My Plantation Dentist https://myplantationdentist.com Dr. Finkelstein's Plantation FL Dentist Office Thu, 12 Sep 2019 04:07:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 Dental 101: Fun Facts You May Not Know About Your Teeth https://myplantationdentist.com/dental-101-fun-facts-you-may-not-know-about-your-teeth/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 04:07:50 +0000 https://myplantationdentist.com/?p=4695 The human body really is amazing, strange, and interesting. We’ve put together some fun tooth facts so you can test your knowledge, impress your friends and family, or simply learn more. Your food must be broken down before entering your digestive system so that your body can absorb the nutrients from it easily. Your teeth

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The human body really is amazing, strange, and interesting. We’ve put together some fun tooth facts so you can test your knowledge, impress your friends and family, or simply learn more. Your food must be broken down before entering your digestive system so that your body can absorb the nutrients from it easily. Your teeth help you chew your food, making it easier to digest. Yet, each type of tooth has a somewhat different shape and performs a different function. We hope you enjoy our dental 101.

Parts of the Tooth

  • A tooth is composed of two basic parts: the crown, which is the white part of the tooth you can see, and the root, which is below the gum line and helps to anchor the tooth into the jaw bone.
  • Teeth contain four kinds of tissue, enamel, dentin, cementum, and pulp.
  • The pulp is at the core of the tooth and contains blood vessels and other soft tissues that deliver nutrients along with the nerves that send signals to your teeth.
  • Cementum is a soft tissue that covers the tooth root and helps anchor it into the bone.
  • Dentum looks similar to bone, and helps to protect the softer tissues.
  • Enamel is the outside covering of the tooth that you can see, which is actually harder than bone!

Development of Teeth

  • We have two sets of teeth; 20 primary (baby) teeth and typically 32 permanent (adult) teeth, which develop in stages. 
  • Your baby teeth begin to develop before you’re even born. In fact, they start to form during the beginning of the second trimester of pregnancy.
  • A baby’s first tooth makes an appearance at around six months of age and is usually one of the front incisors.
  • The root a tooth continues to develop even after the tooth has erupted.
  • Baby teeth are generally in place when the baby is between two and a half to three years old.
  • Baby teeth begin to fall out between the ages of six and twelve and are replaced by permanent teeth.
  • Teeth typically erupt symmetrically so the top left molar and top right molar come in about the same time. However, the front incisors are usually the first to appear.
  • Third molars (wisdom teeth) are the last teeth to develop, usually not erupting until the between the ages of eighteen and twenty. However, some people’s third molars never do emerge or even develop at all!

The Types of Teeth and Their Jobs

  • Incisors compose the top four and bottom four teeth in the front of your mouth and are useful for biting food. 
  • We have four sharp canines or fangs for tearing and ripping our food apart.
  • Your premolars or bicuspids are a part of your permanent teeth and have a flat biting surface to crush and grind food. There are four premolars on each side of your mouth, two on the top and two on the bottom. 
  • The molars are the biggest of the teeth and have a large flat biting surface. The function of the molars is to grind, crush and chew food. There are eight baby molars and twelve in the adult molars.
  • The third molars are often referred to as wisdom teeth. Although some people never develop them at all, for others they may cause crowding and may need to removed. When they don’t fully emerge, they are known as impacted and are typically removed.

Your teeth fulfill important roles in eating, speaking, and your overall health, so remember to take good care of them. For good oral health and your best smile, be sure to brush and floss your teeth regularly, and see the dentist regularly for dental cleanings and exams. 

If you are interested in more fun facts and information, Dr. Heidi Finkelstein and her caring staff at My Plantation Dentist can help. To schedule your appointment, please contact us today at 954-584-1030.

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Dental Tips for Getting Your Kids Ready for Back to School https://myplantationdentist.com/dental-tips-for-getting-your-kids-ready-for-back-to-school/ Mon, 02 Sep 2019 03:49:50 +0000 https://myplantationdentist.com/?p=4692 Thinking about getting your kids ready to go back to school after the long, fun summer can be challenging. However, there are a few things you can do to make the transition easier. Children and their parents are both much busier once the school year begins, so this is a great time to handle taking

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Thinking about getting your kids ready to go back to school after the long, fun summer can be challenging. However, there are a few things you can do to make the transition easier. Children and their parents are both much busier once the school year begins, so this is a great time to handle taking care of your children’s dental needs for the school year while the schedule is a little more relaxed.

