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Study Finds Chronic Periodontitis May Be Associated With Higher Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

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Study Finds Chronic Periodontitis May Be Associated With Higher Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Reuters (8/17, Boggs) reports that research suggests chronic periodontitis may be associated with “an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.” The article reports that while investigators “found no overall link between periodontitis and Alzheimer’s,” their research found people with periodontitis “for 10 or more years were 70 percent more likely than people without periodontitis to develop Alzheimer’s disease.” The study team concluded, “Our findings support the notion that infectious diseases associated with low-grade inflammation, such as chronic periodontitis, may play a substantial role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.” The findings were published in Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy. provides additional information on periodontitis.
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Dental Benefits

Delta Dental Names Chief Information Officer, President of Enterprise Operations Claims.

In a release on PR Web (8/16), Delta Dental of California and its affiliates announce the selection of Kirsten Garen as chief information officer and senior vice president. The release states that “Garen will be responsible for all technology strategy, applications and services for the group of companies that includes Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental Insurance Company, Delta Dental of New York, Inc., Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and their affiliates, which collectively operate in 15 states plus the District of Columbia.”
        A second release on PR Web (8/17) states Delta Dental Insurance Company and its affiliates named Khaled Ghaly as vice president of enterprise operations claims. The release states that Ghaly “will oversee claims activity for the group of companies in 15 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Collectively, the companies process more than 36 million claims annually.”

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Health and Safety

Allure Shares Tips To Help “Neutralize Damage” When Consuming Acidic Beverages.

Allure (8/16, Kinonen) states that in addition to soda and other sweetened beverages, “bubbly alcoholic drinks, like champagne and Prosecco, are acidic” and may erode enamel, especially if consumed frequently. The article shares several tips to help “neutralize the damage” when consuming acidic beverages to include rinsing the mouth out afterward; drinking through a straw to minimize contact with teeth; pairing the beverage with cheese, which can help buffer the acids; and practicing good oral hygiene.
        The Oral Health Topics on provides additional information on dental erosion for dental professionals. provides additional information for patients on nutrition and dental health.

Coverage Continues: Gum Disease Associated With Increased Cancer Risk In Postmenopausal Women.

Cosmopolitan (8/15, Cook) reports that a studyanalyzed “almost 66,000 postmenopausal women aged 54 to 86” over eight years, finding those with a history of periodontal disease were 14 percent more likely to develop cancer than “those with healthy teeth and gums,” and the highest risk was for esophageal cancer. The researchers found gum disease was also associated with a higher risk of developing breast, gallbladder, lung, and skin cancer. The article reports that the research did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship, and more research is needed.
        The Daily Star (UK) (8/17, Hampson) reports that researchers “believe bacterial pathogens in the oral cavity” may explain the association between periodontal disease and cancer.
        In a Science in the News article, the ADA (8/11) discussed the study and its limitations. The article stated the study “provides evidence that women diagnosed with periodontal disease are more likely to later be diagnosed with cancer,” which “supports a need for further research in the field, most especially whether treating periodontal disease can reduce cancer risk.”

Vermont Awarded Over $800,000 For Community Health Centers.

Vermont Business Magazine (8/17) reports that as part of the $105 million in funding that the Health Resources and Services Administration is awarding to community health centers around the country, Vermont is receiving $816,251 for 11 federally qualified community health centers. The article reports that community health centers offer a range of services, including dental care.

Dental Industry


Digital Trends Discusses Dentacoin.

Digital Trends (8/16, Martindale) states that “of all the technological leaps Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have enabled, arguably their biggest impact has been the creation and proliferation of blockchain technology.” The article discusses Dentacoin, a new blockchain concept designed for the dental industry. According to the article, Dentacoin “pitches itself as a way to improve dental health, cut out insurance companies as middle men, and foster cooperation between dentists and patients.”

Article Shares Data On Images Taken In Dental Practices.

Dr Bicuspid (8/17, Boechler) examined data showing the number of images taken in dental practices across the United States, finding “the percentage of comprehensive dental exams that included a radiograph hit a six-year low in 2016.”

Global Dental Implants And Prosthetics Market Expected To Experience Growth.

A release on Open PR (8/17) states the global dental implants and prosthetics market is expected to experience growth through 2024, according to a new market report.

Charitable Dentistry

Salute To Smiles Program Offers Care To Veterans.

WGBA-TV Green Bay, WI (8/16, Engebretson) reported that Dr. David LeMoine of Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center “teamed up with other ex-military oral surgeons to provide the Salute to Smiles program,” which provides free dental care to veterans. The article reported that “this year, six veterans were chosen to receive desperately needed dental procedures, at no cost, to improve their health and quality of life.” Dr. LeMoine said, “It’s really a great feeling because there are so many that are so very, very deserving.” Dr. Bob Villwock of Bellevue Family Dentistry added, “A person’s personality suddenly bubbles to the surface. They’ve been keeping it inside, because they didn’t feel confident about their smile or talking with people, looking at people, and to see that change is really remarkable.”

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