SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: OZONE THERAPY

WHAT IS OZONE? 

Ozone is an activated form of oxygen where there are actually three atoms of oxygen attached together. Ozone is far more energetic and oxidative than oxygen, which is what makes it so valuable to us for many applications.

Oxygen/Ozone therapy has been used in medicine and dentistry around the world for decades. There are hundreds of professional studies documenting oxygen/ozone therapy’s healing properties. During the first world war doctors familiar with ozone’s antibacterial properties, applied it topically to infected wounds and discovered ozone not only remedied infection, but also had hemodynamic and anti-inflammatory properties.[1]

HOW DOES OZONE WORK?

Oxygen/ozone therapy in the context of dentistry exposes a patient’s teeth and gums to the ozone for a very short time, breaking down harmful microorganisms without harming surrounding tissue.

USES IN DENTISTRY

Periodontal disease: Ozone can be used to help treat periodontal disease by using ozonated water flushed below the gum line and/or ozone gas infiltrated into the gum tissue and supporting tissues.

Root canals: Ozone can be used during root canal treatments to kill bacteria, sterilize the canal system and to stimulate faster healing.

Decay: Ozone can be used to kill decay-causing bacteria. Since ozone is a gas, it can permeate into areas below the gum line, into the grooves of teeth and over the smooth surfaces of the teeth and will kill bacteria on contact. Because ozone acts to re-calcify tooth structure, areas of the tooth that have been treated with ozone are stronger than what was there before.

Sensitivity: Because ozone can harden compromised tooth structure, flooding a sensitive area or tooth with ozone gas can effectively eliminate sensitivity. Patients’ sensitivity issues can be addressed successfully with ozone therapy.

Safety: Ozone does not have any contraindications with other medications, therefore cross-reactions are not a concern at all. You cannot be allergic to ozone, because you cannot be allergic to oxygen.

For more information on ozone therapy, check out our page or give us a call to discuss this treatment option for yourself.

1. Stoker G. Ozone in chronic middle ear deafness. Lancet. 1902;160:1187–8.

SERVICE SPOTLIGHT : SLEEP APNEA THERAPY

Editor’s Note: this article originally appeared in the summer edition of Coastal Sport & Wellness. Be sure to pick up a copy today!

Sleep Apnea Can Kill You – It Killed Carrie Fisher –

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in Star Wars) died on 12/27/16 at age 60. She died of cardiac arrest, four days after experiencing a medical emergency during a flight from London to Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office revealed “sleep apnea with other conditions: atherosclerotic heart disease and drug use” were major contributing factors to her sudden death. 

Dr. Neomi Shah and her colleagues at Yale University studied sleep apnea. They noted, “when a person has sleep apnea for 4 or 5 years, his or her risk of having a heart attack is increased by 30%”.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is basically a mechanical problem while a person is asleep. The mechanical obstruction can occur when the throat muscles intermittently relax and block the airway during sleep. This can occur many times during sleep. Usually, a person would awaken suddenly and gasp for breath.

Frequently with OSA, the tongue falls back against the soft palate, and then the soft palate falls back against the back of the throat. This closes the airway. If the airway closes, then the person who is asleep will go through the motion of expanding the chest to breathe; however, no air will enter the lungs.

In severe cases, this could be life-threatening.

How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

A medical doctor can diagnose this serious disorder either by a sleep study performed at a sleep clinic, or by wearing a special testing device while sleeping at home.

Here are some symptoms and signs of OSA:

  • Snoring loudly and frequently
  • High blood pressure with no apparent cause
  • Gasping for breath or choking while asleep
  • Thickened tongue along with gritting & grinding of teeth at night
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Waking with an excessively dry mouth or sore throat

Treatment of OSA

1. The Lifestyle Changes

If you are obese, smoke, or drink alcohol in excess, then you should seriously consider losing weight, quitting smoking; and limiting alcohol.

