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As a family dentist office, our dental services and dental treatments are done in the comfort of our modern Metairie dental office. Our dental office features a chairside dental lab and the most advanced dental technology available. The most important feature is the relaxing and comfortable environment. The anxiety free welcoming environment is the perfect balance for adults, seniors, and children.
The recommendation from the oral health community is to visit your dentist twice a year. You may brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis, having a comprehensive dental exam done every six months can help maintain good oral hygiene. Keeping good oral health can prevent many dental diseases from developing. Although twice per year is the dentists’ recommendation, some people may need cleanings more often. Communication with your dentist and dental hygienist would be a great start to know how often you should schedule dentist appointments.
Steps to a Bright Smile
Keep your family healthy and reduce chances of oral health problems in the future with these simple steps.
- You should brush your teeth a minimum of twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- You should brush your teeth after eating breakfast and before going to bed.
- You should floss your teeth properly every day. You should eat a balanced diet and eat fewer snacks in-between meals.
- You should visit your dentist a minimum of twice per year.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and the muscles supporting it may become painful indicating the onset of Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD). This can be caused by overuse such as teeth clenching, teeth grinding or trauma. This overuse is often the result of stress. If you are experiencing or have experienced symptoms related to jaw pain we highly recommend an evaluation to determine what treatment if any is needed.
Several appliances can be made to help relieve symptoms depending on what is necessary for each patient.
AP splints reposition the jaw to allow painful symptoms to subside, which is known as a short-term appliance.
NTI splints prevent the contact of the posterior teeth reducing clenching and grinding, which is also known as a short-term appliance.
CR splint or TMJ splint is custom fit dental lab fabricated splint, that is adjusted specifically to your bite to relieve symptoms of TMJ disorder. This custom splint is known as a long-term appliance.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see their dentist after their first teeth erupt or by their first birthday. This is based on research that early detection of oral problems can impact children’s oral health and general health. If issues go undetected, extensive and preventable difficulties may occur which can be very costly. Cavities arise in children’s teeth much quicker and more easily than in adult teeth. The speed at which cavities develop happens because children tend to consume more sugar, and primary teeth have thinner shells of enamel for the acid to penetrate. Lastly, bringing your child to a dentist at an early age can help alleviate the future dental anxiety that may occur.
If you wake up frequently during the night, experience drowsiness throughout the day or other symptoms, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Some of these symptoms may seem minor, but if left untreated these symptoms can significantly affect your overall health. Patients with sleep apnea can stop breathing up to 100 times per night. Even more, your sleep can stop for a period that ranges from five seconds to over a minute. Green Gregson Family Dentistry can diagnose and treat sleep apnea and can coordinate with your primary care physician or ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist to provide relief.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Signs of Sleep Apnea
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly starts and stops during sleep. It occurs when the throat muscles intermittently relax and block the upper airway during sleep. Some symptoms of Sleep Apnea are snoring, daytime sleepiness, headaches, irritability, anxiety, depression, memory loss, gastric reflux, and high blood pressure.
Patients with sleep apnea can stop breathing up to hundreds of times per evening, for time periods ranging from 5 seconds to over a minute in length. While breathing is stopped, and oxygen is restricted to the heart and brain, the increased heart rate and stimulation causes the body to momentarily wake. This disruption in sleep pattern is what causes excessive daytime drowsiness and exhaustion in patients.
If left untreated, the constant strain placed on the heart and brain, coupled with poor sleep quality and duration can result in serious and dangerous complications to your overall health, including heart disease, stroke, mood disorders, and accidents related to daytime drowsiness.
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