How Dentists Help Treat Sleep Apnea

How Dentists Help Treat Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea and snoring are serious medical issues often left undiagnosed and untreated. If you feel like you are suffering from sleep apnea, an easy way to get a diagnosis is to make an appointment with your dentist. 90% of people are unaware that they have sleep apnea, but dentists can identify early signs of sleep disorders in patients and help treat the problem.

What is Sleep Apnea?

There are two categories of sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and Central sleep apnea (CSA). 

Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by the narrowing or closing of the airway. Johns Hopkins Medicine explains that OSA occurs when your breathing is restricted for more than 10 seconds at least five times an hour. The lack of oxygen sends a signal to the brain, and jolts you awake, often with a snort or choke. 

Not everyone with OSA snores, however, so it is good to stay alert for any other common symptoms, which, according to the National Sleep Foundation, are: 

  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Night sweats
  • An inability to focus
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • The need to urinate frequently
  • Sexual dysfunction

Your breathing is also affected when suffering from CSA. In this form of the condition, your brain stops sending signals to breathe, so your breathing stops for short bursts. This means sufferers may struggle to fall and stay asleep. A common symptom of CSA is waking up short of breath.

Health Complications Caused by Sleep Apnea

Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea can cause serious health issues, as sufferers often cannot achieve the REM cycles needed for muscle repair and memory health. Leaving sleep apnea untreated can lead to health problems such as:

  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Mood-related issues, such as depression
  • Unstable blood oxygen levels 

Who is at Risk of Sleep Apnea?

Several factors affect your risk of acquiring sleep apnea, but a stand-out statistic is that men are two to three times more likely to develop the condition than women. Other factors that can increase the risk of sleep apnea are: 

  • Obesity
  • A large neck circumference
  • Mandibular Retrognathia or Micrognathia (conditions contributing to a receded lower jaw and undersized jaw, respectively)
  • Age (sleep apnea is more common in older patients)
  • Nasal congestion
  • Lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol
  • A family history of the condition

How Can a Dentist Help My Sleep Apnea?

Your dentist can work alongside your doctor or sleep specialist to develop a treatment plan that will help alleviate your OSA or CSA symptoms in the long term. A dentist can diagnose initial sleep apnea through dental and physiological examinations. If your physician determines that the course of treatment includes an oral appliance, then your dentist will collaborate to ensure a thorough oral examination in preparation for your fitting.

Oral appliances are the standard treatment for OSA patients. Many oral appliances on the market, ranging from mouth guards to tongue-retaining devices, usually move the tongue, jaw, and soft palette out of the way to encourage an open airway. Your dentist can custom-fit the chosen device for you and will work with your doctor to find a comfortable solution that best suits your needs. 

We’re Here to Help

If you’re worried that you might have sleep apnea, or are unsure and want to be sure, then make an appointment with us at Cakmes Dental Studio in Knoxville, TN. Your oral health is our priority.

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Dental Hygiene & Heart Disease: What You Need To Know

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It’s long been proposed that the condition of your teeth can impact the health of your heart. While it may seem strange that the cleanliness of your mouth can affect your heart, various gum diseases invariably seem present with coronary conditions

As October is National Dental Hygiene Month, we thought it would be a good time to relook at the possible link between poor oral hygiene and heart disease to see if they are connected.

Does Bad Oral Hygiene Cause Heart Disease?

While the American Heart Association asserts that good oral care cannot treat heart disease, there are some widely accepted theories regarding the connections between good dental hygiene and the heart:  

While more recent studies note an association between poor oral care and increased risks for cardiovascular disease, many researchers still find the evidence inconsistent and unreliableThe great debate will continue until further research provides more conclusive evidence. 

Why Is Good Oral Hygiene Still Important?

While the jury is still out on whether poor oral care contributes to heart disease, proper dental hygiene is essential for your general well-being. 

Even if you aren’t worried about coronary issues, cleaning and protecting your teeth is in your best interest. For one, periodontal disease can hurt the soft tissue of your teeth, leading to tooth decay. Other gum diseases cause pits that can get infected or lead to other health problems. 

