This Week in Perio
Dec. 5, 2012

Gum disease linked to erectile dysfunction
A man with a sparking smile can certainly lure the ladies, but a gentlemen wishing to maintain his sex life should hold on to his toothbrush, according to a new study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, that finds a correlation between gum disease and erectile dysfunction. Researchers at the University of Malatya in Turkey looked at 160 men, ages 30 to 40 years old, half of whom had erectile dysfunction. Among the impotent men, 53 percent also were found to have inflamed gums, compared with 23 percent in the control group. The average age of men in this study was under 36.More

Periodontal disease identified using salivary biomarkers
medwireNews via The Medical News
Markers of inflammation found in saliva could be used to identify periodontal disease in large epidemiologic surveys, avoiding the need for cumbersome and expensive tests, suggest researchers. Their study results show that patients with severe periodontitis have elevated salivary concentrations of the inflammatory mediators interleukin-1β (a pro-inflammatory cytokine), IL-6, IL-8; the collagen-cleaving enzyme matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8), and lysozymes, which are part of the innate immune system.More

Molecular saliva test detects oral cancer, diabetes
A Pennsylvania startup is gearing up to launch a molecular saliva test that analyzes biomarkers to detect oral cancer and diabetes. PeriRx is now conducting clinical trials of its diagnostic test, which has attracted the interest of the U.K.'s National Institute for Health Research. The genesis for the test came from a collaboration between Dr. Neil Gottehrer, a Havertown, Pa., dentist who has been practicing for 38 years, and Dr. David T.W. Wong, a pioneer in salivary diagnostics who is the associate dean of research and a professor of oral biology at the UCLA School of Dentistry. (May require free registration to view article.)More

The top social media pitfalls for your dental practice
Dental Health Magazine
While only you and your staff can decipher what is best for your practice, there are some steadfast rules that most can agree upon. Facebook's Communications Manager Elisabeth Diana, head of Measurement Platform and Standards Sean Bruich and Director of Online Operations Sarah Smith, whom recently spoke with social media news site Mashable, gave the details on what they have found to be best do's and don'ts for business pages using their company. Here is how to adapt it to your dental practice.More

Dental issues can be related to nail biting
PRWeb via Dentalaegis
Nail biting is a common problem in the United States, most commonly affecting children and teens. Most teens outgrow the habit before reaching adulthood. But for those who do not, nail biting can lead to oral health problems, according to Dr. James A. Wells, of South Charlotte Dentistry.More

Gum disease affects all of your body
Hive Health Media
According to the NIH, bleeding gums affect half of all adults over the age of 30, but many people believe that gums that bleed when brushed or flossed are normal. Bleeding gums are not normal. Redness, swelling, bleeding or receding gum line are all symptoms of gum disease, an infection that can affect your entire body. Dental plaque is the root cause of gum disease.More

Email rules to grow your dental practice
Karen Cortell Reisman writes, "Your customers are not swinging on a hammock waiting around for your Internet-clogging MP3 audio file to grace their inboxes. Heed the following if you want to successfully use email to market your practice."More

Do's and don'ts for practice leadership: Dare to innovate
Most dentists understand the value of innovation but fail to realize that it can be risky. By definition, a new idea is one that has not yet proved itself to be effective. For that reason, it may not work as expected. For dentists — who like being in control — venturing into new territory requires a willingness to risk failure. (May require free registration to view article.)More

A cranberry a day keeps the dentist away?
Known to scientists as vaccinium macrocarpan, the cranberry is native to North America. The cranberry has a long history both as food and as medicine. This year the U.S. produced 7.68 million barrels of cranberries. Massachusetts is the largest producer, beating out second place New Jersey by 400 percent. Articles on the dental health benefits of cranberries have been examined in the Journal of the American Dental Association in 1998, 2002, and 2008. There is evidence that cranberries are preventative against dental decay and for gum disease.More

Dental care adjusts for frail seniors
The Sacramento Bee
Diann Azevedo makes house calls. As a registered dental hygienist in alternative practice — whose clients include the frail, homebound elderly as well as the developmentally disabled — she is part of a growing movement to take routine dental care out of the office and into vulnerable patients' homes. She even totes a portable dental chair in her car, along with a large kit stuffed with dental supplies. "Has your mother had any changes in her medications?" she asked Jeanne Andrews, whose mother, 80-year-old Dolores Hanson, has advanced-stage Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body dementia. For Hanson, the dental chair wasn't necessary.More

University of Buffalo dentist helps fellow Syrians at refugee camps in Turkey
The Buffalo News
As he walked among Syrian refugees living in tents this summer in Turkey, Othman Shibly couldn't help but picture himself and his family. Having grown up in Syria, Shibly identified with the pain and suffering of tens of thousands of people forced to flee their homes and find safety in a foreign country. Shibly knew he had to do something. So the Amherst resident and University at Buffalo faculty member decided to focus on what he knows best: dental care. He helped spearhead the opening of two full-service dental clinics serving Syrian refugees in Turkey, and he returned to the region for 10 days recently to provide dental care and train other dentists.More

Brushing, flossing critical for a healthy mouth
Daily Herald
Q: As I age, what can I do to keep my mouth healthy?
A: Your mouth is not exempt from the effects of aging. Older people suffer higher rates of gum disease, dental decay, mouth infections and tooth loss. Fortunately, you can keep your mouth looking and feeling younger than its years by practicing good oral hygiene.More