Preventative Dentistry - What can I do?

Preventive dentistry’s aim is to avoid opportunities for disease that cause tooth decay and other oral health problems.  Disease opportunities happen when the immune system and/or the balance of bacteria in our bodies change allowing for disease to start. The two main types of dental disease are decay (cavities) and periodontal disease (gum disease).  The way to avoid dental disease is through patient education, proper nutrition, excellent homecare and regular dental visits.

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Healthcare from an Airway Perspective

You may have read some of my articles on sleep apnea, snoring, breathing, airway issues and nutrition.  These issues are interrelated.  Keep in mind that our most basic and most important nutrient is air.  We can live with other depleted nutrients but not without air.  It is the most essential nutrient.  In an abbreviated way let me explain how various healthcare providers can work together to address interrelated healthcare from an airway perspective.

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How Often Should I See My Dentist?

More than 50 years ago there were no set standards for dental visits.  In general, people had poor oral health. To improve dental health and establish prevention of dental disease, dental and health organizations developed some guidelines.  Among those guidelines was the recommendation that people visit their dentist every six months for a check-up and thorough cleaning (hygiene). There was no research to support this guideline. In the last couple of decades studies conducted on frequency of dental visits and health care concluded visits should be customized to the patient. 

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Do My Dental Fillings Need to be Replaced?

Replacement of dental fillings is one of the most frequent dental procedures performed in the dental office.  Dental fillings are replaced for a variety of reasons, including:  new decay (cavity), a gap develops between the filling and tooth, broken or cracked filling, broken or cracked tooth, removal of amalgam (metal) and replacement of a filling that does not match the tooth.

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Pregnancy and Breathing

Most women have difficulty breathing during the second and third trimesters as their baby grows.  Due to physiological changes during pregnancy, breathing for moms is not as easy as it was before pregnancy.  Weight gain during pregnancy (average 25-30 pounds) and the position of the baby can make breathing a struggle especially when sleeping. 

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Health and Nutrition: What Should We Eat?

We have all heard that eating right is one of the keys to good overall health.  A poor diet is a lifestyle and often results in cavities, gum disease, type II diabetes, obesity and heart disease, to mention just a few.  The ultimate consequences of lifestyle diseases are poor health, chronic illness, early death, and escalating health care costs.

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How Can Parents Recognize Breathing Disorders in Children?

The scientific evidence on breathing disorders in children is very clear; breathing disorders can lead to chronic medical problems that lower the quality and quantity of life.  What does that mean?  Breathing disorders adversely affect the quality of life in many ways including our children’s ability to participate in sports, stay focused in school, resist colds, socialize, and physically and neurologically grow and development (G&D).

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How Important is Your Regular Dental Hygiene Visit? Keeping Your Mouth Healthy Versus I Thought This Was Just a Buff and Shine Visit.

Most people visit their dental hygienist more frequently than they see their regular physician.  This gives the dental office the opportunity to weigh in on each patient’s health by reviewing their recent medial health, medications, hospitalizations, discuss blood pressure and heart rate and how they are feeling that day.

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Halloween Candy Versus the Dentist

Every year when Halloween comes around I have this inner conflict:  candy versus the dentist.  What do I do?  Do I give out toothbrushes and tooth paste and risk my house getting papered? Do I turn off my lights and go out for dinner? Or, do I embrace a bit of Americana?

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How Important Is Sleep and How Do I Know If I Get Good Sleep?

Sleep is often overlooked and frequently underrated as one of the most important factors in good health.  Adults 18-60 years old should get 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night.  At age 60 and older, sleep hours can decrease slightly.  Younger than 18 years old the hours of sleep need to be 10 and greater, depending on age. 

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