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Bad Breath (Halitosis)

 

Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis, it’s an unpleasant condition that’s cause for embarrassment. Some people with bad breath aren’t even aware there’s a problem. If you’re concerned about bad breath, see your dentist. He or she can help identify the cause and, if it’s due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan to help eliminate it.

 

 


 

 

Bruxism

What is Bruxism? "Keep a stiff upper lip" or "get a grip!" That's often the advice we get—and give—on how to cope with stress. If you take it literally, the result could be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaws. It's called Bruxism, and often it happens as we sleep, caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked.  Symptoms include a dull headache or a sore jaw.

You could have teeth that are painful or loose from severe grinding. This can lead to fractures in your teeth. Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sleep. If stress is the cause you need to find a way to relax! Physical therapy, muscle relaxants, counseling and even exercise may help reduce tension. Don't make your teeth the brunt of your stress. www.nti-tss.com

 


 

 

Periodontal Disease


Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Your gum tissue is not attached to the teeth as high as it may seem. There is a very shallow v-shaped crevice called a sulcus between the tooth and gums. Periodontal diseases attack just below the gum line in the sulcus, where they cause the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues to break down. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus develops into a pocket: generally, the more severe the disease, the greater the depth of the pocket. www.perioprotect.com

 

 


 

Sleep Apnea

 

Affects more than 12 million Americans worldwide. It is more common in men than women. People who are overweight and those who are diabetic are more at risk. It strikes in 3 different forms and is diagnosed through a polysomngram, which monitors the bodies sleeping pattern. 

 

They all have a common characteristic which is that each patient will stop breathing for a minute or longer. It is vital that the body receives oxygen, when the body stops breathing this process cannot be completed. The symptoms are similar to that of snoring, except more extensive. Severe/Constant fatigue, irritability, headache, and disturbed rest are just to name a few. Fortunately there are also many different options to treat sleep apnea. The surgery and recovery time is about the same as that in snoring except the doctor may also remove the tonsils and adenoids as well.

 

 


 

 

Snoring

 

Is the vibration in the airways caused by some type of obstruction. Many things can offset it. Allergies, excess fat (around the throat area), obstruction (caused by foreign material), and weakening muscles. This is not anything to be alarmed about. Common symptoms of snoring are lack of focus, drowsiness, and fatigue. There are many different treatment options available & your doctor will help choose an option that fits you. One of the most common surgeries to treat and alleviate snoring is a “Uvulopalatopharyngoglossoplasty (UPPP).” The doctor would go in and remove the accumulation of excess fat in the uvula and soft palate. This surgery takes about one hour, with recovery in 10-14 days, and able to see specific results in six weeks.

 

 


 

 

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)

 

The only moveable bone in the entire skull is the mandible (jaw). The jaw is responsible for a person to chew and talk, which for most of society is essential. The temporal bone is on the both sides of the skull, which connects via ligaments and muscles to attach itself to the mandible (jaw). Being able to move the jaw without pain is a good sign your TMJ is intact. However 10 million Americans currently have TMJ. It is caused by everyday life, which may include stress, grinding of teeth, poor bite/teeth habits.