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Leftover Candy

Extra Candy Haunting Homes

Halloween is over, and all the zombies, princesses, and ninjas have changed back into their normal kid lives.  However, their bags of candy are still haunting the house.  As much as kids would like to eat all those sweets at once, the increase in sugary snack can increase the risk of oral problems like cavities and gum disease.  Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Heller want everyone to enjoy a few treats, but sugar in excess is dangerous. So what should you do with the piles of left over cavity producers?  Periodontal Associates would love to share some ideas!

Candy Buy Back

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Although Periodontal Associates is not collecting candy in our Aurora, CO office, many of our referring general dentists are asking their patients to bring in leftovers to be rewarded with cash! The only thing more tantalizing to kids other than candy is money.  Candy is turned in by the pound, some offices have limits, and purchased by the dentist. This is beneficial for the kids to protect from oral diseases, teach the spirit of giving, and often troops.  Some candy buyback programs are linked with Operation Gratitude which serves troops with goods.  And speaking of our beloved military that brings me to how you can give without the middle man of the dentist.

Candy for the Troops

Being away from home can be difficult for those who are serving our country.  Often they are unable to see friends and family, and the traditions everyone loves so much are celebrated while the troops are overseas.  Operation Shoebox is an organization that was founded in 2003 to send support over to our men and women deployed outside of the USA to help raise their morale and let them know they are cared about. This is done with care packages, letters, and bulk shipping of items that can be beneficial to them during their deployment. Our Organization is composed of over 1300 dedicated volunteers in three locations and also volunteers all across the USA that assist in accomplishing our mission, including here in Denver, CO.  Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman would love to encourage our patients to not only support our troops but also support your teeth.  So, if you don’t know what to do with all that left over Halloween Candy, send it to Operation Shoebox, and they will get it over to our troops! Every year they go through tons of candy that is sent to our troops.  They would be happy to have your left overs!  They also encourage kids to send in letters, pictures, or other helpful products like toothbrushes.

Even though the candy may be sent away, it is still important to practice good oral hygiene to stop the damage from normal daily eating and drinking.  Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman suggest routine cleanings, regular brushing and flossing at home, as well as avoiding sugary foods as this is the best bet to keep tooth away. If you have any questions regarding the oral hygiene products you use, please call us at (303) 755-4500, click here for an appointment, or visit our website atwww.periodontalhealth.com for more information. Periodontal Associates serves patients all over the Denver, CO area, and would be happy to get you started or keep you on the right path for excellent dental health.

Vegan Toothpaste

Vegans Brushing for B12

 

Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman know that proper nutrition plays an important role in maintaining good oral health for both gums and teeth, but with new dietary trends rising, like paleolithic, vegetarian, or veganism, some could be lacking essential vitamins.  Periodontal Associates wants to announce that there is good news as products like Vegan toothpaste are being created to compensate for missing nutrition.

An article was recently written in Gizmag outlining how a German cosmetics company called Sante joined forces with the German Vegetarian Society to enhance toothpaste with organic vitamin B12.   This is crucial for vegans in particular as B12 is normally found in meats, fish, cheese, yogurt, and eggs, and veganism is defined as a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products, and all other animal-derived ingredients.

In order to find a replacement source, a study was conducted to test the effectiveness of B12 delivery through toothpaste.  This study was conducted over a five week period.  The subjects were 127 healthy vegans as well as vegetarians between the ages of 18 and 64.  These participants went without consuming B6, B12, or folic acid enriched foods or supplements.  85 participants used the B12 toothpaste while the other half used placebo toothpaste.  At the end of the five week study, blood tests were taken and compared to the blood samples obtained before the study.

The conclusion?  The participants who were using the toothpaste had a 50% increase in B12 levels while the control group using a placebo experienced a 22% decrease. To make matters worse, the control group also had a 65% increase in holotranscobalamin II, which is a marker for B12depletion.

This vegan friendly toothpaste delivers 100 µg of vitamin B12 per gram which means users are receiving  more than the 2.4 µg recommendation per day as long as consumers brush at least twice daily (Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman hope you are doing this and flossing, too).  Exceeding the recommended does is not harmful at all, and women who are breastfeeding actually need more than 2.4 µg daily.

