This Week in Perio
Sep. 11, 2013

Does brushing your teeth reduce your cancer risk? Oral hygiene linked to oral cancer
Medical Daily
A study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research found that poor oral health could be a risk factor for developing oral HPV, or human papilloma virus. After contracting HPV, a person's risk for developing cancer may be higher, the study reports. The study, conducted by the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, examined some 3,400 people over the age of 30.More

Gum disease stem cells able to fight inflammatory disease
Cosmetic Dentistry Guide
A study carried out by the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC has found that mouth stem cells can not only be used to create other types of cells, but can also be used in the fight against inflammatory disease.More

Clinical correlations with Porphyromonas gingivalis antibody responses in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis
Prior studies have demonstrated increased frequencies of antibodies to Porphyromonas gingivalis, a leading agent of periodontal disease, in rheumatoid arthritis patients. However, these patients generally had longstanding disease, and clinical associations with these antibodies were inconsistent.More

Gum disease could lead to other problems
Coeur d'Alene Press
If you're one of those people who lives by the philosophy, "Caveman didn't brush his teeth, so why should I?" you might just want to rethink your approach to oral hygiene in light of some recent research. A study supported by the National Institutes of Health in the journal "Circulation" reported that, "Older adults who have higher proportions of four periodontal-disease-causing bacteria inhabiting their mouths also tend to have thicker carotid arteries, a strong predictor of stroke and heart attack." More

Modern aging: Oral health is important for older adults
Richmond Times-Dispatch
A healthy mouth is an important part of overall physical wellness, but oral health is often forgotten when evaluating an older adult's overall wellness. It is important for older adults to have good oral hygiene practices that include daily brushing and flossing, regular dental office visits and some basic knowledge of what oral health looks like as they age because it will help the following.More

More Americans turn to ER for dental care
Voice of America
Four-year-old Emily Bratcher is having a cavity filled. And as uncomfortable as getting a tooth drilled might be, she's lucky to be sitting in Rhonda Switzer's dentist chair at all. Last year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Tennessee 47th among the 50 states for dental care. The CDC says the number of Tennessee residents visiting a dentist routinely is on the decline.More

Take care of your teeth: Neglect may cause a heart attack
Health Newsline
A 2-minute tooth brushing routine at bed time may save you from having a heart attack, experts say. Periodontal diseases and heart diseases — are they interlinked? A constant research is being carried out to delve deeper into this debatable issue and one thing is evident that the people suffering from heart problems have shown more periodontal diseases as compared to the general public.More

New technologies in power toothbrushing
Each year we are learning more about periodontal disease and the detrimental effects both locally and to distance sites in the body. Plaque biofilm is a known culprit for the etiology of periodontal diseases. With as many as 1,000 bacterial species inhabiting the oral cavity, one can see why it is so important to stress methodical and thorough oral hygiene measures to our patients.More

CDC funds 21 states to strengthen oral disease prevention programs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 21 states have received a total of $6.2 million in grant awards designed to improve the oral health of state residents. Under the "State Oral Disease Prevention Program," states will build their abilities to monitor oral disease levels and risk factors for oral disease, develop strong partnerships, and expand effective programs to prevent oral diseases, in particular, tooth decay.More

How do I handle the previous dental hygienist's poor patient treatment?
Q: I have a dilemma that has troubled me for years no matter which office is in question. How is a dental hygienist to deal with a patient who has been previously treated by another hygienist who has been less than thorough? Keep in mind that a proper scaling requires extra time that is not scheduled, and bringing the patient back incurs extra fees, as well as added discomfort that the patient may experience.More

Older adults not receiving the oral health care they need
Ten thousand adults reach retirement age in the United States every day, but only 2 percent retain dental benefits. As older adults continue to age, other health problems complicate oral care, exacerbating already existing oral health issues, stretching already small budgets, and often making just getting to a dentist difficult.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. The researchers also found a way to prevent the bacteria from attaching to colon cells.More

Periodontitis: Metformin may be an effective local treatment
Metformin, a drug used for diabetes, can also effectively treat chronic periodontitis in smokers, a new study shows. Administered in a 1 percent gel, the drug increased bone fill 26.17 percent (± 6.66 percent) compared with only 3.75 percent (± 8.06 percent) for a placebo when both were combined with scaling and root planing. It also reduced probing depth and increased clinical attachment levels more than placebo.More

15 weird things linked to heart attacks
When it comes to heart attacks, most people think a steady diet of greasy food and sedentary living is to blame. While it's true that diet and lifestyle play a role (not to mention, family history), there are other, less common factors linked with heart trouble. The following are some weird things that you would never think could potentially harm your heart.More

Fighting inflammation with food
When you begin an exercise regimen, or turn up the heat on your training goals, you can be plagued with minor aches and pains. Before you reach for an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, one Indianapolis Sports Dietitian suggests trying a more natural approach.More