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Sleep Disorders and Weight Gain I What To Do

A growing body of research is finding a link between sleep disorders and weight gain. And it can be a vicious cycle. Insufficient sleep can lead to weight gain, which can lead to a serious problem called sleep apnea, which produces more sleep deprivation and more packing on of the pounds. What to do? Here…

Reasons you might want to lighten the color of your teeth

First and most important is a matter of self esteem. You will just feel better. Your smile being brighter will also make you feel more attractive. It’s likely that having a prettier smile will have an impact on your job no matter what you do, even if you’re not in the public sector. You may…

Sleep Breathing Disorders

What is a Sleep Breathing Disorder (SBD)? Any obstruction or condition that affects the free movement of air in and out of the body, reducing the amount of oxygen available to the person’s blood supply during sleep, falls into the broad spectrum of SBDs. This would include naturally small airways complicated by large tonsils, large…

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars as we call them, make their appearance usually during the teenage years, but may be seen even into the thirties. These molars can serve as normal teeth if there is enough room for them, which quite frankly is usually not the case. When fully erupted they require more attention than…

What are those dents in my teeth?

I get asked frequently about “dents” or depressions that develop right at the area where the gum tissue meets the tooth structure. Sometimes these are areas of concern to my patients because the worn or chipped out areas are darker yellow looking than enamel. Just as often my patient complain of sensitivity to cold air…

Go Gold

Why do you still see gold restoration and crown? Experts have again stated that gold is the best restorative material unless there are aesthetic considerations. For those, a plethora of tooth colored, natural looking restorations are available. Historically, however, the longest lasting dental material has been gold. Why? Gold wears at the same rate as…

Tongue Piercing

Tongue piercing can be lumped under broad category known as “Body Art”. It has become fashionable among some individuals in the western world. The piercing of oral tissues can create problems for both the individual and the dentist. It is common for the placement of intraoral “jewelry” to create challenges for wearers. After initial placement,…

Latex allergies can be serious …

Allergic responses to natural rubber latex is recognized as a serious problem for health care workers and the general population as well. Since 1980 the incidences of reaction to latex have dramatically increased. You may not even realize how often you come into contact with latex but you will find it all around you. From…

Wow That Hurts!

Have you ever noticed that every once in a while you get a little white or reddish spot that really hurts? We usually call these canker sores. In general they all look similar but, in fact, they are usually one of these different types of lesion: Apthous Ulcers, Traumatic Ulcers, or Herpes Simplex. With Apthous…

Those Wide Open Spaces!

Here’s a good one for you. You like everything about your smile but you’ve got spaces between some or all of your teeth. What can you do? First of all, spaces may occur for all kinds of reasons. I saw a patient the other day who had an undersized front tooth which left a large…