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Like other protective athletic gear, mouthguards reduce your risk of an injury that could keep you out of the game. That's why Drs. Harvey Seybold, Peter Chang, and Irbad Chowdhury offer custom mouthguards designed to fit your mouth comfortably. All you have to do is visit Roselle Dental Center for a consultation. We are conveniently located in Roselle, IL.
How mouthguards protect your smile
A collision with another player, a blow to the face, or a fall can cause serious tooth or gum injuries that may affect your oral health for years to come. Mouthguards fit over your upper teeth and cushion the impact of blows. They can help you avoid:
- Broken teeth
- Loose teeth
- Cuts or injuries to your mouth, tongue, lips, or cheeks
According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety, damage to teeth is 60 times more likely if athletes don't wear mouthguards.
Mouthguards may also decrease your risk of concussion by absorbing the impact of blows to your head.
Types of mouthguards available
Mouthguards are available in local sports stores and from our office here in Roselle. You'll find two kinds of mouthguards in stores: stock and boil and bite. Stock mouthguards are only available in a few sizes and may be bulky or too loose or tight. If the fit is poor, your mouthguard may not adequately protect your mouth and might interfere with breathing or speaking.
Boil and bite mouthguards are heated in boiling water, cooled in ice water for a few seconds, then placed in your mouth. Heating the mouthguard allows it to conform to your teeth, providing a better fit.
Custom-made mouthguards provided by your dentist offer the best fit. Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth to ensure that your guard fits over your teeth snugly. Because these mouthguards are designed to fit your mouth, and only your mouth, they're more comfortable than other types and won't shift or move as your run and jump.
Custom mouthguards can last several years, while stock and boil and bite guards usually need to be replaced every season. Mouthguards can help you avoid tooth loss and injuries whether you're a child or an adult.
Protect your smile with mouthguards! Call Drs. Harvey Seybold, Peter Chang, and Irbad Chowdhury of Roselle Dental Center, at (630) 893-4200 to schedule your appointment. We are located in Roselle, IL, for all your dental needs.
Being a parent can be a rewarding role. But it's also hard work, especially the effort required in keeping children healthy. In that respect, there's one area you don't want to overlook—their dental health.
Taking care of their teeth and gums has two aspects: their current state of dental health and their ongoing development that impacts future health. Fortunately, you can address both the present and the future by focusing on the following areas.
Prioritizing oral hygiene. From the moment your child is born, you'll want to practice daily oral hygiene to keep their teeth and gums clean of disease-causing bacterial plaque. This starts even before teeth erupt—simply wipe their gums with a clean wet cloth after feeding. As teeth emerge, begin brushing each one with a small amount of toothpaste. Around your child's second birthday, start training them to brush and floss on their own.
Limit their sugar intake. The biggest threat to your child's teeth is tooth decay, which is caused by bacteria. These bacteria multiply when they have plenty of sugar available in the mouth, one of their primary food sources. It's important then to reduce the sugar they eat and limit it to mealtimes if possible. Also avoid sending them to bed with a bottle filled with sweetened liquids, including juices and even formula.
Visit the dentist. You're not in this alone—your dentist is your partner for keeping your child's teeth healthy and developing properly. So, begin regular visits when your child's first teeth appear (no later than their first birthday). You should also consider having your child undergo an orthodontic evaluation around age 6 to make sure their bite is developing properly.
Practice oral safety. Over half the dental injuries in children under 7 occur in home settings around furniture. As your child is learning to walk, be aware of things in your home environment like tables and chairs, or hard objects they can place in their mouths. Take action then to move these items or restrict your child's access to them.
Good habits in each of these areas can make it easier to keep your child's teeth and gums healthy and on the right developmental track. That means good dental health today that could carry on into adulthood.
If you would like more information on children's dental care, 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 “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children.”
If we were playing word association with the term “oral hygiene,” you'd probably answer “brushing.” And you would be right—brushing cleans tooth surfaces of accumulated bacterial plaque, a thin biofilm most responsible for dental disease.
But brushing is only half of the oral hygiene equation: You also need to remove dental plaque between teeth where brushing can't reach. And, that requires that other practice—flossing.
Unfortunately, brushing is more popular than its hygienic sibling because many people find traditional thread flossing more difficult and messier than brushing. That can make it tempting to skip flossing—but then you're only getting half the benefit of oral hygiene for reducing the risk of tooth decay or gum disease.
There is, however, a way to floss that doesn't involve a roll of thread: oral irrigation. This form of flossing uses a countertop device that directs a pressurized spray of water between teeth through a handheld wand. The directed spray loosens and then flushes away accumulated plaque.
