Performance-Enhancing Athletic Mouthguards: Hype? Or the Real Deal?

Sep 28th, 2019
Easton Dentists Oct 1st, 2019

Sports related dental injuries are for real and they do account for some of our emergency care cases.  But now there is a trend towards high performance mouthguards.  It’s a baffling field full of contradictory claims that have left many experts scratching their heads.  Should you buy into the hype?

No longer are athletic mouthguards just something athletes wear to prevent them from visiting the emergency dentist (but, of course, that is why we advocate them!). New athletic mouthguards now actually claim to help athletes perform at their optimal levels.

Performance-enhancing athletic mouthguards seem to be a miracle of modern medicine – the right mouthguard can help the entire body can function at peak capacity. Athletes who invest in these custom mouthguards says they give them improved focus, balance, endurance, and strength. Pro athletes, in sports ranging from golf to boxing to football, have turned to these appliances for an edge over competitors.

Your basic athletic mouthguards are protective and distribute impact to reduce the severity or occurrence of injuries, such as mouth cuts, concussions, and tooth damage. Over-the-counter boil-and-bite varieties offer this protection at a minimal cost to the user. The new-and-improved varieties do this and more.

One type, with the Under Armor name on it makes states:

“ArmourBite® technology with patented Power Wedges™ to increase strength, improve endurance, and reduce athletic stress”

UA Performance Mouthwear mouthguards are intended to stop clenching, which is what triggers the body to overproduce stress hormones such as cortisol, which decreases strength and muscle growth. Cortisol is known to regulate the immune response, but chronic overproduction can have significant negative effects on the body.

Another marketer, NewAge Performance makes a claim:

“90 percent of the population has a bad or poor bite, which causes a mis-alignment in your body. When you have a perfect bite, the body reciprocates with better body alignment, allowing you to perform at a higher level. The New Age mouthpiece fools the body in thinking you have the perfect bite, hence the results being instant.”

It is is not yet known if they truly live up to the claims of physical benefits manufacturers want us to believe. Right now, we have to rely on the users – athletes – for our best information. For many of them, they believe it works.

Regardless if you are a believer or not, one of the most important things to come out of studies on the subject is that none of the mouthguards interfered with the athlete’s performance.  The key is, if the athlete believes in them, that will encourage them to always keep them in their mouth, and that is always a plus.

Is Dental Anxiety For Real?

Jun 16th, 2019
Easton Dentists Jul 5th, 2019

Believe it or not, there is an actual syndrome that is called Dental Anxiety.  Numerous studies have been performed on the topic.  One such study resulted in the following questionnaire, developed by J.H. Clarke and S. Rustvold, Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry, 1993, and revised in 1998.  This scale helps dentists, especially emergency dentists, determine how to treat certain patients.

If you are anxious about visiting the dentist, please print out this form and rank your concerns or anxiety over the dental procedures listed below. Please fill in any additional concerns and bring to your appointment or your visit to your emergency dentist in Gahanna, Ohio.

Level of Concern or Anxiety

1. Sound or vibration of the drill:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

2. Not being numb enough:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

3. Dislike the numb feeling:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

4. Injection (“Novocain”):  Low Moderate High Don’t know

5. Probing to assess gum disease:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

6. The sound or feel of scraping  during teeth cleaning: Low Moderate High Don’t know

7. Gagging, for example during impressions  of the mouth: Low Moderate High Don’t know

8. X-rays:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

9. Rubber dam:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

10. Jaw gets tired: Low Moderate High Don’t know

11. Cold air hurts teeth: Low Moderate High Don’t know

12. Not enough information about procedures: Low Moderate High Don’t know

13. Root canal treatment:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

14. Extraction:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

15. Fear of being injured:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

16. Panic attacks:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

17. Not being able to stop the dentist: Low Moderate High Don’t know

18. Not feeling free to ask questions: Low Moderate High Don’t know

19. Not being listened to or taken seriously: Low Moderate High Don’t know

20. Being criticized, put down, or lectured to: Low Moderate High Don’t know

21. Smells in the dental office: Low Moderate High Don’t know

22. I am worried that I may need a lot of  dental treatment: Low Moderate High Don’t know

23. I am worried about the cost of the  dental treatment I may need: Low Moderate High Don’t know

24. I am worried about the number of appointments and the time that will be required for necessary appointments and treatment; time away from work, or the   need for childcare or transportation:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

25. I am embarrassed about the condition  of my mouth:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

26. I don’t like feeling confined or not in control: Low Moderate High Don’t know

Keep in mind that your emergency dentist in Columbus Ohio may or may not have time to use this tool. It is suggested that when you call for an appointment, that you notify staff at Easton Dental that you are concerned or experience dental anxiety. If you decide to take this assessment, be prepared to discuss with Dr. Gilmer to ensure the best possible care.

