Posts for: January, 2016
Since boxers first began using them a century ago, athletic mouthguards are now standard safety equipment for most contact sports. Without them, dental injuries would skyrocket.
But a recent study in the peer-reviewed journal, General Dentistry, indicates there’s another important reason to wear a mouthguard for contact sports or exercise: you may be able to significantly reduce your risk for a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), better known as a concussion. It’s believed the mouthguard absorbs some of the force generated during contact, resulting in less pressure to the brain. That reduction is even more significant if your mouth-guard has been custom-made by a dentist.
That last finding is important, because not all mouthguards on the market are equal. There are three basic categories of mouthguards — stock, “boil and bite,” and custom. Stock mouthguards come in limited sizes; they’re relatively inexpensive, but they provide the least level of protection. “Boil and bite” can be customized after purchase to the wearer’s bite, but they don’t always provide complete coverage of back teeth. Custom mouthguards are designed and fashioned by a dentist; they’re relatively expensive (running in the hundreds of dollars), but there’s ample evidence they provide the highest level of protection from mouth injuries.
The General Dentistry study also corroborates custom mouthguards’ effectiveness in preventing concussions. The study followed approximately 400 football players from six different high school teams. While all the players wore the same type of helmet, half of them wore custom-made mouthguards and the other half wore stock guards. 8.3% of the athletes wearing stock guards experienced a concussion injury; by contrast only 3.6% of those with custom guards sustained an injury — greater than half fewer occurrences.
The study also highlights the need not to rely solely on helmets or other protective headgear for concussion prevention. It’s important to include mouthguards along with other athletic protective gear to lower injury risk as much as possible.
So when considering how you can provide the optimum injury protection for you or your child, be sure to include an athletic mouthguard, preferably one that’s custom-made. We’ll be happy to advise you further on what you need to know to prevent traumatic dental injuries, as well as concussions.
If you would like more information on custom-fit mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Mouthguards.”
What Makes Dental Implants a Good Option for Me? Why dental implants are the longest lasting replacement for missing teeth.
If you are missing one or more teeth, no doubt you’ve been thinking about replacing them. There are many options available to you, and you are trying to research them all. The result is a bewildering assortment of facts, and you still don’t know what is best for you.
You want something that looks natural and beautiful, and above all, you want it to last for a long time. The answer is dental implants, the modern solution to replace teeth for your lifetime. It’s time to see the implant experts at Alaska’s Trusted Dental in Anchorage, Alaska. They are ready to help create a new smile, just for you.
Dental implants are made of titanium. Not only is titanium a very strong material, it is also biocompatible, gentle to bone and soft tissue. Your body will accept it, not reject it. The truth is dental implants are the most successful of any surgical implant, with success rates of over 95 percent!
A titanium implant is like a screw, and it is inserted into your jawbone using a minor procedure done in the office. The implant is topped with a beautiful, natural-looking porcelain crown. Over a few months, the implant fuses with the bone in your jaw, creating a very durable, very natural solution to tooth loss.
Dental implants are far better than bridges, removable partials or dentures because:
- You won’t have to prepare the teeth around the implant, as you do with bridges
- You won’t have to take them out to clean them, as you do with partials and dentures
- You will have more confidence and self-esteem knowing that your teeth won’t move around, the way they can with partials and dentures
- Implants are virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth, unlike partials and dentures
Implants also help to maintain the youthful contours of your face, because they help to retain the bone in your jaw. Perhaps the best reason to choose implants is their longevity; with proper care, they can last a lifetime. If you want to get started replacing your lost teeth with a superior modern alternative, it’s time to think about implants. Don’t wait! Make a consultation appointment with the implant experts at Alaska’s Trusted Dental in Anchorage, Alaska. Get started today, and look great tomorrow!
Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.
“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.
Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.
“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.
Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?
Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.
Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a thirdÂ to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.
Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”
Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.
If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”