Periodontal Associates of Memphis

Can Your Dentist Help Treat Metabolic Syndrome?

You may have never thought of metabolic syndrome and dentistry as being connected, but, actually, dentists can assist individuals who endure this kind of ailment. Metabolic syndrome, which impacts 40% of US citizens who are 40 years or older, is a group of conditions that are associated with insulin resistance. This includes things such as diabetes, fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease, as well as kidney disease. Patients that go without treatment have a greater threat of stroke, heart attack, sleep apnea and more.

So, what exactly could a dentist do to help with metabolic syndrome?

Your dentist can certainly locate any indications that you may be developing periodontal disease. This disease is an early indication of metabolic syndrome. If you find yourself in this situation, the dentist will be able to help alleviate the disease, lowering your chance of kidney and heart disease. A study discovered that individuals with unattended periodontal disease increased their likelihood of fatality from heart or kidney disease by as much as three times.

Luckily, your dentist will be able to provide aid for you if you happen to be someone who is currently struggling with metabolic syndrome. One of the problems associated with metabolic syndrome is sleep apnea. Your dentist can offer assistance by providing you with a mouthguard that enables you to breathe regularly over the course of the night. Routine teeth cleaning is something else that can help you as well. By getting your teeth cleaned every few months by a dentist, they manage to clean tough to reach spots and scrub away any plaque you may have missed. This will likely ensure that buildup does not become a problem

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Good overall health is linked to good oral health, by simply going to regular dental appointments and applying ideal oral care you are able to improve your overall health.

Do you need a periodontist in Memphis, TN?

Drs. Godat and Craddock welcome any new patients that would like to improve their oral health and smile. Feel free to contact our office and set up an appointment today!

Treatments for a Gummy Smile: Crown Lengthening

In our previous blog article, Dr. Godat commenced a discussion about “gummy smiles.” In this article, Dr. Godat discussed what factors play a role in making your smile appear gummy and what can cause those things to occur. Unfortunately, there are many, many, people who are dissatisfied with their smile due to excessive gingival display.

Luckily, for people who suffer from having a gummy smile, there are cosmetic procedures available that will help to reduce how much of your gums will show when you smile. These cosmetic procedures can help to restore confidence in your smile!

Crown Lengthening

The most common procedure that we utilize at Periodontal Associates of Memphis to eliminate a gummy smile is crown lengthening. Esthetic crown lengthening, or a “Gum Lift,” will correct the issue of your gum appearing gummy, by uncovering enamel that is covered by excess gums and bone tissue. In some cases, a gum lift will require a restoration to take place. A restoration will be necessary if your tooth is cracked or worn down. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, this type of procedure will also improve the functionality of your smile. 

If you are interested in undergoing an esthetic crown lengthening procedure, you should know what the procedure is like. Typically, these types of procedures will utilize a VersaWave Laser in order to ease the procedure and healing process. When you undergo this procedure, your gums and bone tissue will have their shape altered in order to reveal enamel and natural tooth that are buried underneath the gum line.

Under normal circumstances, an crown lengthening procedure will take between one and two hours to complete. No matter if your procedure is for cosmetic or functional purposes, Drs. Godat and Craddock will utilize dissolvable sutures and a bandage to protect the area of the procedure, and ensure a healthy gum-to-tooth relationship. After your initial procedure, you will be required to schedule a follow up appointment to remove remaining sutures, and determine the success of your procedure and healing.

Interested in learning more about crown lengthening in Memphis, TN?

You can click here to learn more about crown lengthening. If you would like to schedule a visit to our office in Memphis, TN then contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Why Do I Have a Gummy Smile?

When you smile, do you ever think that your teeth look short, or that too much of your gums show? If so, you may be suffering from a condition that is known as having a “gummy smile.” A gummy smile, or excessive gingival display, is a condition that causes the aesthetic appeal of your smile to decline. However, like many other dental health issues, a gummy smile is treatable. After you receive treatment, you should notice an improvement in the appearance of your smile.

Gummy Smile

There are several factors that can play a role in your smile appearing gummy. These include:

  • How much of your gum tissue displays during your smile
  • The size, shape, and positioning of your teeth
  • Your upper lip
  • The position of your upper jaw

Below, Dr. Godat lists several reasons why you may have a gummy smile:

  • If your teeth did not grow in properly, your gums may be covering them and causing them to appear much shorter than normal
  • You may have a family history of small teeth
  • Your upper lip may rise higher than normal when you smile and reveal more of your gums. This occurs as a result of an issue with your lip muscles
  • It is possible that your jaw bone developed incorrectly, and the protrusion is pushing down your gum tissue

Do you have a gummy smile? If so, make sure you stay tuned to our blog as, in our next post, Dr. Godat will discuss treatment options for a gummy smile.