It is important to take nutrition seriously as B12 deficiency can lead to anemia, heart and nervous problems, and increased risk of developing dementia.  If you have been following along with Periodontal Associates’ blogs or check our website,www.periodontalhealth.com, you would know those people with heart and other health problems can then lead to increased risk for periodontal disease.  This is a vicious cycle, so the new toothpaste comes as a relief as it not only helps to keep a happy, healthy mouth but a properly balanced diet.

If you do have any other questions about nutritional needs, especially to help prevent gum disease, give Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman a call at (303) 755-4500.  We would love for you to come in to Periodontal Associates to meet our hygienists, Carolyn and Michelle, allowing them and our doctors to assess you dental needs.  You could call for an appointment or click here to schedule.  We are located in Aurora, CO but our patients come from near and far to see our periodontal disease specialists, Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman.

I promise, Periodontal Associates will give you something to smile about!

Fashionable Gaps in Teeth

Gap-Tooth Grins

 

The use of braces and orthodontics is a growing fashion with parents spending an average of $4,000 per child; however, despite the need for perfectly straight teeth, a new dental trend is overpowering the fashion world.  Now that impeccably even, white teeth have become the norm and achieved by so many, innovative fashionistas are turning imperfect smiles into perfect models.

This is not the first time wide gap teeth have been deemed beautiful.  In Africa, women with wide spaces in their smiles are thought to be more fertile and attractive.  Despite this philosophy, American talent agencies are searching for these gap-tooth grins more so because they are unlike most people.  “I think we’re getting away from that cookie-cutter image.  I think this is kind of breaking the mold,” says Kim Hoffman, owner of Hoffman International modeling agency in Overland Park.

As this trend rises, models are not necessarily taking action to actively part their teeth, but some inspiring models are instead hesitating on correcting the flaw through orthodontic care.  The reason these dental defects exist is an act of natural occurrence.

Most spaces occur from either having a larger jaw bone with smaller teeth or possibly one may have another incisor growing between the teeth but under the gums.  These spaces are called diastemas, and the cause could also be genetic.  Sometimes, the gums may begin to grow and stretch between the two front teeth.

As much as models want to keep their natural imperfections, orthodontists try to convince them otherwise as it can affect their bite.  This can slowly wear down enamel and cause problems chewing.

Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman would have to agree that fixing these defects would be beneficial, especially to prevent damage to teeth.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but oral health is in the eye of our doctors at Periodontal Associates.

Do you have any questions about either the function or aesthetics of your smile? Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman are specialists in periodontics, and they have to ability to give you a life changing smile.

Here are some of the treatments commonly performed by our doctors here in Aurora, CO:

  •  Implant placement – When a tooth or several teeth are missing, Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman are able to create a natural-looking replacement by anchoring a prosthetic tooth to the jawbone.
  • Osteoplasty (hard tissue recontouring) – Once periodontitis has been treated, Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman can recontour the hard tissue to make the smile both natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Gingivoplasty (soft tissue recontouring) – As gums recede due to periodontitis, the teeth may appear longer; causing a “toothy” smile. Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman can remove tissues or straighten the gum line to make the teeth look more even.
  • Bone grafting – Dental implants can only be positioned if there is sufficient bone to attach the prosthetic tooth to. If bone loss has occurred, bone grafting is an excellent way to add or “grow” bone so that an implant may be properly secured.
  • Deep pocket cleanings – As gingivitis and periodontitis progress, it becomes more difficult to cleanse the pockets between the soft tissues and the teeth. Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman can scale and root plane the teeth (sometimes under local anesthetic) to remove debris and infection-causing bacteria.
  • Crown lengthening – In order to expose more of the natural tooth, Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman  can remove some of the surrounding gingival tissue.

Because the practice of periodontics requires specialized training and excellent teamwork in dental implants and gum disease, we have brought together one of the most experienced, skilled, caring and dedicated professional staffs in all of Colorado, to assist with your individual comfort and care. Periodontal Associates work closely with your dentist–a key member of our team–to combine our expertise and experience with them to formulate the best treatment plan for you. So contact us today for a free dental implant consultation or for your next cleaning with our hygienists.  You can click here for an appointment or give us a call at (303) 755-4500.

