The latest updates on dental technology, treatments and how Nashville Restorative Dentistry is working to deliver the best possible care for our patients.
Are you grinding your teeth?
Aug 06, 2020
Most people don’t realize they’re grinding their teeth until damage has already been done — they might be experiencing jaw pain or their dentist noticed wear on their teeth. Maybe they’re waking up with headaches every day or, in some cases, the grinding was loud enough that their sleep partner noticed. Regardless of how they discover the problem, chances are it’s been happening for a while. Teeth grinding is actually known as “bruxism,” which refers to any friction between the...
Is the Shrinking Human Jaw Causing more Sleep Apnea?
Jun 15, 2020
More than 18 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea today, and one major reason for that is the shrinking human jaw. Research shows the human jaw has become significantly smaller since the days of prehistoric hunter-gatherers, further obstructing airways in modern humans. Cue the sleep apnea. Why are our jaws betraying us? Paul Ehrlich, Ph.D., explains in his book “JAWS: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic” that this jaw-shrinking has been influenced by biological, cultural and dietary...