Who’s Your Pick For The “Big Game?”
I’m not a Patriots fan by any means, but I want them to win the Super Bowl. I’ve never wanted them to win in years past, and I’m certainly not “jumping on the bandwagon,” but this year is different. Tom Brady is 40 years old and he says he feels great about his future and expects to play for at least a few more years. He is one of only 2 NFL players ever to win 5 Super Bowls and the ONLY one to win all 5 with one team (source: wikipedia) — he will be a Hall of Famer for sure, and I’m certain New England fans put him at the top for one of, if not the best ever.
The reason I want to see Tom Brady get another ring, is to see just how great he can be. There’s no question he’s already one of the most consistent quarterbacks ever, but just how far and how long will he go with his career? Analyst Colin Cowherd (Fox Sports report) nailed it, he said: “Athletes get tired, systems never do.”
Love them or hate them, the patriots have football down to a science. They know how to win, consistently. It’s the same for diet, exercise, studying, and of course great oral health. There are no “cheats” or “shortcuts” for a lifetime of success, it’s how we act and prepare repeatedly that counts.
Who’s your pick to win? (Or are you only interested in seeing the halftime show?)
How Is Your Health This Year?
How healthy are you feeling in 2018 so far? I’d love to hear your “2 cents” on how you are feeling about your oral and overall well being. I’d love for you to take my brief survey, it will take less than 2 minutes of your time, it’s confidential, and I sincerely appreciate your feedback! Your comments will help us help more members of our community. For completing it, I’ll give you a complimentary pack of our best xylitol gum or mints at your next visit in the office.
Is Snoring A Big Deal? What Are The Health Risks?
- Habitual snorers can be at risk for serious health problems, including “OSA” or Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which includes:
- Long pauses in breathing during sleep (10 seconds or more). This is caused by partial or complete obstruction or blockage of the airway.
- Frequent waking during sleep, even though you may not realize it (very common).
- Lighter sleep. Many with OSA sleep lightly to attempt keeping their throat and soft palate muscles tight enough to maintain airflow.
- Heart and cardiovascular strain. Prolonged, untreated sleep apnea is linked to high blood pressure and an enlarged heart. Risk of heart attack and stroke are also dramatically increased with untreated sleep apnea.
- Poor night’s sleep. Bad sleep makes for a bad day. Qualify of life suffers. Lack of concentration.
- Low blood oxygen levels. This can cause poor lung pressure and lack of blood to vital tissues of the body.
- Chronic headaches
- Acid reflux, regurgitation and/or heartburn
- Cancer and diabetes risks are increased
Damaging Dental Risks Include:
- Broken crowns, root canals and sensitive teeth
- TMJ pain or problems
- Headaches and sinus aches
- Yellowed or worn teeth
- Increased risk for tooth decay. Mouth breathing and medications cause dry mouth, which leaches calcium from our teeth. Our teeth then become brittle and dramatically more susceptible to decay.
- Clenching or grinding. 50% of people with sleep apnea also clench or grind their teeth. This causes cracks, sensitivity, failed root canals or painful abscesses.
Our mouth is the gateway to our body. Recent studies show a health oral cavity decreases your overall medical expenses but up to 21%, and controlled sleep apnea can decrease overall medical expenses by up to 50! That sounds like a winning strategy for managing healthcare costs to me. If you have questions about the quality of your sleep health, give my office a call for a consultation.
Dr. Tyler Williams
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