This Week in Perio
Oct. 22, 2014

Ebola resources for dental professionals
The American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control along with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention have issued a suite of resources for dental professionals regarding the Ebola virus. Click here to learn more.More

Dental anxiety leads cause for moderate sedation
Case Western Reserve University via ScienceDaily
Dental anxiety can be so extreme for some patients that a simple cotton swab on the gums makes them flinch. And others, fearful of pain, simply avoid seeing the dentist, according to a new study by Case Western Reserve University dental researchers on when and how to use sedatives during dental procedures. As a result, dentistry is responding with sedation techniques to make fearful and anxious patients more comfortable.More

Dentists want to see studies on pot-cavity link
Pot smoking — and its stereotypical associations like munching on carbohydrates and other treats — seems like it'd be your teeth's worst enemy. And now some Colorado dentists are saying more research needs to be done on how smoking pot can affect dental health, including causing an increase in cavities.More

Genetic risk test for periodontal disease highlighted during ADA annual meeting
The topic of genetics in relation to periodontal disease was a focus at the 2014 American Dental Association Annual Meeting. During an Oct. 11 continuing education course titled, "Introduce Scientific Advances Into Your Clinical Practice," Interleukin's CEO Kenneth S. Kornman, DDS, Ph.D. presented on the topic of genetic testing as part of risk stratification for preventive dental care.More

Review of guidelines can calm Ebola fears
With recent news of two Texas healthcare workers becoming infected with the Ebola virus after treating a patient from Liberia, Ebola virus disease was a major topic of discussion at ADA's 2014 annual meeting and throughout the dental community. As dentists and other healthcare practitioners are being queried by their patients about their infection-control procedures and EVD, in particular, a review of the ADA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines is called for so you can provide accurate information for your staff and your patients.More

The white teeth monopoly
The New York Times
Should dentists alone be allowed to decide who whitens your teeth? That is the question in an antitrust case before the Supreme Court that could clarify whether antitrust laws apply to professional licensing bodies, which are often packed with people in the industry.More

Dental care ranks as a top concern for seniors
Arizona Daily Star
It's hard to swallow, but it's true — 1 in 4 Americans over 65 has no teeth. Older adults are particularly susceptible to problems with oral health. More than 2,000 adults in Tuscon, Arizona, age 60 and older ranked dental care as a top issue of concern, a Pima Council on Aging community survey report last year showed.More

Interview: 'Oral implants have become a very mainstream approach'
Dental Tribune International
In an interview with Dental Tribune America, Clark M. Stanford, DDS, Ph.D., dean of the UIC College of Dentistry and board member of the Academy of Osseointegration, discusses recent advances in dental implants, as well as AO's efforts to serve as a nexus for those who place or restore implants to learn together. Current outcomes of oral implants show that between 95 and 98 percent are stable and functioning as intended. What are some recent advances that contribute to this superior clinical outcome? More

Experts: Teeth grinding can cause headaches and damage
Bruxism is the medical name for grinding teeth. Some researchers say 10 percent of patients do it. Some don't even realize they are doing it or the damage it does. The damage done can cause headaches and crack teeth to bits. Some ways to calm the grinding include yoga and mediation. More

Should you slash your sugar intake to cut cavities?
Men's Health via Fox News
Every since you were a kid, you've always been told that sugary sweets will rot your teeth. So it doesn't really come as a surprise that a new study from the U.K. finds that greatly reducing the amount of added sugar you eat can significantly lower your risk of dental decay. Researchers found that over time, people's risk of cavities increased incrementally as the consumption of free, or added, sugars grew from about 0 percent to 10 percent of total daily calories. More

Top 9 mistakes made by dental practice owners
1. Underestimating the value of team communication
Morning huddles are the most important communication of the day. This 10- to 15-minute meeting will set the tone for the day. The meeting should be facilitated by the doctor or scheduling coordinator and should review the schedule for the day; determine where emergency patients should be placed on the schedule; discuss goals for the day and month; review the prior day and discuss any issues that need to be resolved; and discuss any housekeeping issues that can’t wait until the next meeting.More

Do's and don'ts for the new patient experience: 1st impressions last
The average new patient contributes a production level of approximately three times that of a current patient. That's why it's so important to make an excellent first impression. When your practice implements a system for the new patient experience, every interaction reinforces value, confidence, and trust. The patient sees that yours is a caring practice dedicated to providing excellent dentistry — and the patient in turn will become dedicated to the practice.More

4 things you need to know when starting your dental practice
Like other healthcare practitioners, many dentists want to start their own practice with their personal vision. While having strong skills on the clinical side of dentistry is critical, it's only half the battle. When launching a new practice, to turn small-business goals into profitable realities, dentists must understand the business side of dentistry and how to obtain capital.More

For children with autism, opening a door to dental care
The New York Times
Parents of children with special needs have long struggled to find dentists who will treat them. In a 2005 study, nearly three-fifths of 208 randomly chosen general dentists in Michigan said they would not provide care for children on the autism spectrum; two-thirds said the same for adults. But as more and more children receive diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder, more dentists and dental hygienists are recognizing that with accommodations, many of them can become cooperative patients.More

The newbie in the dental practice
How do you orient the newbie in your office? Do you throw her to the wolves and just let her fend for herself? I doubt you do that, but do you really make the new person feel welcome? Be honest about this. Are there things you can do to make sure the new hire will be a win-win situation for both the practice and the new employee?More