Posts for: October, 2017
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 overall health and safety. Your job goes well beyond providing a water bottle and making sure that your child follows the rules of the game.
Although the first thing that comes to mind when you think of sports may not be your child's teeth, accidents can happen that may affect your children's teeth for the rest of their life. A stray hockey stick, an arrant baseball, or a misguided dive after a volleyball are examples of ways that a child could lose a tooth. In fact, studies have shown that young athletes lose more than three million teeth each year in sports related incidents!
Becoming A Better Athlete Can Protect Teeth
Becoming a better athlete involves refining skills, learning the rules of the game, and being a good sport. These components 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 opponents. Children who are better roller-bladers are less likely to take a face plant into the pavement, and more likely to save their teeth. Being a good sport and avoiding unnecessary contact is one way to protect teeth.
Proper Protective Equipment
If your child is in a sport that poses a high threat to teeth, it is essential for your child to wear a mouthguard at all times. Mouthguards fit your child's mouth and consist of soft plastic. A custom sport's guard that can be fabricated by our office are much more comfortable to wear as compared to a generic over the counter boil-and-bite guard. While children may resist wearing a mouthguard initially, your persistance in insisting that they wear it should be enough to convince them of the importance. A helmet or face mask provides additional protection during certain types of more contact related sports.
While prevention is best, rapid treatment can improve the situation if your child does sustain a dental injury while participating in a sporting event. If you have any questions or are in need of more information about a custom sport's guard for you or your child, call our office at 918-455-0123!
Although the average patient heads down to the dentist for a cleaning every six months, most people don't realize that even their own dentist may be famous. Yes, the chances are very unlikely, however, there have been a number of dentists throughout our history that have achieved acclaim and celebrity coming from a profession that is not typically associated with such regard. Check out these examples:
DOC HOLIDAY Although he was probably the most famous for his gun fight at the O.K. Corral alongside his buddy, Wyatt Earp, "Doc" also had a day job as a dentist. He trained in Pennsylvania and later opened a busy practice near Atlanta. Sadly, Holiday came down with a case of tuberculosis and had to close his practice. He then packed up his belongs and moved west, and well, the rest is history.
MARK SPITZ Although he was known around the world as a champion swimmer, Spitz was actually accepted into dental school before he became a famous Olympic gold medalist. While he ultimately decided not to attend the school of dentistry, it's safe to say that he made the right choice considering that Mark went on to achieve seven gold medals.
PAUL REVERE The most famous dentist to come out of the American Revolution, Paul Revere was a man of many hats. He, of course, is known throughout our history books for warning the colonies of the impending British troops on the attack, but when he was not involved in the fight, he had a few different jobs. Not only a siversmith, but Paul also advertised his services as a dentist. More specifically, he specialized in making false teeth for the people in need.
MILES DAVIS' FATHER Miles Davis Jr. was one of the most acclaimed and influential jazz musicians of all time and his dad was a dentist. Miles Davis, Sr. had a thriving dental practice and was a member of the NAACP. Dentistry was how he paid the bills and provided for Miles Jr. So in some ways, it seems that we all have the dental profession to thank for allowing Miles Jr. to become such a fantastic musician, and treating the world to his jazz stylings.
Although my only claim to fame might be appearing on stage in my High School Drama Productions, I chose to become a dentist and strive every day to provide excellent dental care to all of my patients! If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!