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Teeth fractures ‘common among young sports players’

Tue

Teeth fractures 'common among young sports players'Emergency dentistry could be increasingly common among US sports players after recent figures revealed tooth fractures were one of the most commonly sustained injuries.

Statistics from the US National Youth Sports Safety Foundation have estimated that more than three million pearly whites will be lost this year as a result of accidents.

Dr Stephen Mitchell, associate professor in the paediatric dentistry department of the University of Alabama, revealed that basketball and baseball were two of the main sports that can result in the injuries.

The shocking figures have spurred a number of the country's dental experts to urge athletes to ensure they wear mouth guards at all times during contact sports.

"If the child has a full set of permanent teeth then a custom guard can be made that will provide protection but be small enough to make it easy to communicate with teammates," Dr Mitchell added.

This news comes after the American Dental Association estimated that mouth guards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in school and college football alone. ADNFCR-2621-ID-800720148-ADNFCR

Teeth whitening ‘can be touched up every six months’

Fri

Teeth whitening is safe but should not be abusedWhile teeth whitening is an entirely safe procedure, it is important that patients do not go overboard and have excessive treatments, one expert has said.

Speaking to DrBicuspid.com, Dr Matthew Messina, spokesperson for the American Dental Association, said that some people will have teeth that are as white as they can be, yet they feel there is room for improvement.

"It's useful to remind people that even though teeth whitening is safe and effective, it should not be done all the time," he stated.

This view is echoed by Dr Kellee Stanton, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, who added that whitening treatments can be touched up every six months or so and that patients can help themselves by avoiding food and drink that are likely to stain their teeth.

The British Dental Health Foundation recently urged young people to avoid smoking and alcohol consumption, as both increase the risk of them developing gum disease in later life.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800691631-ADNFCR

Parents offered top tips on preventing emergency dentistry in children

Tue

Taking some easy steps could prevent emergency dentistry in children.Parents keen to prevent emergency dentistry in their children in future should ensure they start looking after emerging teeth as early as possible.

In an article for US News and World Report, Health Day pointed out that the recommendations are clear from organisations such as the American Dental Association when it comes to brushing.

It said mums and dads should wipe down their baby's gums as often as possible before teeth emerge using a small gauze pad.

Once they do begin to show, the baby teeth should be cleaned using a special brush for youngsters but no toothpaste.

This should only be introduced once the toddler reaches two years of age, Health Day explained.

In order to prevent emergency dentistry as a result of erosion, parents should not allow children to go to bed with a bottle, it added.

Miriam Stoppard recently warned there is no excuse for poor oral healthcare among children and said parents need to look after milk teeth just as they would their own.
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New year’s resolutions ‘could involve fighting emergency dentistry’

Tue

New year's resolutions could involve emergency dentistry avoidance this year.People who want to make a resolution ready for next year should consider sticking to one that will help them avoid emergency dentistry.

Advice from the American Dental Association has been cited by Dental Plans in the US, which said now is a good time to make sure you brush twice a day no matter what.

It pointed out that good oral health is essential for people of all ages, so the arrival of a new year is the ideal time to prevent emergency dentistry for both yourself and your children.

"Floss first before brushing because there is more of a chance for the fluoride from the toothpaste to get between the teeth," Dental Plans recommended.

Colgate states that it is best to choose a soft-bristled brush for removing plaque and debris, with small-headed varieties the optimal design for getting into nooks and crannies.

They should be replaced every three months, or whenever they begin to show wear.
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Tips offered on how to maximise the chances of emergency dentistry working

Tue

Would you know what to do to help with emergency dentistry if someone knocked their tooth out? Anyone who has had their tooth knocked out or chipped may be interested in some tips on how to maximise the chances of emergency dentistry working.

WSOC TV cited advice from the American Dental Association, which states that teeth or fragments may be reattached if certain measures are followed and the help of a professional is sought in time.

Firstly, with chipped teeth, it is important to find the fragment if possible and put it in a plastic bag with a few drops of water to stop it drying out.

Then, put an ice pack on the affected gum and go for emergency dentistry.

Meanwhile, for knocked out teeth, pick them up by the crown and try not to touch the roots.

"Gently rinse the tooth in water and place it back in the socket to keep the base moist," WSOC TV states.

A glass of milk or water will do if this is not possible, which should then be taken to a dentist.

"The sooner a lost tooth is treated, the greater the likelihood of a successful reattachment," the website commented.

