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What Causes Snoring – And What Can You Do About It?

What Causes Snoring – And What Can You Do About It?

Is snoring keeping you—or someone you love—up at night?

If so, you’re hardly alone. The National Sleep Foundation says that 90 million American adults snore at least occasionally, while 37 million do so on a regular basis.

Dr. Eric J. Kezirian, Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Southern California, explains that snoring is simply the vibration of structures inside your throat while you sleep.

While we’re sleeping, muscles of the throat and soft palate may relax, causing airflow to become turbulent, or irregular, which produces those annoying, familiar sounds of snoring.

But why do some people snore? Snoring can be caused by sleep apnea, but not always: about half of people who snore regularly have sleep apnea, while other cases are caused by other factors.

Snoring treatment involves determining what is causing the irregular airflow, then identifying ways to correct it. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, help may be as close as your dentist’s chair. A customized mandibular positioning device can be worn while you sleep, keeping your airway open, your bedroom quiet and helping you breathe easy while you sleep.

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Does a Root Canal Hurt?

Does a Root Canal Hurt?

You’ve probably never heard someone cheer when they find out they need a root canal. Rather, simply hearing your dentist say the phrase “root canal” probably struck fear into your heart.

You may have heard the root canal procedure is painful and serves no purpose. However, this is simply not true. Root canals save an estimated 24 million teeth a year and help keep people healthy across the country. Let’s learn more about what the process of receiving a root canal is like and dispel some of the common myths surrounding them.

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3 Denture Care Steps to Keep Your Smile Intact

3 Denture Care Steps to Keep Your Smile Intact

When you have dentures, dental care looks a little differently than it does for everyone else. Despite these differences, there are several important rules you should be following to maintain your dental hygiene.

We have three easy steps you can take to prolong the life of your dentures.

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What Causes Gum Disease?

What Causes Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease — also called periodontitis or gum disease — is a serious condition that can lead to tissue, bone and tooth loss if left untreated.

It’s estimated that nearly 65 million Americans, or about half of all adults over 30, have periodontal disease. Because it usually causes no symptoms in its early stages, significant damage may have already occurred by the time it is diagnosed.

But what causes periodontal disease? Let’s take a look at how gum disease progresses and some of the risk factors that may increase your odds of getting it.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal: Is It Necessary for You?

Wisdom Teeth Removal: Is It Necessary for You?

The young adult years can be an exciting time filled with some of the most memorable occasions of your life. Graduation. Leaving the nest. Launching a career. And getting your wisdom teeth out.

Wisdom teeth are actually your third and final set of molars and typically appear in your late teens or early 20s.

It’s estimated that 85% of adults have had their wisdom teeth removed. Why is this such a common procedure and is it right for you or your child?

Let’s take a look at situations where wisdom teeth removal may be necessary and what to expect if you have your wisdom teeth removed.

We’ll also include some helpful tips for those of you who still have your wisdom teeth.

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Broken, Chipped or Cracked Teeth: What’s Your Dental Emergency Plan?

Broken, Chipped or Cracked Teeth: What’s Your Dental Emergency Plan?

There’s no doubt about it, dental injuries can be scary. Whether you chip your tooth after a fall or knock out a molar at football practice, dental injuries usually happen so fast that it can be difficult to immediately know what to do next. No matter the extent of the dental emergency, it’s important to know you must act fast to preserve your smile. When disaster strikes, what should your next steps be to save your teeth?

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How Can You Get Rid of Tetracycline Stains on Your Teeth?

How Can You Get Rid of Tetracycline Stains on Your Teeth?

If you or your child are diagnosed with a bacterial infection, chances are you’ll get a prescription for antibiotics.

And tetracycline is one of the most widely used antibiotics in the world.

From acne to pneumonia to urinary infections, this family of antibiotics has proven effective against some 90% of bacterial infections since its discovery in 1945 by Dr. Benjamin Duggar at the University of Missouri.

But did you know tetracyclines could also affect your teeth? Let’s take a look at how it can cause tooth discoloration, how to reduce the risk, and what to do if you’ve been affected.

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Puppy Kisses and Your Oral Health: A Risk for Periodontal Disease

Puppy Kisses and Your Oral Health: A Risk for Periodontal Disease

Our pets are near and dear to our hearts and some even feel as though they’re family. Playing with your dog or puppy brings joy to all. You may love having your dog close, and letting your dog lick your face might not seem like a big deal. After all, we’ve all heard that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than our own, right? Unfortunately, your teeth may not be thanking you for those puppy kisses. Let’s go over how your dental safety can be compromised by those dog kisses.

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What to Do about Malocclusion — Also Known as Bad Bite

What to Do about Malocclusion — Also Known as Bad Bite

You may already know about the importance of having straight teeth for avoiding tooth decay and gum disease and for maintaining a healthy-looking smile.

But have you thought about occlusion?

What’s that, you ask?

Occlusion is a funny-sounding word that refers to your bite, or the way your upper and lower teeth fit together.

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