2/2/2016 9:25:00 AM |
Sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea don't just prevent you getting a restful night's sleep. They can also lead to long-term health consequences such as high blood pressure, and increase your risk of having an accident of some kind. The following health problems are associated with sleep apnea. Sleep disorders are not always the culprit, but if your sleep is consistently disrupted, you may end up suffering some additional health consequences in the long term.
If you already suffer from high blood pressure, having sleep apnea can make the problem even worse. This happens for two reasons: first, due to lower blood oxygen levels, and second, as a result of frequent waking, which increases levels of hormones that regulate blood pressure.
People with sleep apnea also have an increased risk of heart attack, again, partly due to low blood oxygen levels, and the stress of frequent waking caused by breathing difficulties.
Sleep apnea is very common among people with type 2 diabetes. While the exact nature of the link between these two conditions isn't clear, there is evidence that lack of sleep can disrupt the body's ability to use insulin effectively, and increase the risk of diabetes.
Sleep apnea is also strongly associated with being overweight, because when fat is deposited in the neck area, it can contribute to the airway blockages that cause apnea. There are other links, too: people affected by sleep disorders tend to produce more of a hormone called ghrelin, which causes them to crave foods that are high in simple carbohydrates—such as sugary foods or fast foods. And, of course, when you're constantly exhausted from lack of sleep, it's hard to get up the energy to maintain an exercise routine, or cook healthy foods.
There are also some possible connections between sleep apnea and adult asthma and acid reflux. While sleep apnea doesn't directly cause these problems, treating sleep apnea often improves the symptoms in people who are affected by them.
What Can Your Dentist Do?
If you suffer from sleep apnea or severe snoring that affects your ability to get restful sleep, talk to Houston dentist, Dr. William Krell about the problem. A dental appliance may be the answer to a better night’s sleep. Contact our Houston dental office
1/12/2016 10:00:00 AM |
A dental emergency such as a broken or knocked-out tooth can be frightening, but if you know what to do in these situations, you can greatly reduce the risk of permanent damage. Here are some quick tips on how to handle dental emergencies, but remember, in each case, make an appointment to see your dentist ASAP.
If you have a Toothache
Rinse your mouth with warm water, and floss gently to remove any lodged food that might be causing problems. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek if you have any swelling, but don't apply ice or any kind of medication directly to the tooth.
For a Broken Tooth
If you have a tooth that's chipped or cracked, save any pieces of tooth that have come loose, and rinse them in warm water; rinse your mouth with warm water at the same time. Apply clean gauze to any bleeding, and apply a cold compress to the outside of the cheek for pain and swelling.
A Dislodged or Loose Tooth
For a tooth that is loose or partially dislodged, apply a cold compress for pain and swelling, and see a dentist as soon as you can.
A Knocked-Out Tooth
Find the tooth, if possible. Holding it by the crown, rinse the tooth in warm water, and then try to put it back in place in your mouth. If this isn't possible put the tooth in a cup of milk or water with a pinch of salt. See a dentist as soon as possible, preferably within one hour, to maximize the chance of saving the tooth.
Lost Crown or Filling
Keep the crown or filling if you can, to bring to your dentist. If you have some dental cement—a product sold at most drugstores—apply some to the affected tooth, or if not, some sugar-free gum can be used temporarily until you can see your dentist.
These infections look like a pimple on the gum. You may be able to ease the pain by rinsing with salt-water solution. They can become serious very quickly, potentially damaging gums and teeth, and even spreading from the mouth to other parts of the body, so it's vital to see a dentist quickly.
Injury to the gums, tongue, lips, and cheeks can bleed a great deal. First, rinse your mouth with warm salt-water, then apply a moist piece of gauze, or a moist tea bag, to stem the bleeding. A cold compress can help ease the pain. Once the bleeding has subsided and you notice that there is some dentition trauma, please contact your dentist immediately or go to the ER if you cannot stop the bleeding.
