About that Incessant Thumb Sucking

About that Incessant Thumb Sucking

If you have kids worrying is one of the daily duties that seem to come with the job of parenting. And if your child isn’t still in the crib, you may be wondering/worrying about thumb sucking. Is he or she sucking their thumb too much? Should they have stopped by now? Are they damaging their teeth?

In the Idaho Statesman, “Peanuts” and Linus may have a place, but he’s no role model. Still, you don’t have to worry too much; thumb sucking usually passes before children hit preschool age.

Here’s the deal on thumb sucking and its affect on the teeth from Dr. Wright.

What is normal thumb sucking?

Thumb sucking is a natural comfort behavior of a child. Sometimes during an ultrasound, you can see a fetus in the womb sucking his or her thumb. Thumb sucking can help a child feel secure and happy, and it can be soothing when there is anxiety such as when the child is separated from his or her parents. Thumb sucking or pacifier use can also help a child fall asleep.

How long can it go on?

Parents wonder about thumb sucking and when it should end. This is no time to be like Linus van Pelt, carrying around a blanket and thumb sucking well into elementary school. The American Dental Association recommends discouraging thumb sucking by the age of four. By this time, prolonged sucking can begin to affect the proper development of your child’s mouth, jaw, and teeth. Continued thumb sucking can cause the permanent teeth to be misaligned, and that only spells the need for orthodontics later on.

If it continues into the five or six-year-old age the pressure from sucking will lead to changes in the mouth and teeth. The ADA says that the front teeth may begin to jut forward and the child’s bite will begin to open, meaning the upper and lower teeth won’t be able to touch. As the permanent teeth descend, they will start to become misaligned.

So, how do I break the habit?

OK, so maybe it’s time to help break the habit. There’s no need to put a couple drops of hot sauce on the thumb, as your neighbor may have touted as the perfect thumb-sucking breaker. Usually the best way to get your kid to stop sucking their thumb is to ignore the behavior. In most cases, kids just stop sucking their thumb one day. They usually start to understand that there is a point where sucking their thumb isn’t cool in certain social situations or when they compare to other kids.

Still, if it endures, try these tricks:

  • Offer a pacifier to infants. They are easier to take away, obviously.
  • Establish a chart and reward system, plotting progress on quitting.
  • Encourage and praise all attempts to stop thumb sucking in your child.

Still have questions about thumb sucking and your child? Call us at Centennial, (208) 322-1112, and ask away.

Hate Flossing? Try Our Tips

Hate Flossing? Try Our Tips

Brushing and flossing remove food particles, bacteria, plaque and tartar from your teeth. If you are like most people, you struggle with flossing. Your hygienist explains the proper technique during your exam, and you even practice during the appointment. When you get home, though, the routine that seemed so simple becomes a complex and impossible task. We have put together some tips to help make flossing easier and even fun. If you try some of our recommendations, your next dental cleaning will be something that you look forward to and enjoy.

Floss Where You Relax

We typically combine our flossing and brushing, but many of us are too busy to take a few extra minutes to floss. Having your floss close by when you are relaxing improves the likelihood that you will floss. Put containers of floss around your house and office, and women can keep floss in their purses. Some of our favorite places to keep floss is near the remotes, next to the coffee pot and in our makeup bags.

Floss in Sections

If flossing all of your teeth takes too much time, you can floss small sections throughout the day. As you get more comfortable with using the technique, you can floss larger sections. The goal is to reach a point where you can quickly floss all of your teeth in just a few minutes.

Reward Yourself

Rewards motivate us to take on tasks that we may not necessarily enjoy. Find a way to reward yourself each time you floss. The rewards do not have to be extravagant, and you can give yourself larger rewards for flossing all of your teeth. Our favorite rewards are healthy treats, a few minutes of relaxing and putting a penny in a jar.

Learn More About Brushing and Flossing. Contact Centennial Dental Center.

