Frequent Sleep Loss Is Nothing To Ignore

As findings of studies on the effects of sleep emerge, we are seeing just how vital good, sound sleep is to our overall health. Once assumed to merely create daytime fatigue and sleepiness, lack of adequate sleep is now being associated with a long list of serious health risks.

Studies show that irregular sleep on a frequent basis creates a higher mortality rate than for people who get regular sufficient sleep.

Sleepiness and fatigue at the wheel and on the job can also be life threatening. Studies claim that sleep deprived drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers based on equally-delayed reaction times. Additionally, lack of sleep is associated with more accidents on the job or at home. And, ‘brain fog’ is a real and debilitating problem caused by insufficient sleep. Long-term memory can be permanently damaged due to lack of sleep on a frequent basis.

Chronic disease risks greatly increase from inadequate sleep. Approximately 90% of people with insomnia have a life-threatening chronic health condition as well. Some of the most common that increase from lack of sleep include heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, depression and an irregular heartbeat.

Sleep is also essential to the cognitive processes associated with learning. A lack of sleep lowers alertness and attention span that makes it easier to absorb and retain information.

Sleep deprivation can even cause visible damage to your appearance. Restful sleep helps your body maintain efficient appetite and hunger regulation. Studies have shown that people who sleep less than seven hours a day are 30% more likely to be obese than those who get nine or more hours. Added to weight gain are puffy eyes and sallow skin, dark circles under the eyes, and facial lines, which can all become permanent. Skin elasticity can also be compromised without enough sleep.

Studies also show that both men and women who suffer from sleep loss have lower libidos and less interest in sexual relations. Men who suffer from sleep apnea also tend to have lower testosterone levels, which can lower libido.

We can go on and on about the negative effects of sleep loss, but you get the picture. Sufficient, restful sleep is a necessary component of a healthy body and mind. If you are frequently fatigued during the day or nod off easily, ask us about screenings for heavy snoring or sleep apnea. If it is determined that this is the problem, we are trained to create custom mouth appliances that are comfortable, effective and FDA approved. Call 1-866-9-Smiles to learn more.

A Fabulous Smile Brings Out A Fabulous YOU!

When we complete smile makeovers for our patients, of course we can ‘see’ how their new smile enhances their facial appearance. What we don’t see, however, is the dramatic effect that a fabulous smile has on one’s overall personality.

We’ve heard these ‘new smile’ patients tell us how they felt a new sense of confidence and improved self-esteem as a result. Most tell us they smile more often and find they laugh more. It’s no wonder that a terrific smile projects a more upbeat personality and a more positive individual.

Sometimes, even small changes to a smile can have a tremendous effect. We’ve placed veneers on just 4 front teeth and the patient felt “more attractive, like my smile flatters me all over!” Even bonding to fill in chips can beautify a smile.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, begin with a free Consultation appointment. Here, you’ll learn the options to help you achieve the smile you desire and the specifics of treatment. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange this time.

A new you may be just two appointments away!

The Part Of Teeth Below The Gums Has An Impact On So Much More

As a dentist, my goal is not just to help our patients have a healthy mouth, it’s also to help them keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. Gum disease is the nation’s leading cause of adult tooth loss. However, when caught early and given appropriate treatment, tooth loss is often avoided altogether.

Although teeth can be replaced in several ways, nothing is as perfect for your mouth as your natural teeth, especially the portion you don’t see. Tooth roots not only give your teeth a way to be anchored in the jaw bone, they hold teeth in position so neighboring teeth keep their position as well.

Tooth roots do one more thing that is immensely important to your oral health. The stimulation that tooth roots provide to the jaw bone help the jaw maintain its mass. Without tooth roots, the bone begins to shrink. This is why long-time denture wearers have a sunken-in mouth, or a ‘granny look.’

As the jaw bone shrinks, changes in facial appearance become obvious. These include deep wrinkles around the mouth, a pointed chin and the formation of jowls. Bone loss also causes the fit of a denture or partial to continually change. This is because the bone ridge that the denture or partial was formed to contour is flattening out.

