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Should Your Child Wear a Custom Mouthguard for Sports?

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Children who play sports learn valuable life skills like teamwork and leadership, but most importantly, they have fun and get lots of healthy exercise. But chipped and broken teeth are commonly caused by sports—especially contact sports.

Your children’s dentist in Harleysville recommends custom mouthguards for any child who is involved in contact sports. Dentists estimate that 13 to 39 percent of dental trauma is the result of playing sports, but sports guards can dramatically minimize your child’s risk of injury to their mouth and teeth.

Who Should Wear Sports Mouthguards

Dental injuries can occur with many different types of sports, and your child’s school probably recommends mouthguards for football or ice ...

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Tips for Extending the Lifespan of your Dental Crown

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Have you recently gotten a dental crown and want to be sure you get the most out of your investment?

Dental crowns in Lansdale, PA are commonly used to address issues with a broken or decayed tooth can’t be addressed with a simple dental filling. While the crown itself won’t get a cavity, you still need to protect the health of your gums and the underlying tooth

Here are a few tips for protecting your crown so you get as much longevity from it as possible. 

Commit to Improved Oral Hygiene

Your dental crown is made of porcelain so that it won’t decay. While the underlying tooth is protected from chewing forces, it ...

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3 Tips for Getting the Most from Your New Dental Implant

The big day has arrived! Your dental implant was placed, you waited patiently throughout the healing process, and you just got the restoration added that restores function and appearance.

You leave your dentist’s office with a big smile and renewed confidence because you’re no longer embarrassed about your appearance. The discomfort is gone, and you can go back to enjoying the foods you love.

Dental implants in Souderton, PA are life-altering for many people, so here are a few tips for getting the most out of your investment:

Maintain Good Gum Health

Implants have a 95 percent success rate, so you’re off to a good start. Now your priority should be to keep ...

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Study: Custom Mouth Guards May Reduce Risk of Concussion

If your child participates in any sports-related activity, they should be wearing a protective mouth guard. Whether they play soccer or participates in gymnastics, a custom mouth guard will help protect them from dental injury.

If your child needs a custom mouth guard, please contact your pediatric dentist in Harleysville, PA.

Custom Mouth Guards Reduce Traumatic Brain Injuries

A 2014 study published in Science Daily suggests that a well-fitting, customized mouth guard can also help minimize the risk of traumatic brain injuries. The study followed two groups of high school football players; one that wore over-the-counter mouth guards, and one that wore customized mouth guards. All players wore the same type of ...

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Prioritizing Dental X-Rays In Your Treatment Plan

Can you remember the last time you had dental x-rays taken? Regular dental imaging is a crucial component in every complete dental plan, yet it is often overlooked by patients who would rather not take the time or money to undergo dental x-rays. 

At our Harleysville, PA office, we strive to provide all our patients with a top-notch dental experience by streamlining and improving our methods whenever possible. Our approach to dental imaging is no exception, and we are proud to offer advanced equipment and software that help us obtain high-quality imaging while keeping our patients safe. 

Unlike conventional x-rays, which are taken using film, our office utilizes the SuniRay2 Digital ...

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5 Simple Steps to Ensure Healthy Gums and Avoid Periodontal Disease

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Have you noticed a change in your gums recently? Do they look red and puffy or easily bleed when you brush and floss?

Both are early signs of periodontal (gum disease), a bacterial infection of the gums. Gum disease won’t go away on its own and ultimately causes severe damage if not treated. Let’s take a look at what gum disease is and steps you can take to avoid it.

What is Gum Disease?

Throughout your day, a sticky film called plaque builds up on your teeth. Plaque is made up of food particles and saliva that attract bacteria. If plaque isn’t removed routinely with brushing and flossing, the gums become infected, ...

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Can Your Child Benefit from Sealants or Supplemental Fluoride?

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Do you worry about your child’s oral health and wonder how you can help them achieve a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime?

Regular cleanings and exams help keep track of the condition of your child’s teeth and identify small problems before they grow and threaten their oral health. But wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to avoid them having any dental problems?

Fluoride Applications

Fluoride is essential for protecting your child’s healthy teeth from decay and is available through many sources. You will find fluoride in toothpaste, mouthwash, non-bottled drinking water, and foods like fresh vegetables.

So, in most cases, your child may already get enough fluoride. However, if ...

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