Tag Archives: Oral Health

In rapid succession: Zeramex launches further innovations

Zeramex Launches Further Innovations

The ZERAMEX Product Family: Klaus Pettinger and Wolfgang Weisser want to motivate their dental technician colleagues to produce individual abutments. It’s worth it, say the two dental technicians. In their two-part article, they show why.

Monolithic abutment, Part 1

Monolithic Abutment Part 1

The ZERAMEX Product Family: Klaus Pettinger and Wolfgang Weisser want to motivate their dental technician colleagues to produce individual abutments. It’s worth it, say the two dental technicians. In their two-part article, they show why.

Q&A with Dr. Sam Low on COVID-19 and inflammation, plus personalizing the oral-systemic link

Q&A with Dr. Sam Low on COVID-19 and inflammation, plus personalizing the oral-systemic link

Q: Speaking of connecting the dots, you believe we, as an industry, have to do a better job of explaining the oral-systemic link, correct?

A: I’ve always said, “Don’t use the bumper sticker that reads floss or die.” In other words, we need to stop telling patients that if they don’t see us, they’re going to die of heart disease. No, you’re only going to die of heart disease maybe earlier if you already are genetically susceptible to periodontitis and other chronic inflammatory diseases.

As dental professionals, we have to have the correct perspective. If we’re not careful about the oral-systemic link, people are going to think we’re crying wolf. This isn’t about just talking about the oral-systemic link, but rather personalizing it for each patient. It is taking into consideration the patient’s medical history and dental history and matching the two together.

I think so often dental practices cookie cut when explaining the oral-systemic link. You must boil it down so it is simple and meaningful for that patient in your chair. Link it to that patient and his or her medical history, including familial history.

Here’s an example. This is the way I’ve always dealt with the smoking issue among my patients. My parents were smokers, so I have a history there.

How do you handle patients who smoke because you know there’s a great link between nicotine and periodontal disease? Here’s what I say: “You know your chances of losing your teeth are five times greater if you smoke. I’m OK if you want to continue smoking. That’s up to you. I’m just suggesting to you that it’s going to be a five times greater risk. I’m not going to harass you about it, but you’re the one who has to make that decision, not me. And we will modify that we need to see you more often and your home care must be better than average.”

Q: So if someone has really never jumped into the oral-systemic link and wants some research to share with those patients who might be affected, what do you suggest?

A: The American Academy of Periodontology still is the best resource. And for studies, refer to the American Journal of Cardiology when it comes to heart disease. I would start with this paper from Friedewald et al.

Q: Any final thoughts?

A: We dentists, on occasion, still think we are “dentists,” but we don’t realize that we’re actually oral physicians and oral healthcare professionals. Until we see the mouth as an organ and just as important as any other organ, it’s going to be really difficult to truly impact the lives of our patients in a more meaningful way. However, there is still hope.

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“I am convinced that the use of ceramic implants will constantly grow in the future”

Growth of Ceramics

Modern dentistry is evolving constantly and at a fast pace. Straumann strongly focuses on important trends in dentistry in order to offer your patients innovative treatment options that make them smile – and you stand out from the competition.

Titanium Corrosion in the Oral Environment

Titanium Corrosion in the Oral Environment

Corrosion of titanium dental implants has been associated with implant failure and is considered one of the triggering factors for peri-implantitis. Corrosion of dental implants is concerning, because a large amount of metal ions and debris are generated in this process, of which accumulation may lead to adverse tissue reactions in the oral environment.

Oral cancer diagnoses in the U.K. increased 50% in 10 years

Oral Cancer in the UK

November 6, 2019 — Approximately 8,300 people in the U.K. are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. That number is about 50% higher than it was a decade ago and 135% higher than it was 20 years ago, according to U.K. officials. Thus, the Oral Health Foundation is stressing the need for greater awareness of oral cancer and its signs and symptoms for this year’s Mouth Cancer Action Month.

Oral health plays an increasing role in overall health during aging

Oral health role during aging

Oral health is a critical component to overall health for all ages, but according to dental and medical experts from UConn Health, vigilance is especially critical for the elderly.

How to start talking to patients about the oral-systemic connection

Podcast_Oral Systemic Connection

There is no question that there is a direct link between patients’ oral health and overall health. However, many dental professionals have reported that communicating that connection is more difficult than expected. Additionally, when topics are difficult, we human beings often push them into the background of our priorities.