This Week in Perio
Nov. 21, 2012

Open wide: Dental issues may be early diabetes indicators
The Palm Beach Post
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then your mouth — and, by extension, dental health (or lack thereof) — may be the conduit to potential early warning signs of numerous diseases — including type 2 diabetes. Such is the message that both the Palm Beach County Health Department and Florida Public Health Institute's Oral Health Coalition want patients and dentists to be cognizant of — especially during November's National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to Dr. Phil Bilger, the dental director of the Palm Beach County Health Department, in recent years, there's been a heightened emphasis in the dental community to have everyone — patients and doctors alike — understand how oral health and overall health are related.More

Link exists between obesity, poor dental health for homeless children
Dentistry Today
Obesity and dental cavities become worse as impoverished children grow older, according to a new study. The researchers determined that as body mass index went up as children got older, the numbers of cavities increased as well. Groups at the Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron conducted the research. The information appeared in the Journal of Pediatric Health. The research was compiled after analyzing data from 157 children, ages 2 to 17, at an urban homeless shelter. Most of the fathers were not in the picture.More

Romney's right: Obamacare does not include dental care
The Washington Post
In his now infamous remarks on the Obama administration's "gifts" to voters, Mitt Romney offered Democrats some free advice on how they could continue to sweeten the deal for the American electorate. "It's a proven political strategy, which is give a bunch of money to a group and, guess what, they'll vote for you," Romney told donors in audio obtained by ABC News. "What I would do if I were a Democrat running four years from now — I'd say dental care ought to be included in Obamacare." That led more than a few people to ask: Wait, there isn't dental care in the Affordable Care Act already?More

Virginia dentist faces millions in medical malpractice lawsuits
After WTKR-TV revealed former employees of Chesapeake, Va., dentist Derrick Broadaway are upset over bounced paychecks, investigator Jessica Larche uncovered millions in medical malpractice lawsuits against him. One former patient claimed he "left a drill inside a tooth while performing a root canal" and did not tell the patient. Another said she has been "disfigured" and is "permanently injured" by dental implants Broadaway installed.More

Central Florida news station investigates Aspen Dental's 'free exams'
A Lake County, Fla., woman claims a major dental chain wanted to collect a few thousand dollars for some treatments she didn't need. Action 9's Todd Ulrich found many other consumers have claimed the company's offer for a free exam can really end up costing them. Cheryl Gifford had a cracked tooth and expected to pay something at the Aspen Dental clinic in Mount Dora. Gifford said she was blown away when the dentist handed her a $3,700 treatment plan to fix her tooth and treat gum disease. She claims the clinic wanted to get her signed up that day.More

What is a dental abscess or tooth abscess?
The Washington Times
Do you have a dental abscess? Do not wait! Visit the dentist as soon as possible, as it can lead to toothache as well as other problems. If it is left untreated then there are chances that you will have to lose your teeth. More

Are posts really necessary in endodontically treated teeth?
Dental Economics
Q: I'm confused about the necessity of using posts in endodontically treated teeth. Some publications and speakers say that posts are always necessary, and others say they are never necessary. When, if ever, should posts be used, and what type of post should be used?More

Your dental health is detrimental to your well-being
The Equinox
Inside your mouth right now are 700 species of mouth-dwelling microbes. The number of bacteria inside your mouth right now may equal the population of the earth. So when was the last time you brushed your teeth? Or worse, when was the last time you bothered to floss? Talking to students at Keene State College in New Hampshire, it was found that most brush their teeth at least twice a day, but for many, flossing is not a part of their dental routine.More

Top expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures
Dental Health Magazine
Cosmetic dentistry procedures help you not only from an aesthetic point of view, but from a health point of view as well. In general, cosmetic dentistry procedures are quite expensive. The money you pay for restorative/cosmetic dental care will entirely pay back, since you know you invest in a whiter, straighter, and brighter smile. Cosmetic dentistry procedures help you not only from an aesthetic point of view, but from a health point of view as well. For example, dental implants will help you fill those gaps, and you will be able to chew your food normally, talk and smile without restrictions. Also, your cheeks will not fall in causing you to look much older.More

Early detection, biologics key to treating rheumatoid arthritis
North County Times
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects 1.3 million Americans — women three times more often than men. A disorder of the small joints in the hands and wrists, ankles and feet, RA is currently incurable. Unlike osteoarthritis, a joint disorder caused by "wear and tear," RA is primarily the result of inflammation of the synovial membrane, a soft tissue found on the inner layer of affected joints. The condition produces fluid buildup and swelling that results in pain, bone erosion, joint deformity and disability.More

Dental insurance: Save money on dental care
Dental Health Magazine
If you try to think strategically and practically, you will be able to save some money on dental care. Having to sit in the dental chair does not only remind you that pain is going to be on your side, but that you also have to dig deep into your pockets to pay for those dental bills. If you try to think strategically and practically, you will be able to save some money on dental care. In the U.S. especially, dental care is extremely expensive, so taking advantage of the best dental care saving tips is helpful.More

Zuga Medical prepares to bring simplified dental implants to general dentists in 2013
MedCity News
The tens of millions of Americans who have at least one missing tooth have a few options. They can have the traditional bridge put in, have an implant put in, or do nothing. Despite the physical and health consequences associated with missing teeth, many people do nothing because of the cost or fear of restorative procedures. During a bridge procedure, the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are shaved down, and a false tooth is connected to crowns that fit over those two teeth. Implants, meanwhile, have become increasingly popular because they don't damage the surrounding teeth. But the drawback is they are more invasive and must be implanted during a surgical procedure where the dentist drills into the jawbone, meaning they also cost more.More