This Week in Perio
Nov. 12, 2014

Google Glass may obstruct peripheral vision
Dental Tribune
Interest in wearable head-mounted display systems such as Google Glass is increasing, even in the dental setting. However, their effect on vision is still largely unknown. Now, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco have found that the glasses partially obstructed peripheral vision.More

Location of oral cancers differs in smokers, nonsmokers
The JAMA Network Journals via ScienceDaily
The location of oral cancers differed in smokers and nonsmokers with nonsmokers having a higher proportion of cancers occur on the edge of the tongue, according to a study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. The relatively high incidence of mouth squamous cell cancer in nonsmokers, especially women, without obvious causes has been noted in other studies. More

Saliva test in dental setting could help diagnose deadly diseases
Dental Tribune
Salivary fluid has become an emerging medium for the detection of oral and systemic diseases, as well as for health surveillance in recent years. Now, a study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles has shown that a simple saliva test conducted in the dental practice could be capable of diagnosing serious illnesses such as diabetes and cancer at an early stage.More

Chronic dental trauma potential oral cavity cancer carcinogen
HemOnc Today via Healio
Patients with oral cavity cancers who were nonsmokers were more likely than smokers to have tumors in sites associated with chronic dental trauma, according to results of a retrospective analysis. Brendan J. Perry, BSc, MBBS, of the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland, Australia, and colleagues sought to determine whether the location of oral cancers significantly differed in patients who did and did not smoke.More

A toothbrush designed to last a lifetime
Fast Company
Oral hygiene isn't exactly environmentally friendly. The American Dental Association recommends you toss your toothbrush every three to four months, lest frayed bristles fail to dislodge whatever gross food and plaque you've got stuck in between your teeth. The result is a whole lot of plastic ending up in landfills every year. A company called Goodwell has a more efficient answer: a basic toothbrush handle designed to last forever with interchangeable heads that can be composted when they begin to fray. More

Study says most dentists ask patients about tobacco use
Medical News Today
Dental visits represent an opportunity to identify and help patients quit smoking, yet dental settings remain an untapped venue for treatment of tobacco dependence. The purpose of this analysis was to assess factors that may influence patterns of tobacco-use-related practice among a national sample of dental providers. Researchers surveyed a representative sample of general dentists practicing in the United States. More

Are you a tea drinker? Your dentist will thank you
A Healthier Michigan
The health benefits of an afternoon cup of tea have been well-documented. For example, a simple mug of green tea can improve heart health, boost your immune system and protect your body against cancer thanks to its high levels of antioxidants. But what you may not realize is that drinking tea can also benefit your teeth and gums. More

Study: 'Healthy' fruit juices have dangerous levels of sugar
The Independent
Fruit juices marketed at children as being healthy can contain as much sugar as a glass of Coca-Cola, according to a new study. An analysis of over 200 juices, smoothies and fruit drinks by the health group Action on Sugar revealed more than a quarter of the beverages tested contained at least as much sugar as a glass of Coca-Cola, with up to 6 teaspoons per 250 millileter glass.More

5 things you need to know about IV sedation dentistry
IV moderate sedation dentistry is extremely safe for the patient if administered correctly by a dentist who has been properly trained and certified to perform IV sedation. That being said, there is a protocol to obtaining the proper qualifications to practice IV sedation dentistry and for monitoring a patient who is under IV sedation during a dental procedure.More

Today's dental marketing means being familiar with variety of screens and devices
In an era of technological boom of digital communication devices in many sizes, have you considered how many screens are involved in delivering your marketing message to your target audience? With the growing availability of technology, it has become imperative to give your potential patients the content they want on the digital device of their choice. You need a cohesive strategy to connect your marketing and communication efforts seamlessly across multiple screens.More

Do's and don'ts for the hygiene department: It's not just 'cleaning'
Patients who believe that all a hygienist does is clean their teeth are much more likely to cut back on or completely eliminate hygiene visits. Though dental professionals are totally aware of what happens during even routine hygiene visits, and of the value of everything the hygienist does, most patients are not. You can't expect patients to come in twice a year for mere "cleaning," especially if they're on tight personal budgets. Give them good reasons, and they will come.More