Centennial Dental Center is your oral health partner, and we are happy to help you take better care of your teeth and gums.  To learn more about routine dental cleanings, dental implantsteeth whitening and our other services, contact Centennial Dental Center to schedule a personal consultation. We are conveniently located in Boise, Idaho, and you can call us directly at (208) 322-1112.

Why Is Comprehensive Dental Cleaning So Important?

Why Is Comprehensive Dental Cleaning So Important?

One of the best things you can do as a dental patient is to stay informed about your dental health. And although it’s easy to get online or pick up a mail flyer advertising a local dentist with great deals, you don’t always know what you’re getting into. Here at Centennial dental center, we pride ourselves on being transparent with our patients every step of the way. One of the things that we like to emphasize most to our patients is that unlike other dental offices that offer traditional dental exams, we take it one step further and offer our patients comprehensive dental cleanings.

What Is a Comprehensive Dental Cleaning?

It’s easy to take a look in a patient’s mouth and call it good, but it takes a lot more attention to detail to analyze a patient’s mouth and check for any underlying conditions or concerns. Here at Centennial dental center, we look at all of our patients on a case by case basis while giving them each a thorough, comprehensive dental cleaning. During your comprehensive dental cleaning, we will not only clean and polish your teeth, but we will also check for damaged or infected parts of the mouth.

To treat these areas, our dental hygienists use ultrasonic therapy to cleanse and remove the infection. After which they remove rough areas from the surface of the infected tooth and root to prevent bacterial toxins from forming. If needed, our hygienists will also apply any medication to your gumlines.

Our goal at our office is to perform a comprehensive dental cleaning on our patients every six months to prevent any potential oral issues from getting worse. With careful attention and detail, we are confident that our staff will give you the cleanest, healthiest smile around.

To schedule your comprehensive dental cleaning, contact our Boise office today!

Do You Have Stinky Breath?

Do You Have Stinky Breath?

We spend a great deal of time interacting with other people. Social situations and business environments put us within other people’s personal spaces, so having bad breath can be uncomfortable for all involved. Understanding what is causing your bad breath helps you find a remedy and know when it is time for a dental exam.

The Breath Test

One of the most common techniques that is used for checking for breath odor is exhaling into a cupped hand and smelling the results. Does this really work? Not necessarily. Your mouth and nasal cavity are connected, and your brain is trained to ignore less obvious aromas, such as what might be found briefly after exhaling into your hand. A better technique is to follow a few steps:

  1. Test your saliva by licking your wrist and letting it dry.
  2. Use a spoon to collect saliva from your tongue. Pull the spoon gently from back to front and examine what appears on the spoon. If you notice a whitish substance, you may have halitosis. Sterile gauze can be used instead of a spoon.

Why Your Breath Smells

Before you panic about having bad breath, first ask yourself if you have eaten any foods that may cause the offensive odor. You should also consider your oral hygiene habits. Food particles and bacteria in the mouth can cause bad breath. A good brushing and flossing followed by an antiseptic mouth rinse may eliminate the problem. Dehydration may also give you stinky breath, so try increasing your water intake for a few days.

Dental Problems that Cause Bad Breath

If home remedies do not give you fresher breath, you may have a dental condition that requires treatment.

  • Periodontal disease
  • Cavities
  • Yeast infections
  • Dentures and other appliances that do not fit properly and allow bacteria to grow
  • Dry mouth

Having your teeth and gums evaluated by a dentist is the best way to diagnose conditions that contribute to bad breath.

Learn More About Dental Exams and Chronic Bad Breath. Contact Centennial Dental Center.

To learn more about treatments for bad breath, dental exams, teeth whiteningdental implants and our other services, contact Centennial Dental Center today to schedule an appointment. Our office is in Boise, and you can contact us directly at (208) 322-1112.

Is It Periodontal Disease? Here Are Some Signs.

Is It Periodontal Disease? Here Are Some Signs.

