So, how did you feel when you woke up this morning? Ready to take on the world with energy and enthusiasm or dragging yourself out of bed begrudgingly and grumpy? How about mid-afternoon? Hard to concentrate through the mental fog? The last thing on your mind would be to exercise, just want to rest. Fatigue is a reality for far too many children and adults and it is taking a toll on future health as critical neurological sensors are being destroyed causing permanent impairment so says Dr. Christian Guilleminault, Stanford University’s eminent sleep scholar and researcher. All the best science in human health is focused on the importance of quality and quantity of sleep as the most important predictor of longevity and wellbeing with overwhelming evidence of reduction of chronic diseases that plague Americans and monetarily overwhelm our Medical System. We are headed for Medical bankruptcy if we cannot change this “climate”.
To say it’s all a breathing problem sounds so oversimplified and implausible when we breathe so automatically, but it is the basic truth between robust health and sickness. Orthodontic evaluations are an essential pathway to resolving our biggest most important health problem. The characteristics of the face and teeth reveal much information that is the concern of orthodontists and if corrective measures are not taken early, ages 3 – 7. irreversible anatomical deviations will have developed. There must be an integrated, collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to treatment, but facial development is at the core of the problem. By age four, 60% of the adult face has been built and by age eleven, 90% of the adult face is built. Puberty brings on other obstructing factors that interfere with adequate ventilation.
Breathing issues are not being addressed properly in the medical community worldwide and there are staggering numbers of undiagnosed/untreated sleep problems. Sleep is a breathing issue and health is a breathing issue and if anybody snores, chokes. wheezes, coughs, gasps, breathes through the mouth, wakes up multiple times, sighs often, sleeps less than 7 1/2 hours or more than 8, needs multiple trips to the bathroom at night, grinds or clenches their teeth or has acid reflux – you’ve got trouble brewing. Why take years off your life and feel lousy living the years left? The way you breathe is the “canary in the mine”.
There are sophisticated technologies utilized to aid the diagnosis of sleep breathing disorders, sleep apnea being only one of some 80 disturbances, but nothing is a truer test than how you feel and perform during the day. Your child’s facial and jaw development should be a concern for their future health and wellbeing. We provide the education, evaluation, connections with other knowledgeable partners and specific orthodontic treatment targeted to airway development. Yes, we love the beautiful smiles our orthodontic treatment achieves but we are totally invested in the beautiful health that quality sleep and lifestyle management insure.
Learn a better way to live,
call (727) 822-3156 for a complimentary visit.
Make sleep a priority!
John B. Harrison DDS, MSc
Learn more from Dr. Harrison’s video presentations. You’ll find them informative and interesting just like this one about Sleep Apnea:
By now many of you know that selling the Medical Dental Arts building my father built in 1952 would become a reality at some point in my career when the timing was right. Downtown St. Pete is developing beyond what any of us old-timers could have ever imagined, and a developer wanted the property. I had hoped the buyer would allow me to stay in place while the first phase of demolition and construction of townhouses took place, but the disruption would have been unfair to all concerned. I have been very fortunate to secure my good friend, Dr. Mike Grant’s vacated dental office at 7499 MLK Street N, just south of Gate Way shopping center and just north of Fossil Park Rec Center. We are sprucing it up a bit and have a lot of moving in to do. We will close our downtown office the last week of April for moving and will be in full operation on May 1st.
As you might imagine this has been a tough transition because of family tradition. I have really appreciated the location and convenience of the heart of St. Pete. I was 14 when the building was built and took care of the yard and planted those oak trees so there is a great deal of sentimental attachment, but change is inevitable, and we will enjoy the new location, no stairs for you to climb and individual treatment rooms but the same ole everybody can always hear everything I say.
We realize some of you will have to drive a little further north and some less so, but we will still maintain that on time all the time commitment that you deserve. We always want your appointments with us to be worth your effort to achieve something so valuable and lasting – a friendly smile.
We look forward to seeing you at the new location beginning on May 1st. Turn east on 75th avenue from MLK street and an immediate right into the parking lot. 7499 MLK Street N.
John B. Harrison DDS.MSc
Christmas Gifts 2018
Although we normally think of Christmas as a time of giving to show our love and appreciation to those who are special to us, actually it is a special time of year when we should be most open to receiving the gift that God planned for us. This is no pretend Santa Clause story but a preordained historical truth. An intervention into human history documented by many eyewitnesses, including two amazed parents, shepherds, town folk, a choir of Angels sent from Heaven, Kings from the East, and if only sheep, donkeys, and camels could talk! Not only that, Old Testament prophets foretold the exact details of the coming New Age centuries before it happened to inform and prepare the world to accept a Savior. Heaven knows, we sure do need one. History continues to prove that we do not prosper by avoiding or ignoring what the birth of Christ means for us today.
