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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a commonly undiagnosed sleep disorder that affects an estimated 18 million Americans.1 With sleep apnea, your breathing pauses or becomes very shallow, causing you to move out of deep sleep and into light sleep, resulting in poor sleep quality and increased fatigue. Untreated OSA can increase your risk of health problems including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, heart failure, obesity, and diabetes.2 It may also contribute to morning headaches, irritability, snoring, and dry mouth/sore throat.3 read more

Being a parent can be tough. Somehow, you need to make time for cooking, cleaning, extra-curricular activities, helping with homework, scheduling appointments and still staying sane. Understandably, there are times when certain tasks get put on hold while keeping up with daily life. However, we want to remind you of the importance of making sure your child has his or her routine dentist visit every 6 months.

Oral Health and Performance in School

Not only is your child’s oral health important physically, it’s important mentally—poor oral health can affect their GPA. Studies have shown that children who have poor oral health are almost three times more likely than their peers to miss school due to dental pain. These absences are associated with poorer performance in school.1 read more

There are already many things to keep track of during pregnancy: doctor’s appointments, vitamin intake, eating healthy, etc. But many women do not realize the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene during pregnancy, and the effects it has on the baby. read more

The short answer is, “probably not.” Chances are, even if you are brushing your teeth with less-than-perfect technique, it is still beneficial to your oral health. That being said, there are several things to keep in mind while brushing that will ensure healthy teeth and gums. read more

How to Floss by WikiHow

Photo credit: wikiHow “How to Floss”

You hear it from us again and again: “Do you floss?” We ask because flossing matters—and the correct flossing technique matters, too. Some people believe that using a little bit of floss and wiggling it around between teeth is enough. If your goal is simply to dislodge a bit of food that’s stuck between two teeth, it will do the trick. However, if your goal is to truly clean your teeth, you need to up your game.

Here is a great How-To (with pictures). Take note about flossing in a “C” motion, moving up and down and back and forth, as this is what will help loosen the plaque from your teeth.

Going to the dentist is not often on people’s lists of favorite things to do. However, keeping your mouth health is extremely important. One of the best ways to optimize your oral health and have a pleasant dental experience is by scheduling routine visits with an ADA® dentist.

What’s the ADA?*

ada-logoThe American Dental Association (ADA) is not-for-profit, and is the nation’s largest dental association. As a commitment to its members and the oral health of the public, the ADA works to advance the dental profession, and to provide oral health related information for dentists and patients. You’ve likely seen the “ADA Seal of Acceptance” on certain oral hygiene products, which indicates that it has been recognized by the association as being safe and effective. read more

Have you heard of xerostomia? You probably have. Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, is a deficiency of saliva, which causes a person’s mouth to become dry and uncomfortable. Although many people can decipher what dry mouth is, fewer people understand the complications that arise from dry mouth, in addition to general discomfort.

What are the Symptoms?

dry-mouth-smDry mouth can cause symptoms ranging from minor discomforts like frequent thirst, bad breath, or a sore throat, to more serious issues such as read more

Halloween is just around the corner, and along with costumes comes candy – and lots of it. Of course, you could tell your child they aren’t allowed to eat it, but be prepared for disappointment. Although it is still highly recommended to limit your child’s consumption of candy, we have some tips for keeping your child’s mouth healthy during the holiday, without taking away all of their hard-earned treats. Thanks to our friends at for putting together the following list:

  • Eat Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth, and rinses away food particles. read more

Vitamin D is important for oral healthAs Minnesotans, nothing brings smiles to our faces like sunshine and days at the lake. It turns out there is yet another reason to love the sunny Minnesota days: the “sunshine vitamin,” or Vitamin D. There are a number of ways to get a dose of this vitamin: through food, supplements, or sunlight. But why is Vitamin D so important, and why should it make you smile? read more

Oral health impacts overall healthDentists stress the importance of good oral hygiene: reminding you to floss twice a day, encouraging flossing on a regular basis, and insisting on routine dental visits. This is not only because they want to make sure your teeth stay healthy, rather, so that your whole body stays healthy.

Many people underestimate the importance of good oral hygiene, boiling it down to staying cavity free and having fresh breath. But in reality, poor oral health has been linked to a number of other health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and potentially even oral cancer1. read more