2. C-PAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure

Some people with moderate to severe sleep apnea require a mechanical device to help them breath. One machine is a C-PAP device. This is a small pump with a mask that covers the nose and mouth. It delivers a supply of compressed air.

3. MAD – Mandibular Advancement Device

In mild cases of sleep apnea, a dentist can customize a dental device to help open the airway. This dental appliance looks like and fits like a “bite guard”. It actually moves the lower jaw slightly forward when sleeping. It positions the jaw and the tongue in such a way that it increases space in the back of the throat. In this way, it helps to open up the airway.

4. Surgery

Various surgical procedures are available as a last resort. These surgical procedures can modify the soft tissues around the throat to open and help maintain a healthy airway

Final Thoughts

OSA can be annoying to you and to your sleep partner. However, OSA can create serious medical problems and even death. If you experience any symptoms or signs that might suggest OSA, have your medical doctor schedule you for proper testing. Early treatment could be lifesaving.

SERVICE SPOTLIGHT : Chao Pinhole® Technique

A couple months ago, Dr. Porcelli attended a workshop with Dr. John Chao, creator of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique [PST®]. Dr. Porcelli was very excited to learn about this new technique with its creator and enjoyed the workshop immensely. Dr. Chao personally oversaw the results of the doctors practice.  One reason Dr. Porcelli was excited to learn this new procedure was because of the minimally invasive way it helps treat gum recession.

This procedure takes traditional gum recession treatments and turns them on it’s head.

Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed.  Instead of grafting the gums with other tissue and then stitching and suturing the graft in the mouth, this technique uses a needle and special surgical tools to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. This makes the procedure incision and suture free! Not to mention it minimizes post-operative symptoms like pain, swelling and bleeding.  Look at some of the before & afters on Dr. Chao’s website to see the beautiful results!

The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many:

• Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
• Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
• No need for uncomfortable sutures
• No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
• No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
• Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results

Learn more about PST® and watch this video, if you still have questions about the procedure or feel like you may be a good candidate for this technique, give us a call today: 843.593.8123, we’d love to schedule a consultation with you!

 

Turkey Wings in the Crockpot

Is there anything better than a slow cooker recipe? It’s easily prepped and easily plated, simple to get together before you leave and ready when you get home. This recipe is so simple you’ll be adding the ingredients to the shopping list today!

Editor’s Note:  This recipe originally published by Dr. Danenberg on his blog on June 21st, 2017. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Onions, sliced
  • 2 Carrots, cut into 1 inch sections
  • 2 Celery stalks, cut into 1 inch sections
  • Olive oil (to drizzle over veggies and brush onto turkey wings)
  • Seasoning Blend:
    1 Tbs garlic powder
    2 Tsp oregano
    1 Tsp sea salt
    1 Tsp red pepper flakes
  • Turkey wings, 2-3 pounds (I used only one wing that weighed 2.25 pounds)
  • 2 Tbs ghee (Here is my recipe for Ghee)

PREPARATION:

  1. Place onions, carrots, and celery on bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the veggies and sprinkle some of the seasoning blend over veggies.
  3. Dry turkey wings with paper towels.
  4. Brush wings with olive oil & generally coat all sides of wings with seasoning blend
  5. Place turkey wings on veggies.
  6. Pour ghee over turkey wings.
  7. Cook on low for 5 hours.
  8. Plate the turkey wings & garnish with the veggies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Alvin Danenberg, is a periodondist, Certified Medical Practitioner, Primal Health Coach, and ADAPT-trained Health Professional. His first book, Crazy Good Living, is based on ancestral nutrition and lifestyle. He offers a 12 week body coaching program for people interested in transforming the way they think about themselves and the food they ingest. He shares his knowledge and thoughts at: drdanenberg.com.  He would be happy to engage face to face or virtually!

5 Lifestyle Tweaks

This article originally appeared on drdaneberg.com on April 2nd, 2018. 

