Sports are great for children for a variety of reasons. Children can develop their motor skills, learn how to solve conflicts and work together, and develop their work ethics. As a parent, you may recognize the benefits of sports, but also naturally be concerned about your child's health and safety. Your job goes far beyond providing a water bottle and making sure that your child follows the rules of the game.
Although your kid's smile may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are considering their sporting activities, accidents are common and can affect your children's teeth for the rest of their lives. A stray hockey stick, an errant basketball, or a misguided dive after a volleyball are a few examples of the different ways that a child could possibly lose a tooth. In fact, studies show that young athletes lose more than three million teeth each year.
Becoming a better athlete or mastering the skills to compete at an elite level are not just about winning. They are also about safety. Young athletes who are better ball-handlers and who are careful to avoid fouls and penalties are less likely to have harmful contact with the ball, teammates, or other opponents. Children who are better roller-bladers are less likely to take a face plant into the blacktop, and more likely to save their teeth. Being a good sport and avoiding unnecessary contact is also another way to protect teeth.
If your child is in a sport that poses a high threat to teeth, it is essential for your child to wear a mouthguard. Mouthguards fit your child's mouth and consist of soft plastic. If your kid resists wearing a mouthguard because it is uncomfortable, a custom mouthguard can be fabricated at our office for a very affordable cost. The education about the importance of wearing an appropriately fitted moughguard is the parent and coach's responsibilty. Remember, your kid's natural teeth are irreplaceable!
New research recently published in the journal Microbiome now suggests that alcohol consumption "kills off many 'good' bacteria, and allows some potentially harmful bacteria to flourish in the mouth." The study found that "people who drank more had less abundant populations of Lactobacilli, so-called 'good' bacteria," and "drinkers also had more abundant populations of the more 'harmful' bacteria like Steptococcus, Actinomyces, Leptotrichia, Cardiobacterium and Neisseria." These changes "potentially contribute to alcohol-related diseases, including periodontal disease, head and neck cancer, and digestive tract cancers," as the researchers noted.
Although more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between alcohol consumption and the increased risk for dental disease, these new findings do suggest that it is beneficial to limit alcohol consumption. Additional funding has also recently been granted to study the micobiome relationship that may exist between other diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers, and even neurological disorders like Parkinson's disease and autism.
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Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the entire world. Many people have a cup, or two, or even three a day. It's common to drink it in the morning to wake up and get ready for the day, as an afternoon pick-me-up, or just to catch up with a coworker or friend.
These days, there are many diffferent kinds of coffee flavors to enjoy, so it's almost impossible for a person not to like it. But as delicious as coffee can be, it's worthwhile to be aware of the effects it can have on our dental health.
Coffee contains a lot ot tannic acid, which is what causes its dark color. Tannic acid ingrains itself into the grooves of tooth enamel, and that can lead to serious stains. In addition to containing tannic acid, the fact that coffee is generally served hot makes your teeth expand and contract, which allows the stains to penetrate even farther into the enamel.
Although it's not easy to kick the caffeine habit, consider these helpful tips that can lessen the dental impact of your everyday cup of joe:
*Make it a habit to drink a glass of water with your coffee to dilute the acid.
*Try enjoying your coffee with a straw, lessening the contact with your teeth.
*Pop in a piece of gum after your coffee to help prevent a dry mouth.
Of course, if you are feeling ambitious, you might find that setting a limit on the number of cups of coffee that you have per week or even per day can also be helpful. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!
Americans from all forms of life should mark April as National Facial Protection Month on their calendars. The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pedicatric Dentistry, and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have combined forces to sponsor this annual campaign, which aims to educate and remind us of the importance of protecting our face and teeth against impacts and injuries.
Wearing a helmet can save your life and prevent devastating physical damage in a variety of situations, from playing football to riding a bicycle. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, helmets reduce the risk of various head injuries by as much as 85 percent. Although most states do not have laws that mandate the use of helmets for contact sports, we want you to make sure that you and your loved ones wear helmets with the appropriate safety ratings for specific activities. Helmets can also help save your teeth if they come with an attached faceguard, an essential addition for football players and others involved in contact sports.
PREVENTING DENTAL INJURIES
A mouthguard can protect you against a variety of dental injuries, such as cracked, broken, or knocked-out teeth. The American Dental Association states that mouthguards play an essential role in preventing up to 200,000 dental injuries each year, and many states now mandate their use for sports activities such as football and hockey. The Academy for Sports Dentistry warns, however, that these mouthguards must be custom-fitted as precisely as possible to prove effective. Have a professional-quality mouthguard molded and fitted by our office for better protection than a generic store-bought or "boil-and-bite" variety can offer. These cheaper versions tend to wear out very quickly, interfere with proper breathing, and provide uneven degrees of cushion against impacts. Also, always have a fresh mouthguard fitted for each new sports season.
Choose the right combination of helmet, faceguard, and mouthguard to protect your teeth and face this April. If you have any dental questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month! We know that oral cancer can be kind of a scary topic, but it is worth using this opportunity to learn more about the disease and spread the knowledge so that everyone can increase their awareness about this type of cancer. The more that we know, the better that we can all work to prevent it!
Oral cancer is exactly what it sounds like: cancer that occurs anywhere in the mouth. It could occur on the tongue, the lips, the gums, inside the cheek, or in the roof or floor of the mouth. Every year, more than 8,000 people die from oral cancer. It truly is a deadly disease.
The reason that oral cancer scores a higher death rate as compared to other cancers such as Hodgin's disease, thyroid cancer, or even skin cancer, is because it often goes undetected until it has become too advanced to treat. Unfortunately, due to the high vascularity or blood supply to the oral cavity, it can spread to other body parts more quickly if it is not treated early.
So what causes this devastating disease? There is no clear answer, but some potential causes have been identified. By being aware of these, we can be alert and promote prevention of this illness.
<>AGE: Most patients who develop oral cancer are above the age of 40. If you are over 40, make sure that your doctor checks for signs of oral cancer and that you stay on your dental hygiene regimen.
<>TOBACCO: Excessive tobacco use, whether in the form of cigarette smoking or tobacco chewing, can be a substantial contributor and cause oral cancer. So that is another reason, among many, to avoid all forms of tobacco.
<>ALCOHOL: Excessive alcohol consumption can put you at risk because alcohol converts into a chemical call acetaldehyde, which damages the body's DNA and blocks cells from repairing the damage. When paired with tobacco, the dehydrating effects of alcohol make it even easier for tobacco to infiltrate the mouth tissue.
<>SUN EXPOSURE: Your lips need SPF, too! Repeated sun exposure increases your risk of contracting cancer on your lips, especially the lower lip.
<>DIET: Not getting all of the nutrients that you need, from vegetables and fruits for instance, can weaken your immune system and make you more vulnerable to the disease.
If you have any other questions or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!
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