Monday, March 23, 2015
Metropolitan areas and other bustling cities are awake and moving 24/7, and many individuals are staying up longer than they used to. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 20 percent of Americans report that they get less than six hours of sleep on average. Considering the effects of fatigue on the human body, it goes without saying that lack of sleep is dangerous. People suffer from lack of sleep due to a lot of factors. One of the reasons for sleep deprivation, however, is not the hustle and bustle of our modern life; rather, it can be found at home: sleep apnea. The effects of this condition can be life-threatening to the sufferer. Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by repetitive stoppage of breathing while asleep, resulting in a mild to loud snoring sound. The snoring can last for hours without the sufferer even noticing, but something which their bedmates can hear clearly.
Friday, March 20, 2015
In dentistry, it is preferable to provide a treatment that works with the patients existing structure before considering pulling teeth. An article on the Dentistry IQ website dated July 15, 2014 features such a treatment, wherein a dentist opted to treat a patient with impacted teeth by electing to pull the affected teeth into proper place by way of dental appliances. The article stresses that a skilled dentist is needed to perform such a delicate procedure:
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
It used to be that you needed to wear metal braces, even if you had a moderate case of teeth misalignment, to achieve a beautiful smile. Such a cumbersome appliance, however, can affect a person’s appearance and interfere with everyday functions like speaking and chewing. These days, an orthodontist in Folsom, CA, Dr. Robert Kelleher can now attach ‘invisible’ plastic aligners that get your teeth straightened withoutthe awkwardness traditionally associated with braces. Invisible braces such as Invisalign® use a custom-made series of aligners consisting of smooth, comfortable plastic that is worn over the teeth. There are none of those metal brackets or wires that come with regular braces. The clear "braces" (aligner trays) gradually and gently shift teeth into place, just as regular braces would do.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder that happens as a result of a blockage in the airway, which leads to interrupted breathing. Typically, an apnea sufferer stops breathing repeatedly during sleep, which deprives the brain of oxygen and can lead to a host of medical conditions. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a variety of problems such as stroke, heart failure, diabetes, and high blood pressure. On the other hand, according to the CDC, treatment of existing medical problems such as nasal obstruction and congestive heart failure may help resolve sleep apnea symptoms.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Braces are made with brackets, springs and wires; materials that are prone to attracting bits and pieces of food. Some foods tend to get stuck in between teeth and braces, and getting them out can be tough. While a skilled orthodontist in Folsom, CA will be able to provide you with sturdy, high-quality braces, constantly snacking on the wrong types of food can make the braces loosen and break over time. People with braces would do best to avoid hard, tough, and sticky foods and opt for softer ones instead. Soft foods and the practice of cutting food into smaller pieces will make chewing much easier, making them less likely to cause damage on the braces in your mouth.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Wouldn’t it be nice if all our permanent teeth came in straight? For a lucky few that is case, but for many of us our permanent teeth are off-alignment, which can result in the need to wear braces. Even adults approaching middle age may face such a situation: Robyn Gautchy of the SE Missourian said as much of a 40-year-old mother decided to get braces after her own daughter did at their preferred orthodontist. Studies show that many Americans over 18 years old wear braces, with a significant percentage of them well into adulthood. If you or a loved one have lived with crooked teeth over the years because you were unable to straighten them with braces when you were younger, it’s never too late and you’re never too old to make it happen with an orthodontist in Davis, CA like Dr. Robert Kelleher, DDS.