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Restricted Airway in Kids

SNORING AND ADHD: A SERIOUS SIGN OF A CONSTRICTED AIRWAY IN KIDS

Does your child snore? Does he or she take medications for ADD or ADHD? Have you noticed behavioral issues, challenges in school, overly tired or wetting the bed?

The behaviors listed above are only some of the indications a much more serious issue is ongoing, Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB); SDB is a generalized term that covers a variety of breathing difficulties during sleep. These disorders range from quiet snoring to sleep apnea, where a portion, or the entire airway is repeatedly, or always, blocked during sleep.

SYMPTOMS OF SDB

  • Snoring
  • Irritability
  • Bed wetting
  • Learning difficulties
  • Cardiovascular difficulties

When a child’s breathing is disrupted, the body recognizes this abnormal disruption as choking and in return slows heart rate, raises blood pressure, which sends signals to the brain that disrupt sleep. Lack of sleep affects your body and overall wellness.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

For a number of years SDB has been tied to crowded and crooked teeth, arrested growth and development, assumed ADD or ADHD, and even bed-wetting. Dr. Stamm and Dr. Hernandez recommend Healthy Start to aid with the growth and development of your child’s joints and upper and lower jaw. Children starting at two years old will reap a lifetime of benefits from healthy airway and straighter teeth.

 

How does the healthy start system work?

The Healthy Start sleep device addresses both the health issues in children as well as straightening teeth without braces. Four out of five kids are faced with at least one of the symptoms of Sleep Disorder Breathing. Healthy Start works to correct the root cause of these symptoms beginning with a compromised airway, a narrow arch which compromises the proper tongue position, and mouth breathing. Healthy Start has been shown to help relieve TMJ dysfunction and help the jaw and teeth begin to work properly together. From research, it can correct 83% of TMJ dysfunction.

It is best to start treatment in young patients so they are able to benefit from the device as the adult teeth erupt, the process will need to last until all permanent teeth have come in. This is not as daunting as it may seem since the appliances may be worn passively at night or for brief periods during the day. Healthy Start works to ensure the jaw and teeth fit and work properly together, this allows the achieved results to be stable for life. Typically all adult teeth are erupted by 12 years of age.

Itero

WHY WE CHOSE ITERO

We have good news!! Dental care at Stamm Dental is the most comfortable it’s ever been thanks to our amazing Itero Element scanners! This service is free and a part of our patient records. Our goal is to have each patient scanned once a year.

Itero is an intra-oral scanner with amazing digital technology capabilities. The Itero is so incredible it replaces the need for the goopy traditional impressions. Traditionally, impressions were done by a dentist or dental assistant placing a tray of material into a tray and making a mold of your mouth for about two minutes. The impressions of your teeth can then be sent to a lab and used to make a crown, bridge, Invisalign, night guard, retainers, and other intra-oral devices. Anyone whose has an impression knows it’s messy, it’s uncomfortable, and it’s probably your least favorite part of being at the dentist. The Itero is making a positive impact on the way patients view impressions.

Stamm Dental is proud to being you the best quality of care and part of that is intergrading the most up to date technology in the industry. The Itero scanner features a wand which can safely and quickly capture scans of your teeth and gingival tissue. The images show up on the monitor, creating an accurate 3D model of your mouth. These scans can be sent out to the lab much more quickly, minimizing lab time and depleting shipping time. This less intrusive method eliminates discomfort and improves accuracy for the dentist to manufacture crowns, bridges, retainers, and Invisalign.

The Itero Element also offers time lapse technology that allows the dentist to show you how things are going in your mouth. Scans are taken annually and we can time lapse models to show wear, abfractions, recession, perio status, cracks, and fillings. This data helps patients to visualize abnormalities and enhances your understanding of needed treatment.

Why We Choose Cerec

Why We Chose Cerec

What is Cerec? To put it bluntly, CEREC is an acronym that stands for Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This dream machine fabricates custom made dental crowns right in our office!

It’s easy. We take a digital scan of your mouth, which then generates a 3D model, and gives us the ability to create your custom crown that will look amazing and fit perfectly!

