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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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Added Weight in Childhood Leads to Added Risk of Depression

New research from the Association for the Study of Obesity suggests that being overweight, especially during childhood, could increase the risk of developing major depression later in life. The CDC states that "the percentage of children with obesity in the U.S. has more than tripled since the 1970s," and that "today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) has obesity."[1] And with those added pounds comes the added risk for developing depression later in life.

The CDC defines obesity as "having excess body fat [which is] measured using the body mass index, or BMI, a widely-used screening tool for measuring both overweight and obesity...Children at or above the 95th percentile have obesity."1 Previous studies have shown that people who are obese are a greater risk of developing depression, but the new study from the Association for the Study of Obesity closely examined the link between early-life obesity and depression risk. The study, which analyzed 889 participants, found "that being overweight at age 8 or 13 was associated with more than triple the risk of developing major depression at some point in their lives, whilst carrying excess weight over a lifetime (both as a child and as an adult) quadrupled the chance of developing depression compared to only being overweight as an adult."[2]   

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Ditching the Dentist is Harmful to Overall Health

A recent study out of King’s College in London confirms that dental phobia, also known as odontophobia, leads to an increased incidence of tooth decay and tooth loss. It’s estimated that roughly 30 to 40 million people avoid going to the dentist because of dental phobia. With so many people steering clear of the dentist because of this, these new findings aren’t surprising, but they’re still problematic.

The new study confirms what U.S. dentists have been saying for years: skipping the dentist is harmful to your oral health. The study "found people with dental phobia tend to experience a range of dental diseases which result from their avoidance of the dentist."[i] But it also suggests that dodging the dentist can affect your quality of life.

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Need Braces? Don't Do-It-Yourself


The trend of do-it-yourself braces is sweeping the country, but many dentists and orthodontists warn patients that taking matters into their own hands could be dangerous and cause long-term damage. A quick Google search unlocks a plethora of DIY tutorials and videos ranging from how to grow your own windowsill herb garden to how to turn your bike into a Pokémon Go machine to how to make your own braces. While people may feel DIY braces are a cheaper alternative to going to the orthodontist to be fitted for braces, it may end of costing more in the long run.

According to a recent survey from the American Association of Orthodontists, 13 percent of orthodontists see patients who have attempted DIY teeth straightening.2 While the process of DIY braces may sound easy and quick, they can ultimately do more harm than good.[1] Reports indicate people are using rubber bands around two front teeth to draw the teeth together, closing the gap. Medical professionals say this may sound simple enough, but because the rubber band could imbed itself into the gum leading to an infection, it’s much more dangerous than people think. Additionally, the rubber band can travel to the root of the tooth causing the tooth to fall out.

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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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Untreated Sleep Apnea Could Cause Brain Damage in Children

New research suggests that children suffering from untreated obstructive sleep apnea show a significant reduction in gray matter of the brain. The study conducted by the University of Chicago Medical Center and published in the journal, Scientific Reports, conveys that "there is clear evidence of widespread neuronal damage or loss compared to the general population." [1] The findings of this recent study are especially troubling as it’s estimated that currently, three percent of children suffer from sleep apnea.

The University of Chicago Medical Center study analyzed 16 children with OSA and evaluated their sleep patterns overnight in its pediatric sleep laboratory. Children were administered neuro-cognitive testing and underwent brain scans with a non-invasive MRI. These results were compared with MRI images from nine healthy children of the same age, gender, ethnicity and weight, who did not suffer from sleep apnea.  

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Sweet Pickings: Could Strawberries Help Fight Oral Cancer?

According to a new pilot study conducted at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, strawberries may help fight oral cancer in heavy smokers. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, so these findings come at an appropriate time. Presently, the Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that almost 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. With so many people being diagnosed annually, new preventative discoveries are especially crucial.

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What's Eating You: How Diet Impacts Migraines

A 2016 study confirms that diet can directly impact the prevalence of migraines. The saying, "you are what you eat" could not be truer when discussing diet and migraines. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are a serious neurological disease affecting roughly 38 million Americans. It is the sixth most disabling illness in the world. Certain beverages, foods and food additives are known to trigger migraines and reducing or eliminating them completely can provide noticeable relief.

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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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Oral Health and Overall Health: How Each Impacts the Other

Oral health offers both clues to the state of overall health and allows dentists to identify health issues before other medical providers. Because people typically visit their dentists twice a year, dentists are usually the first to notice health problems. The state of our oral health is also a sign for other serious medical issues.

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Sick and Tired: How the Immune System Suffers When We Don’t Sleep

A new study suggests that chronic sleep deprivation can negatively impact the immune system, leading to an increased incidence of illness. The study, conducted by the University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine, confirms how the immune system is compromised when the body is not fully rested. Many factors can cause and contribute to sleep deprivation, so it is important to recognize the signs and risk factors to combat sleep deprivation early on.