New Baby Teeth

Hungry Babies Bite into a Tasty New World

 

It’s a big new world out there for your little one as they learn to roll, scoot, and crawl, collecting objects to eat along the way. Kids always have a knack for turning inedible things into food. But as tempting as it is to give your baby new foods to satisfy their curious mouths, be sure to do your research on what is appropriate for their developing teeth and how to provide them with proper dental care.  Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman have some good tips!
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We all know it is important to limit certain foods for adults as it increases risks for cavities and gum disease, but kids are kids, so they can eat whatever they want, right? WRONG. Kids need to be wary of the same foods as their parents.  Even though most of the meal finds its way to their clothes, hair, and floor, it is important to be wary of what they have.  Increases in sugary and acidic foods will cause physical damage and it will also teach bad habits.

Bread and fruits share a common bond as being good cavity producers with their sugar content.  Foods to be wary of: chips, crackers, cereals, fruits, and sticky spreads like peanut butter.   Juice in particular is a familiar favorite in Sippy cups as it provides a good source of vitamins, but most juices contain extremely high levels of sugar.  Parents want to make sure to limit these or try watering the juices down.   None of these foods are dangerous to their nutrition; they should just be eaten in moderate and often with meals, not as snacks.

The physical form of food is also important. Babies grow quickly, including their mouths, but Periodontal Associates want you to know that some substances are still too difficult for kids to manipulate with their new teeth. Choking is the 4th leading cause of death for kids under the age of 5.  And according to the AAP, Children don’t master the type of chewing necessary for eating raw vegetables and hard candies until age 4. Even as babies start teething and want to gnaw on everything in sight, be sure to keep tougher food, seeds, and pits out of site.

Clean Up

Sometimes it is not what you are feeding your children, instead it is the lack of care afterwards.  For example, your baby is crying late at night and you soothe them to sleep with a warm bottle of milk. Why is this bad?  You are coating your kids’ teeth with the sugars in the milk and allowing it to marinate all night long.
Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman suggest moms start brushing their kids’ teeth as early as possible.  Is it best to start with a progression of using a dot of fluoride toothpaste, a pea sized amount around the age of 2, then about the size of a bean once the child is 5 years old.  Build healthy habits by brushing together, twice daily, to make it more enjoyable.

Making brushing FUN is the key to building healthy habits and great dental preventative care.  You can take turns brushing each other’s teeth, use cartoon toothbrushes, turn on songs to dance to while brushing, or you could try videotaping them so they feel like they are putting on a play!

Feel free to contact Periodontal Associates if you have any questions regarding your child’s dental health as it is never too early to begin dental care.  In fact, our doctors (Ken Versman, Doug Heller, and Eric Beckman) hope your little one is seeing their first dentist by the age of one! If they are scared, please feel free to bring them with you during your next visit with us to show them how fun the dentist can be (especially our dental implant team at Periodontal Associates).

Please call us for any more information or click here for an appointment.  We are located in Aurora, CO and provide care for the Denver metro area. Periodontal Associates hopes you can teach your kids early to love their teeth and how to keep them safe.  We look forward to helping them keep them clean in order to prevent the need for dental implants or gum disease. Happy eating kids!

Supplement to Improve Gum Disease

COQ10 for Stronger Gums

 

There are a lot of studies these days that suggest there are benefits to taking vitamins and supplements to counter act one’s deficiencies either due to diet or effects from prescription medications.  One supplement in particular, co-enzyme Q10, has been known for the ability to help patients with cardiac problems, and Periodontal Associates want you to know it could help strengthen your gums as well!

The Institute for Biomedical Research conducted a study comparing those with periodontal disease to those with healthy gums.  Biopsies of both groups were taken from their gums and then analyzed for the amount of COQ10 found in each.  “The gingival biopsies from patients having diseased periodontal tissue showed a deficiency of co-enzyme Q10, in contrast to those of the normal periodontal tissue which showed no deficiency,” conclude the researchers.

Also, the Department of Preventative Dentistry looked at the effects of topical application of co-enzyme Q10 on adult periodontitis. Researchers used male subjects with 20 gingival pockets as the experiment and 10 pockets as the control group.  A topical COQ10 was placed once a week for 6 weeks on the experimental pockets while soy bean oil was used on the control.  In the first 3-week period, significant reductions in gingival fluid flow, probing depth and gum loss were found only at the experimental sites. These results suggest that topical application of CoQ10 improves adult periodontitis.

