This Week in Perio
Aug. 18, 2010

Genetic test to help predict gum disease
One of the largest clinical studies using genetic testing to assess the risk of gum disease will be conducted by the University of Michigan, in agreement with Interleukin Genetics Inc. William Giannobile, professor at University of Michigan dentistry and director of the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research at the School of Dentistry, will lead the study. "It's an exciting study because it's a way to use genetic testing to personalize a dental treatment plan and the frequency of dental care visits of patients as it relates to oral care," Giannobile said. "It's a way to customise patient care."More

Soft-tissue collar around implants: A periodontal compromise or not?
Dental Tribune International
How many times have you seen a case during an examination where the soft-tissue collar was less than you would like to have? How many times has this happened on one of your own cases? Well, it has no doubt happened to all of us at one time or another. The perfect analogy to use and consider, especially when speaking to patients, is the outer surface of the hand versus the palm of the hand. Both are skin, but which one is tougher? Obviously, the palm is.More

Heart, dental health linked
News Tribune
Brushing your teeth can ultimately lead to a healthy heart, according to studies that show a strong correlation between periodontal disease and vascular disease. Dr. Bharat Puchakayala said the indirect link is enough reason to start early with good oral care before an infection of the gums could travel through the bloodstream. "Infection triggers the production of inflammatory proteins which circulate in the blood and cause damage to the lining of the blood pipes," he said. "That can lead to strokes and heart attacks." He advises parents start early teaching their children good oral hygiene in order to prevent later risk of periodontal disease.More

Rapid growth forecast for US implant market
The U.S. market for dental implants will regain double-digit growth by 2013 and will help drive the dental prosthetic market to reach more than 82 million prosthetic placements by 2016, according to a new report from iData Research. The dental bone-graft-substitute market also is expected to double in value, according to the company. Adoption of new technologies such as computer-aided design and manufacturing will boost growth in these markets, iData said. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Study: Mothers with more children have worse oral health
Women who have four or more children have more than three times as many untreated dental caries as women with fewer children, further evidence that childbearing is related to oral disease, according to a study in the Journal of Dental Research. The study involved data on 2,635 U.S. women who participated in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1988 and 1994. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Survey: US dentists' income trends improving
The sun is peeping through the clouds. In an American Dental Association survey of 1,966 U.S. dentists, a narrow majority reported either stable or increasing income for the first quarter of 2010, compared to the previous quarter. By comparison, only 17 percent of dentists surveyed reported an increase in income in the fourth quarter of 2009, while 56.7 percent reported a decrease. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Tongue piercings can lead to gum disease, cracks and gaps in teeth
Daily Bulletin
If your children are thinking about getting a tongue piercing, you might want to clue them in on some of the dangers. Tongue piercing can lead to life-threatening infections, not to mention increased risk of tooth fracture, gum disease and hemorrhage. Recently, a dentist and researcher at the University of Buffalo documented that playing with the popular barbell-shaped tongue studs can force gaps in the upper front teeth, leading to thousands of dollars in orthodontic bills. But that may be the least of the long list of potential problems.More

This Week in Perio available through MultiBriefs app
AAP understands the need to deliver timely, relevant news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create This Week in Perio, the association committed itself to providing updates on a weekly basis. This Week in Perio is now part of the new MultiBriefs app, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" and download the app free of charge. After it's downloaded, you can add the AAP feed from the "Healthcare and Medical" section. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. For those without iPhones, not to worry. We also have Blackberry and Droid versions. For Blackberry users, visit the Blackberry App World and search "MultiBriefs." Droid users can go to the Android Marketplace and search "MultiBriefs."More

Kanye West's diamond dental work
Jewelry Insider
Kanye West is topping his giant gold jewelry display at the BET Awards earlier this summer with a doozy of a diamond statement. According to his recent tweets, the self-proclaimed king of hip-hop has replaced his lower teeth with diamonds. This isn't your run-of-the-mill diamond grill a la Lil Wayne, folks. When asked by his Twitter followers if he was for real, he came back with this: "No seriously, I said my teeth are real diamonds. These are not fronts. I replaced my bottom row of teeth with diamonds."More