Although your children may be brushing and flossing regularly, it is vital to have a checkup and professional cleaning every six months. Doing so will not only keep their smiles looking great, increase their comfort with the dental routines and their dental professionals, but can save them from unnecessary discomfort and save you unneeded future dental expenses.

A dental examination is as important as immunizations and booster shots according to the American Dental Association as part of back to school preparations. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control report that tooth decay affects children in the U.S. more than any other chronic infectious disease. 

Further, these statistics indicate that nearly one in five children between the ages of two and nineteen have untreated tooth decay, which can lead to pain or difficulty in eating or speaking, as well as playing and learning. Dental x-rays can diagnose early or noticed problems, and today, simple fluoride treatments or sealants can help to prevent decay.

Many children participate in sports, PE or other physical activities. Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard during participation can save your child’s teeth. During your back to school dental visit, your dentist can advise you and your child on the options available, and importantly, how to clean and care for them also.

This visit can give the dentist an opportunity to look at the development and placement of your child’s teeth. Although straightening and realigning crooked teeth is often considered on a cosmetic basis, there are many other reasons why it may be important for much more than aesthetics. In fact, studies have found that misaligned teeth can affect both dental and overall health in many ways.

Of course, your child will want to have a smile that they can be proud to show. It can increase their self-confidence, self-esteem, happiness and overall mental health. In fact, when your child feels like they have a great smile, it can increase the amount they smile, which can not only lower stress, but can improve cognitive ability.

If you are interested in getting your child ready with his back to school dental preparations, Dr. Heidi Finkelstein and her caring staff at My Plantation Dentist can help. To schedule your appointment, please contact us today at 954-584-1030. 

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Occlusal Guards https://myplantationdentist.com/occlusal-guards/ Tue, 09 Jul 2019 19:58:36 +0000 https://myplantationdentist.com/?p=4551 Occlusal Guards In order to protect teeth from the effects of grinding and clenching at night, My Plantation Dentist may suggest an occlusal guard, also known as a night guard. This dental device fits over the teeth and creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing wear on the tooth enamel. Different guards

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Occlusal Guards

In order to protect teeth from the effects of grinding and clenching at night, My Plantation Dentist may suggest an occlusal guard, also known as a night guard. This dental device fits over the teeth and creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing wear on the tooth enamel.

Different guards are available depending on the severity of the condition, which the dentist can determine during an examination. Each guard is individualized by making a mold of the teeth to ensure a snug fit. After the occlusal guard is created, it is worn while sleeping and removed upon waking.

Although initially, it may take a little time to get used to wearing a guard, typically patients become comfortable wearing it within a very short period of time, experiencing a more restful sleep and freedom from sore or painful days.

Commonly asked questions:

Why do I grind or clench my teeth at night?

It may be caused by an abnormal bite, anxiety and stress, a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, or even crooked or missing teeth.

Is this common?

Grinding or clenching of the teeth is known as bruxism and is a very common condition.

What are the symptoms?

Those who clench or grind their teeth may experience facial pain or soreness, headaches, contractions of the jaw muscles, swelling around the jaw, grinding noises at night, and general fatigue due to sleep disruption.

What dental problems may occur if I don’t treat this?

The grinding and clenching can cause teeth to become worn and lose their enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity, cracked teeth, and tooth loss.

 

Intraoral Scanners

My Plantation Dentist is a leader in dental technology and the dental equipment in our office includes an Itero intraoral digital scanner. These revolutionary scanners can accurately create detailed three-dimensional images for the diagnosis and treatment of many dental health issues.

The scanners can greatly assist with the early detection of dental conditions that are not painful or may not be seen by the unassisted eye including issues such as cracked teeth, decay, or gum disease. Instead of simply hearing about a problem, you can actually see it on the screen.

For treatment purposes, they can produce the detailed three-dimensional images needed to create the very best dental models for implants, veneers, and crowns. Additionally, an Itero scanner can also assist with the diagnosis and treatment planning of orthodontic issues.

