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



By: Andrea Harris and Sue Cotey

Sleep Apnea Can Make Managing Diabetes More Difficult: What You Need To Know

Do you snore? Do you feel fatigued every day? Do you wake up frequently throughout the night? It may be that the shallow breathing or breaks in breathing caused by sleep apnea are the reason. If you have diabetes, it is critical to manage your sleep apnea.... read more



By: Sara Lindberg

Tongue-Tie: What It Is and How It’s Treated

Tongue-tie is more than a just a metaphor for stumbling over your words. It’s an actual oral condition that can impact many things from breastfeeding to your airway, from speech to dental health. Still, the research about tongue-tie is evolving, and there’s a lot that’s misunderstood. If your child has been diagnosed with tongue-tie, here’s what you need to know in order to figure out next steps.... read more



By: Kristeen Cherney

What Is Mouth Taping, and Does It Help Treat Snoring or Sleep Apnea?

Mouth taping is a home remedy that’s supposed to help treat mouth breathing when you sleep. Mouth breathing itself is associated with numerous health conditions, including snoring, allergies, and oral health. ... read more




ADHD, Sleep, and Me: It’s Complicated

Getting to the bottom of sleep problems will, at the very least, help you better manage ADHD symptoms. If you’re anything like me — who lived with undiagnosed sleep apnea until adulthood — it may save your life.... read more



By: Jandra Sutton

What You Need to Know About Proper Tongue Posture

Proper tongue posture involves the placement and resting position of your tongue in your mouth. And, as it turns out, proper tongue posture may be more important than you might think.... read more



By: Julie Corliss

Dental appliances for sleep apnea: Do they work?

Keeping your partner — or yourself — up at night with loud snoring? This might be more than a nuisance. About 25% of men and nearly 10% of women have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a serious sleep disorder characterized by explosive snores, grunts, and gasps. Tissue at the back of the throat temporarily obstructs the airway, leading to breathing pauses (apneas) throughout the night. Not only does OSA leave people tired and groggy, but it also puts them at risk for a host of health problems, including high blood pressure, depression, and heart disease.... read more




Finding Connor Deegan - AAPMD

For more information about children who are sleepy, snore, or have been diagnosed with ADHD, please visit The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry at read more



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