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www.huffingtonpost.com From Reader's Digest comes a "prescription" of sleep positions that may help alleviate common health problems.   TMJ For TMJ or other types of jaw pain, it's recommended to keep your cheeks off the pillow by sleeping face up. Sleeping on the side of the face can put pressure on joints or the jaw itself and make the pain worse. SNORING If snoring is a problem, sleeping on your side can help.  Sleeping on your back pushes drainage back into the airways, causing problems with airflow.   Elevating your head with a stack of pillows defeats gravity and helps drainage go down more easily. HEARTBURN For heartburn sufferers, studies have shown that sleeping on the left side helps reduce the burning.  And, put gravity to use.  Keeping your upper body elevated helps the acid go back down more quickly.  For best results, don't just stack pillows, which can affect your abs and put pressure on your stomach.  Instead, use a pillow that tapers down from about eight to ten inches. WRINKLES Worried about wrinkles?  Always sleeping on one side of the face can put pressure on that side, creating wrinkles.  “Often I can tell what side a person sleeps on,” says Zakia Rahman, MD, FAAD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at Stanford University. “I can tell they must be a right- or left-side sleeper because one side of the face tends to age faster than the other.” Sleeping on your back will keep your face from rubbing against the pillow, but if you can’t fall asleep that way, try alternating the side on which side you lie. For more information, contact us at Wilmette Dental.  We can provide expert advice on many of these problems -- and can even suggest some innovative ways of dealing with wrinkles around the mouth.  Happy sleeping.
Apartment residents are more likely to smoke and to be exposed to second hand smoke at home, compared with those who live in single-family homes. That's according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who found that “apartment residents are more likely to smoke and less likely to have smoke-free rules than people living in single-family homes.”  https://en.wikipedia.org CDC researchers looked at data from the 2013-1014 National Adult Tobacco Survey, and determined that 20% of adult apartment and condo residents smoked, compared to 14% of single-family home adults.  And, only 81% of multi-unit homes had smoke-free rules, compared with 87% of single-family homes.  Smoke-free rules can protect against the dangers of second hand smoke.   It is important for "all people" to be protected by smoke-free policies, says Dr. Corinne Graffunder, director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.
Vacation spoilers:  icky hotel room, bad weather, and a toothache! http://www.mouthhealthy.org While you can't control the weather, and may have to suffer through a bad room, the American Dental Association (ADA) offers tips to ensure healthy teeth before and during your getaway. See your dentist for a check up before you leave.  Store your dentist's contact info in your cell phone or pack a business card. Dental emergencies can often be resolved over the phone.  Brush with bottled water if you're worried about tap water.    Chew ADA-approved sugarless gum, which can help relieve ear pressure during a flight and help prevent cavities (when chewed for 20 minutes after a meal).  Contact the local consulate or U.S. Embassy if you're overseas and have a dental problem. They can point you in the right direction for healthcare.  Once home, get back on a healthy track!  Don't sweat it if you didn't brush or floss as often on vacation, or ate a lot of sugary foods.   Want more information?  Talk with the staff of Wilmette Dental.  They can help help ensure a dental-emergency-free vacation.

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Afraid of the Dentist? Coping Strategies for the Dental Phobic

Though it's a sad fact to admit, not many people really love going to the dentist. And, some people are actually dental phobic -- so afraid of going to the dentist that they're willing to endure a painful toothache rather than seek care.


A recent Swedish study revealed that about 5% of people actually have a debilitating, severe dental fear, which they defined as individuals who have serious oral pain, but wait 17 days or more to make an appointment to see their dentist. (Comparatively, the rest of the population who is not as dental phobic waits only 3 days.)


Interestingly, an Australian study showed that those most likely to be afraid of the dentist are women in their 40s. This demographic group more than any other is more likely to have felt oro-facial trauma -- and are also more likely to be depressed, anxious or stressed.So whatever your age, if you happen to be a member of that 5% who really dislikes the dentist, how can you get over your dental phobia?


In my next few blogs, I'll explore some coping strategies for some of the most common dental concerns: a strong gag reflex, mouth breathing (how a mouth breather can get through an entire appointment without holding his breath), a fear of instruments and loud noises, and being uncomfortable with lying back and not knowing what's happening inside your mouth.


All of these dental phobias are easy to overcome. With a few simple strategies, that 5% of people who are card-carrying dental phobics could turn into 5% who love going to the dentist!


Looking for a gentle dentist? Wilmette Dental has been a North Shore Family Dental Tradition for more than 30 years. Visit our website at www.wilmettedental.com

Are You A Mouth Breather? Have a Strong Gag Reflex? Here's How to cope at the Dentist

It's estimated that 5% of the population has a fear of the dentist that's so severe, they're willing to endure a painful toothache for weeks rather than seek help.


One of the most common reasons that people fear going to the dentist is because they have a strong gag reflex, which can make any dental procedure extremely uncomfortable. There are, however, some easy techniques that we use at Wilmette Dental to minimize a strong gag reflex.


First, we try to make the patient as relaxed as possible, because stress alone can increase the gag response. With some of our hygiene patients, we administer a little table salt to the tip of the tongue before the cleaning. This helps distract the taste buds, which in turn, can lessen the urge to gag.


We also suggest that patients who have this problem spray with a sore throat spray before a procedure. This will numb the back of the throat, reducing the gag reflex. Of course, we always incorporate frequent breaks in which the patient can sit up and relax for a moment.


Another problem common among those fearful of dentists is an inability to breathe through the nose..."How will I get through an entire appointment if I can't breathe through my nose?" For mouth breathers, this can be a big concern, but it's one easily remedied by using an over the counter nasal decongestant just before the appointment. A decongestant will clear the nasal sinuses so that nose breathing is much easier during an appointment. Frequent breaks, too, where the patient can relax a moment and take some nice, deep breaths are a part of every procedure.


Ultimately, a patient who is at ease will have few problems during a procedure. We strive for just that: a patient who, while maybe not delighted to be in the chair, is at least extremely comfortable.


Looking for a new, gentle dentist? Wilmette Dental has helped Chicago area dental phobics for more than 30 years. Visit our website at www.wilmettedental.com

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