At Cortes Advanced dentistry we are dedicated to ensuring you maintain your oral health! Take care of your teeth with these five fantastic dental tips!
Poor dental health has been scientifically proven to negatively impact your overall general health in the body, being directly linked to issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer. It has been found that the bacteria associated with periodontal (gum) disease can expand from the mouth and cause these other issues in the body. This is why we at Cortes Advanced Dentistry are placing such an emphasis on maintaining oral health for life, so your smile and your body can remain at their peak. We have compiled five important dental tips to help you achieve optimal oral health – read on to discover these amazing dental instructions!
ONE – It’s fundamental: brush and floss!
It’s something that has been drummed into us from an early age; brush twice a day and floss once a day. It’s simple and it’s effective, when done correctly. To ensure a whole mouth clean, be sure to hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, and brush gently for around two minutes. During sleep we produce less saliva which allows a better breeding ground for bacteria if food particles are left in the mouth. This is why it is highly recommended to floss before sleep, as opposed to flossing in the morning.
TWO – Eat well
By consuming fruits and vegetables, you are helping your mouth stay healthy by providing vitamins and minerals to help your body fight foreign bacteria. Consuming leafy greens for example spinach or kale are high in calcium, which is essential for bone mass.
THREE – Avoid sugary foods and drinks
Bacteria that thrive in the mouth and cause dental issues are mainly the Streptococcus bacteria, which absolutely love sugar! As a way to avoid having this bacteria breed and accumulate in your mouth, be sure to eat a diet low in sugars, and clean your teeth soon after consuming something high in sugar. Sugar sticks to the teeth and the streptococcus bacteria find this sugar and use it as a breeding ground, slowly eating away tooth enamel and resulting in tooth decay or even periodontal disease.
FOUR – Keep fit
Yes, keeping your body healthy does indeed affect your mouth. Research has found that regular exercise helps to increase bone mass, which means stronger and healthier teeth. So get your body moving so your dental health doesn’t suffer.
FIVE – Visit a dentist twice yearly
It’s an important and significant element of your dental health routine, visiting us at our Manhattan dental practice twice a year will mean any oral issues will be identified early, and treatment can be fast, effective and hassle-free. At Cortes Advanced Dentistry we provide a wide array of treatments to effectively solve many oral conditions, so you can rest easy knowing your dental health is in the best hands.
New research has found links between poor oral health and the general wellbeing of the body
It is now general knowledge that in order to keep your mouth healthy you should brush and floss; it is drummed into us from an early age and becomes tiresome information as we get older. But what you probably do not know is the consequences of neglecting your oral health: not only do you run the risk of periodontal disease and tooth loss, you also run a higher risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease and even cancer!
It has been found that the bacteria associated with the mouth, Streptococcus, is not harmful when kept under control however if allowed it will multiply and wreak havoc on teeth, gums and your body!
At Cortes Advanced Dentistry we ensure your oral health…
At Cortes Advanced Dentistry in Manhattan we have always understood the need for good oral health, and it is now more important than ever to ensure your dental habits are optimal. That is why we focus on holistic dentistry, and strive to maintain and help you keep all your natural teeth. If your oral health is poor and we diagnose you with periodontal disease, we can treat it with our laser periodontal gum surgery to ensure a faster and more effective treatment.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by an excessive accumulation of oral plaque. If not brushed away, the plaque will harden and become calculus which causes gums to recede and allow for plaque to fill between the teeth. This deteriorates the bone and results in tooth loss!
At Cortes Advanced Dentistry we endeavor to help each patient achieve the smile of their dreams, and offer a wide array of treatments to protect, treat and beautify your smile.
For more information on periodontal disease, any of our treatments or to book an appointment at our Manhattan dental practice please do not hesitate to contact us.
New study finds direct link between blood pressure and sleep apnea
A new study has found that treating obstructive sleep apnea can help lower blood pressure. The research followed a group of 221 men who had pre-existing hypertension (high blood pressure)and who were newly diagnosed with sleep apnea.
The study found significant reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels, which means your ‘harmless’ snoring could be causing more than just loud noise!
The facts on sleep apnea…
At Cortés Advanced Dentistry in Manhattan, we know how important sleep is not just to your emotional health, but also your physical health. More than 5% of the American population suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, and sufferers have been known to have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and an elevated risk of Type 2 diabetes!
