People lose out on sleep for a variety of reasons: working late, binge watching a favorite show, an addiction to social media or a new baby are all common. However, some people miss out on restful sleep because of a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. Nearly 20 million adults in the United States have sleep apnea, and an estimated 80 percent of them don’t know they have it. Fortunately, your dentist can diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Read on to learn more about sleep apnea, its symptoms and side effects, and the methods of treatment.
Dr. James Craig Blog
August 21, 2018
July 20, 2018
If you’re an adult who missed the chance to wear braces when you were a child or teenager, then you may be thinking about straightening your teeth now. That’s great, and it’s never too late! Invisalign is an excellent choice for adults who now have to weigh the appearance of traditional braces against the impact they’ll have on life and a career. However, Invisalign is not appropriate for every orthodontic case. Read on to learn about what Invisalign can and cannot fix.
May 18, 2018
If you think tooth decay is inevitable over a lifetime, then think again. You really can keep your own teeth for decades and decades if you maintain good oral health, see your dentist in Lenexa regularly and avoid a few bad habits.
April 26, 2018
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, sleep is vitally important to your mental and physical health. Sleep helps your brain work properly and improves learning. A lack of sleep can lead to depression, risky behaviors and even suicide. Similarly, sleep heals and repairs your heart and blood vessels, helps maintain a healthy balance of hormones, and supports your immune system so you can fight common infections. Sleep apnea is a medical condition that can rob you of the sleep you need to be mentally and physically fit. Fortunately, your Lenexa dentist can prescribe an oral appliance for you to wear at night so you—and your bed partner—can get the sleep you need.
March 2, 2018
Like other cancer screenings, the one for oral cancer is intended to detect early warning signs before a patient begins to exhibit symptoms. This is particularly important with oral cancer. Firstly, both oral and throat cancer are often curable when they are found early and treated quickly. Secondly, the five-year survival rate for people diagnosed with this disease is only slightly more than 64 percent. Therefore, early detection is critical in order begin treatment before cancer has a chance to metastasize to lymph nodes in the neck. That’s why your dentist in Lenexa takes the time at each dental checkup to conduct a screening for oral cancer.
February 5, 2018
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Every year, the American Dental Association chooses a theme for this worthwhile campaign. This year the theme is, “Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile.” That’s exactly what you and your children need to do at home to maintain healthy teeth and gums. But let’s talk about your children’s oral health and what happens when they have an appointment with the dentist in Lenexa. Like brushing and flossing, regular dental checkups are very important.
January 2, 2018
In recent years, a variety of reports have been published warning that fluoride is a neurotoxin and can lead to lower IQ scores in children. Dr. Craig, your family dentist in Lenexa, cautions that this information should be taken with a grain of salt, as the saying goes. The truth is that fluoride—in the right amount—plays an important role in preventing tooth decay and maintaining good oral health.
December 17, 2017
Can you believe 2018 is just around the corner? Where did the last 12 months go? Well, we can’t exactly answer that question for you, but we can help you get ready for the New Year with a smile that is healthy and bright. As a matter of fact, now is a great time to make sure you and the family are up to date on dental cleanings and any necessary restorative work. Why? Because this is when you need to maximize your dental insurance benefits and see the dentist in Lenexa.
August 29, 2017
The word “denture” often calls to mind an elderly person with a sunken in face, oversized and obviously false teeth, and a lifetime of eating mush. When properly crafted, dentures can look, feel, and function just like healthy, natural teeth. Restorative dentistry services like partial and full dentures are essential to ensure you’ll be able to complete the simplest daily tasks following even the most advanced tooth loss. Replacing missing teeth makes it easier for you to speak, chew, laugh, and smile with confidence in any social or professional situation.
July 1, 2017
If you have made the decision to invest in your oral health and quality of life with dental implants in Lenexa, that’s great! You are choosing the most successful and predictable form of tooth replacement. You will regain a complete smile with a solution that closely looks and functions like natural teeth. However, unlike other prosthetics, it does involve a multi-phased treatment process that requires a lifelong commitment. We understand that you have plenty of questions about the procedure. As your dentist, Dr. James S. Craig has the answers you need to put your mind at ease.