A Tribute to Dr. Sig Socransky

September 28, 2011  | Posted by: Gary in Perio  |  1 Comments

Some of the readers of this blog know that I have an extreme interest in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. I have always enjoyed science going back to my childhood and I was very fortunate to have some really wonderful mentors in dentistry who introduced me to the diagnosis and treatment of perio disease. A couple of these mentors were Dr. Omer Reed and Dr. Perry Radcliffe. Although I am not a clinician, I find the subject of perio disease quite fascinating.

 

In the 1980’s Dr. Reed, a General Dentist, and Dr. Radcliffe collaborated together to teach a course titled, ‘People without Perio’. The purpose of this course was to teach conservative treatment techniques that would identify perio disease in its earliest stages and treat the issues before they resulted in more damage. Drs. Reed and Radcliffe used phase contrast microscopy to take a sample from the patient’s mouth to identify pathogenic bacteria in the mouth. While the science was limited in the 1980’s, the microscope turned out to be a very useful patient education tool. When the patients saw the squirming ‘bugs’ under the microscope they realized they needed more than a cleaning.

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We Have Their Attention!

September 01, 2011  | Posted by: Gary in Perio  |  1 Comments

Perhaps the biggest challenge we have in dentistry is helping patients value dentistry and great oral health. For quite some time now, dental professionals have known about the link between oral and systemic health. This has been a keen area of interest among the scientific and research communities leading to a growing body of published research demonstrating the link between oral and systemic health. I will devote future blog posts to illuminating the scientific research, but for now I want to focus on how popular media is interested in this topic.
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The Time is NOW!

July 19, 2011  | Posted by: Gary in Perio  |  5 Comments

While it has been common knowledge in the dental profession that there is a link between oral and systemic health, the really great news is that the public is beginning to get this message via mainstream media channels. Today, we know that if a patient has periodontal disease, they have a higher risk of experiencing general health issues such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-ecclampsia (early-term birth), and certain cancers. Below are three links that have appeared in the media recently about the link between oral and systemic health:

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