This Week in Perio
June. 16, 2010

Just how safe are X-rays at the dentist?
Regular X-rays have long been a feature of routine dental checks, and few of us gave them a second thought — until recently when a new study warned that these scans could double the risk of developing thyroid cancer. An international study of just over 300 thyroid cancer patients found that repeated X-rays dramatically increased the risk of the disease, prompting researchers to question the widely held belief that dental radiography is absolutely safe.More


Wyoming dental board opposes salon's teeth-whitening service
Bronze Bottom Tanning can darken your skin, feed you a smoothie, give you a shot of oxygen and sell you a swimsuit. But the Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners says the salon in west Casper should not help you whiten your teeth. The board, through the Wyoming attorney general's office, filed a complaint asking Natrona County District Court to issue an injunction against Bronze Bottom Tanning to stop it from offering a $49.95 whitening kit and two 15-minute sessions under a UV lamp for $149.More

Italy issues health warning because of fake dentists, physicians
The Guardian
One in five Italian dentists is unqualified, along with an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 physicians, it was reported last month. More than a thousand people were charged in Italy last year with unauthorized exercise of a medical profession. They included fake physicians, spurious dentists and even a few sham nurses. In an average year, according to police figures, about 1,000 people have been convicted of the offense. But the penalty is only a fine of up to €516 ($625).More

Bisphenol A linked to sexual dysfunction
Exposure to bisphenol A, a common ingredient in dental materials, increased the risk of sexual dysfunction in a study published in the Journal of Andrology. Researchers from Kaiser Permanente and the Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research took urine samples from 427 male workers in regions of China with factories that use BPA in making epoxy resins. They then surveyed the men about their sex lives. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Fee-for service solo practice: At risk of extinction?
Dentistry IQ
Have you noticed the same trend I have? Everywhere I look there are national chain dental practices popping up, often run by business professional as opposed to dental professionals. Perhaps it shouldn't surprise us. Deep down, we know we've been asleep at the wheel for a while now. The last statistic I read was that nearly 90 percent of us enter solo practice within five years of graduation. I'd like to rephrase that: nearly 90 percent of us enter our caves within five years of graduation.More


Study: Increasing use of tobacco by youths leading to oral cancer
The increase of tobacco intake among children and teens between 10 and 17 years old has become a cause for concern. Experts say that in reference to this, instances of oral cancer among the group also are mounting. According to the data released by the World Health Organization, occurrence of smoking among adolescents in India, in the age group of 13 to 15 years old, is 5.8 percent for males and 2.4 percent for females.More