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Kiwifruit decreases gingival inflammation and increases gingival grafting skills!

Posted: May 15, 2018

The effect of twice daily kiwifruit consumption on periodontal and systemic conditions before and after treatment: A randomized clinical trial.  Graziani F, Discepoli N, Gennai S et al. J Periodontol. 2018;89:285–293. This interesting article published in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of Periodontology concludes that “Kiwifruit consumption reduces gingival inflammation despite lack of […]

Essentials for Managing Root Sensitivity

Posted: March 28, 2017

Root sensitivity near the gingival margin can make a person avoid effective plaque removing oral hygiene procedures. This results in increased plaque accumulation, a risk factor for carious lesion development as well as for gingival inflammation. For teeth susceptible to gingival recession (see susceptibility factors on Gingival Recession Checklist), gingival inflammation is a major risk […]

Flossing and the Art of Scientific Investigation

Posted: December 12, 2016

A recent Associated Press report proclaimed that flossing isn’t necessary for good oral health because of the absence of “gold-standard” randomized controlled trials supporting its benefits. Although the dental profession has already responded numerous times in the news media in defense of interdental cleaning, confusion continues to persist. Patients historically relied and trusted the experience […]

New evidence regarding periodontitis as a causal risk for cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality

Posted: August 7, 2016

Can we now say to our patients and healthcare professional colleagues that periodontitis has been shown to be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease and that there is a causal link between the two diseases? Published in AM J Cardiol (May 2016), Relation of Periodontitis to Risk of Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality (from a […]

Cannabis Use and Periodontal Health

Posted: June 8, 2016

Recreational cannabis use is increasing in the United States and will continue to get higher with further policy changes at the state and federal levels. Tobacco use is an established major risk factor associated with declining periodontal health but what about cannabis use? A recently published 20-year longitudinal study [Associations Between Cannabis Use and Physical […]

Gum Recession Prevention & Control Without Surgery!

Posted: May 11, 2016

Dr. George gives public seminars on gum recession prevention and wellness. These informative and entertaining seminars are geared for the general public and designed for corporate, private and public wellness events.

Gingival Recession Management & Prevention Made Easy

Posted: May 11, 2016

Management and Prevention of Gingival Recession is a ground breaking clinically-focused article authored by George Merijohn and published in the peer-reviewed journal, Periodontology 2000. It provides a systematic approach for developing targeted action plans for gingival recession prevention and management in your practice. Gain confidence and remove the confusion surrounding gingival recession now.

Biologic Width – The New Magic Number is Here!

Posted: September 22, 2015

When restorative dentistry enters the subgingival zone, respecting the biologic width (BW) is a key factor for maintaining periodontal health. Transient minor damage and inflammation often occurs during subgingival instrumentation procedures including tooth preparation and hygiene instrumentation. Fortunately this can usually resolve, especially in sites not afflicted by gingivitis; chronic periodontitis; and/or delicate, fragile or […]

Dr. George Interview on VOCM News Radio 590

Posted: September 20, 2015

Dr. Merijohn was invited to give a live radio news interview on August 28, 2015 at the Canadian Dental Association Annual National Conference where he lectured on Management and Prevention of Gingival Recession.   Permission granted to post audio interview to website. VOCM News Radio 590 in St. John’s, Newfoundland

Scaling & Root Planing is Not the “Killer App” for Chronic Periodontitis

Posted: August 10, 2015

A systematic review (SR) on scaling and root planing (SRP) was published by the American Dental Association in July 2015. This addition of News2Use highlights aspects of the unabridged full systematic review (not published in JADA but available online) and the ADA Clinical Practice Guideline derived from it. Click here to review the unabridged SR and […]

George K. Merijohn, DDS

San Francisco periodontist George K. Merijohn practiced 28 years and is associate professor in postdoctoral periodontics at UC San Francisco and U Washington. He is appointed special expert to the California Dental Board; serves as a consultant to dental schools, clinicians, and the legal profession; and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. Dr. Merijohn leads seminars and workshops at major dental conferences and is published in peer-reviewed journals with articles on mucogingival clinical decision-making, risk assessment, and the evidence-based approach. More about George >