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The Latest Technology for the Early Detection of Oral Cancer https://myplantationdentist.com/the-latest-technology-for-the-early-detection-of-oral-cancer-2/ Tue, 09 Jul 2019 19:33:08 +0000 https://myplantationdentist.com/?p=4546 The Latest Technology for the Early Detection of Oral Cancer Nearly fifty thousand Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year and it will kill approximately one person every hour. The rate of death for oral cancer is even higher than that of other cancers including cervical, testes, thyroid, and endocrine among others. Therefore,

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The Latest Technology for the Early Detection of Oral Cancer

Nearly fifty thousand Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year and it will kill approximately one person every hour. The rate of death for oral cancer is even higher than that of other cancers including cervical, testes, thyroid, and endocrine among others. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment is essential.

The causes of oral cancer are usually lifestyle-related, influenced by factors such as tobacco use, alcohol, diet, pollution or viral infections such as HPV. In fact, current research indicates that HPV (Human papillomavirus) in the mouths of otherwise healthy, non-smokers in their 20’s to 50’s, is making this the fastest growing group at risk. HPV typically goes away by itself within a couple of years, and doesn’t cause health problems. It’s only when HPV remains in the body for many years that it becomes a threat for oral cancer.

Preventative steps include a healthy diet, good hygiene, and an awareness of warning signs and symptoms. Some signs and symptoms to be mindful of include the following:

  • An ulcer or sore that doesn’t heal within a couple of weeks
  • A difference in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth
  • A red, white, or black discoloration on the soft tissues in the mouth
  • The feeling that things are sticking in the throat when swallowing, or painful swallowing
  • Painless, but swollen, or asymmetrical tonsils
  • Painful chewing
  • A persistent sore throat or hoarse voice
  • A swelling or lump in the mouth
  • A painless lump felt on the outside of the neck, which has been there for at least two weeks
  • Numbness of the mouth or lips
  • A nagging coughing
  • A persistent earache on one side, which lasts for more than a few days

However, it is recommended that everyone is screened at least once a year by their dentist. Traditionally, an oral cancer examination is done in less than 5 minutes, and generally involves just inspecting and feeling the tissues.

Yet a simple visual examination may be limited by subjective interpretation. Therefore, because of this limitation, new technology is being used to increase the ability to differentiate between benign abnormality and malignancy, and also for early detection of changes that may not be visible to the naked eye.

The VELscope provides a fast, easy and non-invasive method for improved oral assessment. The simple process utilizes fluorescence to reveal tissue abnormalities. It has been recognized by the World Health Organization and is backed by numerous clinical studies and over 25 million VELscope exams. Visiting your dentist regularly can improve the odds that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught at an early stage.

For any concerns about your oral health, Dr. Heidi Finkelstein and her caring staff at My Plantation Dentist can help. When you visit My Plantation Dentist, your examination always includes an oral cancer

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Do You Recognize These 3 Common Bad Dental Habits? https://myplantationdentist.com/do-you-recognize-these-3-common-bad-dental-habits/ Sat, 06 Jul 2019 22:12:22 +0000 https://myplantationdentist.com/?p=4543 Our mouth and teeth play important roles in our bodies and serve vital functions. Not only do they help us tear and chew our food, but they aid digestion, help support our facial shape, and play a large part in our speech and in our overall health. However, there are some functions that teeth shouldn’t

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Our mouth and teeth play important roles in our bodies and serve vital functions. Not only do they help us tear and chew our food, but they aid digestion, help support our facial shape, and play a large part in our speech and in our overall health. However, there are some functions that teeth shouldn’t be used to perform. We’ve put together a list of three common misuses: 

  1. Using your teeth as tools – One recent study indicated that about sixty-five percent of people frequently use their teeth for tasks other than their intended roles. We have heard of nearly everything from tearing tape, opening beer bottles and condiment packets, taking tags off of clothing, raising zippers, and many, many more. Yet, as your mother may have told you, “don’t use your teeth!” unless you want to risk tooth cracking, chipping or wear, damaging existing dental work, jaw pain and jaw misalignment. The best tool for the job is an actual tool such as scissors, a bottle opener or pliers.
  2. Using your teeth to carry items – Sure, there are times when your hands are full and it may seem like a great idea to use your mouth. In fact, about twenty-two percent of us admit to doing it sometimes. Holding nails between your teeth when you’re doing a construction project, or putting pins in your mouth during a sewing task may appear harmless, but teeth are not additional hands. Aside from the above-mentioned issues, there is also the choking hazard if you were to sneeze or hiccup. 
  3. Using your teeth to relieve boredom or stress by chewing items other than food – Habits such as biting on fingernails (over a fourth of us) and chewing pencils are two of the most common examples. While it might seem inconsequential, prolonged chewing can lead to a loss of the tooth structure, wearing down the edges of the teeth and increasing the risks for sensitivity, chipping, and breaking, while exposing your mouth to the bacteria found on fingernails and other objects. So, don’t chew on non-food items. Break the habit by substituting carrot sticks or other healthy food choices instead, and then remember to brush afterward.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, young adults are the most likely to use their teeth in improper ways. Staying away from these common bad dental practices can help you to avoid invasive and expensive emergency dental work, and reminding your children can help them to form better habits also. Exchange these three bad habits for three terrific ones – brushing, flossing and regular dental visits.

