Strange as it may sound, but snoring can have a massive impact on your entire family
Having a dramatic influence on both the sufferer and those who reside with the afflicted individual, snoring can put a great strain on your health, lifestyle and your personal relationships. Over 3.8 million Australians snore, and this is placing a strain on many families across our nation!
The connection between snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea
Good sleep is essential to a happy and healthy lifestyle. However, snoring can also be an indicator of an underlying condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (often referred to as OSA). People with untreated OSA are far more likely to suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or stroke.
Symptoms associated with obstructive sleep apnoea
Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnoea include:
• Excessively loud snoring
• Migraines and headaches
• Choking or gasping during sleep
• Poor concentration, learning difficulties and irritability
Health risks associated with obstructive sleep apnoea
Sleep apnoea can be a life-threatening disorder that has been found to dramatically increase the risk of serious health conditions and accidents such as:
• Coronary heart disease (1.2-5.4 times the risk)
• Stroke (1.6-3.1 times the risk)
• High blood pressure (2.9 times the risk)
• Congestive heart failure (2.4 times the risk)
• Type 2 diabetes (1.5 times the risk)
• Motor accidents (2-7 times increased risk)
Treatment solutions at our Sydney dental practice
Snoring and mild OSA can now be simply and effectively treated. At Roseville Fine Dentistry we utilise the SomnoMed MAS (Mandibular Advancement Splint) treatment. The SomnoMed MAS has proven highly successful in extensive research and clinical studies. This is a dental device resembling a custom fitted mouth guard. It is worn only during sleep and is comfortable and unobtrusive to wear. It also does not limit the patient’s ability to open or close their mouth, yawn or speak.
To discover more about our innovative dental solutions to snoring and sleep apnoea, or to arrange an appointment at our dental practice located in Sydney, please contact us.
A new study has found that liquorice fights tooth decay!
Scientists have found two ingredients in common liquorice that eliminate the major bacteria (Streptococcus) responsible for tooth decay and periodontal disease – the leading cause of tooth loss in both children and adults!
In a recent study it was found that these ingredients can play a role in preventing and also treating tooth decay and periodontal disease! So if you are unsure what to give your kids as treats this Halloween, hand out liquorice – the candy equivalent to a toothbrush!
Gain the best in Children’s Dentistry with Roseville Fine Dentistry…
As a parent, you play an active role in your child’s oral health and are the ultimate role model for their dental habits and routines. By setting a good example at the beginning, you can help set up your child with good oral health for life!
Teach them a good home oral health routine…
It is imperative children understand and employ a high quality home dental routine, and should:
- Brush at least twice daily with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
- Floss at least once a day, preferably before sleep
- Visit us at Roseville Fine Dentistry every six months so we can assess and treat any conditions early and monitor their tooth development
At Roseville Fine Dentistry we recommend that you follow these techniques to effectively remove plaque from around your teeth and gums daily:
- Brush your teeth at least twice per day (after breakfast and after dinner)
- Brush with a soft round bristle toothbrush
- Place your toothbrush where the gum meets the tooth, at a 45 degree angle (enabling you to clean under the gum line). Bacteria accumulate along the tooth at the gum line, so it is essential to focus on this area.
- Brush your gums very gently. (The correct brushing motion is a circular massaging technique along the gum line rather than vigorous brushing back and forth. Vigorous brushing can injure your gums.)
- Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue which will remove additional bacteria and help keep your breath fresh.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after an illness, whichever comes first.
- Use toothpaste with fluoride for cavity protection.
For more brushing tips, please speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team during your next visit.