This Week in Perio
Aug. 29, 2012

Mom's emotional health, education level linked to teen oral health
Medical Xpress
A mother's emotional health and education level during her child's earliest years influence oral health at age 14, according to a new study from Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine. Researchers started with the oral health of the teens and worked backward to age 3 to find out what factors in their past influenced their oral health outcomes. While mothers were interviewed, lead investigator Suchitra Nelson, professor in the dental school, believes it can apply to whoever is the child's primary caregiver.More

Will dental anesthesiology be the next ADA specialty?
Advocates for dental anesthesiology have embarked on the difficult process of getting it approved as the 10th ADA-recognized specialty. After a May 4 vote by the Council on Dental Education and Licensure supported the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists' request for specialty recognition, the 2012 ADA House of Delegates will decide whether to approve it in October during the ADA Annual Session in San Francisco. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Portland's fluoride debate: Reviewing both sides of the controversy
The Oregonian
Few issues at Portland City Hall have been as polarizing as a pending decision to add fluoride to the local water supply. On one side, there's a well-organized campaign in support that features dentists, healthcare providers and a host of community organizations. On the other is a group of volunteers launching an initiative to hold a public vote on fluoride in 2014, in hopes of banning it. Both sides claim science and common sense are on their side.More

Straumann declines after profit misses estimates
Straumann Holding AG, the world's biggest maker of dental implants, dropped the most in six months after first-half profit missed analysts' estimates. The shares fell as much as 7.5 percent, the most since Feb. 22. First-half net income climbed to 43.8 million Swiss francs ($45.1 million) from 38.5 million francs ($40.2 million) a year earlier, the Basel, Switzerland-based company said in an emailed statement. That missed the 47.4 million-franc average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Straumann bought a 49 percent stake in Brazilian dental implant maker Neodent for 260 million francs ($271.68 million) in June to reduce reliance on Europe, its biggest market. The Swiss company said it doesn't expect demand in the crisis-stricken region to improve "in the near term."More

Probiotics' oral health potential gathers pace
Probiotics are not only about gut health. The friendly bugs also have been touted to become the next blockbuster functional ingredients in gum and mints by Euromonitor. But which strains show the most potential, where does the science stand, and how do they work?More

Nobel Biocare sees weak dental market for rest of 2012
Austerity-hit Swiss dental implant maker Nobel Biocare Holding AG ditched its forecasts for global market growth in 2012, warning of a modest decline for the rest of the year as demand falls prey to poor economic conditions. The economic downturn has caused patients to put off pricey dental work, hurting implant makers like Nobel Biocare and rival Straumann Holding AG, which on Tuesday cut its outlook to "flat at best." Nobel Biocare, which had forecast the market for its screw-in prosthetic teeth — which can cost thousands of francs apiece — would grow in low single digits in 2012, said it had declined modestly in the first half of the year.More

Q&A on dental implants
Dental Health Magazine
Dental implants are used as replacements for missing teeth. They are root devices made of titanium to help support restorations.More

New study notes disparities in periodontal disease
Medical Xpress
A new article by Dr. Luisa N. Borrell, the chair of Lehman College's Department of Health Sciences, explores the disparities in periodontal disease among U.S. adults along age, sex, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic lines over a 10-year period. The article appears in the September-October issue of Public Health Reports.More

When tiny teeth turn bad
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sugary foods and over-processed carbs take much of the rap for chronic disease and overweight, but here's another casualty that makes fewer headlines: baby teeth. We might live in the age of fluoride and flash cosmetic dentistry, but the latest report card on children's dental health showed a surprising number of children with holes in their first teeth. Almost 50 percent of 6-year-olds attending school dental services had one or more teeth that was either decayed, missing or had been filled, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Child Dental Health Survey revealed this year.More

Doctors edge closer to identifying heart risks
More than 1 million people in the United States will have a heart attack this year. Most will occur in people with no symptoms. With better prediction methods for cardiovascular disease, many of those could be prevented. Two new studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association explore methods for helping doctors identify patients who are at greatest risk for heart problems. They are not definitive, and still point to unanswered questions, but represent a continued fight against the most common killer in the United States. One new study found that coronary artery calcium was about six times better at predicting cardiovascular risk than a family history of coronary heart disease.More

Oral health can be a key to overall health
The Sacramento Bee
Your mouth is the gateway to your body and can affect the health of the rest of your body. Did you know that more than 6 billion bacteria are present inside the mouth? In essence, you have more bacteria in your mouth than the Earth's human population! Most of the bacteria in the mouth are harmless, but the wrong bacteria in your mouth can led to tooth decay, gingivitis, heart disease and kidney disease.More