This Week in Perio
Nov. 3, 2010

Study points to role of sex hormones in higher risk of gum disease in men
UMB News
Sex hormones may be the biological reason why men are at greater risk than women for destructive periodontitis, according to researchers at the University of Maryland Dental School. To establish better management and risk assessment models for periodontal disease, Drs. Harlan Shiau and Mark Reynolds have published the first comprehensive review of gender differences in the development and progression of the destructive periodontal disease. In a review paper in the Journal of Periodontology, the authors examine evidence for a biologic basis for a sexual dimorphism, or the differences in susceptibility, to periodontal disease between men and women.More

Gum disease and breast cancer risk via MND
Gum disease has been closely linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Now, a newly published study from the renowned Karolinksa Institute in Sweden suggests that the risk of developing breast cancer also may be increased by chronic gum disease. The results of this clinical research study appear in the current issue of Breast Cancer Research & Treatment. In this prospective clinical research study, 3,273 women between the ages of 30 and 40 years were evaluated between 1985 and 2001.More

People with diabetes at higher risk for developing gum disease
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects nearly 24 million people in the United States. In observance of National Diabetes Month, the Academy of General Dentistry encourages those with diabetes to pay extra attention to their oral health. Studies have shown that those with diabetes are more susceptible to the development of oral infections and periodontal disease than those who do not have diabetes. In addition, oral infections tend to be more severe in people with diabetes than in those who do not have the condition. "We urge individuals with diabetes to take care of their mouths and have dental infections treated immediately," says AGD spokesman Dr. E. Mac Edington.More

Providing personalized perio care
Dental Economics
Adhering to a periodontal protocol allows us to provide comprehensive perio care for most patients. The typical perio protocol has a flow chart with columns into which patients fall, depending on the severity of their disease. We are currently at the point, however, in which we can provide truly personalized perio care because we can now identify the specific perio pathogens that cause an individual patient's disease. Enhanced treatment outcomes and long-term disease stabilization are the norm when practicing this way. Identifying perio pathogens is not new. Culturing oral bacteria has been available for a long time, but the procedure is very technique sensitive and time consuming because live bacteria must be sent to a lab for testing.More

1099 tax rule may bring big pain to small business
The new rules on 1099 forms, which were attached to the health care bill and are set to go into effect in 2012, call for all businesses, no matter how small, to file 1099 forms for goods as well as for services. That sounds like a technicality, but it has small business up in arms. The following is why it matters, and what you need to know.More

Brush your teeth for a healthier heart
YouDocs via
What's better than walking out of the dentist's office with a megawatt smile, the slick feel of just-polished teeth, a free toothbrush and knowing that's over? How about a 33 percent drop in your risk for a heart attack or stroke? Dentists and cardiologists long have known that neglecting your pearly whites kicks up trouble in your arteries. The same gunky dental plaque that sticks to your teeth, causing gum disease, also ratchets up bodywide inflammation. And that encourages a different kind of plaque: the artery-clogging kind that can hurl a blood clot at your heart or your brain.More

Botox can optimize cosmetic appeal of dental implant surgery
PR Newswire
A significant majority of dental implant patients are older with facial aging and their dentists may need to consider the benefits of rejuvenation techniques, such as Botox, for maximizing the cosmetic outcomes of the procedure, according to a leading cosmetic surgeon speaking at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry annual meeting. Joseph Niamtu III, DMD, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who transformed the main focus of his Virginia-based practice to cosmetic facial surgery. He told the AAID audience that for many dental implant patients, restoring facial volume is as critical as the dental restoration for achieving optimal cosmetic outcomes.More

2-year study finds in favor of US dental therapists
The first major independent evaluation of Alaskan dental health aide therapists has found that the mid-level providers are offering safe and competent care to residents of remote and underserved native communities. The DHATs, who receive two years of intensive technical training and work under the general supervision of dentists, provide a range of services including preventive and restorative procedures and dental extractions to residents of isolated towns and villages, often only reachable by boat, plane or snowmobile. (May require free registration to view article.)More

