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Your Headaches and Your Teeth

Posted by Peter Samuels on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 14:05 PM


INTRODUCTION:

Did you know that your tension or stress headache maybe caused by teeth grinding or a malaligned bitegettysburg tmj dentist

The medical name, Bruxism, is the grinding, gnashing or clenching of your teeth. . This can occur during the day and, more commonly, while you sleep.  Many people are completely unaware of this activity, but your dentist can always tell!

Jaw muscles allow us to chew, close, and open our jaws. Every time you swallow, the upper and lower teeth come together to brace your lower jaw against the skull. If the teeth don’t meet properly the muscles can become painful. If the bite is off and you grind your teeth at night it’s a double wammy! Headaches, muscle aches, jaw pain and jaw popping may result. Additionally you may crack teeth and fillings or simply wear your teeth down to nubs.



Signs and Symptoms:

Signs and symptoms of bruxism and a misaligned bite may include:

  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Flattened teeth, chipped, loose or fractured teeth
  • Worn enamel
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Soreness in your face or jaw
  • Tight or tired jaw muscles
  • Earache
  • Dull headache in the temples
  • Waking up with a headache

Treatment:

A dentist may prescribe an oral, splint appliance (orthotic) made of acrylic to protect the teeth for severe and persistent bruxism. A well adjusted, custom made splint appliance can do much more than an over the counter night guard. It can be constructed in such a way that the harmony is restored between the jaw joints and the bite, thus reducing muscle strain and relieving pressure on the jaw joints.

Sometimes, after a period of splint wear, the bite can be adjusted to ideal. This is called equilibration. Your dentist can make tiny adjustments to teeth and fillings to restore the harmony between the jaw joints and the teeth.





Some headaches can be easily taken care of with the help of a dental professional. It is in the best interest of a headache sufferer to make an appointment with their family dentist, who may be able to diagnose the cause.Once again, harmony can be restored in the mouth and the headaches may dissappear!

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He is on the clinical faculty at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and treats TMJ problems.

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Snore Appliances "I can't tolerate my CPAP!"

Posted by Peter Samuels on Wed, May 6, 2015 @ 09:05 AM

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Sleep therapies can be frustrating for those who suffer from severe snoring and sleep apnea. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 50-70 million adults have some sort of sleep disorder that causes snoring, a major indicator of obstructive sleep problems. 

However, there is a distinction. Although many people snore, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. And, not everyone who suffers from sleep apnea, snores. 

How you feel during the day will tell you whether you have severe snoring problems or sleep apnea. Normal snoring doesn’t interfere with the quality of your sleep as much as sleep apnea does, so you’re less likely to suffer from extreme fatigue and sleepiness during the day.

If you are like most people who have severe snoring problems, snoring can get in the way of your partner’s rest and affect your own sleep quality and health. 

It's likely a solution will include the prescription of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. It works by forcing a constant and steady air pressure into your body using a hose and wearing a mask or nose piece. Unfortunately there are problems with the device as it is not uncommon that the mask will leak, it's uncomfortable, cumbersome and many people have trouble falling asleep with something over the face. It is also a big problem for people with claustrophobia and can result in a dry mouth or nose.

Many people with severe snoring and sleep apnea ask the same question, "What if I can't tolerate my CPAP?"

There are alternative therapies that have proven to work well, such as the use of a dental sleep appliance. The appliance is designed to help control snoring and sleep apnea.  

It’s custom made to fit your particular mouth and bite and looks a lot like a sports mouth guard. It works by positioning the lower jaw down and forward thereby helping to keep the airway open and preventing problems in breathing. Your dentist is able to fit and adjust the appliance to optimally open the airway. 

Successful results from a study by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine showed that using the appliance significantly reduced sleep interruptions and snoring.

For more information about the dental sleep and snore appliances, please contact us. We are pleased to discuss this and any dental services from our office. 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

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Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

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Snoring is not funny. It's often joked about and presented as a comic behavior displaying boredom.

In reality, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and excessive snoring that interrupts sleep can indicate a serious disease and cause excessive daytime sleepiness, pauses in breathing, irritability and depression. Studies show that 30 to 50 percent of the people in the U.S. experience snoring.

Most sleep related breathing cases go un-diagnosed and untreated. A dental survey found that an estimated 50-70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, according to the American Dental Association.

A successful treatment to combat excessive snoring and sleep apnea is the use of dental snore appliance. Such devices reposition the mandible in forcing the lower jaw down and forward slightly. It looks a lot like a sports mouth guard. Oral appliances are designed to help stop the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep. It assists in preventing problems in breathing.  

