This Week in Perio
Oct. 9, 2013

Some online journals will publish fake science — for a fee
Many online journals are ready to publish bad research in exchange for a credit card number. That's the conclusion of an elaborate sting carried out by Science, a leading mainline journal. The result should trouble doctors, patients, policymakers and anyone who has a stake in the integrity of science (and who doesn't?).More

High-dose atorvastatin may reduce periodontal inflammation
Cardiology Today
"Given the concomitant changes observed in periodontal and arterial inflammation, these data raise the possibility that a portion of that beneficial impact of statins on atherosclerosis relate to reductions in extra-arterial inflammation, e.g., periodontitis," Dr. Sharath Subramanian, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and colleagues wrote.More

Researchers find potential link between gum disease, Alzheimer's
University of Florida
Oral bacteria from poor dental hygiene have been linked to brain tissue degeneration, according to new evidence from an international team of researchers, including one at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. UF's Lakshmyya Kesavalu, an associate professor in the College of Dentistry department of periodontology, and researchers from the University of Central Lancashire and The Blizzard Institute in the United Kingdom examined samples from the brains of patients with and without dementia.More

New more effective antimicrobials might rise from old
By tinkering with their chemical structures, researchers at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine have essentially reinvented a class of popular antimicrobial drugs, restoring and in some cases, expanding or improving, their effectiveness against drug-resistant pathogens in animal models.More

Expectant mothers should keep clean mouth for healthy pregnancy
The Huffington Post
Poor oral health has been tied to pregnancy problems. According to a recent study published by the Journal of Periodontology, gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, or the inflammatory chronic condition that attacks the gums and bone around the teeth, can lead to premature labor and a low birth weight.More

Link between oral health, heart disease
Florida Today
See your dentist to prevent a heart attack? Recently, the research journals and popular press have been pointing to a connection between oral health and hygiene and cardiovascular risk. Although there are several mediators, one stands out: periodontal or gum disease. The Journal of Periodontology reported that inflammatory effects from periodontal disease, a chronic bacterial infection of the gums, cause oral bacterial byproducts to enter the bloodstream and trigger the liver to produce substances that increase the risk of heart disease.More

11 things your mouth can tell you about your health
As long as your smile is pearly white and your breath is kissable (go ahead and check), you probably don't give too much thought to your oral hygiene. Which is a shame because even if you brush and floss daily, you could be overlooking some clear signs of the state of your overall health.More

How oral hygiene affects the rest of you
Brushing your teeth, flossing and visiting the dentist keep your teeth and gums healthy, but maintaining good oral hygiene is also important for your overall health, research suggests. In some cases, oral problems can be a symptom of other diseases, such as diabetes. Research has also linked gum disease to heart disease, premature birth and even knee arthritis.More

Floss regularly, correctly to prevent gum disease
Victoria Advocate
When you go for your dental cleaning appointment, do you hate having to lie? "Been flossing?" asks the hygienist. "Sometimes," you answer, which can mean once a month, once a week or just before the appointment, right? Dental professionals can tell if a person has been flossing correctly or not. The key word here is "correctly."More

Is flossing really necessary?
LiveScience asks the experts to answer questions about your health. This week, we asked dentists and experts on dental hygiene: Why should people floss? Their answers have been edited.More

Natural is better: Teeth last longer than dental implants
Despite the high success rate of dental implants, patients should hang onto problem teeth as long as possible, a new literature review suggests. The review found that 15-year tooth loss rates range from 3.6 to 13.4 percent; whereas, implant loss rates range from 0 to 33 percent. (May require free registration to view article.)More

LSU Health Sciences Center receives $2.76 million grant to study how HIV affect oral bacterial communities
The Medical News
Dr. Paul Fidel, the Carl Baldridge Professor and Associate Dean for Research at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans' School of Dentistry, is the lead principal investigator of a $2.76 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research over five years to study how HIV and antiretroviral therapy may change communities of bacteria in the mouth and what effects those changes may have on oral infections in HIV disease.More

Marquette University dental students prepare to replace baby boomer retirees
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The merits of a proposed second dental school in Wisconsin and the need to improve coverage for rural and urban residents who lack dental insurance are hotly debated. But two underlying changes in how dentists are trained today may also shape the state's future dental workforce as baby boomer dentists retire and young dentists replace them.More

Job market wide open for dental hygienists
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
If you want a healthcare career that pays well, is in demand and offers flexible scheduling, dental hygiene may give you plenty to smile about. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, dental hygienist employment is projected to grow in Georgia by 2,240 jobs (about 35 percent) from 2010 to 2020. That's an annual growth rate of 3 percent.More

Medical Dental Integration Study
A Medical Dental Integration Study was published by United Healthcare March 2013. The study, which was a performed by Optum, a health services company, on behalf of United Healthcare, evaluated the impact of several dental treatments on medical and pharmacy costs for individuals with chronic medical conditions.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

HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers up 60 percent in young adults
The human papillomavirus may be to blame for the alarming increase of young adults with oropharyngeal cancer, according to researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The study, which examined the trends in cancers of the base of the tongue, tonsils, soft palate, and pharynx among people 45 years old and younger, was presented at the recent American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting. (May require free registration to view article.)More