What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where you have one or more pauses when breathing or shallow breaths while you’re asleep. The pauses in breathing can last from a few seconds to minutes, and can occur 30 times or more an hour. While this occurs, your diaphragm and chest muscles are working hard to try to open your obstructed airway and pull oxygen into your lungs. Sleep apnea can be dangerous due to the decrease in oxygen flow to your vital organs and can cause irregular heart rhythms.

This sleep disorder can be quite difficult to diagnose on your own, considering the most noticeable symptoms occur while you’re asleep. Your spouse or sleep partner typically notice the signs and symptoms first. The signs or symptoms they may notice include the pauses while snoring, followed by a gasping or choking noise. Some of the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea that you may notice include trouble concentrating or daytime sleepiness. You may even catch yourself falling asleep during the quiet times of your day when you’re not active.

Additional signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea include:

  • Headaches when you wake up
  • Trouble keeping focused
  • Feeling depressed, irritable or having mood swings
  • Waking up frequently to go to the restroom
  • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up

According to research, sleep apnea is more common in men than in women. In order to properly diagnosed sleep apnea, your doctors will have to perform a physical exam and take your medical and sleep history. Your doctor may also want to speak with your family member or the people you live with about your sleep habits.

If you think that you may have sleep apnea, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information regarding sleep apnea.

8 Foods that Naturally Whiten Teeth

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What if I were to tell you that you could eat your way to brighter smile. Would you believe me? Just as there are certain foods that cause teeth to become stained or discolored, there are also foods that can naturally whiten your teeth.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), there are actually many kinds of foods that can naturally cleanse, whiten and help fight bad bacteria that could potentially harm your teeth and/or gums.

  • Broccoli- When eaten raw, broccoli acts as a gentle abrasive, which can help remove unsightly stains. Also, the iron that is found in broccoli provides a barrier that can protect your teeth from cavity causing acids.
  • Apples- I’m sure you’ve head the saying “An apple a day keep the doctor away”. Well, that may apply to the dentist as well. Like broccoli, apples also act as a gentle abrasive and scrub away unsightly stains and food particles. Apples contains malic acid, which is a natural astringent that acts as a bleaching agent.
  • Celery- Like apples, celery can also act as a natural toothbrush, making it a great a snack in between meals and brushing your teeth. Celery is also high in water content which help stimulates saliva production, helping to wash away leftover food debris.
  • Strawberries- Strawberries contain both malic acid and vitamin C. Like apples, the malic acid acts as a bleaching agent. Vitamin C also helps boost the immune system, which aids in plaque removal.
  • Cheese- Though the color of some cheese may throw you off, most of them do not stain teeth. Cheese is high in calcium and phosphorus, which provides teeth with the necessary nutrition to keep the tooth enamel healthy and strong.
  • Pineapple- Pineapples are a unique fruit considering they are the only food that contain the enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain acts as a natural stain remover and it helps remove plaque from your teeth that could potentially cause tooth erosion and cavities.
  • Onions and Garlic- The key is to eat these both raw, as this releases the bacteria reducing compounds called thiosulfinate and thiosulfonates. Both will promote healthier teeth by reducing plaque.
  • Water- Drinking water before and after meals helps rinse away any food particles or loose plaque, keeping your pearly whites shining bright. So if you ever needed another reason to increase you water intake, this is it.

As you can see teeth whitening products aren’t the only thing that can brighten your smile. Of course, to maintain a white teeth, regular consumption of the foods mentioned above isn’t enough. You must also practice proper oral hygiene and visit your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings.

If eating these foods aren’t enough and you would like to look into teeth whitening treatments, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information regarding teeth whitening.