This Week in Perio
Oct. 3, 2012

New officers appointed to AAP Board of Trustees
Dentistry Today
New officers of the American Academy of Periodontology's Board of Trustees were installed at the 98th Annual Meeting held Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 in Los Angeles. Leading the Board of Trustees is newly appointed Dr. Nancy Newhouse of Independence, Mo. "This year's officers provide a wealth of knowledge and clinical experience to the AAP Board of Trustees," Newhouse said. "The AAP has many exciting initiatives planned for the year ahead, and I am confident that we have a solid leadership team in place to help guide the periodontal profession."More

Court affirms injunction against Medicaid dental care cap
Indiana Public Media
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that says Indiana cannot set a $1,000 cap on Medicaid coverage of dental procedures. Sandra Bontrager hasn't been able to chew well for at least eight years. The 66-year-old from Goshen has dentures, but she says they don't work on foods like apples or salad. And sometimes they just fall out. Her dentist thought dental implants would work better. So she applied to receive them as a participant in the low-income health program Medicaid.More

Rule change could curtail Maine children's dental care
Changes to Maine's access rules for school-based preventive dental care now require public health hygienists to contact a child's dentist if he or she was seen within the past year by the provider. Advocates for children's oral health say the change creates an unnecessary barrier to care, but the dental board says it improves communication between providers. Previously, there was no requirement that the child's dentist needed to be contacted. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Report on dental biomaterials market in Asia-Pacific
A report on the dental biomaterials market in Asia-Pacific has been released by global medical technology market intelligence provider, Millennium Research Group. Titled, "Asia Pacific Markets for Dental Biomaterials 2012," the report analyses the competitive landscape and presents market drivers and challenges along with price and sales volume data for dental membranes, bone graft substitutes and tissue regeneration products in the countries South Korea, Japan and Australia.More

The jury is still out on using probiotics
Reading Eagle Press
Q: My dentist said I have gingivitis. In addition to having my teeth scaled, he suggested I begin a round of the antibiotic amoxicillin. I have been reading about using the new probiotics to fight gum disease. How effective are the probiotics, and are they a good substitute for antibiotics?More

Wine: How good is it for your health, really?
New York Daily News
From protecting your heart health and lowering breast cancer risk to fighting off colds and gum disease, red wine is touted as a medicinal superfood. But before you crack open that bottle and toast your good health, here is what you need to know.More

Determining toothpaste abrasion
There are various types of toothpaste available on the market. They come as pastes and gels, there are some that guard against tooth decay or protect teeth from acid attack, others that are designed for sensitive teeth. But which toothpastes clean well? Which preserve the tooth enamel? A new evaluation method sheds light on the subject.More

Suggestions to keep you smiling in National Dental Hygiene Month and year-round
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
During October, National Dental Hygiene Month, United Concordia Dental, a U.S. dental insurer, offers some suggestions to keep you smiling this month and year-round.More

How to disassemble a dental practice partnership
There comes a time in every partnership when the partners no longer see eye to eye, or the expectation of the longevity of the partnership is no longer as it was. Partners may not be of the same age, and, while one is contemplating scaling down his production, or even retirement, another has experienced a recent divorce that has once again made him hungry to win back the losses associated with the division of assets from the litigation of a failed marriage. A third partner might be happy with the way things are, but can certainly read the discontent of the other two partners. So, what to do? (May require free registration to view article.)More

Gum disease more common in people with RA
The News International
People with rheumatoid arthritis may be up to four times more likely to have gum disease than people without this autoimmune disease. What's more, gum disease is often more severe in people with RA, a new study suggests.More

Students to bring dental services abroad
The Diamondback
In America, getting a tooth pulled isn't usually cause for celebration. But in poor, rural Honduras, the possibility of seeing a dentist has people lining up for hours at a time. This January, about 20 University of Maryland students in the recently formed UMD Global Dental Brigades will see it for themselves when they travel to Honduras for a week with American dentists to provide free dental services. "The places we're going to, the nearest dentist office is like a day away, hours and hours and hours away," said junior kinesiology major Danial Dadkhoo, the fundraising vice president. "No one has access to anything."More

Novartis: Plaque psoriasis drug trial results positive
Novartis announced new Phase II data showing AIN457 (secukinumab) may significantly improve moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis on the hands, feet and nails when used every week for the first month of treatment, compared to placebo. Additional analysis on patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis also showed that AIN457 may successfully improve quality of life by Week 12 in the study.More

Really?: Gum disease tied to pancreatic cancer risk
The New York Times
Pancreatic cancer, a leading cause of cancer deaths, is elusive, with vague symptoms that often lead to late diagnosis. Because it is so lethal and hard to detect until its advanced stages, scientists have been looking for ways to spot it early. Now some researchers, including a team at Brown University, think gum disease may one day help identify people at greater risk. Gum disease, which affects nearly half of all Americans, has been linked to stroke, diabetes and other ailments. The American Heart Association has disputed the notion that the association is causal, but some researchers speculate that poor gum health may give rise to chronic inflammation that promotes the growth of cancer cells.More

New book addresses fear of the dentist
The Trumbull Times
Ron Linden, a Trumbull, Conn., resident with a dental practice in Shelton, has written a new book that deals with a common problem: dental anxiety. The book is titled, "You Can Conquer Your Dental Fear." The book addresses topics such as why dental anxiety is so widespread, other reasons for avoiding the dentist, how to find the right dental office, the power of desensitization and sleep dentistry are also included. It also describes ways to stay calm between visits, how other professionals can help and whether dental fear can be eliminated entirely. Linden said there are few resources available today that specifically address these issues.More