medicine

Do you wake up breathless?

July 13th, 2016

sleep-apnea

Do you often feel sleepy or fatigued throughout the day for no reason? Or snore loudly and wake up short of breath in the middle of the night? Then you may experience sleep apnea, a condition that stops your breathing periodically while you sleep (up to 20-30 times per hour).

When you stop breathing, your brain wakes you up due to the lack of oxygen in order to restart your breathing. Many people don't remember waking up in the middle of the night, so they think they're getting enough sleep but end up feeling drowsy during the day.

Sleep apnea, a serious medical problem, can lead to high blood pressure, which increases the risk for heart failure and stroke. The drowsiness during the day can be dangerous for driving or cause complications with medications or surgery.

Some symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • insomnia (difficulty sleeping)
  • loud snoring
  • waking up breathless
  • snorting or choking sounds
  • headaches when waking up
  • falling asleep unintentionally during the day
  •  extreme drowsiness throughout the day

The three types of sleep apnea are:

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) (due to collapsing of soft tissue in the back of the throat)
  2. Central sleep apnea (CSA) (muscles don't receive proper brain signal)
  3. "Mixed" or "complex" sleep apnea (combination of obstructive and central)

Risk factors include:

  • OSA is more common in males and in older adults (40+)
  • obesity
  • smoking
  • drinking
  • using tranquilizers/sedatives
  • family history
  • heart disorders
  • neuromuscular disorders
  • strokes
  • brain tumors

Treatment options:

  • losing weight
  • stop smoking
  • sleep on side instead of on back
  • oral devices
  • surgery (if severe)

Please contact our office so we can refer you to a sleep apnea specialist if you suspect that someone you know suffers from this medical problem.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources:

http://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/sleep-apnea

A Healthy Smile = A Healthy Start to 2016

January 13th, 2016

 

It's the beginning of 2016 and a great time to make some resolutions for the new year! If staying healthy is one of your resolutions this year, make sure to add "excellent oral health" to the list as well. Dr. Nathan Pfister, a biological dentist in Alabama, claims that dental health and overall health influence each other in many ways.

Dr. Pfister recognizes the fact that dental bacteria and oral inflammation are connected to many medical conditions such as memory disorders, Alzheimer's, heart problems, diabetes, and stroke. Therefore, he connects the diet and oral health habits of his patients by observing plaque samples with a microscope. This way, Dr.Pfister can determine whether dental issues are caused by poor oral hygiene habits, an unbalanced diet, or a medical problem.

There is even further evidence of the strong connection between dentistry and medicine in a study published in the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. According to this study, there is also a link between periodontal or chronic inflammatory gum disease (which can vary based on smoking habits) and an increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Professor Jo L. Freudenheim, PhD, of the University at Buffalo's School of Public Health and Health Professions adds that this common disease is associated with heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other cancers.

Out of the 73,737 postmenopausal women (none of whom were previously diagnosed with cancer) who participated in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study led by Professor Freudenheim, 26.1% had periodontal disease. 6.7 years later, the women with this disease had a 14% higher risk of breast cancer.

Possible explanations for the connection between breast cancer and periodontal disease include the effect of inflammation on breast tissues and oral bacteria entering the circulatory system. Professor Freudenheim claims that more studies need to be conducted in other populations in order to determine if there is a causal relationship between oral bacteria and breast cancer.

Feel free to contact Dr. Zarah Ali and Drs. Ali & Ali if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources:

https://www.sweet-cures.com/naturalhealth/images/healthy-teeth.jpg (photo credit)

http://www.aacr.org/Newsroom/Pages/News-Release-Detail.aspx?ItemID=823#.VosbDPkrLIV

http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/local/biological-dentist-takes-unconventional-approach-to-oral-health/article_d7c75fcc-a8e0-11e5-808c-3feb679bfe4c.html

Say s-"oolong" to Bad Teeth!

August 8th, 2014

If you've ever been to a traditional Chinese restaurant, you may have drank some of the complimentary hot tea that comes with every meal.  This fragrant tea is usually a floral jasmine tea or an earthy, bold oolong tea.  Oolong tea is made through a unique oxidation and withering process of leaves, buds, and stems of the Camelia sinensis plant.  This tea has been around for centuries and often used to treat different ailments ranging from eczema to digestion problems.  Similar to green tea, drinking oolong tea has been shown to have a host of health benefits including strengthening teeth and overall, is helpful in maintaining good oral health.

