This Week in Perio
Dec. 18, 2013

Are dentists interested in the oral-systemic disease connection?
DentistryIQ
Dentists in the U.S. see an increasing number of patients with systemic conditions. These patients are challenging to treat when the relationship between oral and systemic disease is not well understood. The dominance of professional isolation exacerbates the problem due to the difficulty in finding expert advice or peer support. This study intended to: identify whether dentists discuss the oral-systemic connection and what aspects they discuss; understand perceptions of dentists and attitudes toward the connection; and to determine what information dentists need to treat patients with systemic conditions.More

ADA backs North Carolina board on teeth-whitening fight with FTC
DrBicuspid.com
The ADA is supporting efforts of the North Carolina dental board in a dispute over the Federal Trade Commission's ruling that the board's actions against nondentists who offer teeth-whitening products and services violated U.S. antitrust laws. Did the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners go too far in trying to take action against nondentists who offer teeth-whitening products and services in the state? The Federal Trade Commission ruled that the board overstepped its boundaries in doing so. Now, however, the ADA is backing the efforts of the board in its dispute with the FTC. (May require free registration to view article.)More

GE Capital to refund up to $34 million over CareCredit medical credit cards
CNNMoney
GE Capital's medical credit card business is being ordered to repay $34.1 million to more than 1 million customers over deceptive enrollment practices. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought the enforcement action against GE Capital and its subsidiary, CareCredit, after receiving hundreds of complaints from consumers about the card, which is used to pay for a range of healthcare services.More

Zimmer Holdings board OKs $1 billion buyback program
The Associated Press via San Antonio Express-News
Orthopedic device maker Zimmer Holdings Inc.'s board of directors has authorized a new share repurchase plan of up to $1 billion effective Jan. 1. Zimmer makes orthopedic reconstructive, spinal and trauma devices, dental implants and related surgical products. It had about 171 million shares outstanding as of Oct. 25.More

Perfect body or perfect smile? Study reveals consumers more likely to spend money on dental work than weight loss
Beauty World News
According to new research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, consumers are more likely to spend money on a younger looking smile than on help with weight loss.More

Oregon 'Tooth Taxi' provides dental care for poor schoolkids
DrBicuspid.com
Dentist Bruce Richardson, DMD, of Portland, Ore., recently gave a 5-year-old boy a great Christmas gift that even Santa can't match. "I gave him his smile back for the holidays," said Dr. Richardson, explaining how he had restored and bonded the little boy's front teeth, which were badly decayed from "baby bottle syndrome." (May require free registration to view article.)More

Perio therapy may affect mortality in hemodialysis patients
DrBicuspid.com
Poor oral health, including chronic periodontitis, is a common finding in hemodialysis patients. However, researchers from Brazil have provided preliminary evidence that periodontal therapy may improve the survival rate of these patients. Although it is not possible to state that treatment of chronic periodontitis impacts outcomes when it comes to hemodialysis patients, the researchers clarified that their data can be very useful in defining the design of intervention trials in the future. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Poor dental health may affect thinking
Health24
Tooth loss and bleeding gums might be a sign of declining thinking skills among the middle-aged, a new study contends. "We were interested to see if people with poor dental health had relatively poorer cognitive function, which is a technical term for how well people do with memory and with managing words and numbers," said study co-author Gary Slade, a professor in the department of dental ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.More

Dental researchers examine hidden health impact of electronic cigarettes
Medical Xpress
The electronic cigarette was introduced in the U.S. in 2007 and offers nicotine-addicted individuals an alternative to smoking tobacco. E-cigs have been marketed as a safe alternative to tobacco smoking and most are similar enough in appearance to be mistaken for conventional cigarettes, so it is not surprising that their popularity is increasing worldwide, especially among young people. To date, however, there has been little research on the impact of e-cigs on public health.More

Link found between periodontal disease, pancreatic cancer
The Record Searchlight
Gum disease, which affects more than half of all Americans, has been linked to stroke, diabetes and other ailments. According to recent research from the Harvard Medical School involving more than 51,000 men, pancreatic cancer is also linked to gum disease. Pancreatic cancer, a leading cause of cancer deaths, is elusive, with vague symptoms that often lead to late diagnosis. It is an extremely difficult cancer to treat and little is known about what causes it.More

Periodontal disease may elevate asthma risk
Dental Tribune
A number of studies have suggested that periodontal infections contribute to systemic diseases and conditions. Now, a team of Brazilian researchers has found new evidence that periodontitis increases the risk of severe asthma. In a study of more than 200 participants, they found that adults with periodontal disease are significantly more likely to develop the condition.More

Are dentists interested in the oral-systemic disease connection?
DentistryIQ
This study intended to: identify whether dentists discuss the oral-systemic connection and what aspects they discuss; understand perceptions of dentists and attitudes toward the connection; and to determine what information dentists need to treat patients with systemic conditions.More

Hypochlorite treats inflammation
The Scientist
It has long been known that extremely dilute bleach baths — 0.005 percent — can be used as a successful accessory treatment for eczema, but until now, no one understood how it worked.More

My adventures in gum grafting
The Huffington Post
Lisa Kozoriz writes, "I had been studying my gums on a regular basis noting how it wouldn't be too much longer until I could see the roots of my canine teeth. This alarmed me. What also alarmed me was the fact that I could not afford to do a damn thing about it. I let nature take it course until I started my deeply discounted tour of dental drama at a university orthodontic program."More