Today's BLOG will discuss how a dental guard can be one of your best defenses to prevent many dental problems associated with sports. So a dental mouthguard is a flexible, soft plastic, removable appliace that fits in your mouth and is adapted to fit comfortably to the shape of your teeth. A mouthguard will protect not only the teeth, but also your jaws, lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums. It should be worn anytime that you are participating in full-contact athletic or recreational activities that may result in injury.
The mouthguard works as a shock absorber to cusion your mouth from the effects of a blow to the face, head, or neck. Mouthguards protect teeth from not only fractures, but also hold the tongue, lips, and cheeks away from the teeth to avoid lacerations. Using a mouthguard can lessen the possiblity of concussion and TMJ dislocation while you are on the court or field. Increasingly, organized sports are requiring mouthguards to prevent injury to athletes, and research shows that most mouth injuries occur when athletes are not wearing any mouth protection.
When choosing a mouthguard, one of the most important aspects is to choose one that you will wear consistently. There are several options of mouthguards that you may chosse from. Although preformed or what is also called "boil-to-fit" mouthguards that are found in sports stores can provide some protection, your best choice is to have a custom mouthguard made for you by a professinal dental office. A custom mouthguard will be more comfortable to wear and more effective in preventing injuries.
If your idea of camping is a quiet walk through the woods before returning to your rustic hotel, your regular brushing habits will be perfect for your trip. However, if you are hiking into the mountains with your tent, backpack, and camp food, then check out the folllowing tips to adapt your dental routine to the great outdoors.
WATER. If you wouldn't drink it, don't brush with it! Use bottled water if you have brought it, or make sure that the local water is safe by using a testing kit. Boiling, filters and purification tablets are all the ways to make sure that the water tests clean and safe.
TOOTHPASTE. You aren't the only one in the woods who finds toothpaste tasty. Bears, raccoons, and other animals are attracted to the scent of your toothpaste, so keep it safe with the same kind of tightly sealed, odor-proof container that you keep food in. And if you want to discourage unwanted visitors, don't spit your toothpaste out at your campground!
TOOTHBRUSH. While there are disposable and camping toothbrushes available, a regular toothbrush will work as well. Normally, air-drying is the healthiest option for drying your toothbrush, but camping is an exception. Just as animals are attracted to toothpaste, they are also attracted to your toothpaste-scented toothbrush. Keep it in a sealed container that is odor-proof as well.
FLOSS. There are websites devoted to many ingenious ways to use dental floss while camping, but we recommend that you don't forget the original use! Don't forget to floss regularly, keep it in a sealed container, and do be sure to take the used floss out of the area with you when you leave the great outdoors.
Even though you are roughing it, stick with your home routine as much as possible. If you are unable to brush as usual, rinse your mouth well with clean water and brush when you can. Have a great trip. and just one more thought--maybe go easy on the s'mores!
Ever wondered how to encourage good dental home care for your kids? Making it FUN is a great place to start. The best brushing routine for all patients, parents and children alike, is the recommended two minutes twice daily. But if the longest four minutes of your day are spent helping your child brush and floss, here are some suggestions for making that time fly!
Children's toothbrushes come in a wonderful variety of colors, patterns, and shapes these days. Allow your child to choose a favorite the next time that you go shopping for dental supplies. Just make sure that you choose a soft bristle brush with a head designed for small mouths. And remember that it is recommended to change your tothbrush every 3 months!
You don't have to go to great lengths to make your son or daughter feel rewarded for a job well done. Allowing children to pick out a story for you to read or posting colorful strickers on a calendar sheet will encourage them to get into the habit of brushing.
Time seems to go faster when you're having fun. Your child might enjoy listening to songs or stories for the two minutes of brushing time. You can even make your own playlist, invent a story starring your child, or make use of one of the many dental apps that offer children's music, videos, and stories in perfect two-minute segments.
Spend these two minutes twice a day with your child. You will be doing all of the brushing at first, of course, but as your children get older, brush your teeth along with them. You can model proper brushing techniques for cleaning teeth, gums and tongue, and even let your child have a chance to brush your teeth for a change!
Since everyone needs to visit the dentist twice a year, try making these appointments as a fun outing together with your child. And if these tips have kept your son or daughter motivated to consistently have good dental hygiene at home, then these visits should be a breeze!
The next time you take a selfie, make sure that your smile is at its brightest and whitest! And speaking of which, the best type of whitening for your smile depends on what you are hoping to accomplish.
WHITENING TOOTHPASTES. This is certainly the easiest method of whitening, but will brushing alone produce your whitest smile? Probably not. Whitening toothpastes use chemicals and abrasives to remove some surface stains that are caused by foods, beverages and smoking.
WHITENING STRIPS AND GEL TRAYS. Whitening gels can be applied at home with strips or tray kits. These peroxide-based gels are stronger than the formulas that are used in toothpastes. Strips come coated with the whitening gel and work when pressed to your teeth for a specified amount of time. One difficulty here is in making sure that each tooth is completely covered by the strip so that even whitening takes place. Tray and gel whitening systems provide a mouthguard-like appliance that is filled with whitening gel that is applied to your teeth for a specific period of time. A custom tray is the best option.
OFFICE TREATMENT. Professional whitening makes use of a gel with a higher concentration of peroxide and is provided by a dental office. This process is usually faster, more effective and longer lasting.
Some teeth are not good candidates for any type of whitening procedures. If you have dark stains caused by trauma, drugs such as tetracycline, discoloration due to root canals, or darker dental bonding, crowns, or other prosthetics, it is best to first discuss which possible solution may be best for you with our dental professionals.
Children's oral health differs from that of adults in a variety of ways. It's essential to understand what your child will need from you when it comes to his or her oral health in those first few years. In home dental care begins when your baby starts to show signs of developing the first tooth. Most children should have their first general dentist appointment by age four. This initial appointment with your little one is designed to get him or her accustomed to our office. Take a look at what will be completed during their first dental exam.
- Check for decay and gum disease
- Examine the development of their bite
- Clean their teeth
- Apply Fluoride if the child is old enough
- Review current pediatric home care recommendations
- Answer any parental questions or concerns
Remember, creating healthy, life-time oral health habits with your child early on is crucial. We are here to guide you through this process and make sure your child is healthy and happy.
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