This Week in Perio
Nov. 20, 2013

European study says oral healthcare for the elderly deserves attention
DentistryIQ
A recent study from the Netherlands has found that advancements in dentistry have increased the possibility that older adults will live longer, indicating that continuous oral health care for these individuals is necessary. The study, led by Dr. Gert-Jan van der Putten, studied the ramifications of poor oral health on the elderly, and how that affects their general health.More

Hypochlorite treats inflammation
The Scientist
It has long been known that extremely dilute bleach baths — 0.005 percent — can be used as a successful accessory treatment for eczema, but until now, no one understood how it worked. Researchers from Stanford University have shown that hypochlorite — bleach's active ingredient — effectively blocks the function of nuclear factor κB (NF-κB), which activates genes involved in inflammation and aging. Their work was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.More

Will work for dental: A new healthcare model?
Kaiser Health News via USA Today
Kelly Price knows too well the pain of infected teeth and how they become so sensitive it hurts to eat or drink. He has suffered with that in the past and still has several teeth that need to be extracted, but the 51-year-old unemployed machinist can't afford to see a dentist. That's why on a morning last month he was helping out at the Food Bank of South Central Michigan filling bags for weekend meals for needy children with Special K cereal, cans of spaghetti and meatballs, green beans and a juice drink.More

Reimbursement lessons from the dental industry
Healthcare Finance News
The dental industry is not commonly considered a source of "best practices" for general healthcare reimbursement methods, but dental practices employ a number of strategic approaches that can be leveraged by other providers.More

5 statistics critical to every successful dental practice
Dental Practice Management
Dayna Johnson writes, "Numbers tell a story. Knowing the right numbers to monitor and why you are monitoring them can be the challenging part, especially the 'why.' I was recently teaching a seminar in Seattle and we were talking about what reports the doctor or accountant requests from the team on a monthly basis. One of the office managers rattled off a couple of reports that she has to print on a regular basis and I asked her why she printed them. What does the doctor do with the information? She didn't know."More

All-on-4 treatment option: A case report
Surgical Restorative
A healthy 67-year-old male presents with generalized severe periodontal disease and several failing restorations of both the maxillary and mandibular arches. He has a partial denture on the bottom that is ill fitting. Tooth No. 11 is broken at the gum line, and the distal abutment on the upper left bridge has come loose.More

ADA panel issues recommendations on topical fluoride and caries prevention
American Dental Association
Applying prescription topical fluoride may benefit patients with a higher risk for developing caries, according to new clinical recommendations. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs convened a multidisciplinary expert panel to develop the recommendations. More

All-on-4 treatment option: A case report
Surgical Restorative
A healthy 67-year-old male presents with generalized severe periodontal disease and several failing restorations of both the maxillary and mandibular arches. He has a partial denture on the bottom that is ill fitting. Tooth No. 11 is broken at the gum line, and the distal abutment on the upper left bridge has come loose.More

Dentists say you need to floss. Science says you don't.
Forbes
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

Nanotubes can help improve dental implants
The Daily Mining Gazette
According to Michigan Technological University Assistant Professor of Medical Engineering Tolou Shokuhfar, there is a problem with the current state of bone implants, whether it be for dental or orthopedic: Sometimes they fail.More

What does diabetes have to do with oral health?
Times Herald-Record
Diabetes is a serious disease. It affects millions of people worldwide and can cause many devastating complications if not properly managed. But what does diabetes have to do with oral health? Its impacts might surprise you.More

9 foods to eat for a beautiful smile, and a few to avoid
EmaxHealth
Every day, you brush and floss your teeth to keep your mouth healthy. Have you thought about your diet as well? Certain foods are known to help keep teeth and gums strong, while others can darken and stain teeth or put you at a higher risk for gum disease. More

This chic dental office will make you long for your next cleaning
Slate
Many of us think of the dentist's office as a sterile torture chamber, not a place for visual inspiration. But one interior design-savvy Parisian dentist says that her patients arrive for a checkup and end up asking for decorating tips.More