What Happens When Sleep Apnea Goes Untreated?

​ It's easy to pass off symptoms of sleep apnea, such as snoring, as just harmless and maybe a little annoying. But what's really happening is far more serious than just snoring. The word apnea means "without breath" in Greek. So, the snoring is just a symptom of a much more serious sleep disorder. The choking and gasping noises people may make whe...
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What Are the Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea?

​ Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly during sleep. Despite being a very big deal, sleep apnea is often passed off as just "harmless snoring," and many times it remains undetected, undiagnosed and untreated, which is extremely dangerous. Sleep disorders affect males and females, adults and children. Leavin...
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Can TMJD Affect the Throat?

​ Have you ever wondered why they call the temporomandibular joint the "small joint that can cause big pain"? It's because of just how much can go wrong when anything affects this complicated joint. The temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, sit on both sides of the jaw, acting as a hinge between the skull and the jawbone. You can feel them by placing ...
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How Sleep Position Affects Sleep Apnea

​ What kind of sleeper are you? Do you toss and turn or stay in one spot all night long? Do you sleep on your side, stomach or back? You may not think any of these things really matter, but as it turns out, this may be something you really have to consider if you think you could possibly be dealing with sleep apnea. So how does your sleeping positi...
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What Oral Health Does to Overall Health

​ About 52 percent of the global population suffers from about 291 different oral diseases. According to the FDI World Dental Federation, dental caries, or cavities, account for about 44 percent of these cases, making it the most prevalent oral health problem in the world. Some other conditions that affect many people include gum disease, bad breat...
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Banish Bad Breath Fast With These 7 Tips

​ Only a few other things come close to the embarrassment and anxiety that comes with bad breath. Did you know bad breath is actually a medical condition? It's known as halitosis in the medical and dental community, and it can be caused by poor dental habits, dental cavities and tooth decay, among other things. These seven tips can help you achieve...
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How Old Is Too Old to Get Braces?

​ If you feel like you have to deal with crooked teeth, a crowded smile or, worse still, a poorly aligned bite just because you're an adult and "too old" for braces, know that you don't have to settle. It doesn't matter whether you're 7 or 70. With Invisalign clear braces, you can easily get the treatment you need to straighten your teeth and smile...
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Using a CPAP Machine Forever

​ Over time, the continuous positive airway pressure machine, known more commonly as CPAP, has emerged as one of the most effective treatments for both moderate and severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. While it has been proven to be pretty effective in combating sleep apnea, it's not always an appealing treatment option for many people....
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Effective Home Remedies for TMJ Relief

​ What if there's actually something you can do at home to reduce the pain of your temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJD, considerably? Truth is you'll need to seek medical care from a professional to find lasting relief to the pain that comes with TMJ disorders. That's why we recommend you visit Dr. Norman and the Dream Smile team for effectiv...
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How About Full-Mouth Dental Implants?

​ Losing all your teeth can be downright awful and embarrassing. While this is not exactly common, trauma, accidents, infections and aging can cause it to happen. If you have to experience this discomfort in Everett, Washington, or the surrounding areas, you can count on Dr. Norman and the Dream Smile team for full-mouth dental implants, among othe...
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Eating Sandwiches with Braces?

​ When you get braces, you can expect some adjustments to your diet. It can be a challenge knowing which foods are braces-friendly - and which ones are not. One of the top questions people ask when they get braces is whether they can eat their favorite foods with braces. Today, let's talk about whether sandwiches are a good food choice when you hav...
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Maintaining Oral Health After Gum Disease

​ It might not seem like it, but returning to perfect oral health after a case of periodontal disease is possible. However, it will involve sessions of plaque removal or even surgical procedures. These may be needed to help you treat deep infection and restore your gums' health and appearance. There is, however, a need to maintain excellent oral hy...
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When to See a Periodontist for Gum Disease

​ A periodontist is a specialist whose major area of expertise is in treating gum disease and other conditions. While the type or stage of gum disease you're dealing with would usually determine whether you would need periodontal treatment, there are several reasons why a periodontist would be a better option than a regular dentist for cases of adv...
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Is Teeth Whitening Really Worth It?

​ Research shows that as many as 80 percent of Americans ages 18 to 49 years old prefer whiter and brighter teeth. The American public spent about $1.4 billion on over-the-counter whitening products in 2016 alone, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. If you're considering teeth whitening or simply wondering what the procedure en...
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Deep Bite: Causes and Correction

​ When teeth are obviously crooked or crowded, many people know to seek orthodontic treatment to correct the issue. But, patients are not as likely to seek out treatment or be overly concerned about their deep bite or overbite issues. Many might not even know what a "deep bite" is or why it is a problem, but dental professionals would argue that th...
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Teeth Changing Color?

​ So your super-bright teeth have gone from white to not so white over time? The good news is professional teeth whitening is here to rescue you! But what exactly happened and why did this change of color occur? Well, a lot of things might have caused it, from eating and drinking things like coffee and tea, among other staining items, to smoking, t...
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A Brief History of Toothbrushes

​ Have you ever wondered where your toothbrush came from or what people did before toothbrushes were invented? Today we're going to look back into history and see where toothbrushes began and how far they have come! Toothbrushes have a long history that stretches back to around 3500 to 3000 BC when the Egyptians and the Babylonians would fray the e...
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Who Needs Fluoride Treatments?

​ Fluoride has long been a pretty controversial issue in dentistry. The research speaks for itself. The Centers for Disease Control says that drinking fluoridated water can help reduce cavities by as much as 25 percent! We need strong and healthy teeth for beautiful and bright smiles. Fluoride therapy can be very useful in improving the strength of...
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10 Signs It's Time to See an Orthodontist

​ There really is no set age for a child to start seeing an orthodontist. That said, most orthodontists would recommend that kids make their first visit around age 6 to 7, when the permanent teeth start replacing the baby teeth. But that's not always the case. Some children need to see an orthodontist earlier in life to get a jump start on treating...
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Dental Implants vs Dentures: 3 Reasons Implants Are Better

Losing one or more teeth can cause a wide range of problems. Once a tooth or several teeth are lost, you may find it difficult to eat or chew properly. You may even have problems talking or smiling. These and other issues can make you feel self-conscious and may affect your confidence. If you're considering teeth restoration, you've got several opt...
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