November 22, 2015
At Smiles by Mindy, Dr. Siegel knows that each patient has their own unique needs. For some, it’s comfort. A fear of the dentist, a bad back or a painful neck can all make dental work a thing to dread. Or, as in Nancy’s case, sometimes it’s all three.
“I’ve never been fond of the dentist,” Nancy says, explaining that as a child is was about her fear, and as she got older it was that combined with a bad back and neck that just made it impossible to sit in the dental chair. (more…)
September 28, 2015
When it came time for Linda, a fellow Macomb Township resident, to make some real changes to her smile, she was worried she wouldn’t be able to find a dentist she could trust. She’d been suffering from the painful, embarrassing side effects of missing teeth for too long, but, as she puts it, all the dentists she’d had in the past had been “ready to see her go” once their job was over.
With Mindy, though, it was different. She knew she’d found the implant dentist so many in Macomb Township trust — someone who would really care about her, and her unique dental needs.
August 27, 2015
Back in 2007, Bonnie had a lot going on in her life. She didn’t think she’d have time for a long dental treatment–but it was also around that time that she started to notice a problem with one of her lower teeth. It began when she noticed that she’d often accidentally bite her bottom lip while she was chewing. Then she slowly started noticing other little problems with the position of her teeth.
March 20, 2015
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, approximately half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease, a chronic infection of the gums that has been linked to problems like heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia, diabetes, and more. Knowing your risks and understanding methods of prevention are your greatest resources in protecting your smile and your body from the hazards of periodontal disease. At the Clinton Township, MI dental office of Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel, you’ll find everything that you and your family need to achieve and maintain optimal oral health, including screenings and treatment for gum disease.
Symptoms & Complications of Gum Disease
The most common symptom associated with periodontal disease is tenderness and swelling of the gingival tissues. You may notice that your gums bleed during or after brushing and/or flossing. Other symptoms include:
- Recession of the gums (exposed roots at the gum line)
- Increased sensitivity to cold foods and beverages
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
- Pain while chewing
- Reddening of the gums, particularly near the roots of teeth
- Widening gaps between teeth close to the gum line
In many patients, mild to moderate gum disease may develop without any noticeable symptoms. This is the primary reason that routine periodontal hygiene visits with your dentist are so important. Only a comprehensive exam and cleaning will definitively determine the presence of infection within the gums.
Assessing Your Gum Disease Risk
There are a variety of risk factors for the development of periodontal disease. Understanding how your lifestyle choices and systemic health affect your gums is critical to prevention and effective treatment. The most commonly gum disease risk factors include the following:
- Poor oral hygiene. The accumulation of plaque at and beneath the gum line is the primary cause of gum disease.
- Tobacco use. Using tobacco in any form – including smoking and chewing tobacco – greatly increases your risk of developing irritation of the gingival tissues.
- Many over-the-counter and prescription medications cause a reduction in saliva production. Saliva helps to protect your teeth and gums from the bacteria that cause decay and disease.
- Individuals with a family history of gum disease are more susceptible to the condition.
- Studies indicate that stress makes it more difficult for your body to fight off infection, including gum disease.
- Teeth grinding or clenching. Patients who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) or jaw clenching – both of which accelerate the rate at which connective tissues deteriorate – are at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease.
Schedule Your Gum Disease Assessment Today
If you suspect that you may be suffering from gum disease or if it has been more than one year since your last professional dental cleaning, contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Salzberg-Siegel and her experienced, caring team. You can also complete your own gum disease risk assessment at SelfScreen.net and present your findings at your next appointment. Working together, you and Dr. Salzberg-Siegel can effectively reduce your risk of complications associated with this condition. Our Clinton Township, MI dental practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout the nearby areas of Shelby, Fraser, Sterling Heights, Mount Clemens, Saint Clair Shores, and beyond.
February 24, 2015
At the Clinton Township, MI dental practice of Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel, our team genuinely cares not only about your oral health, but about your overall wellness, too. That’s why we specialize in offering comprehensive screening and treatment for serious health conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder that prevents proper airflow to the lungs while the affected patient is sleeping. With our sleep apnea assessment, screening, and proven treatments, we can help you prevent the serious health effects associated with this widespread condition.
Knowing the Symptoms & Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea (OSA)
While excessively loud snoring is among the most noticeable symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, there are other signs that you and your loved ones should keep in mind as well. These lesser known effects may help in the ultimate assessment of your risk and should be brought up in the next conversation you have with Dr. Salzberg-Siegel. Common symptoms include:
- Morning fatigue and headaches
- Irritability or anxiety
- Inability to concentrate on daily tasks
- In children, failure to grow or gain weight as expected for age group
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep (insomnia)
- Waking up with a sore throat and/or dry mouth
- Sudden awakenings with chest pain, shortness of breath, or rapid heartbeat
Risk factors for the development of sleep apnea include:
- Alcohol use before bedtime
- Being overweight
- Chronic nasal congestion
- Narrowed airway, usually due to enlarged glands or a large neck
In addition to these factors, individuals who have a family history of sleep apnea are more likely to suffer from this condition.
The Importance of Treating Sleep Apnea
When left untreated or when insufficiently managed, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to a wide variety of potentially life-threatening health complications, including:
- High blood pressure
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure and cardiac arrest
- Atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
- Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs)
- Disorders of thee eyes, including glaucoma, conjunctivitis, optic neuropathy
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Excessive daytime fatigue, which may lead to accidents at work, at home, and behind the wheel
- Erectile dysfunction
- Nerve disorders, seizures, and epilepsy
- Increased risk of severe asthma attacks
- Risk to the health of pregnant women and their unborn babies
- Chronic depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems
Another pertinent side effect of sleep apnea is substantial memory loss. If you often find yourself at a loss for a specific word or phrase, or if you frequently forget names, you may be unwittingly suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. The majority of people affected by this common sleep disorder do not recall waking up throughout the night, though they do typically feel extremely tired upon waking and even throughout the day. This is another reason that screening for sleep apnea is so integral to your overall health and well-being.
Sleep Apnea Screening in Clinton Township, MI
It is estimated that more than 18 million men and women in America suffer from sleep apnea. Take control of your health and your life with a sleep apnea assessment at SelfScreen.net and a consultation with Dr. Salzberg-Siegel. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your symptoms as well as the underlying cause of your OSA so that you can finally enjoy restful sleep and improved health. Conveniently located in Clinton Township, MI, our state-of-the-art practice is privileged to serve the needs of families from throughout the surrounding communities, including Saint Clair Shores, Mount Clemens, Sterling Heights, Shelby, Fraser, and beyond.