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Simple approach helps ID periodontal disease in pregnant women    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Numerous studies have shown that pregnant women are susceptible to periodontal disease. Now new research finds that dentists can target those at high risk by asking a simple question: Do you have tooth mobility and/or swollen gums? Pregnant and postpartum women are at higher risk of developing periodontal diseases because elevated levels of progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy enhance inflammatory response, altering the gingival tissue, according to lead author Dr. Alessandro Villa, from the department of medicine, surgery and dentistry at the University of Milano. Villa first became interested in this research when reports came out of a possible association between periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Dental implant maintenance: A team effort
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Managing a patient's dental implant maintenance requires a team effort to ensure long-term success. As part of the dental team, the dental hygienist plays a key role in dental implant maintenance. A complete assessment of the patient's dental implants should be conducted at each recare appointment. During each recare appointment, visual assessment of the patient should include examining the patient for signs of inflammation, bleeding, changes in probing depths, mobility or exudate around the implant(s). In addition, it is important that implants are evaluated radiographically to determine whether changes have occurred in bone levels. A careful review of the patient's current medications, as well as a review of his or her health status, is an important consideration in the assessment process. More

Many are seeing dentists as economy picks up
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Dr. Steven Bloom is seeing it in his St. Petersburg, Fla., dental practice. So are Drs. Craig Oldham in Brandon and Rodney Holcombe in New Tampa. Patients are coming back to the dentist, after years of staying away because they felt they couldn't afford to take care of their teeth. Having weathered several recessionary years in which they had to cut staff and office hours, dentists welcome the traffic. But they say it would be a mistake to take this trend as an encouraging economic indicator. Fact is, many patients are coming back not because they can afford it, but because after years of inattention their teeth just hurt too much to stay away. More

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Periodontist treats an often neglected disease
Merced Sun-Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scott Smith treats people who might not know they have a problem. Smith, who is a doctor of dental surgery, specializes in periodontics. Unfortunately, a lot of people who have periodontal disease don't know it. But there's good news for those who do suffer from the disease that can rob people of their teeth. Smith, who was born in Fresno, Calif., and raised in Merced, wanted to be a dentist or a physician. "I liked dentistry," Smith said. "I liked what I saw, and a lot of people I went to school with in Merced were dentists." Smith decided to be a specialist early in his career. After four years of dental school, he studied two more years to specialize in periodontics. He attended dental school in San Antonio, then two years at the University of California at San Francisco. More
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Drilling away at dental costs
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Got teeth? If you lack dental insurance or have a skimpy policy, your options for scoring a better dentistry deal are growing. Out-of-pocket costs for pricey work such as crowns, implants and root canals can catch people off guard, even if they have insurance. And seniors are sometimes surprised to learn that traditional Medicare typically doesn't cover dental work. The dental care marketplace is turning its attention to individuals as more insurers and discount outfits offer individual plans. Some insurers, such as Aetna and Cigna, are stepping up their efforts to help members with certain medical conditions prevent tooth and gum problems that can wreak havoc on their overall health — and lead to costly medical bills. Meanwhile, a new website called offers members discounts at participating dentists. More

Mayo Clinic: Self-care steps can help control periodontitis
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Q: I'm 68 years old, and I have periodontitis. What causes this? Is there anything I can do to make sure my condition doesn't worsen?
A: Periodontitis is a chronic bacterial infection that can destroy the soft tissue and bone supporting your teeth. Infection of the gum tissue (gingivitis) is a mild form of the disease in which only the tissue surrounding the tooth is involved. Periodontitis is more severe because both gum tissue and bone are involved. Periodontitis usually starts as a result of ineffective oral hygiene. Not brushing and flossing on a daily basis allows bacteria to accumulate below the gum line. Periodontitis can be made worse by other diseases, such as uncontrolled diabetes. In addition, smoking can significantly increase your risk of periodontitis.

Doctor: Milk is good for the gums
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Milk may be able to prevent gum disease, work by the Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre in Australia has found. Up to 30 percent of Australians experience serious gum disease. The bacterial infection causes bleeding, swollen gums and bad breath. It is a major cause of tooth loss and has been linked to increased risk of other health problems including heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. The bacteria that cause gum disease have enzymes on their surface that contribute to bleeding and swelling of the gum tissue. More

8 realistic uses for lasers in surgical therapy
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Despite a plethora of educational resources at our disposal, laser dentistry continues to be largely misunderstood by the dental profession. Unreasonable claims by dental laser manufacturers often fuel speculation and confusion. This article will give a brief overview of some of the benefits of using an Erbium all-tissue laser for surgical therapy and demonstrate realistic clinical benefits of laser treatment. More

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Eludril and Elgydium: Gum disease associated with coronary heart disease
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Millions of Britons are risking gum disease and far worse health problems by failing to brush their teeth often enough, a recent oral health survey reveals. Nearly a fifth of people (17 percent) brush just once a day — leaving them vulnerable to a buildup of plaque, which can lead to gum disease. A third of people (36 percent) admitted they never flossed and only 14 percent flossed the recommended once a day, reveals the survey by the manufacturers of Eludril mouthwash and Elgydium toothpaste. Some 30 percent of people do not use a mouthwash, despite the fact that regular rinsing is proven to combat gum disease. More

Dr. Ron Inge: Dentists first line of defense in diagnosing diabetes
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Thankfully, many of us have dental insurance allowing us to visit the dentist twice a year. Most of us take advantage of this opportunity because it's paid for by our employers. We go because we want our smiles bright and white. We go for the free toothbrush. But now, we're learning there's a much more important reason to visit the dentist regularly: our overall medical health. Your mouth, teeth and gums are connected to your general well-being in ways that you may not be aware. Dentists increasingly are becoming the first line of defense for many systemic diseases including, respiratory diseases, heart disease and diabetes. More

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