This Week in Perio
Nov. 26, 2014

Scientists identify a rise in life-threatening heart infection
Medical News Today
Scientists at the University of Sheffield have identified a significant rise in the number of people diagnosed with a serious heart infection alongside a large fall in the prescribing of antibiotic prophylaxis to dental patients. The pioneering study is the largest and most comprehensive to be conducted with regards to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines, which recommended dentists should no longer give antibiotics before invasive treatments to people considered at risk of the life threatening heart infection, Infective Endocarditis, which in 40 percent of cases is caused by bacteria from the mouth.More

Study: Triclosan presents risk of liver toxicity
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that, after long-term exposure, triclosan can cause liver fibrosis and cancer in laboratory mice through what the researchers called "molecular mechanisms that are also relevant in humans." However, the study authors emphasize that triclosan does have "health value" in certain toothpastes.More

Endodontic diagnosis: How lesions can cloud determination of root canal treatment
Endodontic diagnosis can be a frustrating experience. Whether it is multiple restorations, calcified canals, analgesics masking symptoms or patient responses, it is hardly ever straightforward. What complicates matters more is the various pathology that occurs around the root ends. Lesions that are radiolucent, radiopaque or mixed all cloud the issue as to whether a tooth needs root canal treatment.More

Scientists find single protein that blocks MS relapses, cures gum disease
In a new study, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that a protein previously shown to treat gum disease also blocks relapses in mice with a condition similar to multiple sclerosis. The leap from experimenting on gum disease to investigating the effects of this protein, called Del-1, on MS came when researches realized that it plays a key role in the body's immune response.More

Research finds tooth enamel fast-track in humans
American Journal of Physical Anthropology via Medical Xpress
Research has discovered a link between prenatal enamel growth rates in teeth and weaning in human babies. The research found that incisor teeth grow quickly in the early stages of the second trimester of a baby's development, while molars grow at a slower rate in the third trimester. More

J.D. Power releases new dental plan customer satisfaction report
J.D. Power has released its new 2014 Dental Plan Satisfaction Report, which ranked eight dental plan providers by customer satisfaction. UnitedHealthcare scored the highest, with 753 points out of a possible 1,000 in customer satisfaction. Aetna, Humana and Cigna followed in the rankings, according to the company.More

Adults with developmental disabilities need more than just better access to care
Dental Tribune
Despite a policy focus on expanding access to care for adults with developmental disabilities, this vulnerable population continues to have significant dental disease. In the October issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association, researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine report on the first large-scale survey to investigate factors influencing at-home oral care provided by caregivers to adults with developmental disabilities.More

Control of communicable diseases, with an emphasis on Ebola-Marburg viral diseases
As updates about the Ebola outbreak continue to make headlines, The American Public Health Association has published the 20th edition of its Control of Communicable Diseases Manual as a key resource for public health professionals fighting infectious disease. The text, a respected sourcebook originally published in 1915, provides the latest control measures for communicable diseases.More

Dental hygienists can make a difference in people's heart health
Americans are affected by 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes annually. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its Million Hearts® initiative in 2011, with one predominant goal ­– to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. On the three-year anniversary of the unveiling of the initiative, many are curious about what HHS has accomplished.More

Poorest in society have 8 fewer teeth
Journal of Dental Research via Medical Xpress
The poorest people in society have eight fewer teeth by their 70s than the richest, one of the biggest studies of its type ever undertaken has revealed. It has long been known that there is a strong link between people's socioeconomic position and their oral health, but the new paper published today in the Journal of Dental Research has shown the full extent of the problem.More

How baby bottles can cause tooth decay
Kane County Chronicle
Even though they are temporary, a child's teeth still need to be kept healthy. Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is often called baby bottle tooth decay, according to the American Dental Association. It most often occurs in the upper front teeth, but can occur in other teeth as well. Batavia, Illinois, dentist Ronald Murphy said oftentimes baby bottle tooth decay can occur when infants are given a bottle at night to go to bed.More

Dental coding ICD-10 CM — Time to prepare your practice now
On Oct. 1, the United States will implement a new, updated diagnosis code set. ICD-10 CM will become the new code set for all medical claims submitted with a date of service after Oct. 1. As a dental office you may not submit medical claims often, but there will be times when it will benefit both you and your patients if you submit some services to medical carriers.More

The new 3 Ps: Productive, profitable and predictable
Dental Tribune
Dentistry is currently facing numerous challenges. It is time we take a long, hard look at how we do things on a daily basis. There are now three new Ps to consider if we are going to rise to meet these new challenges: productivity, profitability and predictability. So what are these challenges that are threatening the profitability of our practices? More