Protecting Teeth With Mouthguards

shutterstock_164298476Mouthguards are not only for professional athletes. Members of your family can benefit from a mouthguard, too.

The Purpose of Mouthguards:

A mouthguard will protect your jaw and teeth if you sustain an injury. It should be used when participating in contact sports and non-contact sports. Without a mouthguard, injuries can occur from impact with another player, impact with sports equipment, or falls.

Oral injuries can range from minor to severe. Without a mouthguard, you can suffer from broken teeth, dental work or appliances can be ruined, or your jaw may be injured. The consequences can range from needing emergency dental services to surgery. A mouthguard is a simple way to avoid these issues.

General Dentistry and Mouthguards:

The cheapest type of mouthguard is a ready-made mouthguard. It can be purchased in sporting goods stores. However, as a ready-made mouthguard is not designed specially for you, it is not the best choice if you can afford a better option.

Boil-and-bite mouthguards are better, as they conform to your own mouth. The best option, though, is to have a mouthguard made by your own dentist. When it is created just for you, it will fit properly in your mouth. It is the most comfortable, effective type of mouthguard.

Activity and Your Oral Health: 

From basketball to skateboarding, sports and recreational activities can lead to injuries. This will not be a concern when you wear a mouthguard. If you wear it every time, you may never experience an injury to your mouth or jaw.

Keep your mouthguard clean, and store it in a safe container when you are not wearing it. Keep your device away from hot water and direct sunlight. Replace it as often as your dentist advises.

From the youngest children to adults, a mouthguard will safeguard oral health. Whether you are going out to football practice or hopping on your bicycle, make sure your mouthguard is in place.

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5 Recommendations For Reducing Pain From Your Braces

shutterstock_194911415According to the American Dental Association, oral braces are extremely common and are used to help correct malocclusions. Although these devices will straighten your smile, they can be a bit painful. Here are five dental tips that will help you alleviate the discomfort.

1. Watch Your Diet

The worst brace pain occurs during the fist few days after they are applied to your teeth. During this time, it is advised to eat soft foods that do not require much chewing. For instance, fill mealtime with soups and shakes. Eating cold foods will help as well. They numb the mouth.

Foods that are high in acid will create sores in your mouth. This means that it is wise to steer clear of orange juice and other citrus foods. Further irritation will be kept to a minimum.

Avoid sticky or hard foods. These can damage your braces, which will lead to more pain. Besides taffy, chips, and nuts, you should avoid chewing on pens and other hard objects.

2. OTC Pain Remedies

Most over-the-counter pain relievers can be taken to limit brace pain. For example, acetaminophen or ibuprofen usually work quickly, but they should be taken on a full stomach.

3. Topical Anesthetics

Rubbing an anesthetic over your cheeks and gums will keep brace pain down. It provides a numbness that remain for hours.

4. Rinse with Salt Water

Saltwater has soothing properties and is often used to treat mouth sores, especially on the cheeks. For relief, simply rinse with a saltwater solution for a minute at a time.

5. Apply Orthodontic Wax

Dental wax is usually given by your orthodontist. It is used as a wall between the metal braces and your mouth.

No one wants to be in pain from oral braces. The above ideas should keep your discomfort to a minimum. For more dental tips, consult with Dr. Dana Walters. He is always available to address your dental concerns.

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The Cost of NOT Replacing a Missing Tooth

Dental X-RaysOne reason people dismiss dental implants is they believe implants are too expensive. There are greater costs, both in dollars and cents and effects on your health, when you do not replace a missing tooth.

More Expensive Dental Work. A missing tooth can result in more oral health issues. As healthy teeth begin to shift, healthy teeth can become weak. You have a greater risk of losing more teeth if you avoid implants.

As home oral care is more difficult with missing teeth, you are also risking gum disease and tooth decay. One missing tooth can eventually affect your entire mouth.

