This Week in Perio
May. 22, 2013

Digital dentures
HLN's Susan Hendricks tells us that new dental technology means people can now get dentures that fit precisely.More

Dr. K: Mouthwash isn't necessary if you brush and floss
The Daily Reflector
Q: I brush and floss regularly. Do I need to use mouthwash too?
A: Judging from the ads, you need mouthwash to prevent plaque (the yellowish film of bacteria that attaches to your teeth and leads to cavities) and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). But mouthwash actually plays a fairly minor role in the prevention of plaque and gum disease. Brushing and flossing are much more important. More

5 weird things that could ruin your sex life
Counsel & Heal
Not flossing can significantly affect a man's sex life for the worse. Not only will his breath stink, he's also more like to suffer erectile dysfunction. Failure to floss increases a person's chance for bleeding gums and gum disease. A recent study published in the Journal of Sex Medicine revealed that young men with gum disease have more than double the chance of suffering problems in the bedroom.More

Consensus reports about possible link between periodontitis, other systemic diseases
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.More

Fluoride-treated synthetic material enables dental bone regeneration
American Dental Association
A fluoride solution applied to bio-resorbable synthetic hydroxyapatite granules — a bone-supplement material — promotes bone regeneration, say findings of a study reported in the April issue of Journal of Oral Implantology. The study's authors conclude that application of the fluoride solution to resorbable HA granules spurs a process leading to bone cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation, thereby enabling osteogenesis.More

Alligator stem cells offer hope for tooth regeneration in humans
An international team of scientists led by Prof Cheng-Ming Chuong from the University of Southern California has discovered unique cellular and molecular mechanisms behind tooth renewal in American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis).More

Oral-systemic beneficiaries
Dental Economics
Research developments over the past two decades have led to the conclusion that what happens in the mouth affects the body as a whole. That is not in dispute. This realization has taken us from repairers of teeth and gum scrapers for its own sake, to safeguarding and improving people's health and quality of life.More

Is it time to retire the free gingival graft procedure in light of new alternative tissue grafting materials?
Surgical Restorative
The free gingival graft is a surgical procedure frequently used in periodontics to increase the amount of keratinized tissue surrounding a tooth or a dental implant. Keratinized tissue plays a major role (around teeth and dental implants), helping to maintain and facilitate oral hygiene. This surgical technique was introduced almost 50 years ago in 1966.More

Study: Hygienists could conduct rapid HIV testing
Recent literature has shown that dental offices can play an important role in screening for various medical conditions. Now it seems that testing for HIV could be added to the list. Dental hygienists who receive additional training in HIV prevention counseling and diagnostic testing may be appropriate professionals to conduct rapid HIV testing, according to a new study in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. (May require free registration to view article.)More

The polluted moat
When explaining treatments and various regimens to patients, doctors frequently use analogies to help patients understand chemical messengers.More

Targeting the 'dental divide'
American Dental Association
The American Dental Association, citing "a disturbing dental divide in America," announced a nationwide campaign May 15 to reduce the numbers of adults and children with untreated dental disease. The ADA unveiled the multifaceted campaign, Action for Dental Health: Dentists Making a Difference, at a National Press Club event with national media representatives, members of Congress and oral health advocates and professionals.More

Study: One-third US adults not serious about dental care
In a recent survey conducted by Aspen Dental, it has been revealed that over 36 percent of American adults have either deferred or will postpone dental care because of the doubtful U.S. economy and their persistent apprehensions regarding the present monetary condition.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

14 unhealthy ways to save time
It's no secret that leading a healthy lifestyle often feels like it takes more time than most of us have. So found a survey by the American Public Health Association in which 34 percent of adults said they were too busy to fit in things they knew were good for them, like eating right and exercising regularly.More

Bill to expand dental hygienists' duties deeply divides legislative committee
The Morning Sentinel
A bill designed to help expand access to dental care deeply divided a Maine legislative committee, with supporters saying it's time to help poor children in rural areas and opponents arguing that the bill was not the right solution.More

Popular antibacterial soap ingredient draws FDA scrutiny
ABC News
Triclosan is a popular antibacterial chemical that has been on the market for more than 40 years and found in everything from soap to body washes, but recent studies raise concerns that it might be doing more harm than good.More

ADA study: Affordable Care Act falls short
American Dental Association
The Affordable Care Act falls short in lowering dental care costs, increasing access to care and improving health outcomes, according to research briefs published by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Resources Center. But state governments can pick up where the federal government left off, particularly when it comes to providing dental benefits for adults.More

Tooth and nail: Fluoride fight cracks Portland's Left
The Wall Street Journal
In the 1950s, after health authorities began fluoridating U.S. water supplies, they faced opposition from groups like the John Birch Society, which called it "an unconstitutional mass medication of the public." Sixty years later, the fight over fluoridation has erupted in Portland, Ore., where the battle has drawn in the city's craft-beer brewers, organic-food purveyors and environmentalists. Even some of the city's famed indie-rock musicians are taking sides.More

Sheri's Solutions: How to find and hire new employees
How do you hire? Do you have a set procedure, or do you leave most of the hiring to a current team member to implement? As a team leader and the CEO of your practice, it is wise to have a protocol in place for when you need to either add or replace current employees. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Weighing in on good and bad ideas
We have all heard the expression that there is no such thing as a bad idea. When we are in the process of brainstorming for new ideas or solutions to old problems, we wish to limit or eliminate boundaries, and let any and everything flow. The traditional brainstorming philosophy that it is better if more ideas can be generated than what "is needed." Something will surely work when we produce volumes of ideas. Yet, some argue that there are, indeed, some bad ideas.More

Animals have long been helping humans to get past their anxiety and pain
The Star Online
According to research conducted by Purdue University, dental patients required less pain medication after watching fish and when compared to patients subjected to hypnosis, the therapeutic benefits experienced from aquariums were the same level or even greater.More