What Should You Do When a Dental Emergency Occurs to Your Child?

Oct 12th, 2018
Easton Dentists Nov 12th, 2018

You are sitting with other parents while the kids are in the middle of playing in a Little League game. All of a sudden, everyone is looking at you and you can hear the unmistakable sound of your young baseball player sobbing and holding his mouth in obvious pain. He’s been hit in his front teeth on a misplayed ground ball, and a brand new permanent tooth has been knocked out.

While you try to calm your wet-faced, bloody son, one of the parents suggests that you to put the tooth in a glass of cow’s milk. What kind of suggestion is that? You wonder if that has to be an old wives tale, but it turns out not to be. One thing you know for sure is that you need to get him to an emergency dentist as soon as soon as you can.

Dental emergencies can happen at any time. Knowing what to do when the moment arrives can mean the difference between your child keeping or losing his tooth.

 

A Few Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them

Make an effort to have a dentist saved on your cell phone. Severe pain or broken teeth can happen at any moment and can bring even the most stubborn people to the dental office.

 

Knocked Out Tooth

Kids rough house, teenagers play sports, and adults take a “you only live once” approach to learning how to skateboarding. At the moment when a tooth does get knocked out, pick it up by the crown (not the root), gently rinse with water, and try to gently push it back into the socket. Should this not be possible, place it in a glass of milk and make contact with your dentist (or one that you can get a more immediate appointment.)

 

Toothache

A toothache can totally immobilize you. Possible causes can be: tooth decay, infection, tooth eruption, an abnormal bite, or trauma to the tooth. Make an appointment with a dentist and rinse your mouth with warm salt water, take an ibuprofen or acetaminophen, apply an over-the-counter antiseptic and a cold compress to the outside cheek next to where  you believe the afflicted area is located to relieve pain or swelling.

 

Crown or Filling Falling Out

Should your crown falls out, gently wipe the crown or filling clean, proceed to wrap it in a clean cloth, , and schedule an appointment with your dental center.

 

Chipped or fractured tooth

Cracked or chipped teeth don’t always hurt, but the nerves can get damaged if you wait t0o long to get it taken care of. Even if it’s not a big bother, it’s still a good idea to make an appointment with a dental professional to get it taken care of.

 

Concussed Tooth

Should your little boy have an incident where he bangs his tooth on a girl’s head and it doesn’t fall out, he still might experience a discolored tooth. Other than having unfortunate year-of-the-dark-tooth school photograph, it’s not exactly a serious dental emergency, but may still be worth getting it examined.

 

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies:

 

  • Don’t use your teeth for anything other than eating or chew very hard foods (such as lollipops)
  • Wear a mouth guard when playing in athletic games
  • Schedule regular teeth cleanings & checkups
  • Brush and floss your teeth daily

Should you have a need of an emergency dentist, contact Easton Dental Center immediately for an appointment ASAP.

What to Do When You Crack a Tooth

May 21st, 2018
Easton Dentists May 21st, 2018

Ouch!

Chomp on something your tooth didn’t like? Or get hit in the mouth with a hockey puck?

If you think you may have a cracked tooth, or if you’re holding a piece of your tooth in your
hand, follow these steps!

1. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at 614-414-0111. Let us know about your emergency and we will make our best effort to see you right away! We always try to hold some appointments open for these occasions.

2. If there are tooth fragments that have fallen out, preserve them in a clean container with a moist solution (cold mik, water, saliva), and bring them in to your appointment.

3. Apply a cold pack to your jaw to lessen any pain and swelling.

4. If bleeding, bite down on a gauze pad or a moist tea bag until bleeding stops.

It is also possible to have a cracked tooth and not know it.

If you have any pain when biting down, or when eating something hot or cold, it’s best to get it checked out.

In order to prevent further damage to the tooth or an infection, it’s very important to correct a cracked tooth immediately. Don’t wait until the pain is unbearable. Let us help right away!

