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Study analyzes perio disease/AIDS link    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Moderate periodontal disease in an animal model exposed to an AIDS-like virus had more viral variants causing infection and greater inflammation, according to researchers at Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Both of these features have potential negative implications in long-term disease progression, including other kinds of infections, the researchers said in a new report published in the Journal of Virology. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Measuring clinical attachment loss a must for perio patients    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It seems there's no escaping the need to assess clinical attachment loss in at least some teeth of patients undergoing periodontal treatment. A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association has confirmed that measuring probing depth alone is unreliable in all but the most severe periodontitis cases for determining whether the disease is progressing. (May require free registration to view article.) More

New dental implants for people with bone deficit
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Elderly or people with osteoporosis, smokers, diabetics or people who have had cancer are sometimes not eligible to receive dental implants as their bones are unable to correctly integrate the new prostheses which replace the root. Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón have developed an implant coating with a novel biodegradable material aimed at people with bone deficit. It also will increase the overall success rate of implants through an enhanced biocompatibility and reduce the time of osseointegration or bone integration. More

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The link between gum disease and RA
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Brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly are especially important for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Research studies show a strong connection between RA and gum disease, an inflammatory condition that can lead to tooth loss. A German study published in the Journal of Periodontology showed that people with RA had more gum disease than people without RA — in fact, the RA patients had eight times the odds of developing gum disease. And a report presented at the 2011 European League Against Rheumatism meeting found that of 95 patients with rheumatoid arthritis studied, 18 percent had severe periodontal disease and 32 percent had moderate periodontal disease. By comparison, about 10 to 15 percent of adults without RA have moderate to severe periodontal disease. More

Incidental findings in CBCT raise clinical, legal issues    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As increasingly sophisticated imaging technologies make their way into dentistry, the likelihood of incidental findings showing up on a 2- or 3-D study increases as well — along with potential medicolegal issues for practitioners who miss them, according to a systematic review in the current Journal of the American Dental Association. "It remains the responsibility of the clinician to analyze the entire volume of data, and not just the region of interest, to avoid missing a significant finding regardless of the imaging modality used or the image size generated," wrote the study authors, from the University of Alberta. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Updating and raising your dental fees is part of 'weeding' the financial garden of your practice
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Dayna Johnson, founder and principal consultant of Rae Dental Management, writes: "When I think about running a dental practice, I'm frequently reminded of nurturing my garden. There are a lot of weeds that I have to tend to throughout the year to make sure that my beautiful roses, flowers and vegetables can flourish. Running a dental practice requires that you pull out those nasty weeds, fertilize the soil and tend to the practice on a regular basis if you want to see the fruits of your hard work." More

Will ACA prompt some patients to drop dental insurance?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While 5.3 million children will gain dental coverage in 2014 thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, up to 11 million adults could drop their own dental coverage when their children are covered separately, according to the National Association of Dental Plans. And parents who switch to dental coverage under their medical insurance may have to change dentists. Currently, adult and children's dental plans are mostly sold as group plans offered by employers. These dental plans are separate from medical plans. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Gum infections may increase risk for community-acquired pneumonia
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People with moderate-to-severe periodontitis are at increased risk for community-acquired pneumonia compared with those with healthy gums, show study findings. "Well-documented studies have suggested that the oral cavity, mainly of individuals with periodontal infections and poor oral hygiene, could be considered a reservoir of respiratory disease and, therefore, a possible risk factor for the development of lung diseases," explain Eduardo Saba-Chujfi (São Leopoldo Mandic Institute and Research Center, São Paulo, Brazil) and colleagues. They therefore investigated the contribution of periodontal bacterial infection to CAP risk in 70 patients admitted to hospital with CAP and 70 admitted to hospital with other conditions (controls). More

Why should your dental office engage in social media?
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We see the lecture titles, read the articles, and hear the calls from friends and colleagues. Yet most dentists are wondering: What is social media, and what can it do for my practice? The thought has crossed every dentist's mind. Why engage on social media? Amid the jungle of articles written about the do's and don'ts of Facebook, we forget to ask this simple question: Why? More

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Converting dental to medical billing
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There's a call to the dental profession to work with patients who are at risk. This is the compromised patient who has an illness that links to the whole body. You can bill these through risk programs added by dental insurance companies or through medical insurance. It is within the scope of your practice and license. A large number of routine procedures performed in dental practices are billable to medical plans. Also, many procedures that have been billed only to dental plans can also be billed simultaneously to the medical carrier, with no fear of legal ramifications. More

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