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How Nail Biting Affects Your Teeth

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Nail biting is a habit that can begin in childhood and continue through your adult life. While many children grow out of nail biting, others are never able to cease this practice. People have many reasons for chewing on their nails—whether it’s out of anxiety or just a way to trim them, this bad habit is more harmful than you think. Here’s how nail biting affects your smile!

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Carpathian Dental Delivers All Smiles for the Binghamton Senators

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As another season comes to an end, the doctors and staff at Carpathian Dental bid a sad farewell to the AHL Binghamton Senators, as they relocate to Belleville, Canada and be closer to Ottawa.It was a privilege treating the players and getting to know them as they progress in their professional careers.  To help protect the players’ teeth, we made custom mouthguards for most of the Senators.  However, give that hockey is a rough contact sport, a few players sacrificed their front teeth for the good of the team.

One of our Carpathian dentists is at each of the team’s home games cheering behind the Senators bench, ready to help in an emergency.  Several of the Binghamton Senators have been called up to the NHL Ottawa Senators and it is exciting to watch them play and pursue their quest for The Stanley Cup. We wish them all the best!

Going forward, we are pleased to announce, and welcome the opportunity to be the team dentists for our new AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Devils for 2018. Go Devils!

Root Canal Therapy: It Isn’t What It Used to Be

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Getting a root canal done isn’t the same procedure it used to be in the past. People often cringe when they hear about root canals—their reputation for being painful has preceded them! However, it’s important to remember that root canals take away pain, not cause it. Modern technology has made the root canal procedure more efficient and less painful than ever. Here’s what’s changed about root canal therapy and why it isn’t what it used to be!

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: ROOT CANAL THERAPY: IT ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE

Get Professional Help for Your Sleep Apnea

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If you experience symptoms such as snoring, headaches, or daytime fatigue, you could be experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea and not be aware of it.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which you stop breathing at numerous points during your sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in which the airway becomes obstructed during sleep and prevents adequate airflow.

“Just because a patient snores, it may be a symptom of sleep apnea that has serious health risks,” says Dr. Thomas Bucker at Carpathian Dental. “Patients should not be self-treating for this condition because of the severe health risks associated with sleep apnea.”

Here’s why getting professional help for your sleep apnea is your best option for treatment.

Understand Your Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can lead to chronic health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and even accidents from your fatigue. Knowing whether or not you have sleep apnea should be the first step in your treatment.

You’ll need to know what type of sleep apnea you have and how severe it is before seeking treatment. There are two different types of sleep apnea and a third type in which these two are present in combination. If you don’t know what’s causing your sleep apnea, seeking treatment is often futile.

“Oral appliance therapy is meant for treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea. This can only be determined by a sleep test (polysomnagram) from a sleep physician,” Dr. Bucker says. “Treatment using oral appliance therapy requires diagnosis by a sleep physician and treatment by a sleep dentist.  It requires both treating doctors.”

By first getting an accurate diagnosis for your sleep apnea, you can secure a form of treatment that works for you.

Don’t Waste Time or Money on Ineffective Treatments

If you have any symptoms of sleep apnea, you can talk with Dr. Bucker about what you’re experiencing. He can refer you to a sleep specialist for a proper diagnosis before working closely with you and your sleep doctor to create an effective treatment plan.

When you attempt to self-diagnose or treat sleep apnea, Dr. Bucker explains that you won’t be able to secure treatment under your insurance plan: “Insurance companies will not pay unless there is a sleep test and prescription from a sleep physician,” he says.

Any over-the-counter sleep apnea products you see advertise quick remedies for your condition. These treatments rarely work and can even be dangerous for the patient. Without a correct diagnosis, your sleep apnea severity and type cannot be determined.

You can get treatment that works by visiting Carpathian Dental to discuss your symptoms and get a referral. If sleep apnea is present, Dr. Bucker can talk more with you about an oral sleep appliance and how it can help you maintain proper breathing during sleep.

Maintaining Oral Health Is Essential

Before you seek treatment of sleep apnea, consider your oral health. “A dentist needs to evaluate a patient’s oral health before placing an appliance,” says Dr. Bucker. This means addressing any problems before an oral appliance can be considered.

