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Beyond Snoring: The Bigger Issues of Sleep Apnea

June 12, 2019

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sleepy driverNo one likes to sleep with a bed partner who snores. If the snoring is loud enough, one partner might even end up relocating to the sofa. As annoying as snoring is, however, it is often a symptom of a much more serious problem: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In OSA, the soft tissues in the mouth or throat obstruct the airway, leading to breathing problems that disrupt the sleep cycle. Those disruptions, in turn, can cause or worsen some major health problems. Let’s discuss how OSA can wreck your health and what you can do to protect your well-being.


Don’t Forget About Your Tongue – Your Dentist Explains Why!

May 20, 2019

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attractive woman extending her tongueYou’re serious about your oral health, so you’re sure to brush and floss your teeth a minimum of two times a day. There’s a chance, though, that you may not be receiving the full benefits. Your dentist says failing to put the same effort into cleaning your tongue as is applied to your teeth could become counterproductive. Discover why this is so, and also learn what improvements you can make moving forward so you can enjoy the absolute best in oral health!


Can Gum Disease Affect My Overall Health?

May 11, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 5:44 pm

Close-up of gum measurementDo your gums ever bleed when brushing or flossing? Maybe they feel tender during certain parts of your day? These could be the first signs that you have gum disease. This common disease affects 80% of Americans at some point in their lives, but its more advanced stages carry hidden risks. In fact, research has now linked gum disease with the health of your heart. Read on to learn more about how this common dental issue can have a negative impact on your heart and overall health.


Tired and Irritable? Learn How Oral Appliance Therapy Helps Your Sleep Apnea

April 15, 2019

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a doctor with the words “sleep apnea” appearing before himSleep apnea can create problems for you and your health if left untreated. While you may think the snoring is the only thing that is problematic, guess again. This particular sleep disorder can lead to heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, and more. If sleep apnea is keeping you from getting a restful night’s sleep, and you’re unsure of available treatment options, read on to learn how your dentist can treat you with oral appliance therapy.


Oral Cancer: Why Your Dentist Wants to See Your for Regular Checkups

April 3, 2019

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a woman holding a red ribbon for oral cancer awarenessDo you really know what happens during a routine dental exam? You probably think your hygienist will take some x-rays, poke around in your mouth, scrap some stuff off your teeth, floss them, and give them a good polishing before you’re up and out the door. Right? Well, you might be surprised to know that your visit is much more than a dental cleaning. In addition to ensuring your pearly whites are looking and feeling their best, your dentist will screen you for oral cancer. Find out more about this procedure and why it’s so important. (more…)

Can Gum Disease Increase My Risk of Heart Disease?

March 18, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 4:15 pm

hands heart tooth

Did you know that your mouth is considered the window to the body? It makes sense. After all, the food and water you eat enter your system and eventually your bloodstream because of your mouth. Every organ depends on that blood, especially your heart. But there is an even more important link between your mouth and your heart. An infection in your mouth—specifically gum disease—could have an impact on your heart health. Keep reading to find out more about how these conditions are related. (more…)

Your Dentist Explains the Importance of Caring for Baby Teeth

February 9, 2019

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Young girl smilingTaking care of your son or daughter’s teeth can be a real hassle, but it’s completely worth it! The more your kids are exposed to brushing, flossing, and dental visits at an early age, the more likely they will be to continue a good oral healthcare routine as they grow older. Because its National Children’s Dental Health Month, the main goal is to raise awareness about the importance of oral healthcare early on. Read on to learn why it’s vital to schedule dental appointments for your kids and take care of their baby teeth from an expert dentist.


Surprising Flu Season Tips from Your Dentist

December 1, 2018

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Woman sick in bed.Cold and flu season can really affect your everyday life. Whether it’s sniffling, coughing, trouble breathing, headaches, and so much more, this time of year can cause annoying ailments. You may have your go-to at-home remedies and medicines, but did you know that these can actually affect your oral health negatively? Thankfully, your dentist has some simple cold and flu season tips you can use to make it through your sickness while taking care of your teeth!


3 Tips to Amplify Your Invisalign Results

November 14, 2018

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smiling Invisalign wearerInvisalign is a popular alternative for straightening your teeth without the traditional “metal mouth” challenges. The clear aligners are much faster, less painful and more convenient because they’re removable. As great as they are, you can actually accelerate your success by keeping these three top tips in mind. (more…)

How to Maintain Good Oral Health with Your Holiday Dentist

November 1, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 9:28 pm

Woman smiling in the snow.Holiday season is here! Have you tried your favorite seasonal coffee, pie, cookies, or other sweet treats? This time of year brings a constant flow of sugary goodies that can damage your pearly whites. However, there are ways you can enjoy your favorite treats and still take care of your teeth! Keep reading to discover some tips on how to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful during this season of sugar with your holiday dentist.


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