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Tooth Tips for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is a time for fun, family, football and lots of food. The problem is that most of the food is full of sugars and carbohydrates which can cause problems for your healthy smile. Don’t despair, while there isn’t much you can do to save your weight loss plan on Thanksgiving Day you can make… Read More »

Is Sleep Apnea Affecting Your Brain?

Remember those commercials showing an egg in a frying pan with the tag line “this is your brain…” and then “… this is your brain on drugs”? It may be that sleep apnea patients are having their brains “fried” as well.  A study published last year found reduced amounts of brain “gray matter” in multiple… Read More »

Sleep Apnea May Be More Dangerous In Middle Age

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which people stop breathing during sleep. OSA has been diagnosed in all age groups.  A study published in the journal CHEST found that OSA may have more of an effect on the health of those who develop the condition during middle age as opposed to those who… Read More »

Dangerous CPAP Alternatives on the Internet

Trolling  the internet recently I discovered dozens of  websites, forums and user groups that discuss the ongoing battles that patients seem to have with the CPAP machines. While CPAP is the gold standard of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea most patients can’t stick with the machines over the long term. The traffic on these sites… Read More »

Atrial Fibrillation Linked to Sleep Apnea

The risk of heart arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (afib) are dramatically increased in patients who have sleep disordered breathing such as sleep apnea. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that the risk of having an abnormal heartbeat was 18 times higher immediately after an apnea episode compared to… Read More »

Candy and Cavities

Your little Trick or Treaters brought home a pile of candy which has been dutifully  sorted and checked for safety (and taste) by Mom and Dad. The question now is –  What is the best way to allow your children to enjoy their booty and avoid new cavities? Cavity formation depends upon the pH balance… Read More »

High Blood Pressure Affected By Sleep Quality

When sleeping, humans shift in and out of several phases of sleep. The most restorative type of sleep is deep or slow-wave sleep and a study reported in Hypertension found that older men with the lowest levels of deep sleep were at increased risk of high blood pressure. Most previous studies of sleep and hypertension… Read More »

Your Dental Abscess Questions Answered

What is a dental abscess and how did I get one? An abscess is an accumulation of pus that can form in the gum but generally forms in the bone and drains either through the gums or through a tooth.  These events are painful and usually start with a bacterial infection either inside the pulp… Read More »

Tinnitus Can Caused By Cell Phones or TMJ Disorders

Is the ringing in your ears cellphone induced tinnitus or TMJ problem? Tinnitus is a persistent ringing or buzzing sound in the ears and has many causes including TMJ (jaw joint) disorders.  Studies are now showing that people who have been using cellphones for at least four years for 10 minutes a day are hearing… Read More »