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Posts for: October, 2014

By 4 Dental Health
October 24, 2014
Category: Oral Health
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You may think snoring is a minor problem, but it can be a lot more than that. Just ask hoops star Shaquille O'Neal, whose rambunctious snoring bothered his girlfriend enough for her to suspect a health problem. Her observations eventually led to Shaq's diagnosis of moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which occurs when the soft tissue structures at the back of a person's throat, including the tongue, partially close off the upper airway and prevent air from moving into the lungs during sleep. Sometimes airflow can be blocked completely for 10 or more seconds.

When air flow is reduced, blood oxygen levels drop. This leads to brief waking episodes known as “micro-arousals,” which can happen sometimes more than 50 times an hour. The sleeper might not even be aware of this, even while gasping for air. Micro-arousals prevent the person from ever reaching deep, restful sleep.

Besides suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness, studies show sleep apnea patients are at higher risks of heart attacks, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, brain damage and strokes. People with sleep apnea also have a higher incidence of work and driving-related accidents.

OSA can be treated in a few different ways. On the advice of his doctor, Shaq opted for a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, which generates pressurized air delivered through a face mask worn while sleeping. The force of the pressurized air opens the airway (windpipe) in the same way as blowing into a balloon does.

For people with milder OSA, or who find they can't tolerate wearing a mask during sleep, an oral appliance supplied by a dental professional might be the answer. Oral appliances are worn in the mouth and are designed to gently reposition the jaw and move the tongue forward away from the back of the throat. Success rates of 80% or more have been reported using oral appliances, depending on the severity of the OSA.

If you would like more information on sleep apnea, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about sleep apnea by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Snoring & Sleep Apnea.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Sleep Disorders & Dentistry.”


By 4 Dental Health
October 23, 2014
Category: Oral Health
When we think about dental emergencies we often think about a tooth being knocked out while playing a sport. True, dental injuries can occur during a rowdy game, but there are several other culprits out there that require a speedy trip to the dentist. No one wants to take a sudden trip to visit their dentist in Layton unless they need to. So here are some of the most common emergencies and here’s what you can do to stave them off in the future.
 

Protect Your Teeth With A Mouth Guard

 
It might seem like a given but you wouldn’t believe the number of dental injuries that could have been prevented if people had just worn their mouth guards. In fact, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association, approximately 13-39 percent of all dental injuries are sports-related. Yikes! It sure gives sports a bad rep.
 

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Don't wait until it is too late, it is easy to protect you smile! Just remember that in order to guard your teeth during ruckus game play, you will need to wear your mouth guard at all times. This goes for any sport—football, basketball, ice hockey, soccer…the list just continues. If you want to be able to show off that perfect smile then see your dentist in Layton about what mouth guard would be right for your athletic endeavors.
 

Buckle Up For Safety And For Your Teeth

 
It might be the most obvious and overstated recommendation in the book, but it’s there for a reason. One study found that about 34 percent of participants with dental injuries were the result of car accidents. So, next time you get in the car always take a second to buckle your seat belt.
 
Also putting your child in a child car seat will protect him or her, as well. If you’re wearing your seatbelt during a collision, it’s far less likely that you or a family member will have to seek a cosmetic dentist in Layton. Spending the day dealing with both a car accident and dental emergency isn’t our idea of fun. Make sure to take care of yourself while you’re on the road.
 

Strong Oral Hygiene

 
If you take care of your teeth, they will take care of you. It might seem corny, but it’s true. If you brush twice a day, floss once a day and try to follow a healthy diet, your teeth and gums will thank you. The main reasons for tooth loss are decay and gum disease. If you’re seeing your dentist in Layton twice a year and taking care of your teeth in the comfort of your own home, you can prevent a lot of dental emergencies from occurring.
 
Here are just some ways you can prevent sudden dental problems from happening to you. Taking care of yourself should be your number one priority. We sure know it is for us!


Call 4 Dental Health 
 

If you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency in Layton, then call us immediately at (801) 889-1044.
 

Have you have a dental emergency? How did you handle it? Tell us about it, we would be very interested to hear about it!


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Now in your adult years, you feel you’ve functioned pretty well even with a few misaligned teeth. You may also think having them straightened at this point may not be worth the effort and expense.

But there are solid reasons — beyond, of course, the psychological and social benefits gained from a new smile — why straightening teeth even as an adult can be a wise investment. Orthodontics not only enhances your appearance but may also improve your long-term oral health.

Restores proper oral function. Teeth that are aligned properly will tend to function properly. Although you can still chew, speak and smile with teeth that aren’t quite aligned properly, over time you’ll put more stress on both the teeth and the jaws, which could lead to more wear than what normally occurs with aging. By re-aligning teeth to a more normal position you could be extending the life of your teeth and reducing your risk of other functional problems.

Reduces the risk of periodontal (gum) disease. Some people with misaligned teeth are more susceptible to periodontal disease. Besides difficulties with bacterial plaque removal (a must to avoid gum disease), a person with misaligned teeth can also encounter more defects involving bone and gum tissues like gum recession that can contribute to the progression of gum disease. By straightening teeth (and performing plastic periodontal surgery if needed), we can reduce this risk dramatically — as long as we’re performing periodontal treatment for existing gum disease before and during orthodontics.

Facilitates tooth replacement. When we lose a tooth, the mouth’s natural mechanism is to move remaining teeth to fill the void left by the lost tooth. This can make it difficult to position a dental implant or similar tooth replacement in a functional and aesthetically appealing way. By applying orthodontics to move drifting teeth back into their proper place, we restore the best condition for achieving success with a tooth replacement.

The best way to know how much you could benefit from orthodontic treatment is to visit us for a full dental evaluation. From there, we can help you decide if treatment for straightening misaligned teeth is right for you.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Why Straighten Teeth.”




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