Join us in welcoming our newest team member Yajaira! Yajaira moved from Sacramento, California with her husband and five year old daughter, Leilani, to Idaho Falls to be closer to family. She loves spending time with her family and getting together with friends. Yajaira has four years of dental assisting experience and speaks fluent Spanish. She is excited to work with our staff and meet all of our amazing patients. We are excited to have her as part of our staff! Please join us in giving her a warm welcome!
We want to extend a congratulations to Dr. Frandsen on receiving several awards recently for his professionalism and contributions to the dental profession! Dr. Frandsen was Nationally ranked Top 10 by the National Academy for Dental Professionals! He also received several other awards from the American Academy of Dental Sciences including Laureate to the American Academy of Dental Sciences and Consultant in Dental Sciences to the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Frandsen has contributed much to the practice and stays up to date on new techniques and technologies in his dental profession. He always focuses on providing high quality optimal care for our patients!
DO YOU SNORE?
Do you wake yourself or your partner up in the middle of the night due to loud snoring? Do you wake up with a regularly dry or sore throat? Have you ever been startled awake by a gasping or choking sensation? If so, you could suffer from a condition called sleep apnea. There are 3 types of sleep apnea: Central (CSA), Obstructive (OSA), and mixed sleep apnea (a combination of central and obstructive). In CSA, breathing is interrupted by a lack of effort. In OSA, breathing is interrupted by a physical block or obstruction of the airway and snoring is very common. Many people don’t realize they have sleep apnea especially if they aren’t awakened by snoring or a partner who recognizes an odd breathing pattern.
Sleep apnea can be a life-threatening condition due to the lack of oxygen to the body that can result from episodes. In OSA, snoring often occurs due to the soft tissues of the mouth and throat relaxing when going to sleep causing the velocity of air to increase as you breathe. Often an over-night sleep study is required to fully diagnose severe cases of sleep apnea. However, there are some simple steps that can be taken right here at your dental office to help with sleep apnea and snoring problems.
A simple device called the TAP 3 Elite (Thorton Adjustable Positioner) is a custom appliance used for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. Designed to keep the airway open, this device allows air to pass through by holding the lower jaw in a forward position preventing the soft tissue of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airway. As a result, snoring is reduced and breathing is improved. There are several other devices that work in a similar way to help open the airway and allow for better breathing. You can consult with your Dentist about the best options for you depending on the severity of your sleep apnea.
Be aware that OSA can be a severe medical problem if left untreated resulting in excessive daytime sleepiness, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and occasionally heart attack or stroke. These conditions can be life threatening, yet medical and dental treatments are available to help improve or even eliminate sleep apnea issues. Contact our dental office at (208) 524-1700 to set up a consult today if you are experiencing any sleep apnea related symptoms.
The new year is here and we are quickly coming to the end of January. New Year’s resolutions have been made, but have you been able to keep yours? A majority of us probably have lost site of those resolutions and figure there is always next year right!? Well, it’s not too late to start again, and why not make a dental New Year’s resolution! Your overall dental health not only affects your oral health, but can impact your general health as well. Healthy resolutions will keep your oral health in check. Below are some suggestions for making your smile a little healthier this year.
- Eat Fruits and Vegetables: Poor nutrition can affect your immune system, increasing the chance of getting some oral diseases such as periodontal (gum) disease. Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants that help improve your body’s ability to fight disease. Many fruits and vegetables that are crisp such as apples or celery help to clean plaque off your teeth and freshen your breath.
- Limit Alcohol Consumption: According to the Academy of General Dentistry, excessive smoking, poor eating habits, and excessive alcohol use increases the susceptibility of gum recession. This is otherwise known as periodontal pocketing. Not only can excessive alcohol consumption cause oral problems, but it can be damaging to your general health as well.
- Quit Smoking or Using Tobacco Products: The use of tobacco can harm your mouth in several ways including tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession, gum and throat disease, and lung and oral cancer. Smokers are more likely to lose their teeth compared to non-smokers. Use of smokeless tobacco is just as harmful to your health. However, the risk of tooth loss decreases when you quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco.
- Brush Twice a Day and Floss Daily: Brushing and flossing are equally important for your oral health. These habits help protect your teeth from tooth decay and gum disease. Gum disease is caused by the colorless sticky plaque made up of bacteria and builds up on your teeth everyday. Only flossing can remove the plaque that builds up between your teeth which is the area most decay starts. Using a daily mouth rinse that contains fluoride and chewing sugar free gum after a meal are also ways to keep the bacteria inside your mouth at bay. So remember, Brush, Floss, Rinse, Chew!
- Routine Dental Checkups: Seeing your dentist twice a year can help to catch problems early and prevent dental health problems before they cause discomfort or
become a bigger issue that leads to expensive treatment. Regular visits allow your dentist to monitor your overall dental health and keep watch for areas of concern.
For the new year, resolve to treat your mouth the right way and improve your overall health as well. Your body and your mouth will be saying THANK YOU! Best of lucky from your Idaho Falls dentist!
School is back in session, vacations are over. Between work, school, meetings, dance class, and football practice, you and your kids are constantly on the go. When you are so busy, it can be hard to find time to do everything you should be doing to keep your oral health in check. Brushing your teeth throughout the day between every meal, snack, or drink is not very realistic for many of us. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after eating breakfast in the morning, and at night before going to bed when you are done snacking. Remember to floss at least once a day as well to clean in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. It is especially important to brush your teeth after having sticky, sugary foods such as caramels which tend to stick in the crevices of teeth. The longer these foods sit on your teeth the greater the chance for bacteria to attach and produce cavities. Keeping your teeth clean in between meals will make for happier dental visits!
Can’t Brush? Here are some tips for getting a Cleaner Mouth in between Brushing
- Drink water throughout the day to help cleanse your mouth and wash away plaque and bacteria. You could even run to the bathroom for a quick rinse and swish with a small bottle of mouth wash that can easily be kept in a purse or at a desk.
- Chew gum or suck on a mint, preferably sugar free. These help encourage saliva production which helps neutralize acids in the mouth. Gum containing Xylitol can help strengthen teeth as well.
- Eat an apple! The texture of the apple actually helps to clean your teeth as you eat it!
- Floss your teeth! Keep a pack of floss with you in a locker, purse, or at your desk and sneak off to the bathroom to floss your teeth after eating and remove food particles.