Saturday, February 27, 2016

Have You Been Misled About a Tongue or Lip Tie?

The information about lip and tongue tie has only recently been evaluated and provided to breastfeeding parents. While this is not new, you may have been a parent who in the past has been misled, given wrong information or have been unsure whether your baby is in need of surgery. Now there is help, Dr. Judy Strutz and her team can help provide you the answers you need.

It is important if your baby is struggling to properly latch while breastfeeding that you look into the problem further. Many new mom’s think it’s a problem with them. You’re not alone in feeling this way. When in fact it may be a thick piece of skin, that is causing problems. A consultation with Dr. Strutz can confirm that your baby is impacted by either a tongue or lip tie.

Once the consultation is completed, a laser procedure can be preformed. This procedure is a very short oral procedure and most mothers can successfully breastfeed shortly after the procedure. After care stretching will need to be performed in order to ensure proper healing of the wound.

Don’t suffer in silence, prosthodontist Dr. Strutz and her team can answer your questions about lip and tongue tie today.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Restoring Your Smile Can Help You Avoid The Need For Other Facial Cosmetic Procedures

When you are impacted with cracked, broken or missing teeth it can cause your smile to sink in. Left unattended over time, it can not only cause you to look older but can also cause you to feel older. Individuals who have a smile they are not proud of report more cases of depression and other health problems. You may be unable to eat a proper and nutritious diet due to dental pain. Dr. Strutz says, "Gum disease can impact the jaw bone which will eventually dissolve due to underuse."

If you are considering plastic surgery, botox or other facial procedures to help you look younger, you may want to first contact a restorative dentist who can help to fix broken or chipped teeth. There are several options available to replace missing teeth and some of these procedures can be covered by insurance.

Your teeth give your lips their shape. If your teeth are not there to provide this shape you may show signs of premature aging. Once you have fixed your smile it can help to decrease your lips and cheeks from sagging. Remember though, once you have these procedures completed you’ll want to continue with regular dental and oral care in order to keep your new smile in tip-top shape.

Don’t waste time with a smile you don’t love, get help today. For more information, contact Dr. JudyStrutz and her team today.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Dental Pricing That Fits Your Budget

Cosmetic procedures can seem like an impossibility or an option out of your budget, but dental care that restores your smile to its natural state is within your reach. Dr. Judy Strutz and her team works to provide a comprehensive exam that lays out all of your options. “I think everyone deserves the smile they want,” she says. While patients may have been to other places and been told one number or one price it does not mean everyone charges that same fee.

There continue to be several options that may work to restore your smile as well. Depending on the extent of support you need will depend on the price. “There may also be procedures that are completed in steps. Not everything has to be done at one time,” suggests Dr. Strutz. When looking at veneers for example, they are an awesome option that is very affordable and can restore your smile back to its natural state without compromising your appearance. Crowns, bridges and other restorative procedures work with your smile's natural look to get back the function of your teeth. Don’t wait for more problems to arise with your smile. And many times composite materials can be used to brighten a smile or restore function as well. Get help today.

Work with Dr. Strutz and her team today to find out what options you have.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

7 Things You May Not Know About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is not something to mess around with. It can be deadly if left untreated. Or it can cause several nights in a row where you toss and turn. You may feel you are losing your mind, be unclear, confused or struggle to stay awake at work. Dr. Strutz says, “This is probably what you do know, now here are seven things you may not know about sleep apnea.”

1.     You can be fit and still have sleep apnea. The facts are misleading and have lead to beliefs that only individuals who are overweight are impacted by sleep apnea, this not the case.

2.     Women and men can be impacted by sleep apnea. Research supports that more women are impacted by sleep apnea that goes untreated then men.

3.     Women who are menopausal are more likely to have symptoms of sleep apnea then other adults.

4.     Sleep apnea can cause heart disease, stroke, weight problems and feelings of never getting enough sleep.

5.     When sleep apnea is left untreated it can lead to the loss of your job or lack of promotions, problems with working, memory, and even long-term problems with relationships.

6.     Sleep apnea can feel similar to depression. You may go days feeling listless, sad and overwhelmed by the smallest challenge.

