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    CUDDLY CRITTER CONTEST UPDATE | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 7 months ago

    We will do a drawing on Monday to see which child gets to provide a good home for the Trusting Turtles.   Stay tuned to see who the proud winner is!

    IS SLEEP APNEA OR SNORING AFFECTING YOUR SLEEP? | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleeping disorder that happens when your regular breathing is interrupted during sleep. Snoring is common among patients with sleep apnea but not all snorers have sleep apnea.

    There are two main types of sleep apnea:

    • Obstructive sleep apnea: The more common form, it is the result of blocked airflow during sleep, usually when the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses while you sleep. Health factors, such as obesity may contribute.
    • Central sleep apnea: Results from a problem with how the brain signals the breathing muscles. The airway is not blocked, instead the brain fails to signal the muscles to breath. This type of sleep apnea can occur with conditions such as heart failure, brain tumors, brain infections, and stroke.

    Sleep apnea can affect any one at any age, although men are more likely to develop the disorder. The risk is also greater for those:

    • over 40
    • overweight
    • with large tonsils, large tongue or small jaw
    • with a family history of sleep apnea
    • with a nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies or sinus problems.

    If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a number of health problems including:

    • high blood pressure
    • stroke
    • heart failure, irregular heartbeat and heart attack
    • diabetes
    • depression
    • worsening of ADHD.

    Sleep apnea can be treated.

    The most common treatment is Continuous positive air pressure (CPAP). This is a device which improves breathing while you sleep. The device supplies air through the nasal passages and the air pressure keeps the airway open while sleeping.

    If you have tried the CPAP without success or find it to be cumbersome, the SomnoDent Sleep Apnea Device may be the answer for your sleep apnea/snoring. This device is now offered through our office.  

    The SomnoDent is comfortable and easy to wear, and most people find that it only takes one or two nights to get used to it.  It is custom made to fit your mouth and it does not impinge on your tongue.  You can open and close your mouth normally as SomnoDent does not lock or fix your jaws together.  The device is only worn while you sleep.  It is very discrete, allowing you to close your lips so it is not obvious you are wearing the device.  

    Contact our office today for more information on the SomnoDent Sleep Apnea Appliance.

    CUDDLY CRITTER CONTEST | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 7 months ago

    The Trusting  Turtles are "rushing" with excitement for their appointment.  They know that Erica and the rest of our staff will be gentle and take great care  of their oral health needs.  Parents, we appreciate the trust you place in our staff by bringing your children to see us.  We LOVE kids!  When you bring your children to our office for an appointment, they are entered for the chance to provide a good home for these Trusting Turtles. 

    GOOD EATING PATTERNS FOR A HEALTHY SMILE | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Not only is a balanced, nutritious diet essential to healthy living, but did you know your eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

    Water Rules

    Water, especially fluoridated water, is the best beverage for maintaining your oral health. That's because fluoride helps to make teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that can cause cavities. As of 2012, nearly 75 percent of the U.S. population had access to fluoridated water, so drinking water from your own kitchen sink can help prevent dental problems.

    If You Can, Choose Dairy

    Milk, and other dairy products such as cheese and yogurt, are low in sugars that can be harmful to your dental health. Plus, they contain protein and are full of calcium, which can help to strengthen your teeth.

    Lean Proteins for the Win

    Phosphorus-rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs help to strengthen your teeth and contain valuable protein. These foods also help protect and rebuild your tooth enamel.

    Fruits and Veggies Pack an Extra Punch

    Fruits and veggies are an important part of any balanced diet, and they are also good for your teeth. Since they are high in water and fiber, they help to balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth.

    Nourishing Nuts

    Nuts contain protein which help strengthen and protect your teeth. Also, chewing helps to stimulate saliva production, which naturally cleans your mouth.

    TAKE OUR SUMMER QUIZ | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 8 months ago

    True or False:

    1. Ice can be bad for your dental health.
    2. Rollerblading is not a contact sport, so you don't need to wear a mouth guard.
    3. Sports drinks are better for your teeth than soft drinks.
    4. If you're planning a trip outside the US, take care of any dental problems before you leave.
    5. Lemonade can be a healthy and refreshing alternative to water.

     

    Answers:

    1. Fact:  While ice may be your best friend on a hot summer's day, it's no friend to your teeth.  That's because chewing on hard substances, such as ice, can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency such as a broken tooth and can even damage enamel.  Tip: Use ice to cool your drinks, not as something to eat.
    2. Fiction:  One of the many perks of summer is being outside.  But did you know that experts recommend that everyone, from children to adults, wear mouth guards during recreational activities that could potentially cause a mouth injury?  While collision and contact sports are higher-risk sports for the mouth, you can experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating.
    3. Fiction:  Let's face it.  When you're hot, you sweat.  But before you reach for a sports drink, consider the impact that beverage may have on your mouth.  While their name implies they're healthy, many sports and energy drinks feature sugar as a top ingredient.  If you can't live without your sports drink of choice, check the label to make sure it is low in sugar, or you can always drink water instead.
    4. Fact:  For many, summer time means it's time to hit the road.  If you are planning a trip out of the country, you should also consider planning a trip to your dentist, especially if you'll be traveling in developing countries or remote areas without access to good dental care.
    5. Fiction:  While there's nothing like a tall, cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, the truth is that frequent exposure to acid and sugar can harm your teeth.  Acidic foods can erode enamel, and too much sugar can lead to tooth decay.  Water is always best when trying to stay cool and hydrated.

    No matter what the season, you should always take care of your dental health.  Be sure you are brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day and flossing daily.  For a healthy mouth and smile, the ADA also recommends you replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.  A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth.  Make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

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