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Health

Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that can be very serious. In sleep apnea, your breathing stops or gets very shallow while you are sleeping. Each pause in breathing typically lasts 10 to 20 seconds or more. These pauses can occur 20 to 30 times or more an hour.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. During sleep, enough air cannot flow into your lungs through your mouth and nose even though you try to breathe. When this happens, the amount of oxygen in your blood may drop. Normal breaths start again with a loud snort or choking sound.

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Oral Cancer
The scary truth is that we have not been making any progress in the treatment of oral cancer. Death rates are over 50% at five years. The only good answer right now is early detection and removal of suspicious looking lesions. The great news is that the tests are easy. At each examination in our office you will receive an oral cancer screening. If any suspicious sites are found, a brush of the area can be done to determine if further investigation is necessary.

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Dry Mouth
Reduced saliva flow that results in a dry mouth is a common problem among older adults. It is caused by certain medical disorders and is often a side effect of medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers and diuretics.
Some of the common problems associated with dry mouth include a constant sore throat, burning sensation, problems speaking, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness or dry nasal passages. Left untreated, dry mouth can damage your teeth. Without adequate saliva to lubricate your mouth, wash away food, and neutralize the acids produced by plaque, extensive decay can occur.

For questions on dry mouth please contact us at questions@smilesbyjenkins.com
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