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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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If you would like to see the proper way to floss your teeth, click here.

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If you are concerned about the health of your gums or have any questions, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today.

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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Periodontist in Memphis, TN

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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Are you concerned about the health of your gums?

If you are concerned about the health of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today. We are always accepting new patients to our office in Memphis, TN.

How Sugarless Gum Can Help Fight Cavities

That sugarless gum you are chewing may be doing more good than you realize. A study by the American Dental Association (ADA) found that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after you eat can help prevent tooth decay. Here is why this works.

Chewing increases your saliva flow, which is important to the health of your mouth. Saliva creates disease-fighting substances, helps remove stuck food and helps neutralize the acids in your mouth.

Chewing gum that contains sugar will increase the saliva flow in your mouth, but all that sugar from the gum stays in your mouth for longer periods of time which can lead to cavities. If you chew sugar-free gum that has ingredients such as xylitol or sorbitol, you are increasing the saliva in your mouth and not letting sugar do any damage to your teeth or gums.

You should remember that chewing sugarless gum is not a substitute for brushing and flossing twice per day. Chewing sugarless gum can help you fight against cavities, but it is not enough to completely prevent decay or cavities from occurring.

Visit the ADA’s “Seal of Approval” section to see which brands of gum are beneficial to your oral health.

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Periodontist in Memphis, TN

If you are concerned about the health of your gums or have any questions, be sure to contact us today. We are always happy to have new patients at our practice in Memphis, TN.

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Oral Cancer | Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer Pt. 2

Our past blog explored the two kinds of oral cancer screening options, OralCDx and Vizilite Plus. We want to switch gears and discuss some of the symptoms and signs that tend to be associated with oral cancer.

It’s important to know that oral cancer is fairly common in the US. In 2017, it was estimated that over 42,000 individuals will be diagnosed, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. The best thing you can do to detect oral cancer is to have a screening completed, but you should still be aware of the signs that are linked to oral cancer.

Signs of oral cancer include:

Patches of red or white in your mouth
Unexpected shifts of your teeth
Throat or mouth irritation that does not go away
Pain in your mouth, lips or tongue
Difficulty talking, eating or chewing

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The ADA states that if symptoms do not disappear within 2 weeks, make sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Concerned about the health of your gums?

Healthy gums are important to the health of your mouth and your general health. If you would like to keep your gums in good shape, be sure to schedule an appointment today.

Oral Health | How to Test for Oral Cancer Pt. 1

Although oral cancer is a deadly form of cancer, it can be treated. Oral cancer is actually one of the most curable forms of cancer when it is detected early enough. Unfortunately, many people do not take the time to receive an oral cancer screening and it is caught in later stages, meaning the success of the treatment is lowered.

To spot signs of oral cancer, the two common forms of screening include OralCDx and Vizilite Plus. OralCDx uses a brushing technique that detects abnormal cells in your mouth that have the risk of developing into cancer. Vizilite Plus operates by detecting any soft tissues in your mouth that can become oral cancer. These two screening options are widely available and are quick to complete.

If you have not had an oral cancer screening, we recommend you visit your dentist and talk to them about screening options. As we stated above, oral cancer is the most curable form of cancer when detected early enough.

Activities that can increase your risk of oral cancer are things such as tobacco use or alcohol, but they are not the only ones. Be sure to watch for our next blog where we will discuss some of the other warning signs of oral cancer.

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Are you concerned about the health of your gums?

Oral cancer can affect every area of your mouth, including your gums. There have been numerous studies on the association between periodontal health and your risk of cancer, you can find some of those studies here. If you are concerned about the health of your gums or show signs of periodontal disease, be sure to contact us at our office in Memphis, TN today!

Bad Breath? Is It Something Serious? – Part 2

Previously, we discussed common causes of bad breath and the importance of a proper dental hygiene routine. In our second part, we continue by taking a look at some serious health issues associated with bad breath.

If you are struggling with bad breath that does not seem to go away with proper dental hygiene, it could be a sign of something more serious.

There are both oral health and non-oral health issues that may cause bad breath.

Oral health issues may include:

  • Gum disease
  • Infected root canal
  • Throat or oral cancer
  • Cavities
  • Food stuck on tonsils

Non-oral health issues include:

  • Acid reflux
  • Lung disease
  • HIV
  • Diabetes
  • Lung infection
  • Liver disease

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Practice Good Dental Hygiene

You should brush and floss daily to help prevent bad breath. Not only is brushing and flossing your teeth important but brushing your gums, the roof of your mouth and tongue should not be ignored either. If you use mouthwash, it is important to know it is not a substitute for brushing and flossing.

Are you looking for a periodontist in the Memphis, TN area?

We are always accepting new patients to our practice in Memphis, TN and welcome anyone to contact us.