This month, I start my 6th year of living a Primal Lifestyle. I wrote about My Primal Lifestyle in 2016. Since then, I refined and perfected the ways I do things. Over the last 12 months, I began to incorporate my 5 Essential Lifestyle Tweaks to further improve what I had been doing.

MY JOURNEY

Back in 2007, I had a stroke and could have died. Yet, I didn’t learn about a primal diet and a primal way of living until 2013. Fortunately for me, embracing a Primal Lifestyle in 2013 saved my life.

Fast forward to April 2018 when I will be 71 years old. I feel healthier today than I have ever felt. My blood chemistries have improved considerably from where they were in 2013 – with additional impressive test results since I included these 5 tweaks.

Following my stroke in 2007, my physicians prescribed 7 medications for me to take for the rest of my life. Not being comfortable with that scenario, I reinvented my life and have weaned off my last medication this month.

The way I live is based on a nutrient-dense diet, efficient exercise, restorative sleep, and stress reduction – all of which I discuss in my book, Crazy-Good Living. In addition to all this, recent medical research is uncovering new and exciting facts about the importance of the gut microbiome and the mitochondria. Both areas are where I have refined and focused my current efforts.

THE GUT & MITOCHONDRIA

I recently published two articles – one about the gut and one about mitochondria. Big Bang Theory of Chronic Disease describes the importance of the gut as the starting point for most systemic diseases. Mitochondria, Gut Bacteria, and Vitamin K2 describes the importance of mitochondrial health for the proper function of almost every cell and organ system. Both articles are loaded with links to peer-reviewed medical papers to support my conclusions.

FIVE ESSENTIAL LIFESTYLE HACKS

The following 5 tweaks are focused methods, which I have added to my primal lifestyle program. They are reported to improve the gut microbiome and the body’s mitochondria, an area of focus for me currently.

  1. INTERMITTENT AND MULTI-DAY FASTING Published medical research has demonstrated that fasting is beneficial in a variety of ways. It improves fat-burning, builds muscle, enhances brain health, reduces oxidative stress, improves mitochondria health, and reduces inflammation to name a few. Several months ago, I wrote about my fasting experience.
  2. FOUR MINUTE DAILY EXCERCISE created by Dr. Zachary Bush This may be as effective as high intensity interval training. It is reported to increase the production of nitric oxide. I try to include this exercise protocol several times a week.
  3. SPORE-BASED PROBIOTICS  A randomized and double-blind study published in 2017 demonstrated that spore-based probiotics grow in the gut and can increase the diversity of other healthy bacteria in the gut. Personally, I take this probiotic daily along with the Vitamin supplement I discuss next.
  4. VITAMIN K2 This unique form of vitamin K helps prevent inflammation and move calcium into the proper areas in the body. In addition, medical research using an animal model showed that vitamin K2 could rescue damaged mitochondria
  5. PULSED ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS  Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy improves the energy of cells. In this way, it may improve the functioning of mitochondria, and thereby improve many chronic conditions. In the next few weeks, I will devote an entire Blog to the science and application of this important medical application. One company that offers this technology in the United States is Quantum Resonance Systems

I have experienced personal benefits from these 5 tweaks. My results are anecdotal; I am not part of a controlled study. You may not have the same effects as I have. The facts are that the gut microbiome is critical for overall health, and the mitochondria in every cell of our body are critical for the healthy functioning of each cell.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Alvin Danenberg, is a periodondist, Certified Medical Practitioner, Primal Health Coach, and ADAPT-trained Health Professional. His first book, Crazy Good Living, is based on ancestral nutrition and lifestyle. He offers a 12 week body coaching program for people interested in transforming the way they think about themselves and the food they ingest. He shares his knowledge and thoughts at: drdanenberg.com.  He would be happy to engage face to face or virtually!

Avocado Mousse

This recipe originally from Dr. Danenberg’s blog, published on July 21st, 2016. 

