Should I Be Concerned about My Snoring?

Snoring can be a serious source of embarrassment to you and a major nuisance to your bed partner. While the self-consciousness you may feel when others hear you "sawing logs" and your bed partner's lack of sleep may motivate you to seek treatment for the issue, there are actually more important reasons to get your snoring evaluated. Often, loud chronic snoring is a sign that you suffer from a serious health condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in your throat relaxes
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Foods and Beverages that Stain Your Teeth

We all strive for a beautiful white smile that lets our confidence shine through. If you’ve invested your time and energy into teeth whitening, the last thing you want to do is expose your bright new smile to the foods and beverages that will stain your teeth again. Some staining foods and drinks are well known, but you may be surprised to find out about many others. One rule of thumb is to think about foods and beverages that would stain a white T-shirt. If a substance can stain a white cotton
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Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

April has been designated Oral Cancer Awareness Month by the Oral Cancer Foundation in order to raise awareness and promote screenings to increase early detection. More than 48,000 people die each year as the result of oral cancer. Early detection with oral cancer screenings in our Pittsburgh dental office can save lives. Oral cancer is more common among older adults, particularly men, but more than 9 out of ten oral cancer cases are associated with lifestyle choices and behaviors that can be
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10 Signs You Suffer from Migraines

Migraine headaches are a serious problem that effect millions of Americans. About 14 million Americans have migraine headaches almost every day. Here are 10 signs that migraine is approaching: Aura – seeing flickering lights, spots, or lines. Numbness or tingling – usually starts in fingers and moves through hands. Depression – sudden non-provoked depression. Insomnia or other sleep problems – many people with migraines do not get restful sleep. Sinus issues – stuffy
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St. Patrick’s Day Causes Spike in Emergency Dental Visits

The slogan "Kiss me, I’m Irish!" is popular on St. Patrick’s Day – but for some revelers, this holiday can end with a mouthful of broken teeth. Pittsburgh-area dentists Dr. Joseph Quartuccio and Dr. Charles Frye are warning people that on the day after St. Patrick’s Day, emergency dental visits nationwide spike by 64 percent. This is based on the average of dental visits on March 18, or the first business day after if the holiday falls on a weekend, versus a full one-month average. A
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Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers

There are many reasons that people in Pittsburgh look to porcelain veneers when they want improve the appearance of their smile. Among the many benefits of porcelain veneers is their ease of care. When you have invested so much time and energy into your smile, it makes good sense to do whatever you can to keep your teeth looking beautiful. Fortunately, keeping porcelain veneers in top shape is an easy process. Optimal care for your porcelain veneers mimics great oral hygiene for your natural teeth
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Oral Cancer Risk Factors

Oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed early. By knowing the risk factors associated with oral cancer, you can avoid putting yourself in jeopardy. The risk factors include: Tobacco: about 80% of people with oral cancer are tobacco users, and that risk increases the more you are exposed. Alcohol: about 70% of those diagnosed with oral cancer drink alcohol heavily. Users of both alcohol and tobacco are at a much higher risk then those who abstain from both. Men are twice
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Sparkling Water Can Damage Tooth Enamel

Over the last five years, sales of sparkling waters have doubled, and Pittsburgh residents have found a new love of the fizzy beverages. The advantage of these bubbly beverages over sugary sodas seems clear, but there is a down side to carbonated water and sugar free drinks as well. All the sugar in soft drinks is not the only reason they are so bad for your teeth and gums. Their low pH is also a major contributing factor to tooth decay. Often people sip these drinks throughout the day and don’t
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Why Should I Choose Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth?

When someone loses a tooth, their first concern is usually focused on how it will impact their appearance. While no one wants to look or feel like their smile isn't up to par, there are also serious health concerns when it comes to missing teeth. When missing teeth are not replaced, a chain reaction occurs: The Alveolar bone, which holds your teeth, is not stimulated and therefore becomes weak. As the Alveolar bone deteriorates, gum tissue is lost as well. Your chewing and speech become
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Sleep Apnea Warning Signs

Do you snore? Do you wake up several times during the night, gasping for air? Are you exceedingly sleepy during your normal waking hours? Do you have headaches when you wake and feel just as tired as when you went to bed? If so, you may have a condition called sleep apnea which occurs when your upper airway passages close and prevent you from breathing properly while you sleep. Over 18 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea. You are more at risk for having sleep apnea if: you have
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