In this episode, Gary goes solo. Ben is away.
He reports on a course he attended on airway patency - how open your airway is when you sleep. This is a complicated subject we will talk about more.
Sleep is how your body repairs itself. When sleep is interrupted due to sleep apnea (when you stop breathing and wake up), your body's ability to repair itself is also interrupted. Sleep apnea is diagnosed and treated based on how many sleep disruption events happen during the night.
Some people experience sleep disruptions that are not diagnosed as sleep apnea but also result in sleep disruptions (arousals). These are caused by partially closed airways. The condition is called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome.
Not only does this condition result in poor quality sleep, but it can also cause depression, anxiety, and pain.
We got an interesting question from Katharine. She said a top toothpaste irritated her gums.
Her dentist suggested that she try baking soda with peroxide. She wants to know our take on the pros and cons.
Ben goes solo in this episode as Gary's off to California for continuing education followed by some family R&R.
We got this interesting question. Can I die from gum disease? The short answer? Yes and no. No, not directly. Probably yes indirectly.
The link between oral health and overall health, the oral systemic link, is one of the hottest topics in medicine. As it turns out, the bacteria found in the mouth that causes gum disease is the same type of bacteria found in the plaques on artery walls.
This suggests a link between heart disease and gum disease. Heart disease can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Well, we don't want that!
Maybe the link is a good enough reason to pay closer attention to our dental health. Gum disease is progressive. It causes bone loss which ultimately results in tooth loss.
Missing teeth allow remaining teeth to shift, misaligning bite. Remaining teeth carry an extra force load. Remaining teeth are...
We got this question from a man in his late sixties with good dental hygiene habits but infrequent dental visits due to living in a remote location. He thinks he needs four implants.
He also has some crowding. He wants to know how long it will take to restore his teeth.
Dr. Dan Pinto, our new restorative specialist joins us to answer this question. Without having seen him as a patient, we are going to address the probable steps and considerations in building this man's restoration.
We always want to start with a complete picture of where a patient is right now. We take x-rays and for bigger cases build a study model to compare with x-rays. We consider medical history.
From there, we work out a restorative treatment plan. The plan may include addressing any gum health issues. We don't dive in and do implants or any other procedure blind.
Dr. Dan Pinto is back to help us answer today's question. Do I have to floss?
A while back the NY Times was the first to report that the benefits of flossing are overrated. Are they?
Consider what flossing does for us. Flossing helps remove plaque from between teeth, a common area of decay in adults. Flossing improves oral health. We now know that an unhealthy mouth is the source of problems elsewhere in the body.
Makers of electric toothbrushes and water picks want us to believe their products eliminate the need for flossing. Plaque is sticky. A forced stream of water does not remove it.
Think of a dish with stuck on food. It takes more than a stream of water to clean it. It takes some mechanical scrubbing. Plaques removal needs the mechanical action of flossing too.
There are many benefits to electric toothbrushes and water...
Meet Dr. Dan Pinto, Smiles International's new associate. Dan is finishing up his training in Prosthodontics at the University of Buffalo and will begin practicing with us in August.
Raised in the Fingerlakes region of upper New York state, Dan is looking forward to some warmer winters with less snow. He vacationed here as a child, enjoying especially the Air and Space Museum.
Dan has a passion for soccer. His Dad is from Bolivia. He believes his love for soccer is in his DNA. He looks forward to watching DC United.
He is a fan of Luis Lionel Andres (“Leo”) Messi who plays for FC Barcelona club and one of the best players in the world.
Dan has also earned a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. The five rules of Tae Kwon Do are courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control, and indomitable spirit. We definitely see that in Dan.
Dan recognizes that fitness is an important requirement of the practicing...
Due to sports injuries and accidents, we see patients with fractured, dislodged, and knocked out teeth. Most of these could have been prevented with mouth guards.
Most of us know boxers, hockey and football players use them. But anytime you are moving fast, there is the possibility of falls that result in damage to your teeth. Unfortunately, protective mouth guards are underutilized.
Soccer, softball, lacrosse, and soccer players should use them. But skateboarding, ice skating, even bike, and scooter riding can result in falls that damage teeth.
OK. So you need a mouth guard. What are your choices? The boil and bite mouth guards sold over the counter are one choice.
To use one, you heat it and create a custom fit by biting into the softened guard. These can be bulky and uncomfortable. They can also make it more difficult to breathe. However, they are easily available and less expensive...
Whether a parent, coach, teacher, or friend, you may be faced with a dental emergency. Here is what to do to save the tooth.
A broken tooth with no nerve exposed may be saved. Head for your dentist with the injured person and, if possible, the broken piece.
The dentist may be able to bond the broken piece with the tooth or replace the missing part with a bonding material.
This is a good temporary solution for a child or young adult. Later, a more permanent restoration such as a veneer or a crown may be advised.
A broken tooth with the nerve exposed is restored in the same way as a broken tooth without nerve damage. However, depending on how the tooth responds over time, a root canal may be advised.
If a tooth is knocked loose from its socket, it still may be saved. If you are brave, move the tooth back into place immediately. See...
For people who are missing a few teeth, false teeth 'bridged' to adjacent teeth are a long standing remedy. These bridges can be fixed in place or removable.
There are two types of removable bridges, those on metal frames and those on flexible plastic frames. Metal frame bridges are stabilized by attaching them with metal clasps to adjacent teeth.
Stabilizing plastic flexible bridges can be challenging if several teeth are to be replaced.
The downside of all partial bridges is that they do not stimulate the supporting jaw bone, resulting in bone shrinkage. Over time, bone shrinkage results in a gap between the false teeth and the gum line.
With metal frame bridges, the gaps can be closed by relining the base of the appliance. With metal frame bridges, additional teeth may also be added to the bridge.
When some people sleep, their airways become closed and they stop breathing for up to a minute. This often happens multiple times a night. It is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Fortunately, when you have stopped breathing, you wake yourself up and start to breathe again. The constant sleep interruption, however, causes you to wake up tired, feeling irritable and unfocused.
Men are more likely to have sleep apnea than women. It is also associated with obesity, large neck size and snoring.
Ignoring the condition can put you at risk for high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and even death. You do want to seek treatment.
When sleep apnea is suspected, your next step is evaluation by a sleep doc. He will refer you to a sleep clinic, or have you measure yourself at home with a special device.
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