iccmo conference

ICCMO Conference

This week, Dr. Kathleen Carson, DDS, OMT and Timbrey Lind, RDH, OMT of The Connection will share their passion for myofunctional therapy at the ICCMO (International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics) annual event in Scottsdale, Arizona. The College is an open forum consisting of healthcare professionals that are centered on the research and practice of dental occlusion, jaw function, and orthopedic …

cheek biting

How Do I Quit the Cheek Biting?

Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills, CA We all experience cheek biting from time to time. Cheek biting refers to biting the soft tissue inside your mouth, including the tongue and lips. For some of us, cheek biting is accidental and occurs while eating or talking but for others, cheek biting is due to the alignment of their teeth. If you …

tongue tie release

What Happens After Tongue Tie Releases

Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills, CA Ever heard the old saying that, if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail? That can be especially true for patients who have undergone a tongue-tie release. If you or your child has a tongue-tie, then it is important to have that tie released via frenectomy as quickly as possible. However, a …

posture and sleep problems

Posture and Sleep Problems

Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills, CA When you were growing up, your parents probably tried to correct your posture. There is a reason why good posture is important, and you will be surprised to know why. Did you know that poor posture could affect your airway and, consequently, your ability to get proper sleep? Specifically, forward head posture can be …

options for sleep apnea

The Options You Have With Sleep Apnea

Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills, CA Do you snore loudly or have a friend or family member who does? Loud snoring is one of the major symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep breathing disorder that has some major risks to a person’s overall health. Sleep apnea occurs because a person’s airway becomes either partially or completely blocked during …

what kind of tobacco can i use

What Kind of Tobacco Can I Use?

Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills, CA We continue to hear reports that tobacco is bad, it causes heart disease, cancer, and reeks havoc on your oral health as well. Many patients are relentless in their search for a “safer alternative.” As dental professionals, we are commonly asked, “what kind of tobacco can I use?” The truth is, none of it. …

if you have gum disease dont kiss around

If You Have Gum Disease, Don’t be Kissing Around

Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village CA Many adults suffer from gum disease and do not even know that they have it. In fact, nearly three out of every four adults has gum disease, a disease that causes an infection in your gums, causing bad breath, loose teeth, sore and bleeding gums, and tooth loss. Our mouths are home …

is silver bad for my teeth

Is Silver Bad for My Teeth?

Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village CA Dental amalgam contains 50% mercury, which has become a concern for holistic dentists and patients. Holistic dentistry focuses not only on treating your teeth and gums but doing so while considering the impact your mouth has on the rest of your body, specifically the metal that was once used as a staple …

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How Breastfeeding Can Help Your Child’s Oral Development

Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village CA When you have a baby, you immediately start planning for their future, which usually includes saving for college. What about your child’s orthodontic fund? These days, many Americans suffer from a bad bite, which leads to a variety of dental problems. However, recent research shows that exclusively breastfeeding your infant up to …

paleo diet

The Paleo Breath Problem

Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village CA The Paleo Diet, otherwise known as the Paleolithic or Caveman diet, is the latest “craze” to hit the diet and fitness industries. In fact, in 2013, it was the most searched-for diet of the year on Google, according to Huffington Post. What is the Paleo Diet? The Paleo Diet consists of eating …