Promote Youth Sports Safety

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The numbers are growing each year. The number of injuries in youth sports is higher than ever. Parents and team coaches can prevent injuries in youth sports. April is Youth Sports Safety Month.

Here are 5 ways to help promote Youth Sports Safety…

 

  1. Protect eyes. A lot of the time eye protection is forgotten. Children need to wear eye protection to prevent their eyes from getting sun burnt.
  2. Create Prevention. Make sure your child and the team is hydrated at all times to prevent many sport related injuries.
  3. Share Rules. Knowing and sharing the rules with the players can reduce sport injuries.
  4. Remember to take a break. Make sure the team gets the right amount of rest during the game for their bodies to rejuvenate.
  5. Find the right size. Make sure the safety equipment fits your child properly. It can be very harmful to your child if the safety equipment doesn’t fit. Ask a professional for help if needed.

Please use these tips and other resources to keep your children and team players healthily and strong!

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Stress Awareness: How Stress Affects Your Teeth

Stress Awareness_  How Stress Affects

We all have experienced feeling stressed from time to time, but on-going, everyday stress can have a negative impact on your health and mouth. Clenching and grinding of the teeth is most often caused by stressed and can lead to your teeth breaking and serious jaw pain. If you have a lot of stress, you could be seriously damaging your teeth. This could cause the following issues:

-Worn and/or broken teeth

-Sore muscles

-Painful and loose teeth

-Damaged and clicking jaw joints

If you have experienced any of these symptoms then you may want to consider wearing a night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep. Make an appointment with us today to solve this problem!

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Dental Health Tip: Brushing Your Teeth After Eating Acidic Foods

To protect your teeth and prevent cavities, it is recommended to brush twice a day along with daily flossing. Did you know, however, that it is important to consider when you brush your teeth as well?
Eating and drinking acidic foods effects the condition of your enamel, and if you brush your teeth immediately afterwards, you can brush away your enamel bit by bit.  If you know that you will be eating acidic foods, it is best to brush your teeth first.  Despite the well known fact that toothpaste and orange juice make for a bad tasting combination, it is the taste of a healthy, well protected, mouth.

If you do not get the chance to brush your teeth first, wait to brush at least 30 minutes after consuming acidic food and drinks.  Common acidic food and drinks include:  Soda, beer, wine, hard liquor, dairy products, berries, vinegar, cocoa and anything high in sugar.  Be especially aware of sticky foods such as caramel, toffee, licorice.  They pose a greater danger to teeth due to their consistency, as sticky food can become lodged in hard to clean crevices, especially the occlusal surface of molars.

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Packing A Dentist Approved Lunch

lunch 2It’s important to remember that Cavities can affect people of all age groups.  Whether you’re packing your child’s lunch or your own, remember that including tooth friendly snacks can go a long way towards keeping cavities away.  Selecting the right foods, along with healthy dental hygiene habits, are a winning combination for protecting your teeth.  Try to include these healthy food items in your lunch:

1.  Whole Wheat Bread
2.  Fresh Vegetables
3.  Fresh Fruit
4.  Cheese
5.  Nuts and Seeds
6.  Milk

Remember that along with eating right,  dental hygiene plays a major role. Brushing your teeth two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste as well as flossing can help prevent cavities and tooth decay. It is also very important to get regular check ups and teeth cleanings to not only maintain your dental health and great smile, but also, your health in general.  It is recommended that you schedule a check up once every 6 months.

Proper oral hygiene at home is most certainly important, and can go a long way towards maintaining dental health.  However, you cannot removed hardened plaque and tartar at home with a toothbrush and flossing.

Click here to request an appointment, or call us today at 614-771-5960

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Oral Allergy Syndrome

allergies springWe have officially made it through Winter! Daily temperatures are warming up, and soon we’ll be in the full swing of Spring. While all of us are thankful for comfortable weather, some people will soon be facing allergy season. If you have allergies and experience an itchy mouth and throat, along with itchy eyes and a runny nose, you may be surprised by the culprits. Would you guess that fresh fruits and vegetables could be to blame?

Oral Allergy Syndrome affects people who already experience seasonal allergies. Without getting too scientific, your body essentially recognizes the similarities between the proteins found in fruits and vegetables and the tree pollen that is causing your allergies, and this triggers a reaction. The result can be an itchy mouth, throat, and lips.

Most likely, as an allergy sufferer, you have experienced this sensation but were not aware of the connection to the foods that you eat. However, you can arm yourself with knowledge and prevent unnecessary discomfort with the following steps:

Know the Symptoms

Symptoms will come on almost instantly and will typically be present within a few minutes. Be on the lookout for itching and tingling in the mouth and throat, and any swelling in your lips. Staying aware of the symptoms will help you identify the foods that are causing you trouble.

Keep Track of Problem Foods

Once you are aware of the symptoms, pay attention to the foods that cause a reaction. Some of the most common culprits to watch out for are: apples, peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines, hazelnuts, almonds, carrots, and melons. Identifying these foods will help you choose other options that do not cause discomfort. Seeking the help of an allergist will take out the guesswork by clearly identifying your common allergy triggers.

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