That's the message from the American Dental Association.
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We recommend custom mouthguards for anyone involved in an activity that could result in a dental-related injury. Contact sports like football and hockey obviously require mouthguards. In his role as a college football official, Dr. Jackson has directly seen the benefits of custom mouthguards. Ill-fitting mouthguards can make it difficult to communicate on the football field. When players stick their mouthguards in their helmets in between plays they sometimes forget to put the mouthguard back in -- resulting in a costly unnecessary penalty.
Many athletes in other non-contact sports like baseball and gymnastics can benefit from the use of a mouthguard. A bad hop of the baseball or a slip on the balance beam could result in a blow to the mouth. Players that aren't wearing Invisalign should know that it's no fun getting your lips and tongue cut up from metal braces! As a baseball umpire/dentist, Dr. Jackson has provided emergency care on the baseball diamond to help a first baseman untangle his lips from painful wires. Definitely NO FUN!
Protect your investment and your smile by wearing a mouthguard! Get a custom mouthguard today!
Could your teeth be standing in the way of your success? Think straightening your teeth is just a matter of vanity? Think again. You could increase your earning potential by enhancing your smile with straighter teeth. Several studies have indicated that people who are more attractive can earn up to 10 or 15 percent more than unattractive employees. A pair of University of Michigan scientists discovered three reasons why attractive workers make more money:
We all know the problems with metal braces. Not only do you have to endure the incessant teasing (metal mouth, brace face), you may have to deal with pain, discomfort, mouth sores or injuries caused by metal wires and brackets. You invest in straight teeth but suffer from plaque buildup, tooth decay, and tooth discoloration because you aren’t able to brush and floss like you normally would. Most of us are willing to sacrifice to have straighter teeth, but what if you didn’t have to sacrifice the foods you love. Who wants to give up their favorite foods? Goodbye popcorn, chips, bagels, hard-crusted bread, pizza crust, pretzels, nuts, candies…No more apples, carrots, corn on the cob.
Say hello to Invisalign. Eat what you want. Brush and floss the way you should. Straighten your teeth without the brace face.
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While many dentists recommend removing your wisdom teeth during the teenage years long before any symptoms occur, not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. Why would you want to go through that procedure when you aren't experiencing any problems? Our job as dental professionals at Cornelia Dental is to help you to weigh the benefits of having your wisdom teeth removed against the risks involved in removing the teeth.
Complications can arise when these third molars become impacted as they are blocked from growing into the mouth completely by either the jaw itself or surrounding teeth. When that happens ... these little troublemakers have the ability to really ruin your day. Our digital panoramic x-ray is an excellent tool for diagnosing the level of impaction, assessing risk factors, and determining the best course of action for you. This x-ray is quite comfortable since the x-ray head rotates around your head while you stand still. The digital image appears on our computer screen and allows us to see your entire jaw and sinuses as well as all of your teeth.
Since you may not experience any signs of an impacted wisdom tooth, we screen for potential problems with 3rd molars at your preventive dental visits. Some people choose to deal with wisdom teeth proactively before they have symptoms. In between your regular six month visits, it is possible that you may experience symptoms which could range from mild to severe:
One out of two people over the age of 30 has it. What is IT?
It is an infection of the tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth.
What causes it?
Plaque. It’s a sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. If you don’t remove it DAILY by brushing and cleaning in between your teeth (floss... hint, hint) it can eventually harden into calculus (AKA tartar).
If I don’t have cavities – I can’t have gum disease. Right???
Congratulations! You're cavity free!
Unfortunately many people who don't have cavities still have some form of gum disease. Since gum disease is often painless it goes untreated because people have no idea that they have it. Do your gums bleed easily or are they red, swollen or tender? Those are common signs of gingivitis. Fortunately, if you catch gum disease in this early stage – it is reversible. A professional dental cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar --- followed by daily brushing and flossing can eliminate gingivitis and get you healthy again.
I’ve got gum disease. That means I will lose all my teeth.
Not necessarily! Your hygienist and Dr. Jackson can often design a treatment plan to help you keep your gum disease under control. You’ll also need to make a commitment to good oral hygiene: brushing your teeth twice a day, cleaning between your teeth every day, choosing a healthy diet, and scheduling and keeping regular dental appointments.
My friend said bleeding gums during my pregnancy is normal.
Some women do develop a condition commonly called “pregnancy gingivitis” but not everyone experiences this. You will want to be even more meticulous with your dental care and may want to schedule more frequent dental cleanings during this important time of your life.
My girlfriend says I have “dog breath”. Does that mean I have gum disease?
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can be signs of gum disease, other oral diseases or possibly a medical disorder. Make an appointment to see us at Cornelia Dental first so that you can find out exactly what’s causing the problem. If the problem is medical, we can refer you to the proper health care professional.
If I have diabetes, am I going to get gum disease?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects your body’s ability to process sugar. High blood sugar can have a detrimental effect on many parts of your body, including your mouth, eyes, nerves, kidneys, and heart. You may also be less resistant to infection and may not heal as quickly as other people. Be aware that you are at a greater risk or developing some oral health problems and we will be honored to work with you in being diligent in maintaining good oral health.
Concerned that you may have gum disease? Call us and we will be happy to set up a complimentary consultation for you with one of our hygienists.
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We've all heard the expression - it's like pulling teeth. It is used when referring to something that is difficult to do - especially if it is referring to extracting information or the truth from some people. Fortunately, pulling teeth isn't as difficult for the doctor or the patient as it once was when the expression originated in the 1800s.
Whenever possible, we will recommend that you save your tooth. However, teeth may need to be removed for a variety of reasons: