Enlarged Periodontal Regions Could Be An Indication Of Childhood Leukemia

enlarged gums could be a sign of leukemia in children

According to a newly published case report, enlarged periodontal regions in children could be a potential indicator for intense kinds of Leukemia (AML).

Diagnosing a patient can be difficult at times; especially when you are trying to figure out what is wrong with them based on what is going on in their mouth alone. When looking for a medical diagnosis for an oral issue, it remains important for every dental practitioner to think outside of the box for sources other than just the mouth. Every oral professional should check into their patients’ medical as well as family members’ backgrounds before deciding on a proper medical diagnosis.

What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is a form of cancer that attacks the blood cells. It impacts the formation of white blood cells which, in turn, prevent the body from being able to effectively deal with various infections. Rather than normal, healthy blood cells, Leukemia causes the person to create leukemic blood cells, which can result in death from of bleeding, infection, or both. According to the case report published on Dentistry Today, dental practitioners are responsible for initiating the diagnosis of 25% of individuals with acute myelogenous leukemia and 33% of myelomonocytic leukemia.

With regards to gum-related leukemia (AML), hemorrhaging and gingivitis can be seen in instances of the enlarged gum tissue. Ulcerations and the before-mentioned hemorrhaging are much more typical in the acute forms of leukemia than in chronic cases of leukemia.

What are the solutions?

While having bigger gum tissues does not exactly imply your child has leukemia, it is essential to be conscious of the possibility when trying to find causes. Enlarged periodontal regions might also be the result of various forms of gingivitis such as puberty-based gingivitis, menstruation cycle-associated gingivitis, Crohn’s illness, lymphoma, ascorbic acid deficiency, neurofibromatosis, and many more causes.

Give Dr. Layman and Dr. Shirman a call if your kid appears to have unusually large gum regions so an appropriate diagnosis can be determined.

Chemotherapy is still considered the very best means for fighting leukemia. Individuals with bigger gum tissues as an outcome of AML and AML’s subtypes found a reduction in gum swelling as a result of radiation therapy. Blood transfusions, and also bone marrow transplants, are additionally known to be valuable combatants in children affected with leukemia.

Here Are A Few Reasons To Start Using CBCT 3D X-Rays

Cone beam 3d imaging technology

Even some of the most seasoned general dentists and find anatomical surprises in their patients’ mouths that give them pause.

Today’s progress in technology like CBCT 3D machines can make difficult cases easier to spot and deal with.

With the use of this 3D X-ray technology, Dr. Layman and Dr. Shirman can be prepared to handle any case that comes our way.

What exactly is a CBCT 3D machine?

Dental cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT 3D machines, are 3D X-ray imaging devices for teeth which allow our dentists to get a good look at the tooth (as well as the rest of your mouth) as a whole, inside and out.

Making use of CBCT 3D technology allows us to discover canals we couldn’t already see in your previous examinations, catch hairline fractures that we may not have detected while examining a tooth, and see pulp stones we couldn’t spot with basic X-rays. The use of the 3D technology on this machine makes planning and efficiency a whole lot easier.

CBCT 3D machines make endodontic treatments easier to deal with.

CBCT 3D machines take a bunch of 2D radiographs that are then turned into a 3D set of data that allows our dentists to examine the entirety of the tooth. With these devices, they can examine the anatomy of a tooth on several planes—specifically the sagittal, coronal, and axial. This provides them with the power to create a far more complete plan for endodontic treatment.

They also make referrals to your favorite endodontist less of a hassle.

Prior to this technology, a dentist could begin a root canal only to discover that the patient’s situation requires a dental specialist (typically an endodontist) to resolve.

With the 3D features of the cone beam machines, both dentist and patient can avoid the extra procedure, as the dentist can spot the problem and make the referral without ever having to use a drill. We’re certain our patients can appreciate the benefit this provides.

At Layman, Shirman & Associates, our goal is to give our patients the very best dental care, as efficiently and effectively as possible. With CBCT 3D technology, we can.

Sweet E-Cigarettes Increase Risk Of Cavities, New Study Shows

E-cigarettes may cause cavities

Sweet e-cigarettes more than just taste like candy, they’re just as bad for you.

