This Week in Perio
Sep. 23, 2015

Silica particles could help repair damage to teeth
Researchers have developed sub-micron silica particles that can be used to deliver compounds to restore damage to teeth and protect them from future damage. The ultimate aim of the research is to decrease the pain associated with sensitive teeth, and to promote growth of enamel and dentine in teeth to make them stronger.More

Stress in pregnancy may raise risk for dental caries in offspring
Medical News Today
Stress during pregnancy has been associated with a number of poor health implications for offspring, including low birth weight and increased risk of asthma and allergies. But for the first time, a new study suggests chronic stress in pregnancy may increase a child's risk for dental caries.More

NIH awards grants to reduce oral health disparities
The National Institutes of Health announced that it will award research grants to 10 projects aimed at eliminating inequities in access to care and improving the oral health of children. With more than $7 million in first-year funding, the awards will support the Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Research Consortium to Reduce Oral Health Disparities in Children, a new initiative of NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.More

Dental diseases cost billions of dollars a year worldwide
CBS News
A new study adds up the total costs of dealing with dental problems each year — and it's a jaw-dropping number. The total global costs associated with dental diseases amounts to $442 billion per year, according to a new report from the International and American Associations for Dental Research. More

Minorities face disparities in oral care
Dentistry Today
The Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust has released its "2015 Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America" examining healthcare among minorities, and the profile on oral health could be better. "Although oral health in the United Sates has by many measures improved dramatically over the past 50 years, it still represents a significant public health issue, one that affects low-income and minority populations disproportionally," said Maxine Feinberg, DDS, president of the ADA and author of the report's chapter on oral health. More

8 ways to save on dental care costs
NerdWallet via Fox News
Skipping the dentist's chair, like skipping the doctor's office when you're sick, to save money can have major repercussions on both your health and your wallet. Even if you have dental insurance, your deductible and co-payments can quickly add up. But putting off dental care can lead to bigger problems. Left untreated, a small cavity can eventually lead to tooth loss, an abscess to a major infection. More

4 steps to increase your practice income this year
There are less than four months left in 2015. Are you behind on reaching your production goals? Don't worry. If you focus, you have enough time to meet and possibly exceed your goals for the year. These four ideas will crank up your production and get you to reach your goals by Christmas Eve! Are you ready?More

Why your business needs to make online reviews a priority
Business 2 Community
Not paying attention to your online reviews? You might be in for an unpleasant surprise. Eighty percent of customers have changed their mind about purchasing a product or service based solely on a negative review they read, according to Inc. A single star difference in a Yelp restaurant ranking can impact revenue by as much as 9 percent, according to Harvard Business Review.More

1 single issue divides the front and back dental office teams
Laura Hatch, BS, MS, FAADOM, writes: "In a recent conversation with several front office team members, what I heard over and over is that there is a "great divide" between the front office team and the clinical team in the back. What's usually the cause of this divide? It comes down to one single word — scheduling. If you've ever worked in a dental office for just a few days, whether in the front or the back, you know that what makes or breaks any given day is the schedule."More