This Week in Perio
Jun. 19, 2013

Cheesy grins may protect teeth from cavities
CBS News
Here's one more reason to keep cheese lovers smiling: Cheese may help keep a smile healthy. Eating cheese was shown in a new study to increase dental plaque pH, which in turn decreased the odds of developing cavities in patients. The study was published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry.More

What your smile says about your health
You brush your teeth, do a quick rinse with mouthwash, and floss every day. So, your teeth and your mouth are in tip-top shape, right? Well, hopefully if you were lucky enough to be born with the anti-cavity and never-a-root-canal genetic jackpot. But the truth is, doing what you can to ward off cavities and have a white smile is not (or should not be) your only focus.More

Study published in Journal of Dental Research demonstrates value of genetics in preventing periodontal disease
The Herald
Interleukin Genetics Inc. has announced the online publication of the research study "Patient Stratification for Preventive Dental Care" in Journal of Dental Research. The study provides new insights into the prevention of periodontitis and the opportunity for significant advancement in the delivery of personalized, preventive dental care.More

Research involving novel tooth microphone has potential to propel the field of dental sleep medicine forward
No doubt about it: Sleep dentistry is growing, and it's going to do nothing but get bigger. Sleep apnea is big. Snoring is big. Sleep disordered breathing is big. And somebody needs to do something about it. Enter the dentist and the dental team.More

AAP urges at least 1 annual dentist visit
The American Academy of Periodontology is the latest organization to respond to a study published in the Journal of Dental Research. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Research: Smiles better to boost small businesses
A simple smile and a friendly greeting can make customers feel much more loyal toward small independent companies, according to new Kingston University research.More

Early exposure to bisphenol A might damage tooth enamel
Analysis of teeth of rats exposed to bisphenol A showed numerous characteristics in common with a tooth enamel pathology known as MIH (molar incisor hypomineralization) that selectively affects first molars and permanent incisors. This enamel pathology is found in roughly 18 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 8.More

Is probing without CAL meaningful?
Lynne Slim writes, "Efficiency and reliability in periodontal assessment are too important today to be ignored, and I was pondering this important issue recently while commuting to work. While driving, I was trying to peel a hard-boiled egg and a navel orange with one hand. Isn't that similar to what many of us have to endure in the hygiene operatory when we have no assistance with a periodontal exam? Sometimes I feel like I'm juggling three balls in the air while talking to a patient at the same time."More

Is dentistry ready to get more personal?
The next paradigm for dental healthcare will be more personalized care, and scientific advances such as genomics and oral biomarkers will play a key role in better addressing head and neck cancer, orofacial pain, and oral infectious diseases, according to an article in the Journal of Dental Research. (May require free registration to view article.)More

2 California cities consider fluoridation
The Sacramento Bee
For Don Saylor, it's just common sense: Adding fluoride to drinking water in Davis and Woodland would improve dental health for 130,000 people, particularly low-income residents who can't afford regular health visits. "This is a social justice as well as a public health issue," said Saylor, a Yolo County supervisor. "It's well past time to address this." But a fight is brewing, particularly in Davis, where opponents say fluoridation amounts to a widespread medication of residents that harms people and the environment.More

Restoratives market update: Dental implants
The dental implant market, after years of double-digit growth as high as 15 percent, has clawed back from negative growth inflicted by the global economic downturn, with reports of flat or single-digit growth in some markets. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Dick Van Dyke solves cause of his mystery illness
Dick Van Dyke's mystery illness has been solved, hopefully. "It seems that my titanium dental implants are the cause of my head pounding," the 87-year-old favorite of stage, screen and television tweeted. "Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks for all your replies."More

Rethinking the twice-yearly dentist visit
The New York Times
For decades, dentists have urged all adults to schedule preventive visits every six months. But a new study finds that annual cleanings may be adequate for adults without certain risk factors for periodontal disease while people with a high risk may need to go more often.More

Doc Holliday: History's most notorious dentist
John Henry "Doc" Holliday is America's most notorious dentist. Wyatt Earp's brother Virgil described Doc Holliday as "gentlemanly, a good dentist, a friendly man" and a "slender, sickly fellow." Another friend, lawmaker Bat Masterson, told a biographer that Holliday "was afraid of nothing on Earth." (May require free registration to view article.)More

Oral cancer sneaks up
The New York Times
The actor Michael Douglas has done for throat cancer what Rock Hudson did for AIDS and Angelina Jolie did for prophylactic mastectomy. By asserting that his cancer was caused by a virus transmitted during oral sex, Douglas pushed the disease onto the front pages and made millions of Americans worry about it for the first time.More

California may restore adult dental Medicaid benefits
California legislators have approved a budget that restores some dental benefits for adult beneficiaries of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. Some $77 million has been slated for dental coverage beginning next year; that coverage will include preventive care, restorations, and full dentures, but does not include partial dentures. The restoration of benefits, which still needs final budget approval, would begin in May 2014, according to the California Dental Association. (May require free registration to view article.)More