Monthly Archives: June 2014

Point Guards & Mouth Guards

Mouth Guard

Sports are a huge part of many of our lives, even if most of us in America don’t pay much attention to the World Cup as it “kicks off” this week. There is one huge sporting event wrapping up on that many of us certainly do care about: the NBA Finals. After watching the San Antonio Spurs kick Lebron’s Miami Heat in the teeth for 5 games, a thought crosses the mind, which sport is the most dangerous for our precious pearly whites, anyway?

We’ve all seen athletes chewing on their mouthpieces, sucking on them like lollipops, and even dropping them on the ground utilizing the vaunted 5 second rule to hastily try and save face. Well, surprisingly enough, there’s actually a purpose to those on-court distractions. High contact sports like football, hockey, and boxing have vastly reduced the number of mouth and face related injuries over the past 50 years with the introduction of these devices.

Oddly enough, according to a 9-year study out of the University of Southern California ending in 2007, the aforementioned teeth kicking of the NBA finals actually mirrors reality. Basketball was reported to have the highest percentage of traumatic dental injuries at over 10 injuries per 100 athletes. This of course goes hand in hand with the statistic that only 7% of basketball players take the precaution of using a mouth guard.

I think the obvious takeaway to this story is you or your child should always take the proper precautions to avoid dental injuries and dental surgery even when a sport is not full contact. However, if you have suffered one of these injuries, the doctors at Prescott Dentistry do provide oral surgery as well as cosmetic dentistry services including dental implants and porcelain veneers.

Image used under creative commons license – commercial use (06/13/2014) Peter Gordon (Flickr)

Freedom Day USA

Freedom Day USA

The staff at Prescott Dentistry will show their gratitude to the men and women in the United States armed forces by participating in Freedom Day USA. Prescott Dentistry will join businesses all across the country in offering FREE goods and services to active military, their immediate family, and veterans. This event will take place September 11, 2014.

Call to reserve your appointment for FREE dental cleanings and same day appointments (for example: extractions, fillings, & some crowns).

(928) 445-1660

Visit freedomdayusa.org for more information on America’s largest “Thank You” movement ever and check for other great participating businesses in your area.

Image used under creative commons license – commercial use (06/18/2014) Peter Gordon (Flickr)

Facing your Dental Fears

Dental Fear

Many of us, myself included, have suffered from a bit of dental fear or anxiety. Whether you have sensitive teeth, had a bad childhood experience, or just a general mistrust of people in white lab coats, you may find yourself a little uneasy about your biannual dental visits. You are not alone, in fact a new study suggests that it might not entirely be psychological. Cameron L. Randall of West Virginia University suggests that there may be a link between those prone to gagging and fear related to dental care.

Of course, it’s still unclear whether it’s the “chicken” or the “egg” in this scenario. In other words, whether the gagging caused the fear or the fear causes the gagging. Randall is doing further research in an attempt to discover whether there is a gene associated with increased dental pain and fear, but in the mean time there are a few ways to alleviate your dental fear and gagging. One strategy is to use slow, rhythmic breathing and/or nose breathing before any gagging reflex is triggered. It is important to try and overcome your fears, as it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy if you avoid the dentist until you have a dental emergency and have to endure more invasive procedures.

However, any good dental care professional will understand your fears and concerns, and work with you to make you as comfortable as possible. Services like Biomimetic dentistry used at Prescott Dentistry can help you feel more relaxed knowing that proper Biomimetic bonding techniques virtually eliminate sensitivity and that early intervention is far less invasive.

Image used under creative commons license – commercial use (05/27/2014) Ian Smith (Flickr)