7.     Sleep apnea can increase your risk of falling asleep while driving.

None of these consequences have to impact you, get help today. Contact Dr. Judith Strutz and her team.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

After Lip & Tongue Tie Laser Surgery

Oral wounds can heal very quickly and without the proper care, all of the work done to release your baby’s tongue-tie could be lost. This is why it is important to do the stretches and follow the proper care after your little one’s procedure. Once an open wound is created in the mouth, the body will attempt to heal and close up that wound. If left alone, the lip tie will attempt to stick to the gum line while the tongue-tie will begin to reattach to the floor of the mouth. Once the laser surgery is completed, stretching can help to avoid horizontal healing.

The result you want is vertical healing. “Vertical healing allows the lip tie to loosen to allow for proper movement. In order to prevent the tie from rebinding, properly done stretches completed after surgery will allow the loosening of the tie and allow for proper vertical healing,” says Dr. JudyStrutz.

After a tongue-tie laser procedure is performed a new band connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth will be created and after about 5-7 days a new soft wound should be created.

You should be able to move the lip back and forth completing the stretches without resistance.  Proper movement after the laser procedure is critical to allow the wound to heal correctly.

For more information on Lip & Tongue Tie contact Dr. Strutz & her team today.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Does Your Smile Make You Look Older Than You Really Are?

Take this short quiz to determine if your smile is causing you to look older than you are. "There are multiple problems that may impact our smiles, but certain problems can also cause your lips to sag, and/or wrinkles around your mouth," says Dr. Judy Strutz.

1.     Are you missing one or more of your teeth?
2.     Are there stains or decay visible on your teeth?
3.     Do you have wrinkles around your mouth?
4.     Do you have chipped or cracked teeth?
5.     Are your teeth worn down in the front?

If you have answered yes to 2 or more of these questions your smile may be working against you instead of for you. Restorative procedures can help replace missing, or cracked teeth. A great cleaning and whitening procedure can remove stains from your teeth, giving them a facelift. Replacing missing teeth can help not only improve your overall health but, also give you back the support your smile needs. Most people may not think of it too much, but chipped teeth give your smile the appearance of being worn down or of having trauma caused over time.

Dr. Strutz, recommends if you are impacted by any of these and are not happy with your smile for some other reason, contact her & her team today for more information on restorative procedures.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Is Oil Pulling Right For You?


Oil pulling is all the rage these days and with so much information out there, it can be confusing. What is oil pulling? Should you oil pull? Which oil is best if you are going to oil pull? How do you know if the procedure is working? Dr.Judy Strutz is here to answer some of the most common questions about oil pulling.

Oil pulling is the procedure of swishing, usually first thing in the morning, with oil to remove food and other particles between your teeth. This procedure may help to keep your gums free of periodontal disease and clean, particularly between your teeth.

Oil pulling should be done with organic oil. Coconut oil is the most common, but sunflower oil will also work. You may want to spend time doing some research in order to determine which oil is the best for you. You may also need to try a few different types of oils prior to finding the one you like the most.

It may take awhile before you notice the results of oil pulling, but ultimately your gums should be a healthy pink, not puffy and they should not bleed when you floss. Oil pulling may take a few weeks before you are really able to see the positive benefits from this procedure.

Oil pulling is typically done in the morning for 15 to 30 seconds. You can however, oil pull in the late afternoon, evening or anytime of day. You’ll want to make sure you do not want to swallow any of the oil.

Oil pulling can be a positive addition to your dental health, contact Dr. Strutz & her team for more information today!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How Tired Are You?

Days, weeks, and months go by. You may be wondering if you’re losing your mind. One day you may remember everything and the next day, feel you can’t remember anything. Sometimes you go to bed and wake up never feeling fully rested. Or you may chug caffeine drinks all day long in an attempt to keep up with your co-workers only to fall asleep as soon as you get home. Sleep apnea can rob you of your life and your opportunities. You don’t need to wait any longer. Dr.Strutz & her team can evaluate your sleep apnea to determine if you are someone who could benefit from a dental device.

There is a difference between snoring and sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is caused by the throat closing off during your sleeping hours. You may stop breathing several times throughout the night, with the source of your oxygen cut off you then wake gasping for air.. If you suffer from sleep apnea you do not want to wait a minute longer for help, sleep apnea untreated can lead to a number of health issues as well as death.

Snoring is caused when air cannot freely move through the nasal passages, while sleep apnea is the inability for you to breath at all because your throat has closed down. Often, both conditions can be corrected with an appropriate custom fitted dental appliance. If you are not sure you have sleep apnea, a comprehensive exam can help.

For more information on the difference between snoring and sleep apnea contact Dr. Judy Strutz today.