This Week in Perio
Aug. 6, 2014

The surprising link between medicine and oral health
A Healthier Michigan
If you take any sort of medication — over-the-counter or prescribed — you've probably noticed those long lists of potential side effects listed on the labels. These can range from skin discoloration and headaches to blood clots or worse. But one symptom most people don't think twice about is how some medications affect your teeth, gums and mouth. The following are just a few of the common oral health-related side effects from different medications.More

Study: Lead in teeth can tell a body's tale
University of Florida via ScienceDaily
Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss. The discovery could help police solve cold cases, an investigator has said. For instance, if an unidentified decomposed body is found, testing the lead in the teeth could immediately help focus the investigation on a certain geographic area.More

Wisconsin dentist turns to therapy dogs for nervous patients
KOKH-TV
It's no secret that a lot of people don't enjoy a visit to the dentist chair. Between shots and drilling, it can leave some people feeling very nervous. Now, a dentist office in Wisconsin is using therapy dogs to help patients.More

Published study shows healthcare cost savings possible by treating and managing gum disease
PR Newswire
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine recently published a study from United Concordia Dental that shows reduced hospitalizations and healthcare costs are possible when individuals with certain chronic conditions, or who are pregnant receive and maintain treatment for gum disease.More

The cause of gum disease related to Type 2 diabetes
Medical News Today
New research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that modulation of B cells may effectively treat and/or prevent the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes and periodontitis simultaneously. In a report appearing in the August issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, one of the most important blood cells involved in the human immune response, B cells, are shown to promote inflammation and bone loss in Type 2 diabetes-associated periodontal disease.More

Research: Oral health deteriorates during hospital stays
The Economic Voice
New research suggests that oral health deteriorates during hospitalization and is associated with an increased risk of malnutrition in older patients. Research published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology provides the latest evidence that oral health is being overlooked in hospitals, with potential serious consequences. The research examined the oral health of 162 patients on arrival and two weeks later and discovered an increase in gum disease and levels of plaque.More

Should dentists do more to help smokers quit?
CBS News
Just about every dentist will say smoking ruins your smile, causing conditions that range from tooth discoloration to gum disease to jaw bone loss and oral cancers. But while it's a well-known fact that cigarettes can do serious damage to your oral health, a new study finds dental professionals often fail to discuss smoking cessation with patients who are smokers.More

Genetic mutations associated with salivary gland tumors
Dentistry Today
A recent discovery could pave the way for better treatment of oral cancer. The Scripps Research Institute found links involving a set of genes that promotes tumor growth and mucoepidermoid carcinoma, which is an oral cancer that impacts the salivary glands. This finding may lead to new treatment that could pinpoint the genetic causes of this type of cancer.More

Unexpected stem cell factories found inside teeth
Science
Development is typically thought to be a one-way street. Stem cells produce cells that mature into specific types, such as the neurons and glia that compose nervous systems, but the reverse isn't supposed to happen. Yet researchers have now discovered nervous system cells transforming back into stem cells in a very surprising place: inside teeth. This unexpected source of stem cells potentially offers scientists a new starting point from which to grow human tissues for therapeutic or research purposes without using embryos.More

The surprising link between medicine and oral health
A Healthier Michigan
If you take any sort of medication — over-the-counter or prescribed — you've probably noticed those long lists of potential side effects listed on the labels. These can range from skin discoloration and headaches to blood clots or worse. But one symptom most people don't think twice about is how some medications affect your teeth, gums and mouth. The following are just a few of the common oral health-related side effects from different medications.More

Peri-implantitis: The 'time bomb' in dental implants
The Telegraph
Cathy Gunnell was thrilled when she had dental implants fitted at the age of 52. Since childhood, she'd endured crooked teeth, gum disease and abscesses, one of which forced her to have a tooth removed. So when a local London clinic charged her £13,000 ($22,211) to replace four diseased teeth with gleaming white porcelain ones, fixed in place with metal pegs, she was more than happy to pay.More

Gum disease linked to chronic health problems
The Conversation
Researchers have found that treating gum disease may reduce heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. The study involved health and dental insurance records from 338,891 people with one of five conditions. The conditions included Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy.More

Does your dental practice need a financial cleaning?
DentistryIQ
Running a business is hard — even if you graduated from business school. But chances are pretty good that you didn't attend business school because you went to dental school. Now you have a practice to run, and you're not prepared for the business aspects. You might be making financial mistakes every single day without knowing it.More

Using content marketing effectively for your dental practice
Dental Economics
You may have heard of content marketing as being the new key to online marketing success. What you may not have heard is that content marketing is about creating great content across all channels, not just your practice's website.More