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Seasons Greetings

All of us here at Boe, Page & Page Dental Group would like to wish everyone a Very Happy Holiday Season!

December Specials

  1. In House Whitening and Take Home Trays with Bleach Gel $280
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  3. Electric Toothbrushes make a great gift at $100!

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Common Among Older Men as seen in USA Today

“Dear Doctor, my wife’s uncle, who lived with us, is 76 and obese. I have noticed he sleeps an awful lot – to me, anyway. He sleeps approximately five or six hours a night and then later while sitting on the couch. He frequently takes afternoon naps or will fall asleep while reading and will also fall asleep while watching TV at night. My wife doesn’t seem to be concerned. Should we be?”

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To Floss or Not to Floss

getty_rf_photo_of_woman_flossing_teethThis issue recently gained media attention, quite possibly on a slow news day. We thought it best to provide our recommendations and rationale on this matter. Our office prides itself on providing quality dental care and dental education to our patients.We feel it is very important to be a source of rational information and direction, that comes from years of experience and an understanding of what makes up and keeps a“healthy” mouth.

In gaining an understanding of the point of flossing,some basic premises need to be identified. First off, the enemy to dental health is the stagnation of bacteria and its byproducts for extended periods of time. It is our personal and professional opinion and observations that if plaque and bacteria can be removed on a daily basis, the dental health of the teeth, gums and underlying bone tend to remain in a more healthy state. By allowing stagnation of debris, the gums will become inflamed and the teeth begin to breakdown to form cavities. The underlying bone will then also begin to dissolve, decreasing the support to the teeth for comfortable chewing.

Secondly, teeth have four sides! These four sides are an inside (towards the tongue) and outside (towards the cheeks) and two other sides that are adjacent to the tooth next to them. Proper brushing will clean and debride the inside and the outside surface of the teeth. When it comes to cleaning in between the teeth, the bristles of a brush cannot access these surfaces. For most people, flossing is the only means of cleaning in between your teeth. These surfaces of the tooth are made of the same enamel, and are vulnerable to decay, just like the other parts of the tooth. It is not uncommon for tooth decay to develop on the surface of the tooth adjacent to another tooth.

Gum inflammation and pocketing is another response to stagnated debris that can be found in between the teeth. Given enough time, and exposure to the stagnated debris, the bone supporting the teeth can become compromised and disappear. This is called periodontitis. When this bone loss occurs, the support for the tooth itself becomes less and teeth can become mobile. This makes these areas difficult to chew comfortably on and prone to further infection.

Our saying in the dental world is:“You don’t have to floss all of your teeth, just the ones you want to keep”! Our office will go on record as recommending proper flossing and brushing and regular cleanings as the best way to enjoy a lifetime of healthy, comfortable teeth and gums. If you have any questions or concerns in this matter, please contact our office and we will be glad to address these.

Sleep Cycles

sleepcyclechartPercentages of Healthy Sleep Cycles are shown in the chart above. Our bodies are precisely guided by proper sleep time in each of the four stages of sleep.

Each sleep stage in any particular sleep cycle fulfills a distinct physiological and neurological function, each of which appears to be necessary for the health of the body and mind. If sleep is interrupted or if certain stages are missing for any reason, their physiological functions are not fully executed, and the person may feel tired or groggy even after an apparently sufficient amount of time in bed. Over time, these compromises to proper sleep can stress the body and mind to the point where systemic changes take place.

This stresses the importance of the “quality” of sleep and not just the time spent sleeping.

Each sleep cycle is made up of several different stages of non-REM and REM sleep, the overall proportions of which are shown in this pie chart.

Drowsy Driving is as dangerous as Drunk Driving

Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. Drivers are 15 times more likely to be involved in a deadly motor vehicle accident when they have excessive daytime sleepiness, a common symptom of sleep apnea. Motor vehicle accidents due to drowsy driving account for $48 billion in medical cost each year.

Current legislation recommends that commercial drivers get screened and treated for sleep apnea. However, many drivers do not know that they have sleep apnea. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimates that 18 million Americans have sleep apnea. 80-90 % of cases remain undiagnosed and untreated. The Institute of Medicine reports 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders, including apnea.

Weight Gain and Sleep Apnea

Our bodies are designed with a precise balance of interactions of many enzymes and hormones. This design allows us to function without even knowing that all of this chemistry is going on. However, when something occurs that upsets this balance, the body can no longer manage the daily events as designed and changes begin to occur in our body.

Experts agree that when you don’t get enough sleep, it drives leptin levels down, which means you don’t feel as satisfied after you eat. Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite is stimulated, so you want more food. The two acting together can set the stage for unwanted weight gain. If a person has struggled with unwanted weight gain or the inability to lose weight, an untreated sleep disorder may be to blame.

A quality night’s sleep is important for good rest, but it is also critical to the nourishment of our much needed chemistry.