Can I Use an Oral Appliance with CPAP?

can i use an oral appliance with cpapObstructive sleep apnea – a condition marked by loud snoring and repeated cessation of breathing while you sleep – can be treated in several different ways. The most common treatments are with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine and a custom-designed oral appliance from a dental health specialist. While each treatment offers a number of advantages for different patients, your dentist may recommend combining CPAP and an oral appliance for optimal results. (more…)

Why Do We Develop Gum Disease?

stewart gum diseaseIn the United States alone, millions of adults suffer from varying stages of periodontal disease. If left untreated, the disease can soon increase the risk of adult tooth loss. Why do we develop gum disease? Understanding the causes and symptoms of gum disease can help you identify the issue in the early stages and also help you understand the best ways to help prevent periodontal problems.

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How Does a Tooth Start to Decay?

how does a tooth start to decayDid you know that over 90% of adults in America under the age of 60 have had tooth decay in at least one of their permanent teeth? Cavities are also the most common chronic illness in school-aged children. Treating tooth decay depends on its severity; however, preventing tooth decay is deceptively simple. To help minimize tooth decay’s effects, we explain how a tooth starts to decay and form a cavity, and how you can protect your smile from it. (more…)

Should Children Get Dental Implants?

should children get dental implantsHow do you replace a child’s lost tooth? Typically, you wait for its permanent replacement to grow in; however, if a primary (baby) tooth is lost before its time, then temporarily replacing it may be vital to a child’s developing dental health. For missing adult teeth, dental implants are often the ideal replacement option, but they’re not temporary and they may cause more damage than good to developing jawbones in young children. Today, we explore premature primary tooth loss, and why dental implants are best reserved for older teen and adult patients. (more…)