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The Causes of Sleep Apnea - And How We Can Help

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If your partner complains that you snore or you consistently wake up feeling fatigued and have trouble concentrating at work, you might have sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?

When we drift off to sleep, the muscles and soft tissue in our throat relax and fall backward. For most people, this isn’t a problem; but for some, this motion completely blocks the airway making it impossible to breathe.

Meanwhile, your body is deprived of precious oxygen, and your brain wakes you up to start breathing again. For some people, these episodes can occur hundreds of times each night. The result is that you wake up feeling exhausted from battling apnea episodes all night ...

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Three Signs That Make Veneers an Excellent Option

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Living with a smile you don’t love can take a toll on your confidence. And if you’re so self-conscious that you refuse to smile altogether, it can also affect the way others perceive you. That’s no way to go through life, especially when cosmetic dentistry offers so many great options for helping you love your smile again.

Porcelain Veneers

A dental veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that’s designed to create a new, more attractive tooth surface. Since dental porcelain is translucent, it mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel to blend beautifully with your smile. Because it conceals the natural tooth beneath it, a veneer can be used to hide ...

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5 Ways Sleep Apnea Could Be Affecting Your Life

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Sleep apnea can be a debilitating disorder that robs you of a high quality of life because it impacts two vital areas – sleeping and breathing. The symptoms of sleep apnea can affect your job, your relationships, and your general well-being.

Why Sleep Apnea is a Problem

When you sleep, the muscles and soft tissue in your throat relax, which isn't a problem for most people, but for others, this softening can completely obstruct the airway and make it difficult or impossible to breathe freely. When you can’t breathe, your oxygen-deprived body wakes you up, which is often accompanied by a loud snorting or gasping sound. Many sleep apnea patients experience these ...

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3 Signs That Dental Implants Are the Perfect Choice for You

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If you’re living with missing teeth, it may be difficult to remember the last time you smiled confidently around friends or were able to eat all your favorite foods comfortably.

You know you have options, but you’re not sure which is right for you. Is a fixed bridge the right solution, or is a partial denture a better choice? Maybe a dental implant is a better option, but you need more information.

When you’re considering tooth replacement, you really should consider dental implants first. A dental implant is a tiny screw-like titanium post that is placed surgically in your jaw and allowed to heal. It acts as an artificial tooth root to support ...

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What Would Happen if You Gave Up Sugar for a Month?

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Do you have any idea how much sugar you consume every day? You may have already cut out sweet treats and beverages like colas that you know are loaded with the sweet stuff.

An awareness of the negative impact that too much sugar has on your body, and particularly your oral health, is an essential first step. But what if you decided to cut sugar out of your diet entirely for one month?

Sugar – It’s Everywhere!

The American Heart Association allows 24 grams of sugar per day for women (36 grams for men), so some sugar in your diet is okay. But if you aren’t reading ingredient labels, you may be surprised at ...

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Are You Missing Steps When You Floss? Double Check Here!

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The purpose of flossing is to finish the job that tooth brushing starts. Even the best toothbrush can’t get in the crevices between teeth where bacteria-filled plaque can collect and eventually lead to gum disease.

Of course, your hygienist will thoroughly floss your teeth during your semi-annual cleanings. But you need to support your oral health with good hygiene habits between visits, which includes flossing once a day.

Common Flossing Mistakes

Most people have a general idea why they need to floss and how to do it, but it’s ...

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3 "Healthy" Snacks That Can Lead to Tooth Decay

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You want to make sure that your family’s diet is rich in healthy, nutritious foods that support good health. But a lot of the foods and drinks that we consume may seem like healthy choices, but in reality, may be contributing to oral health problems.

Beverages, in particular, are a problem because they often have lots of hidden sugars and because we tend to drink them throughout the day. Some beverages are not just high in sugar but may be carbonated or high in acid that can also eat away at dental enamel and lead to tooth decay.

Beverages to Avoid for a Healthier Smile

Here are a few of the worst culprits ...

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