Studies Show Link Between Gum Disease, Diabetes

A new study done by the New York University Colleges of Dentistry reports that over 90% of people who suffer from gum disease are at risk for diabetes. The study gleaned data from 3,000 adults over a two-year period. The study concludes that a dental visit that diagnoses gum disease would be an ideal time to screen for diabetes. All Headline News reports:

The study reflected data from nearly 3,000 adults who participated in the 2003-20004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by health officials to determine the status of adult and child health and nutrition.

Conductors of the survey found that 93 percent of people with gum disease were at high risk for diabetes, according to American Diabetes Association guidelines.

High blood pressure and having a direct relative with diabetes was prevalent among subjects with periodontal disease than subjects without the disease.

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Tennessee is Top 5 Happiest State

How do you feel right now? Would you say you’re happy? If so, you’re one of the reasons Tennessee is listed in the top 5 for happiest states in the U.S. A new survey that started four years ago by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collected data from 1.3 million people in all states and ranked their happiness based on various indicators. There was a tight correlation between states that rank as ‘happiest’ and states that have a high quality of life. There was also a high correlation to states that enjoy lots of sunshine and beautiful surroundings, which certainly fits a description of Tennessee. The Knoxville News-Sentinel also shares why states like New York and California ranked so low:

Rounding out the happy five were Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee and Arizona.

At the other end of the scale – last in happiness – is New York state.

As if to illustrate the problem, residents attending a meeting Wednesday in rural Queensbury unleashed their anger and cynicism at a state government they described as corrupt, self-dealing and too quick to increase taxes. It was a tirade that had one lifelong resident saying he was ready to flee “this stinkin’ state.”

Oswald suggested the long commutes, congestion and high prices around New York City account for some of the unhappiness.

He said he has been asked if the researchers expected that states like New York and California, which ranked 46th, would do so badly in the happiness ranking.

“I am only a little surprised,” he said. “Many people think these states would be marvelous places to live in. The problem is that if too many individuals think that way, they move into those states, and the resulting congestion and house prices make it a nonfulfilling prophecy.”

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Dentists and Facebook: Do’s and Dont’s

Social media is permeating all facets of our lives, and it’s no different for dentists. There is good and bad that comes with these new forms of marketing. The good is that we can interact more closely with our patients and connect with them on a more personal level. The bad is that it’s still important to keep a professional relationship and the closer you get to your patients the harder that is to do. This is especially true on Facebook. But luckily there are ways to get the best of both worlds:

The number one concern I hear from dentists about marketing via Facebook is “privacy”.  Dentists, and team members, are worried about patients accessing their personal Facebook accounts once they participate on behalf of a practice/business Facebook page. However, once we review the appropriate privacy settings for personal accounts, that hurdle is easily overcome.

In fact, it’s a good idea to set a Facebook guideline for your practice such as: If posting, commenting or interacting on behalf of the practice (on the practice page), please be sure your privacy settings are set as “private” for your personal Facebook account.  This will help ensure that team members personal lives remain separate from the practice.

Source: Dental Relationships

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Locum Tenens Dentists Becoming More Common

Amongst healthcare professionals it’s common for people to go where the needs are greatest. The practice, called locum tenens doctors or nurses, refers to instances where a professional works on a temporary basis when the need is there and moves on to another location when the workload has dropped. This is becoming more common now among dentists. One dentist, Dr. Herbert Earnshaw, has found the practice of locum tenens very fulfilling and has used it to replace his regular practice.

Like Dr. Earnshaw, a growing number of dentists are finding opportunities to take their act on the road by working temporary assignments in a variety of settings. The trend is being driven by a national shortage of dentists and mirrors a similar development in medicine, where tens of thousands of MDs work as locum tenens each year. In the field of medicine, private practices, hospitals, community health centers, correctional facilities, military facilities, and other providers are using locum tenens physicians to maintain services when permanent physicians can’t be found. This often takes place in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) where the ratio of practitioners to the population falls below the standards set by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

There are over 6,000 HPSAs in the U.S. today where the number of primary care physicians falls below HRSA standards. At over 4,000, the number of dental HPSAs is not far behind. Companies like Staff Care, which for years specialized in the placement of locum tenens physicians, are being asked to find temporary dentists to fill openings around the country.  

Dr. Earnshaw, for example, worked as a locum tenens in a private practice, substituting for a doctor who was recovering from hip replacement surgery. He also worked temporary assignments at community health centers and correctional facilities that are chronically short of permanent dentists. Other dentists, such as Dr. Alton Walker of Rockport, TX, filled in for dentists who were deployed overseas by the military. He also substituted for a dentist who had to temporarily quit working due to injuries from a car accident.

Oral Sedation Becoming More Common

Many people who go to the dentist harbor deep fears about the visit. These fears can come from childhood experiences that have negatively affected the individual. It can be hard to overcome these fears, even as an adult. Because of this, a lot of dentists have used nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, in the past to help put patients at ease. But a growing trend has many recommending patients use oral sedatives as an alternative. The sedation isn’t meant to take the place of anesthetic such as Novocain. One benefit of using the pill is the reduced cost. Most dental insurance does not cover sedation. But a sedative pill costs only a few dollars. Dr. Konig from Houston Texas writes:

Dr. Konig said, “This has been wonderful for patients who value their smiles and are just too fearful or uncomfortable to complete treatment without sedation, It is also nice for the patient not to have to be completely out and have a quick recovery from the sedation.”

Typically, a nervous patient will take a sedative the night before to reduce anxiety and aid with sleeping. Before leaving for an appointment, the patient takes another sedative and is driven to the dentist’s office by someone else. Upon arriving at the office, the patient may take an additional dose depending on the patient’s level of sedation.

Sedation works to calm a patient, but it is not an anesthetic. Local anesthetics like Novocain are used to control discomfort during the procedure.

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