If you would like more information about forming good dental habits, Dr. Heidi Finkelstein and her caring staff at My Plantation Dentist can help. To schedule your appointment, please contact us today at 954-584-1030.

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What is a Dental Abscess? https://myplantationdentist.com/what-is-a-dental-abscess/ Sat, 06 Jul 2019 22:08:40 +0000 https://myplantationdentist.com/?p=4540 Everyone has bacteria in their mouth. When the teeth and gums aren’t properly cleaned through regular brushing and flossing, the bacteria form a sticky film on the teeth called plaque that produces acids, which can damage teeth and gums and result in tooth decay or gum disease. When left untreated, a bacterial infection can occur

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Everyone has bacteria in their mouth. When the teeth and gums aren’t properly cleaned through regular brushing and flossing, the bacteria form a sticky film on the teeth called plaque that produces acids, which can damage teeth and gums and result in tooth decay or gum disease. When left untreated, a bacterial infection can occur and pus can collect inside the teeth, gum or jaw bone. This is known as a dental abscess.

People with weakened immune systems including those with other underlying health conditions, the elderly, pregnant women, and patients undergoing certain other treatments such as chemotherapy or steroid medications may be at a greater risk for the development of a dental abscess. A dental abscess is a serious condition not only for dental health, but for the entire body as the infection can spread. Typically, an abscess is quite painful, but not always. Abscesses will not go away on their own and it is vital to see a dentist as quickly as possible.

The symptoms of a dental abscess may include pain, throbbing, swelling, redness, bad breath, an unpleasant taste, darkening of a tooth, or sensitivity among other indications. In addition, as the infection spreads, there may be difficulty opening the mouth or swallowing and there may be signs of fever, sweating and dizziness.

Treatment for a dental abscess means removing the infection and accumulation of pus. However, these tooth infections occur below the gum and can’t simply be washed away. Therefore, abscesses are generally treated through a combination of antibiotics and a routine root canal, which the dentist performs with anesthesia. 

A root canal removes the damaged nerve and pulp within the decayed tooth and is then filled to help save the tooth. At times, the tooth is too far damaged when treatment is sought and must be extracted. This is why it is so important to seek treatment quickly in order to increase the chances of saving the tooth.

The best way to prevent a dental abscess is through the maintenance of good oral hygiene including brushing and flossing, regular dental cleanings and examinations. Your dentist can inform you if there are signs of tooth decay or gum disease developing and can use X-rays to diagnose problem areas.

If you would like more information or are experiencing symptoms of a dental abscess, Dr. Heidi Finkelstein and her caring staff at My Plantation Dentist can help. To schedule your appointment, please contact us today at 954-584-1030.

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Dental Tips for Pregnant Patients https://myplantationdentist.com/dental-tips-for-pregnant-patients/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 18:12:44 +0000 https://myplantationdentist.com/?p=4493 When you’re expecting, dental health is an important consideration, not only for you, but for your new addition also. Ideally, you may want to make a dental appointment when you are planning your pregnancy in order to have your teeth professionally cleaned, your oral health examined, and any problems treated in advance. Your dentist will

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When you’re expecting, dental health is an important consideration, not only for you, but for your new addition also. Ideally, you may want to make a dental appointment when you are planning your pregnancy in order to have your teeth professionally cleaned, your oral health examined, and any problems treated in advance.

Your dentist will want to know when you’re pregnant. Be sure to tell her about any medications you are taking including your prenatal vitamins, and any medical advice your doctor may have given you. This will help your dentist provide the best treatment for both you and your baby.

During your pregnancy, preventive dental cleanings and exams are not only safe, but are important to avoid oral infections that have been linked to premature births. Additionally, your gums may be prone to swelling or bleeding due to the rise in hormone levels. This can cause food to become trapped creating further issues for gums and teeth. 