Missing Teeth and Your Overall Health. The foods you need to stay healthy can be difficult to eat when you are missing a tooth. The result can be poor general health, and costly visits to your doctor, because you do not have adequate nutrition.

Poor home care due to missing teeth can increase your risk of many medical conditions, too. While some conditions involve costly treatment, others can actually endanger your life. If you avoid flossing and brushing because teeth are missing, the bacteria does not stay in your mouth. It can spread throughout your entire body.

Dental Tips For Missing Teeth. Obtaining an implant is a relatively simple, painless process. There is much more to dental implants than a nicer appearance. You can avoid many oral health problems, overall health problems, and the costs associated with these issues.

You can save money by choosing this easy procedure. Considering all the complications that can occur from a missing tooth, a dental implant is the most economical way to deal with missing teeth. You can enjoy all the health benefits, have a beautiful smile, and have fewer bills in the future, by asking your dentist to replace your missing tooth with an implant.

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Holiday Candy To Avoid This Year

White smileThe Holiday season is a special time of the year. All the events with co-workers, family and friends means one thing, so many food options to enjoy.

Most of us don’t plan on going on a strict diet over the holidays, as we can always work on our beach bodies before the summer starts. However, there are some sweets we should at least stay away from to keep our teeth in tiptop shape. Here are some types of candy to avoid.

Toffee or Caramel. These sinfully sweet candies sure hit the spot. However, the sticky texture may not be the best for people who have poor oral hygiene. If you wear braces, these might dislodge brackets as well. Caramel and toffee candy is sticky enough that it might get lodged deep into the tooth crevices. If not cleaned properly, the leftover residue can lead to cavity formation.

Sour Candy. Sour candy is a great palate cleanser. We all enjoy tart flavored candy after a heavy meal. However, while it might taste divine, imagine how the acidity might destroy the dentition of people who have weak enamel or minute cracks on their teeth. If you doubt the strength of your enamel, steer clear!

Hard Sweets. Candy cane and peppermints make the perfect holiday sweets. While we are not asking you to avoid hard candy entirely, it would be best to suck on the candy instead of chewing it. This will allow you to enjoy these sweet treats without accidentally cracking a tooth.

So what is the safest option? If you’re looking for a sweet treat that won’t harm your teeth, you might want to consider sugarless gum that is ADA-approved instead.

For more holiday tips or better yet, pre-holiday dental care, please visit Dana Walters DDS. You can visit the website or call 614.721.1973 to find out more about the services we offer.

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Tips For Maintaining Oral Care Through The Holidays

9035129_lThe holidays are often spent with family and friends. Many times, you will be invited to parties that are filled with delicious food. Although you may be caught up in the festivities, it is essential to keep your oral health in mind. By following a few tips, you will be able to maintain a healthy mouth.

No Chewy Candy. Although the holidays are filled with sugary treats, it is smart to avoid chewy candy. Sticky foods tend to cling to your tooth enamel, which encourages decay. Many times, caramel and similar candies can cause your fillings to fall out. For top dental care, it is wise to steer clear of chewy items.

Avoid Hard Candy. Candy canes and other hard treats are common during the holiday season. However, crunching on these items can cause your teeth to chip or your fillings to crack, which can lead to a great deal of pain. If you are wishing for this type of candy, it is better to let it naturally dissolve in your mouth.

No Nut Cracking. Holiday parties often serve nut platters. Although these treats contain protein, they can harm your teeth if you are not careful. You should never try to crack open shells with your mouth. This can cause extensive tooth and gum damage. It is best to have a real nut cracker tool on hand.

Brush Religiously. Although the holidays are often hectic, it is crucial to maintain your oral hygiene routine. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day. If you are going to eat even more sweets, you should brush more often. This will keep potential damage to a minimum. Also, it will keep your smile white for all of your holiday photos as well.

This holiday season, make sure that you protect your mouth. If you are interested in learning more tips, Dr. Dana Walters and his entire staff is available to offer advice so that your new year starts on the right foot.

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