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Does Sleep Apnea Accelerate the Aging Process?

May 5, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 6:30 pm
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Most people are eager to stay as youthful as possible for as long as possible. To that end, they may take supplements, use high-quality skincare products, and frequent their local gym. But did you know that the quality of your sleep can play a big role in the aging process? This blog post explores how sleep apnea may accelerate the aging process and the steps you can take to turn back the clock.


Curious About Invisalign? Here Are the Answers to Some Common Questions

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 8:25 pm
Woman wears Invisalign

Everyone wants a straight and beautiful smile, but many people are wary about committing to orthodontic treatments that involve a list of dietary restrictions and irremovable metal parts that are quite conspicuous. Thankfully, Invisalign has allowed many patients to realign their smiles with removable and virtually invisible clear aligners. If you’re curious about what it’s like to wear Invisalign, here’s a list of frequently asked questions about the process as well as their answers.


Foods That Bite Back at Gum Disease

March 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 9:04 pm
Lady shows healthy gums

More than half of Americans live with some form of gum disease. While these infections can be easily treated and reversed when they are in the early stage of gingivitis, they can cause permanent damage to the gums, tooth loss, and even dangerous secondary infections like sepsis if allowed to progress to periodontitis. Luckily, some foods are rich in the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to fight gum disease. Here’s a brief list of foods that can help keep your gums pink and healthy.


A Valentine’s Dilemma: Can You Kiss With Dentures?

February 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 4:13 pm
A gray haired man holding prosthetic dentures while covering his mouth

There’s a lot to track as Valentine’s Day nears. To make it a success, you’ll likely book a dinner reservation, find a nice outfit, buy gifts, etc. That said, those who’ve lost teeth may face a unique question: Can you kiss with dentures? Knowing its answer would let many plan their Valentine’s dates better. Luckily, your Carlisle dentist will share the truth with you. Here’s a primer on why kissing with dentures is possible and tips to help you do so.


Peaceful Points: 4 Helpful Facts About Nitrous Oxide

January 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 6:27 pm
Dentist putting nitrous oxide mask on patient

If you have an upcoming dental procedure or are incredibly anxious about visiting your dentist, then they may have offered nitrous oxide as a solution. This gaseous sedative is administered through a mask that’s placed over your nose so that you inhale this ‘laughing gas’ into your lungs with every breath. Many patients, however, reject it because they have misperceptions about what it is and how it works. Keep reading if you’re curious to learn these 4 facts about nitrous oxide.


Dispelling 5 Common Sleep Apnea Myths

December 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 2:56 pm
Writing the words “Sleep Apnea” on a clipboard

While it’s no secret that sleep apnea can have a devastating effect on your health, there are many misconceptions about this disorder floating around. You need to take the time to learn the facts of sleep apnea so that you can take the appropriate action to deal with it. Below are 5 common sleep apnea myths and the truths behind them.


4 Thanksgiving Foods That Can Stain Teeth

November 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 7:02 am
Thanksgiving foods that can stain teeth

Thanksgiving is nearly here, so you’re likely eager for the festivities. Perhaps you’ll see family, watch football, and eat plenty of good food. Still, you’d be wise to keep your smile in mind. There are Thanksgiving foods that can stain teeth. With one wrong move, your holiday photos could feature a yellow grin. Luckily, you can always avoid or correct the issue. Here’s a primer on how teeth get discolored, which Thanksgiving foods stain teeth, and how to treat tooth stains.


How Celiac Disease Affects Your Dental Health

October 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 11:30 pm

Person turning down breadCeliac disease affects 1 in every 100 people around the world, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. The autoimmune disease causes damage to the small intestine when gluten is ingested, which is a protein found in wheat and grains. Without the correct management plan, it can affect your overall wellness and harm your dental health. If you have celiac disease, here’s what you need to know to protect your oral health.


5 Tips for Managing Oral Hygiene with Rheumatoid Arthritis

September 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 12:41 pm
A person rubbing their hands due to their rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. The stress RA puts on your body can magnify many other problems you may have, including issues with your oral health.

RA can be a difficult disorder to manage, but the five tips below can help you keep your mouth healthy so you can focus on other things. Continue reading to learn more.


Can Dental Implants Develop Tooth Decay?

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 7:38 am
3D render of a dental implant

Dental implants are one of the most talked-about and celebrated methods of tooth replacement among both dentists and patients. If you’re missing a tooth, you’ve probably heard plenty about them. You may have even started to wonder whether dental implants are even better than natural teeth.

While you’d be hard-pressed to find a dentist who would recommend extracting a healthy tooth, it’s actually true that dental implants have some benefits over enamel. Tooth decay is an excellent example.

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