Do you need a periodontist in the Memphis area?

If you are in need of a periodontist, or would like to receive treatment for your gummy smile, we welcome you to contact us today to schedule a visit to our office in Memphis, TN.

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Dental Implants | Are You A Candidate For Implants?

Just about everyone would say that they desire an attractive and healthy smile. Unfortunately, due to genetics and some bad oral hygiene habits, some people do not have the best looking or healthiest smile. Oftentimes, people are told that they cannot achieve a perfect smile due to the condition of their teeth. However, with dental implants, almost anyone can have the smile of their dreams.

Dental Implants

Before discussing in too much detail what dental implants are, how they work, and what the process of receiving them is, you need to know if you are a candidate for implants.

While dental implants can work for most people, there are some groups who may not be able to receive them. The first step you need to take in considering if you are a candidate or not, is to take into the consideration the health of your gums and jaw bone. Your periodontist should be able to determine if they are healthy enough to receive an implant.

Groups of people who may not be a candidate for implants include:

  • Children or teenagers who’s jaw bone is still developing
  • People who have been, or are, heavy smokers
  • Those who are undergoing radiation treatment in their head or neck
  • Women who are pregnant
  • People who have systemic diseases like diabetes, hemophilia, and more
  • People who consume a lot of alcohol or substance

Want to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants?

The best way to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants is to visit your periodontist for an appointment. If you are in the Memphis area and are in need of a periodontist, the team at Periodontal Associates of Memphis are always welcoming new patients.

Stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter for our next blog article where we will discuss dental implants in a little more detail. This will include how they work and what the procedure is like.

Health and Wellness | How Does Oral Health Affect Overall Health?

Your mouth is the most widely used entry point into your body. After all, you eat and drink every single day. Unfortunately, since it is used so often, it also makes a great entryway for bacteria and germs to get into your body. For these reasons, taking care of your oral health is imperative in maintaining good overall health and wellness. In fact, the American Medical Association (AMA) and Insurance Axilllaries (those who look at longevity of life) have determined people with healthy mouths live at least 7 years longer. Who wouldn’t want to live longer?

To maintain your oral health, you must brush and floss twice per day, and also remember to visit your dentist for a cleaning and exam at least every 6 months. If you have pockets 5 mm or deeper with or without bleeding, you have developed gum disease and you at least need a deep cleaning. If your pockets do not decrease in depth and/ or the bleeding doesn’t decrease with this non-surgical treatment, you are failing to remove all the germs and bacteria from your mouth and are at risk of losing your teeth, your smile, your ability to chew… and increasing your risk for serious medical issues. It is critical to see a periodontist to save your overall health and smile.

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Dr. Donald Ratcliffe of Staten Island University Hospital says:

“There’s a relationship between the bacteria—and the inflammation that bacteria cause in the mouth—and a lot of other diseases.”

If you are a frequent reader of our blog, you have probably read a time or two that gum disease is linked to many other diseases, like diabetes and heart disease. 

What other diseases may be linked to your oral hygiene/oral health practices?

  • Arthritis
  • Premature labor
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory infections
  • Dementia

Want to learn more about the risk factors associated with periodontal disease? Click here to read our article.

Are You In Need of a Periodontist in Memphis, TN?

If you want to have the health of your gums checked, we welcome you to schedule an appointment at our office in Memphis, TN. Dr. Godat, Dr. Craddock, and the entire team at Periodontal Associates of Memphis, are always welcoming new patients who want to take the health of their gums seriously!

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Periodontal Disease | Are Your Gums Embarrassing You?

When you think of good dental hygiene, what do you think of? You probably think mostly about your teeth, and keeping them in pristine condition. However, this is just half of the battle in maintaining good dental and overall health.

Did you know that maintaining healthy gums is every bit as important as your teeth when it comes to keeping up with your dental health? If you do not take care of your gums, you put yourself at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease can have many adverse effects on your health and your day-to-day life. Periodontal disease can cause bad breath, tooth loss, and many more health problems like diabetes, respiratory disease & COPD, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and arthritis. So remember: take care of your teeth AND your gums! Yes, that means flossing, brushing twice per day, and regularly seeing your dentist and periodontist.

Love your gums and they will love you back.

(Via The American Academy of Periodontology)

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Want to schedule a time to see a periodontist? We are always welcoming new patients! We welcome you to contact us today at our office in Memphis!

Memphis Periodontist | Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, many people are unaware Gum Disease is an extremely common disease that can rob you of your smile and can place you at higher risk of developing other serious medical issues. Gum Disease is also commonly referred to as Periodontal Disease which used to be called Pyorrhea. Please read below some of the FAQs to learn what you can do to help prevent losing your teeth and health and how a Periodontist can help you.

The team at Periodontal Associates of Memphis wants to take this time to give you a little more information about gum disease, and answer some frequently asked questions. 


