This Week in Perio
Aug. 28, 2013

Gum disease linked to risk of oral cancer-causing virus
Gum disease and other dental ailments boost the risk of becoming infected with oral human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted virus that causes 40 to 80 percent of all throat cancers, according to the first study to find such a link. Those who said they had poor oral health had a 56 percent higher rate of oral HPV infection than those who reported good to excellent oral health, researchers wrote in a study published by Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.More

More research finds little evidence of dental X-ray/cancer link
Predictions about how much cancer risk exists for patients exposed to radiation from dental bitewings are "highly speculative" and should be discouraged, according to a new study in Radiation Protection Dosimetry. Concerns about a possible relationship between dental X-rays and cancer of the oral mucosa, salivary glands, and other tissues in the head and neck region were raised last year after an epidemiological study published in the journal Cancer claimed to have found a link between frequent bitewing X-ray exposure and increased risk of developing meningioma. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Guided implant surgery: Making sure dental implants are safe, predictable, and efficient
Dental Economics
Drs. August de Oliveira and Ryan C. Maher write, "As a dentist involved in social media, I get to see a lot of opinions on dental implants and guided implant surgery. There are those who embrace new concepts and those who resist. As a dentist who places implants every day in my practice, I can say that, with the proper training, guided surgery provides a solution where doctors can plan an implant virtually, and then accurately place an implant in the most safe, predictable, and efficient manner. With guided surgery, not only can we place the implant for the most esthetic result, but we can also superimpose abutments and predict how much room will be needed for the crown and for any veneered suprastructure that may go over the abutment."More

No dentist on staff; clinic closes
The Marietta Times
After seven years serving the local community the Southeastern Ohio Dental Clinic closed its Marietta office this month, citing the inability to find a full-time dentist as the main reason for the closure. "We were given a deadline of Aug. 16 by the county board of health to hire a full-time dentist. We exhausted all of our resources but were unable to find one," said Court Witschey, administrator for the Washington County Health Department, which had operated the clinic since 2006.More

Digital dentistry onward and upward
Dental professionals seem to be reporting current use of the same set of digital systems. At the same time, those looking to "go more digital" in coming months are eyeballing the same set of technologies that are less commonly used as of now. Everyone began their digital integration with the same products industrywide, and are following a common path for progress.More

8 traps successful leaders must avoid
When an organization is performing well, investments in talent and innovation should be at full-throttle. As recent history has shown, companies tend to get complacent when they are on top, instead of sustaining their momentum through strategic focus. Great leaders know how to keep momentum alive by leveraging their distinct competitive advantages. They remain hungry in their passionate pursuit of endless possibilities and continually push the envelope to assure the promise of the organization's culture remains vibrant. Unfortunately, many leaders stop taking initiative and the required risks to sustain their competitive edge. They fall into the trap of playing it too safe and become self-satisfied, while others get too greedy and lose their attention to detail.More

South Florida dentist sues bank over embezzlement
South Florida dentist Dr. Luis Fabelo says he lost "close to half a million dollars," and thinks what happened to him can easily happen to others. Fabelo said he's the victim of an alleged fraud involving one of his former employees, and claims one of the area's biggest banks doesn't have procedures in place to stop her or anyone else.More

4 time management tips for the chronically overworked
OPEN Forum via Business Insider
These days, "overworked" is the new normal, and learning to manage your time wisely is the key to getting ahead in today's 24/7 work environment. The truth is, you won't ever have more hours in a day, or fewer tasks to fulfill, but if you master your time and use it efficiently, you'll feel less pressure and less overwhelmed.More

Imagine: Canadian dentist hopes to clone John Lennon using tooth DNA
The Guardian
A Canadian dentist is hoping to clone John Lennon using DNA from one of the singer's rotten teeth. Michael Zuk, who bought Lennon's molar at a 2011 auction, has begun sequencing the former Beatle's DNA — the first step in a process set out by scientists who propose to clone a woolly mammoth.More

Could grills ruin your teeth? Latest celebrity trend is linked to gum disease, tooth decay and even poisoning
Mail Online
Made famous by hip-hop artists in the late 1980s, grills are making a resurgence in Hollywood and everyone from Beyoncé to Madonna have been rocking the decorative mouthwear. But dental grills, which are usually made of gold and decorated with jewels, have been linked to a host of mouth diseases and even poisoning, experts warn. While celebrities such as Ryan Lochte, Rihanna and Chris Brown invest in good quality grills, fans trying to emulate the stars often opt for low quality versions that aren't fitted correctly, which can lead to oral issues later on.More

RDA offers tips for working with patients with special needs
As a dental assistant, Niki Henson, RDA, was confident that she would be able to schedule a dental appointment for her two sons who both have special needs. But she was shocked at the responses she got. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Gum disease may lead to cancer
Bacterial infections may play a role in triggering pancreatic cancer, according to recent research. A growing number of studies suggest a role for infections — primarily of the stomach and gums — in pancreatic cancer.More

Colon cancer linked to mouth infection?
HealthDay News via WebMD
An infection from a common type of mouth bacteria can contribute to colorectal cancer, a new study suggests. The bacteria, called Fusobacterium nucleatum, can attach to colon cells and trigger a sequence of changes that can lead to colon cancer, according to the team at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.More

Banish bad breath: 5 things about gum disease
Gulf News
Gum disease occurs because of improper brushing of the teeth and that leads to build up of plaque that releases toxins.More

Gum disease affects more than mouth
The Community Voice
Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that affects more than just the mouth. Periodontal disease is often painless and usually develops slowly over many years, but it may progress in rapid destructive stages. The bacterial infection attacks the gums and bone that support the teeth and hold the teeth in the jaw. Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss.More

Why 3 cups a day keeps the dentist away: Black tea 'combats bacteria linked with tooth decay and gum disease'
Mail Online
A comforting cup of tea brings a smile to most people's faces. And now, according to scientists, it might make that smile just a little bit brighter. Researchers have claimed that drinking at least three cups of tea a day can help keep your teeth in good condition, reducing the risk of decay. A review of existing studies found that black tea helped combat two types of bacteria — Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus — that are both associated with tooth decay and gum disease.More