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Chipped Tooth No Reason To Panic

Chipped teeth are extremely common so there is no need to panic unless the tooth is causing pain. There is usually an entertaining story that goes along with a chipped tooth which we would love to have you share! How we repair the damage depends on factors such as the size and location of the… Read More »

Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)  is a disorder that causes the stoppage of breathing during sleep.Experts estimate that 80 to 90 percent of obstructive sleep apnea sufferers are undiagnosed and this dangerous disorder is left untreated. Because most people visit their dentist more often than they see their doctor screening for obstructive sleep apnea is something… Read More »

Diabetics Need Healthy Gums

The importance of healthy gums and teeth for diabetes patients has been well documented but a new report in the British Dental Journal has confirmed that most diabetes patients do not understand the link. Researchers surveyed adults visiting a diabetes clinic and discovered that only 13% of participants knew that swollen or tender gums could… Read More »

Sleep Apnea Treatment May Help Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is common among patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Choosing to treat obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy may allow patients to deal with two problems at once. It appears that using an oral appliance may also reduce acid reflux symptoms. A small study looked at dental patients who wanted to use an… Read More »

Yogurt May Help Keep Gums Healthy

Always nice to hear about something that is good to eat that is also good for you.  Turns out that eating yogurt and similar foods with lactic acid may be good for your gums. Researchers in Japan discovered that eating yogurt and drinks that contain lactic acid were associated with healthier gums. Regular dairy products… Read More »

Toothache Treatment

While the top reasons for toothache are cavities or gum disease there are other causes for oral pain. A dentist has to act like a dental detective to discover the reason for the pain and which treatment would be appropriate. This detective work begins with a thorough examination, including x-rays. Most of the time our… Read More »

Can Nocturia Predict Sleep Apnea?

Waking up in the middle of the night to visit the bathroom? There is a name for this – it is called nocturia and new research suggests that nighttime urination frequency can help doctors screen for sleep apnea. Studies have linked nocturia and sleep apnea before but this is the first time researchers have sought… Read More »

Updated Dental X-Rays Necessary

Dental x-rays are an essential tool for diagnosing many oral health issues that your dentist cannot see with the naked eye, or even with magnifying glasses. “I’ll do them at my next visit” is an all too common response when patients are told it is time for dental x-rays. Here’s a little secret – we… Read More »

Osteoporosis Drugs – How Long Should They Be Used?

Keeping bone mass intact and bones strong as we age is important in preventing hip and spine fractures that cause pain, hospitalization, nursing home stays and even early death for many older Americans. Osteoporosis drugs such as Fosamax, Boniva and Reclast will soon be required to clarify how long patients should use them to avoid… Read More »