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We pride ourselves on patient education, and an important part of this is always being available to answer your questions. Your dental needs are unique, and we want to ensure that your treatment is customized specifically for you. Asking questions helps us understand what's important to you so that we can provide appropriate care.
Our team works hard to build trusting relationships so that you can feel comfortable asking us about anything that's on your mind. We have shared some of the questions we hear frequently, but you are welcome to call our office at (423) 239-8021 or fill out our convenient online contact form.
No question is too small, and the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!
Yes. In fact, most obstetricians highly recommend it. Pregnant women can be more prone to gingivitis (gum bleeding and irritation) because some of the hormones cause an exaggerated response to plaque and bacteria. Furthermore, pregnant women can have an uptick in cavities if they are snacking more frequently.
There has also been an association of pregnant women with gum disease being more prone to pre-term births and low birth weight babies. Another important reason to get cavities addressed before the baby is born is that the bacteria that cause cavities are contagious and are frequently passed from mother to child.
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Reduce the Risk of Injury
While collision and high-contact sports such as boxing and football are a higher risk for tooth and mouth injury, these type of injuries can and do happen frequently in other sports as well. Mouthguards basically act as a cushion and can help decrease an impact from a blow to the face. They are great at reducing the risk of broken or missing teeth and also injuries to the soft tissue inside the mouth and to the jaw. Many of these problems can be very expensive to fix and will sometimes lead to a lifetime of dental issues.
We recommend wearing custom-made mouthguards that are made to fight snugly to your individual teeth. They are more comfortable to wear and are usually easier to breathe with them in place. Our dental office also offers mouthguard customization where you can choose certain colors, logos, or numbers to place on them. Children who like the way their mouthguard looks and feels are more likely to wear it.
However, customized mouthguards are more expensive because they are made for the individual. If this is cost-prohibitive, consider boil and bite mouth guards as an alternative. They will fit better than other stock, performed guards and still offer good protection.