This Week in Perio
May 26, 2010

Are pediatric sedation deaths on the rise?
In the past 15 months, four pediatric patients have died in the U.S. after undergoing sedation prior to dental treatment -- a tragic reminder of the need to ensure proper sedation training and emergency preparedness. On May 11, a 6-year-old boy died from cardiac arrest following a dental procedure at Virginia Commonwealth University clinic, according to a story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. (May require free registration to view article.)More

ADA victory in Senate vote to exempt dental practices from financial bill requirements
ADA News
The full Senate May 12 unanimously approved an amendment offered by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, that would exempt dental practices and other eligible small businesses from the jurisdiction of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as proposed in the Restoring American Financial Stability Act (S. 3217). The amendment would exempt small businesses as defined by the Small Business Administration, which includes 99.8 percent of all dental practices.More

Alabama nonprofit dental clinic sues state dental association
The Anniston Star
Anniston, Ala.-based Sarrell Dental Clinic has filed suit against the Alabama Dental Association, claiming the professional group has illegally tried to put the nonprofit clinic out of business. The suit, filed recently in Calhoun County Circuit Court, alleges that ALDA is engaging in an "illegal conspiracy" and that the association amounts to an illegal trust under Alabama law.More

Stem cells of body lead to tooth regeneration
Dentistry IQ
People who have lost some or all of their adult teeth typically look to dentures, or more recently, dental implants to bridge the gap between a toothless appearance. But this appearance can have a host of unsettling psycho-social ramifications and a tooth-filled grin that is not without pain and discomfort. Despite being the preferred treatment for missing teeth today, dental implants can fail and have no ability to "remodel" with surrounding jaw bone, which undergoes necessary and unavoidable changes throughout a person's life.More

New study says toothpastes need more than just fluoride
Daily brushing can be one of the most effective ways for individuals to avoid dental health problems, but simply using standard toothpaste may not provide the best results, according to a new study. Researchers looked at the effect of toothpastes containing triclosan copolymer and found that they were better at killing more of the harmful bacteria that exists in the cavities of mouths.More

Oral health of Canadians improved in 30 years
CBC News
Nearly three-quarters of Canadians see a dentist each year, but 17 percent avoid the dentist because of cost, a new federal report indicates. The Canada Health Measures Survey report on oral health was released this month by Health Canada, Statistics Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.More

Sniff of local anesthetic could replace needle
Medical News Today
Modern dentistry has eliminated much of the "ouch!" from getting a shot of local anesthetic. Now a new discovery may replace the needle used to give local anesthetic in the dentist's chair for many procedures. Scientists are reporting evidence that a common local anesthetic, when administered to the nose as nose drops or a nasal spray, travels through the main nerve in the face and collects in high concentrations in the teeth, jaw and structures of the mouth.More

What medical tourists are going abroad for
IMTJ has unveiled some interesting figures on the treatments U.K., Irish, U.S. and Canadian medical tourists consider going abroad for. The data is based on inquiries for treatment not actual travel and covers only people who have used its website. Although statistically flawed, it does provide some insight into consumer intent in April 2010 and throughout the past 12 months.More

Why it is so important to address gingivitis aggressively
Dentistry IQ
Rare indeed is the day in which a dental professional spends time at the chair and does not see at least one case of gingivitis. It is so common that we seldom give it much thought. Recommendations commonly are limited to encouraging the patient to increase his or her home care efforts. After all, clinical intervention is not the standard of care; gingivitis is a reversible condition, and we have more severe disease states to address.More

Whom do you serve?
Whom do you serve? I invite you to take a few moments to ponder this question. I'll bet you have a quick answer, though: My patients, of course! Seems self-evident, yes? But I submit there are other people you serve first. For example, have you ever thought of yourself as a servant to your staff? I have. (May require free registration to view article.)More