This Week in Perio
Nov. 28, 2012

The link between hormonal changes, gum disease in women
Dental Health Magazine
Periodontal disease is a constantly increasing health complication among adults. However, women seem to be particularly sensitive to developing gum disease complications and side effects. Those women who generally have gum line complications such a gingivitis or mild gum disease, will see their condition worsening at certain life stages during their life, especially when hormonal changes occur.More

The latest toothbrush that's not a toothbrush
Chicago Tribune
Emmi-dent. It's the toothbrush you're not supposed to brush your teeth with. But that's not to say you shouldn't use it regularly. Like any other toothbrush, Emmi-dent has a head full of bristles. But they're for transmitting ultrasonic impulses from a microchip inside the brush head. When these impulses interact with Emmi-dent's own toothpaste, they cause millions of infinitesimal "nano-bubbles" to form and then collapse. To the bacteria in your mouth, this mass bubble implosion is cataclysmic. The energy released breaks their outer membranes and they die.More

Family fights to overturn denied claim
Seventeen-year-old Miles Hendricks should be playing a much different tune. Earlier this year, he accidentally dove teeth first into a goal post. "I saw my teeth on the ground. And, it felt like my gums were pushed up a lot," Miles says. His dad, Evan, called his insurance company, United Healthcare, to confirm that Miles' dental accident was covered under their policy. "I felt pretty good at that point," he says. Ten months later, his front four are still gone, replaced by a painful, temporary mouthpiece. It's because United refused to pay for implants.More

Adult Dental Health Survey 2009: Transformations in British Oral Health 1968-2009
British Dental Journal
This series of four papers reports and interprets the findings of the Adult Dental Health Survey 2009, published in early 2011. This is the fifth in a series of surveys repeated every decade since 1968. The evolution of the surveys and the way the supporting methodology has changed to meet the changing needs and circumstances over the last 40 years is described. In 1968, 37 percent of adults in England and Wales were edentate. By 2009, only 6 percent of the combined population of England, Wales and Northern Ireland were edentate. Among the dentate in 1968, there were a mean of 21.9 teeth. By 2009, not only had the dentate increased by 30 percentage points as a fraction of the population, but the number of teeth in this group had also increased by nearly four teeth on average to 25.7.More

Maternal periodontitis can lead to adverse reproductive outcomes
The Guardian Express
In a study published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, adverse outcomes in pregnancies of women whose mothers had periodontitis or gum disease, could lead to problems such as low birth weight and pre-mature birth, in their own pregnancies. Additionally, a link between these adverse reproductive outcomes has also been established via other immune/inflammatory diseases like asthma and osteoarthritis. In America today, almost half of all adults 30 years old or more have some level of periodontitis, and the numbers are rising fast.More

Getting paid the 1st time
The Modern Office
The goal in every practice should be to increase maximum reimbursement, eliminate costly errors, reduce risk and manage stress. Especially in today's economic environment, receiving reimbursement for what you do in the most timely efficient manner is essential to the continued health of a practice. What can be done to accomplish this lofty goal?More

How to stay engaged with dental patients during the holidays
The holidays are fast approaching, and while many may stamp the coming months as "slow," a dental practice can do a number of things to boost revenue during this time. Think of the next few months as a built in marketing plan to use to your advantage. This is a great time to bolster patient loyalty and, likewise, show your loyalty to them.More

Impurities set back implant surgery
The Korea Times via DentistryIQ
Implant surgery at dental clinics has become as common as filling cavities, but not all implant procedures are successful. There are diverse reasons for the failure but most of the problems have to do with the implant failing to be integrated with the alveolar bone. Why do implants fail to integrate with the bone in some cases while taking firm hold in others?More

Straumann investor sells a 10 percent stake to Singapore fund
Straumann Holding AG's vice chairman sold a 10 percent stake in the dental-implant manufacturer to Government of Singapore Investment Corp. to meet other financial commitments, making the fund its second-largest shareholder. The sale reduces Thomas Straumann's stake to 17 percent and increases the Singaporean sovereign-wealth fund’s holding to 14 percent, the Basel, Switzerland-based company said in a statement. Mark Hill, a spokesman for Straumann Holding, declined to comment on the price the stake was sold at or the specific reason the vice chairman needed the money.More

Major California city moves toward water fluoridation
The Santa Clara Valley Water District, which serves most of San Jose, Calif., is one step closer to fluoridating the water supply of one of the most populous cities in the U.S. On Nov. 19, a committee of the water board of directors unanimously agreed to recommend to the full board that fluoridation begins at its three treatment plants and cleared a major funding hurdle, sourcing the $6.6 million needed to complete the project. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Gum disease linked to increased health risks
The Daily Ardmoreite
Gum disease develops in the space between the gum line and the teeth. If left untreated, this oral health problem can damage more than your gums. According to, gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and other health problems. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that 80 percent of adults in the United States have some degree of gum disease.More

The fear of choking at the dentist
Dental Health Magazine
One of the many reasons for which people avoid going to the dentist even for basic dental treatments is the fear of choking. Whether this fear springs from somewhere in the past when they felt they nearly choked at the dentist, or because every time they sit in the chair they feel they cannot swallow properly, fear of choking is a leading problem on the huge list of dental phobias and dental anxiety causes.More

Eco-friendly toothbrushes clean mouths, reduce landfill
If your patients are maintaining good dental hygiene, chances are they are throwing away multiple toothbrushes in the trash every year. But as part of a growing trend, two U.S. companies have launched eco-friendly toothbrushes in an attempt to alleviate this and help reduce the amount of plastic sent to landfills. LittleBonsai, a Boston-based product studio founded by Olin College graduates Jake Felser and Ollie Haas in May 2011, is developing a portfolio of household products designed to help reduce the amount of preventable waste in our lives. Their latest offering is the ReBrush. (May require free registration to view article.)More