April...While other months celebrate romance, or giving thanks, or costumes and candy, April has April Fool's Day and a Tax deadline! Many or us feel like these two dates seem more like a warning than a celebration. So here's a new topic for the April calendar: National Facial Protection Month! Take the opportunity this month to review your safety practices while you're enjoying your favorite activiites.
- Face Guards
- Eye Protection
So here are a few suggestions for your calendar this month:
If you haven't gotten a mouthguard yet, now's the time. Tooth and mouth injuries occur in sports beyond hockey and football. If you play basketball, ski, skateboard, ride a bike, in fact, almost any sport where you can fall or make contact with a person or object, a mouthguard is a must!
Replace any damaged helmet or face guard!
Talk to your eye doctor about protective eyewear!
If you are a parent or caregiver, make sure your child athlete has the proper facial protection, and uses it!
If you are a coach, make sure your athletes have the right protective gear!
It's also a great time to commit to using your protective gear every single time you're active!
But wait, these reminders are helpful and important, but weren't we promised something to celebrate this April? Good catch! The great news is, using facial protection for sports and athletic activiites gives you rewards that you can celebrate all year: fewer injuries, fewer visits to the emergency room, and a beautiful, healthy, intact smile!
If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!
Drs. Reggie Thomas & Ross Riddel
According to a recent study, Covid-19 infects the cells in the mouth! It is well known that the upper airways and lungs are the primary sites of infection, but there are now clues that the virus can infect the cells in other parts of the body such as the digestive system, blood vessels, kidneys, and as previously stated, the mouth. This is the probable cause of the Covid-19 oral symptoms of the loss of taste, a dry mouth, and even blistering.
The study also points to the possibilty that the mouth plays a role in transmitting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, to the the lungs or digestive system via saliva laden virus from infected oral cells. A better understanding of the mouth's involvement could inform strategies to reduce viral transmission within and outside the body, researchers state.
Further research will be needed to confirm the initial findings as the "All Hands On Deck" approach continues to appear to be the best strategy to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic.
It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but if your one-horse open sleigh finds you dashing through the snow to an unexpected dental emergency appointment, you may be lacking in that jingle bell spirit! And after the holidays, no one wants to ring in the New Year with their top resolution being to "Get My Cavities Filled!" Take a look at these common seasonal treats and their dental connection.
- CANDY CANES. Innocently biting down on these much-harder-than-expected pieces of candy can chip your teeth and dental work. While peppermints and other hard-candies are potentially bad for your teeth when you crunch away, they can pose an even greater concern if you let them slowly dissolve in your mouth! Caution is a definite must with treats in this category.
- GUMDROPS. While one of the sweetest ways to decorate for the holidays, these treats are essentially made of corn syrup and sugar that is then rolled in sugar. Unfortunately, this sugar-laden treat is extra-gummy, which causes it to stick between your teeth and take an extra long time to dissolve.
- TOFFEE, CARAMELS, TAFFY. Although this Holiday treat is usually packaged in a ribbon decorated box, these extremely sticky foods are not a gift for your teeth. These chewy candies stick to enamel, dental work, and braces.
- GINGERBREAD HOUSES. While nothing says the holidays like a gingerbread house, these chewy, sticky gingerbread sugary iced covered gumdrops and peppermints make for a better addition to your Christmas decor than to improve your dental health.
While this list wasn't very jolly, and candies and sweets are normally on the Dental naughty list, Scooges we are not! Indulging in a treat or two is part of the Holiday fun. Take a look at a few ways to help you "Dentally" navigate this season.
- BE CHOOSY. Just like you search for that perfect present for your family and friends, take the time to choose the perfect holiday treat for yourself. If you are concerned about cavities, wear braces, or are generally concerned with your oral health, stay away from the sticky, hard, and excessively sugary desserts.
- EAT SWEETS WITH A MEAL. Saliva does more than keep mouths from getting dry. It also helps prevent cavities by washing away food particles and neutralizing the acids from food and bacteria, which damage enamel.
- RINSE AFTER EATING. Rinsing your mouth with plain water after a meal or snack, especially a sugary one, also helps wash away the sticky sugars and carbs, which oral bacteria convert into enamel dissolving acids.
Ho-Ho-Hopefully these tips can provide you some direction as you make your holiday dessert list and check it twice! Remember to increase your brushing and flossing if you are indulging in some seasonal treats. By giving yourself these two gifts, you'll be ringing in the New Year with a beautiful, healthy smile that truly is "Sweet!"
Have you ever wondered why some people have dull and yellow teeth, while others have bright, white smiles? It's more than luck!
Everyone's teeth naturally dull over time because of aging and the contact our teeth experience with staining foods, such as chocolate and coffee. However, teeth-whitening treatments can give you the whiter smile you've been after.
- GET REGULAR TREATMENTS. Unfortunately, the effects of teeth-whitening or bleaching treatment are only temporary, but regular treatments can help you keep your teeth white much longer. The effects of in-office bleaching can last for several months to a year, so you may prefer to repeat your use of at-home bleaching kits every few months to maintain your white teeth. Whitening toothpastes do not contain bleach and are safe to use daily.
- REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS. Not everyone's teeth can be tuned bright white. Some just don't respond to whitening treatments. If your teeth are a light yellowish color, they may readily respond to teeth-whitening procedures, but bleach will not likely work on grayish teeth. Brownish teeth tend to fall somewhere in between.
- PRACTICE GOOD ORAL HYGIENE. For the best whitening results, it's necessary to keep your teeth in good health. Visible fillings, implants, or bridges that are metallic stand out against the white color that you'll want to achieve. Maintaining good oral hygiene will help you avoid tooth decay and keep your smile bright. In addition to brushing your teeth for two minutes twice daily, these actions can help to promote a healthy mouth:
- FLOSS DAILY
- PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CLEANINGS AT LEAST EVERY SIX MONTHS
- LIMIT SUGARY AND STARCHY FOODS AND BEVERAGES THAT CAN STAIN TEETH
It's that spooky time of year again! Yep, It's the week of Halloween 2020!! Although 2020 has been a very interesting year, to say the least, if you do plan on going door-to-door trick or treating, attending a party dressed in a clever, silly, or scary costume, or simply staying home and devouring all of that candy that you purchased, please keep in mind the following tips from the American Dental Association to help reduce tooth-decay!
- EAT TREATS WITH MEALS. Instead of sitting down with just your bag of candy, eat a couple of treats at one of your well-balanced meals. The saliva production increases during meals, washing out food particles and helping to neutralize cavity causing plaque acid.
- CONSIDER CHEWING ADA-ACCEPTED SUGARLESS GUM AFTER MEALS. Certain sugarless gums have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for scientifically proving that chewing the gum for 20 minutes after meals helped prevent tooth decay because the gum increases saliva production, neutralizing cavity causing plaque acid.
- DRINK WATER AFTER TREATS. Water can help wash away the sugar from the candies.
- BRUSH & FLOSS. Floss once a day, brush twice a day and eat three balanced meals a day.
- MAINTAIN REGULAR DENTAL CHECK-UPS. Regular dental cleanings and exams can reduce your risk for dental problems.
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