Friday, September 18, 2009

Erectile dysfunction might be associated with chronic periodontal disease

Erectile dysfunction might be associated with chronic periodontal disease:two ends of the cardiovascular spectrum.

INTRODUCTION: Both chronic periodontal disease (CPD) and erectile dysfunction (ED) are associated with cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, including smoking and diabetes mellitus. However, the association between ED and CPD has never been studied. AIM: To study the association between ED and CPD. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES. Prevalence of ED, prevalence of CPD, ED severity. METHODS: The study population consisted of 305 men who filled the Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM) questionnaire in order to detect ED and assess its severity, and underwent a pair of standardized posterior dental bitewing radiographs in order to detect CPD. SHIM questionnaire scores 21 or less represented ED. Alveolar bone loss of >or=6 mm represented CPD. RESULTS: The mean age of included men was 39.5 +/- 6.7 years. Overall, 70 (22.9%) men had ED and 13 (4.3%) had CPD. CPD was significantly more prevalent among men with mild ED (P = 0.004) and moderate to severe ED (P = 0.007) in comparison to men without ED. CONCLUSIONS: ED might be associated with CPD. These preliminary findings are consistent with theories that associate these conditions with systemic inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, and atherosclerosis.

J. S. MED 2009 Apr;6(4):1111-6. Epub 2008 Dec 15.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

AAP Boston

I am at the American Academy of Periodontology annual meeting in Boston. It has been a very interesting meeting. Ray Yukna spoke today after the general assembly on a pannel on lasers along with Dr Greenwell who is also a Lanaper and Dr Romanos. Yesterday Dr. Lloyd Tilt spoke the first Periodontist to have the Periolase he gave his 10 year data. Interesting that they placed him under Inovations in Periodontics. Evan though the specialty is less than 100 years old.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Associate member of the American Academy of Periodontology

I have been honored with an Associate membership in the Prestigous AAP American Academy of Periodontics.

AAP Meeting in Boston

At the AAP don't forget to catch Ray Yukna on Saturday 1 pm this is the Corp sponsored program. then again you can see him 2pm.


Outstanding Clinical and Human Histologic

Outcomes with the PerioLase® Nd:YAG Laser

Speaker: Raymond A. Yukna

The Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure

(LANAP™) using the Nd:YAG laser in a specific

patented protocol has been evaluated as a single

visit treatment of periodontal pockets with the goal

of obtaining new attachment. Clinical success is

supported by human histology showing new

cementum and new connective tissue attachment.

Then Monday at 10:15.



10:15 - 11:45 am

Program Track: Treatment of Inflammatory

Periodontal Diseases

Moderator: Timothy P. Walsh

Speakers: Bobby L. Butler, Henry Greenwell,

George E. Romanos, Raymond A. Yukna

Lasers have been used in dentistry for many years.

Historically, lasers have been shown to be used primarily

for soft tissue procedures. The clinical benefits of lasers

have led to FDA clearance for numerous uses of such in

periodontics and implant dentistry.

Educational Objectives:

Understand different laser wavelengths and their

interactions with hard and soft tissue, including the

applications of varying wavelengths and treatment

protocols to treat periodontitis.

Discuss tissue biotypes and case selections for open

and closed crown lengthening.

Demonstrate long-term success for treating failing

implants with lasers.

Laser Gum Surgery