Dentist Dr Philip Friel recently told the Scottish Daily Record that people who chip their teeth need not worry, because simple cosmetic dentistry could correct the problem easily.

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Flouride could cause a need for emergency dentistry, research suggests

Tue

Could fluoride cause emergency dentistry?A new study has suggested that infants who are given fluoridated water could be at greater risk of needing emergency dentistry as they get older.

The research, carried out by Stephen Levy and published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, showed that babies who were fed formula milk were more likely to develop discoloured teeth on their central incisors in particular.

They had a 100 to 200 times greater chance of suffering from this problem as infants who were fed only on cow’s milk or breast milk.

Dr Levy said the first year is the most important in terms of flouride exposure.

It was recently reported that a new study into how best to treat tooth decay is to take place in the UK.

The research is to be funded by the National Institute for Health Research and aims to reduce emergency dentistry in this country by investigating the best methods of repair.

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Dentists ‘can help alleviate sleep apnea’

Mon

Dentists 'can help alleviate sleep apnea'People suffering from sleep apnea have been advised to see if cosmetic dentistry procedures could help, after a new report has revealed a link between oral treatments and the illness.

Research by the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) showed that equipment offered by dentists can be helpful to some patients suffering from sleep apnea.

Dr David Stanton from the PDA said: “Oral appliances and surgical procedures offered by dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons can be very beneficial in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.”

The studies found that by using devices that reposition the lower jaw and tongue, sufferers find some relief from the problem.

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes people to stop breathing when they are sleeping and is considered a serious condition by the organisation.

Individuals who suspect they have the complaint are advised to be assessed by a dental professional as it has been linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.

Wearing a mouthguard when playing sports was recently encouraged by the American Dental Association, which said that failure to have one can lead to an increased risk of the need for emergency dentistry.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19849803-ADNFCR

Teeth whitening ‘will not damage tooth enamel’

Thu

Tooth enamel not hurt by teeth whitening.

Brits planning to brighten their smile have been reassured that teeth whitening treatments will not damage their tooth enamel.

Jim Du Molin wrote in the Dental Practice Marketing and Management blog for the Wealthy Dentist that research published in the Journal of the American Dental Association showed that the effects of ten per cent carbamide peroxide – the active ingredient in most home teeth whitening kits – will cause no adverse effects to the teeth.

He stated: “This is excellent news, dispelling any notions that whitening yellow teeth through cosmetic dentistry can be bad for one’s oral health.”

Elsewhere, Cosmetic News Portal recently reported that individuals could be harming their teeth by using over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments that are too strong.

The news provider stated that it is a myth that it should be the case of the stronger the better when it comes to teeth whitening.

Kids could ‘benefit from post-Easter check-up’

Sat

Easter egg treats could impact on the oral health of kids.

Many children across the UK will have eaten copious amounts of sweets and chocolate over the Easter period and therefore now could be a good time for parents to schedule a check-up for their oral health, it has been claimed.

Dental Plans reported parents worried about the state of their children’s teeth might like to begin by removing any leftover treats from the home, thereby reducing temptation for kids and adults alike.

Indeed, the American Dental Association recently revealed that tooth decay is the single most common ailment afflicting children in the country today and as such, keeping oral health in check should be a top priority.

Elsewhere, Beverley Beech, honorary chair of the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services, recently said that women who are pregnant could be at a greater risk of miscarriage if they have poor oral health.

She noted that untreated gum disease could be one of the reasons women give birth prematurely.

Children less worried about the dentist ‘if parents go with them’

Tue

Taking kids to the dentist could help allay their fears.

Children could find trips to the dentist less stressful if their parents go into the meeting with them and if they themselves get regular check-ups. children dentistry

The recent National Health Interview Study in the US showed that 77 children whose parents had made a trip to the dentist in the last 12 months were not worried about their own check-ups, compared to 63 per cent for those whose parents did not accompany them.

“We know for so many different behaviours that children pick up on their parents. In order for good oral health in children to occur, parents need to value oral health as well,” commented Mary Hayes, a paediatric dentist in Chicago and spokeswoman for the American Dental Association.

Elsewhere, research for the Cochrane Oral Health Group recently showed children’s teeth could benefit from fluoride-rich toothpastes.

The study showed a minimum concentration of fluoride in children’s toothpastes of 1,000 parts per million could have a significantly positive impact on oral health.

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