CoQ10 helps to keep periodontal disease under control by oxygenating muscles within our gums as it increases the production of energy in the mitochondria, the energy center located inside each cell. Periodontal patients frequently have significant gingival deficiencies of CoQ10, and the deficiency indicates a nutritional imbalance that is not likely caused by neglected oral hygiene. A gingival deficiency could predispose this tissue to gum disease and gingivitis could even enhance the deficiency. Periodontal Associates suggests both the use of CoQ10 for those who are at risk for gum disease and proper oral hygiene for improved treatment.

You may ask, how do I use COQ10? Well, California Pacific Medical Center recommends taking between 50 and 60 mg daily for the use of gum disease prevention. Mouthwashes containing CoQ10 may also be effective. CoQ10 can be found naturally in foods like oily fish and whole grains, but it is also available as a supplement.  CoQ10 can be found in local food or vitamin store and does not always require a doctor’s prescription, but the supplemental form may not be safe for everyone. In fact, UMMC states that most people get plenty of CoQ10 from their diets; however, those who have natural or medication-related deficiencies may benefit from supplementation. CoQ10 can cause interactions with medications including blood thinners, as well as medications for blood pressure or glaucoma. If you take these medications, you should not take CoQ10. Before trying the supplement, discuss its use with Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, or Dr. Beckman to weight out the benefits versus risks.

In order to best help you, please call Periodontal Associates or stop by our office in the Denver metro area.  It is beneficial for Dr. Versman, Heller & Beckman to build close relationships with their patients in order to know their medical history and make a personal plan for each individual. You can click here to schedule an appointment or call at (303) 755-4500.  Please visit our website at www.periodontalhealth.com for more information on gum disease, home care, dental implants, and other periodontal related diseases.

A+ if you Brush!

A+ if you Brush

It’s the start of a new school year here in the Denver – Aurora, area, and moms and kids alike are scrambling to wake up early, pack lunches, and eat their Wheaties.  However, Periodontal Associates wants to make you aware that there may be one important step being looked over in order for kids to reach their potential and make good grades. According to the American Journal of Public Health, kids can fall behind in school when suffering from poor oral health and dental disease as it can result in tooth pain.  Dr. Versman, Heller, and Beckman do not want this to happen to your children!

You may want to know how this connection was found. Well, exactly 1495 elementary and high school children in the Los Angeles Unified School District who were socioeconomically disadvantaged were examined by The University of Southern California (USC), and they matched their oral health status to their academic accomplishments and attendance. “On average, elementary children missed a total of six days per year, and high school children missed 2.6 days. For elementary students, 2.1 days of missed school were due to dental problems, and high school students missed 2.3 days due to dental issues,” Roseann Mulligan, chair of the Division of Dental Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry says.

This study revealed that kids were almost 4 times more likely to have a low grade point average when they were experiencing toothaches. MOM & DAD, ARE YOU READING THIS! Unfortunately, since children in families with lower incomes are sometimes inaccessible to dental care, 11% of them miss school, unlike 4% of kids who do have access to a dentist like Dr. Versman, Heller, and Beckman. This would reflect in 58 -80 hours of school hours missed for every 100 children. Not to mention, parents miss about 2.5 days of work in order to care for their aching children.  This could be happening in Denver, CO, too!

Based on this study, they were able to conclude that oral health DOES in fact affect students’ academic performance. However, it would be beneficial to conduct further studies that separate the clinical, socioeconomic, and cultural challenges associated with this epidemic of dental disease in children as they are all intertwine and affect one another.

Periodontal Associates believes that good dental hygiene can increase you and your kids ability to be successful by preventing disease and enabling more time to do the things you love!  Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman have a mission to prevent the need for dental implants and gum disease by better home care and regular maintenance visits.  As much as we love our patients, we rather educate them on the progression of gum disease and prevention rather than on the treatment of periodontal disease.

For more on the study, you can read it directly by clicking here. Otherwise, contact your favorite dental office in the Denver metro area, Periodontal Associates, to schedule a time for you and your children learn how to prevent bad grades by preventing dental disease. Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman would be happy to see your kids and set them up for success. For an appointment, call us at (303) 755-4500 or simply click here to make to request an appointment online.

Brushing and Enamel Erosion

Brushing and Enamel Erosion

is-excessive-brushing-harmful-1-638.jpgSo I’m going to tell you something that you may not have ever heard coming from a dentist before: It’s possible to brush your teeth too often! Yes, you read that right. We see patients in our office who are overly zealous about brushing their teeth and have actually started to erode their enamel.

