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Don’t wait till the end of the year to use your flex dollars. Now is a good time to get the family in for their annual check up and cleaning.

If you don’t use your flex by the end of the year you lose it. So if you have any dental work you’ve put off, or just want to schedule your annual cleaning, call us today so we can get you scheduled and you can take advantage of those tax-free dollars you’ve set aside for your health.

TMJ the Imposter: Why Your Aches and Pains May Be Related to TMJ

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November is TMJ dysfunction awareness month in the United States. TMJ disorder affects millions of people of all ages, races and genders. TMJ dysfunction is a painful and often disabling disorder that originates from the jaw joint and can affect the health of the entire neuromuscular – skeletal system through the entire body.

Some signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction are:

• Jaw joint noises, clicking and popping

• Headaches

• Sore muscles of the jaw and face

• Limited mouth opening

• Ear congestion (fullness) ringing of the ear

• Dizziness or vertigo

• Facial asymmetry

• Numbness of the hands

• Neck and shoulders pain

• Lower back pain

• Nervousness

• Insomnia

• Posture issues

• Depression

TMJ is a disease that takes many different forms and manifests itself in patients in several different ways. Because of this, TMJ is like an “Imposter,” with the symptoms of TMJ mimicking other diseases many patients are incorrectly diagnosed. If you or anybody you know is experiencing any of these symptoms related to TMJ dysfunction you are not alone. According to The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), TMJ disorders are the second most common pain causing muscle & skeletal condition, about 5 – 12 % of the population is affected by TMJ dysfunction.

Help us create awareness not only locally with in our cities but globally. Let us educate those suffering with the appropriate research, to ultimately help prevent this misdiagnosed dysfunction everywhere.

During the month of November SoBeDentist.com would like to offer anyone that is suffering from this delimiting disorder called TMJ, with a complementary TMJ consultation plus a Sleep Screening in our office.

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Avoid Scary Tooth Decay This Halloween and Make a few bucks with our Candy Buy-Back!

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To all our Ghosts and Goblins,

SoBeDENTIST.com is having our First Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back.

We will collect unopened candy (no nibbles, please!) on Monday,  November 4th from 1 – 5pm. For every pound of candy collected, each Ghost or Goblin will earn $1. Collected candy will be sent to the troops serving our country.

Thank you for your help and support! Have a happy Halloween!

DENTAL HYGIENIST MONTH

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Take a bite into our natural teeth whitening options

In light of the first week of F A L L & perfect ripe apples, take a bite into our natural teeth whitening options…

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A P P L E S| your natural toothbrush

A crunchy apple acts like a toothbrush as you chew it. The process of chewing an apple removes excess food and bacteria from your mouth while scrubbing away surface stains. Apples also contain malic acid, a chemical used in teeth whitening products, which helps dissolve stains.

S T R A W B E R R I E S| your natural at home bleaching

Strawberries are powerful teeth whiteners that contain both an astringent and vitamin C. The astringent in strawberries effectively aids in the removal of surface stains while vitamin C whitens teeth by clearing away plaque.

R A I S I N S| your natural mouthwash

Raisins help to keep your teeth white by inducing saliva production. An increased level of salvia naturally helps to rinse away plaque.

 

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Snoring isn’t SEXY…. but neither is a CPAP!

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Did you know snoring can be controlled with an oral appliance?!

A look at what you look like on the inside will help us discuss things intelligently. Stop hyperventilating, yes you – it ain’t brain surgery. It’s not as hard as you think it is. Just take a good look at the diagram -everything is clearly labeled.

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Not so bad, pretty easy to understand, yes? Most of the structures, we will be talking about are clearly labeled.

So many people snore, everyone thinks it’s normal…
Snoring is the sound you make when you breathe through your nose and mouth while you are asleep. That’s pretty obvious. It happens when air doesn’t move smoothly through the air passages making the soft tissue in the throat vibrate.

The Sounds of Snoring
The sound of snoring comes from the uvula, the back of the tongue and the other soft tissues of the throat flapping as air passes over them when you breathe during sleep. It’s very much like the sound a flag makes when it waves in the wind. This can happen even when the tissues are normal size because when you fall asleep the muscles in the throat, soft palate and uvula relax. 

Airway blockage is the root cause of all snoring problems. When you snore, your airway is partially blocked by the soft tissues in the back of the throat, b the back of the tongue and by the soft palate and uvula. This causes a decrease of air flow to the lungs. A decrease in air flow causes a lack of oxygen to the brain.

Who Snores?
At the very minimum, at least 30% of adults snore on a regular basis and up to 50% snore occasionally. Men snore more than women at a ratio of 2:1 but women do snore. Snoring increases with increasing age and increasing weight. Allergies, asthma, colds and sinus infections increase the risk of snoring.