St. Patrick’s Day Means 64% More Dental Emergencies

Mar 4th, 2018
Easton Dentists Apr 4th, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day Means 64% More Dental Emergencies According to a study from CNBC, there is a massive spike in emergency dental treatments on the day following St. Patrick’s Day. Nationwide, this spike is 64%, but there are states where the spike can be as dramatic as 150%. The reasons for this spike aren’t terribly surprising. On St. Patrick’s Day, the world consumes 13 million pints of Guinness. All that Guinness can make typically relaxed individuals a bit wild. As a result, there is a significant increase in the number of people who lose teeth in brawls or when they faceplant as they try to walk out of the bar.

If you’re going out on St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to appoint a designated driver. In addition to transporting you home safely, this selfless friend can act as your designated smile protector, too. He or she can see to it that you don’t trip over your own feet or get into any other trouble. Be sure to repay this kind friend by acting as the designated driver next St. Patrick’s Day!

If you do happen to get into some dental trouble on St. Patrick’s Day, rest assured that The Dental Center is ready to get you feeling better in no time. Dr. Gilmer has extensive experience performing emergency dental procedures. In addition, The Dental Center’s extended hours make us an excellent choice for individuals who need to be treated quickly. Hopefully, however, we won’t need to see you the day after St. Patrick’s Day. We’d rather see you for a regular checkup sometime soon! We wish you a safe, happy, and lucky St. Patrick’s Day!

Reasons You May Have A Dry Mouth

Jan 29th, 2018
Easton Dentists Jan 29th, 2018

We all know drinking enough water is good for our health. And when you’re feeling parched, there’s nothing better than a tall drink of ice-cold water to dampen that dry mouth of yours.

But what do you do when you find yourself constantly needing to wet your whistle?

There are numerous reasons you could be suffering from dry mouth. Below are the top five.

Physiologic
Sometimes having a dry mouth is just a normal part of life. Temporary anxiety, open-mouthed
breathing, mild dehydration, menopause, pregnancy, and decreased saliva due to sleep are all
normal causes of dry mouth.

Prescription medication
Sixty-three percent of the top 200 most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. are known to cause dry mouth. And the higher the number of medications a person takes, the higher the chance of dry mouth. That’s why as we age, we tend to experience more instances of dry mouth. It’s not necessarily age-related, but our consumption of medication may cause this side effect.

Habitual use of alcohol and tobacco
Use of any of these products will dry out the oral cavity.
Please drink in moderation, and make sure to up your water intake when you imbibe. As for tobacco, we always recommend quitting as soon as possible.

Chronic Disease
Diabetes, Sjogren’s disease, Sarcoidosis, Hepatitic C can all cause dry mouth.

Psychogenic or Idiopathic
When symptoms are present without an identifiable cause (idiopathic), or because of psychological causes (psychogenic), they can be difficult to diagnose.

If you find yourself with a persistent, unidentifiable case of dry mouth, you should make an appointment. Call us at 614-414-0111 or request an appointment online.

Figuring out which one is causing your dry mouth is so important because a dry mouth has a big effect on your dental health. Saliva is so important for swishing away bacteria.

The dryer the mouth, the more prone you are to cavities, bad breath, and gingivitis. We recommend visiting us at 4030 Easton Station, Suite 250, Columbus, OH 43219 or your doctor for a consultation on why you may be experiencing a dry mouth.

Warning Signs Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Jun 30th, 2017
Easton Dentists Jul 11th, 2017

Impacted wisdom teeth are among the most painful and disruptive oral health issues anyone could experience. The pain associated with this condition is typically enough to highlight that something is wrong. However, identifying the problem as early as possible is essential. Below are some warning signs of impacted wisdom teeth:

Puffy Jaw

The initial swelling may be hard to notice; however, it will progressively increase and start to affect chewing motions and how wide your mouth can open.

Consistent Pain at the Sites

This condition could result in a pulsating pain radiating from the sites where the teeth should surface. If the condition worsens, the pain could spread to nearby teeth.

Cysts

Cysts are glaring indications that professional dental care is required. When your wisdom teeth become impacted, a sac could become filled with fluid. This could be quite painful and spread infections to adjacent teeth.