Q: Who is the best option to treat my gum disease? A dentist or periodontist?

A: Typically, it is highly recommended to have both your dentist and periodontist involved in your treatment. Working together, your dentist and periodontist will be able to properly diagnose your condition, and put together a good treatment plan. If followed, your treatment plan should restore your gums to a healthy condition.


Q: Is it possible for my child to have developed gum disease?

A: It is very uncommon for a young child, or teenager, to develop gum disease. However, this does not mean that your child or teenager shouldn’t learn the importance of proper hygiene care. Good hygiene habits are formed at a young age, and become habitual over time. If you start your child out young on a path of good habits, it will likely translate to when they are adults. 


Q: What type of health issues are associated with gum disease?

A: Gum disease can be associated with a variety of health issues. These issues include:

– diabetes

– arthritis

heart disease

– pancreatic cancer


Q: How contagious is gum disease?

A: In theory, gum disease, unlike the common cold or the flu, cannot be passed from one person to another. With this being said, however, gum disease may be able to be transferred from one person to another through their saliva. Therefore, you should avoid sharing a drink with someone, using the same utensils as someone, or using the same oral health equipment (a toothbrush) as someone, if you know they have gum disease. 

Q: What symptoms can I look for? Is gum disease very common? What are the best ways to prevent myself from developing gum disease?

A: See the video below for answer to all of these questions, and more:

(via The American Academy of Periodontology.)

We are always welcoming new patients!

Do you live in the Memphis area? If so, and you are in need of a periodontist, we welcome you to contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

Mid-South Mission of Mercy

The Mid-South Mission of Mercy is important to Dr. Godat and the entire team at Periodontal Associates of Memphis. Mission of Mercy is a two-day FREE dental clinic providing dental care to under served Mid Southerners, many of whom are from working families who do not have access or cannot afford dental insurance.  All dental services are provided free of charge by members of the Tennessee Dental Association, Mississippi Dental Association, and Arkansas Dental Association, assisted by a host of volunteers. In 2017 the Mid-South Mission of Mercy provided over one-million dollars of free dental care.

Mission of MErcy

With the great success in 2017, we look to make even more progress in 2018. The 2018 event will take place January 26th and 27th at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, TN. The 2018 event will require the help of 1,000 volunteers, both dental and non-dental. If you would like to volunteer, click here. If you would like volunteer, but are unavailable, you can still help. The Mid-South Mission of Mercy event relies on donations to defray expenses. You can click here to donate to the cause. We have a budget of $250,000 for the event. Interested in sponsoring the event? Click here.

Below, is a look at the 2017 event!

Want to keep up with the Mid-South Mission of Mercy? You can either visit their website or follow along on Facebook or Instagram.

Oral Health vs Junk Food

It won’t surprise anyone to hear that junk food isn’t good for your teeth, but many don’t understand that the health of our mouths have a significant impact on the overall health of our bodies. As we want healthy lives for all of our patients in the Jackson, MS area, we wanted to take a moment to address this.
Junk food is fine as an occasional treat, but it’s best to avoid eating too much of these food as many of them contain large amounts of sugar which can cause cavities and increase the risk of gum disease. Not only can gum disease weaken your bone structure, but it can also leads to systemic inflammatory response, putting you at risk for heart disease and other conditions.
It isn’t just sugary foods like soft drinks that can pose problems, however. Even diet drinks will often have highly acidic contents that can damage your tooth enamel.
Again, it’s best to limit these foods as much as possible in order to maintain good oral health and promote a health life. For more information on oral health, visit the ADA page. For more tip, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Brushing Your Tongue Prevents Bad Breath

Not only does bacteria in the mouth cause gum disease, but it also causes bad breath.

Brushing your tongue regularly can help prevent bad breath.

Also known as halitosis, bad breath can be prevented by practicing good dental hygiene. Clean teeth, as well as a clean tongue, can improve your dental hygiene and prevent bad breath. Be sure to use a toothbrush to brush your tongue and remove any odor-causing bacteria that may have accumulated there. Some other contributing causes to bad breath may be from smoking, acid reflux, or lingering particles from foul-smelling foods; brushing your tongue can help to save your breath from all of them.

Dr. Godat suggests brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day. You should also floss and gently brush the gums at the same frequency.

Some Tongue-Brushing Tips:

1. Clean your tongue on a regular basis.
2. When cleaning your tongue, use toothpaste. It helps to remove bacteria.
3. Scrape your tongue with a tongue-cleaner or scraper using a downward motion.
4. After cleaning your tongue, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.
5. Use mouth wash after brushing or scraping your tongue.

For more dental hygiene care, and prevention and treatment for bad breath, please call Periodontal Associates of Memphis today at our periodontal office in Memphis, TN.