General & Preventive Dentistry
Getting the Bite on Mouthguards
Helmets, knee pads, shin guards…if you’re an avid athlete or the parent of one, you know the importance of proper protective gear. But did you know that up to 40 percent of all sports injuries involve the face? Protect your smile and your mouth with a comfortable, custom-molded mouthguard to dramatically reduce the risk of sports-related oral injury.
Pediatricians and dentists recommend a child's first dental visit at age one. The first visit is to establish a dental home for your child, and helps us to focus on prevention, guidance, and early detection and treatment of dental diseases that will protect your child's smile now and in the future. New environments can be intimidating for some children, so during our initial exam our staff encourages parents to sit chair-side. As your child becomes familiar with the sights, sounds, and friendly helpers in our dental office, we encourage parents to allow them to demonstrate independence at subsequent visits. Be proud of your child's ability to get in the dental chair on their own and take responsibility for their personal hygiene. They will be proud, too!
We will reserve one hour for your initial exam. Before your exam, we will want to talk to you about how we can best serve your dental concerns. Your comprehensive exam will include an assessment of the health of your gums and teeth and an oral cancer screening. We may take intraoral photos and digital X-rays. Once the dentist has performed a thorough examination, he will go over his findings and discuss them with you.
Many people have deep pits and grooves in their teeth where bacteria and food particles can hide and cause decay. Through no fault of your own, you may be more susceptible to developing decay in these grooves. Children with poor brushing habits are the most prone to develop decay on hard-to-reach molars. For situations like these, dental sealants offer a means of protecting molar and premolar chewing surfaces from decay. Recognized by the American Dental Association as a key means of cavity prevention, dental sealants consist of a thin plastic film that is applied to teeth in these pits and grooves.
Most US tap water contains fluoride today. However, most bottled water does not. Many people have fluoride deficiency, which puts teeth at a greater risk for getting cavities. In some cases, parents think that they are protecting their babies by using bottled water to mix formula, but actually, tap water is better in this case. Many children pack bottled water in school lunches, and adults tend to toss a bottled water in the car instead of filling up a reusable water bottle with tap water.
The most common disease in the United States is not what you may think. Heart disease, stroke, or cancer come to mind, but actually gum disease is the single most prevalent disease in America. In fact, it affects more people than heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's, and cancer combined. About 80% of the population has some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, periodontitis (advanced), and gingivitis (mild).
The Crux of Bruxism
Some patients react to stress by grinding their teeth unconsciously during the day or, more commonly, while sleeping. The constant pressure and motion can harm teeth, as well as muscles and tissues in and around the jaw. The condition, known as bruxism, can be remedied with a nightguard.