For my taste buds, chocolate pudding is about the ultimate taste sensation I can imagine. I am a dark chocolate lover. But, chocolate pudding from a traditional recipe would be relatively unhealthy. Here is a yummy alternative. I found the original recipe from Healthy Holistic Living. However, I experimented with that recipe and changed the amounts of ingredients and added optional toppings to suit my taste. The following is my rendition of this delicious and nutritious treat.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 3 Ripe avocados, mashed
  • 1/4 Cup organic cacao powder (my favorite: Viva Labs Certified Organic Cacao Powder)
  • 6 Tbsp coconut milk (my favorites: Native Forest Coconut Milk or Trader Joe’s Organic Coconut Milk)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp organic, cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 6 Tbsp local raw honey (I wrote about the medicinal benefits of raw, unprocessed honey HERE.)
  • Optional toppings: organic coconut cream, fresh organic berries: like blueberries and/or strawberries

Preparation:

  1. Place avocado, cacao powder, coconut milk, vanilla, coconut oil and raw honey into a mixing bowl and stir well. Use a stick blender on high until completely smooth (approximately 1 minute).
  2. Place in serving bowls, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Add toppings as desired when served.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Alvin Danenberg, is a periodondist, Certified Medical Practitioner, Primal Health Coach, and ADAPT-trained Health Professional. His first book, Crazy Good Living, is based on ancestral nutrition and lifestyle. He offers a 12 week body coaching program for people interested in transforming the way they think about themselves and the food they ingest. He shares his knowledge and thoughts at: drdanenberg.com.  He would be happy to engage face to face or virtually!

Fad Dieting vs. The Real Diet

This article originally appeared at drdanenberg.com on February 26th, 2018.

Fads come and go – especially dieting fads. It’s always the “next best thing” that replaces the previous “next best thing”. These diets seem to work to some extent until they don’t. Or, the fad diet you’re on makes you sick. What do you do? Move onto the “next best thing”?

Some of these diets are based on facts. Most of them are based on hype and anecdotal justifications. When a celebrity endorses a new fad diet, the masses rush in to become a part of the “next best thing”.

This style of dieting sets you up for one experiment after another. The Real Diet, which I’ll discuss near the end of this article, should complement your body’s requirements to survive and thrive. It should be a lifestyle diet and not a “next best thing” diet.

TIMELINE OF DIETS

Rene Lynch wrote an excellent article, which sets up a timeline of major diet crazes.[1] There are many diets that have gone in and out of favor over the decades. I’ve summarized some of the earliest ones as well as some of the more bizarre ones below:

1830: One of the first “diet crazes” was created by Reverend Sylvester Graham. He emphasized a high-fiber diet based on whole grain breads. His work inspired the manufacturing of graham flour and graham crackers.

1863: William Banting was an Englishman who was obese. To improve his own health and lose weight, he developed a low-carb diet and wrote about it in “Letter on Corpulence”. He was the first to popularize a weight-loss program based on limiting carbohydrates, especially starchy and sugary foods.

1925: Of all things, there was The Cigarette Diet.  Lucky Strike, a brand of cigarette, created an advertising campaign with the slogan, Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet”.

1928: The Inuit Diet became popular with the publication of “Studies on the Metabolism of Eskimos” by Peter Heinsbecker. His book emphasized eating meat, raw fish, and whale blubber.

1930: The Grapefruit Diet was a 12-day crash diet. It required eating a grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice at each meal.

1934: The Banana and Milk Diet was created by a medical doctor at Johns Hopkins University for his patients with diabetes. The diet consisted of eating four to six bananas and drinking three to four glasses of milk every day for two weeks. Then, for the next two weeks, patients would eat only meat, fish, eggs and vegetables, avoiding other fats or carbohydrates.

1950: The Cabbage Soup Diet is still popular today. It’s a 7-day diet that consists mainly of fat free cabbage soup, eaten two to three times a day. Other specific foods are allowed as the diet progresses over the course of 7 days.

