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The changing American profile

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  How in the world did we get into the state we're in?  Every day, the dentists at World Class Dentistry see adults in their 40s with sleep apnea and temporormadibular joint syndrome (TMJ) pain. At the beginning of the career for Dr. Burr Bakke , a dental implantologist and co-owner of World Class Dentistry in Sarasota, these problems didn’t occur until the later years when adults were in their 60s. Today, he sees young children who are experiencing sleep apnea, underdeveloped faces and receding chins. Their jaws are too small for their teeth even though genetically they were programmed...
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How the treatment of dry mouth can prevent decay

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We’ve all experienced dry mouth – that feeling that there’s not enough saliva in the mouth, at some point in our lives. Everyone has dry mouth once in a while. If it’s frequent, however, it can lead to serious dental health problems and tooth loss. Food and bacterial plaque stick to the teeth for longer periods of time causing decay. There are several factors creating the problem. Salivary glands stop producing as much saliva, which could be caused by low vitamin D and K2 levels. Dry mouth is also created by many heart medications, and allergy and anti-depressants cause a...
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Could mouth breathing be taking years off of your child’s life?

Mouth Breathing in Children
Dr. Jill Morris , dentist and co-owner of World Class Dentistry ® in Sarasota, is continually getting referrals for patients from sleep centers and doctors. She is a contributing author of the book “Stories that Heal.” In the book, she describes her own story of childhood mouth breathing and the many health issues it lead to in her own life and those of her patients. Why you ask? The answer is simple. Dental jaw development and sleep go hand-in-hand. It may not seem like the two would be linked, but the size of your dental arches and shape of your...
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Ask Your Sarasota Dentist: What are TMJ and TMD?

What are TMJ and TMD
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The temporomandibular joint, commonly referred to as TMJ, is the joint where your jaw connects with the temporal bones of your skull. Discomfort and problems associated with your jaw and the muscles that control it is referred to as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). There is no known cause of TMD, but there are multiple factors that can lead to it: • A past injury • Nighttime grinding of the teeth • Stress, which can cause clenching of the teeth • A misaligned bite Symptoms of TMD: • Pain in your jaw, neck, shoulders, ears, and/or face. • Pain when you...
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Be Prepared to Handle Any Dental Disaster!

be prepared to handle any dental disaster
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Accidents happen every day. Do you know what to do if you or a family member suffers a dental emergency, such as a broken tooth or sudden, severe swelling? We’ve compiled this list of a few common dental dilemmas and quick steps to take that can help relieve pain, prevent further damage, and possibly even save a tooth. If you have a broken tooth: • Save any pieces of the tooth you can. • Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water. • Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. • Call us right away at (941)-914-9340. We will do...
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Floss With Finesse: 5 Flossing Tips

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It may look like a simple piece of string, but dental floss is so much more! It’s a proven ally in maintaining healthy teeth and gums and helps give your overall health a boost. Do you floss daily? What techniques help you get the most out of your flossing experience, without injury to your gums? Your Sarasota dentist, Dr. Morris & Dr. Bakke has complied a checklist to see if your flossing habits are up-to-par with the standard your smile deserves. The Flossing Dilemma Statistics http://www.statisticbrain.com/oral-hygiene-statistics/ reveal that only 50.5% of Americans follow the recommendation from the American Dental Association...
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A Different Type of Bone

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Actonel, Boniva, Fosamax, Zometta Bisphosphonate’s ALL DENTISTS TAKE PRECAUTIONS WITH PATIENTS WHO NEED EXTRACTIONS WHEN THEY ARE TAKING ONE OF THE DRUGS MENTIONED ABOVE. The drugs known as BISPHOSPHONATES (B-DRUGS) are used in the treatment of Padget’s Disease, Multiple Myeloma and Osteoporosis. These B-Drugs go by the names of: Actonel, Boniva, Fosamax, Aredia, Zometa, Skelid and Didronel. The drugs are administered by pill or I.V.(intravenous), depending on the treatment required. The I.V. forms are most often used for cancer patients to prevent fractures of the hips, legs, and spine. Side effects of B-Drugs include esophageal irritation (sore throat), gastrointestinal irritation...
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Diabetics and Gum Disease

Diabetics and Gum Disease
Don came to our practice because he moved to the area and needed a dentist that treats with protocols for the diabetic. He is living with diabetes and lately had noticed his A1C levels were creeping higher and he didn’t know why. We did a thorough examination of his mouth and found that he had bleeding gums and an abscessed tooth. Patients living with diabetes are more prone to infections and other health risks. They must keep their gum tissues healthy to keep the bacteria from wreaking havoc on the rest of their organs. Here are the facts that we...
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