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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 »

Which Toothbrush is the Best Choice?

Walk down the toothbrush aisle of your local drug store and the choices available are astounding. Toothbrushes come in all shapes and sizes. How do you know which one to choose? First thing to look for in a toothbrush is the bristles. Don’t purchase a brush with bristles that are marked “Hard”. Hard bristle brushes… Read More »

Sugary Drinks Over Used by Teens, Younger Men

Sugar sweetened beverages have transformed from being an occasional treat to constant companion for some people. Researchers from the Centers for Disease control say that young people, especially teens and men aged 20-39 consume the most calories each day from sweetened beverages. This report was not just talking about soda consumption. The sweetened drinks were… Read More »

Aging Population Needs Alternatives to Dentures

The population of the United States is aging rapidly and many of these Baby Boomers are going to be faced with a reduced quality of life for many years because of tooth loss. It has been estimated that 37 million Americans will need dentures by the year 2020. The best alternative for these patients will… Read More »