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Bruxism – an early sign of sleep breathing disorder

What is bruxism? Bruxism is the medical term given to excessive DYS-functional (not a part of normal function) grinding, clenching etc. Bruxism can happen in two circadian phases- when it happens at night it is termed as Sleep Bruxism. The excessive dysfunction during the day is called awake bruxism or daytime Bruxism. Bruxism or grinding can…

A Slow but Destructive Disease – Periodontitis

Periodontitis is an irreversible bacterial disease of the structures surrounding the teeth, namely the gingiva (the gums), periodontal ligament, and bone. It is a bacterial driven disease, caused by inadequate home care, in- office care and sometimes also involves genetic factors, vitamin D levels and habits like smoking that predispose a person to this disease….

A diagnosis while you sleep at home!

Medicine and medical consults have come a long way. From telemedicine to at home patient care, every effort is being made to improve to access to care for patients, to get them the best care, for their optimal health. Let’s learn about how an At-home sleep Study can help you in your journey to a…

What are the Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy?

Many times, our patients hear me advise myofunctional therapy as an adjuvant therapy. Many of them understand when I compare it to physical therapy for analogy but many others don’t. So let’s take a deeper dive into what exactly myofunctional therapy is and who it benefits. Myo stands for muscle, so “myo” functional therapy is…

Get EXCITE-D!

The most recent innovation in treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea comes in the form of a daytime therapy Appliance. YES ! You heard that right, day time therapy! Meet the Excite-OSA device, the most recent, FDA approved device for treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Traditionally, snoring and Obstructive sleep apnea have always been treated using…

What are Temporo-mandibular-disorders?

Temporo-mandibular-disorders or TMD for short are the disease processed directly or indirectly affecting the TMJ. Any pathological process affecting the muscles surrounding the TMJ or attaching to it, which include the facial muscles used for chewing, speaking etc., the bony part of the joint, or the ligaments and discs attached to the joint comprises the TMD.

The Tug-O-War Between Our Sleep and Daylight Savings

Felt like the recent time change has affected your mood, sleep, appetite and just about every facet of your daily life? You are not alone! Millions of Americans feel this way every year during the switch to the DST (daylight savings time) and back to the Standard Time.  Daylight savings is the practice of setting…

Snap, crackle, pop… Is that your cereal or your TMJ ?

Oftentimes I hear a patient say to our clinical team: “I have been told I have TMJ”. Yes, for clarification, you do. We all have two TMJs indeed which stands for “Temporo-mandibular-Joint”. Now before I start throwing more complex medical terms at you, our wonderful body has many joints including the knees, ankles and elbows….

The Story of a Healthy Mouth and a Healthy Body

Is a healthy mouth literally a gateway to a healthy body? A growing body of scientific evidence says, YES!  Every body part has been given to us for a unique function and optimal health comes from the harmonious and integrative function of all of our body parts.  Let’s take a deeper dive into some nitty-gritties…

The importance of getting ahead of the curve

As a Doctor, I have a real problem with the old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”! It does not work for everyone and at all times, more importantly it causes a lot more damage and costs a lot more to fix it once it’s broken. The old adage that is my favorite…

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