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What Is The Best Sports Mouthguard For Kids?

The Best Sports Mouthguards by Wayne NJ Dentist Frank V Maldonado DDS

The Best Sports Mouthguard Is Custom-Fit By A Dentist

When it comes to choosing the best sports mouthguard to protect your smile, or your little athlete’s smile, choices abound.

Since April is National Facial Protection Month, let’s define the absolute best sports mouthguard once and for all.

Aside from a helmet – in some sports – a mouthguard could be considered the single most important piece of protective equipment.

Accidents happen, in fact, sports accidents reportedly account for 10 to 39 percent of all dental injuries in children.1

A 10 year study of 3,385 craniomaxillofacial trauma cases presenting to an oral and maxillofacial surgery department found 31.8 percent of injuries in children occurred during sports activities.2

Children are most susceptible to sports-related oral injury between the ages of seven and 11 years.3-6

But how do you choose the best one?

Let’s take a look at the three primary choices, and examine the pros & cons of each. Read the rest of this entry »

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How To Screen Yourself for Oral Cancer

Wayne NJ Dentist Shows How To Do A Self-Screening for Oral Cancer

Can You Screen Yourself for Oral Cancer?

Self-screening for oral cancer can be done at home, in very little time.

But that doesn’t mean we should skip our regular dental appointments, dentists do more than detect cavities. You’ll be screened for oral cancer when you go in for your next regular dental exam, but a regular at-home screening is highly recommended as well.

When it comes to leading a long, healthy life, it’s always best to know yourself…and to give yourself a once over every so often.

While this advice can take on significant philosophical meaning, we’re talking about knowing yourself better physiologically speaking…of course.

Being in tune with your body and watching out for early symptoms of oral cancer can make your next dental visit a little more enjoyable.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, every hour of every day somebody in the United States dies of oral cancer.

This serious dental disease, which can lead to and indicate other, even more serious health concerns is primarily caused by smoking, smokeless tobacco, alcohol abuse, and the human papilloma virus (HPV).

This is even more true for those who drink excessive amounts of alcohol, smoke or use tobacco products, AND have lip-biting and cheek-chewing habits, or ill-fitting dentures.

All those things already put you at a higher risk for oral cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

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What To Give The Tooth Fairy?

How Much Do You Give the Tooth Fairy In Wayne NJ

How Much Do You Give The Tooth Fairy for a Lost Tooth?

The average amount paid to the Tooth Fairy for a lost tooth in 2017 was $4.16.

This represents a precipitous 11% drop from the previous year (2016), when the Tooth Fairy raked in an all-time high $4.66 per tooth, but is a step up from five years ago when the average tooth brought the Tooth Fairy $3.70.

How do we find out how much buccal baksheesh the Tooth Fairy is bringing in per lost tooth?

According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental and conducted in December of each year, the latest poll asked 1,007 parents of 6- to 12-year-olds about their Tooth Fairy donations.

Payouts are broken down by regions, with kids in western states earning the most – at $4.85 per tooth, while children in the Midwest gaining the least average amount – at $3.44.

The poll was designed to capture a broad spectrum of the U.S. population, not just those with dental insurance.

How Much Should You Give the Tooth Fairy?

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Are Your Kids Afraid of the Dentist?

Are Your Kids Afraid of the Dentist

Are Your Kids Afraid of Going to The Dentist?

Every parent knows that children’s dental health is important, just as their overall health is.

But sometimes it can be incredibly challenging or just downright difficult to get your child – or children – to the dentist.

Is your child afraid of going to the dentist?

It’s no secret kids pick up a lot from parents, but fear is generally not an emotion handed down by way of genetics.

Most often when kids feel fear about going to the dentist, there are triggers and obvious causes for these overwhelming emotions to take hold…and often times we as parents are to blame.

Sometimes (read: most of the time) it is our fault, as parents for passing along the fear we feel about the dentist directly to our kids.

We’ve had the bad dental experience and have been subject to the less than kid-friendly hands of a back in the day dentist.

Parents of today have endured the not so ergonomic design of dental torture chairs of generations gone by.

We’ve had the not so pleasurable experience of sitting through an old school root canal or getting a filling without the help of numbing gels to ease the needle stick.

We have that nostalgic first hand remembrance of dental pain, fear, and anxiety; but we need not pass down these negative experiences to our kids.

Nowadays dentists (parents & kids too) are different. Like, way different… Read the rest of this entry »

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6 Keys to Oral & Overall Health | World Oral Health Day 2018

World Oral Health Day 2018

World Oral Health Day – March 20, 2018

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated globally every year on March 20th. It is organized by FDI World Dental Federation and is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health.

