This Week in Perio
Aug. 8, 2012

Periodontitis and atherosclerotic vascular disease: What we know and why it is important
A recent scientific statement by the American Heart Association titled "Periodontal Disease and Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease: Does the Evidence Support an Independent Association?" has stimulated a wave of media attention on this important subject. Unfortunately, a misleading press release that has since been corrected and re-issued resulted in dissemination of inaccurate information in the print and electronic media and has generated more confusion about a topic that needed clarity.More

Arizona updates rules for dentists and Botox
Dentists in Arizona can administer Botox and dermal fillers as long as it is part of a dental treatment plan, according to a Substantive Policy Statement update issued in June by the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. According to the updated statement, "a dentist may inject pharmacological agents such as Botulinum, Toxin Type A, or dermal fillers as supportive therapy in conjunction with a dental treatment plan consistent with the scope of practice." The statement also makes it clear that such agents cannot not be administered outside a dental treatment plan. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Gum disease linked to insulin issues
According to Ryan T. Demmer, Ph.D., of Columbia University, and colleagues, exposure to certain bacteria may play a role in the development of diabetes. With this relationship in mind, Demmer and his fellow researchers set out to see if gingivitis was linked to insulin resistance among people without diabetes. Insulin is a natural hormone that manages blood sugar levels. When a person becomes insulin resistant, the body no longer responds to insulin, leading to higher levels of sugar in the blood. High blood sugar increases the risk of diabetes and other complications.More

Bad oral hygiene causes tooth loss, hits self-esteem
Deccan Chronicle
Oral health care is very low among Indians and, as a result, problems like gum disease and dental decay seem to hit Indians at a relatively younger age. A survey conduced in June across major Indian cities among doctors and patients revealed that edentulism (a condition of being toothless) starts before the age of 45 years, giving rise to several other problems, and have an impact on the self-esteem of patients as well.More

Does oral health predict overall health? via Health
Upwards of 6 billion bacteria live inside the average human mouth. The wrong buildup of microorganisms in the mouth can lead to infections, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Oral bacteria can also travel into the blood stream, causing or contributing to an array of diseases that affect more than just that smile. Regular dental upkeep — flossing, brushing, mouthwashing, waterpicking, and chewing sugar-free gum — keeps these bad boys under control.More

10 things every dental patient should know
Heading to the dentist in the near future? Arm yourself with knowledge by reading through these tips from Dr. Jerry Gordon of the Dental Comfort Zone in Bensalem, Pa.More

Do's and don'ts for cosmetic dentistry: Tell the world that you have cosmetic services
Cosmetic dentistry, whether in the form of simple whitening or more complicated procedures such as implants, is usually not covered by insurance. Only by transferring your enthusiasm for cosmetic dentistry to your team and your patients will you achieve significant growth in this area. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Bad breath as sign of disease? Liver disease, lung cancer may be detected by e-noses
Scientific American via The Huffington Post
If the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates diagnosed you with fetor hepaticus (bad liver breath), it would not be an insult but a friendly warning. It meant the scent of your breath indicated you were going into liver failure. Much of ancient Greek medical knowledge has fallen into obscurity, but using the breath as an indicator of health remains. Researchers have for years worked to develop accurate, inexpensive and portable electronic olfactory sensing technology that can be used to detect and monitor asthma, kidney disease, high cholesterol and a number of other conditions.More

Taking care of one's teeth: American Dental Association says many Americans don't know basic oral care
Connection Newspapers
Here's a pop quiz: How often should a person replace their toothbrush? "Once a year," said Terrie Andrews of McLean, Va. When should a parent schedule a child’s first dental appointment? "Just after their 6th birthday," said Julie Mahon, an Alexandria, Va., mother of 2-year-old twins. Both answers are incorrect, but consistent with the findings of a new survey by the American Dental Association, which tested the average person's knowledge of oral healthcare. On average, Americans did not know the answers to questions ranging from how often to brush to what causes cavities.More

Growing up on military bases and the No. 1 health issue in Hawaii
The Maui News
No Hawaii resident awakens each morning and says: "Although I do all the right things, like eating right, exercise, take tests as prescribed by my physician, and rarely go to the hospital, I look forward to paying more health insurance and increased out-of-pocket costs." But the lack of engagement with oral health in Hawaii society is making this absurd statement true for Hawaii residents. That is because the No. 1 health issue throughout the state is oral health.More

Study results: Using the PST genetic test in determining the frequency of dental cleanings
Business Wire via MarketWatch
Interleukin Genetics Inc. has announced that the company received top line results from the Periodontal Disease Prevention Study being conducted by the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. The preliminary results indicate that in low-risk patients, there was no significant difference between two dental preventive visits per year and one preventive visit per year in reducing the percentage of patients who had tooth extractions over the 16-year monitoring period (13.8 percent versus 16.4 percent).More