When a tooth must be removed, the closest way to recreate its stability and natural biting and chewing strength is with Dental Implants. Implants also provide stimulation to the jaw bone to halt bone loss.

Do everything possible to save your natural teeth. If removal is necessary, remember that it’s not just the tooth portion above the gums that is important. The part that anchors your teeth is vital to your smile and a healthy bite. Let’s discuss all tooth replacement options during a free Consultation appointment by calling toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.

Dark Tooth May Be A ‘Dead’ Tooth.

Have you ever seen someone smile and notice one tooth is noticeably darker? This is likely because they have a ‘dead tooth.’

A ‘dead tooth’ describes a tooth with a nerve that has died. This interior nerve helps your tooth detect hot, cold or discomfort. When a tooth contains a dead nerve, this means it holds dead tissue, which can be a haven for bacteria. This bacteria can eventually lead to infection, causing numerous problems.

Dead teeth can be the result of a severe blow to a tooth that cuts off an adequate supply of blood to the nerve. As the nerve dies, some teeth will be painful (a condition known as pulpitis). However, a dead nerve can also occur without any an individual feeling any discomfort.

Another cause of a dead tooth is bacteria from tooth decay. This bacteria can create inflammation to the nerve that becomes painful. Untreated, the bacteria can lead to an infection of the nerve that causes it to die. Once begun, this process cannot be undone.

A tooth can also die from too much wear, such as clenching or grinding during sleep. These actions can cause the blood vessels in the root to become too compacted. When this blood supply is reduced on a frequent basis, the nerve will eventually die.

Once a tooth contains a dead nerve, essentially, the interior begins to rot. Because the tooth no longer has a blood supply, its immune system is also gone and infection sets in. This infection will build until it begins to seep out of the tooth root. Additionally, the bone around the tooth root can become infected and lead to an abscess.

Eventually, a dead tooth will begin to darken. This is caused when the nerve’s blood vessels break down and red blood cells leak out.

There are several ways to treat a dead tooth. Ideally, you can save the tooth with a root canal procedure. Root canal treatment should be performed soon after the nerve has died and before the tooth becomes darker.

Whitening a dead tooth is minimally helpful. Although our Zoom II whitening system can lighten the degree of darkness on a dead tooth, the resulting shade may not be an exact match to neighboring other teeth.

Another method is to place a crown or veneer on the tooth to hide the dark shade. Or, you can opt for removal. Removing a tooth can create an entirely new set of challenges and should be considered as a last resort.

It is advised that you act immediately when you feel a tooth has been damaged. Tooth pain or throbbing is not normal and should be examined at your earliest convenience. Tending to a dead tooth before it darkens can save you much in treatment time and expense.

To learn more, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a free consultation. Once the stage of your dead tooth is established, we can discuss treatment options.

Dental Problems Can Be Obstacle To Sleep Quality

Most people never think of a dentist when they realize they are not getting sufficient sleep. And, as more research is conducted, your quality of sleep is coming to light as a highly vital component to overall health.

Lack of sleep is now associated with weight gain, depression, high blood pressure, feeling fatigued during daytime hours, being more accident prone, stroke and heart attack.

One reason you may not be getting adequate ‘sound’ sleep is when you clench or grind your teeth, often unknowingly. This is typically prompted when the bite is misaligned, often due to jaw joint problems. We can determine this in an examination as worn spots are detected.

Heavy snoring may also be the culprit, which is a common precursor to Sleep Apnea. However, some Sleep Apnea sufferers do not snore so they never suspect this as the source of their sleep deprivation.

As a trained neuromuscular dentist, we are able to fully evaluate your bite’s true alignment and how head and neck muscles respond. We use advanced equipment that can pinpoint the precise cause of bite misalignment, which can often be the source of frequent headaches or migraines.

