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"Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. they may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound." -National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association 22 million American suffer from sleep apnea. 80% of the cases of moderate and sever obstructive sleep apnea are undiagnosed. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is most frequently seen in men over 40, especially those who are overweight or obese.

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NBCnews.com reports about an Indian teenager suffering from a rare condition had 232 teeth removed by dental surgeons. The boy’s father said he had experienced “burning pain”.

See the full story here http://www.nbcnews.com/health/body-odd/unexpected-dentists-surprise-teens-232-teeth-n164701

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“Don’t wait for a toothache to start taking care of your teeth. By practicing good oral hygiene and getting regular dental checkups, you can protect yourself from tooth decay.”

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Today were taking it back 9,000 years ago to the ancient Indus Valley civilization (present day India and Pakistan). Mehrgarh, a neolithic site in Pakistan, is one of the earliest sites with evidence of farming, herding, and drilling on teeth.

Archeologists have found drill holes in molars of both lower and upper jaws and thus are not likely to have been done for decorative purposes. The dental techniques have only been discovered on about .3% of the population (11 teeth out of a total of 3880 examined from 225 individuals studied to date), so it seems to be a rare occurrence.

Flint drill bits are known from Mehrgarh, long associated with the bead industry there. Researchers conducted experiments and discovered that using a flint drill bit attached to a bow-drill, it required under a minute to produce similar holes in human enamel.

The bow drill example is an Eskimo drill from the early 20th century, the Neolithic bow would be very similar. The second picture is tooth 15: light microscopy showed the holes were conical, cylindrical or trapezoidal in shape.





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