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By v2dentistry26513402, Jul 16 2019 10:27PM

For some professional athletes, such as hockey players, losing a tooth during a game is both an expected accident and rite of passage. For the average hobbyist, however, it isn't so much an honor as it is an expensive nightmare. The cost of replacing a lost tooth is about 20 times more than the cost of a custom-fitted mouth guard.

Fortunately, learning how to protect your teeth when playing a sport or participating in close-contact recreational activities isn't as difficult as the frequency of these incidents suggests. In fact, the right gear has kept more than 200,000 injuries from occurring annually.

Mouth Guards

A very important piece of equipment can go a long way toward protecting your teeth when playing a contact sport as physical as football, soccer or hockey. The first is a mouth guard – a must when you play any type of sport that involves bats, balls, sticks or person-to-person contact. You can find mouth guards for sale over the counter, most of which are designed to be one size fits all. Some of these are meant to be soaked in boiling water, then sculpted to fit your mouth in particular. Generic or "boil-and-bite" mouth guards don't offer the best fit and can be uncomfortable. For this reason, a personal option is to have V2 Dentistry create a custom mouth guard that starts with a basic dental visit.

By v2dentistry26513402, Mar 21 2019 09:52PM

March 21, 2019

Kids need a break from school. Adults need a break from the routine. Spring break can’t get here fast enough! Whether you’re planning a vacation or a staycation with your family, make sure that you don’t take a vacation from good oral hygiene.

Here are a few tips to keep your teeth happy and healthy.

1. Grab Water On-the-Go, Not Sugary Drinks

Everyone likes to indulge a little bit while they’re on vacation. It’s easy to grab a juice or a soda from the gas station when you’re on a road trip. It’s not always easy to say no to the kids when they’re asking for a soda at a restaurant on the beach. But plaque-causing bacteria never go on vacation. Continue to choose water over sugary drinks. Try packing water bottles for the journey and fill them up as you go.

2. Pack Dental Friendly Snacks

Chips, cookies, and candy are fun, but crispy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, pears, and celery are delicious and can help keep teeth clean. These natural toothbrushes wipe plaque off of teeth, gums, and tongue.

3. Chew Sugar-Free Gum

Sugar-free gum stimulates the flow of saliva which washes away sugar and leftover bits of food. It removes pieces of food from teeth, too.

There’s another benefit if you are traveling by air or driving to the mountains. That changing air pressure can be painful for kids as their ears adjust. In addition to keeping teeth clean, chewing gum can also help relieve discomfort.

4. Maintain Your Regular Brushing and Flossing Routine

Sleeping in and staying in unfamiliar places shouldn’t keep you from taking care of your teeth and gums. Follow our dental tips for a healthy spring break, but however you choose to relax; the most important thing is to maintain a brushing and flossing routine.

By v2dentistry26513402, Jan 24 2018 08:33PM

6 Ways to Make Your Mouth Extra Kissable for Valentine’s Day

Kissing stimulates saliva, which can help fight cavities. However, if the person you’re kissing has poor dental and overall health, you run the risk of getting unwanted germs, illnesses or diseases instead of candy, flowers or cards this Valentine’s Day.

Here’s what you need to know about making your smile a vision of love for February 14.

Cavities Can Be Contagious

Whether through kissing or something as simple as sharing a fork, the bacteria that causes cavities can spread to another person. Brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth once a day for cleaner kisses and a cavity-free smile.

Beware Bad Breath

Bacteria is a big culprit of bad breath, so regular habits like brushing and flossing are especially important. Other ways to stay fresh are over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwashes or chewing sugarless gum. Both can freshen your breath instantly and get saliva flowing—especially after you eat foods with a strong scent. (And look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on both!)

Share a Life (But Not a Toothbrush)

For many couples, a big relationship step is keeping a toothbrush at each other’s place. Just make sure you each have your own because sharing toothbrushes also means sharing germs.

Brighten Your Smile

Nothing is more attractive than a confident smile. If whitening makes you feel better about yours, talk to your dentist about which option is best. There are a number of over-the-counter whitening products, or you could get an in-office treatment at your dentist.