Oral health is total body health, so taking steps to clean your teeth is all part of your daily healthcare routine. 

Prevention Is Better Than Relying on a Cure

There are several ways you protect your teeth—and by extension, possibly even your heart.  

  • Brushing and flossing are everyday practices, and you can rinse with mouthwash. 
  • Regular visits to the dentist are also beneficial, as the experts can detect potential diseases early and take steps to preserve the health of your teeth. 
  • Quitting smoking is a significant lifestyle change that can also help. 

Prevention is far better than dealing with extended and costly dental issues. 

Want to improve your overall dental hygiene? Contact Cakmes Dental Studio for all your general dentistry and oral care needs.  Our dental health services include preventative dental care and periodontal therapy to ensure healthy gums and bones.

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Oral Health Month

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It’s Oral Health Month, and we’re here to tell you why a healthy mouth is essential to your overall health and how to stay proactive on all fronts. Of course, you should brush, floss, and visit your dentist every six months for a healthy mouth, but did you know that’s only the start? Many factors play a role in your oral health. Let’s look at the main ones affecting most of the population. 

Everything you eat or drink enters your mouth and goes through your esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. This means that the food you eat directly affects all of these organs. So, not only is it crucial to transfer nutrients through healthy foods to keep these organs functioning efficiently and effectively, but it’s also essential you set your body up for success through proper oral health practices. Without good oral hygiene, the built-up bacteria can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and issues in your digestive and respiratory tracts. Starting with healthy food and hygienic practices will go a long way in ensuring the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, and many of your organs. 

In addition, saliva helps wash away food and acid produced by bacteria in your mouth, decreasing your chances of many diseases and oral health issues. Unfortunately, some medications, such as decongestants, antihistamines, diuretics, antidepressants, and painkillers, reduce saliva flow and cause dry mouth. When your body produces little saliva, it’s harder to wash away the bacteria, and you become more susceptible to diseases like periodontitis. 

There are a few ways to counteract the feeling of dry mouth, but the most effective is to sip water throughout the day. In addition, you should limit your caffeine intake, never smoke or chew tobacco, discontinue the use of mouthwash with alcohol and opt for an alcohol-free wash, and chew sugar-free gum – this stimulates saliva flow. While dry mouth isn’t technically a symptom of poor oral health techniques, it adversely affects your oral health. 

Poor oral health can lead to other health issues, such as endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, pneumonia, and pregnancy or birth complications. 

This June (and every month after), ensure that a healthy mouth is your priority. Brush for at least two minutes twice daily, floss, use mouthwash, visit your dentist regularly, and watch what you eat; sugary food and drinks can significantly impact your oral and overall health. If you’re due for a cleaning, schedule an appointment at Cakmes Dental Studio. We’re happy to get you on the right track and ensure your oral health is helping your overall health.

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Can diabetes affect oral care?

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Over 20 million Americans have diabetes, a disease that results from having too much sugar in the blood. It can happen either as a result of the body not producing enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or that the body stops responding to insulin (type 2 diabetes). 

Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, having too much sugar in your blood can take a toll on your health, including your oral health.

Diabetes and Gum and Teeth Diseases

All of us have bacteria in our mouth. And these bacteria feed on sugar. 

If you have uncontrolled diabetes, your poor blood sugar control can make you more prone to dental health problems, such as:

  • Tooth cavities
    When the bacteria in the mouth interact with starches and sugar from food and drinks, they form a sticky film, called plaque, on the teeth.

    The plaque has acids that attack the surface of the teeth, eventually leading to cavities and gum disease. 
  • Gingivitis
    If you have unmanaged diabetes and you don’t brush and floss regularly, you are increasing your risk of developing gum diseases like gingivitis.

    Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes redness, irritation, and swelling of the gingiva, the part of the gum around the base of the teeth. 
  • Periodontitis
    Periodontitis is an advanced gum disease that destroys the soft tissues and bones that support your teeth.