1962: The Drinking Man’s Diet was published by Robert Cameron. He suggested dieters should count carbs and not calories. He stated that his diet, “… would let you have two martinis before lunch, and a thick steak generously spread with Sauce Béarnaise, so that you could make your sale in a relaxed atmosphere and go back to the office without worrying about having gained so much as an ounce.”

1975: The Cookie Diet was the baby of Dr. Sanford Siegal, a physician who specialized in treating overweight patients. He created a low-calorie cookie made with his secret “hunger-controlling” formula. These cookies were touted to keep appetite down and calorie-count low. There was a scheduled plan for eating Dr. Siegal’s cookies during the day along with a low-calorie meal for dinner.

1976: The Sleeping Beauty Diet suggested that being sedated is necessary to help people lose weight. It recommended taking sedatives when hungry to avoid eating too much. In essence, a person would sleep instead of eating.

1981: Judy Mazel created The Beverly Hills Diet to help her lose weight. It was based on the actions of enzymes on various foods as they were being digested. The diet detailed when specific foods could be eaten and in what combinations they should be eaten.

THE REAL DIET

Enter The Real Diet. It’s not a fad at all; it’s a lifestyle. It’s my “slogan” for what humans have been eating over the course of evolution – different foods based on different locations throughout the world.

For the last 200,000 years or so, modern humans – our primal ancestors – have learned to survive and thrive on the foods that were endemic to the areas of the world where these people lived. The DNA of our ancestors slowly evolved to become the blueprint, which guides our lives today. Our gut microbiome, which is continuously evolving more rapidly than our human cells, plays one of the most important roles in our overall health.[2] Our human cells and our gut microbiome require specific foods to provide the nutrients for us to survive and thrive, just as was true for our primal ancestors.

There is enormous variation in the foods that can provide our body with everything it needs. However, over-processed foods, ingested chemicals and medicines, and an overly-antiseptic lifestyle have caused our cells and our microbiome to malfunction.

Fad diets are not the answer. The “next best thing” should be The Real Diet. We need to return to a nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory way of eating supported by a lifestyle embedded with efficient exercise, restorative sleep, and reduction in all forms of stresses on the body.

If you are interested in jump starting your change to THE  REAL DIET, sign up today for Dr. Danenberg’s 12 Week Total Body Coaching program! You will get weekly worksheets, coaching and recipes to help you make a lifestyle change not just another diet fail. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Alvin Danenberg, is a periodondist, Certified Medical Practitioner, Primal Health Coach, and ADAPT-trained Health Professional. His first book, Crazy Good Living, is based on ancestral nutrition and lifestyle. He offers a 12 week body coaching program for people interested in transforming the way they think about themselves and the food they ingest. He shares his knowledge and thoughts at: drdanenberg.com.  He would be happy to engage face to face or virtually!
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Paleo Recipe: Blueberry Plantain Pancakes

 

This recipe shared by Dr. Danenberg on his blog from June 28, 2017.

BLUEBRRY PLANTAIN PANCAKES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Green plantains
  • 4 Eggs
  • 4 Teaspoons of vanilla extract (more or less based on taste)
  • 3 Tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 Cup whole organic blueberries
  • Ghee for the saucepan

PREPARATION

  1. Peel plantains and cut into small pieces. TIP: It is easier to cut the plantain in half,  then cut in half lengthwise; then separate the peel from the meat of the plantain with your fingers.
  2. Place plantain pieces into food processor or blender. (I use a Vitamix. Other good blenders are Ninja and Magic Bullet, see them here.)
  3. Add eggs, vanilla, coconut oil, baking soda, and sea salt to food processor or blender.
  4. Process until batter is smooth. TIP:  tThe ingredients blend better when blender power is adjusted from low to high several times.
  5. Pour batter into a 4-cup mixing bowl and stir in blueberries.
  6. Add small amount of ghee to frying pan over medium heat.
  7. Spoon blueberry batter into frying pan until pancake is desired size.
  8. Cook like a regular pancake. After about 2 minutes, the top will form little bubbles just like a regular pancake. Flip it, and cook the other side for another minute or so until done.
  9. Repeat until batter runs out. Add additional ghee to the pan as needed.
  10. Eat plain or top with fresh fruit, butter, raw honey, or whatever makes you happy!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Alvin Danenberg, is a periodondist, Certified Medical Practitioner, Primal Health Coach, and ADAPT-trained Health Professional. His first book, Crazy Good Living, is based on ancestral nutrition and lifestyle. He offers a 12 week body coaching program for people interested in transforming the way they think about themselves and the food they ingest. He shares his knowledge and thoughts at: drdanenberg.com.  He would be happy to engage face to face or virtually!

