Keep your teeth safe this summer: Avoid dental injuries when playing sports
Summer is the time for enjoying the great outdoors. However, some popular summer sports – such as swimming and softball – can expose your teeth to danger. Here are several seasonal activities that could lead to dental injuries and ways to keep your smile safe:
Frequent swimmers may be at risk for developing yellowish-brown or dark brown stains on their teeth.
Those who swim more than six hours a week continually expose their teeth to chemically treated water. Pool water contains chemical additives, which give the water a higher pH than saliva. As a result, salivary proteins break down quickly and form organic deposits on teeth. These hard, brown deposits, known as "swimmers' calculus," appear most frequently on the front teeth.
Swimmers' calculus can normally be removed by a professional dental cleaning.
Scuba diving, a sport enjoyed by more than 4 million people in the U.S., can lead to jaw joint pain, gum tissue problems or "tooth squeeze" – pain in the center of the tooth.
All of these symptoms add up to what's called "diver's mouth syndrome" (also called barodontalgia), a condition caused by the air pressure change involved in scuba diving and by divers biting too hard on their scuba air regulators. Tooth squeeze is caused by the change in air pressure, particularly if a diver has a big cavity, a temporary filling, gum disease, periodontal abscess or incomplete root canal therapy.
The best way to avoid these problems is to visit your dentist before scuba diving and make sure your dental health is tip-top. Ask your dentist's advice about fitting the mouthpiece of an air regulator. Sometimes dentures can be inadvertently swallowed during a dive, so denture-wearers should consult with dentists before diving to discuss any potential problems.
*** ARTICLE TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM DELTADENTALINS.COM***
Invisalign For Adults
Are your teeth crooked or poorly spaced? They're somewhat embarrassing for you, but as an adult with little time and money to spare, an orthodontic treatment seems out of the question. And besides, who wants the look and feel of metal or ceramic brackets and wires at 35 years of age?
Your answer may be Invisalign
Invisalign clear plastic aligners may be the perfect solution for the individual who has orthodontic issues but dislikes the idea of traditional treatment. Increasingly popular with older teens who have all their adult teeth and with "grown-ups," too, the Invisalign system gently moves teeth into better looking and better functioning positions in an average treatment time of 9 to 18 months. Perhaps best of all, these innovative, BPA-free appliances resemble simple teeth whitening trays but are almost unnoticeable in appearance. Worn for 20 to 22 hours a day, they are removed for:
daily brushing and flossing
eating and drinking
special occasions (Invisalign aligners are particularly popular with brides.)
How you can know if Invisalign is the treatment for you
Dr. Gaines, trained and certified in the Invisalign system, will evaluate your teeth with an oral exam, x-rays and sophisticated 3-D imaging. This information helps the doctor craft the treatment plan and aligners that will correct problems with the bite, spacing, tooth rotation, crowding and teeth that have shifted position after previous orthodontic treatment. A word of caution though--although the Invisalign system is very versatile, it is not appropriate for very complex orthodontics. As such, Dr. Gaines is the best resource for decisions about Invisalign.
How the Invisalign treatment proceeds
Basically, the patient visits the dentist every six weeks or so to check progress and to receive the next sets of aligners. Each set of aligners is changed out every two weeks. Each set exerts new forces to bring the teeth into the right position.
The American Association of Orthodontists says that adults make great candidates for Invisalign because adults follow the treatment plan well, leaving the appliances in for the correct amount of time daily and changing them on schedule. For teens who may need a bit of help, colored compliance tabs can be crafted right into the aligners. The tabs tell the younger patient, parents and the doctor if the appliances are being worn correctly.
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Your body is a complex machine. The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too. If you consume too many sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks, you could be at risk for tooth decay. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, but the good news is that it is entirely preventable.
Tooth decay happens when plaque come into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth.
Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. To control the amount of sugar you eat, read the nutrition facts and ingredient labels on foods and beverages and choose options that are lowest in sugar. Common sources of sugar in the diet include soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries. Your physician or a registered dietitian can also provide suggestions for eating a nutritious diet. If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it may be more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection. This may contribute to gum disease. Severe gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is potentially more severe in people with poor nutrition.
