By: Danielle Pacheco

Children and Sleep

An introduction to the importance of sleep in children and how to help them sleep better... read more



By: Emily Cronkleton

What Is the Buteyko Breathing Technique?

A Ukrainian doctor, Konstantin Buteyko, created the Buteyko breathing technique (BBT) in the 1950s. This therapeutic breathing method uses breath retention exercises to control the speed and volume of your breath. This helps you to learn to breathe more slowly, calmly, and effectively.... read more



By: Katherine Reynolds Lewis

Sleep-Disordered Breathing: The Hidden Sleep Problem Linked With ADHD and Even Orthodontics

If your kid still wakes up in the middle of the night or is irritable during the day, they may have an underlying breathing issue. Treatment can help them get the rest they need.... read more



By: Danielle Pacheco

Lack of Sleep and Diabetes

Diabetes affects more than 30 million people1 in the U.S. and is the seventh leading cause of death2. The most common form of diabetes, type 2 diabetes3, is a chronic disease that develops due to insulin resistance.... read more



By: Adda Bjarnadottir

11 Benefits of Breastfeeding for Both Mom and Baby

If you’ve been considering not breastfeeding your new baby, you’re probably inundated with information. It’s a personal decision only you can make, but the benefits are seemingly endless... read more



By: Danielle Dresden

What is silent reflux and what can I do about it?

Silent reflux is a condition in which stomach acid causes throat discomfort, especially behind the breastbone in the middle of the trunk.... read more



By: Jacquelyn Cafasso

Mouth Breathing: Symptoms, Complications, and Treatments

Breathing provides your body with the oxygen it needs to survive. It also allows you to release carbon dioxide and waste.... read more



By: Shirley Gutkowski

How mouth taping can be key to achieving healthy nasal breathing

Shirley Gutkowski explains why nose breathing is pretty important. Don't be shy about suggesting taping the mouth to help someone achieve healthy breathing.... read more



By: Shirley Gutkowski

The airways in our pediatric patients

Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, shares the story of two pediatric patients who visited an oral-systemic dental practice. One patient received a fluoride varnish application, while the other’s misbehavior and oral health led to a suspicion of obstructive sleep apnea and several referrals.... read more



By: Licia Coceani Paskay

Chewing, Biting, Clenching, Bruxing and Oral Health

Studies published in the last decade suggest that chewing (or mastication) and other chewing-like activities such  as biting, clenching and bruxing, are involved in regulating bone growth, development and maintenance, reducing stress, increasing attention, contributing to better cognition, stabilizing the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), flagging a possible obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), clearing the oral cavity and allowing the absorption of foods more efficiently.... read more



By: RDH magazine

Nonnutritive sucking: How pacifiers and thumb and finger sucking negatively affect babies’ teeth and mouths

Babies are born with the need and desire to suck. However, nonnutritive sucking with pacifiers and digits can have harmful effects including malocclusion, orofacial abnormalities, and myofunctional disorders.... read more



By: Danielle Pacheco

ADHD and Sleep

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder1 (ADHD) is a disorder that begins in childhood and encompasses symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These symptoms interfere with functioning at school, at work, and in social situations. ADHD is present in approximately 5% of children2, and it is more common in boys. For a majority of people the disorder continues into adulthood, though careful managing can greatly improve quality of life for people with ADHD.... read more



By: Rachael Combe

The Mysterious Answer To My Unrelenting Insomnia

Nothing helped—until one day my dentist told me I had the so-called "young, thin, beautiful women's sleep disorder."... read more



By: Urology Care Foundation

What Is Nocturnal Enuresis (Bedwetting)?

When children urinate without control while they sleep, it is called nocturnal enuresis. It's also known as bedwetting. Most children can control their bladder during the day and night by the age of 4. About 10% of children age 6 or 7 still can't stay dry, as they have day or nighttime "accidents." If a child experiences bladder control problems during sleep after the age of 7, it's worth looking into. Your health care provider can help.... read more



By: Elise Chahine

At-Home Sleep Tests and Studies

If you regularly wake up feeling less than well-rested or struggle to stay awake during the day, you may have a sleep disorder. Disorders such as insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, and sleep apnea all disrupt sleep and can have serious consequences if left untreated. Obstructive sleep apnea affects 2% to 9% of adults. However, researchers speculate that the majority of adults with sleep apnea go undiagnosed.... read more



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