Periodontal disease is an infection that develops in the gums around the teeth. Left untreated, the condition may lead to bone and tooth loss. You can reduce your risk of developing periodontitis by brushing and flossing at home, as well as having routine dental exams and cleanings. But even with the best oral hygiene practices, you may have some problem areas. Recognizing the signs of periodontal disease may reduce the damage to your teeth, gums and bone.

Periodontitis occurs when bacteria in plaque infiltrates your gums. The disease progresses as the bacteria multiplies and goes deeper into the soft tissue, eventually eroding the bone. As the infection spreads, your teeth are no longer protected and held in place by the gums.

Check Your Gums

The gums around your teeth should be firm and soft pink. Periodontitis causes bleeding gums. Even the smallest amount of blood when you brush and floss may indicate the onset of periodontal disease. As the bacteria grows, your gums may develop a reddish or purple color, be swollen and be tender when you touch them. You may also notice that more of the tooth is showing at the gum line. This happens when the gums pull away from the tooth.

Changes to Your Teeth

As periodontal disease continues to damage your gums, you may see changes in your teeth. The spaces between the teeth may expand, and you may notice a clear or white pus draining from the gums. Advanced cases of periodontitis may involve painful chewing, loose teeth and even a change in your bite.

Having Bad Breath

Halitosis, or bad breath, is natural in some people. If you do not normally have bad breath, a change in the way that your breath smells may indicate the onset of periodontitis.

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Regular dental cleanings can correct the earliest cases of periodontal disease. More advanced cases may require a deep cleaning of the teeth and gums to remove tartar and plaque. If you have bone loss due to periodontitis, we may recommend a bone graft. Extractions may be needed to protect the surrounding teeth.

Learn More About Periodontitis. Contact Centennial Dental Care.

To learn more about periodontal disease, dental implants and our other services, contact Centennial Dental Care. Our office is in Boise, Idaho, and you can call us directly at (208) 322-1112.

Understanding the Difference Between a General Dentist and a Family Dentist

Understanding the Difference Between a General Dentist and a Family Dentist

One stop shopping is all the rage— leaving patients with the ability to get almost all of their errands done in just one place. Similarly, if you have a family, it’s nice to be able to get all of their dental cleanings and checkups are done from one person like a family dentist. But when you are shopping around for a family dentist, you may come across a lot of general dentists that offer similar services. So, what’s the difference between a family dentist and a general dentist?

What’s the main difference?

General dentists receive formal training for about three to four years on average. If your general dentist only sees patients over the age of 18 and you have younger children, you will have to take them to a separate office for cleanings. Whereas, a family dentist is a general dentist (with the same amount of training) but who has established a clientele of patients of all ages— which means that you won’t have to dry all around town looking for a new dentist for your younger children.

Why Should I Choose a Family Dentist?

Other than the fact that, as previously mentioned, a family dentist provides you with that one-stop shopping kind of feel, it’s nice to know that you will see the same dentist every time. Whether it’s for a cleaning and preventative services, periodontal care, tooth replacement, or cosmetic treatments, having a family dentist provides you with convenience and peace of mind.

Shopping around for a new dental office to help with your family members teeth can seem a bit overwhelming. However, if you have a family of children of all ages, a family dentist may make your scheduling a lot easier.

We invite all of our new patients to schedule a meeting with our office to ensure that we are the right fit for you and your family. To learn more, contact our Boise office today!

Time For Spring Cleaning!

Time For Spring Cleaning!

For more than 200 years, the tradition of spring cleaning has been followed by households around the world. The season was chosen as the perfect “tidy up” time of year because winter left behind layers of soot, grime, and dust. If you participate in this annual rejuvenation of all things homey, this is also the perfect time to shine up your smile with a professional dental cleaning.

Is Brushing and Flossing Enough to Keep My Smile Healthy?

Brushing and flossing are excellent oral hygiene habits to develop, yet even a perfect technique may leave behind small amounts of food particles, plaque, and bacteria. Professional dental cleanings remove any remaining build-up at the gum line and in those hard-to-reach places, such as behind your back teeth.

