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Testing for Sleep Apnea

What is it about the testing for obstructive sleep apnea that has some people nervous? I have actually  had patients say “Yeah, I probably have sleep apnea but I’m not gonna do the sleep test!” which is something I just don’t understand. If you could find out what is making you tired, cranky and raising… Read More »


Top Ways People Ruin Their Teeth

Instead of calling this “Top Ways People Ruin Their Teeth” I should have called it “How people who brush and floss and visit the dentist, still ruin their teeth”. Even when we take really good care of our oral health, things can still happen that can mess up your smile! For example, accidents happen and… Read More »


What Does A Dentist Have To Do With Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a medical condition in which people actually stop breathing during sleep. What would a dentist have to do with a medical condition like obstructive sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues of the mouth and throat relax during sleep. These relaxed tissues drop back, effectively blocking the airway. When… Read More »


Diabetes and Dental Disease

Diabetes is a complex disease and one area where we see the affects is in the teeth and gums. Dental disease and diabetes often go hand in hand. Diabetes and gum disease are a two-way street. Diabetes makes it more likely that you will develop gum disease and, having gum disease means it is harder… Read More »


Governors Sign Sleep Apnea Awareness Proclamations

A group of governors has taken a step toward raising the awareness of sleep apnea. Twelve governors have signed proclamations that highlight the dangers of sleep apnea and name a “Sleep Apnea Awareness Day” in their state. These proclamations are in response to the death of a sleep apnea patient following knee surgery. The patient’s… Read More »


Can Beer Making Ingredient Fight Dental Disease?

Interesting news out of Japan. Don’t get too excited, the new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, didn’t find that drinking beer was good for your oral health. What the researchers from the University of Tokyo did find was that a par of the hops that is not used in brewing… Read More »


World Sleep Day

How did you sleep last night? Today is World Sleep Day which means we take a look at the importance of sleep for our health and well-being. Sleep problems are very common. People complain that they can’t get to sleep because they have insomnia. Some people fall asleep but then wake up a few hours… Read More »


Why Does My Tongue Look Weird?

The tongue is pretty amazing. It is made up of muscles that allow us to taste food, talk and swallow. A healthy tongue is a nice pink color, but what if your tongue looks weird? The tongue is in constant use so it can be very irritating and uncomfortable when something is wrong. Remember the… Read More »


Bacteria in 1,000 Year Old Plaque Same As Today

File this one under – yuck! Researchers looked at 1,000 year old dental plaque and found the bacteria it harbored was essentially the same as modern day oral bacteria! Dr. Christina Warinner from the department of anthropology of the University of Oklahoma wanted to build a detailed picture of people from the Medieval period in… Read More »


Sleep Apnea May Make Diabetes Worse

Obstructive sleep apnea causes pauses in breathing throughout the night which can have serious health consequences. Sleep apnea has previously been shown to increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes and now it looks like the disorder also worsens blood sugar control by disrupting the deepest stage of sleep. Sleep apnea sufferers stop breathing at… Read More »