We know your time is valuable and the CEREC machine allows us to fabricate your dental crown in one appointment. Before CEREC, was available we would take a goopy impression of your mouth and send it to the lab where it would take about two weeks for the dental crown to be fabricated. The CEREC makes getting a crown extremely convenient.

More importantly, CEREC crowns are beautiful and strong without the metal. Some of you, with older dental work, may notice there is a gray “tint or tattoo” of metal that starts to show near the gum line of the crowned tooth – the ceramic crowns made by CEREC technology have a beautiful natural finish without the tint.

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Stress Awareness

Stress Awareness

April is stress awareness month. For many of us, stress is a common factor in our everyday lives. According to apa.org, a whopping 62% of Americans are stressed about money, 61% are stressed about their jobs, and 51% are stressed about violence and crime.

 

Think about it. Which category do you fall under?

 

In addition to its physical and mental consequences, stress can also be harmful to your oral health. Stress can cause clenching and grinding of your teeth, which dentists call abnormal attrition and bruxism. Bruxism is can occur during the day or while your sleeping and can cause a variety of discomforts.

  • Headaches
  • Soreness/pain in the jaw muscles and joints
  • Excessive tooth wear
  • Cause chipping, cracking, fracturing of teeth and restorations

 

So what can you do about it?

For what we call “daytime clenchers” it can be as easy as self discipline and teaching yourself to break bad habits. There are similar ways to deal with stress when it comes to different matters such as; taking a step back, breathing deep, meditation and creating a calmer more positive environment.

 

The use of stimulants and mind altering drugs such as coffee, prescription medications, and alcohol have also been associated with teeth grinding. There are a number of dental treatments that can help you to protect your teeth for excessive wear and damage.

 

The most common treatment method is an occlusal guard. An occlusal guard or “night guard” is a custom appliance made of plastic that fits comfortably over your teeth, it is worn at night and serves as a defense mechanism for your teeth. Other treatments such as bite equilibrium or orthodontics may be suggested in specific cases.

 

At Stamm Dental we use the most up to date technology to monitor your bite and any excessive wear on your teeth. If you’re interested in finding out more information about how stress can affect your oral health, please call out office to schedule a consultation (303) 839-5109.

How Green is your Dental Routine?

Today we are reminded of the three R’s:
reduce, re-use, and recycle. We are also reminded of the importance of being environmentally friendly, and decreasing our impact on the environment. ♻️♻️

But just how green is your dental routine? 🦷

Make every drop count! 💦

Water is extremely important to our state. In fact, inscribed inside our state capital building it says:
“Here is a land where life is written in water.” ITALICS —Thomas Hornsby Ferril

With limited supplies and increasing demand due to our ever growing population it is so important for us to conserve water. Our water resources are shrinking, and are predicted to keep decreasing due to the effects of global climate change.

Here are some simple steps:
Turn off the water
Apply toothpaste
Brush teeth for 2 minutes
Rinse & swish

Go Natural, Electric, Compost, or Recycle your toothbrush 🦷 ♻️

Over 50 million toothbrushes wind up in your local landfill every year && there are so many ways to prevent this!!

Try using an electric toothbrush with several uses or a toothbrush made from recyclable and reusable materials. You can easily find a variety of toothbrushes made from bamboo and beechwood.

If you choose to use the traditional plastic toothbrush make sure you recycle your old one every 3-4 months!

OR you can use your old toothbrush as an all purpose cleaner to get into those tight spaces!

Floss

Cleaning between your teeth is essential to your daily oral hygiene routine. Dental floss is typically made from Nylon or Teflon, these materials are not recyclable, but you don’t need a lot to get the job done!

There are some who advocate washing or reusing floss…. we definitely don’t recommend reusing floss! The American Dental Association also does not recommend using floss more then once due to increased risks of depositing bacteria, it can also fray and lose its effectiveness.

At Stamm Dental we help to keep our planet healthy by:
-Recycling cardboard and paper
-Having electronic and digital records thus using less paper
-Digital x-rays so harsh chemicals aren’t being used to develop X-rays
-Using an amalgam separator to help keep Mercury out of the local wastewater
-Using as many reusable items, that can be sterilized, more often then plastic throw away items

Stay clean, live green!

