This Week in Perio
Jul. 17, 2013

To avoid root canals, teeth that replace themselves
The Wall Street Journal
Could the days of the root canal, for decades the symbol of the most excruciating kind of minor surgery, finally be numbered? Scientists have made advances in treating tooth decay that they hope will let them restore tooth tissue — and avoid the painful dental procedure. Several recent studies have demonstrated in animals that procedures involving tooth stem cells appear to regrow the critical, living tooth tissue known as pulp.More

Cold sterile
Cold sterilization is a method of sterilization that requires the reusable semicritical items to be immersed in Environmental Protection Agency-approved liquid chemicals. These chemicals can include glutaraldehydes, peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide-based solutions. Single-use items can never be cold sterilized. They are not manufactured to be sterilized and may resist the process because of the materials with which they are made. What do dental professionals need to know?More

Could Botox be coming soon to a dentist near you?
The Salt Lake Tribune
When Wade Paxman is stressed, he clenches and grinds his teeth. The conventional treatment, mouth guards, protect his enamel but don't ease his jaw pain or crushing headaches. Recently, however, the 53-year-old found relief in a drug most commonly used to rid middle-aged women of unwanted wrinkles: Botox.More

Links and risks of gum disease
Dental Health Magazine
Although there is no evidence that bad gums cause heart disease that may result in heart attack, there are numerous studies that link gum disease with an increased risk of heart disease. According to the studies made by American Heart Association, there is a strong relationship between gum disease and heart disease. Gum disease and heart disease share numerous common risk factors such as smoking, diabetes and age. These risk factors explain why often disease in the blood vessels occurs at the same time as disease in the mouth. More

Drs. Oz and Roizen: Avoiding big problems from common infections
The Oregonian
For all the overuse of antibiotic soaps and kitchen cleaners — North Americans spend billions of dollars annually on products that don't clean up any more effectively than plain old soap — you may be uninformed about the big problems that can come from common infections and how easy it is to avoid them. So here's our rundown on trouble-causing infections, such as gum disease (yes, that's a bacterial infection!) and most ulcers, and simple, effective ways to dodge them.More

More research points to oral bacteria, fetal death link
A new four-year, $1.58 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, will allow Yiping Han, Ph.D., an associate professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, to continue to advance her research linking certain oral bacteria to fetal death. This is Han's third National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research RO1 award. She's published numerous papers from previous research related to Fusobacterium nucleatum. (May require free registration to view article.)More

New report concludes that dental implants can save costs, improve quality of life
Medical News Today
A report published as the lead article in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants shows that dental implants offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional treatments for tooth replacement.More

Study sheds new light on link between perio disease, ED
A growing body of research points to a link between chronic periodontal disease and erectile dysfunction, and the common thread appears to be related to inflammation. Now a new study in the International Journal of Impotence Research suggests that ED is related to the damage caused by endothelial dysfunction and the systematic inflammatory changes associated with chronic periodontal disease. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Dental health is primary concern of 50-plus generation
Dental Tribune
A new study among more than 500 respondents ages 48 and older has found that dental health is the third most important medical concern among this population. Although 75 percent of the participants rated their dental health care as very important compared with their overall health concerns, a considerable number did not realize the importance of oral health.More

How general dentists and periodontists can provide personalized preventive care for patients
The management of chronic diseases would be more predictable if we could identify the subset of the population who are most susceptible to the disease in question and institute a preventive regime before the signs and symptoms of the disease are manifested. Considering that healthcare costs in this country are skyrocketing largely due to people living longer, it makes sense that dentists can play a unique role in helping patients maintain the health and well-being necessary to lead long, high-quality lives. More

3 steps for efficient insurance systems in the dental practice
You have a healthy number of patients coming through the door, but it seems as though the collections are not keeping up with production. The insurance companies are delaying payments on everything from crowns to fillings, which makes collecting on claims more difficult than ever. What is the secret to faster claim processing?More

Mobile search dental marketing
A recent advertising study called "Digital Index" from Adobe Systems revealed that Facebook brand engagement has witnessed a year-on-year jump of nearly 900 percent. Adobe's research study attributes this huge surge in engagement levels, in part, to the new Timeline feature of Facebook.More

Study: Dental implants offer cost-effective option
Dental implants offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional treatments for tooth replacement and also improve quality of life, according to a literature review in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants. (May require free registration to view article.)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

Dentist invents new technique to treat gum recession
While painful surgery used to be the only way to treat receding gums, one dentist is trying another way. Dr. John Chao has developed a new, nearly painless procedure called the pinhole surgical technique to help those with gum recession.More

Will Obamacare leave dental coverage off the table?
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
When the Affordable Care Act goes into effect next year, millions of Americans who have been without access to affordable medical care will be covered under President Barack Obama's planned insurance overhaul. However, those hoping for dental work will be out of luck.More

Iowa court upholds dentist's firing of female assistant
CBS News/The Associated Press
The Iowa Supreme Court stood by its ruling that a dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant because he found her too attractive and worried he would try to start an affair. Coming to the same conclusion as it did in December, the all-male court found that bosses can fire employees they see as threats to their marriages, even if the subordinates have not engaged in flirtatious or other inappropriate behavior. The court said such firings do not count as illegal sex discrimination because they are motivated by feelings, not gender.More

Court rules that Medi-Cal must cover dentists
The Associated Press via San Jose Mercury News
California lawmakers improperly stopped funding certain medical services that rural and other specialized health clinics provided to low-income residents under the state's Medicaid program, a federal appeals court ruled.More