This Week in Perio
Jun. 25, 2014

Could stress be linked to periodontal disease?
DentistryIQ
Researchers at Tufts University are investigating the relationship between stress and periodontal disease, according to a review published in the Journal of Biological Regulators & Homeostatic Agents. Dental professionals concur that when people don't practice proper oral hygiene, bacteria build up in the oral cavity and take over.More

Men and nonsmokers who drink may be at particular risk of periodontal disease
Dental Tribune
In order to determine whether alcohol consumption is a risk factor for periodontitis, researchers have conducted a study of almost 5,300 Korean adults. Although the study found only a marginal association between harmful alcohol use and poorer periodontal status in general, it suggested that male consumers of alcohol and those who had never smoked were at particular risk of periodontal disease.More

Research: Poor dental health increases mortality risk in ESRD patients
Medscape
Poor dental health is independently associated with a higher risk for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in hemodialysis patients with end-stage renal disease, new research shows. And good oral hygiene is independently associated with better overall survival. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Five ways to cut the cost of dental care in half
Money Talk News via MSN Money
Have you visited the dentist lately? If so, you are well aware of the hefty price tag that can accompany many services, both routine and non-routine.More

Does running lead to worse oral health?
Runner's World
Aside from overuse injuries and skin cancer, runners score well on most measures of good health. But another red flag has been raised by new research: Runners may suffer higher risks of tooth erosion and cavities.More

The truth about recession: Dispelling five myths about gingival attachment
DentistryIQ
The truth is that regeneration of new cementum, periodontal ligament, and aveolar bone is possible. Most of us were taught in hygiene school that, once the bone and gum are gone, they are gone forever. However amelogenin proteins have been used in regenerative periodontics for over 15 years to regrow hard and soft tissue, reversing recession naturally.More

Treating the geriatric dental patient
Surgical Restorative
The older adult population in the U.S. is increasing dramatically, with those over 65 expected to reach more than 89 million by 2050. Seniors over 85 are expected to reach 19 million during the same time frame.More

Clinical suspicion of celiac disease
RDH
According to a study published in 1989, people with celiac disease have a higher risk of developing oral cancer if they are not on a gluten-free diet. If dental professionals know more about celiac disease, and how this illness affects the entire person, including the mouth, they can help in its early detection.More

Could stress be linked to periodontal disease?
DentistryIQ
Researchers at Tufts University are investigating the relationship between stress and periodontal disease, according to a review published in the Journal of Biological Regulators & Homeostatic Agents. Dental professionals concur that when people don't practice proper oral hygiene, bacteria build up in the oral cavity and take over.More

New gum disease treatment to prevent and reverse complications involves key immune system component
Medical Daily
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have discovered a potential new method for gum disease treatment, a new study reports. If successful, the treatment could prevent, halve, and even reverse the effects of the disease periodontitis.More

Four supplements that dental professionals need to discuss with periodontal patients
DentistryIQ
Loma Linda University researchers ran a study a few years ago showing that a nutritional supplement alone, without any other dental treatment, significantly combatted the effects of periodontal disease, with less bleeding and smaller pocketing present. The nutritional supplements used in the study were grape seed extract, CoQ10, folic acid, and echinacea.More

Dental practice coding and billing improvements: Three tips to increase your bottom line
Goldin Peiser & Peiser LLP
An optimized front office is one of the best ways to improve your dental practice's bottom line. You may not be able to do anything about rising operational costs, so finding areas where your practice can improve in efficiency is an important part of maximizing profits.More

How to get rid of the slacker in your dental practice
DentistryIQ
You come to work five days a week and work very hard. You consider yourself a true professional. But unfortunately, there is one thorn in your side. No matter what you do, this thorn gets under your skin.More

Why dental benefits matter on agenda at national health plans conference
DrBicuspid.com
At the recent America's Health Insurance Plans Institute 2014 in Seattle, DentaQuest executives gave an overview presentation on the importance of oral healthcare for all ages and how insurers can become innovators by including dental coverage. (May require free registration to view article.)More