What’s The Role For Dentists In Managing Sleep Problems?

managing sleep problemsIf you have trouble sleeping, you may not know that your dentist can help.  Dentists actually play a big role in managing sleep problems. This is because there are a number of elements that link your mouth and teeth to your sleep.

One commonly occurring problem is Bruxism. This is the grinding of the teeth or clenching the jaw.  This sometimes occurs with people while they sleep and they don’t even know it.  It can cause pain and damage to the teeth and even change the shape of the jaws and alignment of teeth.

Dentists can also predict the risk of sleep apnea and snoring. This is why your dentist may ask you if you snore.

Dental appliances are an effective way for treating all of these issues. There are certain devices that hold the mandible forward during sleep so the airway stays open.  These devices reduce snoring and help with sleep apnea.

If you think you have bruxism or sleep apnea you should talk to your dentist. Dentists working in the area of dental sleep medicine usually have a good working relationship with local sleep physicians. Check out the article from the Huffington Post here to see videos about these issues as well.

Can Your Dentist Help You Sleep?|Huffington Post

Periodontal Disease Linked To Breast Cancer


Periodontal disease is a pretty common circumstance that can range from gum inflammation to serious disease that can lead to bone damage and loss of teeth. Some new research has shown that some women, especially those who are postmenopausal, are more likely to develop breast cancer if they suffer from periodontal disease.


We have known for some time that periodontal disease can lead to higher risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But this new information about the link between gum disease and breast cancer is just another alarming reason why it is so important to keep up on good oral hygiene. According to the research, periodontal disease raises the risk of breast cancer by 14 percent.


Women who smoke or who have lower immune systems are at even more risk of gum disease which can lead to all these other conditions. Regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings are imperative to avoid gum disease.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist.


Not Just A Toothache: Periodontal Disease Linked To Breast Cancer|Medical News Today

Foods That Cause Migraines

If you are someone that suffers from migraines, you know that it can be overwhelming to avoid all the things that might set of an attack. Especially because foods that cause migraines may differ from person to person. But if you aren’t aware of the foods that cause migraines, check out this list. You may not need to avoid all, but if you are looking for answers, elfoods that cause migrainesiminating some of these may help.

Alcohol – According to some studies, people who suffer from migraines say that alcohol plays a role in their attacks 30 percent of the time. This may be because certain compounds in wine can be culprits. Also, drinking alcohol can lead to dehydration which can contribute to migraines.

Caffeine – Too much caffeine may cause migraines because caffeine acts on certain receptors in the brain that are linked with migraines. The twist is….caffeine has a pain relieving affect and consuming small amounts during an attack can actually help. This is as long as you haven’t been

Aged cheese – People love aged cheeses because of their rich flavor and texture. Because the contain compounds called tyramines, they may cause migraines. Tyramines interact with transmitters in the body that lead to migraines.

Cured or processed meats – These meats contain a preservative called sodium nitrate and this additive may cause changes in brain chemistry that contribute to headaches.

MSG – Some inconclusive studies found that headaches may be triggered by MSG.

Citrus fruits – It is possible that citrus fruits may trigger migraines in some people, but it is still up for debate. While they are a more rare culprit, you might be able to find out if it is an issue for you by keeping a food journal.

Chocolate – This is another that hasn’t been substantiated as a true migraine trigger, while some people swear that chocolate is what causes their headaches. Some experts think that the craving for sweets is a symptom of an oncoming migraine, not the cause of it.

10 Foods That May Trigger Migraines|Yahoo Health

What Causes Cold Sores?

cold soresIf you’ve ever had one of those pesky cold sores, you know that they can’t always be avoided.  But it may help to know some factors that cause cold sores.

Cold sores are re-activations of the herpes simplex virus.  This virus stays dormant in your body once you have been infected with it. When these lesions appear on the outside of your lip, this means you are having a flare-up of the infection. People with HIV or Aids may have more complications with cold sores.

Many factors can cause this recurrence to happen.  A fever, menstruation, stress and even sun exposure. Some people confuse canker sores with cold sores.  While cold sores occur on the outside of the mouth, canker sores are ulcers that occur on the inside of the mouth and are not associated with the herpes simplex virus.

Cold sores will usually resolve in 7 to 10 days in healthy people.  If your cold sore is painful, you can take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin to help.  You may want to try applying a warm or cold compress to the spot.  Do not squeeze or pick at the sore.

What Causes Cold Sores|Oral B

Droplets From Coughs And Sneezes Travel Far

coughs and sneezesSince we were children, we have learned that we need to cover our mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.  This is to prevent germs from becoming airborne and spreading to others. Some new research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology proves this is more important than ever because the droplets from coughs and sneezes travel much farther than previously thought.  Up to 200 times farther.

The research found that droplets from the cough or sneeze travel through interaction with a gas cloud.  You can see a video of a person sneezing that shows the gas cloud carrying droplets as they sneeze here.

There is more research to be done, but for now, the most important thing is to remember to cover that cough or sneeze to prevent the spread of germs. To learn more read the full article from Medical News Today in the link below.

Droplets From Coughs And Sneezes Travel Farther Than You Think|Medical News Today