Oral irrigators (also known as water flossers) have been an important tool for decades in dental offices, and have been available for home use since the 1960s. In the last few years, though, the devices have become more compact and easier to use. More importantly, studies have shown they're as effective in removing between-teeth plaque as regular flossing.
These irrigation devices are especially useful for people wearing braces. The attached brackets and wires make it extremely difficult to maneuver flossing thread between teeth. Because of this (as well as similar difficulties in brushing), patients are more susceptible to dental disease while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
But a 2008 study showed that oral irrigators are quite effective for braces wearers in removing between-teeth plaque. It found those who used an irrigator after brushing removed five times the amount of plaque than those that only brushed.
Even if you're not wearing braces, you may still find an oral irrigator to be a useful flossing alternative. Speak with your dentist for recommendations on what to look for in an oral irrigator and tips on how to use it. It could make a positive difference in your dental health.
If you would like more information on how best to keep your teeth and gums clean, 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 “Cleaning Between Your Teeth.”
Thousands of years ago, our ancestors could only expect to live between 30 and 40 years. But steady improvements in lifestyle and medical care have increased human life expectancy to almost 80 years.
Although a welcome development, it does raise a question: Are our teeth up to the added years? Even though quite resilient, it's natural for teeth to wear after years and tens of thousands of meals biting and chewing.
Fortunately, there have also been phenomenal advances in dental restorations that can effectively replace teeth we lose along the way. Even so, the most advanced artificial replacements can't restore the full benefit of natural teeth to oral and general health. The ideal goal is to preserve and protect our natural teeth for as long as possible.
Here are 4 areas worthy of your attention in protecting your teeth throughout your lifetime.
Dental disease. Tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease are the top causes for poor dental health and tooth loss. They're caused by bacteria living and feeding primarily in dental plaque, a thin biofilm on tooth surfaces. Brushing and flossing daily, along with regular dental cleanings, removes this disease-causing plaque. You should also seek treatment as soon as possible at the first sign of dental disease.
Bite correction. A poor bite is more than a smile problem: Teeth out of alignment and not engaging normally with their counterparts on the other jaw may increase tooth wear and make hygiene more difficult to perform. Orthodontic treatment, even if undertaken later in life, can help maintain your teeth's long-term health and longevity.
Bad habits. Your teeth are tough, but not indestructible. Protect them by avoiding harmful habits or practices like crunching ice, gnawing on pencils, nails or other hard objects, cracking open nuts or using your teeth as tools. Not engaging in these kinds of habits will help reduce wear and help you also avoid chipping and fractures.
Teeth grinding. Involuntarily clenching or grinding your teeth, often while sleeping, can accelerate dental wear. If you suspect you have this habit, take steps first to deal with stress, the number one cause of adult teeth grinding. Your dentist can also fashion a mouth guard that prevents your teeth from making solid contact with each other and thus help reduce wearing to your teeth.
If you would like more information on tooth wear, 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 “How and Why Teeth Wear.”
Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, and if your smile is less than perfect, it can affect your confidence. The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to make a perfect smile available to everyone. Dr. Harvey G. Seybold, Dr. Peter S. Chang, and Dr. Irbad Chowdhury are dentists at Roselle Dental Associates in Roselle, IL. They specialize in cosmetic dentistry.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
Roselle dental patients can choose from the following cosmetic dental treatments:
Professional Teeth Whitening
In-chair whitening is one of the easiest and most popular ways to get a smile makeover. The process removed stains on the surface of the teeth caused by foods, beverages, and smoking. It can also whiten the teeth by up to eight shades.
If you have minor chips or cracks in one or more of your teeth, dental bonding can be used to eliminate them. The process involves the direct application of a soft putty to the tooth. The putty is then shaped and hardened. It can be colored to match the natural color of your teeth.
A dental veneer is a wafer-thin porcelain shell that is cemented onto the front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to straighten crooked teeth, eliminate gaps, and hide imperfections such as chips, cracks, and stains.
Also known as caps, dental crowns can be used to strengthen weakened teeth after a large filling or root canal. They can also be used to cover broken or crooked teeth or with an implant or bridge to replace missing teeth. Dental crowns are designed to last for decades.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. They are comprised of three parts, a titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone, an abutment, and a porcelain crown. You can have one or two dental crowns or a full set. They are designed to look just like your natural teeth.
If you live in Roselle and you would like to find out more about your cosmetic dentistry options, call Roselle Dental Associates at (630) 893-4200 today!