About Airway Problems
Many people may not realize that oral health is tightly linked with the airways and proper breathing. Bacteria caused by poor oral hygiene and oral diseases, such as gum disease, can travel and lead to airway problems, which can affect a patient’s breathing. At Cosmetic Dental Associates in Houston, the dentists and their team can diagnose and treat a wide variety of airway problems. It is important to seek treatment right away because once the bacteria pass through the airways, it can enter the lungs, and cause serious illnesses like pneumonia, which can be deadly, if left untreated.
"Five stars for every aspect of this practice. Dr. Riley and Dr. Davis truly care about their patients, take time to do procedures correctly and carefully with the latest technology. The office staff is always friendly and will work with your schedule to get you in when needed. I recommend CDA to all of my friends and family. This IS the place for dentistry."- A.C. / Yelp / Aug 02, 2016
"The people who work at Cosmetic Dental Associates are consistently reliable and extremely talented, kind, and professional, and I trust them completely with my dental care. Becky who manages the office at the front desk is wonderful, and so are the dental hygienists and dental team members Marijo, Kim, and Janice. They are so on top of everything, plus they always are so welcoming and have great communication skills. They are like this with me and with everyone I have seen them interacting with over the past six years or so that I've been going to the dental office for regular teeth cleanings and for the few cavity fillings that I unfortunately had to do. Dr. Matt Guerre does a fantastic job. He is very personable and professional, and has very great attention to detail. He explains scientific details very well- in both layman's terms and in technical terms. He is very thorough and makes sure that he and the team there do the very best job that can be done. Sending a special thank you to Becky and Marijo who I have interacted with the most at the office. Check out this dental office if you want to have a go-to place where you know you'll always be cared for and educated by extremely skilled dental care professionals."- E.D. / Yelp / Jan 18, 2018
"Spiker Davis is as good as it gets! He has been my dentist for over 30 years and I truly don't know what I would do without him. He is very caring and listens attentively. Spiker offers solutions and the all around care that I receive is unsurpassed. His lab turns out perfect crowns and his dental assistants are thorough and caring. He also offers sound advise...."wear your night guard!" Or..."you just have to floss the ones you want to keep!" But I don't mind when he kindly scolds, it makes me know he cares. I highly recommend Spiker Davis if YOU want a beautiful and healthy smile!"- K.J. / Yelp / May 09, 2017
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Gum disease is caused by the build-up of bacteria. The bacteria and other debris come together to form a sticky film (plaque) on the teeth. When the plaque hardens, it becomes tartar and when tartar and plaque are left on the teeth, gum disease can arise. Once the bacteria from the disease leaves the mouth, it can go into the airway passages and lungs, leading to airway problems and respiratory issues.
What to Expect
Oftentimes, medications, such as antibiotics, can be given for some airway problems to clear up any infections. Procedures to reduce plaque and tartar can be performed to prevent recurring issues. These can include scaling where the tartar and plaque are removed beneath the gum line by your dentist.
In some cases, surgery may be needed, which can include laser gum surgery and gum graft surgery. Upper airway surgery can also be used for extreme cases. Surgery can be performed on the soft palate, the trachea, and even the tongue.
Regardless of treatment, a patient needs to practice good oral hygiene, which includes brushing teeth at least twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting the dentist for routine check-ups and cleaning. It’s also best to avoid smoking and tobacco products. If surgery is performed, your dentist will give you detailed instructions on how to care for the treatment site.
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Want to Learn More?
Airway problems can be serious and the root is often right in the mouth. Poor oral hygiene can lead to breathing problems, which are easily preventable with proper oral care. Our team can determine if you have airway problems and help treat present issues and prevent future conditions from arising. Please give us a call today.