This is a good video that explains the link between gum disease and your overall health. For more information visit Periolaser
Monthly Archives: | June, 2010
Interesting article Where did all the periodontists go? For more on this topic, go to www.dentaleconomics.com and search using the following key words: periodontists periodontists, total facial esthetics, general dentist, Dr. Louis Malcmacher. Through my travels to talk to dental professionals across America, I speak to many specialists and their teams about the hottest topics in dentistry — practice management and total facial esthetics. There are definite trends changing all specialties across the board, whether it’s short-term orthodontics versus long-term orthodontics, adhesive resin endodontics versus traditional gutta percha endodontics, or whether general dentists should provide any of these specialty services. I would have to say that the biggest change of any dental specialty is in the periodontal field. There has been a real mindset change that deeply affects the profession. I am not commenting on whether this change is good or bad — I will leave that up to the reader to decide. I have always believed that general dentists are the quarterbacks of any patient treatment case, and we certainly rely on the skills and input of dental specialists, but the ultimate responsibility is on the general dentist. Here is what many periodontists periodontists have told me over the
People with a significant burden of periodontal bacteria are more than three times as likely to have hypertension as those with low levels of such bacteria, according to a large international study (Journal of Hypertension, May 5, 2010). Seven investigators from Columbia University, the University of Miami, the University of Minnesota, and the French School of Public Health collected 4,533 subgingival plaque samples from 653 patients enrolled in the Oral Infections and Vascular Disease Epidemiology Study (INVEST). They analyzed the samples for the presence of 11 different species of periodontal bacteria periodontal bacteria, including Actinomyces naeslundii and Prevotella intermedia. The researchers, led by Moise Desvarieux, M.D., Ph.D., found that the odds ratio for prevalent hypertension was 3.05 among the patients in the highest tertile of bacterial burden compared to those in the lowest tertile. However, another expert in the field believes that while the study’s goals are laudable, the investigators included too many parameters to be able to control for all the associated confounding factors. “It’s a good study; it’s a study that needed to be done. But I’m just wondering if they could have broken this down into three or four different papers, and looked at the data more closely,” said Harvey
Here is a patient that has had both Traditional Cut and Sew Flap and Osseous Surgery and Laser Periolase Gum surgery LANAP
Research links diabetes and oral inflammatory diseases. A large majority of patients with diabetes, the fastest-growing disease in the world, also suffer from oral inflammatory diseases, according to a Canadian study that predicts that the interaction of the two diseases will have a growing impact on both dental and overall healthcare. “More and more, dental and other healthcare professionals will be required to collaborate to create teams dedicated to the management of people with diabetes at both the community and patient levels, given the interactions between oral inflammation and the comorbidities associated with diabetes,” wrote lead study author Anthony Iacopino, D.M.D., Ph.D. (Canadian Journal of Diabetes, September 2009, pp. 146-147). The authors noted that 75% of diabetics also have gingivitis andperiodontitis. “Yet it also goes without saying that by providing dental care to improve both ‘oral’ and ‘systemic’ health, healthcare professionals must remember that ‘health is health’ and ‘disease is disease,’ regardless of anatomical location,” the authors pointed out. Don Friedlander, D.D.S., an Ottawa, Ontario, dentist and president of the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), notes that oral health is a component of overall health. “What we’re beginning to understand more and more are the linkages with good general health,” he told the
Number of Teeth as a Predictor of Cardiovascular Mortality in a Cohort of 7,674 Subjects Followed for 12 Years Background: That oral health is related to the development of different cardiovascular disorders is reported in a number of studies. This study investigates if different parameters of oral health are associated with future mortality in different cardiovascular disorders in a dose-dependent manner. Conclusion: This fairly large, prospective study with a long follow-up period presents for the first time a dose-dependent relationship between number of teeth and both all-cause and CVD mortality, indicating a link between oral health and CVD, and that the number of teeth is a proper indicator for oral health in this respect.
An article apeared in MSNBC states gum disease makes you look older. Fortunately there is a way to reverse gum disease . LANAP is a scientifically proven Laser treatment for Gum Disease .
Dentists that use LANAP for the treatment of gum disease are aligned with the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) position statement that “efforts should be made to save a patient’s natural dentition.” “efforts should be made to save a patient’s natural dentition.” Lanap dentists are in complete agreement with AAP that classifies surgical procedures such as tooth extraction and dental implant placement as last-resort techniques. The ideal is to provide treatment that offers a “clinically proven regenerative outcome” as well as one that allows clinicians to save previously “unsaveable” teeth—treatments such as theLANAP ™ protocol. While some contend that patients are dictating suboptimal treatment choices for the sake of comfort or convenience, LANAP ™ treatment stands out as a choice that offers preferred health benefits in addition to the comfort and convenience that boost patient compliance. It’s all about the patient. The AAP statement points out that, “recent scientific advances in regeneration have made restoring lost periodontal tissues more predictable,” a clear bonus for patients with gum disease. It is the standard of care that dental professionals inform patients of all their treatment options, and the LANAP ™ protocol is well on its way to be part of that standard of care.
Lecture to hygienists regarding Laser Assisted Periodontal Regeneration. Why is LANAP Patented?
Laser Gum Treatment Lecture to Hygienists Pre and post radiographs X-Rays of laser gum treatment cases. Teeth need to be non mobile if teeth are loose teeth need to be splinted immobilized.