who are diabetic or prediabetic but don't know it, researchers said. As many as 30 percent of the 29 million diabetics in the United States have not been diagnosed, and 90 percent of the estimated 86 million Americans with prediabetes are also unaware of their risk, Dr. Saleh Aldasouqi of Michigan State University, East Lansing, said at a briefing from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist's 24th Annual Scientific and Clinical Conference.More

YouTube: The tool your dental practice might have missed
Dental Economics
Are you using YouTube to promote your practice online? If not, you could be missing out on one of the most effective visual tools available. How can you ensure that this valuable tool is used — and used correctly — to benefit your practice?More

It's time to exceed expectations regarding dental office infection control
Well-informed dental healthcare workers understand the importance of protecting themselves from the imminent risk of exposure to, and possible infection from, infectious organisms. In addition to acquiring recommended vaccines, they go to great lengths to guard themselves from exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials by using various recommended personal protective equipment and aseptic techniques during their interactions with patients and other potentially contaminated items and surfaces.More

Do's and don'ts for customer service: Turn complaints into quality improvements
No matter how hard you and your team try, you will sometimes disappoint patients. Complaints may be unfair, the problems may have been beyond your control, and patients' may show disrespect toward you or a staff member, but your reaction must nevertheless be controlled. Think of any criticism as a clue to how you can improve the quality of service you provide, and try not to take it personally.More

More than a quarter of American adults have untreated tooth decay
New data on tooth decay and cavities among American adults reveal the sad state of our pearly whites. More than 25 percent of American adults ages 20 to 64 have untreated tooth decay, and 91 percent have one tooth — or more — that has been treated for tooth decay or needs to be.More

South Korean woman with black gums gets diagnosed with rare skin cancer in mouth
Medical Daily
A blow to the mouth landed a woman in the hospital but ultimately saved her life in South Korea. Doctors conducted a dental X-ray and found no bone destruction, but something rare: diffused black pigmentation on both her upper gums and the roof of her mouth. The 60-year-old woman, a lifelong nonsmoker and nondrinker, was diagnosed with oral malignant melanoma — skin cancer of the mouth — after suffering from discolored gums for two months, according to the case report published in The New England Journal of Medicine.More