This Week in Perio
Jul. 25, 2012

Gum disease: The most common form of bone loss
U of T News
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has announced it will be funding the work of three research teams investigating bone health. The University of Toronto's Dr. Michael Glogauer, associate professor with the faculty of dentistry, heads one of those teams. A clinician scientist whose post-doctoral work at Harvard focussed on neutrophils (white blood cells that help fight infection and inflammation), Glogauer spoke with U of T News about seeking new ways to identify bone loss in gum disease.More

Cost, not fear, keeps more people from dentist
Cost is a bigger factor than fear when it's time to visit the dentist, a new government report shows. The national survey on oral health shows 4 out of 10 adults in the U.S. say cost is the main reason they don't visit the dentist with an oral health problem like a toothache or loose teeth "in the past six months." Fear was the motivating factor to forgo the dentist for only 1 in 10 adults when they had an oral health problem. Researchers say the results suggest cost and lack of dental coverage is a major factor influencing oral health in the U.S.More

Satcher: Oral health epidemic persists
The District Chronicles
Twelve years after issuing a landmark report that offered a framework for improving access to oral health, former Surgeon General David Satcher says profound oral health problems still exist for large portions of the population and has issued a renewed call to expand access to oral health care, especially to the millions of children expected to gain dental benefits through the Affordable Care Act in 2014. Speaking at a conference on unmet oral health needs at Morehouse School of Medicine, Satcher detailed profound oral health problems that persist.More

In Pennsylvania, Medicaid cuts reduce options for dental care
Kaiser Health News/Essential Public Radio/NPR
Medicaid, a program funded jointly by the federal government and the states, covers the the poor and disabled, and coverage varies by state. Most states don't pay for any dental care. Now, in Pennsylvania, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has reduced Pennsylvania's 2 million adult Medicaid patients to basic dental care, eliminating root canals, periodontal disease work and limiting the number of dentures a patient can receive. The plan now covers little more than cleanings, fillings and extractions. The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare estimates it is saving $42 million this year. Spokeswoman Anne Bale explains they needed to save this money.More

Incidence and risk factors for infection in oral cancer patients undergoing different treatments protocols
7thSpace Interactive
Over the past decade, advances in the field of cancer treatments have been counterbalanced by a rising number of immunosuppressed patients with a multitude of new risk factors for infection. Hence, the aim of this study was to determine risk factors, infectious pathogens in blood and oral cavity of oral cancer patients undergoing different treatment procedures.More

Hygienists want more training on oral-systemic link
Dental hygienists could improve their knowledge of certain aspects of the oral-systemic link, according to a study in the Journal of Dental Education Although associations between periodontal and systemic health have been well-established, there is little evidence regarding dental hygienists' knowledge of the oral-systemic connection, noted the study authors, from the Pacific University School of Dental Health Science. (May require free registration to view article.)More

The 3 percent problem and periodontal disease
Statistically in the U.S., 3 percent of the hygienists' production is in the 4000 codes. Based on the new AAP guidelines and recommendations to "get there early," is this good enough? If not, what is? The answer partly depends upon the practice location. Rural Montana has more periodontal need than some areas of Washington, D.C. Another part of the answer depends upon the philosophy of the doctor and his or her diagnostic tendencies. The age of your practice can also matter, especially if you already have a strong periodontal program with patients in a maintenance program and you're receiving few new patients.More

New North Carolina law blocks corporations from taking over dental practices
Gaston Gazette
Much to the delight of local dentists, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue signed Senate Bill 655, also known as the dentistry management bill. Filed in April of last year, the bill is designed to protect the public from receiving inappropriate dental treatment from large dentistry management firms. The bill protects practicing dentists from being overpowered or manipulated by corporate management companies armed with Wall Street cash. Both the House and the Senate passed the bill with unanimous votes. The North Carolina Dental Society and Old North State Dental Society also supported the legislation.More

Beware of misleading information
Getting a clear and definite answer to any query can be time consuming, especially on the Internet where opinions abound yet often are presented as scientific fact. Seeking solid studies, transparent in funding sources and possible bias, is more difficult than you can imagine. Even among topics we consider studied and answered, there still are conflicting research and opinions.More

Periodontal examination can determine risk of diabetes
The Medical News
A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and backed by The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, among others, found that a pre-diabetes determination can be made by simply going to the dentist. The study has huge implications for those Americans who are developing Type 2 diabetes at alarming rates. Unlike Type 1, Type 2 Diabetes is acquired, mostly from poor diet and therefore, early detection can stop the disease from progressing. According to the American Diabetes Association, a whopping 25.8 million Americans now have diabetes.More

'Teach Me How to Brushy'
Oregon Dental Association via YouTube
The Oregon Dental Association has launched "Teach Me How to Brushy" public service campaign. The video is aimed at communicating the importance of establishing healthy dental habits at an early age. Visit to check out other interesting dental health facts on the lower half of the tab, where you can also find information about its oral health stars.More