The site is designed to provide patients with timely and credible oral health information on prevention, care and treatment in a highly engaging user experience.
The ADA is encouraging members to spread the word to patients so they can use this new tool for improving their oral health that both dentists and consumers can trust.
The Association wants members to know that ADA Find-a-Dentist has moved to MouthHealthy.org, providing access to information about members and their practices, including a photo that dentists can upload to the site. Members can update their profiles for ADA Find-a-Dentist on MouthHealthy.org and Member Directory on ADA.org at ADA.org/memberprofile.
June 18, 2012
Consumers score a ‘D’ for knowledge of oral health
‘Nice smile’ tops eyes, hair as most important attribute
By Karen Fox, ADA News staff
In a national online survey of nearly 1,500 consumers across the U.S., the ADA inquired about consumers’ knowledge of oral health and hygiene.
No one aced the test.
Scores ranged from a high of 85 percent correct to a low of 29 percent. The average score overall was 60 percent correct. If the results are any guide, there’s much room for improvement when it comes to educating patients about their oral health.
Included among select findings, the survey concluded that:
An abbreviated and interactive version of the survey will be available onMouthHealthy.org so consumers can “Test Your Dental IQ”—allowing them to compare their scores with the national average.
April 26, 2012
CDC: Oropharyngeal cancer second most diagnosed of HPV-associated cancers
By Jean Williams, ADA News staff
Atlanta—Oropharyngeal cancer is the second most diagnosed of cancers associated with the human papilloma virus, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the April 20 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a CDC analysis of 2004 to 2008 data from the National Program of Cancer Registries and from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results program yielded evidence of 33,369 HPV-associated cancers diagnosed in 50 states and the District of Columbia.
In its analysis of the NPCR and SEER data, the CDC found that oropharyngeal cancer was diagnosed at an average of 11,726 cases annually. Only cervical cancer, at an average of 11,967 cases annually, was diagnosed at a higher rate.
Of the 11,726 annual cases of diagnosed oropharyngeal cancer, the CDC reported that an estimated 63 percent are attributable to oncogenic HPV infection. Males were diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer with preponderance over females: 9,356 cases versus 2,370 cases.
HPV-associated cancers occur at specific anatomic sites—the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus and oropharynx—in specific cell types (carcinoma of the cervix and squamous cells for the other sites) in which HPV DNA is frequently found. The CDC analysis identified the rates of diagnosed HPV-associated cancers by anatomic site, age group, sex, and race/ethnicity.
Case definitions based on expert consensus were used to examine the burden of invasive cancers at anatomic sites and occurring in the affected cell types. “Inclusion of oropharyngeal cancers as HPV-associated was further limited to specific sites where HPV is most likely to be found: base of tongue, tonsils, and ‘other oropharynx,’” the report said.
The report touted the use of HPV vaccines in curtailing infection rates. “Many HPV-associated cancers likely are preventable through the use of HPV vaccines,” the report said. “Two vaccines (bivalent and quadrivalent) are available to protect against HPV 16 and HPV 18, the types that cause most cervical and other anogenital cancers as well as oropharyngeal cancers.”
The report noted that “cervical cancer rates have decreased in the United States, largely as a result of the success of screening, but disparities still remain. HPV vaccine likely will help decrease cervical cancer rates further and reduce the disparities.”However, the CDC concluded, because other HPV-associated cancers, including oropharyngeal cancer, do not have approved screening programs, “HPV vaccines are important prevention tools to reduce the incidence of noncervical cancers.”
April 13, 2012
ADA releases statement on dental X-rays study
By Jean Williams, ADA News staff
A study published online April 10 associating dental radiographs with brain tumors has stirred media attention and questions from experts on the study’s methodology.
The study published in Cancer, an American Cancer Society peer-reviewed journal, found that people with meningiomas (typically, benign brain tumors) are more likely to report that they’ve had certain dental X-ray examinations in their lifetimes.
In a press statement following publication of the study online by Cancer, the ADA referred to their recommendations for prescribing radiographs, which help dentists determine how to keep radiation exposure as low as reasonably achievable.
“The ADA has reviewed the study and notes that the results rely on the individuals’ memories of having dental X-rays taken years earlier,” says the April 10 statement. “Studies have shown that the ability to recall information is often imperfect. Therefore, the results of studies that use this design can be unreliable because they are affected by what scientists call ‘recall bias.’ ”
The ADA released its statement in tandem with the lifting of the press embargo on the study. U.S. News and World Report and MSNBC interviewed Dr. Matthew Messina, a practicing dentist in Ohio and ADA media spokesperson. Several other media outlets cited the ADA’s recommendations on dental X-rays.
In “Dental X-Rays and Risk of Meningioma,” the authors, led by researcher and neurosurgeon Elizabeth B. Claus, M.D., of Yale University School of Medicine and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, conclude that “exposure to some dental X-rays performed in the past, when radiation exposure was greater than in the current era, appears to be associated with an increased risk of intracranial meningioma.”
Using anecdotal evidence, the population-based, case-control study compared dental and therapeutic radiation histories in 1,433 patients who had intracranial meningiomas diagnosed between ages 20 and 79 with a control group of 1,350 patients. Data collection involved interviews and questionnaires and relied on the patients’ recall of details related to dental care received over their lifetimes. According to the study report, “Participants were asked to report the number of times they had received bitewing, full-mouth, or panoramic films” during four stages in life: before age 10, between ages 10 and 19, between ages 20 and 49 and up to age 50.
