Youth Sports and Dental Injuries

Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injuries sustained during participation in sports.  In fact, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimates that more than three million teeth will be knocked out during youth sporting events in the United States this year.

The best way to prevent a dental injury while participating in sports is to wear the right equipment, including a properly fitting mouth guard.  However, even with the right equipment, injuries do occur.

If you or your child has sustained a dental injury while participating in sports, it is important to visit a qualified dentist as soon as possible.  Sometimes teeth that have sustained trauma can be repaired and saved using dental procedures such as fillings or root canals.  Teeth that are chipped or broken may sometimes be capped with a crown.  Cosmetic procedures such as bonding, shaping and porcelain veneers can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that have become chipped, broken or discolored due to trauma.

If one or more of your teeth is knocked out during a sporting event, it is especially important to go to the Emergency Room as soon as possible.  The faster the tooth is back in the mouth, the better the chances for its long-term survival.  Even if the tooth or teeth cannot be saved, you still have some options.  Bridges, dentures, partial dentures and dental implants are all viable options for replacing a missing tooth or missing teeth.

Participation in group sports is good for your body, good for your mind and is an important part of development for many children.  However, safe participation in group sports is essential for maintaining good oral health.

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Online Dating and Your Smile

If you are a single American and are currently dating on-line or considering dating on-line, you are not alone.  According to recent estimates, approximately 5.5 million American singles are currently utilizing one or more on-line dating services.  In one survey, 49% of those utilizing on-line dating services reported that physical characteristics from photos and videos are the most important factor in finding a potential partner on-line.  No pressure…right?

We all know that looks are not the most important thing when it comes to having a successful dating relationship.  However, the reality is, with online dating, looks may determine whether or not you get asked out in the first place.  Why not put your best foot forward when submitting a picture for your online dating profile?

One of the most important things you can do to improve your photographs, your overall appearance and your confidence is to achieve and maintain a bright and healthy smile.  Practicing good daily dental hygiene such as brushing and flossing can help to maintain the appearance of your smile.  If you were not born with perfect teeth and are not currently happy with the appearance of your smile, there is still a lot you can do to improve it.  Advances in cosmetic dentistry including tooth whitening, bonding, shaping, porcelain veneers and more now make it possible for virtually everyone to have a beautiful smile.  Before you submit your online profile, visit a qualified cosmetic dentists to see how your smile may be improved.  Say cheese!

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Looking Forward to Dental Appointments?

For as long as there have been dentists, patients have dreaded dental appointments.  For many, visiting the dentist involves a long wait in a poorly decorated dental office with uncomfortable chairs and five year-old magazines.  Well, not anymore!  There is a new trend emerging that is making many patients actually look forward to visiting the dentist.

Visiting the dentist is a fact of life.  Most of us will visit our dental office a minimum of two times per year, and that is if our teeth are healthy.  So why shouldn’t visiting the dentist be a pleasant experience we look forward to instead of one that we dread?

Many forward-thinking dentists are making patients look forward to dental appointments by making their visits as pleasant as possible.  Some dental offices now feature amenities such as WIFI access, flat screen televisions and noise cancelling headphones to make the wait much more tolerable and even enjoyable for patients.  Special features such as valet parking and digital X-rays can make it easier for you to get into your dentist’s office and faster to get out.  Some dentists are even taking it further by offering luxury features such as a beverage bar and hot scented towels and blankets.  Why wouldn’t you want to visit an office like this!

Many dental offices also offer sedation dentistry and utilize Oral Conscious Sedation to keep patients relaxed, comfortable and free of pain during dental procedures.  Oral Conscious Sedation involves the use of oral sedatives that can be administered in the safe and controlled environment of a dental office.

There is no reason for you to continue to dread visiting the dentist.  If your current dentist is not offering the amenities and services you want, find a qualified dentist in your local area who does.  Enjoy!

