This Week in Perio
July 14, 2010

28 states considering legislation on dental insurance fee capping
Dental Marketing and Practice Management
A recently survey has revealed that 98 percent of dentists oppose dental insurance companies setting fees for services they do not offer. Known as fee capping, this practice has upset dentists nationwide — and legislators have taken notice. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, this year, "a total of 28 states introduced 46 pieces of legislation to stop insurance carriers from requiring dentists to accept caps on fees for services the carrier does not cover."More

Toothless no more: Team aims to reduce rejection of implants
UBC Public Affairs
Don Brunette may well find himself named the patron saint of toothless hockey players. An oral biologist in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia, Brunette seeks to create a better dental implant by understanding how cells behave around different types of implant surfaces. For his research, Brunette draws upon sophisticated methods of microfabrication and nanofabrication that can produce precisely characterized surfaces. He can then examine how cells respond to specific features and shapes of the implant's surface.More

Ohio law gives hygienists more independence
An Ohio law allowing hygienists to practice without a dentist's physical supervision will take effect Aug. 31. Signed into law May 27, the law creates the Oral Health Access Supervision Program, allowing dentists to send hygienists into settings outside the dental office to provide cleanings and other hygiene services. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Tooth whitening may improve oral health of elderly
A tooth-bleaching agent may improve the oral health of elderly and special needs patients. That's according to U.S. dentists who have discovered that applying the tooth whitener carbamide peroxide through a custom-fit mouth tray might combat problems associated with dexterity needed for flossing and brushing, as well as and dry mouth caused by certain medication. Dental experts at the Medical College of Georgia and Western University of Health Sciences suggest that standard oral hygiene can be difficult or impossible for patients with mental challenges or impaired manual dexterity.More

Racial, ethnic disparities in dental care for publicly insured children
California HealthCare Foundation
A study published in the July issue of Health Affairs reveals that nearly 25 percent of children in California never have been to the dentist and that disparities exist across race, ethnicity and type of insurance when it comes to the length of time between dental care visits. The study, "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Dental Care for Publicly Insured Children," supported by the California HealthCare Foundation, examined barriers to dental care in California children ages 11 years and younger using data from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey.More

Why people choose dental implants today
Dental Health Magazine
One of the best ways to counter tooth loss is by the use of artificial tooth replacements. This procedure is known as a type of prosthetic dentistry. It also is considered a form of cosmetic dentistry. Although there are many options for the restoration for missing teeth, implants have proven to be the most functionally durable and effective. Dental implants may be the only reasonable option for the restoration of the teeth functions and supporting structures.More

Dentist offers live surgery courses, 3-D diagnostics
The Orange County Register
Imagine seeing a 3-D, X-ray-like view of your jaw, teeth and the nerves that surround them. That's what the $150,000 Picasso cone beam imaging machine shows. And it's not typically found in private dental offices, said Nicholas Caplanis, owner of South County Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, a practice in Mission Viejo, Calif., specializing in implant dentistry and treatment of gum disease.More

Building a 'we' office
Team building is in vogue. You probably have heard or seen management consultants as they enter the team-building part of their program. They typically comment that there is no "I" in the word "team." You think for a minute, scratch your head, and think, "I got it; there is no I in the word team, and that means what?" It means that in any organization a balance is needed between the mission, vision, and goals of the individuals who comprise it and the mission, vision, and goals of the organization itself. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Guard your teeth, save your heart
It always has been emphasized that brushing teeth twice a day is vital for a healthy life, but not many associated an active heart with gums and teeth. Apparently there is some bad news waiting for those who do not brush their teeth at least twice a day. According to a Scottish study published in British Medical Journal, inflammation in any body part, including mouth and gums, could lead to atherosclerosis.More

Study names most germ killing, affordable toothpaste
Dental Health Magazine
Everyone knows that germs are everywhere. They on your kitchen counter, lingering in your bathroom and, more dangerously, in your mouth. Your mouth can be a great hiding place for as many as 800 to 1000 varieties of bacteria and germs. According to Science Daily, you may be brushing with fluoridated toothpaste right now, but a new type of toothpaste is being researched that contains ingredients that are even better at fighting germs.More