This Week in Perio
Oct. 26, 2011

Your dental health examined
Real Simple
Want to spend less time in that reclining chair? Open wide for this guide to healthy teeth and gums at every age.More

Review of the treatment protocols for peri-implantitis
Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory process affecting the soft and hard tissues surrounding an implant. This disease is associated with loss of supporting bone, bleeding on probing, and occasionally suppuration. The etiopathogenesis of peri-implantitis is complex and related to a variety of factors that affect the peri-implant environment. Peri-implantitis can be influenced by three factors.More

The hidden dangers of gum disease
It's National Dental Hygiene Month! Even if you don't have this event marked on your calendar, it's a good reminder to give your pearly whites a little TLC. Need another good reason to make your next dental appointment? We asked Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat, DMD, a spokeswoman for the American Dental Association, what your gums say about your health.More

One fungus may keep another in check for a healthy mouth
By characterizing, for the first time, the core oral mycobiome and bacteriome of HIV-infected patients and control individuals, researchers at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio have shown that Pichia, a genus in the yeast family, inhibits Candida from forming biofilms, suggesting that changes in oral microbiota significantly affect human health and disease. Mahmoud Ghannoum, Ph.D., director of the Center for Medical Mycology and professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, reported these results at a news conference at the Infectious Diseases Society of America 49th Annual Meeting. He said this knowledge might facilitate the development of novel strategies to manage candidiasis in HIV-infected and other immunocompromised patients. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Gum disease is unsexy, but — good news — it's reversible
Heather Muir writes, "Being in the beauty industry, I'm especially aware of the power of a beautiful smile, so I swipe on blue-based red lipsticks, blue-tinted glosses, and use the occasional whitestrip to brighten my teeth. But during a recent cleaning at my dentist's — I go every six months, religiously, and never have had a cavity to date — I was shocked to learn I had gum disease. I wasn't quite as tooth-obsessed as some of my friends, who floss three times a day, but I took pride in my oral hygiene. After my dentist explained the signs and risks associated with gum disease, he came up with a game plan, which I then stuck to for six months. The result? My dentist just told me that although I'm not completely rid of gum disease, I'd greatly improved my oral health. Here's what you need to know."More

UK dentists failing to offer patients essential checks, treatments
The Independent
An undercover investigation has exposed poor quality assessments, inadequate examinations and treatment plans among the U.K.'s NHS and private dentists. Essential tests and X-rays to diagnose decay, gum disease and infections were not adequately carried out by more than half of the NHS dentists in the snapshot investigation. Three quarters of all the dentists visited — 10 private and 10 NHS — failed to check soft tissue inside the mouth that can help detect oral cancer, which is the sixth most common malignancy in the U.K.More

Economy chips away at dental practices
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via The Inquirer
They say that dental clinics and funeral homes are recession-proof — you can't put off a toothache or a funeral. But dentists are finding out that you indeed can put off a tooth-whitening or your regularly scheduled checkup. About half of Americans lack dental insurance and, according to a recent survey, dental care premiums increased at a faster rate in 2010 than traditional health insurance premiums. Lack of coverage, increasing costs, and the lingering effects of the recession mean many are putting off checkups and more urgent procedures. As for cosmetic work — whitening, veneers — that's being postponed indefinitely.More

Straumann sees economic woes hitting dental implants
Swiss dental implant maker Straumann expects the dental implant market to grow in the low-to-mid-single digit percentage range over the full year as economic uncertainty takes its toll. But Straumann, which rivals Nobel Biocare, said it was confident it would be able to outpace market growth. Straumann posted a 6.7 percent drop in third-quarter sales to 151 million Swiss francs ($170 million), slightly ahead of the average estimate of 149 million francs in a Reuters poll. The group, which has been grappling with the impact of the strong Swiss franc, said its full-year operating margin is expected to be in the high teens.More

AAID commemorates 60 years of dental implant training, advocacy
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
What better city than Las Vegas to celebrate a major milestone? Today, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry is doing just that by commemorating the 60th anniversary of dental implants during its annual scientific meeting there. Most of the conference attendees were not around in 1951. At the time, dental implants had, at best, a dubious reputation among most dental professionals. What a difference 60 years makes, as implants are now the preferred choice for replacing missing teeth. It is estimated that 69 percent of Americans ages 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth and 1 in 4 over the age of 74 have lost all of their natural teeth.More

Dentist to buy back Halloween candy
Mansfield News Journal
A Mansfield, Ohio, dentist is offering cash and prizes in exchange for sweets. This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to the office of Craig Callen in Mansfield and receive $1 per pound (5-pound limit per child) and free toothbrushes. There also will be a drawing for two free children's bikes. Callen, with support from his associates Anthony Lordo and Mathew Snipes, will provide up to $1,000 total. Callen and associates are leading this antidecay movement by giving away dollars and free children's toothbrushes in exchange for cavity-provoking candy.More

You and your dental hygienist
Fort Gordon Signal
Ever wonder what qualifies the person who cleans your teeth to use those shiny, pointy instruments inside your mouth? How does someone get a job like that? The practice of dental hygiene requires a college degree. Most states have at least one school that offers an Associate of Arts in allied health, a two-year program; or a Bachelor of Science in allied health, a four-year program. These programs are offered locally at the Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta campus. After a degree is earned, graduates must pass a national board written examination and state clinical examination in order to earn a dental hygienist licensure, required by all states. In military dental clinics, a valid license from any state is acceptable.More