This Week in Perio
Jul. 3, 2013

How to wash your teeth
Unless you're exceedingly meticulous in your mouth care, chances are you've never even looked at an oral irrigator. The little hose used to clean between your teeth and around and under your gums probably seems like just another tool for the 60-plus crowd that you walk by in the drugstore — lost among the denture adhesive, sugar-free candies, and copies of Reader's Digest. But don't be fooled. (And maybe stop being so judgmental. Those candies are delicious.) While an irrigator might add a minute to your evening routine, it could cut 30 off your next visit to the dentist.More

Laser offers a drill-free, pain-free dental experience; why aren't more dentists using it?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
John Bednar, 18, knows the drill when it comes to cavities — and the drill, needles and novocaine that come with getting them filled. But, when the young Oakdale, Pa., man found out he no longer had to undergo the procedure's discomfort thanks to laser technology, he was thrilled. "That was the whole thing?" Bednar asked after Oakdale dentist Robert Luther Jr. finished the 15-minute procedure recently. "At the end, it was weird, but it is better than the other kind."More

10 steps to keep your teeth and gums health; 1 may surprise you
If you want to keep a healthy smile and avoid the high cost of dental procedures, the following are 10 ways to avoid rotten teeth from cavities, tooth loss from gum disease and other dental problems. One way to keep your teeth and gums healthy might surprise you. It is so important, yet something very few people do.More

Dental implants can be solution to many long-term issues
Missing teeth are nothing to smile about. Putting vanity or aesthetics aside, missing teeth can cause a number of long-term issues — including bone loss. Yet, an estimated 140 million American adults live with one or more missing teeth. Over time, missing teeth can cause the face to loose definition and have a drawn in, distorted look, caused by the loss of bone and natural shape.More

The dental bone grafting procedure explained
Dental Health Magazine
Dental bone grafting or sinus lift is needed for the preparation of the jaw bone for the dental implants to be fitted. When the patient does not have sufficient bone mass density, the periodontist performs bone grafting to make the accommodation of dental implants possible.More

How general dentists and periodontists can provide personalized preventive care for patients
The study "Patient Stratification for Preventive Dental Care" recently published in the Journal of Dental Research, provides unique insight into the future of dentistry and personalized healthcare. Conducted at the University of Michigan, the study accessed 16 years of claims data of more than 5,000 patients and looked at tooth loss related to three risk factors: IL-1 genotype, diabetes and smoking. A careful review of each patient's health history was performed and each patient underwent genetic testing (via a check swab sample) to determine his or her genetic susceptibility to periodontitis based on the presence of the IL-1 gene, which has been associated with an increased risk of periodontitis.More

Less invasive approach to dental implants allows heart patients to continue anticoagulation therapy
Dental implant surgery procedures can conflict with the medication needs of heart patients. A less invasive approach to dental implants offers heart patients a better surgical and post-surgical experience, and allows patients to undergo the procedure without interruption of long-term anticoagulant medication. The Journal of Oral Implantology presents two cases in which a flapless surgical technique was used rather than conventional implant techniques. In the flapless technique, implants are drilled directly through the soft tissue into the bone. This study assessed the potential of the modified procedure to reduce bleeding, surgery time, postoperative pain, and soft tissue inflammation.More

California Dental Association issues oral piercings warnings
The California Dental Association has issued a warning about the significant risks associated with oral piercings, including the possibility of cracked, broken, scratched, or sensitive teeth and damaged fillings. The CDA said that it recognizes that in today's society many people use body piercing as a type of self-expression. However, people should be aware of the potential drawbacks, according to CDA President Dr. Lindsey Robinson. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Preparing patients for geriatric oral healthcare needs
Inside Dental Assisting
What happened to Mrs. Jones? Some dental teams have had the experience of wondering what has become of an elderly patient who has been in the practice for 25 years or so. Because clinicians are frequently so busy running their practices, there often is no time to follow up with these complex patients who no longer make their recall appointments because of cognitive decline, transportation issues, and other problems that typically accompany older age. Elderly patients may develop poor oral hygiene secondary to declines in manual dexterity and cognition and/or develop a dry mouth and xerostomia because of their medication.More

Cultural fit in the workplace: How personality affects hiring and teamwork
People differ in their personalities, attitudes, and values, and an understanding of our individual personality is profoundly important in maximizing our happiness and productivity at work.More

Troubleshooter: The doctor won't let me tell my patients goodbye when I retire
Q: I will be retiring soon from the dental practice where I have worked for more than 40 years as a hygienist. My employer does not want me to tell my patients so the office "will have a chance" without me. I have many patients who I have developed wonderful relationships with, and to just "disappear" without a hug seems so sad to me! Any thoughts?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 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

Investigation finds no wrongdoing in how Oregon handled dental health report
The Oregonian
An independent review of how the state of Oregon handled a dental health survey in the midst of a heated fluoridation debate in Portland has found no wrongdoing on the part of state employees. The Oregon Health Authority has staunchly maintained — and now the state's Human Resources Department has confirmed — that there was nothing inappropriate about the fact that state officials managing a survey of children's oral health met with the architects of Portland's pro-fluoride campaign in January.More

Parkland, Wash., will lose fluoridated water soon
The News Tribune
Water in Parkland, Wash., soon will lack a fluoride additive that a local company has been providing customers for 10 years. Board members for Parkland Light & Water voted to stop fluoridation, which is used to reduce tooth decay and prevent oral health problems.More