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Middle Age Tooth Loss Tied to Cardiovascular Disease

The research world has been more of a gift to humankind through its revelations as the years go by, as it gives information on crucial matters that have been a burden to many for a long time.

During the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2018 scientific sessions on Epidemiology and Prevention/ Lifestyle and Cardio Metabolic Health conference, researchers presented information from a recent study illustrating how the loss of two or more teeth among the middle-aged can lead to an increase in the chances of developing cardiovascular disease.

The findings of the research are yet one more reason why the dental health of a patient is vital, as it can lead to more health problems if left unattended to.

The researchers chose an eight-year duration to do their research and gather information. The study focused on middle-aged individuals, ages 45 to 69. The participants reported on their dental health during the eight-year period, with the researches recording any tooth loss in addition to the remaining number of natural teeth. None of the participants had cardiovascular disease at the outset of the study.

The study found a significant increase in the chances of heart disease for all participants who lost two or more teeth during the eight years.

• Those who started with 25 to 32 teeth saw a 23% increased risk

• Those with less than 17 teeth at the start had a 25% higher risk

The research found that the risk factor was the same, regardless of whether or not the participant exercised regularly, had healthy eating habits, and low body fat. On average, those who lost two or more teeth saw a 16% increase in their risk factor, while those who lost one or fewer teeth had no noticeable risk change.

The findings of this research have given us yet another reason to urge everyone to take care of their teeth. It’s another major health factor when it comes to preventing disease, along with eating habits, blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, and smoking.

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Bigger Gum Tissue In Children Could Be An Indication Of Leukemia

A case study that was recently published found that over-sized gums in children could be a possible indicator of Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Occasionally as a dental practitioner, it can be tough to appropriately diagnose a patient solely based on what is taking place in their mouth. For this reason, when diagnosing a concern, dental practitioners should look into more than just the individual’s mouth. They should also be sure to look into the health background of their patient and the patient’s family members when making a diagnosis.

What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects blood cells and impairs your body’s capability of fighting infections. Leukemia causes the blood-forming tissues of the body to build a large amount of irregular white blood cells which do not behave correctly and reduce the amount of the blood cells which are used to convey oxygen or allow blood clotting. leukemia can result in death as a result of the body’s inability to stop wounds from bleeding or from infection.

An article by Dentistry today indicated that dentists are often the ones who initiate the diagnosis of 33% of individuals with myelomonocytic leukemia in addition to 25% who have myelogenous leukemia.

Should parents be concerned?

Typically the first signs of leukemia include gingivitis, bleeding or swelling gums. The gum tissue can actually enlarge enough to where the gums to overlap the enamel in severe cases. Unexplained weight loss and a feeling of weakness are other symptoms to be aware of.

Treatment options

Chemotherapy is still considered to be the most productive way of combating leukemia, in addition to bone marrow transplants and blood transfusions. Those treatments can help with the enlarged gums as well.

Here are tips for caring for your mouth for people with leukemia on Everyday Health.

When looking for causal reasons, while having enlarged gums doesn’t instantly indicate your child has leukemia, it is important to be mindful of the possibility. Enlarged gums could likewise be the outcome of other factors such as puberty-based gingivitis, menstruation cycle-associated gingivitis, Crohn’s disease, lymphoma, ascorbic acid deficiency, neurofibromatosis, and so far more.

If your child looks to have abnormally large gums, give Periodontal Associates of Memphis a call or reach out to your doctor so an appropriate diagnosis can be provided.

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Those Flavored E-Cigarettes Could Be The Reason You Have Cavities

The sweet tastes in e-cigarettes can spell the same kind of trouble for teeth that candy does.

E-cigarettes may cause cavitiesHow can smoking cigarettes e-cigarettes cause tooth cavities? You don’t eat them; you smoke them. While it’s true that you don’t eat e-cigarettes, you still do ingest them to some degree. A study just recently reported by the ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center discovered that sweet e-cigarettes increase the threat of tooth decay because of their ingredients.

The study found that due to the components found in e-cigarettes along with the viscosity of the liquids they contain, using sweet-flavored e-cigarettes led to an increased chance of cavities. The researchers discovered that these e-cigarettes had many of the same qualities of sugary candies and acidic drinks when it comes to the potential for tooth decay.

Thomas Hart, DDS, PhD, and senior director of the ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center stated this on the study: “This study will give dentists further information to help educate patients that using e-cigarettes can have detrimental effects on their mouths.”

Click here to review the research “Cariogenic Prospective of Sweet Flavors in Electronic-Cigarette Liquids,” released by PloS One.