People have been switching over from standard cigarettes to e-cigarettes, both for supposed health benefits and for the varieties in flavor. Well, according to a new study recently reported by the ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center, they might not be as healthy of an alternative as some previously thought.

The study “Cariogenic Potential of Sweet Flavors in Electronic-Cigarette Liquids,” took a look at the potential for tooth decay to occur when exposed to the smoke from various sweet flavored e-cigarettes. The results showed the potential for an increased risk of the development of cavities due to a combination of the liquid’s thickness and of the chemicals found in certain sweet e-cig liquids.

If that weren’t bad enough, sweet e-cigarettes were also found to have some of the same properties as the ones found in acidic drinks like sodas; gelatin, like in gummy candies; and high-sucrose products—all of which mean trouble for your teeth.

Thomas Hart, DDS, PhD, senior director of the ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center, had this to say about the purpose of the e-cigarette study:

“This study will give dentists further information to help educate patients that using e-cigarettes can have detrimental effects on their mouths.”

The results of this study mean e-cigarettes may not be as healthy of an alternative to regular cigarettes like some would have you believe. Not only do they pose a risk for your respiratory system, but now your oral cavity as well. Cavities are a serious problem in need immediate attention; give us a call if you feel you could be at risk of developing cavities.

Researchers Find Obesity and Periodontists Are Connected

Periodontal Disease and Obesity

A study conducted at New York Medical College believes to have exposed a link between periodontitis and obesity. As explained by NYMC professor of medicine and pharmacology Nader G. Abraham, PhD, DrHC, DrHC, this is the first time it’s been observed that our fat cells can be influenced by the bacteria found in our mouths.

Experts have found that fat cells can have an inflammatory reaction when under attack by viruses or bacteria (as well as some times when these microorganisms aren’t present). In obese individuals, this inflammation may result in type 2 diabetes. The investigators at NYMC performed their research on mice, infecting them with Porphyromonas gingivalis, a variety of bacterium connected with periodontal disease, and evaluated the tissue inflammation. They noticed that the bacteria had an influence on the operation of the fat cells inside of the mice in the study.

Also, the investigation found that Kavin, an extract of the kava plant, had an effect which could offset inflammation in obese individuals. Salomon Amar, DDS, PhD of NYMC proposed that use of Kavain along with good oral hygiene could lessen the health consequences of obesity.

Abraham mentioned the well-known link between oral hygiene and heart ailments and suggested that the link with obesity is yet another justification for why everybody should be sure to floss and brush their teeth on a regular basis, as well as to set up regular cleanings and exams.

Floss and Floss Again! Why Flossing Is Important.

Floss regularly from Layman and Shirman

Lots of people know of the significance of regular brushing, but we frequently hear excuses regarding why our patients don’t floss time and time again.

Some people feel that only brushing their teeth is adequate. A story from 2016 was released implying the lack of evidence done regarding investigations on the impact of using dental floss to achieve a deep clean. Others face the problem of when flossing their teeth leads to pain, discomfort, or even bloody gums.

The reality is toothbrushes are just not able to clean all surfaces of your mouth. There are areas in between your teeth where food pieces and other germs create plaque buildup. While mouth rinses with mouthwash are able to reach these spots and eliminate the bacteria, these rinses are not capable of removing the all of the plaque. Left undisturbed, plaque will subsequently turn into tartar, a hard material covering your teeth which can only be cleared away by the a dental professional with special tools.

Oral plaque builds up in spaces where your toothbrush wont reach which can bring about cavities that are difficult to detect. If plaque gets underneath the gum line it will result in inflammation and eventually result in cases such as gingivitis and gum disease. Gingivitis is normally the actual reason why your gums may bleed after using dental floss. Flossing will keep these locations clean and enables the gums to heal and return to normal.

Confused about the best way to floss your teeth? Simply grab a long piece of floss, wrap the ends around your middle fingers, and use your thumbs and index fingers to help motion the floss back and forth between each of your teeth. Don’t forget, home care isn’t enough to maintain a health smile though. Visits to your dentist are necessary so set up your dental check-up today!