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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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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.

Gum Disease May Be Linked to Breast Cancer

A study completed by the Federal University of Santa Maria Dental School in Brazil found that Women with periodontitis are 2-3x more likely to develop breast cancer. It has been speculated that gum disease could be linked to breast cancer and researchers of this study believe this may show that breast cancer can be triggered due to systemic inflammation originating in infected gums. This study shows the interesting correlation between your dental and overall health.

The study was based on 67 women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and 134 controls that were selected over the course of 2013-2015. It is important to remember that this study does not mean that gum disease causes breast cancer, but it is an important study as we continue to find new ways of fighting cancer and learning what may cause certain kinds to develop.

In the United States, for every 100,000 women, there are 124.9 new cases of breast cancer. Breast cancer continues to be studied, and a possible connection to dental health issues would be a new opportunity to learn and treat this form of cancer.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 47% of individuals, 30 years and older, have some form of periodontal disease, and this percentage only increases with age. For individuals 65 and older, 70% of them experience gum disease. The best way to prevent gum disease is through proper dental hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing twice per day, and scheduling routine visits to the dentist.

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If you have any questions or concerns about your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today. Gum disease affects thousands of people each year and, if you can spot it early enough, it’s much simpler to treat.

Why Flossing Is Important to Your Dental Health

Many people think that just brushing their teeth is enough to remove all of the bacteria and plaque, but that is not the case. To properly clean your teeth, keep gums healthy and remove plaque, you need to floss also.

Over 500 bacterias are found in plaque, according to the ADA. Not all of these bacterias are bad but, combined with other bacteria from food and drinks, you may be increasing the likelihood of cavities and tooth decay.

Not only can cavities and tooth decay arise from not flossing, gum disease is another health problem that can occur. If bacteria is left between your teeth and around your gums, the chances of gum disease increases.

Flossing is an important aspect of keeping your mouth healthy. You should be flossing and brushing two times a day and scheduling regular teeth cleaning with your dentist.

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How E-Cigarettes Can Affect Your Dental Health

According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetics (AANA), e-cigarettes may cause complication during and after dental surgery. Although e-cigarettes have been labeled “healthier,” they still contain nicotine which can affect the healing process and have an impact during and after any dental surgery.

We need proper oxygen circulation throughout our body in order to keep organs functioning and allow our body to heal properly. When you introduce nicotine into your body, it makes it more difficult for the oxygen to heal wounds properly. This means that if you have surgery, the wounds are more at a risk of infection in smokers than non-smokers.

Smoking may also lead to a higher risk of gum disease. Gum disease can cause bleeding gums, tooth loss and other health problems such as cardiac disease. Another issue that can arise from smokers is coughing during treatment. Coughing can pose problems for doctors that are working on your mouth, especially when they are using drills.

If you are a smoker, it is important that you avoid smoking for 12-24 hours following your dental procedure. You need to allow time for the wound to heal, and, when you smoke, it causes pressure in your mouth that can remove the clot, causing a painful experience called “dry socket.”

If you would like to learn some techniques to quit smoking for the new year, we recommend viewing these tips.

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If you are concerned about the health of your gums be sure to schedule an appointment with us today. Smokers are also encouraged to schedule an appointment to have your gums examined and make sure that any health issues can be addressed.

Periodontitis Treatment May Help Lower Blood Pressure

A study completed by the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, and presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, found that periodontitis treatment can significantly lower blood pressure for patients who were at risk of developing high blood pressure. The study was tested on 107 Chinese men and women aged 18 and older that had prehypertension along with moderate to severe gum disease.

The treatments were conducted based on the severity of the individual’s gum health. For moderate gum disease, treatment included teeth cleaning and plaque removal above the gum line along with instructions on proper oral hygiene. For individuals with more severe gum disease, the dentist performed a routine cleaning and cleaned down to the roots to remove plaque.

A month following the procedure, systolic blood pressure dropped almost 3 points for individuals with intense treatment, but there was no significant difference in diastolic blood pressure. Six months after the treatment, individuals that went through intense treatment saw systolic blood pressure drop about 13 points and diastolic blood pressure drop about 10 points.

High blood pressure is an issue that millions of adults in the US face. You can manage high blood pressure through diet and lifestyle changes, like exercise and a balanced diet. The impact of this study is important, not only for dental professionals but for everyone. For a healthy life, do not overlook your dental hygiene.

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