E-cigarettes don’t simply posture a danger to your lungs as formerly believed. This study reveals info on the concept that e-cigarettes can be equally as damaging to your mouth and also aren’t as great of a replacement to typical cigarettes as some would suggest.

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NYMC Discovers Link Between Gum Disease and Obesity

Research performed at New York Medical College believes to have discovered a connection between periodontitis and obesity.

Obesity linked with Periodontal DiseaseAs explained by Nader G. Abraham, PhD, DrHC, one of the researchers and a professor of medicine and pharmacology, this is the first time ever that scientists have confirmed that the bacteria in our mouth can influence our fat tissue.

Researchers have found that fat cells can have an inflammatory reaction when under attack by bacteria or viruses (and sometimes even when no infection is present). In obese people, this inflammation may lead to type 2 diabetes. The investigators at NYMC performed their investigation on mice, giving them Porphyromonas gingivalis, a variety of bacterium responsible for gum disease. They then measured the resulting tissue inflammation. They noted that the bacteria had an influence on the operation of the fat tissue inside of the mice.

Also, the investigation found that Kavain, which is extracted from the kava plant, was able to counter inflammation in obese people. Salomon Amar, DDS, PhD of NYMC proposed that good oral hygiene could potentially be employed in addition to the anti-inflammatory attributes of Kavain to help lessen the health consequences of obesity.

Abraham brought up the recognized connection between oral health and cardiovascular disorders and advised that the relationship with obesity is yet another reason why everybody should make certain to brush and floss their teeth regularly, as well as to schedule routine dental cleanings and exams.

If you suffer from gum disease, we can help. Contact us today!

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What is a Periodontist Trained to Do?

Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of periodontal diseases. Their main focus is gums, bones, and connective tissue supporting the teeth. For those reasons, periodontists must receive comprehensive training focused on treating the above with a thorough understanding of oral health and overall health.


After a formal 4 year dental education, the periodontist spends an additional 2 to 3 years training in a residency program that is accredited by the American Dental Association. After successful completion of the accredited training program in periodontics and dental implants, periodontists may earn national board certification from the American Board of Periodontology (ABP) by passing comprehensive written and oral examinations covering all phases of periodontal disease and treatment.

A periodontist must be licensed as a dentist as well as a periodontist. They also have hospital-based training on sedation and have a license for that to maintain patient comfort. Periodontists can work in dental schools, hospitals, the business sector, and state, national and international agencies. They can also focus on research opportunities, such as testing emerging therapies and studying the interrelationships between periodontal and systemic diseases.


These diseases have the same outcome: loss of attachment of the gum to the tooth, loss of connecting tissue and bone to your teeth. A periodontist is skilled in many types of periodontal procedures. In the early stages of gum disease, normally referred to as gingivitis, general dentists are trained and educated to treat the problem but if the problem worsens the dentist will recommend you see a periodontist for more advanced periodontal procedures to obtain health and save teeth. This will especially occur if the disease progresses and involves both a gum and bone infection, called periodontitis. This may involve cleaning the surfaces of the root to remove tartar, plaque and bacterial toxins from the gum pockets. This may also involve non-surgical periodontal treatment or a gingivectomy or gingivoplasty with a laser.

In many cases after this extensive cleaning, if the patient flosses and brushes daily, they will have successful results. In more extreme cases of periodontal infections, a periodontist is skilled in regeneration (bone regrowing). Today this doesn’t have to involve folding the gum tissue back to remove bacteria and infection but instead may involve using a laser along with bone grafts to regrow the bone in a kinder and more gentle manner. This procedure is called the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP).

Membranes (filters), bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins are used to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue.


If you have an exposed root, a periodontist can regrow the gum over the root to save your teeth so you can smile and eat with confidence again. This procedure is referred to as connective tissue grafting. This will reduce your sensitivity and even out your gum line. Some patients may have excess gum showing, so a crown lengthening procedure can be performed to enhance the beauty of the smile. This is where the bone tissue and the gum excess is reshaped to show more of the natural tooth.


This procedure is used to correct gum and jawbone indentations (holes in the gum and bone from infection and tooth loss). It is also used to recapture the natural contour of your jaw and gum, so it appears that tooth replacements are growing naturally out of the tissue of the gum.


If you have lost a tooth through periodontal disease, decay, a fracture, or some other situation the periodontist will perform a dental implant. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. During the procedure, an artificial root post is placed in your jaw, after an initial healing period an artificial tooth will be attached to the post. In some situations, teeth may be able to be placed the same day as dental implant placement.

