Saturday, May 12, 2018
Almost every celebration of life involves food. As we age, it becomes one of the few joys that we can cherish. Although health issues may limit or curb our diets, the ability to chew should not be a concern when our muscles start to lose strength, or our brain doesn't respond as quick as we would like. Losing the ability to chew also affects what we can eat and how much we can eat. Dentistry has transformed to a point where we can provide teeth for everyone, even to the extent of replacing your original set of teeth without losing any strength or function. We are always happy to consult and discuss your options for cosmetic dentistry, TMJ disorders, or full mouth rehabilitation/restoration.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Dr.Do has created another great smile with porcelain veneers. In only 2 appointments, Dr. Do was able to transform his smile! If you have any questions about how cosmetic dentistry can help you, call to schedule your consult today.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Here is an excellent video about why early treatment is so vital. Facial development and airway are crucial factors for orthodontics to be successful. Once facial features are developed, there will be adequate jaw space to straighten teeth without extractions and minimal chance of relapse later in life.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a vital tool for predicting your risk for a myocardial infarction (heart attack). It is now the leading predictor (20%), over smoking (11%) and high blood pressure (11%). The unfortunate fact is that OSA is mostly undiagnosed in the population, or not treated correctly. Continuous positive airway pressure machines, or CPAP, are commonly prescribed to increase a patient's airflow where they may have had trouble breathing on their own during sleep. However, the major disadvantage is that the airway was blocked or narrow to begin with, so now air is forced into this constriction with reduced efficiency. The solution should be to treat the source of OSA and not only the symptoms. We are trained to diagnose and treat these conditions non-surgically safely, and always welcome new or existing patients who wish to discuss their condition and to see if we could help.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Did you know that grinding and clenching has been linked to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)? Approximately 1 in 15 Americans have OSA but not everyone has been diagnosed. The significance of that number is there are at least 1 in 15 Americans with an undiagnosed condition (OSA) that will lead to high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, weight gain, or cancer. Grinding and clenching are early and continuing signs of OSA since the body struggles for air when asleep. When the body struggles and gasps for air, it triggers the jaw to reopen the airway, and grinding/clenching occurs during this process.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Congratulations to Dr.Do for giving an insightful lecture for an Orthodontic Association meeting on Kauai this week. She detailed the signs and symptoms of a Class II malocclusion, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in children and adults.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Most orthodontic protocols require extractions of 2 or more teeth prior to starting treatment. However, the problem is nearly always that the upper and lower jaws have not developed or were not guided to develop correctly starting from a young age. By extracting teeth and contracting the remaining teeth in the upper and lower jaws, future problems will arise including TMJ disorder, facial muscle pain, and even a reduced airway. The following image shows how two identical twins matured differently. The girl on the left had 4 teeth extracted while the girl on the right had her jaws guided to develop correctly without surgery.