Heavy snoring and mild to moderate Sleep Apnea may be easily resolved with a custom-designed mouth piece that is FDA approved and comfortable. Your appliance will be created to fit your mouth and will not interfere with sleep like some air pressure devices can.

Get a good night’s sleep and watch your life improve as a result! Call 1-866-9-Smiles for a free consultation to discuss treatment options.

Aging Adults Can Keep Natural Teeth

As adults age, it’s amazing how well natural teeth hold up considering many years of biting, chewing, crunching and clenching. However, over time this continual wear and tear has an impact on tooth structure.

Many adults who are committed to their six month dental check-ups fail to maintain their oral health adequately at home. Although the lecture on flossing often goes in one ear and out the other, daily flossing has a tremendous effect on the health of your teeth. Flossing removes food particles and plaque buildup between the teeth. This reduces bacteria in your mouth and lessens your potential for gum disease and cavities.

Some foods you eat are also a challenge to keeping teeth healthy, especially sugary and starchy foods. As carbohydrates ferment, they create oral bacteria in the mouth and produce acids that erode the enamel of teeth. These foods aren’t just candy and potatoes. They include things like colas and sports drinks.

Frequent snacking is also a problem since it causes acid in the mouth to be elevated over an extended time. Rather than snacking, chewing sugarless gum increases saliva, which cleanses the mouth and neutralizes acidity.

Aging also leaves us with teeth that have been repaired, such as having fillings, crowns or root canals. Although natural teeth do not get more brittle as we age, those who have cracked or chipped teeth or have fillings or root canals can be more vulnerable to cracks and fractures since they no longer have their original structural integrity.

Wear and tear can also be caused from years of grinding or clenching teeth. This can wear down the biting surfaces of teeth, making them more susceptible to decay. As a neuromuscular dentist, I am trained to spot cracks or fractures that may weaken teeth as well as teeth affected by grinding. We provide effective treatment to help resolve this destructive action to teeth.

Keeping your natural teeth healthy – all of your life – is important to your overall health and well-being. If you are missing teeth, it’s very important that each one is replaced. Dental implants are the most ‘natural’ method in today’s tooth replacement options. We’ll be happy to discuss implants with you during a free consultation. Call 866-9-Smiles.

Smoking’s Complications In Implant Success

Smoking complicates the body’s natural ability to heal. It has a drying effect on gum tissues and minimizes blood oxygen, resulting in delayed healing process. Smoking also contributes to a greater potential for bacterial build-up.

To place an implant, both gum tissue and bone are involved in the process. The doctor goes through gum tissues to reach the bone, placing each implant at a precise depth and angle. Once the implant is placed in the upper or lower jaw bone, it can take several months to become fully anchored by the bone.

Proper healing requires normal blood circulation to ensure gum recovery and sufficient oxygen levels for regeneration of bone surrounding the implant. Failures most often occur during this osseo (bone) integration phase when the bone is growing around the implant.

In addition to smoking’s complications on the rate of tissue and bone recovery, patients can develop a condition known as peri–implantitis. Peri-implantitis leads to inflammation around the implant site and pockets of pus that form in gum tissues. Although the potential to develop peri–implantitis exists for any dental implant patient, smokers have a substantially higher risk.

When smokers develop infections after implant surgery, medications used to combat the infection have a reduced effect. This is because the potency of antibiotics does not work as well on smokers. When infection is not eliminated and works its way into the implant area, the risk for losing the implant is significant.

Because of the greater risk factors, some dentists refuse to place dental implants in smokers, especially heavy ‘chain’ smokers. So many negative effects from smoking make it highly advisable to stop smoking prior to implant placement.

You can greatly enhance your success rate for dental implants by quitting smoking at least one week prior to your placement procedure and throughout the period you are fully recovered. Why not use your dental implant treatment as motivation to become smoke free?

Keep in mind that dental implants enable you to eat a healthy selection of foods while restoring eating comfort and smiling confidence. The many benefits you’ll reap with dental implants are well worth kicking the habit of smoking. Call 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange a no-cost consultation to discuss your potential for a successful outcome.

