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Health Risks Associated with Sleep Apnea

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According to several studies, millions of people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that means you stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Snoring is the hallmark of this condition, but this symptom sometimes goes unnoticed. We don’t hear ourselves snore, after all. 

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Jaw pain, due to teeth grinding 
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Snoring
  • Feeling tired during the day

If Left Untreated

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Dental issues, due to teeth grinding
  • Depression
  • Poor concentration 

Dentists Are Leading the Way in Sleep Apnea

Dentists are often the first medical professionals to notice the signs and the risk factors associated with sleep apnea in patients.

During a routine exam, your dentist can check your throat for a ...

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What type of toothbrush do I need

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Electrical or Manual Toothbrush: Which is Better?

 
This is one of our most frequently asked questions!
 
Our answer? It’s not the brush that matters, it’s who’s doing the brushing. Let’s break that down. The goal of tooth brushing is to remove plaque from your teeth on a consistent (daily!) basis, so that we prevent the buildup of tartar which leads to tooth decay. A manual toothbrush is a great and inexpensive tool that helps us do just that. Make sure to brush two minutes per day, twice a day. Gently brush ALL surfaces and make sure to reach those back molars.
 

The Advantage of Electric Toothbrushes

 
For some people, it can be difficult to ...

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Feeling Tired When You Wake Up? It Could Be Sleep Apnea

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Some studies indicate that as many as a billion people worldwide suffer from sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing for short periods during the night.

If you’re like many sleep apnea sufferers, you probably aren’t aware that you have the condition. Short pauses in breathing may not be enough to wake you up, so you don’t remember not breathing. But the next day you may feel tired and irritable or find it difficult to focus on daily tasks.

Other symptoms include headaches, snoring, and dental pain. The latter because some sleep apnea sufferers grind their teeth while asleep. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead ...

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3 Signs of Sleep Apnea and How to Talk to Your Dentist about Them

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that means you stop breathing for short periods while asleep.

Sometimes these episodes can occur dozens of times during the night, leaving you feeling exhausted and headachy the next day. Sleep apnea can even cause dry mouth, sore throat, and jaw pain. If not treated, sleep apnea also increases your risk for more serious conditions like high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

You’re probably wondering how this is related to your dental health. The answer is simple; dentists can prescribe things like mandibular advancement devices to help you breathe better, and they are often ...

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How Sleep Apnea Can Be Affecting Your Quality of Life

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No one can argue that a good night’s sleep is crucial for good physical and mental health. But if you are one of the millions of American who are affected by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you are not getting a good night’s sleep. There is also a good chance you don’t even realize you are suffering from OSA until your sleep partner tells you that your snoring and gasping for breath is keeping him or her from getting a good night’s sleep as well.

OSA is a serious condition that needs to be treated. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, don’t put off treatment. Call our Clarksville, MD practice to ...

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Choosing the right toothpaste

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Our answer?

Any fluoride toothpaste that will help you maintain a good oral health routine!

We know you have a million and one choices facing you in the toothpaste aisle, and it can be hard to figure out what’s best for you. Most people, however, can use any toothpaste that has the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval. This seal means that the toothpaste contains fluoride, has the right amount of abrasiveness (not too little and not too much), and has been shown to be both safe and effective for intended use. If you have any sensitivity to dyes, preservatives, or certain ingredients, opt for a toothpaste that is free of ...

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Do you suffer from Dry Mouth

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We all know drinking enough water is good for our health. And when you’re feeling parched, there’s nothing better than a tall drink of ice-cold water to dampen that dry mouth of yours. But what do you do when you find yourself constantly needing to wet your whistle? There are numerous reasons you could be suffering from dry mouth.

Top Five Reasons For Dry Mouth

Physiologic:

Sometimes having a dry mouth is just a normal part of life. Temporary anxiety, open-mouthed breathing, mild dehydration, menopause, pregnancy, and decreased saliva due to sleep are all normal causes of dry mouth.

Prescription medication:

Sixty-three percent of the top 200 most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. are ...

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