Have you ever asked yourself “What causes snoring”? Sometimes it’s funny, most of the time it’s bothersome, but it can be a sign of something more serious. We can probably all think of a time when we couldn’t sleep because someone was snoring loudly nearby.
Snoring is not a medical disorder on its own, but beyond disrupting sleep, snoring can be a symptom of an underlying problem, like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). But why do we snore, and what can we do about it? Let’s look at what causes snoring and some snoring remedies.
What causes snoring? According to the Mayo Clinic, snoring is a result of compressed airways that force the air from each breath through a tightened space, causing tissues like the soft palate to vibrate. This produces that lovely chainsaw melody that we all know and dislike. But what is putting pressure on those passages?
If air passages become so compressed that they close completely, that is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is dangerous because it interrupts normal breathing, and thus oxygen flow to the heart. It is not common for sleep apnea to be a direct cause of death, but sleep apnea can lead to other, potentially fatal health problems. It also disturbs sleep patterns, which can lead to tiredness, impaired reflexes, and a lower quality of life in general.
After we ask, “What causes snoring?”, we also need to ask, “How do we stop snoring?” and what are some snoring remedies? If your nights are noisy due to your partner’s snoring, or if you snore and want to feel better, there are things you can do about it. As always, visit your dentist to work out what is causing your snoring, and follow their directions.
At Dr. Blum and Associates, we frequently use sleep apnea appliances to help our patients snore less. Custom-fitted for maximum comfort, these correct the position of the jaw and tongue to open airways without drying them out.
We believe that restful sleep is something we should all be able to enjoy. If your sleep quality (or someone else’s) is affected by snoring, then we can help you work out what might be causing your snoring and how to get rid of it.
We’d all like to have a brighter smile, but it can be hard to identify the best method for safe teeth whitening. There’s a lot of information out there, some that’s been around for years, some that’s fairly new. It can be hard to know what you can rely on, what won’t do anything, and what might actually hurt you.
As always, you should ask your dentist how to whiten your teeth. So, let’s ask a dentist: “How do you safely whiten your teeth at home?”
To understand how to whiten your teeth, we first have to know why teeth become discolored. We’d like to mention that your teeth are like your fingerprint in that they’re uniquely yours, and no two people have the same set. Some people’s teeth have lighter or darker staining teeth for no reason at all.
There are two kinds of tooth discoloration. The first kind is called “extrinsic stains”. These come from outside sources having to do with diet and behavior.
These are not just cosmetic issues and can easily be prevented by developing good habits, rinsing your mouth with water after having wine, coffee or other drinks or foods and regular teeth cleanings.
The second kind of tooth discoloration is “intrinsic stains”. These come from inside your teeth and often signal disease or loss of structural integrity.
Now that we know what causes stains on our teeth, let’s look at how you can safely whiten your teeth at home.
Dr. Blum recommends that you do not treat your teeth with anything that has not been thoroughly checked out by reliable institutions like the ADA, (the American Dental Association). At Dr. Blum’s office, we recommend the Opalescence teeth whitening system, a gentle method that uses soft trays and gel containing potassium nitrate and fluoride. This is another reason why we are your gentle dentists.
There’s so much more we could say on this topic, but it is best if we discuss in a FREE consultation. If you have any questions, keep reading, or contact us anytime!