This Week in Perio
Dec. 10, 2014

Saliva test for Ebola detection under development
Dental Tribune International
In collaboration with two U.S. scientific institutions, Ceres Nanosciences, a biotechnology company specializing in diagnostic products, is planning to develop a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in saliva. Since current methods for diagnosing Ebola rely on blood samples, the four-month project aims to find a more effective and noninvasive alternative.More

HHS report: Poor kids getting more preventive dental care, less treatment
Economically disadvantaged children in the U.S. received more preventive dental care but less overall treatment in 2013, according to a new report by the Department of Health and Human Services on children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Medicaid and CHIP play a key role in ensuring that low-income children get healthcare coverage and access to a comprehensive set of benefits and other medically necessary services.More

New study: Pure fruit juice does not promote caries in infant teeth
Dental Tribune International
It is widely believed that unrestricted consumption of acidic beverages, such as juices and soft drinks, can cause dental caries, one of the most common chronic diseases in children. However, a new study conducted by dental researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore has suggested that consumption of 100 percent fruit juice is not associated with early childhood caries in preschool-age children.More

Lancet article suggests increase in infective endocarditis tied to reduction in antibiotics use
American Dental Association
A time-series study on antibiotic prophylaxis published online Nov. 18 in the Lancet noted a gradual increase in the incidence of infective endocarditis in England that appears to correspond with a reduction in antibiotic prophylaxis for IE prevention. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence began recommending cessation of antibiotic prophylaxis for IE prevention in England in March 2008. More

Dental growth slower than projected
American Dental Association
Government actuaries cited slower growth in dental spending than projected just three months earlier in a study revising the post-recession National Health Expenditures narrative from "low rates of growth" to "slowdown." The 3.6 percent increase in the 2013 rate of growth in the overall health economy is the lowest on record since NHE record keeping began in 1960, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary said.More

National recognition for potential 'over the counter' gum disease test
University of Plymouth via Medical Xpress
A research study at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry, which aims to develop a simple saliva test for gum diseases, has been recognized by the National Institute of Health Research, which has included the study in its portfolio. Periodontitis is common inflammatory oral disease that affects the supporting structures of the teeth. More

5 ways to put oral health on your resolution list
There's something special about the start of a new year. Maybe it's because it's a blank slate. A new year is also a milestone, which is a great time to take stock of the important things in our lives, such as our health – specifically our oral health. Oral health plays a role in our overall health. If our oral health is poor, that can put us at greater risk for disease. More

Tips to make brushing fun for kids
Potty training, how to tie shoelaces, good table manners and overall hygiene practices – these are some of the many things a parent teaches children. Teaching your kids the right habits can be difficult but it doesn't mean it can't also be fun.More

Less stress, more profit for your dental practice
When dentists enter the profession, they often hear from their experienced colleagues that stress comes with the job, and that it increases in proportion to production. Fortunately, neither of these myths about dentistry is true. Most stress results from disorganization in the practice, which usually indicates outdated management systems.More