How Often Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned?

You should have a dental cleaning at least twice each year. If you have periodontal disease or deep pockets around your teeth, your hygienist may recommend cleanings every three months. Most insurances cover two cleanings per year.

Are Other Treatments Performed During My Dental Cleaning?

The dental cleaning is part of a comprehensive exam that helps identify any oral health problems. You may work only with the hygienist, or the dentist may also check for cavities and other concerns. X-rays may be taken during one of your cleaning appointments each year. We also take the time to provide education on ways that you can improve your at-home care.

What is Root Planing and Scaling?

Root scaling and scaling is a type of dental cleaning that goes below the gum line. The treatment is recommended for patients who have signs of periodontal diseases, such as:

  • Swelling of the gums
  • Bleeding
  • Bone loss
  • Loose teeth
  • Infection
  • Light-colored gums
  • Exposed roots

Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss, and you may need an implant to replace the tooth.

Is It Time for Your Spring Dental Cleaning? Contact Centennial Dental Center.

Contact Centennial Dental Center to schedule your spring dental exam and cleaning and to learn about cosmetic dentistrytreatment for TMJsame day crowns and our other services. If you prefer, you can contact our office in Boise directly at (208) 322-1112.

Three Reasons To Whiten Your Smile for Valentine’s

Three Reasons To Whiten Your Smile for Valentine’s

Have you thought about whitening your teeth, but never had the right special occasion? With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to have your teeth whitened. A great smile not only makes you feel confident, but also adds to the romance and love of the holiday. Here are just some of the ways that a stunning white smile will enhance your Valentine’s Day.

Your Smile is Enchanting

A great smile enchants those around you, and smiling is magical in the way that it makes everyone feel. Even a simple, coy smile releases happy chemicals in the body that reduce stress, calm us and even make us feel physically comfortable. A smile transforms the moment and creates a warm, welcoming experience. It invites us to pause and spend time with someone that we want to know better.

You Glow When You Smile

Want to look radiant? Smile! A person who smiles looks happy, engaged and content. Smiling makes our eyes sparkle and accentuates the contours of our lips and cheeks. When you smile, the soft light on your face creates highlights and shadows that bring out your facial contours, and you have a soft “glow” about you.

You Speak with Your Smile

When words escape you, a smile will start a conversation, share how you are feeling and invite someone to come closer. It turns an ordinary moment into something that you remember for a lifetime. Your smile changes a person’s day, reveals your kindness and shows how connected you are to the world around you. Smiling helps a person instantly understand your appreciation. With so much to say on Valentine’s Day, your smile should be as amazing as you.

Are You Ready for an Extraordinary Smile? Contact Centennial Dental Center.

Give yourself an extraordinary smile this Valentine’s Day. To learn more about teeth whitening, same day crownscosmetic dentistry and our other treatments, contact Centennial Dental Center to schedule a personal consultation. We are conveniently located in Boise, Idaho, and you can call us directly at (208) 322-1112.

Are You Making Your TMJ Pain Worse? 3 Things to Know

Are You Making Your TMJ Pain Worse? 3 Things to Know

LOL, OMG, ONYD, are all acronyms that are there to make you laugh out loud. But there are some acronyms that are less funny; enter TMJ. As a condition that causes the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint where your jaw bones connect, to become irritated and inflamed, TMJ can make everyday tasks like chewing or even opening your mouth wide enough to yawn to become painful. Luckily, by making a few lifestyle changes and practicing massage, you can often find relief from your symptoms. But did you know that in some cases you may be making them worse?

Stay Away from Stress

There’s no doubt about it; it can seem impossible to avoid stress— after all, life itself is stressful. Stress isn’t just bad for your anxiety— it’s bad for your heart and, you guessed it, your TMJ. Most patients who have TMJ clench their jaw when they are stressed which causes more tension and discomfort in the process. To help relieve stress, try taking up a calming activity like yoga. Deep breathing techniques will help alleviate your stress and jaw pain.

