by Roberta Bolduc Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA) is a life-threatening disorder affecting over 18 million Americans. 40 percent of Americans (2 out of 5) snore and 40 percent of snorers have OSA with no signs or symptoms of the disease. An oral appliance, similar in appearance to a dental retainer, called a mandibular advancement device (MAD) is now available at Palmer Distinctive Dentistry as an alternative to the traditional CPAP machine.
Indian Herb’s Healing Properties Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), an Indian herb also known as holy basil, has been proven effective in studies in reducing stress, lowering blood sugar and healing wounds. Now, research from India’s Rishiraj College of Dental Sciences has found that tulsi essential oil, used as a disinfectant, significantly reduced infection levels following root canals of primary molars in a study of 40 children. Although a triple antibiotic cream had better antibiotic properties, the researchers recommended tulsi for longstanding infections and to avoid antibiotic reactions and overuse.
Natural Solution to Ease Worry Dental anxiety, which can produce dizziness, nausea and breathing difficulties in 4 to 30 percent of patients worldwide, may be relieved by acupuncture, according to research from the University of York, in the UK. Analyzing six studies of 800 patients, researchers found that acupuncture reduced anxiety by an average of eight points on an 80-point scale, a level considered clinically significant.
A Tradition at Palmer Distinctive Dentistry On Friday, November 3, Palmer Distinctive Dentistry hosted their 3rd Annual Free Dental Day for veterans. Palmer created this annual event in order to give back to the community, knowing that veterans do not receive routine dental treatment through the VA. “Everything couldn’t have turned out more perfect…from the volunteers that helped, the businesses that donated, and the veterans that participated, it was truly a perfect day!” exclaims Celia Bridges, the office manager.
Workers with the most overtime hours were more likely to list “too busy with work” as their reason for leaving decayed teeth untreated.
Oral complications of diabetes can include dental caries, candidiasis, dry mouth, burning mouth syndrome, and the two-way street of diabetes and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth, starting with gingivitis and worsening to advanced periodontitis that can cause tooth loss.
The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated.
According to a recent report in the journal Interventional Neuroradiology, dental practice and research in Europe has determined that ozone therapy can be used to slow the growth of tooth and gum infections. Clinicians are also finding that targeted exposure to ozonated water, gas and oils helps to manage viral and fungal infections, including oral herpes infections. Approximately a quarter of lesions treated with ozone do not reappear.