This Week in Perio
Jun. 10, 2015

How mouth bacteria affects how fast a wound will heal
The Huffington Post
Quite possibly nothing is more frustrating than accidentally chewing on your cheek. It's painful and many times seems to take forever to heal. Part of that reason is due to bacteria. There may be billions covering the tongue, the teeth, the gums and the cheek. The number of actual species is far less, usually in the hundreds. More

Missing teeth may predict future cardiovascular events
Medical News Today
Advanced tooth loss can often indicate that a person has a history of inflammatory oral diseases. In an extensive cohort study, carried out by the University of Helsinki in collaboration with The National Institute for Health and Welfare, an association was found between tooth loss and future cardiovascular events, diabetes and death. Lead researcher John Liljestrand suggests that the number of missing teeth could be a useful additional indicator for general medical practitioners, when individual risk factors for chronic diseases are assessed.More

1st dental school celebrates 175th anniversary
American Dental Association
The University of Maryland School of Dentistry, the first dental college in the world, celebrated a new milestone May 30 — its 175th anniversary. "In conveying admiration for venerable institutions, people often generously use the word 'pioneering,' but there is nothing inflated about applying that term to our School of Dentistry," said Dr. Jay A. Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore in a prerecorded address to the 250 faculty staff, students, alumni and friends who gathered at the Baltimore Hyatt Regency.More

The rise and fall of mercury
Dental Tribune
When people hear the word "mercury," most think of the planet. There are many products that contain mercury, such as blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, batteries and CFL light bulbs. There are processes that use mercury and produce mercury pollution, like coal fire plants, artisanal small-scale mining and chloralkali plants. However, the mercury that truly affects the global population, is the mercury that is implanted in billions of people's teeth.More

Improving dental team morale through authentic appreciation
Work is difficult, by definition. And as anyone who has worked in dentistry for many years knows, working together to serve dental patients has unique challenges and stressors. As a result, this stress can deteriorate staff morale over time, for individuals, and the staff as a whole.More

How do you see your job in the dental office?
Jill Nesbitt
Are you responsible for handling the insurance and billing in your office? If so, I bet you are one busy person. Not only do you process every claim and make sure you have every detail correct so the claims go out successfully, but then you also turn around to enter the payments and send statements when the claims close. Even if you are signed up for EFTs, you are keeping your mailman busy.More

Dealing with very difficult patients
Question: I have a difficult patient, as in, he's not very kind to me and he doesn't listen to me very well. In fact, he's downright snarky when I try to discuss home care with him. His oral health is nothing great because he nearly always has a couple of cavities when he comes in, so he needs to listen to my advice. Any ideas on how I can handle this person? More

Your toothbrush may have 'fecal matter'
HealthDay News via WebMD
People using communal bathrooms with many others, beware: There could be traces of poop on your toothbrush. So finds a study by researchers at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. The researchers analyzed toothbrushes from Quinnipiac students who used communal bathrooms with an average of more than nine users per bathroom. Regardless of the students' toothbrush storage methods, at least 60 percent of the toothbrushes were contaminated with fecal matter, the investigators found.More

Can this toothpaste cure allergies?
Shape Magazine
As you may have noticed, spring allergy season still isn't over. In fact, June is the peak time for grass pollen in many areas of the country, so your sneezing, itchy eyes and fatigue may actually be getting worse. Until now, your only hopes for coping with allergy symptoms have been drugs like antihistamines or preventive "cures" like allergy shots.More

5 surprising things that are ruining your teeth via The Huffington Post
We all know that candy and soda aren't good for our teeth, but the sugars and acids lurking in other, seemingly innocuous (and even healthy) foods can also do a number on your dental hygiene. New York City-based cosmetic dentist Dr. Marc Lowenberg gives the five culprits you didn't realize were hurting your choppers, and how to prevent the damage.More