This Week in Perio
Aug. 20, 2014

Healthy mouth, healthy body: Oral hygiene can guard against other medical problems
Seacoast Online
The mouth is the gateway to the body, and doctors and dentists are taking a more holistic approach to their patients' overall health. Like many areas of the body, the mouth has bacteria — most of it harmless. Normally, the body's natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Severe gum disease, called periodontitis, can actually eat away at the bone structure that holds the teeth in place.More

What's the best way to brush teeth? Even dentists and dental associations don't agree
Medical News Today
Advice on how we should brush our teeth from dental associations and toothpaste companies is "unacceptably inconsistent," finds new UCL research. The study, published in the British Dental Journal, looked at the brushing advice given by dental associations across 10 countries, toothpaste and toothbrush companies and in dental textbooks. They found a wide range of recommendations on what brushing method to use, how often to brush and for how long.More

Hospitalizations may spur deterioration of oral health
Dental Tribune
A new study has provided evidence that oral health deteriorates during hospital stays even after a short period. The researchers discovered a significant increase in periodontal disease and levels of dental plaque in patients who were hospitalized for two weeks. The findings indicate that oral health is largely overlooked in hospitals.More

Consumer groups put pressure on retailers to drop triclosan
Bloomberg
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers are under mounting pressure to eliminate products with triclosan, an antibacterial chemical used in hand soaps and Colgate-Palmolive Co.'s Total toothpaste.More

Lead in teeth reveals a body's origin
Medical News Today
Our teeth can reveal where we grew up, according to a new study that says as our tooth enamel develops, it locks in the isotope composition of the lead we have been exposed to in childhood. And as human activity that generates lead pollution varies around the world, so do the profiles of lead isotopes in the environment. George Kamenov, of the University of Florida, and Brian L. Gulson, of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, write about the discovery in the journal Science of the Total Environment.More

Supercomputers reveal that mouth bacteria can change its diet
Medical News Today
Bacteria inside your mouth drastically change how they act when you're diseased, according to research using supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. Scientists say these surprising findings might lead to better ways to prevent or even reverse the gum disease periodontitis, diabetes, and Crohn's disease. Marvin Whiteley, professor of molecular biosciences and director of the Center for Infectious Disease at The University of Texas at Austin, led the study published recently in the journal mBio.More

Red wine may not be so good for oral health
Dentistry Today
Red wine may be good for overall health but not oral health. The acidity of red wine leaves a mark on your teeth that takes its toll over time. A survey released recently showed that only 16 percent of people are concerned with oral health implications when drinking alcohol. This is a problem based on the fact that many alcoholic drinks are filled with sugar and possess high acidity levels.More

Healthy mouth, healthy body: Oral hygiene can guard against other medical problems
Seacoast Online
Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Severe gum disease, called periodontitis, can actually eat away at the bone structure that holds the teeth in place.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

Drs. Roizen and Oz: How to fight periodontal disease and become more healthy in the workplace
The News-Sentinel
Q: I've been diagnosed with periodontal disease. I want to reverse it ASAP, because I hear it leads to more problems than just tooth decay. What's my next step?
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Are new patients the answer to growing your dental practice?
DentistryIQ
When growing a practice, the focus is primarily on marketing to new patients, but what about patients who have already walked through your door? Retention is vital to the success of your practice, and it costs five times more to get a new patient than to keep the ones you have.More