This Week in Perio
Dec. 1, 2010

Breast cancer linked to periodontal disease, tooth loss
As the body of research linking periodontitis with a host of other disease states — including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, surgical complications and risk of fetal death — grows, a new study has added yet another to the list: breast cancer. "To our knowledge, this is the first study on the association between periodontitis and breast cancer," Dr. Birgitta Söder, a professor emeritus at Karolinska Institute, told The American Cancer Society estimates 209,060 cases of invasive breast cancer in 2010, with more than 40,000 deaths. Breast cancer is rarer in men than women, accounting for less than 1 percent of breast cancer diagnoses, but both men and women should report any changes in breast tissue to their doctors. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Report: We don't need more vitamin D, calcium
The Atlantic
In a report likely to send shock waves through the dietary supplement industry, the Institute of Medicine released new Dietary Reference Intakes for vitamin D and calcium. The report summary says Americans are getting all the vitamin D and calcium we need, and we do not need more: "The committee emphasizes that, with a few exceptions, all North Americans are receiving enough calcium and vitamin D. Higher levels have not been shown to confer greater benefits, and in fact, they have been linked to other health problems, challenging the concept that 'more is better.'" In an account of the report in The New York Times, Gina Kolata writes that the committee was puzzled about how vitamin D became the hot nutrient of the year. Sales rose 82 percent from 2008 to 2009.More

AAID credentials ruled bona fide by US District Court
In a clear and unequivocal verdict, a federal court judge in California ruled that credentials issued to dentists by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry are bona fide and legitimate, and state laws that prohibit or restrict advertising them to the public are unconstitutional. Judge John Mendez, for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, struck down a state law that effectively prevented dentists from advertising credentials issued by AAID, which demonstrate their training and proficiency in implant dentistry. He said that AAID and the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry "are bona fide credentialing organizations whose standards are rigorous, objectively clear, and verifiable. These are not fly-by-night credentialing organizations. They take their role and responsibility seriously."More

Julie Stewart: The cavity capitals
Men's Health
St. Louis is a great city. There's a lot to smile about — except for the smiles themselves. St. Louis is the town with the worst teeth, the most dentally challenged in the land. In other words, it failed our oral exam. Because we are talking about the Show Me State, here's our evidence: We looked at community water fluoridation, the percentage of people who saw a dentist in the past year as well as the percentage who've had teeth extracted, the percentage of households using dental floss, the money spent on oral hygiene products and the number of dentist offices per capita. After we crunched the numbers, we brushed and flossed.More

Small Business Jobs Act contains incentives for dentists
Dental Tribune International
Legislation signed into law recently by President Barack Obama contains provisions that can benefit dentists who purchase equipment or upgrade their practices. The Small Business Jobs Act, described by the Small Business Administration as "the most significant piece of small business legislation in over a decade," is designed to help small businesses drive economic recovery and create jobs. "These are favorable developments for dentists, whether they are sole practitioners or those practicing in a larger practice arena," said Keith Drayer, vice president of Henry Schein Financial Services. According to Drayer, there are three particular aspects of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 that will beneficially help dentists.More

Kansas program targets dentist gap
The Topeka-Capital Jouranl
Pittsburg dentist Daniel Minnis is a lonely enthusiast for a new approach for filling a service gap plaguing more than 90 percent of counties in Kansas. He is convinced people living in more than a dozen counties without a dentist and more than 80 counties underserved by dentists would benefit from introduction of a new health professional — registered dental practitioner — to perform routine procedures under the guidance of a full-fledged dentist. These state regulated therapists could regularly cover the basics in community health offices and pass complex cases on to dentists in the region.More

Major changes to health care reform law unlikely
HealthLeaders Media
The 2010 midterm elections brought about speculation that a GOP-controlled U.S. House of Representatives would take great effort to derail, or at least attempt to modify, the health care reform package. According to health care industry leaders, the latter appears to be more plausible but not completely assured. Anders Gilberg, the Medical Group Management Association's vice president for public and private economic affairs, reiterated that a bill challenging health care reform, even if it got through the House of Representatives, would not make it through the Senate. "And it certainly would not make it past the president's veto pen."More