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A New Link

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Are you putting off your next dental cleaning? If you're regularly rescheduling, you may want to rethink that plan. Skipping the dentist isn't just bad for your mouth - it's also bad for your gut, according to a new collaborative study from the University of Michigan Medical and Dental Schools. The study has found that inflammatory bowel disease (I...
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Sleep Pioneer Dies at 91

William Dement, the Stanford psychiatry professor known as "the father of sleep medicine," died at age 91 on June 17, 2020. Dement began working as a medical researcher in the 1950s when the subject of sleep wasn't considered all that important by the medical community. But Dement advanced the study of sleep in partnership while working with collea...
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A Sign of Something Else?

Can the tongue show signs of severe health issues? According to a new study presented in June on HFA Discoveries, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology, the answer is yes. The study results showed that the tongues of individuals living with chronic heart failure had a completely different appearance from the tongues of people ...
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Missing Memories

Are you struggling to remember specific details about your life? Your problem may be sleep-related. More than 936 million people are affected by the sleep breathing disorder obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) worldwide. In addition to suffering from an increased risk of high blood pressure, obesity and chronic health issues such as diabetes and heart pr...
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A Greater Risk Due to Gender

Can gender combined with the presence of sleep apnea increase your risk of developing cancer? According to new research, yes. Findings published in the European Respiratory Journal revealed that women who are living with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a higher risk of developing cancer than men. The study found that individuals with airway obst...
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Aging Affects Everything

TMJD, also known as TMD or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, is a painful and often life-disrupting condition that develops when your jaw joints do not work properly. The condition can cause pain, stiffness, swelling and crepitus, the clicking or grating sound when you open or close your mouth. TMJD can affect anyone, but older adults are more s...
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The Root Cause

Did you know that temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJD, is often referred to as "the great imposter"? It has earned this moniker because many of its symptoms seem to be entirely unrelated to your bite. These symptoms include things like Meniere's disease, tinnitus, headaches, neck pain and unexplained ear pain. Another symptom of TMJD that ...
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Hidden Effects of Sleep Apnea for Overall Health

Sleep apnea is a disease that causes a person's breathing to repeatedly pause during sleep. The interruptions in breathing can prevent a person from sleeping well and can leave the person feeling extra tired throughout the day. This condition affects about 50 to 70 million U.S. adults, but just because this condition is common doesn't mean it isn't...
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COVID-19 and Teeth Clenching

The COVID-19 pandemic has our regular routines askew - we're going to bed a little later, indulging in foods and drinks more frequently, and likely clenching our teeth a little more. While some of these things can be easily reversed by returning to routines and the gym, there's one that we listed that can cause irreversible damage if left untreated...
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A Surprising Benefit of CPAP

A 2019 study has found that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may improve depression symptoms in individuals living with cardiovascular conditions. The study analyzed data from the Sleep Apnea Cardiovascular Endpoints trial conducted by Flinders University and found that there was a reduction in ...
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What Can a Picture Say?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if a picture could diagnose you with sleep apnea? According to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, it may be possible. The study, conducted by researchers at the Center for Sleep Science at the University of Western Australia (UWA), found that 3D phot...
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Myths About Sleep May Be Harmful

While getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night is ideal, some people believe that five or fewer hours is enough to "get by." But is it true? Researchers at NYU's School of Medicine set out to see whether this myth, along with several others, was valid or if it negatively affects sleep habits and overall health. The study, published in the Apri...
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The Dangers of Untreated TMJ Dysfunction

​Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMD or TMJD, is a term used to describe a group of jaw conditions that cause a range of painful symptoms, including headaches; facial pain; jaw pain; sore, chipped, broken or worn teeth; clicking or popping in the jaw; and limited jaw movement. TMJ dysfunction affects an estimated 10 million Ameri...
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TMJD Trigger

​You wore braces, and your teeth look perfect. You don't have bad oral habits, such as chewing on pen caps or biting your nails. You don't even grind or clench your teeth during sleep. You've never had a jaw injury. So, why do you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction? Your painful TMJD could be caused by something you may not even be aware of: ...
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Avoiding It Won't Make It Go Away

Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea and don't want to use a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine? Or, do you suspect that you have sleep apnea and don't want to be treated because you're afraid you're going to have to use a CPAP machine? You're not alone; many people feel this way! But, don't be like everyone else — get treate...
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Skip the Summer Sideline

 The hot summer is right around the corner. And, while you may not love the sweltering days, you probably love summer. Why? Summer is a great time to relax, reduce stress and have fun. But, summer can also not be a ton of fun if temporomandibular joint dysfunction sidelines you. For some people, summer can mean a flare in their TMJD symptoms, ...
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Head Pain? Heed This

​Are you frequently waking up with headaches? Is it sinus congestion? Stress? The nightcap you had before bed? What if it was caused by something you never considered: jaw dysfunction? Waking up with a headache could be a sign of TMJD, also known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction. TMJD is defined as a group of conditions that cause dysfunction...
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Not Just What, but How?

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 You may already know that what you eat impacts your waistline, but did you know that what you eat can affect your oral health, too? Researchers from Japan have shown how eating can affect the makeup and balance of microbes in the oral and gut biomes. The results, published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology in December 2019, ...
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What Works Better?

 Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea but don't want a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine? You may actually be better off without one, according to a 2019 study published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. The study results show that oral appliance therapy may be more beneficial for individuals living...
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RA or TMD?

Around 1.5 million Americans are living with a painful autoimmune condition known as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is the result of immune system attacks on the body's joints, which causes inflammation, pain, stiffness and even loss of use in some instances. RA can affect all the joints of the body - including the jaw. "The joints of the jaw are af...
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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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