Smoking Isn’t Attractive

Smoking is bad for your breath and stains your teeth – not to mention terrible for your overall health. Smoking affects how well you smell and taste. People who use tobacco twice as likely to get gum disease as someone who doesn’t smoke. Smokers are also more at risk for oral cancer. Give yourself a gift this Valentine’s Day and quit today.

Don’t Forget About the Dentist!

A good relationship with and regular visits to your dentist can help keep your mouth at its best all year long. Your dentist can help keep you healthy, discuss any concerns and give more advice on keeping your smile fresh.

By v2dentistry26513402, Oct 17 2017 11:40PM

The summer breeze may still be here…for now. But with the passing of every sun-filled day it’s only a countdown to the inevitable, Fall and then Winter. As it’s starting to get colder out, are your teeth becoming more sensitive? Don’t let this hold you back from enjoying the changing seasons. Fall into these four festive treatments to help you desensitize your teeth right before the chilly weather is completely here.

Four Festive treatments:

1) Toothpaste

Try desensitizing toothpaste, it contains compounds that help to block sensations from traveling to the nerves of your teeth. Check with a dentist to find out which desensitizing toothpaste is right for you.

2) Liquid or Gel Fluoride

When applied to the affected areas of your teeth, fluoride gel can help to lessen the sensitivity. If you don’t like gel, use liquid fluoride rinses, it can help to strengthen your teeth, making them less likely to become sensitive.

3) Floss

If you have healthy gums it can reduce tooth sensitivity. Floss with high pressure water to strengthen your gums.

4) Eat Healthy Food

Foods that are acidic or contain a lot of sugar can make your teeth more sensitive. Avoid eating foods that are acidic or have high concentrations of sugar, such as tomato sauce, soda, etc. Look for foods that are known to improve your oral health like cheese, fresh produce such as apples and carrots, and remember to drink lots of water.

If your teeth are still sensitive after trying these four treatments, be sure to check in with a dentist because there may be more damage than what was initially anticipated. The American Dental Association stated, “that your dentist may recommend other treatments, such as a filling, a crown, an inlay or bonding to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.”

By v2dentistry26513402, Sep 27 2017 10:55PM

Halloween candy

1. Be selective.

Choose treats that cause the least damage to teeth. Instead of caramels and hard candies, choose chocolates, which are swallowed quickly and don’t stick to teeth. Avoid any candies that are acidic or chewy. Don't forget that even “healthy” snacks like pretzels and crackers can promote decay.

2. Limit the amount of time that sugar is in contact with your child’s teeth.

When buying candy for Halloween, look for treats that can be eaten quickly, like miniature candy bars. When you get home from trick-or-treating, discard hard or sticky candies like sugared fruit snacks, caramels or lollipops, as they increase the period of time in which teeth are exposed to sugar. Encourage your child to eat a small amount of candy in one sitting followed by a glass of water and thorough tooth brushing. It is not a good idea to allow your child to graze on candy as this will increase the amount of time sugar comes in contact with teeth.

3. Teach your child to eat all foods in moderation.

Although sweets are blamed for much tooth decay, all foods — even healthy alternatives to candy, such as fruit and nuts — can promote tooth decay if eaten in excess. Children (like adults) should eat all foods in moderation. Read nutrition labels to avoid foods and drinks loaded with sugar, fructose and other sweeteners.

4. Set up a candy bank.

Allow your child to make daily withdrawals from the bank and monitor the progress. This way, you can control how much candy your child consumes.

5. Go trick-or-treating on a full stomach.

Staying full can limit the urge to gorge on Halloween sweets.

6. Use fluoride to fight cavities.

Fluoride can dramatically reduce the damage caused by tooth decay. The most common ways to use fluoride for cavity prevention are by using fluoridated toothpaste and other products and by drinking fluoridated water.

Children should brush at least twice a day for two minutes with a small (pea-sized) amount of fluoridated toothpaste and rinse with a fluoridated mouth rinse. Fluoride treatments, applied directly onto teeth, are also available in any dentist's office. If your area does not have fluoridated water, talk to your dentist about fluoride supplements

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