Some theorize that oolong tea was named after an ancient Chinese tea harvester named Wu Liang.  Legend has it that by the end of the day of tea picking, he became distracted by a deer.  Because of this distraction, Wu Liang's tea leaves had become oxidized by being kept out in the sun for too long.  Oolong tea has been around for hundreds of years in China and is famously known for its healthy effects on the body.  The tea is rich in vital vitamins and minerals: calcium, manganese, copper, carotin, selenium, potassium, and Vitamin A, B, C, E, and K.

There is no question that the fluoride found in toothpaste and in our water supplies is essential in maintaining great oral health and promoting strong teeth.  The same cavity-fighting and enamel-strengthening fluoride is found in oolong tea.  Research conducted by Osaka University's Japan Dentistry Department found that people who consumed oolong tea on a regular basis had significantly stronger teeth.  The tea helped to prevent decaying, stop harmful build up of plaque, and reduced harmful enzymes that break down enamel.  More specifically, oolong tea help to protect teeth from the acids produced by the bacteria responsible for cavities; Streptococcus mutans. 

Oolong tea has also been shown to aid in weight loss and can boost metabolism for about 2 hours after drinking it.  Furthermore, studies have shown that this powerful tea is capable of lower blood sugar, inhibiting allergic reactions, and have anti-inflammatory properties.  Make sure to try this delicious tea without any added sugar to receive maximal nutrition benefits!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.
Our specialists are happy to help you with your questions. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oolong

http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/health-benefits-tea?gallery=true&page=2

http://www.mindbodymedicalcenter.com/the-medical-benefits-of-oolong-tea/

http://www.oolongteainfo.com/strengthen-teeth/

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1099-OOLONG%20TEA.aspx?activeIngredientId=1099&activeIngredientName=OOLONG%20TEA

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/health-benefits-of-oolong-tea.html

Image credit: http://www.teamajesty.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Oolong-Tea-for-health.jpg

Plasma Tools: the Future of Dentistry?

May 25th, 2014

What if in the future there was a way to painlessly drill teeth or remove tissue in the mouth?  A new emerging field of therapeutic medicine shows promising developments in incorporating plasma tools in dental hygiene and oral surgery.Plasma Pencil

Plasma medicine is a relatively new and innovative field of clinical medicine that uses pressurized charged, active molecules and atoms and UV photons for therapeutic applications.  Physical plasma has been proven to effectively encourage tissue growth and regeneration without impacting surrounding healthy tissue layers.

A team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame has been studying the applications of plasma medicine.  Specifically, they looked at the different kinds of DNA damage that is caused by atmospheric pressure plasma exposure.  The results showed that plasma could be used for a wide range of applications including cancer therapy, dental care, hospital hygiene, skin diseases, anti fungal problems, and chronic wounds.

Another application of plasma in dentistry is its use in killing common oral pathogens.  Researchers at the Leibniz-Institute of Surface Modifications, Leipzig and dentists from the Saarland University, Homburg, Germany found that harnessing low-temperature plasma beams and directing them at oral pathogens led to a marked decrease in bacteria films formed on teeth surfaces.  In fact, firing these beams at the dentin (structure under the enamel coating of teeth) led to a 10,000-fold reduction of dental bacteria.

Dr. Stefan Rupf of Saarland University described the benefits of incorporating plasma in dentistry, “The low temperature means they can kill the microbes while preserving the tooth. The dental pulp at the centre of the tooth, underneath the dentin, is linked to the blood supply and nerves and heat damage to it must be avoided at all costs.”

The future of plasma medicine looks bright and promising in the field of dentistry.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_medicine

http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10009-plasma-tool-may-eradicate-cancer-cells

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100119213041.htm

http://www.richmondinstitute.com/article/endodontics/plasmadent-breakthrough-technology-dental-hygiene-dentistry

Image credit: http://www.ece.odu.edu/~mlarouss/_derived/Plasma%20Pencil.gif

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