I’m blogging from the waiting room of my dentist’s office in Boulder, Colorado thanks to my handy Verizon Broadband Access. MD and I are here for our annual maintenance; we come to Boulder because we love our dentist here. We always figure a reason to get back here so that we can put ourselves into her tender hands.
As MD was getting all her prelim stuff done, the dentist, Judy Timchula (who gets my highest recommendation) came out to chew the fat with me in the waiting room. She mentioned that she is seeing an epidemic of broken and cracked teeth. She said that when she started practice about 25 years ago she almost never saw this problem, and now she sees it all the time.
The patients who suffer these problems are almost always obese. Her theory is that they grind their teeth at night because they suffer from some degree of sleep apnea. I agree with her. Sleep apnea is a component of the insulin resistance syndrome, and can be significantly improved with a low-carb diet. The really nice thing is that a low-carb diet will improve the sleep apnea long before any substantial loss of weight occurs, so it is most likely a function of lowering insulin levels.
As per usual, someone has come along with a solution to this problem that only serves to create more problems via the law of unintended consequences. A dentist has developed a snore guard mouthpiece that dentists everywhere are making to put in people’s mouths who have this problem. Judy says that these patients are then prone to TMJ problems because of the way the device affects the jaw, they’re at risk for loosened teeth, infections, and a host of other problems.
The solution is simple. Follow a rigid low-carb diet and you will see sleep improvements almost immediately.
Epidemic of cracked teeth