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New chip accelerates detection of periodontal bacteria
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Of the estimated 700 bacterial species found in the oral cavity, only 11 are known to cause periodontitis. The detection of the relevant pathogens, however, has been very time-consuming to date. Now scientists from Germany hope that a newly developed diagnostic device will allow dentists and medical labs to conduct bacterial analysis in less than half an hour. More

Dental insurance for children could be mandated in 2014
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Starting in 2014, consumers may be paying for pediatric health services as part of their insurance plans — regardless of if they have children or not. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a proposed rule under the Affordable Care Act in an effort to promote consistency across plans and ensure that they "cover a core package of items and services." More

Blackberries prevent gum disease
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According to new research published in the Journal of Periodontal Research, the antibacterial properties of blackberry extract could help to prevent or aid in the treatment of gum disease, which, if left untreated, may result in tooth loss. Natural extract from blackberries have previously been linked with blocking the spread of cancer cells, and, when measured against blueberry, raspberry, red currant, and both cultivated and wild strawberries, blackberries showed the greatest total antioxidant capacity. More

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Healthcare law requires additional dental benefits for children
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Tooth decay is the most common chronic health problem in children. By the time they enter kindergarten, more than a quarter of children have decay in their baby teeth. The problem worsens with age, and nearly 68 percent of people age 16 to 19 have decay in their permanent teeth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires that individual and small-group health plans sold both on the state-based health insurance exchanges and outside them on the private market cover pediatric dental services. However, plans that have grandfathered status under the law are not required to offer this coverage. More

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In an effort to enhance the overall content of This Week in Perio, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of the AAP, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment.

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Food and drinks that cause bad breath
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We've all had that uh-oh moment when we realize our breath isn't what we want. Maybe it's after a garlicky pesto or an extra-large latte. Whatever the cause, it's an embarrassing, intimidating feeling. Of course, the most important factor in keeping your breath fresh is good oral hygiene: brushing and flossing regularly and using a breath-freshening antibacterial mouthwash. Make sure your toothbrush itself is clean and fresh; rinse thoroughly, store it upright so the bristles dry, and switch out toothbrushes at least once every three months, or sooner if bristles become worn or damaged. More

A response to ADA's 'scientific study' of dental therapists    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dr. David A. Nash writes, "The results of the ADA study published in the January 2013 Journal of the American Dental Association do nothing to discredit the utilization of dental therapists in the workforce in their traditional role of providing care for children in school-based programs. Nothing in the study refutes the conclusions reached last year in a comprehensive review of the global literature by 16 international colleagues and myself. Those conclusions were that dental therapists in public programs caring for children improve access to care; provide safe, quality care resulting in improved oral health outcomes; and do so economically. Surely members of the ADA House of Delegates will be disappointed with the results of this new study, which they authorized more than a year ago, at considerable expense to the membership." (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Nature-inspired advance for treating sensitive teeth
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Taking inspiration from Mother Nature, scientists are reporting an advance toward preventing the tooth sensitivity that affects millions of people around the world. Their report on development of the substance, similar to the adhesive that mussels use to attach to rocks and other surfaces in water, appears in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. More

How reliable is health information online? Pew study sheds light
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Looking up your health symptoms on the Internet can be a traumatizing experience. Some websites are riddled with incomplete or inaccurate guidance, leaving you feeling like death is around the corner. Meanwhile, drug companies pitch you with online ads for prescriptions before you've even seen a doctor. So how reliable is the information on the Web for those self-diagnosing their health? According to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 41 percent of respondents who went online to look for information about medical conditions had their diagnoses later validated by a physician. That compares with 18 percent who said the clinician either didn't agree or offered a different opinion. More

Don't Miss ISPRD 2013

Register now for the 11th International Symposium on Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry (June 6–9, 2013) in Boston. The early-bird deadline is January 31, 2013. MORE

Physicians, dentists offering deals through online coupon sites
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When Brett Geranen needed an eye exam he turned to the website you might choose to find cheap Thai food or a massage: LivingSocial. Geranen, 41, had moved away from his regular optometrist and found a practice offering a $55 deal for an exam and credit toward eyewear. The Washington, D.C., resident said he'll most likely go back to the same optometrist for his next exam. While most health-related deals on sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are for cosmetic procedures like Botox, providers also offer everyday medical, vision and dental services. More

A training program for dental appointment no-shows
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Even an effective dental patient scheduling system will not maximize practice productivity if too many patients fail to keep their appointments. When a patient doesn't show up or cancels at the last minute, your practice suffers from unproductive gaps and lost income that can never be replaced. Although this problem is not new, it has grown in recent years due to the slow recovery of the economy. Fortunately, there are several techniques you can use to "retrain" patients, reducing the number of missed appointments and minimizing their effect on the practice schedule and revenue. More

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