This Week in Perio
Nov. 19, 2014

Periodontal disease linked to increased risk of kidney disease
Medical News Today
In a study of blacks with normal kidney function, those with severe periodontal disease developed chronic kidney disease at four times the rate of those without severe periodontal disease. The study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2014.More

Preventing needless dental emergencies
Tufts University via Medical Xpress
The number of patients hospitalized for dental infections that could have been prevented with regular care or in-office root canals rose nearly 42 percent from 2000 to 2008, according to a first-of-its-kind study. In contrast, hospitalizations for all causes increased 5.3 percent during that same nine-year period.More

Saliva protects teeth against cavities more than we thought
Medical News Today
Previously it was thought that salivary mucins - large glycoproteins - did little more than keep mucus in saliva slippery and elastic, contributing to its gel-like properties. But now it seems they play an active role in defending against pathogens and keeping the human microbiome healthy.More

Cardiologists have knowledge gaps about perio disease
A new study in the Journal of Dental Hygiene that looked at cardiologists' knowledge of the relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease found that many were unclear about the cause of periodontal disease. But they would like to have more information about the potential link between the two conditions, the researchers found.More

Award for research to stop bone destruction and tooth loss in gum disease
University of Plymouth via
Researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry have received one of the prestigious 2014 Oral and Dental Research Trust-GSK Research Awards from the British Society of Oral and Dental Research, for a research project which seeks to reprogram the immune system to stop bone destruction and tooth loss in severe gum disease. The study relates to periodontitis. More

This inventor aims to improve oral hygiene with a tiny toothbrush
Upstart Business Journal
Many Americans overbrush, a problem that dentists see frequently and one that contributes to wearing down enamel and damaging gums. Entrepreneur Steven Walther invented a new kind of toothbrush that almost seems too simple to be true, and yet he's quickly gaining steam in the dental community. Called the Toof-inger brush, the brush has essentially the same head as any standard toothbrush, but the stem is half the length. More

Take it to heart: Dental health impacts total health
The Unionville Times
Each year more and more research confirms the relationships between serious health concerns and diseases of the mouth. Cardiologists and physicians are now testing patients for levels of a substance called C-reactive protein. Elevated levels of this compound in the blood indicate an increased risk for heart disease. More

'Tis the season ... to draw dental patients in with holiday e-newsletters
Early November is the perfect time to start making your lists and checking off your to-do list before Dec. 15 sneaks up on you. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, or not celebrate, the winter festivities, the season gives you the perfect opportunity to engage your patients. The first of November is also a great time to send a fall e-newsletter. Here are a few ideas for making the most of your seasonal newsletters.More

Leading the patient-centric practice
Dental Economics
Unlike dentists, corporate leaders in many professions are well prepared for running businesses. Most have formal management training, mentors to provide inspiration and guidance and hands-on experience as they move up the ladder to high-level executive positions. Dentists receive little or no business training in dental school. More

Dental technology: How the cloud is transforming dentistry
One of the foundations of healthcare reform is moving from paper-based to digital storage systems. As technology progresses, it has become vital for dentists and orthodontists to move with the times. One clear byproduct of this is moving patient files to digital storage methods such as the cloud.More

Hygiene production down? Here's how to fix it
At first glance, your hygiene schedule looks jam-packed. You're booking patients three, even four weeks out, yet somehow there are days when you find your hygienist relaxing in the break room more than you find her working on patients in the operatory. The sad fact is that hygiene production numbers are lower than they've ever been, and you have no idea why.More