In order to make your dental visits extra comforting, take a pillow and even a comfy throw blanket with you. Bring your headphones and relax with your favorite music, but remember to keep your legs uncrossed to maintain healthy circulation. Enjoy a healthy snack beforehand so you won’t get hungry. Just remember to brush before your visit. It’s recommended to use a soft toothbrush to avoid gum irritation and tooth sensitivity. A toothpaste for sensitive teeth may also be used if this is an issue. 

In addition to your regular dental appointments, it’s necessary to maintain good oral hygiene practices at home by brushing twice a day, and flossing daily. If you suffer from morning sickness or vomiting, be sure to swish your mouth with water or an alcohol-free mouthwash containing fluoride afterward to help protect your teeth from eroding stomach acids. However, wait at least thirty minutes to brush your teeth and use a toothpaste with fluoride to help keep teeth protected.

Although food cravings are common during pregnancy, you will want to try to eat sensible, nutritionally balanced meals for your health and your baby’s.  In fact, your baby’s teeth will start to develop about three months into your pregnancy, although they won’t begin to emerge until your baby is around four months old. So, avoid sugary snacks to keep tooth decay away and get plenty of vitamins and minerals for strong, healthy teeth.

Elective dental procedures and tooth whitening should be postponed until after your baby’s birth. X-rays may be postponed, however, according to the American Dental Association and the American College of Radiology, having dental X-rays during your pregnancy is considered safe with appropriate shielding and no single diagnostic x-ray has a radiation dose significant enough to cause adverse effects in a developing embryo or fetus.

If emergency dental work is necessary, your dentist can advise you best. Typically, non-emergency dental procedures are best performed in the second trimester after the more vulnerable first and before the third trimester when it may be less comfortable to lie on your back for any extended time period. Your dentist can advise you if treatment can be safely delayed until after delivery. 

Follow these suggestions, and always pay close attention to any changes that might occur in your mouth. If you would like more information about dental care during your pregnancy, Dr. Heidi Finkelstein and her caring staff at My Plantation Dentist can help. To schedule your appointment, please contact us today at 954-584-1030.

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How to Have a Successful Dental Visit with Your Child https://myplantationdentist.com/how-to-have-a-successful-dental-visit-with-your-child/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 17:48:13 +0000 https://myplantationdentist.com/?p=4490 Having regular dental visits is one of the best things you can do for your child’s health. It’s important to find a child-friendly dentist who is great with your child, and it’s also good to know how to help your child have the most positive experience. Taking your child along to your and other family

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Having regular dental visits is one of the best things you can do for your child’s health. It’s important to find a child-friendly dentist who is great with your child, and it’s also good to know how to help your child have the most positive experience.

Taking your child along to your and other family members’ dental cleanings can help them feel comfortable and natural in the dental environment. Remember to only share positive remarks when you describe dental visits.

Communication is key, so discuss their upcoming visit, answer any question and help to allay any fears. Talk about the importance of keeping teeth and gums healthy. Explain that a dentist is a gentle, friendly doctor who can help take care of their mouth and let them know they can ask the dentist any questions they have. This can allow the dentist and your child to begin building a good relationship.

If your child still naps, try to schedule the appointment around his naptime. Plan to feed him a snack before the appointment so he isn’t hungry, but remember to brush afterward. A favorite toy brought along to hold may keep your child amused while in the waiting room and be a calming distraction during the visit.

Try to avoid making dental appointments right after a full day of school or camp as they may be tired and less cooperative. Always speak gently and soothing to help your child feel safe and at ease. If he is fearful, don’t hesitate to ask the dentist for advice.

If you would like to find a child-friendly dentist or for more information about great dental experiences with your child, Dr. Heidi to Finkelstein and her caring staff at My Plantation Dentist can help. To schedule your appointment, please contact us today at 954-584-1030.

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Getting Your Smile Ready for Graduation Day https://myplantationdentist.com/getting-your-smile-ready-for-graduation-day/ Mon, 06 May 2019 00:56:47 +0000 https://myplantationdentist.com/?p=4480 The time has come and you’re finally graduating, getting ready for a celebration that shows all your hard work and achievements! Congratulations! Graduations are exciting events, a transition time moving you on toward a new chapter in your life. Your graduation presents a wonderful opportunity to show your best smile, as family members and friends

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The time has come and you’re finally graduating, getting ready for a celebration that shows all your hard work and achievements! Congratulations! Graduations are exciting events, a transition time moving you on toward a new chapter in your life. Your graduation presents a wonderful opportunity to show your best smile, as family members and friends share your joy and excitement for the day. 