We’d like to help share this year’s ‘Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health’ message for World Oral Health Day.

World Oral Health Day was first declared in 2007 and was originally celebrated on September 12th, which is the birthday of Dr. Charles Gordon, founder of the FDI.

Why is World Oral Health Day now celebrated on March 20th?

The original date to commemorate optimal oral health was switched to March 20th so as to avoid conflict with the FDI World Dental Congress taking place in September.

The new date was chosen to reflect that: Read the rest of this entry »

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How Does Being Pregnant Affect Your Dental Health?

How Being Pregnant Affects Dental Health

Dental Health & Pregnancy

Are you or someone you know expecting a baby this year?

There’s a lot to think about for expecting Moms, there is always something to deliberate and it seems there are always more questions than answers.

From deciding on a peaceful color palette for the nursery to finding the perfect car seat, doctors’ appointments & diaper decisions, these are just a few of the many things expecting Moms have on their plate in the days leading up to actually having a baby.

Unfortunately, many expectant Moms think that since they’re seeing their doctors regularly, they can forget about seeing their dentist. 

Due to hormonal changes a lot of pregnant women experience what is called “pregnancy gingivitis,” a form of gum disease.

Maybe you’ve heard of the old wives’ tale, “gain a child, lose a tooth.”

It’s not really that much of a tale, given that a recent study has shown that a correlation does exist between tooth loss and pregnancy. 

So if you’re soon-to-be a mom, you should add a dental checkup to that growing list of to do’sPregnancy has major effects on your body, and on your teeth & gums too.

Here’s what expecting Moms should know about pregnancy and dental health. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dental Veneers & Anti-Aging Dentistry

Dental Veneers Wayne NJ

Dental Veneers & Porcelain Laminates

Dental veneers & porcelain dental laminates are some of the most requested cosmetic dentistry anti-aging procedures, but a lot of people still don’t know what they are or what conditions they can help correct.

Dental veneers are also sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers or porcelain laminates, but they are both basically the same thing.

What Are Porcelain Dental Veneers?

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Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?

Porcelain Veneers Wayne NJ

Are You A Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

When patients come to us with cosmetic concerns, usually they are looking to correct certain types of discoloring or blemishes.

We usually walk through addressing these cosmetic issues with a specifically tailored treatment for that one concern.

Sometimes there are instances when we can address several different kinds of cosmetic concerns on multiple teeth with the same treatment.

That’s if we determine that your cosmetic concerns represent an opportunity to discuss porcelain veneers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wayne NJ Dentist Shares Triple Threat to Kids Dental Health

The Triple Threat to Children’s Dental Health

Kids Dental Health Wayne NJ

Dental researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia are warning parents of the dangers of soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks and other drinks high in acidity.

According to the report these high-acidity drinks form part of a “triple-threat” of permanent damage to young people’s teeth.

Ditch The Acidic Drinks For Back To School Dental Health

As parents, we certainly care about what our kids put in their mouths and of course we always try to instill healthy eating habits, but are we aware of how damaging sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and ever fruit juices can be to our kid’s teeth and gums?

It’s easy to toe the everything in moderation line when we’re talking about Halloween candy blowout or Christmas cookie overload, but we also need to educate our kids to the dangers of gulping down those sugary slurry sports drinks, sodas, or energy elixirs.

For the first time, researchers have been able to demonstrate that lifelong damage is caused by acidity to the teeth within the first 30 seconds of acid attack.

Researchers say drinks high in acidity combined with night-time tooth grinding and reflux can cause major, irreversible damage to young people’s teeth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Missing A Tooth? Here’s The Best Way To Replace It

Missing Tooth Replacement Options

Missing Tooth Replacement Options

A gap-toothed grin may look funny, but a missing tooth is no laughing matter, especially if it’s one (or more) of your front ones.

Thankfully 21st century dentistry affords options to both dentists & dental patients dealing with a missing tooth or two.

Replacing a missing tooth not only restores your smile to it’s healthiest state, it’s also a boost to your self-confidence.

To address missing teeth, each treatment option recommended to you is specifically designed according to your unique dental health needs and preferences.

For some patients, the best treatment is a traditional dental bridge. Bridges are custom-made and anchored in place by adjacent healthy teeth.

For other patients, the best treatment may be a dental implant and crown, which replaces both the root of the tooth and the top – most visible portion of the tooth.

Notice we didn’t say dentures, this is because dentures are not considered a very healthy option to replace one or more missing teeth. Read the rest of this entry »

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