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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. :)
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
Healthy Bodies Start With Healthy Mouths
(Michigan Dental Association)
Since the condition of the mouth mirrors the condition of the body as a whole, your dentist may be the first health care provider to see signs of a health problem. If something out of the ordinary is discovered, a follow-up with your physician may result in early detection and successful treatment of a more serious medical problem. So, if you know you are at risk for certain illnesses, such as heart disease or diabetes, be sure to inform your dentist.
How can my dentist find illnesses like heart disease and diabetes?
Your dentist doesn’t diagnose these illnesses, but may find oral symptoms that could relate to problems that might affect the rest of the body.
But shouldn’t I count on my physician to find any health problems?
Yes, but that’s only part of the strategy. Your oral health is an important part of your overall health and your dentist is a key member of your personal health care team. The lips, tongue, gums, salivary glands and oral tissue can all warn of trouble in your general health. What your dentist sees in your mouth may reveal the first signs of systemic disease, or a disease that affects the entire body, rather than a single organ or body part.
If my dentist says my oral health is good, should I still see my physician?
Absolutely. Regular dental exams, just like an annual physical, are an important part of your overall health care. Dental visits should never replace the care of your physician in any way.
So, what can my MDA-member dentist do?
A regular oral exam allows your dentist to keep your mouth in first-class shape and watch for any changes in your oral health or signs that may indicate problems elsewhere in the body. A dental exam also picks up on poor nutrition and hygiene, growth and development problems and improper jaw alignment.
By scheduling regular dental visits and talking with your dentist, you can help keep your mouth…and body…healthy throughout your life.
Medical Conditions and their Oral Symptoms
Your dentist can screen for precancerous changes in the oral tissues. This early detection of oral cancer can result in successful treatment. Even better, oral cancer can be prevented if found and treated at the precancerous stage. About 25 percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer — the sixth most common cancer in the U.S. — have none of the traditional risk factors associated with the disease, such as the use of tobacco products or drinking alcohol.
Dentists can now use a new tool to detect oral cancer in its earliest stages. The brush biopsy allows the dentist to scrape cells from the tissue and send them to the lab for analysis. This simple screening device represents a breakthrough in the fight against cancer. It is expected to aid in the early diagnosis of the disease, and improve the survival rates for those who develop oral cancer.
Infants born prematurely in the U. S. account for six to nine percent of all births, but 70 percent of all prenatal deaths. The National Institutes of Health reports that as many as 18 percent of the 250,000 premature low-weight infants born in this country each year may be the result of inflammatory gum disease. Surprisingly, this is about the same as the percentage explained by cigarette smoking.
Studies show that pregnant women with severe gum disease have seven times the risk of delivering a low-birthweight baby. These pregnancy complications may be partially preventable through improved oral health during pregnancy. It only makes sense to safeguard your oral health, and your baby’s, through proper oral health care.
Studies have shown that people with severe periodontal disease, an inflammation of the gums that affects an estimated 200 million Americans, are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those without gum infection.
A study released in February 2005 shows that older adults who have higher proportions of four periodontal-disease-causing bacteria in their mouths also tend to have thicker carotid arteries, a strong predictor of stroke and heart attack. The study was published in the journal Circulation, and is supported by four agencies of the National Institutes of Health.
The report is the first to draw a direct connection between cardiovascular disease and bacteria involved in periodontal disease.
Research has also shown that other predictors of heart disease are inflammation of the gums around the teeth due to improper hygiene, cavities and missing teeth.
Many people who have diabetes may not know they have it. Your dentist can play an important role in discovering the oral symptoms of diabetes and helping to manage its oral effects. Diabetics tend to get periodontal disease at a rate three to four times higher than people without diabetes.
Other oral problems that diabetes can cause are dry mouth, a burning of the mouth or tongue, a fungal infection called thrush that causes painful white patches in your mouth, or a distinct breath odor. Diabetics who are not diagnosed are at a greater risk for infections following dental procedures such as extractions and root canals.
Want a Healthy Body? Start with a Health Mouth! See your Michigan Dental Association dentist every six months. And smile on!
This article was taken directly from the Michigan Dental Association website.