This Week in Perio
Nov. 5, 2014

Scientists identify genetic mutation associated with cleft palate
Scientists studying birth defects in humans and purebred dogs have identified an association between cleft lip and cleft palate and a mutation in the ADAMTS20 gene. Their findings were presented at the recent American Society of Human Genetics 2014 annual meeting in San Diego.More

Increasing frequency of pediatric dental visits helps prevent tooth decay
Every child is unique, but children's healthcare plans tend to follow the same schedules. Nowhere is this more true than in pediatric dentistry, which follows that general rule that says children are seen once every six months, starting at age 1. However, recent research shows this model has many problems, especially with children from low-income families.More

New prescription toothpaste may aid treatment for allergic rhinitis
Biopharmaceutical company Allovate has signed an agreement with personalized medicine firm Restore Health for the exclusive rights to provide Allerdent, a new therapeutic toothpaste delivery system available by prescription for people with allergic rhinitis. Allerdent is designed for daily use as part of a normal toothbrushing regimen and enables users with allergic rhinitis to incorporate immunotherapeutic allergy treatment into their routine activity.More

DentalTown interview: Immediate Past President Dr. Stuart J. Froum on placing dental implants
Dr. Stuart J. Froum is a clinical professor and the director of clinical research at the department of periodontics and implant dentistry at New York University Dental Center. He is also the president of the American Academy of Periodontology. The Brooklyn, New York-born doctor and implant expert keeps an active, thriving practice in Manhattan. More

RadioMD interview: AAP President Dr. Joan Otomo-Corgel on gum graft surgery
Maintaining dental hygiene is crucial for your overall health. Not only do you depend on your mouth for breathing, but it's also the opening where food enters and digests into your intestines. When your mouth isn't taken care of, you could increase your risk of developing several oral infections and diseases. For instance, periodontal disease happens when plaque continues to build up and hardens on your gum line and causes your gums to swell. More

Simple saliva test may reveal deadly diseases early enough to treat them
Medical News Today
UCLA research could lead to a simple saliva test capable of diagnosing — at an early stage — diabetes and cancer, and perhaps neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases. The study, the most comprehensive analysis ever conducted of RNA molecules in human saliva, reveals that saliva contains many of the same disease-revealing molecules that are contained in blood. More

Wasabi toothpaste offers extreme dental hygiene
The Wall Street Journal
A new Japanese toothpaste doesn't come in multicolored stripes or fancy scents, but it will surely jolt users' mouths awake each morning. Village Vanguard Co., a retailer of books and novelty items based in central Aichi prefecture, has unveiled a wasabi-flavored toothpaste with the intense, horseradish flavor usually used as a condiment for sushi and sashimi.More

People are whitening their teeth with ... charcoal?
If you haven't already spent a full 7 minutes of your life watching an oddly fascinating YouTube video of someone brushing their teeth with pitch-black paste, this article can fill you in. They're using activated charcoal. More

Oral problems can cause certain pregnancy issues
The Dallas Morning News
Women of childbearing age in the United States should be encouraged to maintain better oral care and visit the dentist routinely, according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers found young pregnant women, those who are non-Hispanic black or Mexican-American, as well as those with lower income and less education, need to improve their oral care.More

Do's and don'ts for relationship building
For dental practices, touch points with patients have always come easily. There are numerous opportunities for building durable practice-patient relationships. These can serve as a natural defense against patient migration if dentists learn to open up personally to patients in the course of providing professional care.More

Marketing made easy: Basic digital marketing strategies for dental practices
Whether you've just started your practice and need an influx of patients, or you have an established practice and want to add more patients, you need digital marketing strategies that work, and work quickly. Having a solid marketing plan before you start your business or market your existing practice is essential to a campaign's success.More