With all the turmoil and troubles that beset the world, we need to hear some good news and good music that will bring joy to our heart, hope to our yearning, love to our nature and peace to our spirit. Our allegiance to a trustworthy faith in Christ brings all these Godly qualities together. This is not wishful thinking, even our Faith is a gift of God’s Grace, it is not a self-generated decision. In God’s fairness, He allows us to choose to accept His life-changing gift of eternal security or leave this wonderful present unopened. I pray you know the difference and have a Holy Christmas Holiday.
Enable us to see, hear, and think about how Christ can change our World for the better because Jesus changes us inside out to become better than we were. We can become the good Samaritan who crosses the other side of the road to administer help and healing wherever and whenever and whatever the need. Raise up in America a new great generation that will stand its ground on the blessed core values of the better angels of our nature. And may all of us have a very Merry Christmas.
John B. Harrison DDS,MS
OK, I am not Moses, and this message is not Commandments from Mt. Sinai, but I am invested in a towering mountain of current knowledge that has converted my understanding of dentistry. I aspire to be a disciple of truth but must admit that truth is often the needle in the haystack, yet to be discovered, and other times we trip over it obviously in front of us. Fortunately for all of us, a few good men and women are digging and sifting the evidence of how the human being should work as the Lord intended. Remember there is a snake in the garden who would love to mess us up. So, I am a learning student who wants to pass it forward.
First, admit we have a health problem in every village, town, city, and state. Statistics tell us our health is worse than it was in 1950 when most of our population was not even born and is declining at an alarming rate. I was born before WW2 and have never missed a day of school or missed a day of work in 53 years. I can say the same for my wife, Carolyn, we just don’t get sick. What is going on here and Why? Can we ever get back to an earlier healthier time or are we headed for the second Plagues of Pharaoh?
Since Y2K (2000 AD), the health benefits of sound sleep have aroused my curiosity as the most important health remedy, surpassing nutrition and exercise as the “silver bullet”, but others have influenced and convinced me to recognize that how our body works during the time we are awake determines how we sleep at night, an “AHA” moment! Obvious and simple to understand. We don’t have a sleep problem as much as an awake problem that affects our sleep at night. So, what are we doing all day? Breathing correctly or incorrectly. You breathe right and you live right. It is a fundamental of health we have overlooked and don’t understand. Medical intelligence has kept us ignorant causing me to wonder if they even have a clue. To Dentistry’s credit, our expertise with the influences on the development of the anatomy of the face has proven irrefutably that breathing problems cause distortions and disruptions in overall health and physical development. The scary part is that it starts at or before birth and we all need to be aware of the harbinger of” almost sick “before really sick.
What are the 12 signs of symptoms discovered by science that should be a wake-up call?
“Thou shall not”
- Mouth breathe.
- Snore or audibly breathe.
- Have enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
- Be irritable and have mood swings.
- Clench or grind your teeth.
- Have a high narrow palate.
- Have a tongue tie or low tongue posture.
- Have a retruded lower jaw.
- Have daytime fatigue.
- Be hard to wake up.
- Gasp for air during sleep.
- Have a runny nose, ear infections or persistent allergies.
If this applies to you or your children please seek informed advice! Make a courtesy appointment with my office. Phone (727) 822-3156. Pass this information to your friends and children. You may be the best doctor they have ever had.
John B. Harrison DDS,MSc
Interestingly, the Bible has quite a lot to say about the teeth. Song of Solomon expresses their beauty as a flock of cleanly washed sheep bearing twins which is correct anatomy and poetic allegory. Other passages both Old and New Testaments have a fearful connotation of life out of control marked by weeping and gnashing of teeth- even children with their teeth “set on edge”. This has a lot of meaning when the same thing (teeth) is portrayed as the beauty on one hand and the beast on the other. Does that apply today in a dental office? Oh, does it ever! I am astonished at the damage people are doing to their teeth with gnashing otherwise known as bruxism (grinding) or clenching (on edge). We need to look into the matter and attempt to answer the why and offer a solution.