11 Ways to De-Stress

This article was originally written by Dr. Alvin Danenberg and was originally published on his website, drdanenberg.com on July 25th, 2016. 

11 Proven Ways to De-Stress Your Stress 

Physical stressors (like excessive exercise, lack of sleep, injuries, and infections) take their toll on your body. Environmental stressors (like drugs, toxic substances, damaging foods, and other pollutants) also take their toll. However, psychological stressors (like worry, depression, anger, fear, life’s challenges, and overall happiness issues) are more prevalent in our society today than ever before with devastating results. Almost everyone tries to deal with these and wants to get a handle on them. Prescription medicines seem to be the go-to solution. They aren’t the answer!

What really works for psychological stress? What has been proven to de-stress your stress without drugging you up? Here are 11 proven ideas, which are great starting points:

  1. Be present. It boils down to one-on-one. Focus on the moment – not on the past or on the future – just on the moment. For example, if you have an important task you need to accomplish, you can stress out because you think there are a million other things waiting to be done. Or you can be present and focus completely on that task. Be present one-on-one – you and that one task. When you’re done, you can move on to the next task.
  2. Just say, “NO!” If you are stressed because you feel forced to do more than you physically and emotionally want to handle, then don’t. Just say, “No!” Limit and prioritize your time to do those things you want and need to do.
  3. Avoid those people who stress you out. There may be some people that put pressures on you, and these people may not be important in your life. If this is the case, then avoid them.
  4. Reduce your dependence on the news. Constant news on TV and other media can be upsetting and depressing. If these sources create undue stress, then stop watching or listening to them. Get the news you need, but don’t inundate yourself with it.
  5. Give up on pointless arguments. You don’t have to win every battle. You don’t have to compromise your morals or ethics either, but you could assume enough is enough and just move on.
  6. Reframe situations that stress you. Try to place situations in a different context. For example, if you’re stuck in traffic, you might be able to listen to a podcast that you were planning to do later on, or you could just use this precious time to decompress or think through some of the priorities you have scheduled for the rest of your day.
  7. Lower your expectations and standards where possible. You don’t have to be 100% successful with every task. Sometimes 80% is good enough. When it is not, then strive for the remaining 20%.
  8. Realize things are what they are. There are things you can’t change. However, you don’t have to compromise with those things you can and want to change.
  9. Discover gratitude. Be thankful for the loved ones in your life and for those positive things you have accomplished in your life.
  10. Experience empathy for yourself and for others. You will learn compassion for yourself, and you will better understand what affects others.
  11. Explore and practice specific stress management practices. These might include progressive muscle relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga, tai chi, and various forms of exercise.

This list is far from exhaustive, but a great starting point.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Alvin Danenberg, is a periodondist, Certified Medical Practitioner, Primal Health Coach, and ADAPT-trained Health Professional. His first book, Crazy Good Living, is based on ancestral nutrition and lifestyle. He offers a 12 week body coaching program for people interested in transforming the way they think about themselves and the food they ingest. He shares his knowledge and thoughts at: drdanenberg.com.  He would be happy to engage face to face or virtually!
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Sleep, Nose-Breathing & Mouth Taping

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This article originally posted by Dr. Danenberg on his website, November 6th, 2017. 

