July 2022

What is sports dentistry?

Boxing fighter putting on mouthguard. If you’ve ever had something knock hard against your teeth, you know just how delicate your teeth can be. And your teeth may be the one part of your body that you don’t think about protecting when you are playing a sport. That’s where sports dentistry comes in – read on to find out more about how your dentist can help you to prevent tooth injuries, and what to do if something does happen.

Get a mouthguard

You may not think of a sport as “high contact,” but we all know that the unexpected can happen in the middle of things. You may be in close proximity to others while things are going fast (like soccer) or you may not be able to react fast enough when a ball is coming straight for your face (like racquetball). A mouthguard can save you a lot of pain (and some broken teeth), and they are especially important if you wear braces.

Keep your teeth healthy

Strong and healthy teeth and gums will do better in an emergency. Eat a healthy diet, floss and brush often, and visit your dentist for cleanings and checkups to make sure your teeth are as healthy as they can be.

Know what to do in an emergency

If you have a tooth that becomes chipped, cracked, or displaced, you should see your dentist as soon as possible (this is why it is so important to have a dentist you know and trust that also takes emergency cases). For a tooth that has been knocked out, bring the tooth in to your dentist in cold milk, saliva, saline, or water. Don’t let the tooth dry out, don’t try to reimplant the tooth on your own, and don’t touch the tooth root. If you can get to the dentist in 30 minutes, there is a good chance it can be reimplanted.

Teeth are kind of amazing – they can take a lot, but they do have their limits. Protect them from damage as best you can, and call Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center if you have a tooth emergency. Call (610) 272-6949 for an appointment today!

Do you really need to use mouthwash?

Woman rinsing mouth with mouthwash in bathroom Of course you want to take good care of your teeth! You know the importance of brushing and flossing thoroughly and often and of visiting your dentist twice a year for check-ups and cleanings. But along with these other important ways to keep your teeth healthy, you may be wondering if you should include mouthwash as part of your oral health care routine – does it really do anything or is it just a waste of money?

Should you be using mouthwash?

There is a kind of mouthwash for just about any problem you might have, such as bad breath, tooth sensitivity, and dingy teeth that you want to whiten, and there are mouthwashes with flouride to give you a bit of extra help preventing plaque build-up and cavities. If you are in doubt as to which one you should use, you can always ask your dentist what he or she recommends.

However, maybe you’ve tried mouthwash in the past and just didn’t feel like it did anything. Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to use mouthwash!

• Remember that using mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing, flossing, and eating a nutritious diet and limiting your sweets.

• You should gargle for at least a minute to get the real benefits of using mouthwash.

• If you have sensitive teeth, you should stay away from mouthwash with alcohol in it, because that will only make sensitive teeth worse.

• After you brush your teeth, wait for half an hour before using mouthwash. The chemicals in the toothpaste and the chemicals in the mouthwash can often cancel each other out so that neither of them work like they should.

If you can find a mouthwash that works for your needs and then use it properly, it can make a great addition to your brushing and flossing routine. Take good care of your teeth every day, and make sure to call Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center if your teeth are causing you pain or if it is time for a dental checkup. Call (610) 272-6949 for an appointment today!


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