Dr. Alan G. Lurie, a radiation biologist and head of radiology at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, has many concerns about the study’s design and outcomes. “I think it’s a very flawed study,” said Dr. Lurie, who is also president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.
He characterized at least one outcome of the study—reflected in a table that related meningioma risk to types of dental X-ray examination—as “biologically impossible.”
Said Dr. Lurie, “They have a table, Table 2, in which they ask the question, `Ever had a bitewing,’ and the odds ratio risk from a bitewing ranges from 1.2 to 2.0, depending on the age group. Then they asked ‘Ever had full mouth’ series, and the odds ratio risk from a full mouth series ranged from 1.0 to 1.2.
“That’s biologically not possible because the full mouth series has two to four bitewings plus another 10 to 16 periapicals. A full mouth series, just to round things off, is 20 intraoral X-rays of which two to four are bitewings. They are showing that one bitewing has 50 to 100 percent greater risk than a full mouth series that has multiple bitewings plus a bunch of other films. That’s biologically not possible.”
Explaining this gross internal discrepancy is difficult, as the epidemiologic and statistical methods are widely accepted, Dr. Lurie said. He attributes the perceived discrepancy in the data to possible recall bias in the patients involved in the study.
“Epidemiologists are very aware of this bias,” Dr. Lurie said. “What happens is you’re asking people to remember what kind of dental X-rays they had 10, 20, 30 or 40 years ago. It’s anecdotal, and the argument is that it’s just as anecdotal for the group without meningiomas as it is for the group with meningiomas. That is not necessarily true.”
Individuals who had meningiomas and had surgery for them in this study population may be more likely to remember having had X-rays than individuals who did not have meningiomas, Dr. Lurie said.
Dr. Lurie emphasized that his comments on the dental X-rays study are his own. “They’re not necessarily the views of the Academy,” he said, noting that the AAOMR was preparing an official response to be released this week.
A broad range of local, national and international media reported news of the dental X-rays study, including ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, USA Today, The Sun (United Kingdom), The Daily Mail (United Kingdom) and others.
The study can be viewed online free of charge.
The ADA in November 2010, with the support of an educational grant from Schick Technologies Inc., distributed Safe Use of Radiographs in Dentistry, a full-color poster that ADA members can order free from schicktech.com or by calling Emily Brown at 1-718-482-2131.
Also, members may take the ADA Online CE course: Radiographic Examinations: Choosing the Right Patients and Equipment, which can be accessed atadaceonline.org.
Visit ADA.org for additional resources on dental X-rays.
April 18, 2012
Current Scientific Evidence Does Not Establish Cause and Effect Relationship Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease or Stroke
CHICAGO, April 18, 2012 – The American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs agrees with the conclusions of a recent report that current scientific evidence does not establish a direct cause and effect relationship between gum disease and heart disease or stroke. Additionally, the evidence does not establish that gum disease increases the rate of heart disease or stroke.
The report, which examined 537 peer-reviewed studies on the subject, was published this month in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association.
Although there is a body of research showing that gum disease is associated with several health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes; just because two conditions are associated with each other does not mean that one causes the other. Both heart disease and gum disease share common risk factors, such as smoking and diabetes, which play a role in the development of both diseases.
The American Heart Association (AHA) report acknowledges the value of good oral hygiene to maintain good overall health but noted that current scientific data do not indicate whether regular brushing and flossing or treatment of gum disease can decrease the incidence of atherosclerosis, which is the narrowing of the arteries that can lead to cause heart attacks and strokes.
The ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs, which is made up of ADA member dentists who are scientific experts, appointed a representative to the American Heart Association expert committee that developed the report. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs then reviewed the report and agreed with its conclusions.
As a science-based organization, the ADA supports research on the risk, prevention, management and treatment of oral diseases, as well as research that helps clarify relationships that may exist between oral conditions and systemic diseases. The ADA encourages patients to talk to their dentists about the role that good oral health plays in their overall health.
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.To avoid gum disease and maintain good oral health (including prevention of tooth decay or cavities), the ADA recommends the following:
Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow ADA media relations on Twitter @ADAmediapr
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Newsletter - 3rd Quarter
December 2011 - Periodontal Disease Increases Risk for Systemic Disease
It is now well established that Periodontal Disease increases the risk for systemic diseases and conditions. The strength of the various oral-systemic connections varies. The link between periodontal disease and pregnancy is still under investigation, as is the relationship with rueumatoid arthritis, among others. The evidence at this point, however, is sufficient to be considered complete regarding the interconnnections between priodontal disease, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. Diabetes is the No. 1 systemic risk factor for periodontal disease; periodontal disease worsens glycemic control by increasing insulin resistance; insulin resistance is the biggest cause of atherosclerosis; and atherosclerosis is the primary driver of cardiovascular diseases. Each of these relationships has been deomstrated by a large body of research.
November 2011 - New Products Offered in Office
At Gilmore Dental, our goal is to not only provide our patients with an excellent experience, but to also offer our patients other products and services that will support the mission of complete oral health. One of the ways we are supporting this mission is through products offered at wholesale prices. Here are a list of products you can purchase in our office: