This Week in Perio
Jun. 24, 2015

More than a quarter of US adults are dishonest with dentists about how often they floss their teeth
Business Wire
A new national survey reveals more than a quarter of U.S. adults admit they lie to their dentist about how often they floss their teeth. Additionally, more than one-third of Americans would rather do an unpleasant activity like cleaning the toilet over daily flossing. Along with brushing teeth twice a day and an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation from a periodontist, daily flossing is a critical component in the prevention of periodontal disease. The survey was conducted online in March by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology among 2,021 U.S. adults and among the top 10 U.S. markets. More

5 nutrition tips for a healthy mouth
U.S. News & World Report
Ongoing research indicates that antioxidants and other nutrients found in many of the foods we eat may help strengthen our immune system and improve the body's ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, all of which can help protect the teeth and gums. So when it comes to oral heath, today's nutritional approaches go way beyond "don't eat sugar."More

The differences in oral healthcare among cultures within the US
Every day new people with different and unique cultures and ideas from all over the world immigrate to the U.S. Because of this growing cultural diversity, every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a study on the number of foreign-born population in the living in the country. According to findings from 2010, the estimated number of foreign-born immigrants is around 40 million people.More

Alabama Supreme Court upholds teeth-whitening law
The Alabama Supreme Court upheld a state law restricting nondentists from offering teeth-whitening products and services. The ruling issued June 5 affirmed an earlier decision that such services are reasonably related to public health and safety. The case stems from a 2013 lawsuit against the Alabama Board of Dental Examiners by Keith Westphal and Joyce Osborn Wilson, who claimed the law is an unconstitutional attempt by the state's 3,600 dentists to create a monopoly and an illegal restriction on business. More

Why America's Central Bank is concerned about our growing dental healthcare crisis
The Huffington Post
If the U.S. Federal Reserve is concerned about the state of dental care in this country, you know we have a problem. In fact, according to the Fed, we have a very big problem. The Federal Reserve Board of Governor's Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households contained some alarming statistics about the ability of Americans to find affordable healthcare — especially dental healthcare.More

New report emphasizes need for improvement in preventive care
Dental Tribune
A recently released National Center for Health Statistics data brief details the results of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012. The NHANES survey is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research. Data from the NHANES 2011-2012 indicates that approximately 91 percent of adult Americans between the ages of 20 and 64 have dental caries.More

How a perfect, implant-retained anterior bridge can cause facial pain
Perio-Implant Advisory
Here is a problem that you might encounter. Reading this will help you and your patient through a potentially difficult situation. A patient has two implants placed in the No. 7 and No. 10 positions. Surgery goes fine. Tissues are healthy. Implants are perfectly placed as verified by computed tomography. Uncovering is uneventful with plenty of keratinized tissue on the facial, and there is a great emergence profile.More

How to talk with patients about whitening products in the hygiene chair
One of the questions on a new-patient paperwork reads, "Is there anything you'd like to change about the appearance of your smile?" Sometimes, in speaking with a patient, the question can be taken a step further: "If you had a magic wand and your smile could be anything you wanted it to be, what would it look like?" Questions like these are an easy way to broach the subject of smile esthetics with patients, and most patients indicate that they would like their teeth to be whiter.More

Front desk tired of explaining, 'It was more than a cleaning'
Question: I work the front desk at a busy dental practice. Lately we've had a problem with patients becoming upset when they have to come in for periodontal maintenance after scaling and root planing. When they come to the front desk, they ask why they have to pay and say, "I just got a cleaning." That leaves me to explain that it was more than a regular cleaning. How can we prevent this from happening?More