Temporary Crowns

What to do when a temporary crown falls off?

It doesn’t happen often, but it can happen! We know what it’s like on a Saturday afternoon when your temporary crown comes off and your dentist is closed. The tooth can be sensitive, it can be a weird feeling, and all together frustrating to try to avoid eating on one side of the mouth.

Temporary crowns serve the purpose of protecting your tooth and preventing any further shifting while your permanent crown is being made. temporary crowns are shaped to fit your tooth by your dental assistant and are set with temporary adhesive. Often times you are given verbal instructions to stay away from sticky, chewy, or dense items.

A temporary crown is just that-temporary. We do our best to ensure your temporary will stay on for about two weeks and then can be easily taken off once the permanent has been received. But, what if your temporary comes off before the temporary has come back from the lab?

  1. First, if the temporary crown has not been removed from your mouth- please remove it immediately. You don’t want to swallow or inhale your crown.
  2.  Don’t panic! These are crowns are temporary. There is a fine line between we need it to stay on for two weeks and we need to easily remove the temporary in two weeks.
  3. Examine your temporary crown and tooth. Has the entire temporary crown fallen off? Is the temporary crown in pieces? Is it cracked? Does your tooth look cracked or damaged? Remember, you want to have as many details as possible before calling your dental office.

Always follow your dentists advice. He or she may want you to re-cement your crown using dental glue that can be purchased at your local drugstore or your dentist may want you to come in for an appointment to have your temporary crown replaced.

April: Oral Cancer Awareness

April: Oral Cancer Awareness

Did you know that oral cancer claims the life of roughly one person per hour, 24 hours a day? Did you know that oral cancer is one of the most preventable malignancies? 

Close to 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 9,750 of those diagnosed will die, and only slightly half of those 53,000 will live beyond 5 years. The Stamm Dental Wellness team wants to make certain all of our patients are informed about the signs of oral cancer and how to perform regular self-examinations to minimize your risks.

Signs of oral cancer:

  • Red or white patches of the oral cavity
  • Mouth sores or ulcers that do not heal
  • Loose teeth and poor fitting dentures
  • Tongue discomfort
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Difficulty chewing and swallowing
  • Recurrent sore throat
  • Persistent pain or swelling of the neck or ears
  • Hoarse voice

Ways to minimize your risks:

  • Avoid tobacco in all forms
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Make routine visits to your dentist
  • Always remove dentures at night and thoroughly clean them daily
  • Limit sun exposure
  • Eat a healthy diet of fruit and vegetables

Persistent self-examinations are key. Many oral cancers are not painful until too late. If you should detect something in your mouth that does not resolve within 14 days please seek advice from your dental or medical professional. Earlier discoveries make all the difference!

Give our office a call to schedule your FREE oral cancer screening and stay informed!

For more information on how to perform a self-oral examination, please refer to these websites

https://www.sixstepscreening.org

https://www.supersmile.com/blogs/learning-center/oral-cancer-self-exam

Rebecca, RDH

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Smoking and Your Oral Health

Smoking and Oral Health

At Stamm Dental Wellness it is our mission to educate and support our patients and community to achieve their highest possible health potential. The daily habits we choose to engage in impact our health today and in our future. We want you to understand the impact smoking has on your oral health and support you in the decision to quit in whatever way we can. We understand it isn’t easy, but we have seen first hand the amazing impact stopping smoking has on your overall health and smile.

Smoking is a habit that negatively impacts our health and can lead to an earlier death; however, many don’t think about the impact it has on their mouth and the appearance of their smile.  There are many concerns smoking contributes to in your mouth (including creating bad breath), but these were the  top 3 reasons to call it quits for your health, mouth and smile.

