When you have a toothache, break a crown, or lose a tooth- you know who to call. These common dental health concerns are treated by your dentist. But did you know that your dentist may also be able to treat your headaches and stop your partner’s snoring?
It is important to discuss any changes in your health with your dentist. Even symptoms you may not associate with your dental health could indicate an issue with the wellness of your teeth, gums or jaw. You may be surprised at the link between your dental health and your overall well being. Here are some less common health concerns that our team of dentists at Ridgetop Dental Group can help you address so you can enjoy a better quality of life.
Uncommon (But Good) Reasons To Visit Our Reston, VA Dentist Office
1. Headaches: Do you have daily headaches? Headaches are often a sign that you are grinding your teeth while you sleep. This condition is known as bruxism and can be a result of stress. Patients with a complex bite disorder known as TMJ may also experience frequent headaches. Patients with TMJ may find that over the counter pain relievers are of little aide and can become frustrated with the chronic pain. If you develop headaches on a daily basis, let your dentist know. Many patients only grind their teeth during sleep, making it difficult to diagnose. Patients often show signs of excessive tooth wear or have chipped or cracked teeth. Dr. Datta offers oral sleep appliances to help prevent the grinding of the jaw that can often put an end to daily headaches almost overnight.
2. Snoring: Does your partner snore loudly during the night or wake to gasp for air? Snoring as a result of sleep apnea is a dangerous and sometimes life-threatening condition. If you snore it is advised that you visit a doctor for a sleep analysis test. Sleep apnea can take a toll on the health of your entire body and increases your risk of a wide range of systemic disease. Dr. Datta provides alternative treatment options to the traditional CPAP machine that are more discreet and have higher patient compliance rates.
3. Chronic Fatigue: Do you often wake still feeling tired, even after a full eight hours of sleep? Chronic fatigue can be a result of sleep apnea or habitual teeth grinding (bruxism). If you have sleep apnea or grind your teeth you are not fully resting during sleep and may wake up more tired than when you went to bed. If you feel chronically fatigued or have difficulty concentrating throughout the day, be sure to notify your Ridgetop Dentist. Dr. Datta can look for signs of bruxism or offer solutions for sleep apnea that can improve your airflow during sleep.
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Do you have headaches, snore or feel constantly tired? If you live in the Reston, VA area, visit Ridgetop Dental Group to learn more about how your oral health has a direct impact on your overall well being. Call our Reston office or request an appointment online to learn more.