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Why Is Good Oral Health Essential During Pregnancy?
It’s no secret that pregnancy is an important time in a woman’s life. While women are often concerned about physical and hormonal changes, these changes can also have a great effect on their oral health.
Many women tend to delay the treatment of oral disease due to concerns for fetal safety.
However, routine dental treatment can be performed safely at any time during pregnancy. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can result in several changes in the mouth. Reports show that the most common oral disease is gingivitis, which has been reported in 30 to 100 percent of pregnancies. In addition to examining for oral disease, dentists may notice dental erosion in pregnant women, due to increased acid in the mouth following morning sickness. Poor oral health also can also affect the nutritional intake of expectant mothers, which is essential for fetal growth and survival.
Dental care during pregnancy is not only safe and effective, it’s essential for combating the adverse effects of oral disease. Ask your dentist about receiving ongoing oral hygiene and infant oral health care while pregnant.
Why Would I Choose Dental Implants for My Missing Teeth?
Replacing your missing teeth does not only improve the look of your smile, it can also stop teeth from drifting out of place, improve your speech, and allow you to eat a wider variety of foods.
Implants are one of several options for replacing missing teeth. Implants consist of a titanium post and a crown or replacement tooth. The post fuses to the jaw bone, acting like the root of a tooth. This permanent attachment means that implants more closely resemble your natural teeth. It also means that you will not have to deal with loose-fitting dentures or the mess of denture glue. For patients who prefer dentures, implants can be used to anchor them more securely in place.
To learn more about dental implants, ask a member of our team today.
Did you know?
Pucker up! Kissing fights cavities! When two people are kissing you are stimulating more saliva in your mouth. This will neutralize acids and that washes away plaque on your teeth that lead to cavities.
Is over brushing bad for your teeth?
The answer is yes. Brushing your teeth two to three times a day is recommended. However over bushing your teeth can cause toothbrush abrasion where over bushing your teeth will wear the tooth enamel down and damage the inner structure of your teeth.
People often think if they brush 4 to 5 times a day or even after every meal will help prevent cavities. However this is not the case. It’s is important to remember that brushing the right way is as important as the amount of time a person brushes a day. When brushing your teeth it is recommended to use a soft toothbrush or an electric toothbrush ( making sure not to apply to much pressure when using an electric toothbrush) with a fluoride toothpaste. When brushing your teeth angle the tooth brush at 45 degrees to the gingiva and brush using gentle circular motions. The tips of the bristles of the toothbrush should be between the teeth and gum line in order to get the plaque out. Then move on to brush the occlusal (chewing surface) of the teeh by taking short strokes. Finally make sure to brush the inside of the teeth at any angle.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder whereby a person pauses in breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing is called an apnea. This can last from a few seconds to minutes and up to 30 times or more an hour. Normal breathing will begin again with a loud choking sound or snoring sound. As a person breathing stops or becomes weak while sleeping, she/he will typically go from deep sleep to light sleep. As a result often a person in the morning may feel tired , wake up with a headache and feel really sleepy in the daytime.
There are three types of sleep apnea. The first type and most common type is Obstructive Sleep Apnea where your airway becomes blocked and as a result pauses your breathing. The second type is of sleep apnea is Central Sleep Apnea where when the area in the brain that controls breathing does not send a signal to your breathing muscles.The third type of sleep apnea is Complex sleep apnea where you have a mix of obstructive and central apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can cause stroke, heart failure or hypertension.
Sleep apnea can be treated by an adjustable acrylic dental appliance whereby the dentist will custom fit the dental appliance to your mouth. The appliance positions the lower jaw forward in order to clear the obstruction of the airway and prevent the sleep apnea from happening.
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