This Week in Perio
Dec. 17, 2014

How risk assessments initiate cooperative response to oral-systemic disease
A steady flow of information is coming to light about the role of the mouth as it relates to systemic disease. While research is still unfolding, studies are showing that oral disease can both contribute to and/or be a sign of systemic disease. There has been a call to action recently for dental and medical providers to work together in treating patients, recognizing risk factors and referring patients across specialties when necessary.More

Bio-hybrid dental implant that restores the physiological tooth functions
Okayama University via
Our bodies function thanks to the smooth integration of different organs within the surrounding tissues. One challenge of creating artificial organs is to mimic the comprehensive organ function. Bio-hybrid implants are the way to go, but so far they have not been able to fully integrate into the living tissue and perform the same functions as real biological organs. More

Scientists' unique system of oral vaccine delivery to address global health threats
Forsyth Institute via ScienceDaily
Scientists at The Forsyth Institute and Tufts University have succeeded in describing and validating a unique system of oral vaccine delivery using a common bacteria found in the mouth. Findings published by Elsevier in Microbes and Infection identify Streptococcus mitis as a successful vector for oral mucosal immunization, and further research will determine its potential clinical use in tuberculosis vaccine development.More

US House approves oral health spending
The spending bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives increased spending on several dental care, oral health research, and residency training programs and departments through fiscal year 2015, according to an ADA News story. The bill represents a bipartisan agreement to avoid a government shutdown. At press time, the bill had not yet been approved by the U.S. Senate or signed by President Barack Obama.More

Parental behavior modifications can benefit kids' oral hygiene
A new paper in the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene highlights the crisis in children's oral care and offers a proven program of treatment and behavior modification that has shown results in improving children's oral hygiene.More

New dental guidelines may limit how much toothpaste children use
New guidelines may determine how much toothpaste you squeeze onto your child's toothbrush. The American Dental Association revised their recommendations to limit fluoride for children. Dentists often apply prescription-strength fluoride treatments directly on the teeth. Fluoride helps prevent cavities, primarily through a process called remineralization. More

5 scary health conditions your dentist can spot
You expect your dentist to flag cavities, but did you know your drill-wielding doc might also be able to spot trouble that extends well beyond your pearly whites? "It's becoming clear that we need to consider integrating oral and general health care," says Steve Offenbacher, D.D.S., director of the Center for Oral and Systemic Diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.More

Scheduling: The heartbeat of every dental practice
Scheduling is the heartbeat of the dental practice. A well-scheduled day can lead to productivity, profitability and less stress — all of which support providing outstanding care to your patients. The flip side of this statement is also true – a day that is not well scheduled can reduce your productivity, profitability, and lead to uncontrolled stress. Stress can compromise your ability to listen and provide focused care, and can drain your energy.More

3 tips for investing in new technologies
It's no secret that dentists are a cautionary group. We don't often jump on the latest tech trends immediately. Our patience has been rewarded countless times as "can't miss" fads, such as caries-dissolving solutions to excavate decay and electronic dental anesthesia, proved themselves to be nothing but hype.More