Posts for: June, 2019
Each year, the National Safety Council recognizes June as National Safety Month. It's the perfect time to focus on safety: With summer temperatures heating up, so do sports and outdoor activities—and, unfortunately, the risk of accidents. As the old Boy Scout motto goes, everyone should "be prepared." And while that means watching out for sunburn, poison ivy or traveling hazards, it also means being alert for potential tooth injuries.
Even during casual recreational sports, an unintentional hit to the face or jaw could chip, move or, worse yet, knock a tooth out completely. As with any other aspect of safety, prevention should be at the top of your list when it comes to dental injuries. In that regard, anyone involved in a contact sport or other high-risk activity should wear a mouthguard. This device absorbs much of the force generated during a hard impact to the face or jaw that might otherwise affect the teeth.
Mouthguards fall into two basic categories. The first are retail guards available at sporting goods stores and many pharmacies, most commonly "boil and bite" guards. They're so named because a wearer first softens them with very hot water and then bites down on them to personalize their fit. Once cooled, the mouthguard will maintain its shape. While reducing the severity of impact injuries, these retail mouthguards can be bulky and uncomfortable to wear.
The second category, a custom mouthguard created by a dentist, offers a sleeker, more comfortable fit. These guards are based on a direct impression of the wearer's mouth that we take at the dental office. Although any mouthguard is better than no mouthguard, a 2018 study confirmed that custom-made mouthguards from the dental office perform better than the kind bought in a drug store or sporting goods store.
Summer is prime time for creating cherished family memories. With a little dental injury prevention knowledge, you can help make sure those summer memories are happy ones. If you would like more information about dental injury prevention and treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Athletic Mouthguards” and “Dental Injuries: Field-Side Pocket Guide.”
Want an attractive smile that is in its healthiest possible state? Well, you can with the help of tooth-colored fillings! Led by family dentists Dr. Stephen Pratt and Dr. Samuel Clyde, Hobble Creek Dental Care (located in Springville, UT) offers their patients a wide range of dental services, including tooth-colored fillings. Read on to learn some of the benefits of this restorative treatment!
1. They can treat tooth decay. A detriment to tooth enamel, tooth decay is a common problem for people of all ages. Fortunately, tooth colored fillings can restore teeth that have become damaged as a result of the condition.
2. They are virtually invisible. Without a doubt, one of the greatest characteristics of tooth-colored fillings is that they're nearly invisible. Made of a plastic and ceramic compound resin, these fillings mimics the appearance of real teeth, allowing them to blend right into your smile!
3. They are very durable. Designed to last for 10-15 years, cosmetic fillings provide high durability to your smile as long as you make sure to regularly floss, brush, attend regular dental checkups at our Springville office, and receive professional teeth cleanings from our family dentists. Additionally, you should avoid bad habits such as chewing on ice, biting hard foods, and using your teeth to open up packaging, all of which can dislodge or chip your dental fillings.
4. It's a quick procedure. With the hectic pace of our busy lifestyles, we all look for ways to simplify our lives and save time. Fortunately, cosmetic fillings can be completed in one single visit!
Need dental work? Give us a call!
If you need dental fillings, why wait? Our family dentists can help you today. Call Hobble Creek Dental Care at 801-489-4541 today to schedule a dental appointment in Springville, UT. We want all of our patients to have strong, healthy smiles that look great, too!