  1. Oral Cancer:  Oral cancer is painful, scary and kills hundreds of thousands of people each year. According to the IDPH, about 90 percent of people with oral cancer use tobacco. The risk of developing these cancers increases with the amount smoked or chewed and the duration of the habit. Smokers are six times more likely than nonsmokers to develop these cancers.
    www.idph.state.il.us/cancer/factsheets/oralcancer.htm
    Find more info at https://oralcancerfoundation.org/understanding/tobacco/
  2.   Yellow Stained Teeth: Our teeth are porous and can absorb and stain due to the things we eat, drink and smoke. Nicotine and tar in the tobacco can build up on your teeth and begin to cause yellowing in a very short time. If you are a heavy smoker, teeth can actual begin to look brown. This staining does not go away after quitting, so whitening products or cosmetic dentistry would need to be done to improve your smile.

3. Gum Disease and Bone Loss: Smoking impacts your body’s ability to heal and fight infection of all kinds. It can also increase the build up of  plaque on your teeth making it harder to get your teeth clean with brushing.  Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection of the gums and can affect the bone structure that supports your teeth. In severe cases, it can make your teeth fall out. Smoking is an important cause of severe gum disease in the United States.1

To Quit or Not to Quit? An Exercise in Understanding 

Smoking and Oral Health (Printable download)

Understanding one’s reasons for smoking or quitting is an important first step in making this life altering decision. Like any habit we choose to engage in, there is a short-term pay off happening or we would not do it. Each individual’s is unique. Understanding your “why” for smoking can give important insight in creating a game plan for dealing with the loss of the habit.

Some common pay offs are:

  • Smoking is a stress reliever
  • It gives me a reason to slow down and take a break
  • Helps suppress my appetite
  • Creates a specific feeling or projects a desired persona

Smoking also comes with challenges. How is it currently making life harder?

  • I am tied to an urge that makes travel, work, or interacting socially more challenging.
  • It costs lots of money
  • I have trouble breathing and exercising
  • I smell bad
  • I have bad breath

Smoking has a severe detrimental effect for long term health. Consider what goals and activities it may prevent or affect in the future. Create a list with all the reason’s you would like to live a long and healthy life. Some may include:

  • I want to be around to raise my kids and meet my grand-kids some day.
  • I want to limit the negative health impact my second-hand smoke has on loved ones.
  • I don’t want to deal with painful health challenges like cancer, gum disease, or breathing conditions.

Quitting smoking or any changing any habit is a personal decision. To truly be successful I believe you have to be ready. Stamm Dental Wellness wants to support you any way we can. We can be one of your accountability partners, asking you how you are doing in your process. Also we will continue to point out all the impacts your decision will have.

Feeling ready? For more helpful tips check out:

https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/quit-smoking/making-decision-to-quit/

https://coquitline.org https://oralcancerfoundation.org/understanding/tobacco/tobacco-cessation/

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Nasal Breathing vs Mouth Breathing

Nasal Breathing vs. Mouth Breathing

Nasal Breathing Has Many Health Benefits

Breathing is foundational for survival.  However in regard to achieving optimal health, does it matter how our air enters our bodies? YES IT DOES. Because we so frequently use our nose for scent, its other vital functions are largely (and unwisely) ignored. Breathing, primarily, through your mouth can lead to or exacerbate many chronic health issues like sleep apnea, snoring, chronic rhinitis and high blood pressure. Outlined below are several, significant reasons why nasal breathing is not only healthier but imperative.

Nasal breathing allows for better oxygen exchange.

Our nose functions as a filter-regulator of sorts by controlling air flow, cleaning contaminants, and even changing the air temperature slightly all to allow for the best oxygen exchange in your lungs. In addition, nasal breathing produces a chemical called Nitric Oxide (NO) in the nasal passages and paranasal sinuses. Among a variety of other physiological and pathophysiological processes in the body, NO increases the size and surface area of the alveoli in the lungs (those tiny sacs where oxygen is absorbed), thereby further improving oxygen exchange.

Nasal breathing (as opposed to mouth breathing) increases circulation, blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, slows the breathing rate and improves overall lung volumes. (Swift, Campbell, McKown 1988 Oronasal obstruction, lung volumes, and arterial oxygenation. Lancet 1, 73-75).

Nasal breathing helps prevent infections.

