This Week in Perio
Oct. 24, 2012

Changing wisdom about pulling teens' teeth
The Wall Street Journal
Do a young person's wisdom teeth need to be removed? Once a rite of passage before college, routine wisdom-tooth extraction has been criticized in recent years as unnecessary and risky. And now, an influential doctors' group says it may be okay to leave them alone. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommends surgeons offer young adults options "ranging from removal to a monitored retention plan," according to a statement posted last month on its website.More

Researcher examines relationship between gum disease and arthritis
Medical Xpress
Adelaide scientists have found that mice with gum disease develop worse arthritis. The scientists are using this knowledge to investigate whether treating mouth conditions could help relieve arthritis. As part of her doctoral studies, Melissa Cantley worked with colleagues at the University of Adelaide to develop a new way to study these two diseases and their relationship. "In this model we can induce gum disease in mice using a type of bacteria associated with human disease," Cantley said. "We can then induce inflammatory arthritis to better understand how one disease influences another. ... We found that mice with gum disease developed worse arthritis."More

Post dental implants care and precaution
Dental Health Magazine
Even if it is possible to fit dental implants within as little as one hour with today's technologies, you still need to be very careful for a period after the surgery/implant. Dental implants represent the next best option if you are struggling with missing teeth or extremely badly damaged teeth which are extracted and then implants are placed. It doesn't matter where you get your implants — overseas or at home — you still need to pay attention to the following aftercare tips.More

Sedation dentistry not just for phobias and pain anymore
Naples Daily News
For those who grew up clutching the arms of the dental chair, eyes squeezed shut and praying for the appointment to be over, a visit to the dentist without experiencing pain or anxiety seems like a fairy tale, a beautiful illusion — to nod off and wake up without even remembering you sat down in the chair in the first place. But the reality is millions of patients no longer have pain or anxiety at the dentist. They are opting for sedation dentistry, whether they are afraid of pain, have generalized anxiety or just want to be more comfortable.More

New survey reveals more than one-third of Americans with diabetes unaware of connection between diabetes and oral health
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
In support of American Diabetes Month, Colgate Total is working with the American Diabetes Association to educate patients about diabetes and gum disease and to empower them to help take charge of their diabetes. A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Colgate Total® about oral health reveals a lack of awareness about the various health issues associated with diabetes. More than one-third of all respondents are not aware of the link between diabetes and oral health and are less likely to associate oral health issues with diabetes than almost all other health conditions related to diabetes. More than half report one or more symptoms of gum disease — yet 67 percent do not discuss their oral health with their doctor.More

How diabetes affects vision and dental health
BPT via Journal Sentinel
It's no secret that diabetes often goes hand in hand with other chronic conditions, like heart disease, and can cause a range of serious complications including nerve damage and limb amputation. When it comes to understanding how diabetes can affect oral and visual health, however, many people may feel they are in the dark. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently found that 1 out of every 2 Americans 30 years or older has periodontal disease. Gum diseases are infections of the mouth that affect the tissue and bone that hold a person's teeth in place and can lead to bad breath, abscesses and tooth loss. The risk for gum disease is even higher for the 26 million Americans living with diabetes.More

Do you have periodontal disease?
According to a new study, almost 50 percent of Americans older than age 30 have periodontal disease. Commonly referred to as gum disease, the condition is an inflammation of the gums that, if sever, can lead to the loss of teeth. The study, which was published in the October issue of the Journal of Dental Research, was conducted by researchers at the American Academy of Periodontology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More

Dental offices inconsistent in infection control compliance
A new study that looked at dental office compliance with infection control guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that implementation was neither complete nor uniform across all practices. The authors wanted to identify the factors associated with implementation of four infection control practices first recommended in the CDC's Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Ergonomics awareness: Reduce stress and prevent injuries in the workplace
Inside Dental Assisting
Dental assistants spend so much of their day caring for their patients' health — sometimes at the expense of their own well-being. Bending, reaching, sitting, slouching, standing and twisting. These seem like harmless, normal moves for the human body. However, the repetition of these moves with patient after patient, day in and day out, is when they can begin to take their toll. Maintaining their own health is essential for the health of the dental team and the patients.More

Dental organizations recommend 2 minutes twice a day brushing
Radio Iowa
A coalition of dental organizations has launched a nationwide initiative, urging parents to encourage their children to brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day. Sara Schlievert, community health consultant with the Iowa Department of Public Health, says the "2min2x" (two minutes, two times) campaign follows a survey showing less than half of parents report their child brushes their teeth at least twice a day.More

Halloween survey: Parents want fun, healthy alternatives to sugary treats
Business Wire via MarketWatch
The American Dental Association and PopCap Games have announced the results of a new survey targeting U.S. parents of trick-or-treating-age children (5 to 13 years old), looking at views and perceptions of Halloween. Approximately 94 percent of all American children participate in trick-or-treating, but the survey results signify parents of children that age want more and better options where treats are concerned. Among the top findings, the average child receives just over 90 pieces of candy on Halloween, and 70 percent of parents agree it would be good if their children received less candy and more non-candy treats.More

Who made that dental floss?
The New York Times
In the early 1800s, a pioneering dentist, Levi Spear Parmly, urged patients to clean between their teeth with silk thread — a revolutionary technique that could protect the gum line and prevent tooth decay. But "people just didn't get it," says Dr. Scott Swank, curator of the National Museum of Dentistry. In an era during which rotting molars were the norm, he says, "people expected their teeth to fall out."More

Bad breath: Many causes, simple solutions
The Huffington Post
The source of halitosis never should be a mystery. While it may be difficult to pinpoint exactly where your bad breath is coming from, it's necessary to get to the root of it so you can cure your problem. There are many different causes of bad breath, and each of them can produce their own, unique form of oral odor. It's important to know what all of these things are so you can avoid them or take the proper steps to combat them before your friends start offering you mints and people back away from you on the train.More