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Teeth Grinding – Why you Should see the Dentist

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR Teeth grinding, known as bruxism, occurs when you clench and grind your teeth together, usually while sleeping, although it may even occur when awake. Many people who have bruxism are completely unaware that they have it. What causes bruxism? There are three main culprits of teeth grinding: stress, lifestyle, and sleep disorders. When it comes to …

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Want to Sleep Better – Tape your Mouth Shut

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR Do you go to bed at a decent hour, yet wake up feeling tired? Are you constantly dragging just to get through the day? If you find that you are still fatigued, even though it seems as though you got enough sleep, it may be how you are breathing that is the problem. If you want …

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Does my Child Have an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR For decades, dentists and orthodontists alike have been treating misaligned teeth with braces, none the less straightening the teeth, but, what about bite misalignment, oral posture, and swallowing patterns? These areas commonly are untreated, leaving the patient with problems in the future such as sleep-breathing disorders, TMJ disorders, or braces again as an adult. Here’s how …

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Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea in Children

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR Obstructive sleep apnea is often associated with middle-aged men that are overweight, but research is discovering that it can affect anyone of any age. Young women, athletes, and even children are suffering from sleep apnea, and many parents are completely unaware. The problem is that untreated sleep apnea can lead to significant health consequences into adulthood.   …

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Eating Disorders and Oral Health

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR In a world of social media and selfies, it seems like body image is emphasized now, more than ever. Is it any wonder, then, that almost 30 million Americans suffer from some sort of eating disorder? An eating disorder affects your health because you do not receive enough nutrients, but did you know that patients with …

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Will Thumb Sucking Change Child’s Looks

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR Thumb sucking is a common behavior in babies, and it certainly looks cute. But the long-term consequences of thumb sucking can affect the oral and facial development of a child. Why does this happen? Just like orthodontic appliances such as braces shift teeth into alignment by applying consistent pressure to the teeth and jaw, thumb sucking …

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Foods That Will Help You Sleep Better

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR If you are having trouble sleeping, you probably already know what foods and beverages to avoid such as sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, but did you know that certain foods can help you sleep better? So, if you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you may want to swap your late night snacks for one …

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What Your Kids’ Bedtime Has to do With Their Weight

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR A recent survey found that preschool children with a bedtime of 8 p.m. or earlier as significantly less likely to become obese during adolescence than compared to children who stay up later. In fact, an earlier bedtime could cut a child’s risk for obesity by as much as 50%. Here is a closer look at the …

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Role of Dentist in Treating Diabetes

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR Did you know your dentist can help detect diabetes? State-of-the-art dental practices like Whole Health Dentistry can perform a dental screening, which can help identify signs of diabetes. A patient with diabetes has an increased risk factor for developing certain oral health issues, such as gum disease, cavities, dry mouth, problems producing saliva, sores, rashes, and …

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Lower Risk of Cavities-Check your Diet

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR Instilling good habits at an early age sets up your child for a lifetime of good oral health. As a parent, you can do your part by encouraging good oral hygiene, such as proper brushing and flossing techniques and taking your child to the dentist twice yearly as recommended. You also can diminish the risk of …