First Day of Winter

Today, 12/21/2014 is the first day of winter!! Make sure your dressing warm and have your rain coats. Don't forget to wear your retainers this winter : )

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.[1]

Most sources spell Veterans as a simple plural without a possessive apostrophe (Veteran's or Veterans'

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Day Light Savings

Don't forget to change your clocks back on 11/2, yay we get more sleep.Daylight savings is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months so that people get up earlier in the morning and experience more daylight in the evening. Typically, users of DST adjust clocks forward one hour near the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn.[1]

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Happy Halloween!!!

We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween!

Don't forget to bring you candy to our office on 11/3 and 11/4 for candy buyback.

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October is National Orthodontic Health Month

Did you know that October is National Orthodontic Health month!? This is a great time to educate our patients about orthodontics and oral hygiene. There are currently more than 4 million children and 1 million adults receiving orthodontic treatment from members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Orthodontics was the very first dental specialty and is now comprised of more than 16,000 members in the AAO. Orthodontists receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists” and only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Brushing and flossing are more important than ever during the Halloween season, when teeth may receive more exposure to sweets that can cause cavities. In a month full of hard, sticky, crunchy, and chewy treats, it’s more important than ever to encourage patients to be kind to their teeth during treatment. If you have braces, try to avoid caramel, taffy, bubblegum, and candy with nuts. If you can’t keep yourself away from the sugar, opt for softer candy such as peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth treats

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Remembering 9/11

We shall never forget
We shall keep this day,
We shall keep the events and the tears
In our minds, our memory and our hearts
and take them with us as we carry on.

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TruDenta ( life changing dentistry )

Headache disorders impose a recognizable burden on sufferers including sometimes-substantial personal suffering, impaired quality of life and financial cost. Repeated headache attacks, along with the constant fear of the next one, damage family life, social life and employment. The long-term effort of coping with a chronic headache disorder may also predispose the individual to other illnesses. For example, depression is three times more common in people with migraine or severe headaches, than in healthy individuals.

Before TruDenta, dentists were trained to fix your teeth, straighten your teeth, whiten your teeth and even replace your teeth. However, dentists were not trained or equipped to diagnose and treat symptoms caused by the complex forces that operate and control your head, mouth, jaw and teeth. With TruDenta, dentists are able to quickly examine your bite and range of motion. They can also show you the source of pain.

The head and mouth are home to a myriad of nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones, which affect not only your teeth, but your overall health and well-being. The forces, which are created by these elements, when not properly balanced, can result in various symptoms. These include chronic head, neck and face pain, clenching, grinding, tinnitus, broken teeth, clicking/popping of the jaw and numerous other symptoms.

TruDenta treatments are painless, pleasant and require no drugs or needles. Utilizing systems and methods perfected in sports medicine, your TruDenta dentist may be able to rapidly and painlessly resolve issues from which many patients have been suffering for years

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Back to School!!!





 It's that time of the year again!! We would like to wish everyone a good school year. Dont forget to wear your retainers and alligners.

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Happy Fathers Day!!

We would like to take the time to wish all the fathers a happy fathers day today.

Fathers day fun fact-

Father's Day is June 15, 2014 in many countries. It is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days. Father's Day was created to complement Mother's Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood.

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea (or sleep apnoea in British English; /æpˈnə/) is a type of sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from at least ten seconds to several minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour.[1] Similarly, each abnormally shallow breathing event is called a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is classified as a dyssomnia, meaning abnormal behavior or psychological events occur during sleep.[2] When breathing is paused, carbon dioxide is building up the bloodstream. Chemoreceptors in the blood stream note the high carbon dioxide levels. The brain is signaled to wake the person sleeping and breathe in air. Breathing normally will restore oxygen levels and the person will fall asleep again.[3] Sleep apnea is often diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or "sleep study".

There are three forms of sleep apnea: central (CSA), obstructive (OSA), and complex or mixed sleep apnea (i.e., a combination of central and obstructive) constituting 0.4%, 84% and 15% of cases respectively.[4] In CSA, breathing is interrupted by a lack of respiratory effort; in OSA, breathing is interrupted by a physical block to airflow despite respiratory effort, and snoring is common. According to the National Institutes of Health, 12 million Americans have OSA. There are more cases of sleep apnea still because people either do not report the condition or do not know they have sleep apnea.[5]

Regardless of type, an individual with sleep apnea is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening.[6] Sleep apnea is recognized as a problem by others witnessing the individual during episodes or is suspected because of its effects on the body (sequelae). Symptoms may be present for years (or even decades) without identification, during which time the sufferer may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance.

Sleep apnea affects not only adults but some children as well.[7] As stated by El-Ad, "patients complain about excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and impaired alertness".[7] In other words, common effects of sleep apnea include daytime fatigue, a slower reaction time, and vision problems.[7] OSA may increase risk for driving accidents and work-related accidents. If OSA is not treated, one has an increased risk of other health problems such as diabetes. Even death could occur from untreated OSA due to lack of oxygen to the body.[8] Moreover, patients are examined using “standard test batteries” in order to further identify parts of the brain that are affected by sleep apnea.[7] Tests have shown that certain parts of the brain cause different effects. The “executive functioning” part of the brain affects the way the patient plans and initiates tasks.[7] Second, the part of the brain that deals with attention causes difficulty in paying attention, working effectively and processing information when in a waking state.[7] Thirdly, the part of the brain that uses memory and learning is also affected.[7] Due to the disruption in daytime cognitive state, behavioral effects are also present. This includes moodiness, belligerence, as well as a decrease in attentiveness and drive.[9] Another symptom of sleep apnea is waking up in sleep paralysis. In severe cases, the fear of sleep due to sleep paralysis can lead to insomnia. These effects become very hard to deal with, thus the development of depression may transpire.[10] There is also evidence that the risk of diabetes among those with moderate or severe sleep apnea is higher.[11] There is also increasing evidence that sleep apnea may also lead to liver function impairment, particularly fatty liver diseases (see steatosis).[9][12][13][14] Finally, because there are many factors that could lead to some of the effects previously listed, some patients are not aware that they suffer from sleep apnea and are either misdiagnosed, or just ignore the symptoms altogether.[7]

Sleep Apnea Awareness Day is April 18 every year. April 18 recognizes Colin Sullivan's invention of the CPAP machine and technology. In 1981 he released his study with results of five patients suffering from sleep apnea and successfully used the CPAP machine. The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) believes the CPAP machine greatly changed the treatment and regulation of sleep apnea. Research found using this sleep technology allowed for a better night's sleep and reduced related conditions like diabetes, depression, and hypertension.[15]

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