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Dentistry in the News - September 2011

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 Tooth Fairy Becomes Less Generous  

Even the Tooth Fairy cut back in 2011. Survey results recently released by Visa, Inc., found that this year she leaves an average of $2.60 per tooth, a 40-cent decrease from last year’s $3 per tooth.

Ninety percent of U.S. children receive money from the Tooth Fairy. The most common payout is $1 per tooth, with 29% of children receiving that amount. Eighteen percent of children receive from $2 to $4 per tooth, and another 18% of children receive $5 per tooth.

These findings received broad media coverage, ranging from CNN and the London Daily Mail to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and New York Daily News. See the full results of the survey in PDF format.

 Dental Exams Can Help Identify Diabetic or Prediabetic Individuals  

A study at the Columbia Unversity College of Dental Medicine published in the Journal of Dental Research (JDR) documents how undiagnosed diabetes or pre-diabetes could be diagnosed during a dental exam.

"Periodontal disease is an early complication of diabetes, and about 70 percent of U.S. adults see a dentist at least once a year," said Dr. Ira Lamster, Dean of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. "Prior research focused on identification strategies relevant to medical settings. Oral health care settings have not been evaluated before, nor have the contributions of oral findings ever been tested prospectively."

From 2009 to 2010, researchers screened 601 new patients at a dental clinic who had never been told they had diabetes or prediabetes. Of these, 535 had at least one diabetes risk factor, such as hypertension or obesity. The patients were then given a periodontal examination and blood glucose tests to evaluate for diabetes. Researchers found that the number of missing teeth and the percentage of deep periodontal pockets may be predictive of unrecognized pre-diabetes or full-blown diabetes.

This story received wide coverage in dental trade publications as well as the Wall Street Journal.

Access the JDR article at http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/90/7/855.

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