Oral Care

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Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that not only can leave you tired and irritable during the day, but is also linked to high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. But is it true that tooth extractions can cause sleep apnea?

First, let’s take a look at why those who blame tooth extraction for OSA think it could be possible.

  1. They claim tooth extractions narrow the jaw.
  2. Because the jaw is narrowed, there is less room for the tongue, forcing it back and comprising the airway.
    So is that true?

 

Yoga
Does jaw pain have you all locked up? Do you have frequent headaches, neck aches, or tension in your shoulders? If so, you may suffer from TMJ disorders like so many Americans. TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joints, the joints that link your lower jaw to your skull. People hold stress and anxiety in these joints, and over time, this stress can manifest as pain in the body. With certain yoga poses, we can provide relief and vitality to the TMJ and lessen associated pain. Here are several yoga poses we recommend for TMJ disorders.

When it comes to sleep apnea, your orthodontist may be your best line of defense. Sleep apnea disorder has the potential to cause you serious health problems over time if neglected. If you feel you may have sleep apnea, you should consult your doctor, but you can also consult Dr. Michael Stosich. An orthodontist, such as Dr. Michael Stosich at iDentity Orthodontics, has the training and resources to help those with sleep apnea. He can be the best place to start with questions regarding this age-old sleep disorder.

ROUND LAKE, IL-Let’s say that your teenager is having a hectic day. They could be anxious about a major test, a problem with a friend or their sporting event later in the evening. The last thing on their mind is to smile.

perfect teethAccording to Psychological Science, even the most forced of smiles can decrease your stress and liven your mood. The study looked at two smiles, the standard and the Duchenne. The standard smile is located in the muscles surrounding the mouth, while the Duchenne (genuine) smile spreads to the eyes and feels more natural.

Periodontal diseases cause health problems.GRAYSLAKE, Ill.- Orthodontics can benefit many aspects of your smile, including periodontal health. Despite this fact, gums and orthodontic treatment seem to have a love/hate relationship.

A brief period in braces or Invisalign leaves patients more susceptible to gingivitis, yet the treatment’s outcome of aligned teeth reduces the likelihood of acquiring periodontal disease in the future.

Dr. Michael Stosich talks three unhealthy oral habits in children.GRAYSLAKE AND SKOKIE, ILLINOIS — While it may be cute to watch your little girl suck her thumb to soothe herself when she’s a baby, this habit becomes unhealthy if it is allowed to continue beyond about age 4.

Thumb sucking isn’t the only bad habit that needs breaking in young children. Finger sucking, mouth breathing and tongue thrusting all can usher in a plethora of future oral health complications if uncorrected.

We promote orthodontic evaluation by age 7 here at iDentity Orthodontics, and these unhealthy oral habits are part of the reason. All of these habits have the potential to cause malocclusions in children. Only by conducting a comprehensive evaluation can we determine if your child’s poor oral habits may lead to future complications.

GRAYSLAKE & GURNEE, ILLINOIS – You’ve just gotten braces and you’re already counting the days until you get them off.

Do you want to make sure you finish your treatment on time or even a little early? Brush and floss your teeth. Yes, that’s right. A good oral hygiene routine can actually help speed along your treatment. Watch this video to learn how to floss while wearing braces and read the rest of the post for more details about this.