See Your Dentist ASAP
No matter what the nature of your dental emergency, once you've taken care of the immediate problem, your next step should be to call your dentist and make an appointment—and be sure to let them know you have an emergency. Contact Dr. William Krell for more information or to schedule an emergency dental appointment with our Houston dentist.
12/28/2015 1:30:00 PM |
Good brushing and flossing habits alone are not enough for a truly healthy mouth. Nutrition plays a large part in determining good oral hygiene, and children learn positive eating habits by observing the adult role models in their lives. A good diet is essential for the overall growth and the optimal development of any child.
A properly balanced diet that will positively influence healthy eating habits to produce strong teeth should include fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, and protein items.
- Fruits and Vegetables. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a diet that is rich in nutrients and vitamins, which can help reduce the risk of certain diseases as well as avoid specific types of cancer.
- Grains. Whole grains, such as oatmeal and brown rice, are the healthier grain options because the milling process has not been performed yet, which leaves the naturally occurring dietary fibers, iron, and B vitamins in the grains.
- Dairy. Milk-based products, such as cheese and yogurt are considered dairy products because they have retained their calcium content. Fun Fact: Kale, soybeans, collard greens, and bok choy are great calcium options for people who cannot have dairy-based products.
- Proteins. Protein can come in the form of beef, poultry, seafood, and eggs or it can come in the form of beans, peas, nuts, and seeds. Meat options should be skinless and as lean as possible, and the sodium intake caused by seasoning meats should be monitored.
Watch the Sugar!
Sugar consumption is the main culprit that contributes to tooth decay and an unhealthy mouth. Sugar can be found in most foods, surprisingly enough even in dairy products and vegetables. Reading food and drink labels can assist parents in buying healthy options for children to ensure a healthy and balanced diet. Sugary food choices like cookies and ice cream are obvious red flags for parents wanting a healthy diet for their children. However, drink selections are sometimes overlooked as being part of a person’s diet. It is important to remember to read the labels of everything consumed and not just what is eaten. Water is the healthiest drink choice of all. Nutrition is closely linked to the state of a person’s health. Diet can have both positive and negative effects, especially for long-term oral health care, so it is important to build good eating and drinking habits at a young age. With proper nutrition and consistent dental care, children are given some of the building blocks for a bright future.
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12/18/2015 10:34:00 AM |
For people with tooth loss, dentures are a commonly used restorative option. However, many denture wearers find that conventional dentures can create discomfort or unwanted movement throughout the day. Modern dentistry has come a long way and now there are more advantageous options for replacing missing teeth, such as dental implants and dental implant supported dentures.
Anatomy of a Dental Implant
So, what makes up a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into your jaw to hold a single replacement tooth, a bridge, or partial or full denture firmly in place. Once the implant has had time to fuse to the bone, patients are ready for their final restoration.
An abutment is used as a connector and is fixed to the top of your dental implant to hold your new tooth in place. For single replacement teeth, crowns are created to blend in seamlessly with your natural smile. A bridge or partial denture can be used to replace several teeth and a full denture can rest on as little as four dental implants to replace a full arch.
Dental Implant Advantages
Some people shy away from dental implants because of initial cost, but they are actually affordable when you take into account the impact they have on your overall oral health. Because dental implants prevent many dental issues from occurring, and require less up-keep, which equates to fewer dental visits and money savings in the long-term
If you still have healthy teeth, your dental implants increase your oral health by supporting surrounding teeth. If left alone, neighboring teeth will eventually move into gaps, distorting your natural bite and smile. When you are missing teeth, your facial structure can oftentimes begin to appear shrunken or prematurely wrinkled. Dental implants stabilize bone density and will help keep your facial structure full and youthful looking. Patients with dental implants will not have to worry about continued problems.
Make an Appointment Today!
If you are missing teeth or need an extraction, contact our Houston dental office for more information about dental implants.
10/26/2015 4:13:00 PM |
Periodontal disease is caused when plaque build-up creates tartar along the gum line. To remove plaque, and tartar deposits, root scaling and planing, or deep cleaning, is crucial. If periodontal disease is left untreated, it can lead to serious gum problems and will eventually diminish bone volume and cause tooth loss.
