The Sleep Meds Solution

Do you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep or do you struggle with snoring at night? If so, you might have sleep apnea, but don’t worry – you are not alone! Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted while they are sleeping. Those whose sleep apnea goes untreated stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep and it can happen hundreds of times a night! This could result in the brain and the rest of the body not getting enough oxygen. The main types of sleep apnea are: -Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): This is the more common of the two and it is caused by a blockage of the airway when the tissue located in the back of the throat collapses during sleep....

The Differences Between Porcelain Veneers and Crowns

Porcelain veneers and dental crowns can restore many of the same issues with your teeth, so how do you know which one is right for you? Before you decide, it is important to learn the benefits of both and then weigh the options with us to help you decide the best way to help you get the smile that you love back once again. Porcelain Veneers Porcelain veneers are placed on the front of your teeth and are mainly for cosmetic purposes. If you have unsightly stains on your teeth that cannot be helped with tooth whitening, minor chips, cracks or wide spaces in between your teeth, porcelain veneers can help. The majority of your tooth is left intact when placing veneers; we simply need to remove a small portion of the enamel in order to allow the veneer to fit...

Get Help for Bruxism

If you wake up at night with a sore jaw or your partner tells you that you were grinding your teeth in the middle of the night, you likely suffer from bruxism. Grinding your teeth at night could be a telltale sign for many conditions and warrants a trip to the dentist. Some people grind their teeth due to stress or anxiety while others have a dental issue that must be corrected in order to stop the grinding. Visit our Office Even if you think that your reason for grinding your teeth is not directly related to your oral health, you should come see us. During your exam, we will look at your teeth, jaw bones and facial muscles to determine the extent of your grinding and what needs to be done to correct it. If we find that the reason is due to a misaligned bite,...

You’re Never too Old for Cavities

Tooth decay might be most commonly talked about among kids and teens, but that does not mean that it does not occur as you age. In fact, seniors are at a higher risk for tooth decay than any other age group. As you enter your golden years, it becomes even more imperative to keep your regular dental appointments to ensure that you are free from the risk of tooth decay, allowing you to keep your natural teeth in good health. The Role of Saliva One of the largest reasons that the elderly begin to experience extensive cavities as they age is because of the lack of saliva that is being produced. This is not a side effect of aging that everyone will experience, but with the help of medication or certain physical illnesses, the amount of saliva produced can be greatly...

High Starch Foods are Bad for your Teeth Too

Candy and other foods with high sugar content are obviously bad for your teeth, but what many people do not realize is that starchy foods are just as bad for their teeth. The problem with these starchy foods, such as potato chips, pasta and bread is that the sugar content is not as readily known. You do not think about how much sugar you are consuming while snacking on a bag of potato chips, like you would think about had you been eating a bag of candy instead, because they are not sweet. The unfortunate part is that they are doing just as much damage to your teeth. The Simple Sugars in Carbohydrates Carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta and potato chips, start as a starch, but then break down into simple sugars once you eat them. Some carbohydrates break down...

How to Handle a Cracked Tooth

An injury that results in a cracked tooth can be very traumatic, whether you are young or old. Knowing how to handle the situation before it occurs can help you keep calm during the minutes following the injury. Not every cracked tooth needs to be seen by a dentist immediately, but there are certain steps that everyone needs to take in order to ensure a sterile environment and minimal amount of pain before being able to be seen by a professional. Immediate Steps for a Cracked Tooth – Rinse your mouth – The first step is to rinse your mouth with warm water. This gives you a chance to eliminate any particles that are left in the mouth, decreasing the risk of a choking hazard. After rinsing your mouth, it should be easier to assess the situation, allowing you...