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Oral Health: Take Care of Your Tooth Enamel

Quick question: What is the hardest thing in the human body? No, it isn’t your skull. The hardest thing in the human body is actually our tooth enamel. Thank goodness it is protecting our teeth. However, your tooth enamel is just as fragile as it is hard. So, it is critical that you take good care of it.

You may be wondering what exactly causes damage to tooth enamel. Below are several habits, foods, and other things that can cause damage to your tooth enamel and expose your teeth to germs, bacteria, and sugar.

– Eating acidic food and having acidic beverages
– Chewing on your nails, pens, pencils, or other objects
– Chewing on ice
– Mouth piercings

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While there are many habits and foods that cause harm to your teeth, there are also medical reasons why your enamel becomes damaged. The most common medical condition that causes people to damage tooth enamel is bruxism. Bruxism is better known as frequently grinding your teeth while you sleep. Xerostomia, dry mouth, can also cause tooth enamel to damage as you are not producing enough saliva to maintain a healthy mouth.

Concerned about your oral health?

Remember, if your tooth enamel wears down, this is not good for your oral health. Insufficient tooth enamel can lead to cavities and eventually gum disease. If you are concerned about the development of gum disease, click here to schedule an appointment at our office in Memphis, TN.

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

Bad breath is something that affects millions of Americans every single day. But what causes bad breath, and how can we eliminate those things and ensure we have fresh breath?

First, let’s look at what is most likely causing bad breath. Most commonly, bad breath is the result of a lack of proper hygiene care. If you suffer from bad breath, this is a good hint that you need to put more focus on your home care. Proper oral hygiene should include brushing your tongue and flossing on a regular basis. If you are not doing those things, germs and bacteria will remain in your mouth and cause bad breath.

In addition to not exercising proper dental hygiene, bad breath might also be a result of xerostomia (dry mouth). The best thing you can do to combat xerostomia is to drink more fluoridated water, consume less caffeine and alcohol, and change your diet to include things that promote saliva production.

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Lastly, your routine dental checkups are critical in ensuring that you avoid bad breath. Routine dental checkups will help you remove any plaque and tartar that you missed while brushing and flossing.

Do you need to see a dentist or periodontist?

If you are concerned about your oral health, in particular, the health of your gums, we welcome you to contact us today at our office in Memphis.

The Relationship Between Sports Drinks and Oral Health

A study has found that 89% of kids between the ages of 12 and 14 drink sports drinks, and, from that group, 68% drink them from once a week to once per day. Sports drinks may be their favorite beverage, but it is hurting their oral health in a major way.

Most people drink sports drinks to rehydrate while exercising, but the better choice for this is fluoridated water. Water is not only good for your general health, but it is also good for your oral health. Sports drinks were created to replenish fluids, sugar, and electrolytes lost during exercise or physical activities. However, these drinks are filled with sugars and are acidic; a very bad combination for your teeth and gums.

Unfortunately for your oral health, with athlete endorsements and flashy ads, sports drinks are not going anywhere. On top of that, one-third of manufacturers who were surveyed for this study said that teenagers are their target market. This means we need to be extremely conscientious about how much of these drinks our teens are consuming. 

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In the UK, tooth decay is actually the main cause of hospital admissions among young children. Tooth decay in kids is a problem, but there are very easy ways to help your child grow up with good oral health.

The first thing to do is make sure your kids are brushing and flossing twice per day. The next thing would be to limit the number of sugary foods and drinks they consume. If your child has a sports drink with their lunch or when they play sports, you can start replacing those drinks with water.

Concerned about your oral health in the Memphis, TN area?

The health of your gums is important to us. The team at Periodontal Associates of Memphis are always welcoming new patients. Be sure to schedule an appointment today at our office in Memphis, TN!

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Do Mouth Piercings Cause Gum Recession and Other Oral Health Issues?

You may not have guessed it (or you may have), but having a tongue or lip piercing can actually harm both your overall and oral health.

Beyond your general health, mouth piercings can negatively impact oral health by causing the following issues:

  • Swelling
  • Infections
  • Scarring
  • Gum recession
  • Airway obstruction
  • Hypersalivation
  • Chipped teeth
  • Bleeding

These issues are more common than you might think. A study found that between 40 and 50% of people with a lip piercing and 44% of people with a tongue piercing experience gum recession. In comparison, amongst adults without lip piercings, just 7% experience gum recession. The same study found that 26% of people with tongue piercings had some kind of damage to their teeth.

Gum Recession

If you experience gum recession, you might want to consider receiving a gum graft.

ALSO READ: Are You A Candidate For Dental Implants?

What if I currently have an oral piercing?

If you already have an oral piercing, there are ways that you can decrease the risk of oral health issues. Making a habit of good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing twice per day, brushing with toothpaste that includes fluoride and making sure your mouthwash is alcohol-free, are a couple of good tips.

Equally as important, is keeping the piercing site clean and being aware of any signs of possible concerns. Things like pain, swelling, unusual discharges or tenderness, are all signs to watch for.

Other than not getting an oral piercing, the best way to keep a healthy mouth is through good oral hygiene and routine trips to the dentist. For those who do have an oral piercing, your dentist can offer advice on the best way to care for it.

Below is an image from treatment of gum recession due to an oral piercing:

Oral Piercings

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If so, Drs. Godat and Craddock are always welcoming new patients. Feel free to schedule an appointment online at our office in the Memphis, TN area.

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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