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Painless Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.  When most of us think about having a tooth extracted or pulled from our mouth, it automatically conjures up thoughts of pain and discomfort.  However, with dental advances including sedation dentistry, this does not have to be the case.  The truth is, having decayed, infected, or impacted teeth can be much more painful than having a tooth extracted.

There are a number of reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary.  If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, the first course of treatment is to try to save the tooth with a crown, filling or other treatment.  However, if the tooth has been damaged beyond repair, it must be removed.  This is the most common reason for a tooth extraction.

Often times our third molars or “wisdom teeth” become impacted and are not able to properly erupt into the mouth.  If not properly treated, they can become infected and cause pain and swelling in the jaw.  This is another common reason for tooth extractions.  Lastly, people getting braces may need to have teeth removed to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.

It is common practice for dentists to use local anesthesia to numb the area surrounding a tooth before it is removed.  Many dentists also offer Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedatives to keep patients relaxed and comfortable during tooth extractions.  If you are in need of a tooth extraction but are concerned about the pain and/or discomfort associated with this procedure, do not risk your oral health by putting it off.  Contact a qualified dentist in your area to get more information about tooth extractions and the sedation options available.

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Tooth Loss in the United States

Although the prevalence of partial and total tooth loss among Americans has decreased since 1970, tooth loss is still a problem for many Americans.  A full grown adult has thirty-two teeth including four wisdom teeth.  Many adults will have their wisdom teeth removed leaving them with twenty-eight teeth.  According to the latest (1999-2004) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, American adults age twenty to sixty-four have an average of 24.92 remaining teeth.  Americans over age sixty-five have an average of 18.90 remaining teeth.  Twenty-seven percent of seniors over age sixty-five have no remaining teeth at all.

The best way to prevent tooth loss is to practice good oral hygiene at home and to receive regular general and preventative dental care.  Good oral hygiene includes brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day.  It is recommended that most healthy adults get a dental exam and dental cleaning every six months.  Other preventative care such as fluoride treatments and sealants may be used to strengthen and protect teeth in children and young adults.  Your lifestyle can also affect the longevity of your teeth.  Smoking and the use of other tobacco products are risk factors for tooth loss and should be avoided.

If you are currently missing teeth, it is important to replace them to avoid damaging your existing teeth.  Replacing missing teeth is also important for improving the appearance of your smile.  For patients who have lost one or more teeth, there are several tooth replacement options available including bridges, partial dentures, full dentures and dental implants.  To get more information about the tooth loss solutions available, contact a qualified dentist in your local area.  He or she can sit down with you, discuss the different options and help determine which one best suits your needs as well as your budget.

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Hollywood Smiles For Regular People

Have you ever noticed that almost everyone in Hollywood has a perfect smile?  It is rare to see an actor or an actress on television or in the movies who does not have perfect teeth.  You can be assured that they were not all born this way!  Many actors and actresses choose to improve the appearance of their smiles using porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are very thin, custom-made shells made of porcelain designed to cover the front surface of your teeth to improve your appearance.  These porcelain shells are bonded to the front of teeth changing their color, shape, size or length.  This cosmetic dental procedure can be used to fix teeth that are discolored, worn down, chipped, broken, misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped.  They can also be used to close the space in between teeth with gaps in them.

Fortunately, you do not have to be a Hollywood star to get porcelain veneers.  This procedure is currently being offered by cosmetic dentists all over the United States.  Getting a dental veneer usually requires several visits to a dental office:  one for a consultation, one to make the veneers and one to apply them.  Because this procedure requires a combination of precision and artistry, it is important to find a cosmetic dentist who has been highly trained and has a significant amount of experience in placing porcelain veneers.

Although porcelain veneers are not covered by most dental insurance plans, many dental offices accept major credit cards and offer financing options to help patients pay for their services.  To get more information about porcelain veneers and how they may benefit you, contact a qualified cosmetic dentist in your local area.

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