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Dentists ‘can help alleviate sleep apnea’


Dentists 'can help alleviate sleep apnea'People suffering from sleep apnea have been advised to see if cosmetic dentistry procedures could help, after a new report has revealed a link between oral treatments and the illness.

Research by the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) showed that equipment offered by dentists can be helpful to some patients suffering from sleep apnea.

Dr David Stanton from the PDA said: “Oral appliances and surgical procedures offered by dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons can be very beneficial in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.”

The studies found that by using devices that reposition the lower jaw and tongue, sufferers find some relief from the problem.

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes people to stop breathing when they are sleeping and is considered a serious condition by the organisation.

Individuals who suspect they have the complaint are advised to be assessed by a dental professional as it has been linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.

Wearing a mouthguard when playing sports was recently encouraged by the American Dental Association, which said that failure to have one can lead to an increased risk of the need for emergency dentistry.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19849803-ADNFCR

Visit dentist regularly, older people urged


Visit dentist regularly, older people urgedOlder people have been advised to take extra care with their dentures and make regular visits to the dentist in order to maintain a healthy mouth.

The Pennsylvania Dental Association provided tips for those aged over 65 on how to ensure good oral health care, including going to see a dentist every six months for a check-up and professional clean.

Dentist Dr Craig Pate, a PDA member, said: “Since poor fitting dentures can lead to a host of problems, it is very important that patients continue to visit their dentist annually.”

He also encouraged older patients to consider new alternative treatments to dentures such as dental implants, which he described as a “life-changing procedure”.

Dr Lawrence Singer of the Connecticut State Dental Association recently explained how people aged over 65 have a higher risk of developing oral illnesses and should therefore ensure they brush twice a day, floss and use mouthwash.

The PDA conducted research that found 26 per cent of Americans aged over 65 had none of their natural teeth remaining, a decrease from 27.6 per cent from 2004 to 2007.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19810563-ADNFCR

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