QUALITY OF SLEEP

Quality of sleep is critical for health.[1] One of the components of quality sleep is proper breathing while sleeping. Oxygen is actually a nutrient for your body – a life-critical nutrient. If you were to stop breathing, you would die. If you stopped breathing temporarily for any reason for just a few seconds, it could affect your overall health.[2] [3] [4] This is called “apnea.

Sometimes, apnea must be treated by a medical professional. Sometimes, a special customized dental appliance could be made to help keep your airway open or provide proper spacing for your tongue. However, to help you breathe properly, here are several suggestions:

  • Place your tongue to the upper front part of the roof of your mouth, just behind your upper front teeth. This helps to keep the position of your lower jaw in correct relationship to your upper jaw, and it also helps keep your airway open.
  • Breathe through your nose and not through your mouth. Breathing through your nose is the normal way to breathe. However, at times you may find your nose is “stuffy”. You could use a specialized tape that helps keep your nostrils open. An adhesive strip that is made of a spring-like band tapes to the outside of the bridge of your nose that gently pulls your nostrils wider. One brand is called Breathe Right Strips. They are available in most drug stores and from Amazon.
  • Keep your lips closed. Sometimes while you are sleeping, you may begin to open your mouth and breathe through your mouth.

IMPORTANCE OF NOSE-BREATHING

Nose-breathing is important because it helps in the production of nitric oxide.[6] Nitric oxide enhances memory and learning, regulates blood pressure, reduces inflammation, improves sleep quality, increases endurance and strength, improves immune function, and supports healthy gum tissues.[7]

The body produces a large percentage of its nitric oxide from breathing through your nose as well as from nitrates in your saliva.[8] If you only breathed through your mouth, you might decrease the overall amount of beneficial nitric oxide that could be available to your body.
Also, mouth-breathing at night could cause you to wake up with a dry mouth. This isn’t comfortable. A dry mouth can …

  • reduce the healthy bacteria in your mouth, which can cause gum disease
  • promote cavities because the teeth are not being bathed in saliva, which helps teeth resist cavities through a process called remineralization
  • increase the overall acidity of the mouth, which in turn could increase tooth decay
  • cause bad breath

MOUTH-TAPING

So, here is a possible cure for mouth-breathing. It is “mouth-taping”.

With mouth-taping, you would actually tape your mouth shut. An easy way to do this is to use a piece of Micropore Tape manufactured by 3M. You would place the tape across your closed lips from one corner of your mouth to the other. Fold over a small piece of the tape on both ends to make a “tab”. This will make it easier to quickly remove. Using tape will train you to keep your mouth closed while you sleep. You can purchase Micropore Tape in most drug stores and from Amazon.

However, before you try to use mouth-tape when you are ready to go to sleep, I suggest that you try it for about a half-hour a couple of days before you go to sleep. This will help you get used to the feel to the tape. Then, when you are ready, start taping your mouth shut when you go to bed.

Mouth-taping not only forces you to breathe through your nose during sleep; it also could be a diagnostic tool. If you had to take the tape off during the night because you could not breathe through your nose, then you would know you didn’t breathe properly that night. If that were the case, you might need to schedule an appointment with a medical specialist to determine if you have sleep apnea and need medical treatment for your breathing issues.

SUMMARY

Get a good night’s sleep – about 7-8 hours. Breathe through your nose and not through your mouth. If simple techniques do not allow you to breathe through your nose at night, then you might have a form of sleep apnea. In that case, you might need to seek treatment from a medical or dental professional who is trained to evaluate your sleep disorder.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Alvin Danenberg, is a periodondist, Certified Medical Practitioner, Primal Health Coach, and ADAPT-trained Health Professional. His first book, Crazy Good Living, is based on ancestral nutrition and lifestyle. He offers a 12 week body coaching program for people interested in transforming the way they think about themselves and the food they ingest. He shares his knowledge and thoughts at: drdanenberg.com.  He would be happy to engage face to face or virtually!
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