How to profit from hygiene: Super-charged hygiene!
Dental Economics
The hygiene department of every practice is the key to its growth and future. This will be even more important in the future as hygienists take on great roles within the practice and expand their diagnostic and therapeutic duties. One way to profit from hygiene is to turn your hygienist into a referral source. A hygienist can be the key to doing more periodontal, restorative, prosthodontic and esthetic dental procedures, thereby building your practice. No one in your office gets to spend as much quality time with patients as the hygienist does. No one can speak about the patients' mouths on a tooth-by-tooth basis better than the hygienist.More

PreViser Corporation launches
PRNewswire via Digital Journal
PreViser Corporation has announced the release of a Web-based tool, myDentalScore, that allows individuals to calculate objective numeric scores for oral disease risk and severity. The tool is available for immediate use by dentists, companies and consumers at myDentalScore generates scores for gum disease risk and severity, oral cancer risk and restorative risk and needs based on answers to a simple health questionnaire. Reports graphically display the numeric scores and provide valuable systemic health information related to oral health status. The expected result will be increased awareness of oral health needs and better compliance with dentist recommendations.More

Ex-miner freed from 33 years of pain after tooth is removed from his ear
Mail Online
For more than 30 years, Stephen Hirst was in constant pain and partially deaf because of excruciating earache. But that is all in the past now after doctors found a tooth lodged in the former miner's ear. Now, Stephen can sleep unhindered by the intense headaches that plagued him. But medical staff remain mystified as to how the tooth came to be jammed in the 47-year-old's ear canal in the first place — especially as he had all his teeth taken out some time ago.More

Anne Nugent Guignon: Celebrating polishing
Most people like to celebrate their birthdays. Birthdays are someone's own personal holiday, the one day a year there is no need to apologize when the limelight focuses on you. When I turned 50, I created the birth month concept, where I dedicated an entire month to celebrating. The idea never took off nationally, but birthdays are still unique points of celebration. Last year, shortly before my 60th, a small package arrived from Debbie Nigh, who received her BSDH from UMKC one year after I did. In the early '70s the program's clinical kits were identical and full of items rarely seen, much less used, in today's world. Debbie's present to me was her Ivory-brand porte polisher.More

New national health organization formed: American Academy for Oral Systemic Health
PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle
Dr. Dean Lodding just returned from Madison, Wisc., where dental leaders from across the country convened last weekend to hold the founding meeting for the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. "The formation of this organization could not have come at a better time," Lodding said. "More and more research just keeps pouring in that confirms all the connections between the health of the mouth and the resulting health of the body." The newly inaugurated AAOSH will bring together medical professionals from all fields and try to eliminate the tunnel vision that can exist between medical specialties.More

Is paid sick leave a good idea?
American Express OPEN Forum
There are few things more annoying than sitting next to a co-worker who continually is coughing, sneezing and complaining about how badly they feel. If you are like most people, you might think to yourself, "Why didn't they just stay home? That's what I would do." According to a recent study by, the odds are that you wouldn't stay at home to recuperate. You instead would be part of the 71 percent of workers who go to work even when they are ill. Of the 29 percent who do stay home, two-thirds spend the time away from the office working, not recuperating.More

Electronic health records raise fresh privacy fears
Dayton Daily News
Electronic health records widely are seen as a way to improve patient care, reduce duplication of services, and potentially cut costs in the U.S. health care system. But they also raise fresh privacy concerns, with hundreds or thousands of employees having potential immediate access to a patient's sensitive medical information. A possible information breach at Miami Valley (Ohio) Hospital is one of the latest local reminders of those privacy concerns. It involves Brennan Eden, a "high-profile" patient whose sensational Aug. 23 vehicle crash on Interstate 675 was captured on video viewed nationwide.More