Overall Health

Snoring and Health Concerns

Snoring Westerville OH Sleep Apnea Dentist

Snoring can be an indicator of a serious breathing disorder.

Snoring can be more than just an embarrassing disturbance to those trying to sleep within earshot. It can actually be related to health issues. It turns out that people who snore run a greater risk (40%) of an earlier death than their peers. Snoring can be an indication of sleep apnea, a serious breathing disorder.

Sleep apnea has two types: central and obstructive.

With central sleep apnea, the brain will stop sending signals to the muscles that control breathing.

Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common of the two, is caused by the relaxation of muscles in the throat.

Snoring/sleep apnea can be connected to these other health issues:
Headache
Weight Gain
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Heart Disease
Arrhythmias
Stroke

If you live in the Westerville, OH area and suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, contact Dr. Fojas for a consultation to find out what treatment options are best for you.

Junk Food and Your Oral Health

Too much junk food can lead to severe oral health problems that in turn can effect the rest of your body.

Although junk food can be a treat every so often, these foods can lead to severe oral health problems that in turn can effect the rest of your body.

At the office of Augusto S. Fojas, DDS, it’s very important to us that we help our patients in Westerville live healthy lives. Although junk food can be a treat every so often, these foods can lead to severe oral health problems that in turn can effect the rest of your body. Many people do not realize that our oral health and overall health are linked in several ways

We all know, large amounts of sugar can cause cavities and increases your risk for gum disease. But did you know gum disease can also cause a systemic inflammatory response which can increase risk of heart disease and other inflammatory conditions as well as weaken your bone structure?

Sugar is found in excess in fizzy soft drinks and confectionaries. Candies, sodas, flavored waters, energy drinks, and sports drinks are also loaded with high fructose corn syrup which is unhealthy for your teeth and bad for your body. This makes them very high in calories and low in nutritional value.

Also beware of “diet” drinks which have high acid levels that contribute to the breakdown of your tooth enamel. You can greatly increase your oral and overall health by simply limiting your consumption of these food items

Visit the American Dental Association for more information on proper oral health.

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Tips to Help You Quit Smoking

Smoking is a very unhealthy habit that can cause tooth discoloration, an increase in the build up of plaque and tartar on your teeth and can increase your risk of oral cancer.

Stubbed Out Cigarette

At Augusto S. Fojas, DDS, we are dedicated to the improvement of the oral and overall health for the people of Franklin and Delaware counties. We would like to take the time to give some helpful tips for those of you that are trying to quit smoking.

Managing your levels of stress can be one of the most powerful tools in your fight to stop smoking. One of the main reasons why people smoke is to relieve stress.

 

Instead of lighting up, try getting a relaxing massage, listening to calming music or do yoga.

If drinking makes you want a cigarette, try to stay away from alcohol.

If you enjoy having a smoke after a meal, try to replace it with gum or a healthy snack. Identifying smoking triggers can also help you cut down much more easily.

For even more information about why you should quit smoking, check out Smokefree.gov.

Are your teeth discolored from smoking? We can help, find out more about our Zoom whitening services by contacting us today.

Stay tuned for our next blog about how to reduce cavities!  For tips like this and more, like us on Facebook and follow us on Google+ and Twitter!