This Week in Perio
Aug. 27, 2014

Editor's Note

The Aug. 13 edition of This Week in Perio featured an article from Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen on how to fight periodontal disease. A number of AAP members have since expressed concern about the advice given in this syndicated column, which was featured in the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. In response, the AAP has penned a letter to the editor of the News-Sentinel regarding the article's content to ensure that the public and the media are aware of proper measures for periodontal care.

This article was included as part of This Week in Perio's "What Your Patients Are Reading" section. The content presented in this area is designed to keep members informed about dentistry-related topics that their patients may be seeing in the mainstream media. The inclusion of these articles prepares members to discuss, verify, or correct any media reports that patients may inquire about during their visits. The AAP is committed to aiding its members in providing evidence-based and trustworthy periodontal information to patients.More

Researchers: Coffee could lower risk of gum disease
ABC News Radio
Need another reason to drink coffee? It may be good for your gums. Nathan Ng of Boston University's Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine says this finding contradicts previous research suggesting the drink might have a detrimental effect on periodontal health.More

Dental, medical implants to drive 3-D printer growth
DrBicuspid.com
Dentures, hip joints, and replacement knees will drive growth in the expanding market for 3-D printers over the next decade, according to a new report by market research firm IDTechEx. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Dentist: More and more patients are opting for dental implants
The Medical News
A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey administered by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention found that 25 percent of patients over 60 years old have lost all of their teeth. It's estimated that 63 percent of all American adults are missing more than one tooth. The traditional solution for replacing missing teeth is dental bridges or dentures, but Dearborn, Michigan, dentist Dr. Mark Luria of Luria & Birnholtz Family Dentistry has found that more and more patients are opting for dental implants.More

Study links gum disease to lung disease, cancer and heart failure
The Medical News
Most people are very familiar with the reality that, if they don't practice regular brushing and overall good dental hygiene, they are at risk for developing gum disease. Less well known is the full extent of the potential harm caused by gum disease. In addition to very unpleasant side effects including bad breath, mouth sores, and loss of teeth, research shows that the dangers of gum disease may have a negative impact on more than just your mouth.More

Although there has been a steep decline in tooth loss, study finds an increase in socioeconomic disparities
Medical News Today
The International and American Associations for Dental Research have published a paper titled "Projections of U.S. Edentulism Prevalence Following Five Decades of Decline." This study follows edentulism over the last hundred years and highlights the numbers of people losing teeth and requiring dentures. It is published in the OnlineFirst portion of the IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research. The researchers of this study investigated population trends in edentulism among U.S. adults at least 15 years of age by creating time-series data from five national cross-sectional health surveys.More

Researchers: Coffee could lower risk of gum disease
ABC News Radio
Need another reason to drink coffee? It may be good for your gums. Nathan Ng of Boston University's Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine says this finding contradicts previous research suggesting the drink might have a detrimental effect on periodontal health.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

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

Integrating technology into your dental practice
Dental Economics
Much like the digital camera in the field of photography, technology is changing dentistry as we know it, bringing immediacy, flexibility and efficiency to dental practices. Dentists working from a digital platform can instantly share patient information among staff members, transfer files to the laboratory and help increase case acceptance by visually showing patients areas of diagnosis and proposed treatment.More

Controlling collections in your dental practice
DentistryIQ
Your practice's collection rate may not be what you think it is. In a recent study of new clients, Levin Group found that most participants reported a 99 percent or higher collection rate. However, once their accounts receivable were analyzed for uncollectable debt, the actual collections average was only 96.5 percent.More