If you are concerned that you may have advanced periodontal disease or you already have a systemic disease such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease or a missing tooth/teeth, you may consider seeing a periodontist right away before the problems worsen. Normally, if you are having any of these issues, your dentist will recommend you see a periodontist. Upon that first visit, you will be evaluated and a medical history will be taken. The periodontist will examine your mouth, throat, teeth, gums and jaw joints. After this X-rays will be taken and the periodontist will discuss and develop a treatment plan.

Good Dental Habits Should Start Early

We all know dental health is important to our overall health as adults, but what about children?

Oral health is also very important in children and starting healthy habits at an early age can make all the difference!

Children’s teeth need to be brushed once they arrive. As soon as a child’s teeth come in, they should be care for and brushed. Most parents are unaware of this and over 60% do not start this early. Flossing should also be started once teeth arrive and are touching each other.

Poor dental habits can contribute to cavities and other tooth decay as children age.

To help build proper dental routines, children should visit their dentist at about 3 years of age, or earlier, if parents suspect there is a reason for concern.

If you have questions about how much toothpaste to use or what types of toothbrushes are safe, please contact us and we can help you find the answers!

Protect Your Mouth This Summer Part 2

Dental health is an essential part of living a healthy life.

It can be especially easy to forget about your dental health when you have friends and family over. Below, the team at Periodontal Associates of Memphis, TN goes over some ways you can enjoy your company and also make sure dental health is not forgotten.

  • Trade in the sugary snacks and drinks for things that are more mouth-friendly.
  • Fill a cooler with ice to keep drinks cool rather than placing ice cubes in drinks. Chewing on ice cubes is a common habit and can do severe damage to our teeth.
  • Swap out toothpicks for dental picks; they are much safer than pocking around with a toothpick.
  • Make sure everyone is drinking plenty of water. Water helps wash away harmful bacteria from our mouth and is especially important when you’re outside in the summer heat.

If you’re in the Memphis, TN area and need to visit a periodontist have any questions about the health of your gums, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with us today!

Why Mouthguards Are So Important

If you’re a parent of a child who plays football, hockey or basketball, you’re probably aware of how important mouthguards are.

It would benefit most athletes to wear a mouthguard, regardless of their sport. These guards protect more than just teeth, they also protect:

  • Jaws
  • Tongues
  • Faces
  • Lips

If your child is participating in sports this upcoming school year, one of the best things you can do is invest in a mouthguard. They can protect your child from serious injury and help keep their smile healthy!

Safety should be a top priority when your children are playing sports. Popular sports that be played with a mouthguard include basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, boxing, martial arts, skiing and snowboarding, rugby, soccer and more.

Protect Your Mouth This Summer Part 1

Germs and bacteria never take a vacation. This summer, be sure to remember these simple tips to keep a healthy mouth.

Your Children’s Dental Health
If your child is staying home during their summer break, be sure they have plenty of mouth-healthy snacks to eat during the day.

Don’t let your routine slip
Going on vacations or trips can throw your daily routine off, but it is essential to continue brushing and flossing every day. If you are going on vacation be sure to take any dental health products that you need, especially any prescribed dental products that you would not be able to purchase at a store.

Visit the dentist
For anyone planning a vacation, it may be a good idea to schedule an appointment to see your dentist before your trip.

If your dentist has recommended visiting a periodontist, feel free to schedule an appointment with us today. We are always welcoming new patients to our practice in Memphis, TN.

Keep Your Gums Healthy with Simple Hygiene

Following simple dental hygiene tips can help keep your mouth protected from some serious dental health issues.

Gum disease does not happen overnight. Gingivitis occurs during the early stages of periodontal (gum) disease when plaque gets underneath the gum line and becomes tartar, causing your gums to become inflamed. Luckily, protecting your mouth from gingivitis is easy!

Make Sure You Brush
You are probably aware that you need to brush your teeth twice per day. Make sure you follow these tips when brushing:

  • Brush the whole tooth, including the inner, outer and chewing areas
  • Don’t brush too hard
  • Buy toothbrushes with soft bristles
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue

Are You Flossing?
Besides brushing your teeth, make sure you floss each day as well. Your toothbrush can only reach so much of the tooth and gums.

Keep a Healthy Diet
Eating healthy does not just benefit your overall health, but your dental health will benefit from a well-balanced diet also.

Visit Your Dentist
Although your at-home hygiene is important, visiting the dentist on a regular basis for exams and cleanings is also necessary. Your dentist will be able to thoroughly clean your teeth and check for any issues that are occurring in your mouth.

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By doing these simple things, your chances of having dental health issues, such as gingivitis, greatly decrease.

If you show any signs of gingivitis or your dentist has recommended visiting a periodontist, feel free to schedule an appointment Dr. Cradock or Dr. Godat from the Periodontal Associates of Memphis in Memphis, TN.