    People with diabetes tend to have more severe cases of periodontitis as the disease lowers their ability to fight infections. 

Oral Care for Diabetics

Learning to manage your blood sugar level and taking care of your dental health goes hand-in-hand. Without the other, your diabetes may worsen (gum diseases can actually raise your blood sugar level) or both your physical and dental health may suffer. 

If you’re diabetic, it’s important to:

  1. Commit to lifestyle changes
    Your diet and physical activity play a significant role in managing your blood sugar level. There are a lot of people who were successful in controlling their diabetes and even getting out of it simply by committing to serious lifestyle changes like eating well and making sure to have regular physical activity. 
  2. Brush and floss your teeth daily
    These two simple habits can make a lot of difference. They keep plaque from building up. The buildup of plaque on the teeth causes irritation of the gingiva.

    Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride-containing toothpaste and make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day.

    When flossing, use the waxed variety. If you’re struggling in manipulating the floss, use a floss holder. 
  3. Schedule regular dental visits
    Even if you are consistent in brushing and flossing your teeth, it’s still highly recommended to visit your dentist. He/she can provide your teeth and gums a thorough examination and recommend the next appropriate intervention.

    Regular visits often include X-rays and professional cleanings, which helps catch gum disease in their early stages.

Cakmes Dental Studio has a team of dental care professionals who have years of experience in dealing with different types of dental health issues.

Take care of your dental health. For appointments, you may call us at (865) 584-6163.



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4 Healthy Teeth Tips for Halloween

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Many kids (and kids at heart) look forward to Halloween. It’s the time of the year when all sorts of candies and other treats are handed out freely. 

During this spooky season of fun and treats, Cakmes Dental Studio wants to ensure that you and your family’s oral health is well-taken care of. 

The following can help you keep your teeth healthy while enjoying Halloween

  • Brush and floss

Brushing and flossing your teeth are one of the simplest yet important ways of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. 

Brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste makes sure that no sugar will be sticking on your teeth, especially at night. 

Flossing is also important as it removes food particles between your teeth that your toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Plus, it helps remove plaque beneath your gum line.

  • Pick a treat or two

Like many of us, you may get used to treats during Halloween. While not having these sugary treats is ideal, some of us may find it challenging to do. 

A good compromise is picking a fun-size treat or two and giving the rest away.

  • Make your own sugar-free treats

The two types of bacteria that are destructive in your mouth feed on sugar. They form a dental plaque, a sticky, colorless film on the surface of your teeth.

When plaque is not washed away by saliva or by brushing, the mouth becomes more acidic, making it more prone to developing cavities.

Hence, avoiding sugar can benefit your dental health. 

If you are considering this route, making your own sugar-free treats this Halloween is a great idea. There are tons of recipes you can find online – from candies to savory meals you can share in Halloween parties. 

  • Drink plenty of water

Drinking water, especially a fluorinated one, is one of the most beneficial things you can do to prevent tooth decay.

Halloween may only be celebrated once a year but taking care of your dental health can benefit you for years to come.

To request an appointment at Cakmes Dental Studio, call us at (865) 584-6163 or visit:




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What is periodontitis?

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If your gums are swollen, appear bright red or purplish, bleed easily, and feel tender when touched, you may be suffering from periodontitis.

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a serious gum condition that can damage the soft tissues and destroys the bones that support the teeth. It’s often a result of bacteria that’s been allowed to accumulate on the teeth and gums.

Most cases of periodontitis results from the accumulation of plaque. It’s a sticky film that’s comprised mainly of bacteria. 

When we neglect our dental hygiene, plaque can accumulate and harden under the gumline. The longer it stays there, the harder it is to remove.

If left unmanaged, plaque accumulation can cause gingivitis, a mild form of periodontitis. Ongoing gum inflammation can eventually lead to periodontitis and other complications.

What are the signs and symptoms of periodontitis?

Aside from red, swollen gums that bleed easily, periodontitis may also cause the development of new spaces between your teeth, the formation of pus between teeth and gums, bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

Is periodontitis treatable?