Drinking an alcoholic beverage before you go to sleep, being overweight, smoking or overeating all can make the problem worse as can some medications like muscle relaxants In some people simply sleeping on their back can cause snoring.

Snoring can ruin your sex life, and more…

  • Living with a snorer can strain even the most dedicated relationship leading to dissension and in some case, divorce.
  • If you are kept awake night after night by a bed partner’s snoring, you are not getting the sleep you need. Sleep deprivation can lead to irritability, muddled thinking, illness, poor performance at work and drowsy driving.
  • When a spouse is disturbed by snoring, he or she will move to a separate bedroom. A recent study pointed out that 80% of snoring couples slept apart. If you sleep in separate rooms, even Viagra won’t help.
  • The effect of the noise on a sleeping partner of a snorer can raise blood pressure in direct relation to the intensity of the noise. High blood pressure is a known risk factor for stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and dementia.

Medical problems associated with snoring

  • Repeated deprivation of oxygen to the brain can cause high blood pressure which can damage the carotid arteries on each side of the neck. The carotid arteries carry oxygen to the brain. The damage can lead to the development of cholesterol and calcium containing plaque which further restricts blood flow to the brain and can lead to stroke.
  • A report from the University of California School of Dentistry found that 21% of men who snore had hardened blockages in their carotid arteries.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • And now a new study has shown that loud snoring itself can have devastating consequences. An article published in March, 2008* stated that loud snorers had 40% greater odds of having hypertension, 34 % greater odds of having a heart attack and 67 % greater odds of having a stroke than people who did not snore.*

So what can you do about snoring…

  • Avoid sleeping on your back. 
  • Raise the head of the bed 4 inches or so
  • Lose weight
  • Avoid drinking alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime. Do not take a drink to help you fall asleep.
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid medications that relax the muscles (if possible)
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal within three hours of bedtime
  • Ask your bed partner to wake you if you snore
  • Exercise to improve your physical condition
  • Try nasal strips or nasal dilators to keep the nostrils open
  • Ask your dentist about your snore problem and a stop snoring mouthpiece called an oral appliance to help stop snoring and control sleep apnea
  • If the problem is really severe and/or if you stop breathing during sleep get checked by a sleep physician. He or she may recommend a CPAP machine or surgery.

*American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2008, March 1). Snoring Linked To Cardiovascular Disease, Increased Health-care Utilization.

Start the school year off with a SMILE!

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5 Reasons why flossing should be at the top of your to-do list!

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5: Flossing and Brushing Are More Effective Than Brushing Alone

A toothbrush works by physically removing plaque — a sticky, bacteria-laden film — from your teeth with its soft bristles. But brushing has one big drawback: A toothbrush’s bristles can’t adequately clean between the teeth or under the gums

4: Flossing Protects Your Gums, Too

The places where the gums and teeth meet are where flossing plays its major role. Floss can get into the space between the teeth and gums, removing much of the food and plaque that a toothbrush or mouthwash can’t move.

3: Flossing Can Save You Money

FACT: For a report published in 2005, CDHP researchers studied the costs of dental care for children who had their first dental checkups before one year of age versus children who had their first visit to the dentist after that age. By their fifth birthdays, the children in the first group had overall dental care costs some 40 percent lower than their peers

2: Flossing Helps Prevent Other Diseases

Tooth and gum disease can have effects that go far beyond discolored teeth, discomfort or bad breath. Extensive research has shown that the bacteria that flourish in an unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of the body, leading to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness.

1: Flossing Prevents Tartar Buildup

Flossing allows you to remove the plaque that causes tartar while it’s in its early form: sticky, but soft and pliable. Since plaque doesn’t harden into tartar until it’s been undisturbed for a period of time, regular flossing can keep buildup from happening.

So the next time you decided to skip over the flossing……

Think twice!                      

 

Childhood Sleep Apnea

Between 20%-50% of the Pediatric & Adolescent population seen in the dental chair may have a sleeping disorder, often un-diagnosed. Unlike in adults where the chief complaint is fatigue and snoring, children experience daytime hyperactivity, behavioral issues, irritability, neurocognitive impairment, and poor school performance. Quality of sleep has a huge impact in the lives of our children. As a dentist trained in Dental Sleep Medicine there are varies internal and external oral signs and symptoms we witness during our oral examinations day in and day out in our office.

Just to mention a few:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Allergic shiner or dark spots underneath the eyes
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  • Big tongue
  • Runny nose
  • Snoring
  • High palate 
  • Gingivitis

The AAP ( American Academy of Pediatric) guidelines recommend that children who snore be tested for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. If the child is diagnosed with OSA the recommended procedure is Adenotosillectomy, weight loss, or CPAP if surgery is not conducted. If you know any kids suffering with these symptoms come in for a complimentary Dental Sleep Apnea screening or call us at 305.535.2225 for more information. 

 

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