Get Rid of Gum

Chewing gum is good at helping patients get rid of plaque and tartar, but if you have TMJ, it can be enemy number one. By placing a lot of tension and pressure on your TMJ, chewing gum can make your symptoms worse by causing pain, inflammation, and even the inability to fully open and close your mouth. If you’re looking for a way to freshen up your breath, skip the gum and try sugar-free mints instead.

Break Out of Bruxism

Bruxism, or jaw grinding, is a condition that most people do in their sleep. If you wake up with a sore or tense jaw, you likely are a tooth grinder which can contribute to your TMJ pain. Luckily, in most cases, by making a simple change like wearing a mouthguard to bed, you can help cut down on your bruxism.

Simple habits can make your TMJ pain worse. Schedule your appointment with Centennial Dental Center to learn more about your treatment options.

Tips For Managing Dental Anxiety

Tips For Managing Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is one of the most common reasons that people avoid visiting their dentists on a regular basis. Some people are uncomfortable with the examination, and others are fearful of any discomfort. Dental anxiety ranges from a high level of stress and sleeplessness to panic attacks in the days before the appointment. At Centennial Dental Center, we want you to feel comfortable during every appointment, so we have some tips for managing your anxiety for your dental procedures.

Tip #1: Ask Questions

Dental procedures intimidate people of all ages because we have little understanding about our teeth and gums, as well as exactly why a procedure is necessary. Patient education is an important part of dental health, and we encourage you to ask questions before your procedure.

Tip #2: Understand Your Recovery

If you are having a procedure done, you may be concerned with the recovery process, such as any discomfort, how to eat and how long you need to heal. We recommend that you may have a list of questions to bring with you, and we can answer your questions before the procedure.

Tip #3: Be Patient

Feeling anxious about dental procedures is natural, so be patient with yourself. If you arrive at your appointment and feel overwhelmed, let us know. We may reschedule the appointment, or we can take steps to help you feel comfortable.

Tip #4: Try Sedation Dentistry

We offer sedation dentistry for patients who have difficulty managing their concerns about dental procedures. Talk to us about how you are feeling, and we will explain your options. We may prescribe a mild sedative that you take an hour before your appointment, or we may administer a sedative during your appointment.

Tip #5: Practice, Practice, Practice

As you experience more dental examinations and cleanings, you may find that your anxiety gradually disappears. We encourage you to work with us to keep you engaged in your treatments. As you have more positive and comfortable experiences, your anxiety may naturally subside.

Learn More About Sedation Dentistry. Contact Centennial Dental Center.

To learn more about sedation dentistry, dental examsdental implantscosmetic dentistry and our other services, contact Centennial Dental Center today to schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located in Boise, Idaho, and you can call us directly at (208) 322-1112.

The Link Between Dental Care And General Health

The Link Between Dental Care And General Health

When it comes to your general health, your mouth plays an important role. The teeth and gums are necessary for chewing nutritious foods, and your tongue allows you to taste what you eat. But the connection goes much deeper. Dental examsroutine cleanings, and good hygiene at home not only contribute to oral health but also your overall health.

How Does Dental Care Improve My Health?

Poor dental hygiene allows bacteria to multiply in your mouth, especially between the teeth and in the gums. This may lead to periodontal disease, cavities, and other problems. Left untreated, these conditions cause tooth and bone loss.

Poor oral healthcare has also been linked to medical conditions elsewhere in the body.

  • Endocarditis: Inflammation of the heart lining occurs when bacteria travels through the blood stream to your heart. The bacteria can from any part of your body, including your mouth.
  • Premature birth and low birth weight: Pregnant women should be especially diligent about oral health. Periodontal disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth rate.
  • Conditions affecting the cardiovascular system: Although the research into the link between cardiovascular conditions and oral health is limited, initial studies have demonstrated that poor oral hygiene may increase your risk for stroke, clogged arteries, and heart disease.

