The latest updates on dental technology, treatments and how Nashville Restorative Dentistry is working to deliver the best possible care for our patients.
New Study: Link Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s
Jul 01, 2021
According to recent research by New York University’s College of Dentistry and Weill Cornell Medicine, gum disease could lead to an increase in the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.1 What causes Alzheimer's disease? While doctors are still learning more about Alzheimer’s and its causes every day, they have identified two key warning signs that show the disease could be developing in a patient. The first is when microscopic compounds called amyloid beta proteins start clumping together to form a kind...
Mystery Linking Gum Disease to Heart Disease and Cancer Uncovered
Nov 12, 2020
It’s long been known that periodontal disease (gum disease) is linked to heart disease, cancer, and other inflammatory conditions, but the reason why has remained unclear...until now. A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research claims to have the answer, and it’s related to the body’s hyperactive immune response to gum disease. When the body is experiencing an oral infection like periodontal (gum) disease, it releases an abundance of cells called neutrophils (part of the innate immune system)...
The Hidden Dangers of Dental Plaque
Jan 30, 2019
The soft, sticky film that collects on teeth after eating sugary or starchy foods is called plaque. Dental plaque contains a host of bacteria that is directly linked to tooth decay. But cavities aren’t the only serious issue associated with this build up. There is a direct relationship between improper oral care and overall health problems. The bacteria contained in plaque can trigger inflammation not just in the mouth but also throughout the body. The bacteria in dental plaque...
Gum Disease Video – Systemic Health
Oct 16, 2018
We hope this gum disease video helps you find out more about the links between your dental health and overall health. If the videos do not load properly, we have provided the transcripts for you below. To schedule an appointment with your premier Franklin dentist, call (615) 591-0294. Robert Jaffin: Gum disease or periodontal disease, has been associated with various systemic diseases. But, over time, we've learned that the mouth is the portal into the rest of the body, and...
Three Periodontists Near Franklin, TN
Jun 24, 2018
Many Americans experience periodontal disease or require dental implants to replace missing teeth. The treatment of periodontal disease, grafting areas of bone loss or gum recession, and placing of dental implants can be performed by a local periodontist when your Franklin TN dentist's office desires to work with a nearby specialist to perform these advanced procedures. Here is a list of three periodontists in the Franklin area to help you find one that is right for you. Periodontal & Implant...
The Importance of Dental Health in Preventing Systemic Disease
Nov 26, 2017
Focuses on the integral role that oral health plays in overall health. This is due to a strong body of research that shows a clear association between chronic disease and poor dental health. Although holistic dentists have recognized these links for many years, recent research has continued to emerge, confirming a relationship between dental disease and a wide variety of systemic conditions including neurological diseases, heart disease, diabetes, and even many cancers. This growing body of evidence on the importance...
The Link Between Sleep Deprivation and Periodontal Disease
Oct 26, 2017
We all know that getting enough sleep is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, a 2016 study from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention revealed that over one-third of adults in the United States do not get the recommended seven or more hours of sleep per night on a regular basis. This lack of adequate sleep can lead to a variety of negative health conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and mental health...
The Link Between Chronic Periodontitis and Alzheimer’s Disease
Sep 26, 2017
A recently released study from Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan suggests a link between chronic periodontitis and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, which was published in Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, was led by Dr. Yu-Chao Chang and found strong evidence linking chronic gum disease to an increased risk of patients developing Alzheimer’s disease. Previous research on chronic gum disease and overall health Gum disease, which can lead to infection and inflammation in the body, has long been associated with an...
What’s Up with All that Poking at My Gums During Cleaning?
May 22, 2017
Have you ever wondered why your dentist or hygienist starts rattling off a series of numbers to the in the middle of your cleaning? 2, 2, 3, 2, 4, 5! What’s going on there? This practice, known as dental probing, is performed to check the depth of gum tissue pockets that surround your tooth and the level of bone underneath the tissue. It’s a proactive way to identify your risk for gum disease, and when done regularly, can help catch it...
Periodontal Disease & Your Overall Health
Mar 22, 2017
Our team recently completed several days of advanced dental training, and we are excited to share some of what we learned with you! Our training focused on gum and periodontal disease and their negative effects on the body. Here are some surprising facts related to periodontal disease and how it’s related to your overall health: Did you know that approximately 50% of Americans aged 30 and over have periodontal disease? For Americans who are 65 and older, this percentage increases...