Periodontitis can be treated. The earlier it is detected, the better the treatment outcome. 

Cakmes Dental Studio provides periodontal care. We assess your gum condition and recommend the most suitable options for you. 

Our Periodontal Care Services include periodontitis treatment, gingivitis treatment, bacterial infection treatment, and  inflammation care.

Periodontitis is a highly preventable and treatable disease. While basic dental care habits such as brushing and flossing can help, seeing a dentist can help prevent the progression of early-stage gum disease.

To schedule an appointment, you may call us at (865) 588-8202.



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Dental Health For Breastfeeding Moms

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Breastfeeding is known to be one of the earliest ways to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS, obesity, asthma, and many more. It can also reduce the mother’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer. But did you know that breastfeeding can also impact the dental health of the baby? 

Breastfeeding promotes better teeth alignment

Recent studies have shown that babies who were exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months were less likely to develop open bites, crossbites, and other teeth alignment issues. 

Breastfeeding reduces the risk for baby bottle tooth decay 

Baby bottle tooth decay develops when a baby has prolonged exposure to drinks containing sugar. This usually happens to babies who are put to bed with a bottle, even if it’s formula or milk.

Dental care is still needed even if you are breastfeeding.

Although breastfeeding can be beneficial in so many aspects, children who have been breastfed can still develop cavities. Breastfeeding doesn’t make the kids cavity-free. 

It’s very important to start caring for your child’s dental health early. You can start cleaning your child’s gum area with a clean, damp cloth after every feeding. You can do this even if your child isn’t teething yet.

For moms, self-care is important especially if it affects your health. Many moms end up neglecting their dental health due to their busy schedules. Your dental health is as important as the rest of your family.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day are still the simplest ways to prevent gum and tooth diseases. Also, make sure to have your teeth checked by a dentist. An annual dental check can help prevent serious dental health issues. 

Cakmes Dental Studio in Knoxville has a team of dental health professionals who can help you bring back your smile. To request an appointment, you can call us at (865) 584-6163 or visit



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Back-to-School Oral Care

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We know that the beginning of the school year is usually chaotic. There’s that transition from lazy summer mornings to rushing to get the kids on time for the bus. However, we believe that oral care shouldn’t be neglected especially at this period. Dental issues such as tooth decay can cause an increase in your child’s missed days in school.

To help you out, we’ve outlined some of the best back-to-school dental care tips:

  • Teach your kids how to brush and floss properly
    Brushing and flossing the teeth regularly are some of the simplest ways to prevent diseases of the gums and teeth. Until your child reaches the age of 7, monitor how he/she brushes and flosses his/her teeth. Make sure that your child brushes his/her teeth long enough. You may want to set a timer for 3 minutes to ensure this.

  • Be careful of what your kids eat and drink
    Your child’s diet plays a significant role in his/her oral health. Provide your child with healthy snacks and meals at home and for school. It’s also best for their oral health to limit their consumption of sweetened drinks and treats.
  • Learn how to handle dental emergencies

Accidents are inevitable especially when you have an active kid. These accidents may cause their teeth to get cracked or knocked out. Before these happen, make sure you know how to handle the situation.

When your child’s tooth is accidentally knocked out, carefully pick the tooth without touching the root. Keep the root moist by temporarily placing it back in the socket or placing it in a glass of milk.

In cases of a cracked tooth, have your child rinse with a glass of warm water. This will rinse any debris in the mouth. If there’s inflammation or swelling, place a cold cloth against your child’s cheek and call your dentist for further instructions.

  • Schedule a dental check-up at least once a year

Before the school year starts to get busy, you may want to schedule your child’s dental check-up at the beginning of the school year. 

A dentist can check your child’s teeth and gums. Seeing a dentist can also ensure your child gets routine dental care before any tooth/gum issues arise.

Cakmes Dental Studio is a family-oriented dental clinic. We take pride in taking care of patients dealing with various dental issues. To schedule an appointment with us, please call (865) 584-6163.