Root scaling and planing is an effective solution for treating gum disease. Using dental tools, tartar and plaque are scraped from the surface of the tooth down to roots. Dr. William Krell has invested in ultrasonic scaling for increased comfort and treatment results. Treating gum disease with ultrasonic scaling is more efficient and offers many benefits, compared to manual scaling methods.
What is Ultrasonic Scaling?
Ultrasonic scaling utilizes a wand with a small tip that produces a high frequency vibration to dislodge plaque and tartar. The delicate, quick vibrations produced by the ultrasonic scaler join forces with flowing water to gently remove tartar from your teeth, while also decreasing the amount of harmful bacteria residing under your gum line. Ultrasonic scaling goes deeper into the periodontal pockets, making it easier to clean all of the difficult nooks and crannies of crowns and roots. Ultrasonic scalers can also be used for traditional dental cleanings to help clear debris above and below the gum line.
Why Ultrasonic Scaling?
Ultrasonic scaling is an effective option for treating and preventing the progression of periodontal disease. It has many benefits over hand scaling alone, such as:
- Increased effectiveness
- Shorter treatment time
- More gentle on teeth and gums
- Greater comfort
Many specialists agree that ultrasonic scaling works best when combined with some manual scaling; however, ultrasonic scalers decrease the amount of time needed for hand scaling, which makes the experience more comfortable for the patient.
Ultrasonic scaling is not advisable for patients who have highly sensitive teeth. Additionally, if you have a pacemaker, please be sure to notify your dentist before getting ultrasonic scaling.
Make an Appointment
If you suffer from periodontal disease, or think you may be at risk, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with our Houston dentist, Dr. William Krell. Call us today! We will schedule a consultation to discuss gum disease treatment and find out if ultrasonic scaling is a good option for you.
10/19/2015 3:02:00 PM |
Between work, hobbies, and family engagements, who has time for multiple dental appointments? While traditional dental crowns involve at least two visits to the dentist, through advancements in technology, Dr. William Krell offers a simpler alternative. With same-day crowns that are designed and manufactured in his Houston practice, Dr. Krell can help you perfect your smile in just one easy visit.
Check out the CEREC® Difference
To help patients complete their smile in just one appointment, Dr. Krell uses the Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC®) system. This system utilizes computer-assisted design (CAD) and manufacturing (CAM) equipment to create a tooth that is ready for placement in less than two hours. This advanced technology allows Dr. Krell to offer high-quality restoration and gentle care in less time than traditional crowns. Since it requires less visits and no lab costs, CEREC® is a cost-effective system, saving you time and money. As these crowns are made of highly durable porcelain, CEREC® restorations can easily withstand the daily functions. These crowns-in-a-day can last for more than 10 years, leaving patients with great, lasting results.
The Perks of Same-Day Crowns
In addition to single-visit convenience, CEREC® same-day crowns offer many benefits over traditional crowns. As the crowns are made in the office, there is no need to wait for weeks or wear temporary crowns until your permanent dental device arrives. With CEREC®, patients can rest easy knowing their same-day crown was made with the highest accuracy, is strong, and will preserve the remaining healthy tooth.
Additionally, same-day crowns are metal-free and natural looking, blending in with the rest of your teeth. As a result, no one will ever know you’ve received dental restorations. Same-day crowns never decay like regular teeth can, ensuring a healthy, fully functional smile.
Schedule Your CEREC® Consultation Today
Restoring your smile doesn’t need to be lengthy process. With over 10 years of experience working with the CEREC® system, Dr. William Krell offers the personalized care and expertise needed to ensure a successful restoration. For more information about the immediate and long-term benefits of CEREC®, contact our Houston dental team today!
6/24/2015 10:31:00 AM |
We're excited to announce the official launch of our William Krell, DDS blog.
We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.
We built our practice on the notion that we're there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.
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Here's to your best oral health ever!