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Don’t Live with Dry Mouth

According to Dentistry IQ, one in four adults in the United States currently suffers from dry mouth. Although it seems like producing less saliva than normal is no big deal, it can actually lead to serious dental problems, according to Dr. David Buck, founder of Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics in Lynnwood, Washington.

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Overcoming Fear and Anxiety About the Dentist

It’s totally normal to experience some trepidation when it comes to going to the dentist. But for 5 to 8 percent of the American population, this anxiety keeps them from getting the care they need as often as they need it. Those with full-blown phobias may not visit the dentist ever, while those with anxiety may only visit once every few years after something has gone wrong.

Preventative care is cheaper, safer and definitely less scary than treating a problem, so here at Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics, we try to find a way to help those struggling with fear or anxiety so they can get the care they need and avoid dental emergencies. Here are some tips.

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Train Crashes Linked to Sleep Apnea

With the news of yet another train accident - in this instance an Amtrak crash that killed two and injured 116 on Feb. 5 in South Carolina - many experts agree it’s time to talk about sleep apnea. Sleep apnea has been found to be a cause of a number of similary accidents in the past, but until now little has been done to address the problem. Starting January 23, 2018, the New York and Atlantic Railway began screening engineers and conductors for the sleeping disorder.

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New Study Links Migraines and Heart Disease

A new study from Denmark has found that migraine sufferers are more likely to develop cardiovascular problems such as heart attack, stroke, atrial fibrillation and blood clots. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, a weekly peer-reviewed publication and one of the world’s oldest medical journals, looked at a large subject base over an extended period of time.

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Understanding Jaw Pain

Chronic and even occasional facial and jaw pain can be frustrating, especially if you aren’t sure what’s causing it. The jaw joint is one you use more often than many of the other joints in the body. It can affect eating, speaking and even breathing. In most cases, jaw pain is a sign of a dental problem, but in more extreme situations, it can signal a heart attack, especially in women.

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Does Snoring Ruin Marriages?

Marriage is complicated. It’s hard enough to navigate the ins and outs of matrimony during waking hours, but when something you can’t control, like snoring, threatens your sanity, it can put a strain on your marriage.

The National Sleep Institute reports that 90 million Americans snore. There are hundreds of products, natural remedies and old wives’ tales out there for those who suffer from this nighttime nightmare.

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10 Signs It’s a Migraine

Is it a headache, a migraine or something else completely? These 10 signs may help you identify when a migraine is to blame for your discomfort or pain.

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Problems Sleeping Linked to Depression and Anxiety

New research from Binghampton University shows that getting less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night could be to blame for intrusive, repetitive thoughts that are common in those suffering from anxiety and depression. Researchers report that disruptions in sleep make it more difficult for an individual to shift attention away from negative thoughts and information. This means that interrupted or insufficient sleep could be to blame for those with anxiety and depression who struggle with intrusive negative thoughts.

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The Most Common Cause of Dry Mouth Is Surprising

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition in which the salivary glands don’t create enough saliva to keep the mouth properly hydrated. This results in a dry feeling inside the mouth for extended periods and can actually cause oral health problems if not addressed.

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New Study Shows SPG Block Effective for Migraine Relief

Research from the Society of Interventional Radiology found that an SPG, or sphenopalatine ganglion, block significantly decreases headache pain scores in children who suffer from migraines. More than 300 treatments were conducted on 200 patients who ranged in age from 7 to 18 at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Using a 10-point scale to record pain, researchers found that after the SPG block was performed, pain scores were lowered by more than two points on average.

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Why Nasal Breathing Is So Important in Childhood

The brain grows rapidly during the first 6 years of life and in turn, the cranium is growing, as well. This cranium growth influences the facial growth until about age 6 as this is when the cranium usually stops growing. However, the face continues to grow out from under the cranium until puberty.

After age 6, one of the key influences of facial growth is nasal breathing. In order for the face to grow as it should the tongue needs to be in the right position in the palate, the lips need to be sealed and breathing must be nasal. To achieve ideal function and aesthetics of the face these three things must happen during these key developmental years.

