This Week in Perio
Jun. 17, 2015

Study: Alcohol consumption can have a negative impact on gum health
American Academy of Periodontology
In a study published ahead-of-print in the Journal of Periodontology, Brazilian researchers have found that consumption of alcoholic beverages can have a negative effect on the health of a person's gums, aggravating an existing case of severe periodontal disease or raising periodontal disease risk factors. Previous research indicates that poor oral hygiene is a common trait in alcohol users, thus increasing drinkers' susceptibility for developing periodontal disease.More

The role of nutrition in the development, maintenance, and repair of the periodontium: How diet impacts the immune system
The connection between diet and dental caries is common knowledge, while the relationship between diet and periodontal disease has not been well established. What is clear is that poor diets can deteriorate the periodontium but that inadequate nutrition does not have a causal relationship with periodontal disease. Inferior eating habits have a negative impact on immune response, host susceptibility and periodontal disease progression.More

Dental anxiety linked with appearance dissatisfaction
People with severe dental anxiety are more likely to be dissatisfied with their appearance, which may lead to poorer oral health, depression and further anxiety, according to a doctoral thesis presented May 29 at the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. "People with severe dental anxiety are often trapped in a vicious cycle that begins with avoidance of dental care," stated thesis author Dr. Viktor Carlsson in a university news article.More

Dental implants result in better quality of life for osteoporotic women
Case Western Reserve University via ScienceDaily
With age, postmenopausal women with osteoporosis are at greater risk of losing their teeth. But what treatment for tooth loss provides women with the highest degree of satisfaction in their work and social lives? A new study by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers suggests dental implants may be the best route to take, according to Leena Palomo, associate professor of periodontics and corresponding author of "Dental Implant Supported Restorations Improve the Quality of Life in Osteoporotic Women."More

Death rates remain high among cancers caused by cigarette smoking
Despite significantly decreasing rates of smoking over the past 50 years, cigarette smoking continues to be the cause of death for various types of cancer, according to recently published data in JAMA Internal Medicine. "From 2000 to 2010, smoking prevalence decreased from 23.2 to 18.1 percent. In contrast to this favorable trend, recently published data revealed that the risk of cancer death among smokers can increase over time," Rebecca L. Siegel, MPH, of the American Cancer Society, and colleagues wrote.More

Surveys track oral diseases: CDC data can be incorporated into community plans
A lot of information is published on the epidemiology of disease in the United States. One of the major data sources available is the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. NHANES is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the U.S. The surveys combine interviews and physical examinations.More

OSHA updates hazcom standard
American Dental Association
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently updated labeling requirements for safety data sheets, according to the ADA Practical Guide to OSHA Compliance. The update includes the development of internationally recognized pictograms warning users of chemical hazards.More

How to avoid these 6 common hiring mistakes in your dental practice
The thought of hiring new employees sends most dentists into a panic. They want to fill vacant positions as quickly as possible. But instead of developing a system to find the right people to join their team, they hire the first candidate who seems like a good fit, and then hope it all works out. The problem is, it usually doesn't. More

Do you dread the dentist?
Nearly 1 in 25 of us is dental-phobic. But have you heard about the latest ways to calm those fears? One of these methods could give you just the dose of courage you need. "A good, trusted dentist who puts you at ease will never go out of fashion," says Alexandre DaSilva, DDS, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan Dental School. "But technology can also help you relax, decrease anxiety and decrease pain."More

'Shark Tank' product improves oral health, measuring levels of bacteria that cause bad breath
Medical Daily
Charles Michael Yim, a contestant on ABC's TV show "Shark Tank," made history when he convinced all five celebrity Sharks to invest $1 million into his smartphone breathalyzer product Breeze. The 31-year-old entrepreneur's company Breathometer is now launching a second product with the same technology. But instead of analyzing a person's blood-alcohol content to prevent drunk driving, Mint will measure your mouth's bacteria and hydration levels to prevent unnecessary trips to the dentist.More