This Week in Perio
Jun. 26, 2013

Is mouthwash really beneficial to oral health?
The Inquisitr
Many people use mouthwash as an integral part of their oral hygiene regime — sold on the marketed concept that the minty concoction can effectively kill germs and slake halitosis, perhaps even more so than brushing the way some ads read. Mouthwash is marketed as a highly effective product for warding off harmful bacteria responsible for gum disease and decay. But does the use of mouthwash benefit overall oral hygiene the way it's advertised to?More

How and why to treat periodontal disease
The Berkshire Eagle
As he scrubbed his teeth, Joe Furgal would notice blood on his toothbrush. His gums were bleeding. What Furgal, a Lee, Mass., resident and active community member, did not know back in the late 1990s was that his bleeding gums was a symptom of periodontal disease, or gum disease.More

Oral disease can affect overall health
The DeSoto Times-Tribune
Dr. Eleanor Gill has been practicing dentistry in Olive Branch, Miss., for the past 25 years. Time after time, and in patient after patient, she has discovered that poor dental hygiene on behalf of the patient can lead to potentially serious health consequences. "Many people do not realize the connection between the mouth and their overall health," Gill said. "Because the circulatory system is one long connection of blood vessels throughout the entire body, bleeding gums are extremely dangerous to your heart arteries."More

Heart disease and stroke update: June 2013
The American Heart Association has issued a new update on heart disease and stroke. Some of the highlights include the following.More

ADA issues statement on regular dental visits
Dental Tribune
To maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits, at intervals determined by a dentist. In light of a new study published in the Journal of Dental Research, titled "Patient Stratification for Preventive Care in Dentistry," the ADA wants to remind consumers that the frequency of their regular dental visits should be tailored by their dentists to accommodate for their current oral health status and health history.More

Study eyes global burden of oral conditions
American Dental Association
A new study published in the Journal of Dental Research shows that oral conditions affect 3.9 billion people, and untreated caries in permanent teeth was the most prevalent of the 291 conditions evaluated.More

Study: Bacteria contaminate dental unit reservoir water
A study to determine the qualitative and quantitative contamination of dental unit reservoir water found widespread contamination of potentially pathogenic bacteria in the water. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Fluoride treatment of synthetic biomaterial assists bone regeneration
Dental Tribune
Guided bone regeneration is a common treatment before a dental implant procedure, and biomaterials treated with fluoride are displaying cell proliferation that can improve this process. The Journal of Oral Implantology has reported on a study of bioresorbable synthetic hydroxyapatite granules used as a bone supplement material. When these granules were exposed to a 4 percent sodium fluoride solution, cell proliferation was increased.More

Sugar-free gum dental health benefits in doubt
Colombian researchers have questioned the clinical benefits of sugar-free chewing gum to prevent dental caries and gingivitis after a double-blind, randomized controlled trial. A scientist from Mondelez has doubted the findings.More

Virtually limitless dental assistant
Paperwork, phone calls, and production numbers. Were the charts filled out correctly yesterday? How many new patient phone calls were recorded in the past two days? Why are the production numbers low compared to last year? Sadly, these are common themes in the morning huddle. There are days when patients are not even discussed. Why is this?More

How to manage your online reputation
What is your dental practice's most important asset? These days, it's your online reputation. As a dentist, you are most likely the owner of your practice, and it is imperative that you implement a reputation management strategy to represent your practice in a positive light online. Did you know that people are online right now searching for your dental services? And that more and more users are turning to reviews to help them decide which dentist office to choose? (May require free registration to view article.)More

Is your blogging actually helping your website?
The word is out that blogging is a great way to boost your Google rankings. If you are blogging for your website, congratulations. You're obviously one of the few dentists "in the know." However, if you use an outside service to manage your blogging, you need to read this!More

Video tool helps reduce patients' fear of dental injections
A computerized video tool designed to reduce fear of dental injections has the potential to help patients stop avoiding dental care due to fear, according to a new study in a supplement of the Journal of Dental Research (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

Is probing without CAL meaningful?
Lynne Slim writes, "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?"More

Maine Senate defeats dental hygiene therapist bill
Bangor Daily News
The Maine Senate killed a bill that would allow a new type of dental provider, a dental hygiene therapist, to open up shop in the state and address a shortage of access to dental care in Maine. The Senate first opposed the bill in a 14-21 vote before killing it. The Maine House had given initial approval to the measure just a day earlier in a 95-45 vote.More

Feds change how providers apply identification number on insurance claims
American Dental Association
The federal government has made some changes in how dentists and other health care providers must apply an identification number they typically use on claim submissions. The National Provider Identifier is a unique, government-issued, standard identification number for individual healthcare providers and provider organizations such as clinics, hospitals, schools and group practices.More