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
If you suffer from fatigue, snoring, poor concentration levels and poor productivity, you might be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea! Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder where the muscles in the back of the throat relax while you sleep, cutting off the airflow to your lungs. This means you are unable to sleep properly and can be woken up hundreds of times a night by your own psychological need for air!
Treat your sleep apnea today with Dr Martha Cortés…
Rather than simply therapeutically treating the symptoms and causes of sleep apnea, Dr. Martha Cortés uses the innovative DNA Appliance™ to completely eliminate obstructive sleep apnea. Treatment with the DNA appliance™ is aimed at developing and enlarging the airway space by expanding the transverse and anterior aspects of the upper and lower jaws. This then allows free air passage and results in a good nights’ sleep!
Discover the feeling of a good nights’ sleep with Dr. Martha Cortés, where you will receive the best, most high quality and effective treatments and services.
Embarrassed of your smile but don’t wish to wear obtrusive braces?
DNA Appliance, offered at Cortes Advanced Dentistry in New York, is a revolutionary treatment that does not obstruct your daytime smile – it only needs to be worn in the evening and while you sleep!
What is DNA Appliance?
DNA Appliance is very similar to an orthodontic retainer, and is made specifically to fit your teeth and mouth. As you sleep the system applies intermittent force, slowly realigning your teeth and jaw to correct crooked teeth or overbites/under bites. This provides rest periods for your soft tissue throughout the day which helps keep them healthy, unlike regular braces which use constant force to straighten teeth and is harsh on the gums.
Not just for teeth straightening…
The fantastic thing about DNA Appliance is its numerous uses. It can help treat crooked teeth, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), jaws, sleep apnea and snoring. By realigning the jaw and teeth to the optimal position for you, it opens up the airways and allows free passage of air through the throat, minimizing the chance of snoring and sleep apnea.
Elite in her field, Dr. Cortes guides and teaches dentists across the country about this revolutionary patented treatment through a series of lectures and programs.
The DNA Appliance system needs 100% commitment from the patient for it to have any effect, so if you are more interested in treatments where you aren’t as responsible for the outcome, Dr. Cortes can provide many other treatments that can aid you in your oral health.
This hard cover book is intended for the public, many of whom have been misdiagnosed or undiagnosed by physicians with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Many of these people have long narrow faces, small receding jaws, narrow dental arches and large tongues that do not fit in the narrow arches of the mouth, and tend to fall back creating a slack profile. Such an inadequate space for the soft tissue means that it becomes relaxed and obstructs the airway, inhibiting breathing for people with this disorder. These people do not realize that they are experiencing breathlessness during the night, as when we are standing up during the day, the effects of OSA are not as prominent.
Two new studies have found that people with sleep apnea, a common disorder that causes snoring, fatigue and dangerous pauses in breathing at night, have a higher risk of cancer. The new research marks the first time that sleep apnea has been linked to cancer in humans. Continue reading »
More than a third of police officers have a sleep disorder, and those who do are more likely to experience heart disease, problems with job performance and rage toward suspects and citizens, a new study suggests.
The research is one of the most extensive looks to date at the toll of sleep deprivation on police officers, a group for which overnight shifts, long hours and fractured sleep are all too common. About 5,000 state and local police officers in the United States and Canada, most from Massachusetts and Philadelphia, elected to take part in the study; roughly 40 percent of them were found to have a sleep disorder. That figure is at least double the estimated 15 to 20 percent rate of sleep disorders seen in the general population. Continue reading »
Getting a good night’s rest is essential for good health, but people with sleep apnea aren’t able to succumb to slumber. Obstructive sleep apnea causes episodes of stopped breathing during sleep, and the result is a fragmented, restless sleep that leaves sufferers exhausted and drowsy during the day. Continue reading »
Sleep-disordered breathing, or sleep apnea, is a common condition characterized by repeated awakenings and pauses in breathing during the night. People with the disorder often snore and gasp during sleep, and it has been associated with hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Now a new study suggests it may also be associated with mental decline and dementia. Continue reading »
For people suffering from sleep apnea, specialized breathing machines are the standard treatment.
The machines use a method called continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, which keeps the airway open and relieves potentially dangerous pauses in breathing during the night. But the machines are expensive, and some people complain that the mask and headgear cause uncomfortable side effects, like congestion. Continue reading »