The filter part of our nose helps fight and prevent infections. The mucous membrane lining the nasal passages extends all the way from the nostrils down to the lungs themselves. Our Nose houses good bacteria that helps combat bad bacteria. Germs and dangerous bacteria get stuck in the mucous and die, never raching our more vulnerable lungs. 

It boosts exercise performance and reduces stress.

As mentioned, nasal breathing slows the air flow coming in and out down, allowing more time for oxygen exchange and allowing it to happen more effectively. Breathing through your nose during exercise also helps prevent exhaustion.  In a very simple view, mouth breathing signals our fight or flight instinct: you’ve overworked and stressed your body, it was a special situation and now you must deviate from your normal instinct (at a price) to recover. Your highest level of exertion over a prolonged period should be at a level that can be performed while only breathing through the nose.  It is important to not only to breath in through your nose but out as well because we absorb the most oxygen on the exhale.

Making the switch.

Like changing any habit, moving from mouth to nose breathing takes time, effort and consistency. In the occasional absence of those things, taping your mouth shut is effective. Try with your coworkers or spouse to improve your day. For many self-evident reasons (like suffocation), do not use a strong adhesive tape. We recommend 3M Micropore Surgical Paper Tape (Can be found on Amazon) because it is easy to remove and will come off during coughing.

Click the Instructions link below for a printable how to guide on mouth-taping. 

Mouth Taping Instructions

Besides taping your mouth shut, which may be impossible for some for various reasons, there are also gradual breathing exercises you can do. Research Buteyko Breathing Method or order the book Close Your Mouth by Patrick McKeown to dive deeper. If you would like to come in and discuss your breathing with our dentist, please call 303-839-5109 or email [email protected] to schedule.

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Tips for More Restful Sleep

Tips to Improve Sleep

Healthy Start System

Sleep is Important at Every Age

Getting quality sleep plays a huge role in health, development and aging. When we sleep it is our body’s time to re-charge, repair, heal and detoxify. So when sleep is interrupted these important body processes do not take place to the same level. When you are young and growing this is a very important role in development. Dentistry is starting to focus on Sleep Evaluation and Treatment, including the treatment of Sleep Apnea . At Stamm Dental we have many programs for patients of all ages. For children we are one of the few offices that offers Healthy Start to encourage proper growth and development.  As we age our sleep is often lighter; however, studies show we still need as much sleep as when you were young. Our goal is to help support our patients to create proper sleep hygiene habits to stay healthy and happy for years to come.

 

  1. Go to sleep early- Take a hint from the farming community. Go to bed and rise in rhythm with the sun and wake up refreshed.  Our bodies work with the sun on a cycle called the Circadian Rhythm. When we stray from this it can negatively impact the quality of our sleep.
  2. Turn lights out and power down- When the light begins to dim in the evening we release a hormone called melatonin. Melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland in the brain only in the absence of light. For most of human’s existence candle light and fire were the only light available after the sun went down. We are now surrounded by artificial lightning, television, smartphones and computers.  We have to make a point to unplug so that our body will get the message we should be sleeping soon. Avoid these technologies altogether two hours before bed or where special glasses that block out blue light.
  3. Create complete darkness- Light shining into our sleep environment, disrupts our sleep. So make the room you sleep in completely dark. Try “black-out” curtains or blinds and removing bright clocks and night lights. If this is impossible, wearing an eye mask can help.
  4. Avoid stimulants– Especially if you aren’t getting good sleep, fatigue can be a big problem during the day. So many people drink coffee or soda and then have trouble falling asleep.  Try taking a power nap for 15 minutes in the afternoon to boost energy and skip the stimulants.
  5. The bedroom is for sleep and sex- Do you use your bed room as a multi-purpose room working on your lab-top in bed, watching TV or eating? The bed should be a place your body associates with rest and pleasure.
  6. Maintain a routine– We need to follow routines, especially when it comes to sleep. Try to go to sleep and wake up the same time every day, even on the weekends.
  7. Take a bath– Taking the time to wind down before bed can be a valuable practice. One of the best ways to calm the mind and body is to take an epsom salt and lavender bath. Epsom salts are a natural muscle relaxer and lavender has a calming effect on the nervous system.

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