Posts for: November, 2016
As we approach the holiday season (it’s official now that Thanksgiving has been eaten), there comes a moment when we begin thinking about the presents that we will buy for those special people in our lives. For some, this is a quick and easy task, but for others it can be daunting and stressful. Whatever your gift buying style is, it really comes down to finding something that is thoughtful, within budget, and something that that specific person will be surprised and happy to have been given.
Fortunately, Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness isn’t just your ordinary dental office. We offer a wide range of products and services that would make unique, thoughtful, practical, and exciting gifts for a variety of different types of people who might be on your nice list this year. Let us help you make this shopping season easy! And who knows, you might even decide to treat yourself to a little something too!
Skincare Product and Service Guide
Clarisonic: This compact, yet powerful cleansing device will change the way you take care of your skin. The Clarisonic product line offers full sized and mini facial cleansing devices for both men and women. The rotating brush head is suitable for all skin types and will leave your skin significantly cleaner compared to just washing your face with your hands. Those who have incorporated the Clarisonic into their daily skincare regiment found that their skin felt softer and smoother and appeared more radiant. It is the most effective way to remove impurities, oils, sweat, and makeup, while treating yourself to a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own bathroom.
ColorScience: ColorScience is a line of 100% mineral based cosmetics and skincare products. Without trying to sound biased in any way, once you go ColorScience you may never go back to the cosmetics you were using before! These nutrient-rich products not only leave your skin with a polished and flawless finish, but also are beneficial to your skin. ColorScience doesn’t use any harsh oils, alcohol, talc, fillers, dyes, fragrances, or chemicals in their products. Instead, you will find luxury grade powders, bronzers, illuminators, correctors, foundations, and sunscreens with antioxidants, peptides, and vitamins. Parker Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness carries an extensive line of ColorScience products for all skin types.
MDSolar Sciences: One of the most detrimental, aging forces against our skin is the sun. One of the best ways to protect your skin and prevent premature aging is to ensure that you using sun protection on a daily basis. Not all sunscreens are created equally though. MDSolar Sciences has created a line of all natural, mineral based suncare products. We carry a tinted crème, which is for sensitive skin too. The formula is silky, lightweight, and waterproof. You can be assured that adding this daily sunscreen to your skincare regiment will not only help protect your skin against the harsh and damaging rays of the sun, but will add a flawless and radiant effect to your skin.
Lano Pure Cosmetics: Lano Pure Cosmetics is another line of all natural cosmetics that we carry in the office. The lip glosses and lip sticks contain medical-grade Lanolin, which does wonders for your lips. For this holiday season, we have the perfect red lipstick! We also carry their Fiber Lash mascara to help enhance lash length and volume by up to 30%.
HydraFacial MD: If you haven’t tired a HydraFacial yet, you are missing out! The HydraFacial MD is a service that we offer and all personally enjoy. The HydraFacial MD treatment is great for all skin types and helps improve common facial concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity, skin tone, skin texture, hyperpigmentation, congested skin, enlarged pores, and advanced skins of aging. The process is a real treat for your skin, and during this busy time of year it is the perfect opportunity to sit back and relax for an hour in our quiet and cozy spa room.
We offer gift certificates for all services including teeth whitening and facial rejuvenation services and products.
Feel any holiday shopping inspiration yet? Talk to Honi or Ivonne the next time you are in the office about this incredible range of facial products. We even gift wrap! Stay tuned to see what else we have in store to help you get through this holiday shopping season with ease.
Sports and energy drinks — two different types of popular beverages. But though different they have one thing in common: they can both wreak havoc on your tooth enamel.
That's because each contains high concentrations of acid. And acid is tooth enamel's mortal enemy — prolonged exposure with it causes the minerals in enamel to soften and erode, a process called de-mineralization.
Demineralization becomes even more pronounced when the mouth's pH levels fall below 4.0 into the acidic range. A sampling of various brands of sports and energy drinks reveal mean pH levels below even that threshold. Energy drinks are especially harmful to enamel because the type of acid they contain is more concentrated.
So, what can you do to minimize this threat to your dental health? The optimal thing to do is avoid such beverages altogether, especially energy drinks. If you currently re-hydrate after hard work or exercise with sports drinks, consider switching to water, nature's hydrator.
If you do, however, continue to drink these beverages, then follow a few precautions to lessen the acidic levels in your mouth:
Wait until mealtimes. Saliva is your body's way of neutralizing acid in your mouth, but it takes about 30 to 60 minutes for it to fully buffer acid. If you're sipping between meals on acidic beverages, saliva can't keep up. So, wait until you eat or limit your sipping time on a drink.
Rinse with water. Since water's pH is neutral, swishing some in your mouth right after drinking a sports or energy drink will help reduce acidity.
Wait an hour to brush. Your enamel will begin demineralizing as soon as it encounters acid. If you brush right away you could be sloughing off miniscule amounts of softened minerals. By waiting an hour you give your saliva time to buffer and help re-mineralize the enamel.
Although popular, especially among teenagers and young adults, overindulgence in sports and energy drinks could damage your teeth and increase your risk for tooth decay. With a little moderation and common sense, you can keep your enamel strong and healthy.
If you would like more information on the effects of sports and energy drinks on dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Think Before you Drink.”
Apart from the historical significance of Thanksgiving, it is also a holiday of literal translation. Thanksgiving is a delicious reminder to be thankful for all that we have in our lives. Sometimes, we forget to give thanks for our blessings on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. We get so caught up in our lives and all that is going on that we forget to take a moment to appreciate all that we have. It’s easy to take for granted our health when we have it, food when our bellies are full, a roof over our heads when the rain puts us to sleep, families that put up with us through thick and thin, and even our animals that love us unconditionally.
