This Week in Perio
Jul. 22, 2015

Earliest evidence of dental cavity manipulation found
Scientific Reports via Medical Xpress
A large team of researchers with members from institutions in Italy, Germany and Australia has found what they claim is the earliest example of dental cavity manipulation. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the team describes their work on studying the tooth from a 14,000-year-old human skeleton uncovered back in 1988, and the techniques they used to show the marks they found were caused by human intervention.More

Older Americans Act to include oral healthcare if amended
For the first time, federal funds for oral health screenings for older Americans will be made available if the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015 is enacted. The bill was amended to include oral health as part of routine health screenings. The Older Americans Act provides funding to more than 680 state and area agencies on aging and also supports a range of social and nutrition services and programs for nearly 12 million U.S. seniors, according to an ADA News story. More

Federal court sides with Connecticut in teeth-whitening case
The Associated Press via The Hartfod Courant
A federal appeals court ruled July 17 that Connecticut was justified in imposing certain regulations on teeth-whitening businesses, the latest turn in a four-year battle over the state's dental health rules. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a number of reasons exist for rules governing teeth-whitening, particularly the practice of shining a light on teeth to activate peroxides.More

NIH launches e-cigarette research
American Dental Association
Citing "an urgent need" to inform public policy, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is accepting applications through July 28 for research on the possible effects on oral health of aerosol mixtures produced by electronic cigarettes. "NIDCR joins new area of biomedical research: electronic cigarette health effects," said the headline on the e-newsletter announcement.More

Don't forget to brush your teeth. Seriously.
The Huffingto Post
Brushing twice a day is good for your breath and gums and all, but it also helps out your whole body. Francesco D'Aiuto, senior lecturer at the Eastman Dental Institute in London, chatted with The Guardian about what he refers to as the the "mouth-body connection," or the idea that a healthy body is strongly correlated with good dental hygiene. "The mouth is not disconnected from the rest of the body," he explained.More

5 foods that can stain your teeth
Focus News
Spilling of certain foods and drinks on a pristine white table cloth or a dress is something upsets us, but think about the damaging effects these food can cause to our teeth. Wine, berries and hot beverages like tea and coffee can have long lasting effect on teeth, say experts. The experts at the Luster Pro Light brand have compiled a list of the top five culprits that cause staining to teeth, reports

How to achieve high rankings in Facebook search
Oral Health Group
With over a billion active monthly users, Facebook continues to be the social media behemoth that is hard to ignore. Small businesses and professionals can leverage the power of Facebook to their marketing advantage. Many people use Facebook Graphic Search to get more information out about relevant products or services they may be looking for. Use the following three tactics to ensure higher rankings in Facebook search for your dental practice.More

How to reduce cancellations and no-shows and grow the bottom line of your dental practice
Every time a patient doesn't show up for a scheduled appointment, it sends your entire practice into chaos. Your team goes into panic mode as your scheduling coordinator scrambles to find someone to take the open slot. Yes, it can be stressful when patients flake out on their appointment times, but it can also be costly. Cancellations and no-shows cost practices tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenue every year.More

6 ways to create a better experience for your patients
Joshua Perman, DMD, writes: "It is no surprise that many people dread going to the dentist. The dental chair combines a number of fears — needles, pain, loud noises, confined spaces and much more. I know, if given a chance to either endure a bad toothache or go to the dentist, most people will choose the toothache."More