What’s it Like to Live with Sleep Apnea?

Categories: Sleep Disorders
living with sleep apnea

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA We’re all more conscious of our health these days. However, the harsh reality is that you will never be at your best, physically or mentally, without getting the proper amount of restful sleep. For people living with untreated sleep apnea, restful sleep is almost impossible. In this article, Dr. Max […]

5 Surprising Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy for Adults

myofunctional therapy helps adults

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA Myofunctional therapy is a type of physical therapy that retrains the mouth and tongue muscles to function correctly and maintain proper form while at rest. It is a successful therapy for treating orofacial myofunctional disorders in patients of all ages. Even for adults, myofunctional therapy can reverse years of poor […]

Can Tongue Thrust in Adults be Treated?

tongue thrust in adults

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA Tongue thrust is an orofacial myofunctional disorder classified as improper tongue function. In cases of tongue thrust, the tongue moves through or pushes against the front teeth (instead of in a wave-like motion on the roof of the mouth) when swallowing. Correct swallowing patterns typically develop around age 7 or […]

How to Choose the Best TMJ Specialist in Scotts Valley

Categories: TMJ/TMD
choosing tmj specialist

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA Living with jaw pain can interrupt daily life and make it challenging to focus or carry out your normal routine. Regardless of the cause, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) can create severe discomfort in your jaw, neck, shoulders, and upper back and requires medical treatment to reduce pain and […]

The Best Way to Release an Infant Tongue-Tie

Categories: Tongue Tie
best way to release infant tongue tie

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA A tongue-tie restricts the tongue’s natural movement and can lead to life-long issues if not treated early. You’re either born with a tongue tie or not. It’s not something that you can develop later in life. Frenuloplasty is the most common treatment for tongue ties, and this procedure can now […]

Why are my Teeth Discolored, and What can I do About It?

Categories: Cosmetic Dentistry
why are my teeth discolored

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA Everyone’s teeth are unique, including the color. As we age and certain lifestyle factors have a bearing on the color of our teeth. Teeth become dingy, yellow, or even gray throughout life. You probably already know that things like coffee, wine, and smoking influence the color of teeth. But did […]

Is My Kid Too Young for Braces?

Categories: Orthodontics
is my kid too young for braces

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA Parents want the best for their children, especially when it comes to health. If your child has gapped, protruding, or crowded teeth, you may be curious about orthodontic treatment. While braces might not be recommended for your child until he or she is a little bit older, there are other […]

Scotts Valley Dentists Offer Alternative Sleep Apnea Treatment

Categories: Sleep Disorders
alternative to cpap

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA After an official sleep apnea diagnosis, doctors typically prescribe a continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP machine. Studies show from one-third to over 50 percent of patients never fill the prescription or stop using their device. Those who do get the machine and use it mostly complain about the machine’s […]

Why you should get your Oral Cancer Screening this Month

Categories: Oral Health
oral cancer screening

SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA April is oral cancer awareness month, so what better time to discuss its warning signs and why you should get a screening. You may not think that oral cancer is common, but it’s just as deadly as any other type of cancer. Thankfully, early detection could help save your life! […]

I had Braces as a Kid. Why are my Teeth Crooked Again?

Categories: Orthodontics
why are my teeth crooked again

Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz CA If you had braces as a kid, and now your teeth have shifted and are crooked years later, this is known as orthodontic relapse. It means your teeth didn’t remain in their new alignment after your braces were removed, and there’s a reason why. In this article, your Scotts Valley […]