Archive for July, 2019

When to Worry About Your Partner’s Snoring

Snoring can be a nuisance in any relationship. If your partner is snoring all night, then you might have trouble getting restful sleep due to the noise. However, the problem may go even deeper than that. In some cases, snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that frequently goes undiagnosed in adult patients. If you notice any of the following signs with your partner’s snoring, turn to your family doctor or your dentist to explore options for relief. 

His or her snoring is exceptionally loud. 

When snoring is caused by sleep apnea, it tends to be much louder than other types of snoring. Usually, the sleeper will have his or her mouth open, and the snoring will be very loud and have a grinding quality, like a blender trying to crush ice. 

The snoring has an inconsistent rhythm. 

Sleep apnea doesn’t just mean snoring. Because the airway is obstructed in individuals who have sleep apnea, it will cause a sleeper to wake up periodically gasping for air. As a result, snoring is arrhythmic and may be broken up by long pauses. Usually when the sleeper wakes to gasp for air, he or she will not be conscious of the disruption. However, he or she is likely to wake up feeling tired and groggy the next morning. 

The snoring has recently become worse. 

Is loud snoring a new development for your partner? If so, it is wise to check in with a medical professional. Sleep apnea can develop at any age and for a variety of reasons. Even if your partner has no history of sleep disorders, sudden loud snoring may still indicate a serious problem. 

If your partner’s snoring keeps you up at night, encourage him or her to schedule a consultation with Dr. John Carson, DDS. Our practice treats patients with sleep apnea through custom oral appliances that help to keep the airway open during sleep—meaning that chronic snoring will be a thing of the past. To schedule an appointment in our Tucson dentist’s office, call (520) 514-7203. 

Why Do Older Adults Get Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a common condition among older adults, and it’s one that causes frequent complications with oral health. Saliva plays an important role in oral health and digestion. It protects the teeth by neutralizing acid, washing away food particles, and inhibiting bacterial growth. With dry mouth, saliva production is limited, and the risk of gingivitis, tooth decay, and appetite loss spikes. If you do start to notice dry mouth symptoms as you get older, call your dentist to talk about your treatment options. But why is dry mouth so frequently diagnosed in older adults? Here’s a look at some of the leading factors behind this trend.  

Medication Use

Many prescription and over-the-counter medications have the potential side effect of dry mouth. Older adults are more likely to take one or more prescription medications daily, so they experience this side effect often. Always alert your doctor of any side effects brought on by prescription medications. In some cases, you may be able to switch to a similar medication with fewer or milder side effects. 

Changes in Body Chemistry

Aging causes many changes in the body. Your hormonal balance shifts, and some systems in the body begin to slow down or work less efficiently than they used to. Dry mouth is one of many effects that you may notice.

Malnutrition

Unfortunately, many people stop getting the well-rounded nutrition they need as they get older. It can become more difficult to chew vegetables and other healthy foods, so you may rely more on processed foods or start skipping meals more often. Without proper nutrition, your body may not be fully hydrated, and you may begin to experience dry mouth more often. 

At the office of Dr. John Carson, DDS, you can receive lifelong dental care from our compassionate team. We will customize your checkups and cleanings to cater to your needs. Call our Tucson office today at (520) 514-7203. 

Here’s How to Help Your Teeth Last for a Lifetime

Although there are many options available to restore lost teeth—including dental implants and dentures—it’s best to preserve your natural teeth for a lifelong healthy smile. Many seniors will suffer from tooth loss, but that doesn’t have to be your future. You can preserve the health of your natural teeth with the following guidelines for managing your oral health. 

Don’t slack off on your brushing and flossing routine.

As you get older, it’s easy to get lax with your oral hygiene. However, you should maintain a routine of flossing once every day and brushing your teeth twice daily. If mobility becomes an issue, try using floss picks and special toothbrushes designed to maneuver more easily. 

Manage new and existing medical conditions. 

Your oral health reflects your overall health. Therefore, any health conditions you have could become a problem for your teeth, if you don’t take the right preventive measures. For example, if you have diabetes, you may develop gingivitis, which could progress to serious gum disease and tooth loss. By managing your blood sugar, you can reduce the risk of infection and help keep your teeth intact.  

Keep a strict schedule of dental checkups. 

Regular visits to the dentist should be a part of your healthcare routine. Unfortunately, seniors are more likely to skip their biannual checkups. Staying a schedule as recommended by your dentist for dental cleanings and checkups is important, because these visits will help ensure that any new problems with your oral health are diagnosed early—when they’re most treatable. Additionally, only your dental hygienist can clean your teeth thoroughly enough to fully remove plaque and tartar buildup. 

For exceptional dental care at any age, call the office of Dr. John Carson, DDS at (520) 514-7203. We treat patients of all ages in Tucson, providing general dental care as well as dental implants, sleep apnea treatment, and cosmetic dentistry services. 

Are You Ready to Ditch Your Dentures in Favor of Implants?

If you are missing most or all of your natural teeth, then you may be used to wearing dentures to facilitate eating and speaking. You may also notice that dentures do not provide the same level of function as your natural teeth did. Additionally, dentures may effect your sense of taste. If you are experiencing either of these things then dental implants may be right for you. At the office of Dr. John Carson, DDS we have many options to utilize implants to replace your teeth including All On Four.  These solutions can allow you to feel more confident with your smile, eating and speaking.. Here’s a closer look at the signs you’re ready to talk to the dentist about dental implants.

You want a more permanent solution to tooth loss. 

If you are tired of worrying about your dentures staying in place then dental implants may be the answer. You can brush and floss normally with dental implants, so you are able to care for them like your natural teeth. You never have to worry about losing or breaking your dentures again, and you can eat all the foods you enjoy with confidence.

You have enough bone mass in the jaw. 

When you get dental implants, they will be secured into the jawbone. However, if you have been wearing dentures for many years, then there may be significant degradation of the jawbone. Many people worry that this may not allow them to have implants.  The good news is that you may still be able to receive implants due to the ever increasing options and advancements we have.

You are committed to a consistent oral hygiene routine. 

Though the crowns placed on your dental implants will not decay like natural teeth they are susceptible to periodontal disease so you should still brush and floss daily. Regular visits to the dentist will also be important following your dental implant placement, so you can manage your gum health and oral cancer risk.

For answers to all of your questions about dental implants, call the office of Dr. John Carson, DDS in Tucson. You can reach us at (520) 514-7203 to schedule a consultation in our friendly, modern dental practice.