For instance, if you have advanced gum disease, an oral appliance could be more harmful than helpful. “There is a risk of actually pulling out a tooth with the appliance if a patient has severe periodontal disease,” Dr. Bucker cautions.

Dr. Bucker also explains that patients need to seek treatment for other conditions such as fractured teeth or even temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders before considering an oral sleep appliance. “Broken teeth need to be restored prior to fabrication of an appliance. If a patient has any TMJ symptoms, the appliance may exacerbate their problems.”

By visiting Carpathian Dental prior to your sleep apnea diagnosis or treatment plan, you can begin to address these problems so you’ll be ready to successfully treat your sleep apnea when the time comes.

Managing Your Care Long-Term

Your life isn’t over just because you have sleep apnea. You can help ease your symptoms with the help of a sleep specialist and Dr. Bucker. Your life can and will begin to improve once you receive the proper treatment for your specific type of sleep apnea.

Dr. Bucker and your sleep doctor can help provide you with treatment that really works. Continuing to manage your care is essential, as your sleep apnea can change over time.  By visiting Carpathian Dental regularly, we can make any necessary adjustments to your oral sleep appliance.

Getting the right care for your sleep apnea begins with the right diagnosis. Don’t wait to seek help for your sleep apnea—this condition can cause life-threatening problems. Schedule an appointment with us today to talk about your symptoms and get professional help for your sleep apnea!

What Can I Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal?

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Getting your wisdom teeth removed requires some recovery time. Your mouth will likely feel a little sore after the procedure—but you’ve still got to eat! Having lots of tasty foods stocked ahead of time can help you be prepared for staying nourished and healthy after your surgery. Soft foods are ideal as they’re easy on your mouth and require less chewing. What food options are available to you after wisdom tooth removal?

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: WHAT CAN I EAT AFTER WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL?

Signs Your Child Should Be Evaluated for Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB)

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Sleep-Disordered breathing (SDB) is a term that refers to several different sleep disorders, all of which are characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most common SDB conditions. These disorders often have serious side effects and should be diagnosed by a physician so proper treatment can be put in place. What are the signs your child should be evaluated for SDB?

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: SIGNS YOUR CHILD SHOULD BE EVALUATED FOR SLEEP-DISORDERED BREATHING (SDB)

Medications That May Impact Your Oral Health

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The health of your teeth and gums are dependent on several factors, one of the most notable being adequate saliva production. Your teeth were meant to be protected by your saliva—when there’s not enough saliva present, your entire mouth suffers. This can influence gum disease, bad breath, cavities, and more! Medications are often responsible for causing dry mouth in many people and negatively affecting oral health. It’s important that you talk with your dentist about which medications you’re taking and any oral health symptoms you’re experiencing. Here are some of the top medications that can impact your oral health.

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Helping Out our Furry Friends

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During the holiday season, Carpathian Dental happily collected donations to help the animals at the Broome County Humane Society. They were able to gather over 200 pounds of food, as well as toys and cleaning supplies.

Thank you to the staff, patients, and people in the community that donated to helped our four legged friends and to the Broome County Humane Society for their wonderful work in sheltering animals and finding them homes.

If you still wish to help, click here.

 

Sequence & Timing of Losing Baby Teeth – Is Your Child on Schedule?

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It’s not always easy to know if your child’s tooth loss is normal— when is it too early to lose teeth? When should you be concerned? Taking your child in for a dental exam when they begin losing their baby teeth can ensure they’re on schedule, but this helpful guide by Dr. Bucker, originally published by Your Dental Health Resource, can let you know if your child is experiencing a normal time frame for losing their primary teeth!

 

Read the full article here: SEQUENCE AND TIMING OF LOSING BABY TEETH—IS YOUR CHILD ON SCHEDULE?

Water Floss VS. Regular Floss

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Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource

In recent years, water flossers have become popular alternatives to string floss when it comes to getting in between those tight spaces in your teeth! Water flossers use a stream of water aimed at your teeth to remove food debris and bacteria while traditional floss requires that you move the string in and out of every space between teeth to achieve this desired effect. When it comes to flossing, is water floss or regular floss better? Dr. Aronson looks at the pros and cons of each!

Read the full article here: WATER FLOSS VS. REGULAR FLOSS: WHICH IS THE REAL WINNER?