Snoring - It Can Kill You!
Sure…snoring is annoying. But can it actually be deadly?
No, this does not mean being strangled in the middle of the night by a severely annoyed spouse or partner, as tempting as that may be! But the fact is, snoring is often related to sleep apnea, a condition where the body is deprived of oxygen during a night of heavy zzzz’s.
One obvious problem this causes is being tired during the day, contributing to automobile and workplace accidents. But even worse, sleep apnea, which is experienced by 30 million Americans, has been scientifically linked to obesity, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes. So if that low rumbling sound that keeps the entire neighborhood awake isn’t enough, now there is much more reason for concern.
But wait-it actually gets worse. A study performed at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine has just shown a significant link between sleep apnea and cancer, showing this condition increases the risk of cancer death by almost a factor of five!
“This is really big news,” said Dr. Joseph Golish, a professor of sleep medicine with the MetroHealth System in Cleveland. “It’s the first time this has been shown, and it looks like a very solid association,” he said.
There is no doubt that snoring can be much more serious than just a nighttime disturbance. So what can you do if you or a loved one may suffer from sleep apnea?
Fortunately, there are many ways to have this condition treated, all the way from simple dental appliances, to surgery, to wearing nighttime contraptions that make you look (and sound) like Darth Vader! Your dentist and physician can recommend the appropriate treatment for you.
At Hudsonville Family Dentistry, we would be glad to take a look and discuss your snoring issues or any other dental questions you may have. Let’s make tonight a quiet one!!
Will It Hurt & How Much Will It Cost?
At Hudsonville Family Dentistry we get all kinds of questions, and two that we hear very frequently are: “Will it hurt?” …and… “How Much Will It Cost?”
The great news is that the answers to both of those questions will make you very happy!
Will It Hurt?
Unlike the “olden days”, modern dental care is easier, much quicker, and typically pain free.
Current dental anesthetics (which used to be called “Novocaine”) are extremely effective and do an excellent job of thoroughly “deadening” the area which we will be treating. At our practice, we take extra care to make sure that you are comfortably numb before starting any procedure.
If at any time you are feeling any discomfort, please let us know so that we may stop whatever we are doing and make sure that you are having the best dental experience possible. We firmly believe that everything we do for our patients should be a positive experience, and our advanced training and caring attitude can make it happen. These days, dental appointments should be totally stress–free!
How Much Will It Cost?
There is no question about it – quality health care can be a sizeable investment; however, there is no better investment than your own health. This is not an area to be…”penny wise and pound foolish”.
Whether you are seeing us for a “cleaning and check-up” or an entire smile makeover, we want to make sure that you are comfortable with the financial aspect of dentistry and that your investment is comfortable for you.
Even though we use the highest quality materials and the most advanced techniques, at Hudsonville Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to keeping our fees reasonable.
Our talented and caring business team will be glad to discuss the best financial options for you and help you to obtain an optimum level of dental health. We want to make sure that you understand everything in order to take the stress out of the cost of dental care.
Also, we work closely with your insurance to maximize benefits, and should you choose, we offer a variety of payment options such as 12 month interest free financing.
When it comes to all aspects of your dental care, at Hudsonville Family Dentistry, we are truly dedicated to your comfort. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 616-669-2040. We can help you. :)
On Friday, March 15th our office participated in our 3rd annual "Give Kids A Smile Event". Our team all volunteered our time and services to provide free dental care to 30 children without dental insurance and who don't have the opportunity to receive regular dental care. It was a wonderful day and our team just loved every minute of it. It is a great feeling when you can reach out and help others in your community. We worked with South Elementary to help identify children in need and their wonderful principal, Mark Heagle, drove the students to and from our office all day. They all received cleanings, exams, fluoride treatments, and fillings if they needed it. It was such a joy to collaborate with other caring individuals in our community and to come together for a greater good.
Eight Benefits of Tooth Brushing – That Have Nothing To Do With Your Teeth!!
We are all aware that brushing your teeth on a regular basis prevents cavities and keeps you smiling; however, there are many other surprising benefits, including these eight that don’t have to do with your teeth!
1. According to a study published in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, participants who did not brush on a regular basis had a 65 percent greater chance of developing dementia compared to those who did not brush. So, don’t forget to brush!!
2. A study in The American Journal of Medicine found that regular brushing decreases the chance of stroke! (Wow – that is two very serious diseases can be curtailed with good oral hygiene. )
3. As any dentist, hygienist, or physician can tell you, regular brushing (and flossing) helps to prevent gum disease. But you may not know that along with causing stinky breath and unattractive smiles, gum disease is a major indicator of heart disease and the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
4. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology has shown that increased brushing decreases the risk of respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and COPD. Why? Bacteria which form on the teeth make their way into the lungs and respiratory tract, wreaking havoc along the way.
5. Dental researcher DR. Caitia Gazola has shown that having healthy teeth and gums increases the chances of having healthy babies, while dental disease can cause underweight pre-term babies. And men – you aren’t off the hook! We strongly suspect that not brushing your teeth can regularly can exclude you from the whole pregnancy process!
6. Prevention magazine has reported that regular brushing can help you maintain a healthy weight! Why? Brushing your teeth indicates to the brain that mealtime is over. Plus – food just doesn’t taste as good with squeaky clean teeth!
7. Okay guys- here’s your turn. Several studies have shown that men with poor oral hygiene are at greater risk for erectile dysfunction. Scared yet???
8. Have a heart – a healthy one that is! The American Journal of Medicine has linked dental health with heart attack risk.
So if clean teeth, fresh breath, a beautiful smile and fewer cavities aren’t enough, here are eight reasons why brushing your teeth on a regular basis can save your life! Plus let’s face it – going around with a big piece of food stuck between your chompers is not the most attractive look in the world!
Don’t forget, just as important as brushing your teeth, is doing it correctly. And if you are not getting regular dental cleanings, your efforts aren’t nearly as effective so make sure that you visit us here at Hudsonville Family Dentistry at least twice per year! We will see you on your next visitâ˜º
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