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Sleep Apnea and Snoring

by on August 20, 2019 | Posted in Blog

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!

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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.

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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!

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Older Adults and Tooth Loss

by on March 13, 2019 | Posted in Blog

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.

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Acidic Beverages and Your Teeth

by on January 17, 2019 | Posted in Blog

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!

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Putting Off Dental Treatment

by on November 13, 2018 | Posted in Blog

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!

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Bottled Water vs. Tap Water

by on August 13, 2018 | Posted in Blog

Did you know drinking bottled water can affect your teeth and health? If you are drinking a lot of bottled water, and it’s acidic, it could be bringing harm to your teeth! The acidity erodes tooth enamel causing tooth decay. The best beverages to drink for good oral health should contain fluoride. Studies have shown drinking beverages with fluoride reduces tooth decay both in children and adults by up to 25 percent. If you are only drinking bottled water and not public water you may not be getting the fluoride needed to keep your teeth healthy!

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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!

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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!

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Are you an ice cube chewer? If so we encourage you to quit this bad habit! You may think there is no harm in this but because ice is a crystal as is your tooth enamel, when they rub against each other one is going to break. Yes, most of the time it will be the ice, but sometimes it will be your tooth or a filling that will break. To help you break this habit we suggest you drink your beverages with no ice as well as use a straw.

 

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