Periodontal Associates of Memphis

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.

Can Receding Gums Grow Back?

Gum recession occurs when your gums begin to pull away from the teeth, making your teeth appear longer than they should.

There is no one reason as to why gums begin receding, but if you or your dentist notice your gums receding it is important to treat it as soon as you can.

But is it possible for receding gums to grow back?

If there is only minimal recession, you may just need to modify your at-home hygiene. When your gums recede past 3 millimeters, this is where treatment will likely be necessary. At our practice, we treat gum recession using a soft tissue graft. Soft tissue grafts involve taking tissue and grafting it to create a healthy band around the tooth as well as cover the root of the exposed tooth. Healthy gum tissue can be taken from three areas:

  • The roof of the mouth
  • The extra tissue around the top wisdom teeth
  • Gum tissue from adjacent areas

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A special material called Alloderm can also be used instead of your own tissue.

Another treatment option is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. Chao Pinhole treatment involves the periodontist using a special tool to gently move the gums into the proper position around the tooth. This treatment option does not involve using other tissue and tends to be a more comfortable option.

If your dentist notices that your gums are receding, feel free to schedule an appointment with our practice today to discuss what can be done to treat this issue.

Why Is Soda Bad for Our Dental Health?

Soda is a popular drink, and, although much has been discussed about the negative health effects of soda consumption, do you know what soda does to your dental health?

The acid and sugar content found in soda is what makes this drink especially bad for our teeth. Sugar, as we know, increases your chances of cavities and gum disease. So what about sugar-free soda? Even if it’s sugar-free, the soda still contains acid that wears away tooth enamel. To quench your thirst and, at the same time, keep your mouth healthy, your best bet is to drink water. The best water has fluoride to help prevent decay. If you do have the occasional soda, be sure to rinse your mouth with water to help neutralize the acid. Additionally, it is best to wait 30 minutes to allow the mouth to neutralize the acid before brushing and flossing your teeth. If you brush when the mouth is acidic, you will wear away more enamel.

Parents should also be extra careful about their child’s soda consumption. Children and teens are the most at risk of developing tooth decay because their tooth enamel is not fully developed.

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If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your gums, schedule an appointment with us today!

Why is Flossing Important?

Flossing is a crucial part of your dental health routine that many people overlook.


Flossing has been shown to be very effective at reducing plaque between teeth. This helps to reduce the risk of cavities as well as periodontal disease. The latter is especially important given the negative effect of periodontal disease on your overall health. In fact, the American Medical Association and a myriad of medical journals report patients who have healthy mouths live at least seven years longer. So if you want to keep your smile and be able to chew, and be healthy then you only need to floss the teeth (and body) you want to.

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If you are concerned about the health of your gums, or your dentist has recommended seeing a periodontist, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today. To make sure you are flossing correctly, click here.

Don’t Ignore Gum Disease

Gum disease is a major dental health issue that, unfortunately, many people do not know a lot about.

Gum disease is an infection that affects the health of your gums. Plaque builds up underneath the gums, forming tartar. When tartar appears, only a deep cleaning can remove it. If this issue is left untreated your gums can begin to recede and eventually your gums will not be able to support your tooth, leading to tooth loss. Many people do not know if they have gum disease since it is something that occurs below your gum line.

Gum Disease Impacts More Than Your Teeth

Besides the dental health issues that occur, the risk of many non-dental health issues increases as well. Diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease and Alzheimer’s all have connections to gum disease.


Gum disease treatment has become much less invasive than previous treatment options. People may be hesitant about receiving treatment because they think that it will be painful or they heard that it is painful. Luckily, our team at Periodontal Associates of Memphis use lasers to treat gum disease. Lasers reduce pain, healing time and sensitivity.

If you experience any of the signs of periodontal disease, do not ignore it. Be sure to contact our practice to discuss treatment options and what you can do to keep your gums healthy.

Caring for Your Mouth Is Important, Especially If You Have Diabetes

If you suffer from type 2 diabetes, caring for your teeth may be able to help your blood glucose level.

Around 30 million people in the United States live with diabetes, and type 2 diabetes makes up the vast majority of these cases. Type 2 diabetes is a condition that causes your cells not respond to the hormone insulin. If you allow your blood glucose levels to remain at higher levels, things such as neuropathy, nerve damage and eye problems can occur. Along with those issues, individuals with type 2 diabetes are also at an increased risk of gum disease.

A study completed by The Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that individuals with type 2 diabetes that received non-surgical periodontal treatment experienced improved blood glucose levels.

Gum disease affects close to 50% of US adults, 30 years and older. For individuals 65 and older, the percent of people that suffer from gum disease reaches nearly 70%. If you are someone who suffers from diabetes, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today. Periodontal treatment may help keep your blood glucose levels at appropriate levels.

Is Gum Disease Possibly Linked to Esophageal Cancer?

A 10-year study has found that two types of bacteria that are present in individuals with gum disease can increase the chances of being affected by esophageal cancer.

The study found that one of the bacteria, in particular, Tannerella forsythia, may increase the chances of this kind of cancer by 21%.

The Importance of Flossing

Flossing is an important part of your dental hygiene routine. Many people think that brushing is enough to get rid of the bacteria that is present in your mouth, but this is not the case. There are areas of your teeth and gums that a toothbrush cannot reach. When left unclean, this bacteria can begin to harm the tooth and surrounding gums, causing decay and gum disease.

Besides the possible increased risk of esophageal cancer, gum disease can also increase the risk of other major medical issues including heart disease. If you have not regularly flossed in the past, it is not too late to start making that a habit each day.

If you would like to make sure you are flossing correctly, click here. For more information regarding the study that was done and the findings, you can read the full article here.


The best way to care for your gums and teeth is through proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings. Periodontal disease affects close to 50,000 people in the US each yearand is much easier to treat when it is spotted early. If you think you have gum disease, please contact our office.

A Possible Link Between Gum Disease and Cancer in Postmenopausal Women

A study completed by the University at Buffalo found that postmenopausal women with a history of gum disease are at a higher risk of developing lung, gallbladder, melanoma and breast cancer.

The study consisted of 65,869 women between the ages of 54-86. Questionnaires were administered from 1999-2003 and the participants of this study reported having periodontal disease. In 2013 the results were collected and they found:

7,149 individuals contracted cancer.
Breast cancer was the highest number, with 2,416 women getting that kind of cancer.
A history of periodontal disease was associated with a 14% higher risk of developing any form of cancer.

The best way to care for your gums and teeth is through proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings. Periodontal disease affects close to 50,000 people in the US each year. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today.