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Treatments for Your Smile: Sleep Apnea

Are you aware of the risk factors associated with sleep apnea and whether or not you are at an increased risk for developing the disorder? Sleep apnea arises when individuals experience breathing pattern interruptions while they are asleep. One common sign that sleep apnea is occurring is snoring. However, just because you snore does not mean you also have sleep apnea.

Several risk factors exist to alert you to the presence of sleep apnea. This includes the following:

– if you are overweight

– if you are over 40

– if you are a male

– if you have large tonsils or a large tongue

– if you have a nasal obstruction with a deviated septum

– if you are experiencing sinus and nasal problems

If you are suffering from any of these risk factors, you may be suffering from sleep apnea or be at a heightened risk of the disorder. If left untreated, it can lead to stroke, heart failure and several other oral health issues.

Once your dentist has determined whether or not you are suffering from sleep apnea, they can provide treatment as needed. Oftentimes, it can consist of changes in the way you sleep or the use of specialized oral appliances to help correct your jawbone and open your airway. Surgery can also be helpful.           

For additional help with treating sleep apnea, please call [practice_name] so we can get you in to see Dr. Long or Dr. Thurman as soon as possible. Our office is located in [city], [state]. To reach us, call our office at [phone].


Sensational Smiles: Tooth Hazard Prevention

Numerous tooth hazards revolve around your diet. Not only do they heavily affect the products you can consume, but also arise in the implementation of the products in your diet through various methods. Always exercise caution around any tooth hazards present in regard to your diet and dietary habits.

Limit snacking between meals as it can increase the rate at which tooth decay can occur. In addition, opening product packaging with your teeth is a severe tooth hazard that should be avoided at all costs. Never try to open bottle caps or plastic packaging with your teeth. In regard to your diet, exercise caution with products that can easily contribute to oral health ailments such as dental erosion or tooth decay. Avoid gummy candies as they can link to your teeth and gums and cause dental erosion. In addition, products such as fruit juice, potato chips, sports drinks, and soda are all high in sugars or starches, which can be converted by plaque and bacteria in your mouth into harmful acids capable of causing dental erosion. Thus, avoid these products to keep your smile safe.

To talk about your tooth hazard treatment options with Dr. [doctor_name] and the rest of our team, you can make an appointment at our dentist office in [city], [state]. Our number is [phone].