This Week in Perio
Dec. 4, 2013

Periodontal health an important factor to better diabetes control
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
A new consensus report from the American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology finds that periodontal health may play an important role in the management of diabetes. The report outlines clinical recommendations for dental professionals to use when treating people with diabetes and emphasizes the importance of annual comprehensive periodontal evaluations as part of an effective diabetes management program. The consensus report is based on a large body of scientific evidence that suggests periodontal health may be helpful in controlling diabetes.More

Good oral hygiene may slow heart disease
Good oral hygiene that includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits could hold heart disease at bay, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. As gum health improves, progression of atherosclerosis slows to a clinically significant degree, researchers from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York have found. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Eye-movement therapy effective in dental phobia
Patients can overcome dental phobia through a therapy in which they recall traumatic events while rapidly moving their eyes, researchers say. After undergoing eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, some patients are able to attend dental appointments for the first time in years, the researchers report in an article published in the European Journal of Oral Sciences. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Oral disease may be linked to lower cognitive function
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Markers of oral disease seem to be associated with lower cognitive status, according to a study published in the Dec. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.More

Poor oral hygiene, excess sugar consumption linked to heart disease
The Medical News
The association between poor oral health and increased risk of cardiovascular disease should make the reduction of sugars such as those contained in junk food, particularly fizzy drinks, an important health policy target, say experts writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Poor oral hygiene and excess sugar consumption can lead to periodontal disease where the supporting bone around the teeth is destroyed.More

Dental implant maker faces sanctions for destroying evidence in patent infringement case
Implant Direct Manufacturing will face sanctions for destroying evidence in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Zest IP Holdings, a federal magistrate judge ruled. Zest sued Implant Direct in March 2010, alleging infringement of two patents covering "Dental attachment assembly," trademark infringement, false advertising and unfair competition on the part of Implant Direct, its former distributor, according to court documents.More

What to consider before applying for a medical credit card
U.S. News & World Report
For some consumers, medical credit cards, which only health care professionals accept and must be used for medical expenses, are just what the doctor ordered. But there have been plenty of signs that they can also make patients financially sick. So if you're going to apply for one of these credit cards, offered by companies including CareCredit, a subsidiary of GE Capital Retail Bank, as well as Wells Fargo and Citibank, here's a quick consult.More

Cavities: The real truth
Refinery 29
Like many systems in our bodies, our oral health largely relies upon bacteria. There are billions of bacteria living in our mouths; some are good and some are bad. There's no way to completely eliminate the bad bacteria, but you can limit them by brushing and flossing. The good bacteria do things like help support your immune system, while the bad bacteria cause cavities and periodontal (gum and bone) disease. So, if cavities are caused by bad bacteria, how does that happen?More

Oral disease may be linked to lower cognitive function
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Markers of oral disease seem to be associated with lower cognitive status, according to a study published in the Dec. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.More

Periodontal disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, and rheumatoid arthritis: What triggers autoimmunity and clinical disease?
Rheumatoid arthritis, currently regarded as a complex multifactorial disease, was initially characterized as such at the turn of the 19th century. Ever since, multiple lines of investigation have attempted to elucidate the etiological factor(s) involved in disease incidence.More

Worried about the future of law schools? Talk to your dentist
The Wall Street Journal
If you want to get some perspective on the problems plaguing law schools, you might want to make an appointment with your dentist.More

Top 5 experimental toothbrush techniques
Washington Square News
After indulging in sugary pies over Thanksgiving, candy over Halloween and coffee since midterms began, students may be searching for ways to revert their teeth back into the pearly whites they had a few months ago. Instead of automatically reaching for expensive whitening strips, try one of these suggestions that you can experiment with at home.More

13 surprising uses for dental floss
Most people could probably benefit from a little more flossing in their life. And, no, not just in their mouths. From cutting the perfect slice of cake to fixing a broken umbrella, read on for great ways to use dental floss.More