Do you participate in contact sports? Do you grin or clench your teeth at night? If you do either of these things, we currently provide mouth guards at the dental practice of Dr. Alan J. White, D.D.S. to help you protect your teeth!
A mouth guard in Staunton, Virginia, is a retainer-like product that covers the entire top arch of your mouth. It is a very helpful device that can guard your teeth and shield them from destructive objects. We first recommend using a mouth guard if you grind or clench your teeth at night. If you participate in this damaging habit, your teeth can become worn down, your teeth can eventually fracture, and it can result in a TMJ disorder. The TMJ disorder generally occurs when you grind your teeth, and it creates popping, tightening, and grating sounds and feelings every time you open or close your mouth. This is a very painful disorder that needs to be avoided.
We also strongly recommend wearing a mouth guard if you participate in one or more of the following sports:
If you wear a mouth guard when you participate in these activities, your teeth will be protected from hard, forceful objects and you will save the time and money you will later spend at your dentist’s office.
To learn more about why a mouth guard is a beneficial product to use, call our office today!
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Oral cancer will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. The main reason for these grim statistics, is not because oral cancer is hard to diagnose, but because it is diagnosed too late-when it is in its advanced stages. As your dentist, I am dedicating myself to do everything that I possibly can to reduce these alarming oral cancer statistics one patient at a time. That’s why I recently invested in a new, advanced screening device that will enable me and my team to perform a detailed oral exam on our adult patients with far more accuracy than we ever could in the past. The device, which is called Identafi, is about the size of a power tooth brush, and uses three different wavelengths of light to help detect any suspicious areas in the mouth that would be impossible for us to see with our naked eyes. These suspicious areas, upon further evaluation, are usually benign, but I think you’ll agree that it’s always better to be safe than sorry. During your next hygiene examine will be performing a thorough Identafi examination and we will gladly answer any and all questions. If it has been a while since your last appointment, I recommend that you schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.