As the center of attention, you’ll want to have your best, brightest, pearly white smile. Photographs and social media will be capturing the memories while you celebrate and you’ll want your smile to appear as bright and beautiful as possible. In just three steps, you can be on your way to your best graduation smile.

  1. The way to begin is by making an appointment for you for a consultation with the dentist, as soon as possible. This is the time to discuss any concerns such as discolored, cracked, chipped, crooked or missing teeth.
  2. Set a date for a professional cleaning to get not only your cleanest, brightest smile, but also for your freshest breath. This will also allow you to see if additional whitening is needed. You may simply need to use an over-the-counter treatment or you may want the dentist to whiten them. Although tooth whitening is very safe, if you have any tooth pain or sensitivity, you’ll want to ask the dentist about the best solutions for you.
  3. Maintain your bright smiles by avoiding food and drinks that can stain teeth. While it’s unnecessary to refrain from eating and drinking these items, drinking water along with them can reduce the risk for staining. Additionally, drinking through a straw can help to reduce their contact with your teeth. Beware of beverages such as tea, coffee, and soda. Deep colored fruits such as raspberries and blueberries, along with soy sauce and tomato sauce can also cause staining.

Then, make certain to keep up your dental hygiene at home by brushing and flossing daily. The dentist can advise you about the best ways to have your healthiest, whitest, freshest teeth and how to maintain them, not only for your graduation, but for your lifetime.

If you would like more information about how you can achieve your best graduation smile, Dr. Heidi Finkelstein and her caring staff at My Plantation Dentist can help. To schedule your appointment, please contact us today at 954-584-1030. 

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Reducing the Risks to Your Child’s Teeth While Playing Sports https://myplantationdentist.com/reducing-the-risks-to-your-childs-teeth-while-playing-sports/ Mon, 06 May 2019 00:54:08 +0000 https://myplantationdentist.com/?p=4477 It’s almost summer and there are so many great benefits for children who play summer sports. Among these are the physical activity, social interaction, self-esteem building, along with encouragement of healthy eating habits and a check with the doctor and dentist before beginning. While exercise is good for every child’s health, it’s important to make

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It’s almost summer and there are so many great benefits for children who play summer sports. Among these are the physical activity, social interaction, self-esteem building, along with encouragement of healthy eating habits and a check with the doctor and dentist before beginning.

While exercise is good for every child’s health, it’s important to make sure that their teeth are protected. Regardless of the sport or skill level, wearing a mouth guard can help to keep their teeth, tongue, lips, jaw and face more secure from injury. Although contact sports may be higher-risk sports for injuries to the mouth, participants in non-contact activities can certainly experience dental injuries too. 

Wearing a mouth guard can help to reduce the risks. A mouth guard generally covers the upper teeth and can help cushion blows to the face and minimize the risk of broken teeth. The top teeth are more at danger as they protrude more, whereas the bottom teeth are somewhat more protected as they are further back. A mouth protector is also a good way to protect the soft tissues of the lips, tongue, and cheek lining along with the face and jaw when properly fitted. 

A mouth guard that has been custom made by a dentist is the best, as they are individually created for comfort and fit. However, there are other options if affordability is an issue. Boil and bite protectors are widely available at drugstores and sporting goods stores. These mouth guards are boiled to soften them, then inserted in the mouth and formed to the teeth.

Those who wear braces may find it particularly important to wear a mouth protector as the brackets could be damaged and the gums and cheeks injured. In fact, a mouth guard which covers the lower teeth may be suggested by the dentist if teeth have braces. Additionally, retainers and other removable appliances shouldn’t be worn during participation in sports.

Preventing injuries to the mouth and face is vital during organized sports and other recreational activities. Most parents are aware of the benefits of good dental health, and taking care of their children’s oral health by protecting their teeth and mouth should be an important part of it.

If you would like more information about protecting your child’s teeth and mouth with a mouth guard while participating in sports, Dr. Heidi Finkelstein and her caring staff at My Plantation Dentist can help. To schedule your appointment, please contact us today at 954-584-1030.

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