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Teething Tips

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The emergence of your baby’s first tooth is a huge milestone. While it’s a big event in your baby’s life, it can be very uncomfortable him or her. The more you understand this phase and what you can expect, the more you help you are able to provide for your baby.

What can you expect during the teething process?

Many babies begin teething between 4 and 7 months. For some babies, it can happen at a much later stage.

Usually, the first tooth to emerge is one of the lower, central incisors. Some kids have a pattern of serial eruption while there are also those who experience multiple dental eruptions at the same time. 

Some teeth can be more sensitive when they erupt. The larger molars are usually the ones that cause a significant amount of discomfort due to their larger surface area. They simply can’t ‘slice’ through the gum tissue as what erupting incisors can do.

Although the symptoms of teething could vary from one baby to another, many babies who are teething experience the following:

  • Tender and swollen gums
  • Fussiness
  • Gnawing or wanting to chew on things
  • Lots of drooling
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns
  • A slightly elevated temperature

What can you do when your baby’s teething?

If your baby seems uncomfortable with his/her teething, you can do the following to soothe his/her gums:

  • Rub your baby’s gums
    With the use of your clean finger or moistened gauze pad, you can relieve the discomfort from sore gums. 
  • Keep it cool
    Whether it’s a cold washcloth or chilled (not frozen) teething ring, anything that’s ‘cool’ can be soothing to your baby’s gums. 
  • Try hard foods
    If your baby is already eating solid food, try offering something edible such as slices of cucumber for gnawing. Keep an eye on your baby as any piece may break off and pose a choking hazard. 
  • Use pain medicines
    Make sure to consult your healthcare provider before giving any medicine to your baby. Over-the-counter pain meds such as acetaminophen could help but they could also mask symptoms that are important to know.

If you have other concerns regarding your child’s teething, you can call us. At Cakmes Dental Studio, we have a team who can help you. We take pride in providing the best dental care for our patients.

To schedule an appointment, you can call us (865) 584-6163.



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How do I fix bad breath?

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Halitosis is different from the usual “morning breath” or strong smell that stays after eating a tuna sandwich. It’s chronic bad breath that extends for a certain period of time and can be a sign of something more serious.

What causes halitosis?

Chronic bad breath can be a symptom that something is going on with your body, including:

  • Dental issues
    Cavities and gum disease are common mouth issues that can cause halitosis. Both of these conditions create extra places for bad breath-causing bacteria to hide, making them more difficult to clear out when brushing or flossing.
  • Dry mouth
    Your saliva plays an important role in your dental health. It helps remove unwanted leftovers in your mouth and aids in the breakdown of food. If you don’t make enough saliva, you may suffer from bad breath. This can happen as a result of medications, certain conditions, smoking, and excessive alcohol use.
  • ENT infections
    Infections of the ears, nose, and throat may cause bad breath. It’s because the bacteria feed on the mucus that the body produces when it’s battling an infection.

What are the remedies for halitosis?

Fortunately, there are ways you can do to fix your bad breath problem.

  1. Maintain good oral hygiene
    Many cases of halitosis are linked to poor oral hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth very well, the mouth breaks down the tiny pieces of food that are caught between your teeth. This can produce an odor similar to rotten eggs.

    Also, if you don’t brush and floss your teeth well, it can provide a very suitable environment for bad breath-causing bacteria to thrive.
  2. Don’t forget to scrape your tongue
    Regular brushing and flossing helps but it’s not enough. Remember, the tongue also houses tons of food particles. So, it’s important to include it as part of your oral hygiene routine.

    Get your tongue cleaned by brushing it or using a tongue scraper.
  3. Check in with your dentist
    If you’ve been consistent with your oral hygiene routine and still suffer from bad breath, you may want to schedule an appointment with your dentist. With a good, thorough cleaning and exam, your dentist can determine what causes your halitosis and can advise you on your next steps.

    Cakmes Dental Studio has well-experienced dental staff who can help you with any dental health issues. We take pride in the quality of dental care we provide to our patients. To request for an appointment, you can call us at (865) 584-6163.



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