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February: National Children’s Dental Health Month

Every year since 1941, the American Dental Association and dentists across the nation have focused on the oral health of America’s children during the month of February. What started out as a small local initiative in Cleveland, Ohio, has grown into a nationwide effort to help children and their caregivers improve their oral health routines through educational and entertaining events and materials. Each year, a new campaign slogan and focus is chosen; this year's is: "Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile."

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Neuromuscular Dentistry: A Balanced Approach

We often don’t realize how valuable something is to us until it becomes painful or difficult to use. This is especially true when it comes to our mouths, since they’re responsible for so much of our day-to-day life including chewing, swallowing, speaking, yawning, singing and even kissing. If even one part of the highly complex oral and maxillofacial (the jaws and face) area is compromised, it can cause pain or discomfort every time a simple action such as yawning or chewing is attempted. This is precisely where a neuromuscular dentist like Dr. Buck makes all the difference by taking a balanced approach.

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An Emerging Role for Stem Cells in the Dental Industry

A research team from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has developed a way to quadruple the number of stem cells harvested from extracted wisdom tooth root pulp. The stem cells are being studied for their ability to treat a variety of medical conditions.

Tooth roots are especially appealing to scientists and medical researchers because they are home to two types of valuable stem cells. Pluripotent stem cells can become almost any type of cell while multipotent stem cells can become very specific types of cells.

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Foggy Brain From Lack of Sleep Is Actually Biological

We’ve all experienced that feeling of fogginess after pulling an all-nighter for work or staying out too late with friends on a weeknight. Feeling forgetful or taking longer to process our thoughts because of exhaustion is simply an expected part of not getting enough sleep. A new joint study from researchers at Tel Aviv University, UCLA and the University of Wisconsin has discovered exactly how this lack of sleep affects brain activity.

The teams determined that individual neurons in the brain actually slow down due to sleep deprivation, causing a delayed response behaviorally and cognitively. This neural slowing messes with visual perception and memory associations in the brain.

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New Study Shows Oral Health Linked to Esophageal Cancer

A new study published in the journal Cancer Research shows evidence to suggest that oral bacteria may increase the risk of esophageal cancer. Two large studies were conducted in which oral wash samples were collected from 122,000 participants, and their oral bacteria was assessed. After 10 years, 106 of those participants had developed cancer of the esophagus. Through analysis of the participant data, researchers found that some oral bacteria were linked to a higher risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma.

The oral bacteria that causes gum disease has also been linked to other cancers such as oral, neck and head cancers in other research, according to Dr. David Buck, DDS, founder of Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics in Lynnwood, Washington.  

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Tips for Helping Kids with Dental Anxiety

Is your child having a hard time going to the dentist without getting upset? They’re not alone. Statistics show that children between the ages of 8 and 12 experience the most anxiety when it comes to a dental visit. Of course, dental anxiety can happen at any age, so here are a few tips to help kids handle their fears.

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3 Types of TMJ Exercises to Help Relieve Pain

Living with TMJ disorder can be painful, but relying on pain medication to manage the discomfort can be dangerous and interfere with your daily life. Here are a few exercises to help ease the pain and avoid taking medications that can be addicting and lead to unpleasant side effects.

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Braces Colors

No matter how bad you’ve always wanted straight teeth, the thought of having to wear braces for so long can leave many patients feeling discouraged. As with most things in life, it’s all about perspective! Try focusing on the positives such as defining your braces style with different color combinations. It’s great to start planning ahead, even if you haven’t gotten your braces put on yet. If you already have them, you can change colors next time you come in so now is the perfect time to start brainstorming.

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Never Too Old for Braces

Thanks to social media and an ever-growing digital presence in the day-to-day lives of people around the world, appearance is arguably more relevant today than in any other period in history. Whether you’re looking for love or searching for your next career move, your profile picture on apps and websites will likely be seen long before you meet someone face to face.

For some, finances in childhood made achieving that dream smile impossible; others just didn’t see it as a priority. But times have certainly changed.

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