This Week in Perio
Oct. 15, 2014

Wearing dentures overnight tied to pneumonia
Dentures can help the elderly maintain a normal lifestyle and diet in spite of age-related dental health problems. But the false teeth can also pose a risk for serious illness if proper oral hygiene isn't followed. Researchers in Japan found that elderly patients who slept with their dentures in had more than double the risk of developing pneumonia than those who removed dentures before bed.More

Combatting periodontal pathogens
Medical News Today
A total 12 million Germans suffer from periodontitis. If the inflammation remains untreated, this could lead to tooth loss. However, it is also suspected of triggering many other diseases, like cardiopulmonary diseases. Researchers are studying the interactions, and developing compounds to combat the causative agents.More

Crosstex responds to infection-control inquiries due to Ebola, enterovirus
Face mask manufacturer Crosstex has responded in a press release to numerous healthcare practitioners who have asked about appropriate personal protective equipment in the wake of prominent news coverage of Ebola and enterovirus. The company emphasized that healthcare practitioners should obtain information and updates directly from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

Oral health problems in elite athletes 'must be addressed'
Poor oral health affecting athletes' general health and performance shows "no signs of improvement" and must be remedied, say a group of University College London-led health experts and sporting bodies. In a consensus statement published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the authors call for action to tackle poor oral health among athletes. More

New FAQ on restrictions for hydrocodone combination products
American Dental Association
Learn more about how new restrictions on hydrocodone combination products could impact dentists and their practices in a new frequently asked questions article on the ADA Center for Professional Success. Effective Oct. 6, the Drug Enforcement Administration began reclassifying hydrocodone combination products, which include opioids such as Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab and Norco, as Schedule II substances. More

6 dental care myths that may be killing your pearly whites
Medical Daily
The truth of the matter is that any dental work can be nerve-wracking. This is why we try to reschedule our six-month dental visits until we find ourselves cringing in the reclining chair at the dentist's office. The anxiety and stress that surrounds dentists and dental health has circulated a cornucopia of dental myths to alleviate our dental woes.More

Beyond tooth decay: Why good dental hygiene is important
Medical News Today
Most of us are aware that poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath - but not brushing your teeth could also have consequences for more serious illnesses. In 2010, researchers from New York University concluded that there is a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer's disease, after reviewing 20 years of data on the association.More

HIPAA security is not a game
American Dental Association
True, there are privacy and security training games that could be useful for a dental practice. One security training module ADA looked at on the website uses a game format that requires users to respond to privacy and security challenges often faced in a typical small medical practice. The ADA Complete HIPAA Compliance Kit updates include links to these games. More

Marketing guide assists dental practices with Halloween campaigns
Any size dental practice can develop and implement a lively and effective Halloween campaign. SmartPractice has developed a comprehensive guide that outlines how. According to the new Halloween Marketing Guide from SmartPractice, a Halloween campaign can range from a simple reminder postcard to an office event. The guide features campaign ideas, tips for promoting a campaign and helpful marketing recommendations.More

Small steps aid in putting your patients at ease
In the worst cases, decaying teeth and other oral diseases pose a threat to the health of the entire body. This is an insight supported by countless studies and now recognized the world over. With this in mind, today's dentists approach dental problems and their causes with the bigger picture in mind. However, it's not just in the medical sense that dentists need to take a holistic approach. More