If you have obstructive sleep apnea, chances are it's rare for you to get a good night’s sleep. Frequent pauses in breathing throughout the night can cause snoring and gasping for air, interrupting quality sleep cycles. These symptoms are annoying, no doubt, but what you may not realize is that beyond the daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea also poses an immense threat to your health.
General dentists see children all the time - so why do we need pediatric dentists? Here are a few points that may make all the difference for your child where dentistry is concerned.
THE WORLD IS CERTAINLY DIFFERENT THAN A MOTHER'S WOMB, and babies often develop coping mechanisms to help establish comfort and familiarity. Some little ones opt for a blanket or stuffed animal, but, more often than not, they adopt the habit of thumb-sucking or become reliant on a pacifier.
Let’s say you’ve been slacking a bit in the oral hygiene department and you get a text reminding you of your dental appointment this afternoon. You frantically run to the bathroom and brush and floss and brush again, and you avoid sugar like the plague until it’s time to go. When you're asked all the routine questions about your oral hygiene habits, you smile and nod. But that burning question looms over you the whole time, and you can't help but wonder - can I really fool my dentist?
February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and we're passionate about getting kids excited about their dental health! This month, we've been visiting area schools to teach children about good oral hygiene and holding a "Rock Your Smile" campaign to get kids rockin' their dental care!
We thought this would also be the perfect time to educate parents on some frequently overlooked topics regarding your children’s oral health. From the moment they’re born until the day they head off to school and beyond, a lot can happen to their smiles. Keep the following points in mind to ensure that they’re on their way to a healthy and bright dental future!
When you imagine a healthy smile, a bright set of perfect, uniform teeth probably come to mind. We seem to be programmed to think that nice looking teeth must also be the picture of oral health. However, there are a few key factors that determine the color of our teeth, which are actually at work beneath the surface of the tooth.
When it comes to your child’s oral health, if they must have some candy, a little “candy-binge” is better than grazing all day long… or all month long. After being exposed to sugar, our mouths work to restore optimal pH balance and use our saliva to clean our teeth. That means the more times your teeth are exposed to sugar is more critical than the quantity of sugar they're exposed to.
October is National Orthodontic Health Month! Let’s celebrate by brushing up on these nearly 300-year-old contraptions and the most common aspects we tend to forget - children and adults alike.
YOU KNOW THE DRILL - brush your teeth twice a day. Hopefully it’s a habit by now, but it’s also important to make sure we’re not just going through the motions. There is a wrong way to do it, after all, which could be resulting in mediocre cleanliness and even damaged gums. So let’s get back to basics and review proper brushing technique!
IT’S GETTING TO BE THAT TIME OF YEAR - the time when dental insurance benefits expire. Sure, pumpkin spice latte season may seem a bit soon to be worrying about such matters, but the truth is that the end of the year will be here before we know it, so it’s best to be prepared! Let’s look at what you need to know about using up those remaining dental benefits and how to maximize them to best meet your needs.
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