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5 Criteria For A Properly Fitting Mouthguard

5 Criteria For A Properly Fitting Mouthguard

National Facial Protection Month

The Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association are teaming up to remind parents, coaches, and athletes, to play it safe when suiting up for recreational and organized sports.

“More than 5 million teeth are avulsed each year; many during sports activities, resulting in nearly $500 million spent on replacing these teeth each year.” – Journal of the American Dental Association

“An estimated 12 million people ages of 5 and 22 years suffer a sport-related injury annually, which leads to 20 million lost days of school and approximately $33 billion in healthcare costs.” – Academy for Sports Dentistry

The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports dental injuries as the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during sports participation, finding that,

“an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard.”

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4 Keys To Preventing Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer Awareness Month 4 Keys To Prevention

“Approximately 53,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 132 new people in the US EVERY DAY will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer, and that one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it.” – Oral Cancer Foundation

Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Despite the efforts of the Oral Cancer Foundation, primary care physicians, celebrities, athletes, insurance providers, and dentists across the country, oral cancer awareness in the American public is pretty low.

That’s why every April we choose to help spread the message and build awareness about the risk factors, symptoms & treatments of oral, head & neck cancer.

What Causes Oral Cancer?

According to the Mayo Clinic, oral, head & neck cancers form when Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Smile-Saving Tips for National Facial Protection Month

5 Smile-Saving Tips for National Facial Protection Month

April is National Facial Protection Month

Did you know that an estimated 20 million days of school are lost each year due to sports injuries?

According to the Academy of Sports Dentistry, an estimated 12 million people ages 5 to 22 suffer a sport-related injury annually which leads to 20 million lost days of school, and approximately $33 billion in healthcare costs.

How can we go about preventing a lot of those injuries?

By wearing a mouth guard!

But don’t take our word for it, listen to Dr. Paul Nativi, DMD, FASD, and past president of the Academy for Sports Dentistry.

“A properly fitted mouth guard is an essential piece of any athlete’s protective equipment.”

“Talk with your dentist about what kinds of activities your family enjoys and ask about ways to make sure their teeth and face stay protected.”

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7 Most Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth

Teeth Sensitivity 7 Most Common Causes

Why Are Your Teeth Sensitive?

Do you experience sensitivity when drinking an ice cold glass of water or sipping a hot cup of tea?

Does tooth sensitivity impair your ability to diligently adhere to your daily dental hygiene regimen of brushing & flossing?

There are a number of reasons why you could be experiencing tooth sensitivity, from eating certain foods to using a particular toothpaste.

But that doesn’t mean you need to avoid foods you love or forego the floss – that would actually lead to more problems.

There are things you can do to lessen tooth sensitivity and improve your oral health, let’s take a look at some of the most common causes and what you can do to reduce your sensitivity. Read the rest of this entry »

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7 Ways To Thank Your Dentist On National Dentist’s Day

Happy National Dentists Day

National Dentist’s Day

National Dentist’s Day is observed each year on March 6 and was created as a day set to say “Thank You” and show appreciation to our dentist.

You might think, why do dentist’s get a day?

After all, you only see our dentist twice a year – and that’s if we really like them.??

Our dentist is not one of the first people we look forward to seeing until of course, we need a checkup & cleaning, we have a toothache, need to straighten or perhaps brighten our smile, or maybe get a cavity filled.

Then when our checkup is done, our teeth are cleaned, toothache is gone, our teeth are straight, our smile is whiter, all cavities are filled, we appreciate all of our dentist’s hard work.

All kidding aside, dentists really are our smile superheroes. They stand guard dutifully defending our smiles against invasion from the cavity creeps.

Here are a few ways to thank your dentist on National Dentist’s Day… Read the rest of this entry »


5 Reasons Why Dentists Love the Month of February

5 Reasons Why Dentists LOVE February

Why Do Dentists Love February So Much Anyway?

It’s not because of President’s Day or the week-long winter breaks for most schools giving parents a chance to catch up on those dental checkups.

February is the favorite month out of the year for dentists because of the dental health awareness theme throughout the entire month.

Wayne NJ Dentist Shares 5 Reasons Dentists Love February

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The Average Tooth Fairy Payout Is $3.70

How Much Does The Tooth Fairy Give by Wayne Dental Arts

What Does The Tooth Fairy Pull Down In Your House?

DATELINE Oak Brook, IL. — February 21, 2019 — Tooth Fairy payouts plunge for second straight year.

According to Delta Dental’s annual report, the average payout from the Tooth Fairy in the US is down 43 cents to $3.70.

It appears that the commodities market on stolen teeth is tanking.

According to the just-released Original Tooth Fairy Poll®, sponsored by Delta Dental, the Tooth Fairy’s average cash gift declined to $3.70 for a lost tooth in 2018.

With this news from Delta Dental, the Tooth Fairy’s profit margin is back equal to what she copped per tooth back in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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February Is National Gum Disease Awareness Month

February Is National Gum Disease Awareness Month

February Is Gum Disease Awareness Month

February is all about the gums!

In addition to February being National Children’s Dental Health Month, National Weddings Month, Pet Dental Health Month, National Heart Month, National Embroidery Month…and a few dozen or so more commemorative causes.

Let us not forget about Valentine’s Day either, it’s no wonder why dentists across the world love the month of February.

Gum Disease Awareness Month is a national and global effort to raise public awareness of gum disease. Read the rest of this entry »

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4 Reasons Why Clear Aligners Are Better Than Braces

Traditional Braces or Clear Aligners- Which is Better

Metal Braces Vs. Clear Aligners

Straight teeth are healthy teeth, no matter if we’re comparing traditional metal braces with Invisalign, or any other clear aligner system.

Whether you choose the more traditional method of straightening out your smile with metal braces or a more modern discreet approach – like Invisalign – there are a number of dental health benefits of doing so.

Although there are a number of providers now offering clear aligners – like ClearCorrect – and even at-home teeth straightening systems like Smile Direct Club, we’ll concentrate on Invisalign for the sake of this blog post because we feel it is the most popular clear aligner system. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Questions To Answer Before Whitening Your Teeth

3 Questions To Ask Before Whitening Your Teeth by Wayne Dental Arts

Teeth Whitening Options Vary In Effectiveness – and Safety

On the supermarket shelves and at your dentist’s office, there are a bunch of teeth whitening options available to anyone looking to shape up their smile a couple few shades.

From modern gels, lights & goggles at your dentist’s office to DIY at-home trends like turmeric or activated charcoal, teeth whitening trends abound.

Ultimately whether you choose to go the DIY teeth whitening route, or select a safer, more effective teeth whitening treatment administered by a professional – your dentist – is up to you.

But there are some things you need to know, in order to achieve the best results possible, in the safest way.

Before you decide on a teeth whitening option, you should first determine a couple things:

  1. If you are you a good candidate for teeth whitening
  2. The results are you expecting to achieve

You can determine these things by asking your dentist these three questions… Read the rest of this entry »