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine has pioneered the design of dental snore appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea and sleep related breathing disorders.  With an oral appliance, dentists can minimize or eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea in mild to moderate cases. If you cannot tolerate a CPAP machine, then a dental appliance can be a life saver!

Dentists are often the first to recognize symptoms of sleep apnea since one of the symptoms can be tooth grinding (bruxing) during sleep. Your dentist may recommend further evaluation with a sleep monitor or referral to a sleep physician. The success rate of dental sleep appliances is very high in significantly reducing risks of dealing with mild to moderate cases of apnea. Treatment with dental appliances is often covered by medical insurance.

If you have questions about sleep apnea or excessive snoring, contact us and we will be happy to discuss options with you. 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg Dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry,

717-334-0555 GettysburgCosmeticDentist.com

Got Gaps? Dental Implants may be the Solution.

Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 @ 13:02 PM

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We often hear about incredible advances in medicine such as artificial organs grown in a laboratory and the latest artificial knees or hips.  We don’t hear as much about the latest advances in dentistry, but they have been just as stunning.

 

The last thirty years in dentistry, for example, has seen a revolution in the development and availability of dental implants.  Once considered experimental and as a last resort treatment, implants have become the best standard of care for many situations. They can replace a single tooth or all your teeth.   Implant dentistry is changing lives every bit as much as artificial knees and hips.

 

When we lose a tooth we actually lose a lot more.  Often 40 percent of the jawbone is lost within the first year of tooth extraction.  The face can collapse and we age prematurely.  Until implants were available, there was nothing we could do about this dramatic loss of facial structure.  Replacing a tooth or teeth with implants not only replaces the teeth, but even more importantly it prevents the melting away of the jaw structure. 

 

Problems with your loose,  lower denture?  As few as two implants can hold a lower denture solidly in place.  You can eat healthy foods you had given up on and stop worrying about embarrassing denture slips.

 

Want to learn more about dental implants?  Come to a free seminar at our office on Thursday Feb. 12 at 5:30 P.M.  Just give us a call to RSVP!

 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland Dental School.

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3 Tips For Using HubSpot's Blogging Application

Posted by Blog Tipster on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

Tip 1: Embedding Video into Your Blog

 

To embed a video like the one above, you'll need to do the following:

  1. Most video sites like YouTube have an "embed" source code that you can copy and paste. For YouTube, this code is listed just to the right of the video itself, under a person's username.
  2. Open up the HTML Editor in HubSpot by clicking the "HTML" button in the toolbar. Then, paste in the source code at that point of the article you'd like the video to show up.
  3. Save! This tip will work on the rest of the CMS as well, not just in the blog. Just click on "Add Module", and add an HTML module. You'll be able to paste in the source code directly, and the video will exist as a stand alone module on your site.

Tip 2: Automate Your Social Media Publishing

If you use the HubSpot blogging platform, then we'll be able to automatically publish your content for you.  To set up Social Media Publishing, complete the following steps:

  1. We need to add your social media credentials before we can automate your blog publishing to their feeds. Under the Promote tab, open up HubSpot's Social Media application.
  2. Click the "Social Media Accounts" button. When prompted, add your credentials for the social media sites you'd like to publish to.
  3. Once your credentials are entered, head back to your blog's homepage and click on the "Options" link (to the right of the "Create Article" link).Your blog options will appear.
  4. Click on the Social Media Publishing tab. Under Social Media accounts, check off the boxes of the social media feeds you'd like your blog to publish to automatically. Remember to click "Update" at the bottom of the screen.
  5. When publishing content to your networks, you’ll need a line of explanatory text to let people know what they’re seeing. To write this line, write your slug in the "publishing slug" field, directly above the list of your social media acccounts. This is the text that will appear in Facebook and Twitter along with a link to the blog article.  For example, you might write "Check out my new blog post!"

Tip 3: Text Formatting 101

You can edit the fonts of your website by going to Settings > Template Configuration in HubSpot, and then click on "Advanced Configuration". Throughout this list, you'll see places where you can change the font of your different headers.

One caveat to this, however: The fonts you can use on a website are dependent on the fonts that are available on a visitor's machine. If you try to name a font that the user does not have on their computer, it will default back to something standard (usually Arial or Helvetica).

Most machines are preinstalled with dozens of fonts, so the trick is knowing which fonts are likely to be installed on which computers. For a list of the fonts supported on most browsers, view this article on Success.

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