Aching Gums

Impacted wisdom teeth could result in your gums becoming extremely swollen and tender to the touch. In fact, bleeding could start if pressure is applied to the swollen areas. This could cause brushing, flossing and other everyday dental care practices to become tremendously painful. Additionally, impacted wisdom teeth are especially vulnerable to infection; therefore, gum disease could become a real possibility.

Headaches

The abrupt presence of headaches, particularly when combined with other impacted wisdom teeth symptoms, should not be overlooked. A headache could be caused from the temporomandibular joint. This is the area where your jaw and skull meet — the site where the wisdom teeth typically emerge.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, please call (614) 414-0111 or log on to http://www.eastondentists.com/ immediately. The experienced experts at Easton Dentists will be happy to help. Only professional dental care can alleviate these symptoms. Any delay could result in spreading infection and worsening the condition.

The Why, When, How and Where of Tongue Scraping

Mar 3rd, 2017
Easton Dentists Mar 3rd, 2017

Imagine it’s still winter…not hard to do in Ohio since it changes so quickly… you’re standing at the door, ready to brave the cold. You’re layered-up with three shirts and a sweatshirt, your heavy winter coat, and two layers of socks underneath your waterproof winter boots. Then you’ve got those awesome jeans with the flannel on the inside, your comfy hat, scarf, and gloves. You’re set! But wait. As you step toward the door, you suddenly realize you have an itch … and it’s deep down … buried beneath all those layers. And, try as you may, every attempt to reach that bugger-of-an-itch fails. Defeated, you realize the only relief you’re ever gonna’ get is to remove each one of those layers. Where are we going with this?!

The Tongue

We’re going inside your mouth, of course, to your tongue – this is a dental article, after all! Because whether you know it or not, like you in the wintertime, your tongue is also “all covered up” – buried beneath layers of bacteria, fungi, and food residue that can inhibit your ability to taste, let alone cause your tongue to appear various shades of yellow, white, or green! Remove the bacteria, though, and your food will once again directly interact with those taste buds, and return to its natural hue. So how does one do that? With a tongue scraper, of course!

WHAT is a tongue scraper?

A tongue scraper is a U-shaped device designed to “scrape” the top layer of scum from your tongue. They have been in use since ancient times, and have been made of everything from wood to whalebone. Nowadays, they are made of more hygienic material, and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, designs and colors.

WHY use a tongue scraper?

The residue on your tongue includes things like the cavity-inducing Streptococcus mutans bacterium, fungi, rotting food (that’s not good), and what’s referred to as “volatile sulfur compounds.” In other words, sulfur – that “rotting egg smell.” Talk about ew! So, as you can see, there are several reasons why you’d want to get rid of this gunk in your mouth. Let’s tackle them one by one:

  • Reduce bad breath: ‘nuff said! We have had many patients thank us so much for this little tip because it dramatically improves their overall life! Get a little closer…
  • Reduce your risk of periodontal disease and cavities: Bad bacteria contribute to plaque and tartar on teeth, making them more susceptible to cavities. Bacteria build-up can also lead to inflammation of gum tissue (gingivitis). If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, which means a more expensive dental visit (plus other unwanted consequences!). Speaking of avoiding an expensive dental visit, when was the last time you came in to see us? Come see us now if it’s been awhile, by calling in at 614-414-0111.
  • Make room for good bacteria: see our article here on probiotics for your mouth.
  • Prevent heart disease? While the debate is still up in the air, many studies suggest there could be a correlation between gum disease and heart disease.

HOW does one use a tongue scraper?

In general, make sure to rinse your tongue scraper before and after use. Apply the tongue scraper to the back of your tongue and drag it forward. Then, rinse and repeat. Make sure to get the sides of your tongue as well, not just the center!

Make sure not to press too hard or you can cause yourself to bleed. And, if you’re wondering if you should scrape your tongue while recovering from a dental procedure, that’s a good question … ask your dentist for the best advice particular to your situation. Still not sure how this thing really works? The next time you’re in ask Julie, Kate, or Lindsay for a quick tutorial!

WHERE do I buy one?

Your first choice is, believe it or not, us! We may even have a sample we could provide to you at no cost. Tongue scrapers are relatively inexpensive, and can also be found at any local drugstore. It doesn’t matter the material, color, or brand – just find the one you like and get scraping!

