This Week in Perio
Sep. 18, 2013

Beyond peer review: Finding a way to manage errors in research data
Traditional peer review is not enough to ensure data quality amid the recent boom in scientific research findings, according to results of a 10-year collaboration between the National Institute of Standards and Technology and five technical journals. While production of research data is growing about 7 percent annually, about one-third of papers submitted to participating journals contained erroneous or incomplete chemical property data, according to a report by 32 authors from NIST and the collaborating journals.More

Bacteria responsible for gum disease facilitates development and progression of rheumatoid arthritis
University of Louisville
Does gum disease indicate future joint problems? Although researchers and clinicians have long known about an association between two prevalent chronic inflammatory diseases — periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis — the microbiological mechanisms have remained unclear. In an article published in PLoS Pathogens, University of Louisville School of Dentistry Oral Health and Systemic Diseases group researcher Jan Potempa and an international team of scientists from the European Union's Gums and Joints project have uncovered how the bacterium responsible for periodontal disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, worsens RA by leading to earlier onset, faster progression and greater severity of the disease, including increased bone and cartilage destruction.More

Study: Tooth cavities linked to lower risk of head, neck cancer
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
People with more cavities in their teeth may have a reduced risk for some head and neck cancers, a new study suggests. That's because lactic acid bacteria produced by cavities may be protective against cancer cells, the study authors said.More

Vatican-backed cell research wins $1.22 million US grant
Agence France-Presse via Google News
The latest peer-reviewed grant, totaling $1.22 million, was provided by the U.S. National Institutes of Health for research on an experimental drug that could regenerate bone tissue damaged by periodontitis.More

Patients exposed to HIV, hepatitis file lawsuit against Tulsa dentist
A Tulsa, Okla., dentist accused of exposing thousands of patients to various blood-borne illnesses is now facing a class action lawsuit. Dr. Scott Harrington is being sued by seven people, and, according to the suit, at least five of them contracted infectious diseases during treatment at his dental clinics.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

Initiative targets national model for oral health
Northeastern University
More than 100 mem­bers of the local and national health­care com­mu­nity con­vened at the Cabral Center to kick off a Northeastern University-​​based ini­tia­tive aimed at integrating oral health into overall health­care edu­ca­tion and practice. "The bottom line is that oral health is con­nected to overall health, and you can't address those sep­a­rately without risking serious con­se­quences," said the event's keynote speaker John Auer­bach, dis­tin­guished pro­fessor of prac­tice at the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ence and director of Northeastern's Insti­tute on Urban Health Research and Practice.More

When should you brush your teeth?
The Wall Street Journal
That colleague who always brushes his teeth after lunch in the office bathroom? A published study suggests that scrubbing immediately after eating may be doing him more harm than good. While professional opinions may vary, Delaware dentist Jeffrey M. Cole, former president of the Academy of General Dentistry, a dental advocacy group, weighs in on this topic.More

Survey: Tooth fairy leaving 23 percent more in 2013
American children are receiving an average of $3.70 per lost tooth this year — up 23 percent from last year's $3, an annual survey said. Visa Inc.'s annual survey, based on 3,000 telephone interviews, reported that 90 percent of U.S. households will be receiving a visit from the tooth fairy this year.More

Reporting adverse drug/device reactions key to patient safety
Dentists and hygienists are encouraged to report adverse drug and device reactions in the oral cavity of in their patients to improve the U.S. surveillance system and help protect patients' safety, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association. (May require free registration to view article.)More

The most undervalued appointment in a practice: Dental hygiene
Sharyn Weiss writes, "I hope you agree that the dental hygiene appointment is a foundational component of optimal oral and systemic health. But, paradoxically, it is probably the most undervalued appointment in the dental office."More

The real cost of a website: Fixed bid vs. hourly
When it comes to your company's website, getting the most for your money should always be top priority. But if you're new to the website development process, things can get a little confusing.More

Making headway in providing access to care
JoAnn R. Gurenlian writes, "Over the past month, I have been reading excerpts of articles in local newspapers addressing the issue of expanding access to oral healthcare by utilizing dental therapists and independent dental hygiene practitioners. Legislation in Maine and Massachusetts is prompting a discussion about the need for midlevel providers and alternatives to traditional dental practice settings for meeting the oral health needs of the public."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

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

US Senate hearing spotlights America's dental care crisis
A national dental crisis is causing pain and suffering to millions of children and adults while wasting millions of dollars as underserved people turn to hospital emergency rooms for care, witnesses told a U.S. Senate subcommittee. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Florida dentistry board issues decision in anesthesiology turf battle
Tampa Bay Business Journal
The Florida Board of Dentistry has decided against expanding the scope of practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists. Ruling unanimously, the board prohibited CRNAs from sedating patients to a level deeper than the sedation permit held by the dentist, according to a written release. Florida law requires a physician or dentist to administer or supervise this kind of sedation.More

Don't let periodontal claim gum up ADA works
Business Management Daily
Not every condition that's labeled a "disease" is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Recently a federal court in New York concluded that periodontal disease, even if painful, isn't disabling and absent extenuating circumstances won't need to be accommodated.More