This Week in Perio
Oct. 29, 2014

Steps for doctors and patients to make anesthesia safer
The Wall Street Journal
Looking to reduce and prevent dangerous complications from anesthesia and sedation during surgery, hospitals and surgical centers are ramping up emergency training for medical staff and keeping a closer eye on patients on the operating table. Anesthesia is the part of surgery many patients may understand the least, yet it can result in a wide range of complications, from cardiac arrest to damaged vocal chords.More

Proper dental care linked to reduced risk of respiratory infections in ICU patients
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America via Medical Xpress
New research shows vulnerable patients in the Intensive Care Unit who received enhanced oral care from a dentist were at significantly less risk for developing a lower respiratory tract infection, like ventilator-associated pneumonia, during their stay. The study was published in the November issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.More

Romans had less gum disease than modern Britons
The Roman-British population from c. 200-400 AD appears to have had far less gum disease than we have today, according to a study of skulls at the Natural History Museum led by a King's College London periodontist. The surprise findings provide further evidence that modern habits like smoking can be damaging to oral health.More

6 facts about aging everyone should know — but doesn't
The Huffington Post
Aging, they say, isn't for the weak. This article presents some aging facts that we all should know and in many cases, don't.More

CDC data shows early childhood caries trending down
ADA News
CDC data presented at an Oct. 23-24 dental conference shows a downward trend in early childhood caries in the United States. "Untreated decay is now on a downward trend," Dr. Bruce Dye, dental epidemiology officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics told some 260 dentists, academicians, dental personnel, industry representatives, researchers and students.More

Some countries start to place greater value on oral health
Dentistry Today
Supervised teeth brushing may happen at school in some places. A supervising body in England and Wales recently detailed its new recommendations for healthcare, and one of the policies included supervised brushing programs in school and nurseries. The goal is to lower the prevalence of decay among children.More

5 reasons you smell bad (and fast fixes that can help)
Ever catch a whiff of a terrible odor and realize it's coming from you? Even worse: What do you do when your deodorant deserts you, your gum is long gone and you have to freshen up on the fly? Here are five scenarios and how to fumigate each one.More

7 things the middle class can't afford anymore
USA Today
During debates and speeches, politicians often bring up the financial burden that's placed on the middle class. We talk about the middle class as though they are this singular entity, who used to thrive until they underwent persecution by the evil 1 percent. But, realistically speaking, the middle class and the 99 percent are not really synonymous. So, who are the middle class?More

Dental issues may mean cancer, liver disease
Your Health
In an article published in the Daily Mail Oct. 24, Elleven Dental's clinical director Dr. Sameer Patel mentions that the condition of the mouth can provide a person a picture of his or her overall health. He also cautions that "minor problems" may also be warning signs that a person should immediately heed. For example, bad breath can be a sign of a liver disease especially if you have taken all the necessary steps to avoid it like regular flossing and brushing tongue and teeth.More

5 Halloween candies to avoid for the sake of your kids' teeth
Loyola University Health System via Medical Xpress
A big sack of candy is the top priority for most children on Halloween, but with some easy substitutions, adults can offers kids treats that preserve dental health and Halloween fun. "Every year right after Halloween I get emergency visits from parents with kids who have damaged teeth caused by Halloween candy," said Martin Hogan, DDS, division director of dentistry, Loyola University Health System.More

Dental eye-protection movement born from infection-control issues
More than a year ago, Jenn Morrone went to her dentist for a root canal. As she sat in the chair waiting for the routine procedure to begin, she wasn't offered eye protection, and this would have important consequences. As Morrone relates on her website and her Facebook page, her dentist went to numb her treatment. Then, rather than passing the needle over her chest, it was passed over her face without being recapped. The needle, which contained Streptococcus bacteria, was then dropped directly into her eye.More

Overcoming implant barriers
Most general dentists recognize the production potential of implants, yet many practices fall far short of that potential. Why? There are two major reasons: Patients may think they can’t afford implants. Modern, titanium implants have been used on thousands of patients over the past several decades. Many edentulous patients are therefore probably aware of them and may even have a vague idea that they are better than dentures or bridges.More