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A Royal Pain: How and Why Chronic Pain Affects Women Greater than Men

A recent study conducted by Georgia State University found that women experienced higher incidences of chronic, inflammatory pain than men and that pain medications like morphine are thereby a less effective pain management tool. According to the Institute of Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain, with women compromising the bulk of that. The American Chronic Pain Association defines chronic pain as an "ongoing or recurrent pain, lasting beyond the usual course of acute illness or injury or more than 3 to 6 months, and which adversely affects the individual’s well-being." [1] For many women, chronic pain can present in a variety of ways including fibromyalgia, arthritis, headaches and even temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ. The Georgia State University Study sheds new light on how women are suffering substantially more than their male counterparts and why that just might be.

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Feel No Pain: Treating TMJ Pain with Neuromuscular Dentistry

In the U.S., more than 10 million people suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, and most traditional treatment options can be invasive. TMJ-related pain can affect a patient’s day-to-day life. Patients frequently suffer from chronic headaches or migraines and jaw pain. Dr. Buck specializes in treating TMJ and uses a unique approach that patients are hard-pressed to find anywhere else. His methods are different and considerably less invasive than traditional treatments for TMJ, and that’s why he’s seeing more patients choosing to seek treatment at his office.

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Chronic Pain Bites the Dust: Correcting the Bite with Orthotic Therapy

For people who suffer from chronic pain and headaches that are symptomatic of TMJ, realigning and correcting the bite can make all the difference. TMJ patients generally suffer from a range of symptoms including chronic headaches or migraines, jaw pain, and tenderness, difficulty chewing, facial pain and locking of the temporomandibular joints. Yet, what many people don’t realize about the disorder is that a misaligned bite is almost always the root cause. With over 15 years of experience in treating TMJ patients, Dr. Buck’s unique treatment focuses on realigning the bite to relieve TMJ-related pain and symptoms.

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Up All Night? TMJ May be to Blame

If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep and can’t figure out why, temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, may be to blame. TMJ is a serious condition that is characterized by pain in the jaw joint and the muscles controlling jaw movement that can impact jaw mobility, and unbeknownst to many Americans, it could be the source of their sleep loss.  

 

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Wear Your Smile Well: Why a Properly Aligned Smile is Important

Whether you’re the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company, a public relations professional helping put your company’s best face forward or a barista at a local coffee shop, your smile matters. We may not like to admit it, but having crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can change the overall attractiveness of our smile. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so for many people, fixing dental issues becomes paramount, and Dr. Buck understands that. In fact, there are many ways that a misaligned bite or crooked teeth can impact our lives.

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Saying a Mouthful: How Our Ancestors Teeth Tell An Evolutionary Story

Anthropologists have learned a great deal about human evolution from fossilized remains, and one of the most information-rich sources are human teeth. Our teeth, as well as our ancestor's teeth, tell a very specific evolutionary story, and it's a story anthropologists have been "reading" for many years. Because teeth are typically the most preserved skeletal remains found in fossils, they are a natural fit for researchers to examine.In her new book, "What Teeth Reveal about Human Evolution," Ohio State University anthropology professor Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg discusses how and why modern human teeth are vastly different from our ancestors. The thread that weaves its way through the entirety of her book is that "we have teeth that were adapted for eating a very different diet than the one we eat today"  and how, as a result, that reality can cause a number of health issues and concerns.

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Not a Wink of Sleep: How Sleep Deprivation Impacts Memories

In a recent study conducted by scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the study involving mice showed how sleep deprivation and other factors that disrupt the sleep cycle could inhibit the brain’s ability to form new memories. With somewhere between 50 and 70 million Americans suffering from a sleep disorder, sleep deprivation could be significantly more prevalent among this population. The Johns Hopkins study states that the "key purpose of sleep is to recalibrate the brain cells responsible for learning and memory so the animals can "solidify" lessons learned and use them when they awaken,"  and anything that impacts the sleep cycle could change the trajectory of human memory.

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A Waste of Breath: How Mouth-breathing is Hurting Your Child

Not all breathing is created equal, and what’s surprising to many parents is how mouth-breathing is harmful to their children. Mouth-breathing in early childhood can lead to a number of health issues such as sleep deprivation and sleep apnea. In fact, current research suggests a link between poor sleep and ADHD. Dr. Buck routinely sees young patients in his practice who struggle with mouth-breathing. The goal is to get these kiddos breathing out of their noses, also known as nasal breathing. With some help and support from Dr. Buck, parents can make this happen.

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DR. BUCK'S PHILOSOPHY

Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​
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