Today we are finding more and more people being diagnosed with sleep apnea, a serious sleeping disorder which occurs when your regular breathing is interrupted while sleeping. People with sleep apnea usually snore but not all people who snore have Sleep Apnea. There are two main types of sleep apnea. The most common is called obstructive sleep apnea this occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapses while sleeping blocking the airflow. Various health factors can contribute to this as well as being overweight. The other type is central sleep apnea which is caused by the brains failure to signal the breathing muscles. This type of sleep apnea can occur if a person has heart failure, brain tumors, brain infections or a stroke. Although sleep apnea affects people of all ages, male or female, it seems men are more likely to develop this disorder. The risk is also greater if you are over 40, overweight, have large tonsils, large tongue, small jaw, a family history of sleep apnea, a nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies or sinus problems. Sleep apnea, when left untreated can cause a variety of health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, diabetes, depression and worsening of ADHD. Don’t be alarmed. Sleep apnea is treatable. These are a few of the options: Adjusting your sleep habits which can be something as easy as sleeping on your side, continuous positive air pressure from using a CPAP, surgery to remove tonsils, wearing an oral appliance which can shift and support the jaw to prevent the airway from collapsing. For people who have a mild to moderate case of sleep apnea studies have proven, wearing an oral device while sleeping is very effective in the prevention of sleep apnea. If you suffer from sleep apnea Dr Nichols can help! Schedule your appointment today to find out how Dr. Nichols can help you get the sleep you deserve and live a healthy life!
Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States and second most occurring cancer worldwide? Researchers have discovered a gut microbe that is also found in the mouth associated with gum disease that has been linked to a third of colorectal cancers. Researchers at the Columbia University of Dental Medicine have found oral bacteria, accelerates the growth of colon cancer. This is another reason why it is extremely important to maintain good oral hygiene habits! Healthy mouth, healthy body! Make sure you schedule your routine dental cleaning and check-up, as well as brushing and flossing.
Eating too many sugary foods such as candy, ice cream, and potato chips not only add to the waistline it can also cause acne breakouts, damage the skins collagen causing wrinkles and cause damage to your teeth. Similar effects have been reported from tobacco use! Men’s Health has recently published an article explaining the effects of excessive sugar consumption and tobacco use, going on to say how these habits may be aging you faster. These sugary foods and drinks, such as soda, along with tobacco use not only stain your teeth but can also damage them. Consuming too much sugar can cause cavities. While using too much tobacco can cause oral cancer! Keeping up with your dental check-ups as well as limiting your sugar consumption and tobacco use will not only help with the aging process it will also help keep your mouth healthy!
According to the American Dental Association older American adults are keeping their teeth longer. Data collected from a survey done by the National Health and Nutrition Examination was used to assess changes in the loss of teeth with adults ranging in age from 50 and older. The findings showed a decrease in tooth loss by more than 75 percent among adults from 64-74 years old over the past five decades. The data revealed tooth loss among older adults of today in the United States is at its lowest, which means they are keeping more of their natural teeth. This is good news since studies have shown that tooth loss can have an impact on the quality of life, with the likelihood of eating a not so healthy diet. With more teeth present there is an increased need to protect and take care of oral health in turn helping to prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease thus improving the overall quality of life. We recommend keeping up with your routine dental cleaning and check-up as well as brushing and flossing to help maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
Did you know tooth decay is not only the most common disease, but it comes in second to the common cold? Both tooth decay and gum disease can be transferred from one person to another. You should avoid kissing infants and children on the lips since this can potentially transfer bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Sharing eating utensils as well as licking clean your baby’s pacifier should never be done as this encourages the transmission of bacteria! Your Child’s oral health is related to yours. Early detection is extremely important in preventing potential problems. Keeping up with your dental visits, will help ensure optimal dental and oral health for both you and your children. Call Dr. Nichols office today to schedule an appointment and we will help you implement strategies to keep your teeth decay free!
Drinking too many drinks that are acidic can be damaging to your teeth. With so many drink choices it can be hard to determine which ones are good for you. You may be saying, “I’m ok I drink flavored water”. The truth is flavored water can be just as harmful as drinking soda or juices. To determine the acidity, we need to look at the pH, the lower the pH, the more acidic, and the likelier to cause harm and tooth erosion. The American Dental Association recommends minimizing the amount of these drinks we consume, instead the best drink would be plain water. When that thirst kicks in, think healthy teeth and reach for some refreshing water!
According to a recent study by the American Dental Association, one in five Americans, about 23%, is avoiding dental treatment in the next twelve months. Almost half of them say that the cost is the number one reason why.
Putting off dental treatment is not good for your health or wallet. Avoiding treatment can lead to infection, tooth loss and more dental work which can end up costing more money.
At Dr. Nichols office the fees are not only fair and competitive; we also offer a payment plan through Care Credit to help patients comfortably manage their dental costs. With Care Credit’s no Interest if paid in full payment options offered, we can help you keep your mouth healthy!
Halloween is quickly approaching. Which means your child will be bringing home a bag full of candy! Although Halloween is fun for children it can be of concern to parents for both safety and health reasons. With so much candy being handed out during this time you need to be aware of the ones that can cause the most harm to your child’s teeth. The American Dental Association is reporting citrus flavored and sour candies to be among the worst for your teeth. These candies are not only sticky and filled with sugar, but they contain acid that can weaken and damage the outer shell of your tooth making it more likely to get a cavity. Other candies to avoid are caramels, taffies, gummies, and any chewy candies because these are sticky and adhere to your teeth for long periods of time also increasing the risk of tooth decay! The good news is your child can enjoy a sweet treat without too much concern, the top candy on the list is chocolate! Chocolate unlike the other candies washes off the teeth quickly. Keep your teeth healthy Don’t forget to brush your teeth after eating your Halloween candy. Go ahead get dressed and enjoy Halloween!
In an effort to quit smoking, many people are turning to e-Cigarettes. Unfortunately, they are just as bad for your health! Studies have suggested the flavorings used in the e-cigarettes are causing harm to blood vessel cells which can damage your heart. Five flavorings were tested in the lab: menthol (mint),acetylpyridine (burnt flavor),vanillin (vanilla),cinnamaldehyde (cinnamon),and eugenol (clove). Upon testing these flavors, they found them to cause damage to the cells that line the inside blood vessels, the layer of the heart. It has been proven, e-cigarettes contain toxic substances and irritants. With all these studies proving e-cigarettes to be extremely harmful to your health we hope you think twice before using them!
Did you know the more you smile the younger you look? Studies have shown people who smile are perceived as more youthful and attractive thus making it harder to guess their age! People with worn teeth, receding gums or discolored teeth tend to look older. As we age our teeth change causing us to smile less. Have you noticed you are not smiling as much? Maybe you have become self-conscience or lost your confidence. Have noticed yourself not socializing much due to the way your smile looks? Your smile can affect your social and professional life! It does not have to be that way for you! Cosmetic Dentistry can help you achieve that beautiful smile you desire in turn reversing any age revealing dental issues. Come see what we can do for you, schedule your appointment today with Dr. Nichols!