This Week in Perio
May. 21, 2014

Energy drinks, frequent meals mean bad oral health for athletes
The Associated Press via The Globe and Mail
Faster, higher, stronger they may be, but Olympians wouldn't win many medals in a contest of dental health. Behind their buffed physiques lurks a dentist's nightmare.More

How dirty are your dog's kisses?
We’ve all gotten licks of love from our dogs. However, would you let your dog kiss you on the mouth? Urban legend has it that dog’s mouths are very clean. "That's not true," said Nova Southeastern University Microbiologist Dr. Julie Torruellas-Garcia. Saliva samples from dogs in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida, were sent to the lab to be tested. Based on the cultures that grew in the lab from the samples, Torruellas-Garcia said you may want to think twice before you and your dog exchange saliva.More

Guess what people are tattooing now
Dentists in Connecticut offer personalized tattoos on your teeth. WSFB reports.More

This nighttime phenomenon could be causing your headaches and jaw pain
The Huffington Post
Teeth-grinding and clenching while sleeping isn't just incredibly annoying for your bed partner. It could also be what's causing your headaches, jaw pain and wearing down of your teeth. Called nocturnal bruxism, teeth-grinding occurs as a response to the teeth not fitting quite right, says Ohio dentist Dr. Matthew Messina, a consumer adviser spokesman for the American Dental Association.More

Is going to the dentist too costly? Six ways to save
NerdWallet via The Motley Fool
Going to the dentist can be expensive, and, for many people, downright scary. But if you're one of the millions of Americans delaying dental care out of fear of the costs, there are some solutions.More

Oil pulling: Does it live up to the hype?
Twenty minutes a day keeps the dentist away. That's the message some people are spreading about the growing trend of oil pulling. In India hundreds of years ago, people used a technique called oil pulling as a means of healing. That remedy has now traveled to the United States and is gaining popularity.More

Gum disease afflicts half of adults 30 and older
Florida Today
It's a statistic that has put frowns on the faces of dental professionals across the country: Nearly 65 million people in the United States are suffering from gum disease. That translates to about half of all adults 30 and older, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. And those sufferers also are putting their lives in danger.More

Gum disease, heart disease linked in new study
The Huffington Post
A new study in mice adds more weight to the link between heart disease and gum disease. For the study, researchers infected mice with four kinds of bacteria that are known to cause gum disease. After the bacteria had been carried into the hearts and aortas of the mice, they measured levels of known heart risk factors — such as cholesterol and inflammation — and found increases in the levels of these risk factors.More

New method may pinpoint certain bacteria
Dentistry Today
Research involving dental cavities and periodontal diseases had an unintended result: the development of a technique that could locate the potential source of an infection by overtaking the normal processes of pathogens. Researchers from the University of Nottingham and GSK Consumer Healthcare developed this technique. This method makes it easy enough for the bacteria to be located by a smartphone camera, thanks to the fluorescent markers use to tag the cells. Polymers were grown that essentially adhere to the bacteria, enabling their exact location to be determined.More

Dentist appointment do's and don'ts for best results
Many dread a trip to the dentist but there are important things you need to do, and not do, in advance to have a successful visit. Communicating with your dentist before the visit is often critical.More

Energy drinks, frequent meals mean bad oral health for athletes
The Associated Press via The Globe and Mail
Faster, higher, stronger they may be, but Olympians wouldn't win many medals in a contest of dental health. Behind their buffed physiques lurks a dentist's nightmare.More

Blindsided by dental bills? What you can do
ABC News
Q: I had an appointment for a dental cleaning in December. I filled out the form, paid a $25 co-payment and they put me in the chair, ready to take an X-ray. I told them I didn't want the X-ray. The dentist took a look at my teeth, and he said I have good teeth, but they couldn't clean them unless I took an X-ray there or transferred one from another office. So I asked for my co-payment back and went home.More

Attached gingiva and dental implants
Surgical Restorative
The free gingival graft is an age-old periodontal procedure first described by Sullivan & Atkins in 1968. It has long been the gold standard for increasing attached gingiva around the natural dentition. Connective tissue grafting provides many of the same benefits along with root coverage, without the accompanying discomfort from the donor site, making the FGG less desirable.More

New grafting procedure for oral implantation
Dental Tribune
An innovative procedure, utilizing a single incision for access and localized antibiotics to treat infection, is being introduced that will enable immediate implantation with a bone graft harvested from a portion of the patient's own lower jaw. A case study in the Journal of Oral Implantology provides an in-depth analysis of this new approach for immediate treatment and implantation of an infected area.More

National alliance aims to reduce dental disease in US
A new framework for action to combat the "silent epidemic" of dental disease was presented by the National Oral Health Alliance at the recent National Oral Health Conference. The goal is to improve oral healthcare delivery and reduce the rate of dental disease among U.S. adults and children by ensuring all communities have access to care and prevention. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Oral health for seniors
Statistically speaking, older people are at greater risk of developing oral health problems because of their higher levels of dependency on others, and therefore rely on staff to look after their teeth and general oral health for them. For this reason it is absolutely essential that care home staff not only become educated about the importance of oral hygiene, but also learn how to best to deliver this aspect of personal care to their residents.More