This Week in Perio
Sep. 25, 2013

Are nanodiamond-encrusted teeth the future of dental implants?
UCLA Newsroom
UCLA researchers have discovered that diamonds on a much, much smaller scale than those used in jewelry could be used to promote bone growth and the durability of dental implants. Nanodiamonds, which are created as byproducts of conventional mining and refining operations, are approximately 4 to 5 nanometers in diameter and are shaped like tiny soccer balls.More

New nanotube surface promises dental implants that heal faster and fight infection
A brighter, better, longer-lasting dental implant may soon be on its way to your dentist's office. Dental implants are posts, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone and topped with artificial teeth. More than dentures or bridges, implants mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. While most dental implants are successful, a small percentage fail and either fall out or must be removed. A scientist at Michigan Technological University wants to lower that rate to zero using nanotechnology.More

IOH: Dental pros need to think outside the oral cavity
Dental professionals spend much of their time focused on minute details: measuring a periodontal pocket, examining a soft spot in the enamel, placing a restoration in a tooth. But to ensure the oral health of the U.S. as a whole, members of the profession also need to step back and see the big picture. That was the prevailing message at the annual Institute for Oral Health conference, held in Washington, D.C. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Critics: 'Mountain Dew Mouth' is destroying Appalachia's teeth
Obesity. Diabetes. By now, we've all heard of the health risks posed by drinking too much soda. But over in Appalachia, the region that stretches roughly from southern New York state to Alabama, the fight against soda is targeting an altogether different concern: rotted teeth. Public health advocates say soft drinks are driving the region's alarmingly high incidence of eroded brown teeth — a phenomenon dubbed "Mountain Dew mouth," after the region's favorite drink.More

Dental hygienists play role in preventative care
Houston Chronicle
Ongoing research shows a direct correlation between oral health and general health, and these findings are spurring the demand for preventative dental services, which often are provided by dental hygienists.More

Dental groups, Colgate announce support of dental research center
The ADA Foundation, the American Dental Association and the Colgate-Palmolive Company announced a joint initiative to enhance the ADA Foundation's existing dental research laboratory in Gaithersburg, Md., and to support and encourage promising young researchers.More

10 daily practice statistics every dentist should review
While most dentists really enjoy the clinical side of their practice, many find the business side frustrating. Dentists underestimate their ability to run their business effectively. It seems the happiest and more successful dentists have learned to enjoy both the clinical and business parts of their practice. Managing your business is much easier with good systems in place to monitor key areas. You can accomplish this by developing a daily flash report. The following are some recommendations for the 10 daily practice statistics.More

Why we need more (women) leaders
Harvard Business Review
There's been a lot of talk this past year about why more women don't become leaders. About what our society needs to change to produce more female leaders. There's even been some discussion about why women are better leaders than men in some arenas. Often overlooked is this basic reality: what the world needs is more leaders, of whatever gender or any other characteristic. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Study: Improving oral care for people with chronic conditions can reduce costs for employers and improve health for employees
Business Wire via MarketWatch
Companies that integrate medical benefits with dental benefits can provide their employees with wellness support programs that improve health and reduce medical costs. Improving the oral health of people with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular disease, can reduce healthcare costs, according to a new study by UnitedHealthcare.More

Vaccine helps prevent cancer
The Herald-News
Michael Douglas made headlines earlier this year when a British newspaper, The Guardian, reported that the actor said his throat cancer, diagnosed in 2010, was caused by the human papillomavirus transmitted through oral sex. It's been known for a while that HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancers and other conditions, but it came as a surprise to many that the virus can be transmitted by oral sex.More

Have you thought about retirement lately?
Whether we like it or not, 2013 is the beginning of a new tax reality in the U.S. A new tax bracket and additional taxes to pay for healthcare make qualified plans an even better tax solution. Above-the-line tax deductions are scarce these days; contributions to qualified plans reduce both taxable income and adjusted gross income. This translates to lower tax brackets and, therefore, minimizes the impact of new tax rates. Therefore, now more than ever, qualified retirement plans can have a measurable impact on your tax bill. (May require free registration to view article.)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. (May require free registration to view article.)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

Oral cancer survivor shares emotional journey
After having a third of her tongue removed and enduring six weeks of daily radiation to her head and neck to treat her stage IV oral squamous cell carcinoma, Eva Grayzel had had enough. The vivacious 31-year-old mother of two young children could only eat a spoonful of food a day because it was too painful to swallow. She developed painful blisters in her mouth and throat that would open and bleed during severe coughing fits. She lost her voice and would wake in a panic gasping for breath when thick saliva pooled in her throat. Given only a 15 percent chance of survival, she wrote a farewell note to her husband and children. (May require free registration to view article.)More