This Week in Perio
Jul. 24, 2013

4 ways to handle the inevitable negative review
The Huffington Post
Jay Gierak writes, "My dentist once had a customer slander him on Yelp in an effort to get out of a bill. He asked if I could help, hoping I might know someone at Yelp fix the problem. The review persisted online for years, as did my dentist's pleas for help. My dentist's story is not uncommon. Negative reviews from unhappy customers, peeved ex-employees or close competitors are a challenge for local businesses, legitimate or not."More

E-reminders reduce missed appointments
Modern Practice
No one needs to tell you that time is money and nothing undermines your practice productivity more than missed appointments. The good news here is that technology, when properly implemented, can reduce your practice no-shows substantially.More

Beyond practice management: The pursuit of happiness
Dr. Don Deems writes, "All of us look for ways to care for our patients the best we can while also being a viable, profitable business owner. No one said we had to work for free, that we weren't entitled to the rewards that have come to us from the risks, investments, grit, and determination we have all taken on to be where we are today. Yet there is a fine line I would like you to look at very closely. It's the line between making money and doing the right thing for our patients, colleagues, and profession." (May require free registration to view article.)More

UK's 1st intraoral welding implant case performed
Medical News Today
The groundbreaking use of intraoral welding to improve the placement of dental implants has been successfully performed for the first time in the U.K. by Dr. Peter Sanders of Dental Confidence in Southampton.More

Further studies on the link between oral bacteria, pregnancy complications underway
Dental Tribune
A dental research project at Case Western Reserve University has received a $1.58 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to continue its investigation into the link between certain oral bacteria and complications of pregnancy, such as stillbirth, post-birth sepsis and premature birth.More

Not all coated toothbrushes are created equal
Coating toothbrush bristles with chlorhexidine appears to reduce concentrations of some harmful oral bacteria more than coating them with silver nanoparticles. A study presented at the International Association for Dental Research's 2013 annual meeting found that chlorhexidine-coated toothbrushes reduced concentrations of Streptococcus mutans by 99.8 percent 16 hours after the toothbrushes were immersed for three minutes in a microbe-containing suspension. (May require free registration to view article.)More

14 unhealthy things you're doing to 'save time'
Too busy to stay healthy? It's no secret that leading a healthy lifestyle often feels like it takes more time than most of us have. So found a survey by the American Public Health Association in which 34 percent of adults said they were too busy to fit in things they knew were good for them, like eating right and exercising regularly. (Should you tackle both eating healthy and working out at the same time? Not necessarily. Do this healthy habit first for the best results, a new study finds.)More

Vegetarians have better periodontal health, worse dental status
Dental Tribune
German researchers have found that vegetarians have a better periodontal status compared to meat eaters. In a recent study, they showed less inflammation, less periodontal damage and better dental home care. However, their dental status was worse than that of nonvegetarians. Very few investigations have been conducted on the possible correlation between a vegetarian diet and periodontal health, and the sample sizes in these studies are small.More

Study reveals genetic cause of high-arched palate
Researchers at King's have revealed the genetic basis of high-arched palate in the mouth for the first time, a discovery that could pave the way for new treatments to reverse the condition.More

Atrophic patients have more options with new dental implant
Patients with severe atrophy of the jaw are not typically considered good candidates for dental implants. However, the introduction of a new type of implant five years ago is challenging that standard. Combined with the All-on-Four concept of inserting the implants, the new implant can benefit a wider range of patients, including those with degeneration of bone in the upper or lower jaw.More

Better teeth mean better health
The Columbian
The human mouth is home to billions of bacteria. And if you haven't brushed your teeth recently, you may have more bacteria living in your mouth than there are people living on Earth.More

7 things your mouth can reveal about your health
Mother Nature Network via Yahoo Shine
Even if your teeth look white and pearly and have no cavities, symptoms in your mouth could spell trouble for other areas of your health. "If your eyes are a window into your soul, your mouth is a gateway into your health," says Dr. Sanda Moldovan, a Beverly Hills periodontist.More

More action needed for seniors' oral health
The Huffington Post
Roughly 75 million Americans are considered to be the generation known as baby boomers, or those who were born between 1946 and 1964. This large portion of the population may have reinvented retirement and created a unique community for themselves, but they also have trouble with their oral health. According to a recent study by Procter & Gamble, baby boomers' dental health isn't up to par, creating other health issues throughout the body. Senior oral health is important to maintain because bacteria can build up and cause tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease.More

Latest dental trends from across the US
This whitepaper is based on real-time benchmarking data from thousands of opt-in practices and shows the trends from January 2013 to May 2013. About 12 percent of practices make less than $250,000 adjusted production per year, and 12 percent make between $1.5 million and $2 million. In other words, the distribution is not toward high-end or low-end practices.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

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? 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

North Dakota lawmakers consider MLPs for dental care
North Dakota is moving forward with a study to assess the use of midlevel providers (MLPs). Legislators say there are not enough dentists in the state to provide dental care, especially for the poor and Native Americans on reservations. The measure, HB 1454, has passed the state's House of Representatives and the Senate but faces stiff opposition from the North Dakota Dental Association. (May require free registration to view article.)More