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Archive for July 2017

Women are at a High Risk for Developing TMJ Disorders

Did you know that women are more likely to develop temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders (TMD) than any other individual?  As a woman, you might be more prone to developing this disorder, but there are ways for you to prevent it from occurring.  Let’s take a closer look.

Women and TMD

Pain affects everyone differently—headaches and facial pain are commonly caused by problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), affecting more women than men.  Women who have facial pain, migraines and neck pain due to their TMJ problems may spend years seeking a diagnosis, but never getting the right one.  Dr. Bonnie Foster, our dentist in Warrenton, works with her patients to find the cause to your pain and provides the best treatment available for TMJ problems.

If you experience frequent headaches, feel pain in your jaw, neck or upper back, hear a clicking noise in your jaw or your ears feel stuffy, you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder (TMD). Appropriate treatment from Dr. Foster can help to relieve your pain without a lifetime of pills.

While women tend to experience TMJ pain more often than men, many men still suffer from TMD, but will often ignore their symptoms. TMJ pain is real and it can be debilitating.  By scheduling a consultation with Dr. Foster, you can take the next steps toward a pain free life.  Please contact Dr. Bonnie Foster in Warrenton for TMD care and to learn more about combatting your pain.

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Going to Bed Later Can Mean Weight Gain

What time do you typically go to bed at? Is it later than 9 pm, or even midnight? Do you find yourself sleeping in later and even eating later, too? If you do, then you might be at a significant risk for weight gain (yikes!).

Late sleepers consumed about 248 calories a day, mainly at dinner and later in the evening. In fact, these individuals ate half as many fruits and vegetables, twice the amount of fast food and even drank more full-calorie sodas than those who had earlier bed times.

Why the Weight Gain?

By consuming extra daily calories, it can mean a significant increase in weight gain. With almost two pounds extra a month, people are shown to gain more weight than expected when exercise is also not included. In a study from Northwestern Medicine, 51 participants were followed—23 were late sleepers and 28 were normal sleepers with the average age of 30 years old.

The late sleepers went to sleep at an average time of 3:45 a.m. and woke up by 10:45 a.m. and ate breakfast at noon, lunch at 2:30 pm, dinner at 8:15 pm and a final meal at 10 pm. Normal sleepers on average were up by 8:00 am, ate breakfast by 9 am, lunch at 1 pm, dinner at 7 pm, a last snack at 8:30 pm and were asleep by 12:30 am.

Not only was the number of calories consumed each day key in weight gain, but so was the timing. For those who ate after 8:00 pm,  they were more likely to have a higher BMI, even after controlling for sleep timing and duration. These findings were relevant to people who are not very successful in losing weight.

It’s Time to Lose Weight

In order to maintain your health, it is important to lose weight—this is especially true if you currently suffer from sleep apnea in Warrenton. Remember to tailor your weight loss plans to your current health needs, medications and lifestyle.

If you are also experiencing joint pain and inability to move hydrotherapy might work well. By exercising in water it can help make it easier for mobility despite high body mass index, arthritic hips and knees.

Please contact Dr. Bonnie Foster, our dentist in Warrenton, to learn more about sleep apnea, weight loss and how you can take the next steps toward weight loss for health improvement.

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