What To Do In A Dental Emergency

Dec 21st, 2016
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

What To Do In A Dental Emergency: Trauma

Teeth are typically strong, but trauma to the mouth can cause a tooth to chip, break, or be removed entirely. Should something like this happen, you need to know what to do. In many cases, it may be a dental emergency and a visit to your dentist is a necessity.

Here is what you should do in an event of a dental emergency:

Assess the Damage

If a tooth is broken or chipped due to trauma, the gums may bleed, so rinse the area with warm water to help stop the bleeding. If it continues to bleed, biting down on gauze will help with clotting. Once the bleeding is under control, assess the damage if possible. If the tooth has a small chip with little pain, you may not need an emergency dentist. However, if there is significant damage, this may be a dental emergency, and emergency treatment would be necessary because waiting will result in excessive swelling and pain.

The Pain Level

Another aspect to keep in mind if you have damaged a tooth is the pain level. Sometimes when trauma is involved, it is difficult to see the actual damage with your own eyes. If you experience a lot of pain, the damage could be to the roots or the tooth cracked under the gums. If you’re in a great deal of pain, it’s important to call a dentist that offers emergency care. If the trauma occurs outside of normal business hours, odds are you will likely need to call for after hours dental emergencies or go to the emergency room.

What to Expect at the Dentist

If you need to call for an emergency dental visit, the first question your dentist will ask is what happened. This is important because it helps to visualize the damage that may have happened to your tooth that cannot be seen visually.

Your dentist will visually inspect your tooth. In almost all cases where trauma has resulted in teeth damage, an x-ray will be performed to see if there is damage to the roots or if the tooth split vertically.

After your x-rays are examined, your dentist will go over what happened and what needs to be done in order to fix or replace the broken tooth. You may be given an antibiotic along with pain medication before and after the procedure.

 

Any dental emergency such as an injury to the teeth or gums or extreme discomfort can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem may greatly increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive dental procedures in the future.

When emergency issues arise, it is important to have an emergency dentist who accommodates your needs.  At The Dental Center at Easton Town Center, Dr. Gilmer and our experienced staff understand accidents and dental emergencies happen. The Dental Center provides a convenient location in Columbus, Ohio for your emergency dentistry needs. By offering extended business hours and a location central to the Columbus, Ohio area, the Dental Center is the premier choice for emergency dental services.

I Chipped A Tooth- What Should I Do?

Nov 9th, 2015
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Chipping a tooth is a quick way to a big headache. Not only can having a chipped tooth amidst an otherwise healthy smile prove frustrating, it can also cause irritation and nerve sensitivity if left unchecked. So what should you do if you have a chip in your tooth? We’re looking at 4 options in dental restoration for an unsightly chip.

Determine The Severity

Before rushing to your dentist, you’ll first want to determine the severity of the chip. There are several different types of chips, including those caused from untreated dental decay, crown fractures (cracked enamel with or without tooth loss), fracturing to the outer or middle layers of the tooth, root fractures, tooth displacement, or concussion fractures. A dentist appointment should be made for any and all of these concerns, however, if your tooth has become fractured or has completely fallen out as a result of an injury (accompanied by unconsciousness, loss of memory, dizziness, or severe migraines) you should get to an emergency room immediately.

– Dental Restoration Available to Cracked or Chipped Teeth
There are many different kinds of chips, cracks, and breaks that can happen to your teeth, and there are equally as many solutions for your dental woes. Fortunately, most dental insurance and company plans will cover dental restoration. Here are some options your dentist may suggest for your chipped or broken tooth.

– Dental Crown or Cap
For larger cracks or breaks, a dental cap or crown may be the best option. During this process your dentist will file down the crack or break and cover it with a specially shaped crown or cap made from a resin, ceramic, or metal.

– Root Canal
For severe cases where the root of the tooth has remained while the top has chipped away, your dentist may suggest a root canal. During this procedure your dentist will place a post into the broken tooth canal and build up a tooth-like structure. Once the structure is solid enough, a crown will be placed on top and your “tooth” will be as good as new.

-Dental Filling and Bonding
If your tooth has been cracked in the top or center, a dental filling may be used to fix the problem. If your tooth has been chipped in the front, dental bonding (using a top layer of resin or plastic and adhering it to the teeth) may also be an option.

Restoring a chipped tooth is an easy way to a healthier looking smile. Take advantage of Easton Dentists dental insurance and company plans by scheduling a tooth restoration today. Your ticket to a nicer smile is just a phone call away.