Even careful daily brushing and flossing may miss some of the hard-to-reach areas of back teeth. Once plaque starts to form, if not cleaned properly it will harden into tartar. Tartar must be removed with a professional cleaning before it accumulates below the gumline; otherwise, it develops into bacterial infection of the gums. Not only do you risk losing your teeth, but research has demonstrated a link between this type of infection and serious conditions like stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. We recommend having your teeth cleaned by our hygienist on a regular basis to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and to lessen the risk of problems for other health conditions.
If you find that you snore heavily, are told by your partner that your
breathing stops while you're sleeping, or you don't feel refreshed after
what should have been a full night's sleep, you could have sleep apnea. This
condition occurs due to intermittent breathing rather than a continual flow
of air into the lungs.
Many people who have been diagnosed with this problem have been given the CPAP device. This machine pumps air continually through a mask that fits over the nose and mouth, ensuring a flow of air in and out of the lungs. The only problem with this type of solution is that the mask can be very uncomfortable to wear, so the patients stop using the CPAP.
Our solution for many sleep apnea patients is an oral appliance similar to a mouthguard. It is small and fits over upper and lower teeth. It works by realigning your tongue and jaw to keep your air passage open for easy breathing. This device can easily be inserted and removed, cleaned, and packed for travel. There are appliance choices and styles that can be tailored to your specific needs and comfort requirements. The results have shown it is a suitable alternative to the CPAP, with as high as 90% of patients who use it achieving successful results.
To find out if you are a candidate for sleep apnea appliance therapy, please ask Dr. Blandford about his free in-home sleep screening test. For a select group of patients, a home sleep study makes more sense. Home sleep tests are used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Patients meeting certain criteria and who are eligible through their insurance coverage can choose between having their test done in the laboratory and having it done at home.
With Home Sleep Testing, the patient self-administers the sleep test and is able to spend the night in their own bed in familiar surroundings (reducing "first night" effect). It is beneficial for those with trouble arranging time in their schedules to spend the night in-lab. The typical cost of a home sleep test is also a fraction of the cost of an in-lab sleep test, and typically yields similar diagnostic results.
Our teeth show signs of wear and tear as we age, just as our bodies do.
They often have lost their luster and are stained by tobacco and caffeine
products. Fillings usually weaken over the years, allowing teeth to crack or
decay to set in. Certain medications can reduce the amount of saliva in your
mouth, hastening the gum disease and root decay that are common problems in
seniors. We advise senior patients to keep to a regular check-up schedule so
we can catch these problems in the early stages. We also encourage healthy
eating habits and proper brushing and flossing to minimize dental problems.
If you ever experience bleeding gums or notice loose teeth, please contact us immediately.
When your jaw cannot settle into its natural position, strain and stress
on this joint occurs, causing pain in the neck and shoulders, severe
headaches, and popping in the jaw. This is often due to a dental
malocclusion and can be corrected to let your jaw relax in the position
nature intended. We are well experienced in correcting TMJ/TMD problems, so
you can say good-bye to headaches and pain that you probably have become
accustomed to. Why live with pain when you can relieve the tension and
stresses that cause the discomfort? We invite you to come in so we can give
you new quality to your life.
If it's time for your next cleaning, or if you're ready to schedule a no cost/no obligation consultation, call us now at (214) 369-9966.
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