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Are Braces to Blame for TMJ Disorders?

You may have considered braces or other orthodontic therapy for yourself or for your kids, but have you ever thought about how orthodontics may be related to jaw problems such as TMJ? Dr. Buck firmly believes that traditional orthodontic treatments can cause or worsen TMJ problems. That’s not to say in every single case this occurs, but it’s something to take seriously when considering braces and other orthodontic therapy.

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For Some Couples it Feels Like Snoring Should be Grounds for Divorce

It’s a gold mine for comedic material, especially when it comes to sitcoms, but for the spouses of those who snore, it’s no laughing matter. Snoring is not only a concern for the one doing it, but for anyone else trying to get a good night’s sleep in the same room, it can be a big concern as well.

Most spouses will tell you they’ve tried every over-the-counter remedy they could find. They’ve tried nasal strips, nose plugs, wristbands, chin straps, you name it. They’ve tried hitting them with a pillow, wearing ear plugs, propping them up on 4 pillows until they fall over and even nudging (possibly kicking) them every time they snore.

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4 Ways to Protect Your Jaw Health

Keeping your jaw strong and healthy is probably not something you’re always mindful of. In fact, we often take our jaws for granted, using their strength to pry open packages and chomp away on tough treats, like beef jerky. But keeping our jaws healthy is important, especially as we age. Here are 4 tips to keep your jaw in tip top shape.

Tip # 1: Regularly practice jaw stretches

Every day, take a few minutes to stretch your jaw and jaw muscles. A few simple stretches will help keep the jaw joints and muscles lubricated and functioning properly.

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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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