The universe is more likely to respond to us positively when our hearts are full of gratitude. When we show gratitude to the people who love us, listen to us, support us, and help us, those relationships are more likely to thrive. In a world where hate, discrimination, poverty, and violence are all too present, giving thanks that your day to day is more peaceful will only help us to send out love to those who are struggling. The power of gratitude is great. Count your blessings out loud and often.
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we are gracious for each and every one of our patients every day of the year. For the past fifty years and three generations, we have never ceased to be thankful for all of our patients. We are thankful for your loyalty, your trust, your reviews, your referrals, and your friendships. We are who we are because of you. As a collective consensus, we all agree that we truly have the best patients. Thank you for being you!
Before we wrap up this mini-series on sleep apnea, we thought it would be a good idea to go back and briefly review what we’ve shared over the past several weeks. You can, of course and always, go back and read any of our previously posted articles relating to sleep apnea or other health and wellness concerns that we have covered.
Sleep apnea is a common and progressive sleep disorder that is affecting millions of Americans. Sleep apnea is a momentary cessation of breathing while one is asleep. These cessations can range in frequency and length. There are two main types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA); some people suffer from both types. OSA is caused by an obstruction in the airway. Central sleep apnea is caused by a miscommunication between the brain and the respiratory system. OSA is the most common type of sleep apnea.
Symptoms and causes will vary between individuals and also depends upon the specific type of sleep apnea one is diagnosed. Common symptoms may include excessive and disruptive snoring, abruptly waking with shortness of breath, daytime drowsiness, morning headaches, and irregular changes in mood or behavior. Individuals who are overweight and over 40 are at a higher risk of suffering from OSA. Allergies, family history, smoking, and drinking also increases your chances. CSA is often caused by heart failure, obesity, stroke, brain infection, Parkinson’s disease, and or from certain painkillers.
Parker Dentistry is working out the logistics of providing our patients with a more convenient method of diagnosis. We do offer a pre-screening and are equipped and experienced in making oral appliances to help treat sleep apnea, should that be your treatment path. However, in the meantime (we will of course keep you updated on our progress in this department), your general physician needs to complete a physical examination and questionnaire to determine if you need to proceed to taking a polysommogram, which is a test completed at a sleep laboratory. A sleep specialist will then read your results and make a diagnosis. Dr. Steve is highly knowledgeable about sleep apnea and can help answer any of your questions or concerns, as well as provide you with any additional information that you seek in order to start your diagnosis and treatment process. Just ask!
Once diagnosed, there are two main types of treatments. A CPAP device or an oral appliance. Oral appliances are best for mild to moderate causes, or for those who are not comfortable using a CPAP device. Dr. Steve and Dr. Blake can make your custom oral appliance.
For more detailed information regarding types, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, take a quick peak back at the individual articles written for each of these topics on our blog. So, what are the risks of leaving sleep apnea untreated?
The possible risks and consequences of ignoring this sleep disorder include the following:
Increased risk of stroke
Type 2 diabetes
Increased blood pressure
Don’t wait another day! Don’t have another unrestful sleep! Step one is usually the hardest step; recognizing and admitting that you have an issue. The road to diagnosis and treatment is a fairly easy one that can make a world of a difference in your life and overall health and happiness. Take the first step today!
The logical next step following your diagnosis of sleep apnea is to explore your treatment options. There are two main sleep apnea treatment options that both have a variety of sub-options, depending upon the specific type of sleep apnea that you are diagnosed with and your current severity level. Remember that sleep apnea is a progressive health condition, if left without treatment. It is important that you seek the proper treatment following your diagnosis. The sooner you find a method that works for your specific health needs and comfort level, the sooner you will find yourself sleeping well and waking more rested.
If you are suffering with severe sleep apnea, you will likely be advised to use a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device as your first line of treatment. This is a fitted mask that is hooked up to a machine that supplies a continuous flow of pressurized air. This pressurized air helps keep the airways from collapsing during sleep. Positive airway pressure devices are a widely used method of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. There are a variety of models that either provide a continuous flow of pressurized air or that offer adjustable pressure levels.
The second types of treatment, and one that is growing in popularity, is an oral appliance. “Oral appliances are similar to orthodontic retainers and mouth guards but they are specifically designed to prevent the collapse of the airway during sleep by repositioning and stabilizing the mandible (lower jaw), the jaw muscles, the tongue, soft palate, and/or uvula. The primary type of appliance used is a MAD or Mandibular Advancement Device that brings the lower jaw forward using the upper jaw as an anchor. This also brings the tongue forward and tightens the pharyngeal walls and soft palate. The tongue-retaining device uses suction to bring the tongue and jaw forward” (Shapira, 2007).
Oral appliances are best suited for those who suffer from mild to moderate OSA or who are not comfortable using a CPAP device. Dr. Steve can custom design and fit the perfect oral appliance for you. He has the advanced skills and expertise to create and monitor your specific treatment plan using an oral appliance. Don’t suffer through any more drowsy days! Talk to Dr. Steve or Dr. Blake today about how Parker Dentistry can help you combat this common sleep and health disorder.
Shapira, D. B. (2007). Oral Appliances vrs CPAP, Shapira - Sleep and Health Journal. Retrieved November 03, 2016, from http://www.sleepandhealth.com/oral-appliances-vrs-cpap-shapira/