Enamel erosion can contribute to gum disease when plaque buildup at the base of the tooth causes the tooth to move away from the gumline. This creates and environment that is prime for the development of gingivitis.

So back to brushing your teeth. I’m not going to tell you it’s not important and crucial to your overall dental health. It is! But brushing immediately after a meal, as most of us have been taught since childhood, can damage enamel because saliva produces an acidic substance to help you begin the digestive process when you eat. Ideally, you should brush your teeth about 30 minutes after meals so that the acid has had a chance to neutralize. We encourage our patients to brush thoroughly but gently with soft-bristle brushes or electric toothbrushes instead of scrubbing away with hard bristles – also a practice that can contribute to enamel erosion. Brushing your teeth six or seven times a day can also lead to potential problems down the road. If you think you’re brushing too much, talk to your dentist. Practicing good oral hygiene today can prevent costly visits to the gum doctors tomorrow!

Psychologist and Dentists Marry Ideas and End Fear

Are you Fearful About Dental Implants or Dental Visits?

 

I think it is safe to say there is a common and overwhelming fear of the dental office. It can be a common cause of anxiety as people visualize a drill-wielding man in a white coat just waiting to cause pain and remove teeth. Although this could not be further from the truth with Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman here at Periodontal Associates, it is pleasing to know there are some steps being taken to disprove this nightmare and increase the frequency of dental appointments to help with dental maintenance and prevent the need for dental implants.

Researchers at Sydney University claim that psychologists have helped to reverse decay in many patients.  Professor Wendell Evans, researcher on reversing tooth decay, created this relationship with psychologists to promote preventive dental care. The dean of Sydney University’s Faculty of Dentistry, Professor Chris Peck, said patients in the new caries management program would undergo behavioral interviewing. “We use psychologists to change an individual’s behavior to get them to modify diet and to use the best preventive approaches. It is not one appointment, but multiple appointments to reinforce those changes.”

Although this study is going on in Australia, Dr. Versman, Heller, and Beckman have great ways to eliminate fears for good in the Denver – Aurora, CO area. Here are a couple of ways:

  1. Talk to the dentist – The dentist is not a mind reader. Though it can be hard to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, Dr. Versman, Heller, and Beckman take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated – just ask our patients!
  2. Bring a portable music player – Music acts as a relaxant and also drowns out any fear-producing noises. Listening to calming music throughout the appointment will help to reduce anxiety. (Periodontal Associates usually has great jams playing in every room!)
  3. Agree on a signal – Many people are afraid that the dentist will not know they are in significant pain during the appointment, and will carry on the procedure regardless. The best way to solve this is to agree on a “stop” hand signal with the dentist. Both parties can easily understand signals like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.
  4. Spray the throat – Throat sprays (for example, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) can actually control the gag reflex. Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex under control for about an hour.
  5. Take a mirror – Not being able to see what is happening can increase anxiety and make the imagination run wild. Although Dr. Versman, Heller, and Beckman are great at walking you through the procedure before it even begins.
  6. Sedation – If there is no other way to cope, sedation offers an excellent option for many people. There are several types of sedation, but the general premise behind them is the same: the patient regains their faculties after dental implant or treatment is complete.
  7. Ask about alternatives – Advances in technology mean that dental microsurgery is now an option. Lasers can be used to prepare teeth for fillings, whiten teeth and remove staining. Discuss all the options with the dentist and decide on one that is effective and produces minimal anxiety.

 See what you can learn already about making the dental visit more relaxing? Just imagine how at ease and excited you will feel about defeating your gum recession and gaining a beautiful smile with your dental implants after you meet with our doctors: Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman.  They will walk you through the process in ways you can understand and know what to expect.  Our entire dental implant team here at Periodontal Associates will make you feel at home and carefree, you won’t even need a psychologist!

Go ahead, give us a call at (303) 755-4500. We are located in the Denver metro area, specifically Aurora. We cannot wait to end your apprehensions about dentures, implants, gum grafting, oral reconstruction, or even teeth cleaning!

FEAR NO MORE!

