This Week in Perio
Nov. 6, 2013

Periodontal disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, and rheumatoid arthritis: What triggers autoimmunity and clinical disease?
Rheumatoid arthritis, currently regarded as a complex multifactorial disease, was initially characterized as such at the turn of the 19th century. Ever since, multiple lines of investigation have attempted to elucidate the etiological factor(s) involved in disease incidence.More

Study: Gum disease linked with atherosclerosis progression
The Huffington Post
The health of your mouth could influence the health of your heart, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found an association between gum disease and progression of atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of arteries and a big risk factor for heart attack.More

Study: Extract symptomatic 3rd molars, improve other teeth
For many Americans, conventional wisdom says that third-molar extraction is part of growing up. Meanwhile, in dentistry, there is considerable debate about the clinical indications that should lead to third-molar extractions. A new study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has found support for the removal of third molars in patients with only mild symptoms of pericoronitis. "Removal of third molars in patients with mild pericoronitis symptoms improved the periodontal status of the D2Ms [distal side of the second molars] and teeth more anterior of the mouth," wrote researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Treating gum disease by bringing needed immune cells to inflamed tissue
The red, swollen and painful gums and bone destruction of periodontal disease could be effectively treated by beckoning the right kind of immune system cells to the inflamed tissues, according to a new animal study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. Their findings, published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offer a new therapeutic paradigm for a condition that afflicts 78 million people in the U.S. alone.More

Mobile dentists perform root canals in company parking lots
On the first and third Mondays of every month, employees at Santa Clara, Calif.-based tech company Nvidia see a familiar site: a massive white van pulling into their parking lot. But rather than carrying office supplies or snacks, it's full of periodontal probes, dental drills and tongue retractors. "It's just like a regular dentist, but in an RV," says Hector Marinez, an employee in the firm's communications department who uses the service. "You go in between meetings and get what you need done." And, yes, that may include a root canal.More

US implant market hits $979 million in 2012
The U.S. market for dental implants and final abutments was valued at nearly $979 million in 2012, driven by the growing number of general dentists offering implant treatments, according to a market research report from (May require free registration to view article.)More

Follow the smart strategies in the dentistry business
Dental Health Magazine
If you want to be really successful in the field of dentistry, you need to manage very well the practice and the clinical management of your business. The problem is the greatest majority of the dentists will shift their focus only on one of these aspects, and when both aspects are not synthesized correctly you will not achieve the success that you dream of.More

Going beyond online marketing: An MD's how-to
Business 2 Community via Yahoo Small Business Advisor
Marketing medical practices is a difficult endeavor. Between competition, time restraints, and knowing what to use and what to say, Web-based strategies are again and again hailed as a number one priority for MD marketing. But like all things business, a pinch of diversity goes a long way. Often, medical practices will rely on an in-house, tech-savvy specialist or an outside source for generating Internet exposure (social media, blogs, websites, etc.) while the practice's staff focuses on going beyond online marketing.More

Update on chlorhexidine
Mechanical instrumentation, such as scaling and root planning, is an effective method for removing supra and subgingival bacterial biofilm on tooth surfaces, as well as reducing probing depths. It also creates noticeable changes in the subgingival bacteria to sustain a microflora indicative of periodontal health. It does not eliminate all of the periodontal pathogens, due to a number of factors.More

Dentists should prepare now for tax time
Dentists should take the time now — before the end of the year — to consider ways of reducing their tax burden. Setting up special retirement plans and buying furniture and equipment before Dec. 31 can save a lot when tax time comes around, according to one expert. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Dentists say you need to floss. Science says you don't.
While working as a research fellow at the Primate Research Institute at the University of Kyoto in Japan, French ethologist Jean-Baptiste Leca witnessed a sight that would prompt a toothy smile from any dentist.More

Ouch! Dental implant ends up in woman's sinus
A 57-year-old woman in Italy who went to the doctor with inflamed sinuses and facial pain had an unusual diagnosis: a dental implant in the sinus.More

It's complicated: Diabetes and your dental health
A recent study in The Journal of the American Dental Association found that 1 out of 5 cases of total tooth loss in the United States is linked to diabetes. While complications are part of managing diabetes, for the nearly 26 million people in the U.S. living with the condition, tooth loss and other dental health problems are unlikely to be on their radar.More

What really scares middle-income Americans away from the dentist
The Huffington Post
If you think that lack of access to dental care is just a problem for the poor in this country, think again. More and more middle-income Americans, even those with dental insurance, are finding that going to the dentist for even routine care is not a possibility because of the cost.More