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Posts for: April, 2017

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
April 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.

First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.

Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?

Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.

Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.

So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.

If you would like more information about mouthrinses and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule a consultation.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
April 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from seeing your dentist regularly.sedation dentistry

We know that most people don’t exactly feel all warm and fuzzy inside at the prospect of visiting their dentist. However, if you find yourself breaking out into a cold sweat because of fear, it might be time you talked to our Fresno, CA, sedation dentist, Dr. Curt Posey, about sedation dentistry.

What is sedation dentistry?

The purpose of sedation is to help keep you feeling calm and collected during your next dental visit. Whether you have a serious dental procedure coming up or you just have an immense fear of getting a dental cleaning, our Fresno dentist can help you determine whether sedation is the best way to alleviate your dental worries and to make your next trip a breeze.

What types of sedation are out there?

While many people think of sedation dentistry as and often call it sleep dentistry, these are very different. Sedation has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety during your dental procedure. It may make you feel tired. Some patients may actually fall asleep, but the difference between sedation dentistry and general anesthesia is that the patient won’t be completely knocked out. A simple nudge will awaken someone under sedation.

The are three types of sedation dentistry:

  • Nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”)
  • Oral sedation
  • IV sedation

The type of sedation you receive will depend on a variety of factors such as your level of anxiety and how in-depth your dental procedure will be. Oral sedation tends to be the most common option because it’s easy to increase the dose to provide you with the anxiety relief you need. Nitrous oxide may also be a great option for those who want to experience a stress-free visit without the groggy after effects that can sometimes come with oral sedation. Chat with our dentist about your options.

Are you interested in getting sedation dentistry during your next dental procedure? If so, then it’s time you called our Fresno, CA, dental office and find out if you could be a good candidate for sedation.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
April 09, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

Sleep apnea is more than an annoyance. This chronic condition not only interferes with your alertness during the day, it may also contribute long-term to serious issues like cardiovascular disease.

Sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes temporarily blocked during sleep. Of the possible causes, one of the most common is the tongue, which as it relaxes may cover and block the back of the throat. This lowers the body's oxygen level, which in turn alerts the brain to wake you to clear the airway. You usually go immediately back to sleep, unaware you've wakened. This can happen several times a night.

Although older people are at higher risk, anyone can have sleep apnea, even children with enlarged tonsils or adenoids. If you or a loved one regularly experiences fatigue, brain fog, irritability or loud snoring, sleep apnea could be the culprit. You'll need a complete medical examination to properly diagnose it.

If you do indeed have sleep apnea, there are a number of ways to treat it depending on its severity. One prominent way is with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine that produces a higher air pressure in the mouth to force the tongue forward and keep the airway open.

While CPAP is effective, the pump, hose and face mask you must wear may become uncomfortable while you sleep. We may, however, be able to supply you with a less cumbersome device: a custom-made oral appliance you wear while you sleep. Similar to a retainer, this appliance mechanically pulls and holds the lower jaw forward, which in turn moves the tongue away from the airway opening.

This oral appliance won't work with all forms of sleep apnea, so you'll need an examination to see if you're a candidate. With more advanced conditions, you may even need surgery to reshape the airway or remove soft tissue obstructions around the opening.

Whichever treatment is best for your situation, it's well worth reducing your sleep apnea. Not enduring these nightly incidences of airway blockage will help ensure you're getting a good night's sleep — and enjoying a higher quality of health and life.

If you would like more information on treating sleep apnea, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “If You Snore, You Must Read More!

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