Day: November 19, 2021 (page 1 of 1)

Should My 14-Year-Old Use Sleep Tape?


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If your child is having difficulty with anxiety or concentration it is a good idea to consider whether poor sleep is the culprit. Today on the show, Dr. B responds to a question from a listener in which she asks if it is a good idea to suggest mouth taping to her 14-year-old daughter. Dr. B recommends mouth taping for anybody over three years of age and he spends this episode talking about why. Before diving into the benefits of using sleep tape our host takes a few moments to refresh listeners on the functional medicine approach and why patients would be better off choosing a healthcare practitioner that follows this framework for diagnosis and treatment.

Moving onto the subject of sleep, we hear about how sleeping with the mouth open changes blood chemistry as well as respiratory rate, is indicative of developmental issues, and how these changes can have detrimental consequences on our wellbeing. Dr. B makes recommendations for the best kinds of mouth tape to use, how to breach the subject of mouth taping with teenagers, and the kinds of problems that sleep tape could clear up. Tune in today! 

Key Points From This Episode:

How the functional medicine approach is a better choice because it treats causesThe limits of the information that is taught to healthcare providers during collegeNoelle asks Dr. B whether her 14-year-old should use sleep tapeWhy Dr. B recommends mouth taping from ages three and upRecommendations for the best types of tape to useReasons for the yellowing of the teeth including sleeping with the mouth openDiagnosing one’s children to see if they are sleeping with their mouths openThe kinds of problems sleeping with one’s mouth open indicatesThe benefits of mouth taping for better sleep and the knock-on effects of this

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Do You Need to Premedicate?


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An issue that causes a great deal of confusion is whether or not patients need to premedicate before a dental procedure. While your physician may recommend one thing, your dentist might say another, and as a patient, this can be stressful and anxiety-inducing. In today’s episode, Dr. B sheds light on this topic and talks about why you don’t need to premedicate if you have a prosthetic joint. He also gets into why this is such a complex issue and offers advice on what you can do if you are taking antibiotics frequently. As research continues to show, long-term antibiotic use causes more harm than good, so it is vital to be careful when taking them. Be sure to tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

There is a problem with the over-prescription of antibioticsWhy you don’t need to premedicate before a dental procedure if you have a prosthetic jointThe complications that arise around premedication protocolsIf you can, bring in the necessary documentation before you visit your dentistWhere the need for premedication comes fromAdvice for what to do if you are frequently taking antibioticsYou can take the pre-medication within two hours of the procedure you are having done

How to Submit Your Question:

Record your question for Dr. B at speakpipe.com/askthedentist 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

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How to Stop Clenching to Prevent Gum Recession


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For today’s episode, we are focusing on clenching, looking at some of the root causes, risk factors, and links to gum recession. This is an important and complex topic that comes up a lot in dental work, with some notable progress being made in understanding it in recent decades. It is also a great proxy through which we can see the differences between a strictly academic approach to dentistry and a more functional and experienced approach. Although there are differences between clenching and grinding, they both fall under the condition called bruxism and shall be grouped together for the purposes of this discussion. As with most issues, understanding the root causes is the most important step, and this can help us begin to unpack treatment and get a handle on the other conditions that may be connected. The first thing to note is the two different classes of bruxism, with the condition being divided into the grinding that occurs during sleep and that which happens during periods of being awake. When it comes to bruxism, there are simple steps such as the use of sleep guards, which can be helpful but are merely a band-aid to the problem. We look at some of the circumstances that can give rise to bruxism, including stress and anxiety, aggressive dental treatments, sleep apnea and more. If we can narrow down the potential causes and patterns, we are then more able to find an effective treatment plan, so for all this and more on how to start unpacking this tricky issue, listen today! 

Key Points From This Episode:

The small differences between clenching and grindingThe root causes for bruxism, the umbrella technical term for clenching and grinding Two types of bruxism; during sleep and wakefulness Primary causes for grinding: stress, anxiety, anger, tension, misalignment, trauma, and facial developmentThe contrasting reasons for sleep bruxism; narrowed airways and sleep apnea for example  Risk factors associated with grinding and the dangers of denialThe symptoms we should be looking out for: disrupted sleep, aches, tooth sensitivity, and moreSome functional dental approaches to dealing with bruxism worth considering The process of narrowing down the risk factors and causes in order to find the right treatmentDangers and continued issues with receding gums; connecting this to grindingAddressing issues with grinding in young children early on How a good relationship with your dentist can simplify complex issues such as these 

How to Submit Your Question:

Record your question for Dr. B at speakpipe.com/askthedentist 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

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