Sleep apnea causes disrupted breathing in the middle of the night for more than 12 million Americans. Fatigue, high blood pressure and weight gain are some of its more familiar symptoms.
But a growing body of research has also found that sleep apnea can be a drain on intimacy, causing erectile dysfunction in men and loss of libido in women. Continue reading »
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 »
About 28 million Americans have sleep apnea, which causes repeated awakenings and pauses in breathing during the night, sometimes resulting in loud snoring and gasps for air. For decades, the standard treatment has been “continuous positive airway pressure.” A mask worn at night pushes air into the nasal passages, enabling easier breathing. C.P.A.P. reduces and in some cases completely prevents episodes of apnea. Continue reading »
NATIONAL – Snapping your mouth shut may tell the dentist volumes about your oral health.
TMJ Disorder refers to a complex series of problems in the jaw joints that can cause headaches and more. Treatment often starts at the dentist, but there’s a new trend in care called neuromuscular dentistry.
Barbara Chase recently learned she has temporomandibular join disorder, or TMJD. Jaw discomfort aside, her doctor feels it may be triggering other problems. Continue reading »
Study reveals link between gum disease and cancer
For many years, researchers have reported a link between gum disease and an increased risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Now scientists have discovered that gum disease, once thought of as a fairly benign condition, also can increase your risk of certain types of cancer. Continue reading »
Cosmetic dentistry has seen many changes in the last 30 years, and only recently with neuromuscular dentistry has occlusion regained its proper place in the field. It is assumed to this day by many cosmetic dentists that function is inherent in the habitual bite and that there is no need to improve function as the bite intelligently evolves through proper occlusal biomechanics. The assumption is that the adaptive reserve of the oral cavity and of the body in general is sufficient to compensate for any gradual occlusal changes regardless of the source of change. The role of the general dentist is to eliminate any obvious pathology from the oral cavity, and if possible, to recapture the occlusion of a single tooth or a few teeth, and optimally maintain the teeth as is without further pathological breakdown. However, it is tacitly understood that the scope of the general dentist is limited and does not include enhancing the overall occlusion/function, nor does it directly enhance the esthetics of the oral cavity. On the other hand, the specialty of cosmetic dentistry is superficially seen by patients and doctors alike as an esthetic enhancement of the smile and nothing else. Continue reading »
Overall health is paramount to everybody no matter whom you are, this is why holistic dentists consider not just the health of your mouth and teeth, but your overall health as a generalisation. When performing treatments within the dental side of things, they consider the overall health of your body also.
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Periodontal disease (commonly known as gum disease) is a very serious condition which can cause you serious amounts of discomfort and pain. It is often dubbed as the silent disease as you have no symptoms or pain leading up to the latter stages of the disease and you often do not realise about it, and decide to get treatment until it hits a serious stage.
Recognising the signs of gum disease is imperative and you should always be on the lookout for such symptoms as bleeding and tender gums, increasing spaces in between your teeth, constant bad breath, mouth sores and receding gums from your teeth.
Any of these symptoms as one or together could be contributing to gum disease. It is known that in people between the ages of 25-54 untreated gum disease can increase the chances of a stroke by up to 50%. It can also lead to other serious health problems such as, diabetes, osteoporosis, premature birth, heart attack and Alzheimer’s, this is because the bacteria from the gum disease can get into your blood stream and obviously cause more serious conditions. Continue reading »
On 29th October 2009, BIOLASE Technology’s Waterlase MD™ and patented Radial Firing Perio Tips™ was FDA approved.
In a statement from one of the key clinical researchers, Dr. Bret Dyer, the benefits to periodontal treatment were explained “Both referring dentists and patients want to avoid swelling, pain, and possible gum recession of flap surgery. In my formal research and in clinical practice, I have found that Deep Pocket Therapy is a highly effective, more aesthetic and more comfortable alternative to traditional surgical procedures for my patients.”
Used as a non-surgical alternative treatment in moderate to advanced gum disease the Waterlase MD provides enormous benefit to patients in need of periodontal treatment and deep pocket treatments, making the procedure possible within a single visit.
Effectively eliminating the need for scalpel, stitches or the conventional cutting of the gums, the Waterlase MD assists in providing a greatly increased level of comfort and convenience from treatment.
BIOLASE Chief Executive Officer David M. Mulder also stated that, “We and our global partners are proud to be assisting the periodontal community in delivering products and techniques that reduce patient anxiety and encourage patients with moderate to advanced periodontal disease to pursue the treatment they need.”
In the expert care of Dr Cortes the use of the newly approved Waterlase MD is used to provide patients with gentle laser periodontal gum surgery. An Educator for the American Academy of Laser Dentistry and a lecturer in Laser techniques for both Biolase and Millennium Dental; Dr Cortés has extensive training in this field.
The Laser effectively –
– Removes inflamed and diseased tissue within the Periodontal Pocket
– Heightens the length of tooth above the gum line
– Removes muscle pulls and benign tumours.
By retaining a maximum amount of gum tissue, the loss of tooth and bone structure is minimal.
Periodontal Disease may be diagnosed by Dr Cortés during an oral examination. Trained in Laser Dentistry surgery, Martha Cortés DDS will help you recover your oral health and cope with this condition.