Saturday, May 31, 2014

Facial Protection: The Dental Connection

Every year the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, the Academy of Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons combine their forces to educate and remind us of the importance of protecting our face and teeth against impacts and injuries.

Wearing a helmet can save your life and prevent devastating physical damage in a variety of situations, from playing football to riding a bicycle.  According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, helmets reduce the risk of various head injuries by as much as 85 percent.

To prevent dental injuries, a mouthguard can protect you against a variety of dental injuries, such as cracked, broken, or knocked-out teeth.  The American Dental Association states that mouth guards play an essential role in preventing up to 200,000 dental injuries each year.  Although the "boil-and-bite" guards are cheaper, they tend to wear out quickly, interfere with proper breathing, and provide uneven degrees of cushion against impacts.

To learn more about an affordable custom-fit athletic mouthguard or if you are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123! Play safe!

God Bless,

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day 2014!

Memorial Day is not only a federal holiday in the United States, but it is a day of observance and remembrance of those who died in service to our country.  Originally known as Decoration Day, this solemn day has been marked on calendars since the end of the American Civil War as a day to commemorate both the Confederate and Union soldiers who fought and died in the war.

Although marking the graves of fallen soldiers has been practiced throughout history, it wasn't until 1890 that every state in our country was observing a single day of decoration to honor their sacrifice. In 1967, the name was formally changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day, in order to encompass all fallen American soldiers in all wars and conflicts.

Today, while there is certainly an air of remembrance on Memorial Day, it has become more a day of spending time with family, friends, and loved ones. This day is also heralded as the start of summer, with many schools finishing for the year around this time.

From community parades, backyard cook-outs, fireworks to formal ceremonies, Memorial Day is commemorated in many different ways.  No matter how you choose to spend this day, take a moment to remember all of those who have lost their lives in an effort to preserve our freedom!

God Bless,

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day: A Special Wish!

"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there."                   -Robert Browning

We would like to take this moment to thank all of the great moms out there for being so great during their children's visit's to our office!  Whether it's driving their kids to regularly scheduled appointments or for "being there" while their child receives dental treatment, the moms who come to our office are all stellar individuals, so our entire staff would like you to know that we appreciate you all!

Happy Mother's Day and enjoy your special day!

If you are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Hard Facts: The Dental Connection!

What is as brittle as glass and at the same time, the hardest substance in your body?  Your tooth enamel!!  Each time that you bite down, it handles the equivalent of 160 pounds of pressure, time after time after time.  Think about how often you bite down during your lifetime. It's crazy!

It's an engineering marvel.  Enamel is actually made up of a dense forest of long rods.  These rods start crisscrossing each other as they go deeper into the tooth, diffusing the pressure. It's like sprawling your body out flat to crawl over an ice-covered pond, spreading the pressure over a wider area.

Enamel: Built For Pressure...But Not Erosion!

As strong as your enamel is, it does not deal well with acid and bacteria.  It needs our help for that!

    • Acidic breakdown from pop, fruit juices, and sports drinks.
    • Abrasion from rough brushing and tooth-whitening products.
    • Bad habits loke tooth-grinding.
    • High sugar-and-starch diets, which create acid byproducts.

Your Enamel Is Finite: So Treat It Well!

As amazing as your enamel is, it's one of the only body parts of your body that is unable to regenerate itself because it's one of the only parts of your body that is not comprised of living cells. So protect your enamel by brushing regularly, flossing, and keeping your regularly scheduled checkups.

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,