Medical Conditions that Affect Oral Health

Just as oral health may increase your risk for some medical conditions, the opposite is true as well. Some medical conditions increase your risk of developing dental problems, such as:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Eating and nutritional disorders
  • HIV/AIDS and other conditions that affect the immune system
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Managing Your Oral Health

An initial dental exam is a great start to improving your oral health. We recommend treatments that will address any dental problems and reduce the chances of developing health complications associated with poor oral hygiene.

Learn More About Dental Care and Your Health. Contact Centennial Dental Care.

To learn more about dental exams, teeth whiteningdental implants and our other services, contact Centennial Dental Care. If you prefer, you can contact our office in Boise directly at (208) 322-1112.

So Fresh and So Clean: 3 All-Natural Ways to Get a Fresher, Whiter Smile

So Fresh and So Clean: 3 All-Natural Ways to Get a Fresher, Whiter Smile

Nothing can make you look quite as put together as having a clean, white smile. However, if you’re like the majority of people, as soon as you bite into that garlic burger or drink a cup of black coffee, you can kiss your fresh breath and white teeth goodbye. Luckily, with a few all-natural tips, you can get that smile you’ve been wanting without having to risk the use of any harsh chemicals. Read on to learn more.

  • Oil Pulling

Oil pulling hit the scenes a few years ago as one of the trendiest ways to brighten your teeth. However, although it just became popular on the social scenes in the United States, oil pulling is a tradition that has been around for hundreds of years. So, how does it work? By taking a raw oil such as coconut oil and warming it in your mouth by pushing it between your teeth and across your cheeks, oil pulling is a method that is designed to get rid of harmful toxins in your mouth along with any plaque or tartar on your teeth. The results of oil pulling aren’t just whiter teeth, but they’re also a cleaner mouth overall peppermint Leaves

  • Peppermint Leaves

Peppermint leaves are one of the best, all-natural ways to freshen bad breath. You can turn peppermint leaves into a tea, or you can chew on them on their own. Peppermint oil works to get rid of foul odors in your mouth while leaving your breath smelling minty and fresh in the process.

  • Baking Soda

Try adding a little bit of baking soda to your toothbrush about 3-4 times a week, and you will notice a visibly whiter smile. Baking soda is one of the leading ingredients found in over-the-counter whitening toothpaste which means that you know it will leave you with that bright smile you’ve been wanting.

If you have been looking for a few ways to get a healthier, whiter smile, then consider using the all-natural tips above. To learn more about these and other dental tips or to schedule a cleaning with our office, contact Centennial Dental Center today!

Do You Have Deep Pockets?

Do You Have Deep Pockets?

Having routine dental exams helps keep your smile healthy by detecting problems early and removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria that you miss with brushing and flossing. At the beginning of the appointment, your hygienist checks for signs of periodontal disease using a probe to measure the depth of pockets in your gums. A series of numbers are recorded, but what exactly do these numbers mean?

Periodontal Pockets

A periodontal pocket is a space where the gums do not attach to the teeth. In healthy teeth, the pocket remains at a specific depth between one and three millimeters. Your hygienist takes six measurements per tooth — three measurements on the tongue side and three measurements on the cheek side. On each side of the tooth, measurements are taken along the front, middle and back of the tooth. If probing the pocket reveals that the pocket is deeper than three millimeters, you have periodontal disease.

Monitoring Pocket Depth

Oral hygiene is not the only factor that influences your periodontal pocket depth. Smokers tend to have deeper pockets, and some medical conditions may cause your gums to have pockets that are deeper than three millimeters. If you have pockets that are in the moderate range, perhaps a five or seven, your dentist may recommend monitoring the area for any signs that periodontal disease is worsening.

Treatments for Deep Periodontal Pockets

Moderately deep periodontal pockets are typically treated with a deep cleaning that cleans the visible surface of the tooth, as well as a portion of the tooth below the gum line. This procedure is known as “root planing.” We may recommend x-rays to look for signs of tooth decay and bone loss, which may require extraction or another type of treatment.

Schedule Your Dental Exam Today. Contact Centennial Dental Center.

Having your periodontal pockets evaluated is an important part of having a healthy, beautiful smile. To learn more about routine dental exams, cosmetic dentistrysame day crowns and our other services, contact Centennial Dental Center to schedule a personal consultation. We are conveniently located in Boise, Idaho, and you can call us directly at (208) 322-1112.

2018 Resolutions: Remember Dental Exams

2018 Resolutions: Remember Dental Exams

As 2018 approaches, many people are considering their resolutions for the New Year. Now is a great time to commit to your oral health, and schedule your dental exams for the year. Having a healthy smile means that you feel more confident when you celebrate your successes with friends and family.

What is a Dental Exam?

dental exam is an important part of having a healthy smile because many dental issues do not cause symptoms until the tooth, gums, and bone have been damaged. During the exam, we:

  • Evaluate your oral health
  • Identify any issues that could cause problems later
  • Perform a professional cleaning and polishing

How are Dental Problems Found During the Exam?

The dental hygienist takes measurements with a probe to determine if you have any bone loss or periodontal disease. We may also take x-rays during the appointment to exam the tooth roots and bone. After the teeth cleaning, Dr. Wright performs a second examination to evaluate your bite, check for cavities and discuss any issues found in the x-rays, including recommendations for treatment.

How Often Should I Have a Dental Exam?

Plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, even with the most diligent home care. Dental exams should be performed every six months so that these deposits can be removed. Going longer than six months may allow the tartar to develop below the gum line and damage the bone. X-rays are taken one time each year.

Can the Hygienist Help Me Take Better Care of My Teeth?

Every dental exam includes education about ways that you can brush and floss better. Our recommendations are based on what we see during the examinations and cleanings, so the information is very useful to our patients. You also receive a new toothbrush and other items that you can use at home.

Ready to Schedule Your 2018 Dental Exams? Contact Centennial Dental Center.

To schedule your 2018 dental exams or learn more about dental cleaningscosmetic dentistryperiodontal treatment and our other services, contact Centennial Dental Center. You can also contact our office in Boise directly at (208) 322-1112. We look forward to hearing from you!

How TMJ and Sleep Apnea Are Intertwined

How TMJ and Sleep Apnea Are Intertwined

Being aware of your surroundings, your body, and anything going on in your life is important, but did you know that 80 percent of people who grind their teeth are unaware that they have a problem, to begin with? Teeth grinding or bruxism is a condition in which patients grind their teeth typically during sleep or stressful situations. Persistent bruxism can result in further oral issues such as temporomandibular joint disorder which causes damage to the temporomandibular joint— leaving patients in pain and discomfort.

Although your temporomandibular joint is in your jaw, it exhibits itself in a variety of other symptoms including headaches, hearing problems, vision problems, clicking of the jaw, shoulder pain, tingling in the arms and hands, and even sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.

How Are TMJ and Sleep Apnea Intertwined?

First things first, not all patients who have TMJ have sleep apnea and vice versa. However, when patients suffer from TMJ, their jaw can become misaligned which affects the overall size of the mouth. This change in size can sometimes make it difficult for the mouth to properly accommodate the tongue— causing the tongue to fall back into the mouth during deep sleep cycles and obstruct the patient’s airway. This type of obstruction can lead to pauses in breathing or even shallow breathing which is the condition that is most commonly known as sleep apnea.

Patients who experience sleep disorders such as sleep apnea live a lower quality of life because their body is not only unable to regenerate itself each night but because they are at a higher risk of developing heart failure and stroke. Luckily, by getting to the root of your sleep disorder, you can start a treatment plan to correct the issue before it gets worse.

To learn more about TMJ treatments, schedule your consultation with our Centennial Dental Center office today!

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