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Get the Picture? Selfies and Orthodontics

 The age of the "selfie" has led many people to fix their smiles in hopes of presenting a picture-perfect image to share with the social media world. Dr. Buck sees many patients who are unhappy with the state of their smile and are looking to make a change. But what many patients aren’t aware of is that improving your smile isn’t just aesthetically beneficial, but it also provides several health benefits.

Social media has revolutionized the way we do many things, like shopping and staying connected with friends and family, but it’s also changed how critical we are of ourselves. Gone are the days of tearing up an unflattering picture, and what remains is an ever-present snapshot that lives on across social media platforms. With our social media accounts being so heavily scrutinized by prospective partners and employers, the pressure is on to put our best face forward.

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Spring into Action and Tackle Sleep Apnea: Three Tips to Sleep Better this Spring

 With the spring season in full swing, many people are experiencing a noticeable uptick in their allergy symptoms, and that’s especially true for those who suffer from sleep apnea. From watering eyes to excessive sneezing to itchy throats, spring time can be uncomfortable for allergy suffers, but it can become even more problematic for people living with sleep apnea. Dr. Buck specializes in treating sleep apnea patients, and he notices a significant increase in patients seeking treatment during the springtime months.

According to Dr. Buck, sleep apnea is a structural problem where the airway collapses during deeper levels of sleep, compromising breathing and interrupting sleep. Springtime allergens can aggravate sleep apnea symptoms. When a patient suffers from congestion in the upper respiratory area, it limits the amount of breathing space, thereby impacting airflow and making breathing more labored and difficult. Here are a few tips to help you breathe a little easier during the spring season:

Continue taking your allergy medicine consistently
Be proactive about promoting an open airway by taking your allergy medicine daily. Anything you can do to limit congestion and stuffiness will ultimately help you breathe better at night.

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3 Ways Sleep Apnea is Hurting Your Health

Sleep apnea can cause many health issues, and some of those can be life-threatening if the condition is not treated in a timely manner. Not only can the condition interrupt sleep, leaving you feeling tired and groggy, but it can lead to more serious health issues. Dr. Buck specializes in treating sleep apnea, and he fully understands how the condition can be harmful to the patient’s overall health if left untreated.

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Treating Our Tiniest Patients Early On

Many parents are told by their child’s dentist or orthodontist that correcting a misaligned bite or crooked teeth while their child doesn’t have their permanent teeth yet isn’t possible or effective. While putting braces on baby teeth isn’t a valid option, there are alternatives to correct jaw and teeth issues while your child is still young. In fact, Dr. Buck prefers to work with his tiniest patients sooner rather than later, and here’s why.

If your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, leaving the issue untreated can lead to long-term issues such as sleep apnea or TMJ disorder. But the traditional orthodontic approach is to wait to treat the issue until the child’s permanent teeth have come in. According to Dr. Buck, while this approach may be easier, you miss significant growth opportunities that allow you to fully treat the issue in one shot.

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Chronic Headaches? Your Mouth May be to Blame

An improper bite could be the root of chronic headaches and migraines. People blame their headaches on many things including stress, lack of sleep and even dehydration. Yet most people don’t realize chronic headaches may be the result of a misaligned bite. When Dr. Buck sees a patient experiencing chronic headaches, he first examines their bite. What he frequently finds is a misaligned bite, or malocclusion, triggers the headaches.

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