The first consideration is that for most of a 24-hour day, teeth should be apart with lips comfortably closed – no strain. Keeping teeth together is a strain since facial muscles must contract to keep teeth in contact. Total contact time is less than 5 minutes/day – it is a brief touch when swallowing, even with chewing- food keeps teeth apart. Tooth enamel is a precious commodity, there is no getting it back once it is worn away. For good reason, this natural position is called the rest position and this is where teeth need to spend most of their life. You can’t get into trouble with your teeth apart so dentist fashion all kinds of plastic devices to keep teeth from gnashing into each other, trouble is most of them add to the problem by giving the teeth something else to bite against and keep the muscle strain level elevated violating Rule #1 – no contact.
Grinding or clenching teeth during the night interferes with sleep which should be a relaxed and restful state not on red alert arousing muscles into hyperactivity grinding down our beautiful “flock of sheep” into cripples. Why do we do this to ourselves? Why can’t we learn to relax and chill out at night and keep our teeth apart? Everybody with sleep problems has this habit, but not everybody who clenches or grind have sleep problems- yet. I believe it is a matter of time before other harmful effects are demonstrated. You can not overwork a part of the body and get away without side effects.
What counsel can be offered? There are far too many reasons that cause-related problems; allergies, insomnia, inflammation, poor nutrition, acid reflux, malocclusion of teeth, habits, headaches ulcers, heart attack, stroke and the list goes on. Identifying a causative agent for hyperactivity is extremely difficult and there is no magic bullet to stop the habit, but I believe we help you understand what is happening and offer as good of training as there is for eliminating this useless harmful habit. Plus, we offer the best type of tooth guard to lessen the force on the jaw joints and teeth. Call us for an appointment if this is your problem and you want to protect that beautiful flock of sheep.
John B. Harrison DDS, MSc
If anything, history is about dealing with the problems and conditions at that time. However grateful we are for our air-conditioned, sanitized lives and physical improvements, we are still a long way off from reclaiming the Garden of Eden and the long life promised if we behaved ourselves. The “wars and rumors of wars” continue unabated and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse still gallop across modern geography bringing their historic plagues upon us. Apparently, the “Blessings and Curses” are the normal and life stays unfair to many. So, is there a new normal possibility that is optimistic and encouraging rather than the fatalism that things won’t get any better? Have the religions of the world gotten any better over the centuries? Have world leaders and governments gotten any better since Pax Romana? Has our health gotten any better since the hunter/gatherer foragers searched for food?
With the knowledge that others have crammed into my head concerning the mouth, I can testify that my profession, Dentistry, specifically Orthodontics has improved significantly over my lifetime. In fact, there is a new normal All four of my grandparents had “false teeth”, dentures by age 60 and none lived to see four score years. We have a new subset of Centennials with a full natural dentition. Hope you see the connection: healthy mouth = long life. Keep bad boy mouth bacteria out of your bloodstream which transports them to your heart, lungs, liver, and brain, and guess what? – health improves dramatically. Amazing how your body will treat you depending on the choices you make.
Ironically, there is a 180-degree “anti” normal enticingly marketed with beautiful people enjoying life’s pleasures, smiling with full mouth titanium implants supporting glistening white CAD/CAM zirconia crowns; the “new normal” for artificial teeth. Yes, pricey, but marvelous technology and technique, however, the untold story is the comparison of natural teeth vs the best implant restoration. We have advanced in both directions forward and backward with differing new normals.
Orthodontic treatment will never make you live longer or give you better health unless you really buy into oral health, nutrition and improving your sleep, which we stress above all else. Orthodontics enhances facial esthetics which most people desire and why not? My real concern is the negative intrusion from the commercialization and commoditization to cheapen and disregard the individual, characteristics of each face and the long-term relationship with experienced specialists to ensure long-term enhancement. A new normal that lowers any standard, especially proper diagnostic protocol and long-term follow up is advancing backward into harm’s way.
Gender confusion, vulgar bullying on social media, indecent entertainment, trashing our American Constitutional and National Anthem as well as school shootings are harmful deviations and regrettable pendulum swings that beg for diagnosing most of today’s malignancy as a spiritual problem. We have mental messes because God’s guidance has been intentionally removed from homes, schools, universities, and government. Kids that should be happy and well-adjusted suffer from anxiety depression and suicidal thoughts. “As a man thinketh, so is he”! (Prov.23:7)
The most beautiful outward smiles come from an inward smiling soul; even if teeth aren’t natural or perfectly straight. A worthy new normal!
John B. Harrison DDS,MSc