This Week in Perio
June. 30, 2010

Extracted teeth yield stem cells
ABC Science
Scientists have found a new and relatively accessible supply line for stem cells that can grow into any type of cell in the human body: extracted teeth. Like cells from embryos, the soft living tissue from inside teeth can be induced to become what are known as pluripotent stem cells, which have the potential to form several different cell types. Unlike embryonic cells, which are extracted from days-old human embryos, generating stem cells from dental pulp is a relatively noninvasive and noncontroversial process.More

Oral bacteria linked to hypertension risk
People with a significant burden of periodontal bacteria are more than three times as likely to have hypertension as those with low levels of such bacteria, according to a large international study. Seven investigators from Columbia University, the University of Miami, the University of Minnesota and the French School of Public Health collected 4,533 subgingival plaque samples from 653 patients enrolled in the Oral Infections and Vascular Disease Epidemiology Study. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Dental implants needed in UK
Dental Practice Marketing and Management
U.K. residents are missing an astonishing total of more than 100 million teeth, which averages out to just over two missing teeth per person. More than half of U.K. adults have missing teeth, and overall they're missing an average of four teeth per person. And here's another shocker: 20 percent of those with missing teeth said their dentist never had mentioned that dental implants were a treatment option.More

Tooth decay may increase risk of obesity in children
Better Health Research
While tooth decay can cause further dental complications, a new study has found that the problem also could increase the risk of obesity in children, according to findings presented at The Endocrine Society's annual meeting. In an effort to discover the link between poor oral hygiene and excess weight gain, researchers enrolled a total of 65 children between the ages of 2 and 5 into a study. All the participants were given a dental exam and had blood taken.More

Be ready for change
A successful office requires a team that operates without much interference; however, there are times when change is inevitable. The average age at which a dentist retires is 64.1. The most common scenario is that the doctor transfers his or her patients or practice to another dentist that is ready to step in and begin treatment. When change of ownership occurs, there is a high risk of losing some patients to another office. As a result, office production will decrease when patients leave.More

Top 5 reasons dentists will not use social media
Everyone is talking about social media. All the stars are conversing with their fans on Twitter. Fifty-five percent of the U.S. population is on Facebook, and YouTube receives more viewing time than Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS combined. If you were to take a bird's-eye look at social media you would see that it is made up of dozens of networks, a virtual sea of interaction flowing into another great sea of humanity. How is it possible for a dentist to leverage all of these options into a successful strategy to grow their practice?More


Stem cells to treat tooth disease
Periódico 26
Preliminary results of stem cell treatment of periodontal diseases, presented at the International Convention of Dentistry held in Havana, Cuba, were described by researchers as "very encouraging." The condition of the tissues that support and protect the tooth, most frequent in Cuba and the world, are chronic gingivitis characterized by inflammation of the gums, and periodontitis, a more advanced stage of the same disease, which, besides the inflammation, destroys the insertion tissue of the tooth.More

Got tooth decay? Blame your mom
SF Weekly
A University of California-San Francisco study has found one more thing you can blame your mother for: your Jack O'Lantern smile. In a paper appearing in the current issue of the Journal of Dental Research, UCSF professor Jane Weintraub notes that the rural Hispanic subjects in her study had nearly double the odds of developing tooth decay if their mothers had untreated tooth decay as well.More

Getting rid of the cleaning lady image
The least important thing that dental hygienists do is "clean teeth." Hygienists are on the front line of defense in helping patients lead a healthy life. Inflammation is the key to many of the chronic diseases of aging. Periodontal disease is a disease of inflammation. In his program, "Risk-based periodontics: It is time to get rid of the cleaning lady image," Dr. Tim Donley discusses the use of clinical facts and risk factor data to determine a patient's maximum periodontal therapy and thus optimum periodontal health.More

Do's and don'ts for the new patient experience
Prospective patients are motivated when they call your office. That motivation can easily dissipate if patients can't get an appointment for weeks. You want to be perceived as a practice where new patients are welcome. If you make it challenging for patients to be seen in a timely manner, they will seek care elsewhere. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Virginia man takes on dentistry laws after daughter's death
Three years after his darkest days, Mario Blanco slowly is finding purpose in his daughter's death, leading him to take on Virginia's Board of Dentistry. Blanco is convinced there was inadequate emergency equipment in Dr. Michael Hechtkopf's dental office, including no working defibrillator. Hechtkopf settled with the Blanco family, and the board cited him for "absent or poorly documented" readings of Raven's vital signs and "pulse oximetry reading."More