Advancements In Tooth Replacement Options

Quite frankly, I have patients who wear dentures and partials and are perfectly satisfied with them. We pride ourselves on creating an optimal result for every need. However, when discussing treatment with our patients, we want to make sure they are fully informed on all options, including the advantages and disadvantages of each.

When it comes to tooth replacement, I am a proponent of Dental Implants for many reasons. Dental Implants are designed to last a lifetime and require no repairs, root canals, and are self-supporting. This means that implants do not rely on adjoining natural teeth to serve as crowned supports, as with a crown-&-bridge combination. For some, the only hesitation is the cost, since the fees for implants are upfront and may not be fully covered by insurance.

Americans no longer wash clothes on a wash board with a bar of soap even though this cleans much cheaper than a washing machine. Yet, the washing machine provides more efficiency and gives the user a far better experience while being more practical for today’s fabrics. It just makes sense and is well worth the investment.

Although dentures and partials replace the presence of teeth, they are a merely filling empty space. At one time, they were better than no teeth at all and enabled an adult to have some ability to chew. However, denture wearers endure all sorts of problems; some problems that are obvious and others they are not.

A typical problem of denture wearers is an unstable fit. This is the result of the ever-decreasing jaw bone that once supported natural tooth roots. Without tooth roots to stimulate the jaw bone, the bone begins to shrink. The pressure from wearing dentures speeds this process. When denture wearers sleep in their dentures, the rate of this bone loss accelerates from the 24/7 pressure on the jaw bone.

This is the reason long-time denture wearers develop a “granny look.” Their faces have a collapsed look with chins that become pointed. Jowls form when facial muscles detach and the entire face takes on an aged appearance far beyond their actual years.

When dentures do not fit securely due to bone loss, the constant rubbing and discomfort often causes the wearer to resort to a soft diet of foods that dissolve easily in the mouth. These foods often lack protein and fiber. Not only is what you eat important to having good health, being able to chew thoroughly and comfortably is important. Remember, digestion begins in the mouth. It is a fact that denture wearers have a higher level of gastrointestinal problems than non-denture wearers and take more medications.

Because food is often the centerpiece of social gatherings, people with unstable dentures, who are uncomfortable eating or speaking, often decline invitations for fear of embarrassing moments. Studies have shown denture wearers eat out less often and even wear less make-up.

Regardless of the advancements made in denture and partial design, they are outdated when compared to the advantages of Dental Implants. No denture adhesive, paste or reline will ever make a denture a good substitute for natural teeth. Dental advancements have focused so intently on implant dentistry because they have proven to be a dependable, reliable means of tooth replacement that makes better sense.

Begin with a no-cost consultation by calling 1-866-9-Smiles. We’ll discuss your options as well as payment plans that enable you to enjoy the confident smile you desire.

Be Safe Rather Than Sorry With Mouthguard

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claims that over half of the sports-related injuries that occur annually happen to those between 5 and 24 years old. And, most occur during summer months when people are outdoors more frequently.

There are good reasons to use a mouthguard and this small investment can save you thousands in repair costs should a mishap occur.

Because mouthguards separate soft tissues in the mouth from the teeth, they prevent cuts and bruising of the lips and cheeks. They also help to prevent the trauma and costly repair to broken or knocked out teeth. Plus, mouthguards can reduce the severity and incidence of concussions.

However, many people are unaware that, in some contact sport mishaps, the lower jaw can be jammed into the upper jaw, leading to jaw fractures, cerebral hemorrhage and neck injuries. Mouthguards help to prevent or greatly decrease the severity of these dangers as well.

We create custom-made mouthguards that provide the greatest protection, fit and comfort. Unlike drug store ‘boil-&-bite’ types, a custom fit doesn’t move around. Typically, the more comfortable the fit, the more willing an individual is to wear it.

Enjoy your summer and play til your heart’s content with a custom-made mouthguard. For more about the simple process for a custom-fitted mouthguard and cost, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.