To learn what foods are best for you, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov, a website from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture. The site contains dietary recommendations for children and adults based on their levels of physical activity.
For healthy living and for healthy teeth and gums, think before you eat and drink. It’s not only what you eat but when you eat that can affect your dental health. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. If you are on a special diet, keep your physician's advice in mind when choosing foods.
For good dental health, keep these tips in mind when choosing your meals and snacks:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including:
- whole grains
- lean souces of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish; dry beans, peas and other legumes
- low-fat and fat-free dairy foods
Limit the number of snacks you eat. If you do snack, choose something that is healthy like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese. Foods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating lots of snacks throughout the day, because more saliva is released during a meal. Saliva helps wash foods from the mouth and lessens the effects of acids, which can harm teeth and cause cavities.
For good dental health, always remember to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly. With regular dental care, your dentist can help prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place and catch those that do occur in the early stages, while they are easy to treat.
**ARTICLE TAKEN FROM FROM ADA.ORG **
Thumbsucking is a natural reflex for children. Sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or other objects may make babies feel secure and happy and help them learn about their world. Young children may also suck to soothe themselves and help them fall asleep.
However, after the permanent teeth come in, sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. It can also cause changes in the roof of the mouth. Pacifiers can affect the teeth essentially the same ways as sucking fingers and thumbs, but it is often an easier habit to break. The intensity of the sucking is a factor that determines whether or not dental problems may result. If children rest their thumbs passively in their mouths, they are less likely to have difficulty than those who vigorously suck their thumbs. Some aggressive thumbsuckers may develop problems with their baby (primary) teeth.
Children usually stop sucking between the ages of two and four years old, or by the time the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. If you notice changes in your child’s primary teeth, or are concerned about your child’s thumbsucking consult your dentist.
Tips for helping your child stop thumbsucking:
Praise your child for not sucking.
Children often suck their thumbs when feeling insecure or needing comfort. Focus on correcting the cause of the anxiety and provide comfort to your child.
For an older child, involve him or her in choosing the method of stopping.
Your dentist can offer encouragement to your child and explain what could happen to their teeth if they do not stop sucking.
If the above tips don’t work, remind the child of their habit by bandaging the thumb or putting a sock on the hand at night. Your dentist or pediatrician may prescribe a bitter medication to coat the thumb or the use of a mouth appliance.
***ARTICLE COPIED FROM ADA.COM***
Rather than soothe and comfort, a hot cup of tea or cocoa can cause people with sensitive teeth a jolt of pain. But scientists are now developing a new biomaterial that can potentially rebuild worn enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity for an extended period. They describe the material, which they tested on dogs, in the journal ACS Nano.
Chun-Pin Lin and colleagues note that tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints among dental patients. Not only does it cause sharp pains, but it can also lead to more serious dental problems. The condition occurs when a tooth's enamel degrades, exposing tiny, porous tubes and allowing underlying nerves to become more vulnerable to hot and cold.
Current treatments, including special toothpastes, work by blocking the openings of the tubes. But the seal they create is superficial and doesn't stand up to the wear-and-tear of daily brushing and chewing. Lin's team wanted to find a more durable way to address the condition.
The researchers made a novel paste based on the elements found in teeth, namely calcium and phosphorus. They applied the mixture to dogs' teeth and found that it plugged exposed tubes more deeply than other treatments. This depth could be the key, the researchers conclude, to repairing damaged enamel and providing longer-lasting relief from tooth sensitivity.
- Yu-Chih Chiang, Hong-Ping Lin, Hao-Hueng Chang, Ya-Wen Cheng, Hsin-Yen Tang, Wei-Ching Yen, Po-Yen Lin, Kei-Wen Chang, Chun-Pin Lin. A Mesoporous Silica Biomaterial for Dental Biomimetic Crystallization. ACS Nano, 2014; 8 (12): 12502 DOI: 10.1021/nn5053487
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