Parents are linked to the number of cavities in their kids’ teeth

Mom’s Emotions Affect Kid’s Dental Health

Periodontal Associates wants everyone to know that gum disease and poor dental health can occur for many reasons.  Dr. Versman, Heller & Beckman suggest you talk to them about your home dental care to make sure you are doing everything you can to prevent gingivitis, cavities, and the need for dental implants.  With that being said, let’s take some time to discuss a new research determining factors in the number of cavities in children.

Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University, US recently released a study that links a mother’s emotional stability and educational background during her kid’s younger years to her child’s dental health at age 14.  The case was structure by interviewing candidates at the ages of three, eight, and finally 14 years old to determine what elements shaped their current oral health and number of cavities.

Suchitra Nelson, lead investigator on the study, had a team examine the teeth of the 224 adolescent participants in a longitudinal study that also followed very low birth weight vs. normal birth weight children. Factors like the number of decayed, filled, or missing permanent teeth and the level of dental plaque were used to determine the quality of oral health.  Case Western Dental School states that these are all direct symptoms of poor hygiene maintenance and Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman agree.

Even the mothers, or care givers, were interviewed to reveal their knowledge about preventative treatments like sealants, mouthwash, sugar drinks, access to dental care, and the frequency of visitations to a dentist.  The data revealed that even with access to dental insurance, fluoride treatments, and sealants as young children, it did not always prevent cavities by the age of 14, said Nelson.

Researchers were then able to conclude that the mothers and their overall emotional health, education level, and knowledge when children were at ages 3 and 8 were responsible for increased numbers of cavities when their children reached the age of 14.

Nelson stated, “We can’t ignore the environments of these children.  It isn’t enough to tell children to brush and floss; they need more — and particularly from their caregivers.”

The researchers also found that mothers with more education beyond high school, with healthy emotional states, and knowledge about eating right had children with healthier teeth.

If you are concerned about your knowledge and how to protect your family, continue to follow our blogs or schedule an appointment at Periodontal Associates to meet with one of our doctors: Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, or Dr.Beckman.  You can schedule by calling us at (303) 755-4500, visiting our website at www.periodontalhealth.com, or clicking here.  Our patients come from all over Colorado but we primarily serve the Denver metro area as we are located in Aurora, CO.

Go Green to Prevent Gum Disease

Green Tea for Pink Gums

 

Periodontal Associates is on a constant search to find the latest research on how to prevent and continue to treat gum disease, and the latest philosophy is leaving us thirsty for more.  Green Tea is a well-known beverage that has been used in the Asian cultures for thousands of years to promote health (and increasing in popularity here in Denver, CO), but did you know, Green Tea is linked to stimulating healthy gums and teeth?

The Journal of Periodontology just published a study that analyzed the periodontal health of 940 men, and researchers found that those who regularly drank green tea had superior periodontal health than subjects that consumed less green tea. None on hand?  If you are in Denver, CO then stop by to see Drs. Versman, Heller, or Beckman, and we will greet you with some!

“It has been long speculated that green tea possesses a host of health benefits,” said Dr. Yoshihiro Shimazaki, the author of the study, from Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. “And since many people enjoy green tea on a regular basis, we were eager to investigate the impact of green tea consumption on periodontal health, especially considering the escalating emphasis on the connection between periodontal health and overall health.”

The study was conducted with male participants from the ages of 49-59 years. The extent of periodontal disease in each subject was compared by pocket depth, clinical attachment loss of gum tissue, and bleeding upon probing. Researchers noted that for every one cup of green tea consumed per day, there was a decrease in all three components which led to the conclusion that periodontal disease occurs less for those who drink green tea on a regular basis.

How does green tea help reduce periodontal disease?  Researchers believe the antioxidant, Catechin, in green tea is the cause of the reduction of gum disease symptoms.  Antioxidants are known for reducing inflammation everywhere in the body, gums too.  Since periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth, it makes sense how green tea can be beneficial.  Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman believes it is important to take every action possible to prevent gum disease as it continues to be connected to the development of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

We hope this information is helpful to you as Periodontal Associates is a big advocate for patient education. Please visit our website as it is a comprehensive information resource that includes self-assessment tools,visual guides, and shows how Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman treat gum disease. It is important to begin evaluating your symptoms and learn how to take action to treat it, other than just drinking plenty of green tea. If you have any signs of gum disease, please contact us right away so we can begin treatment immediately in the Denver metro area.