This Week in Perio
Sep. 16, 2015

Scientists uncover bacterial mechanism that links gum disease to heart disease
Medical News Today
A new study clarifies the microbiology underlying the well-established link between gum disease and heart disease by identifying the effect of a bacterium common to both conditions.More

Study: Smoking may put you at higher tooth loss risk
Heavy and regular smokers have a significantly increased risk of tooth loss, according to a new study that found smoking can hide the effects of gum disease. Male smokers are up to 3.6 times more likely to lose their teeth than non-smokers, whereas female smokers were found to be 2.5 times more likely, researchers said. The research is the output of a long-term longitudinal study in Germany carried out by researchers at the University of Birmingham and the German Institute of Human Nutrition.More

Gold 'sponge' sensor can handle messy samples
Sponge-like nanoporous gold could be key to new devices for detecting disease-causing agents in humans and plants, say researchers. Two recent papers demonstrate that the team could detect nucleic acids using nanoporous gold, a novel sensor-coating material, in mixtures of other biomolecules that would gum up most detectors.More

Oral microbiome in children could be disease indicator
Outbreak News Today
A study published this week in Cell Host and Microbe from a research team out of China and the U.S. has shown that in children, telltale oral microorganisms can be prognosticators for progression of dental caries, or cavities.More

Influenza vaccines for dental health-care providers and patients: Recommendations for the 2015-2016 season
Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by a myxovirus. It is one of many vaccine-preventable diseases. For that reason, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend that health-care providers (HCPs) in the US receive annual flu vaccines. Recommendations are based upon the fact that cross-transmission can occur from patients and coworkers who have not been vaccinated. Dental health-care providers (DHCPs) work in close proximity to the oral cavity, and secretions and aerosols emitted from the respiratory tract often create the potential for infection.More

Are you brushing your teeth too often?
Sometimes too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing — even when it comes to brushing your teeth. While there's no denying the importance of oral hygiene, if quality time with your Sonicare toothbrush has taken your social life, you're probably overdoing it.More

Anesthetic could impact children's teeth development
University Herald
New research suggests that the use of local anesthetic may adversely impact the development of children's teeth, NDTV reported. Researchers from the University of Plymouth found that local anesthetics commonly used in clinics can interfere with the production of tooth cells. Local anesthetic is frequently used in dental treatments, more than any other clinical area. More

Marketing to millennials: Tips for payers and providers
Medical Economics
Marketing to millennials — defined as tech savvy, mobile-first, mostly 20-somethings seeking real-time access to information — is a daunting task for healthcare organizations: payers and providers alike. Many millennials insist they're too young and healthy to need health insurance. And, when they do seek medical attention, they come armed with information, sometimes inaccurate, gleaned from the Internet. More

MedStar researchers say e-health records companies need to learn from Apple
Washington Business Journal
Ask any doctor about using electronic health records and chances are you'll get a groan — maybe an eye roll. These medical professionals aren't desperately out of touch with technology. In many cases, new research from MedStar Health shows, the systems they are using are just plain frustrating because many vendors never bother to ask clinicians how they'd actually use them.More