What is Sleep Inertia? It’s the feeling you get when you wake suddenly from REM sleep. It causes disorientation and a shaky feeling that can last up to an hour. If you’re sleep deprived (pretty much everyone!), that feeling can remain for two or more hours. That could describe the daily experience of nearly every adolescent you know. Up at dawn, no time for breakfast, off to school, after school sports, lessons, or a job, eat on the run, home late, stay up late doing homework, get a few hours of sleep, and repeat. [Read more…] about Sleep Inertia and the Adolescent
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joins orthodontists nationwide in the fight against bullying
for National Bullying Prevention Month
Teeth have often been reported as a main feature targeted by bullies, as shown in this study that appeared in American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. [Read more…] about National Bullying Prevention Month
Vaping is dangerous. The recent news is full of stories investigating the health hazards of vaping, including death. Sanjay Gupta is an American neurosurgeon as well as chief medical correspondent and the host of CNN show Sanjay Gupta MD. [Read more…] about Vaping is Dangerous
Back to school… that wonderful, horrible time of the year! So much is new… teachers, friends, schools, etc., that sometimes keeping other routines on track, especially when you have braces, can be a challenge.💻📚😆 [Read more…] about Back to School with Braces
More news about direct to consumer orthodontic treatment comes from the American Dental Association (ADA). The ADA has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Division of Consumer Protection regarding aspects of the marketing and sales of direct-to-consumer plastic teeth aligners. This follows their citizen’s petition sent in June to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which stated that the public is being put at risk by companies that are knowingly evading the FDA’s “by prescription only” restriction that the agency placed on teeth-aligning materials. [Read more…] about More News About Direct to Consumer Orthodontic Treatment
This week a patient came to me with the following question, “Dr. Remington, can lips get sunburned?” The answer is yes they can, and he was surprised by that… [Read more…] about Can Lips Get Sunburned?
Let’s face it, motivating adolescents to do something they don’t want to do is an uphill battle in the best of circumstances, but when we’re talking about orthodontic treatment, the stakes are higher.
In a study published in the April issue of American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, the authors concluded that “adolescents’ use of wireless mobile technology can be harnessed to improve toothbrushing efficacy and motivation.” They also noted previous reports of “increasing integration of digital technologies into personalized health care, as well as the use of mobile phone applications, especially in adolescents.”
Adolescents’ Use of Mobile Technology Can Be Used to Improve Motivation
No. The short answer is no, your dentist is not an orthodontist. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), an orthodontist is an individual who completed college, dental school, and an orthodontic residency.
Only dentists who graduate at the top of their dental class are accepted into a residency program. Similar to any other medical specialist, orthodontists complete their residency program for two to three years after dental school. This means that all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. [Read more…] about Is My Dentist An Orthodontist?