Spring has officially arrived, and we are excited that it’s finally warming up! In this Spring issue of Dental 360°, you’ll learn what to do if your child bumps their tooth and the importance of using mouthguards. You’ll also read about dangerous dental TikTok trends, the effects of sports drinks and energy drinks on your teeth, and ways to prevent tooth and mouth injuries. In addition, we are excited about our Give Kids a Smile® event happening on April 28th, 2023 where children 17 and under will receive a free dental and ortho screening and fluoride treatment. There will also be face painting, outdoor games, Crumbl Cookies and a special visit from Flynn Rider and Rapunzel!
Roseman Dental & Orthodontics’ Dental 360° is now a quarterly e-newsletter. Each quarter you’ll receive a panoramic view of dental health. Dental health is key to your overall health and here at Roseman Dental & Orthodontics, we are dedicated to improving not only your mouth, but your whole self. At our clinic we have an excellent team of licensed dentists, orthodontists, orthodontic residents – 30 to be exact, and dental residents all focused on you and your family’s oral health. Roseman Dental & Orthodontics has been serving its community since 2009 and is a comprehensive, one-stop shop for all your dental needs including dental, pediatric, orthodontic and craniofacial cleft lip & palate treatment.
We hope you find Dental 360° helpful and informative. We look forward to connecting with you each month.
Dental 360° Spring Articles
My child bumped their tooth – what do I do now?
Summer Safety: Watch Your Mouth!
Dangerous Dental TikTok Trends
Effects of Sports Drinks & Energy Drinks on Our Teeth
Preventing Tooth and Mouth Injuries
Give Kids a Smile® Event
Our clinics receive calls from time-to-time from concerned parents when their child bumps their tooth against objects such as their crib, as one example. Sometimes the tooth can become a little loose and the gum tissue can look slightly swollen. When this happens, it is important to bring your child in to the dentist for an evaluation. It’s better to be safe than sorry as traumatic injuries can actually damage developing adult teeth even before they come in.
Dental traumas, unfortunately, are common among all children. Toddlers who just learned how to walk bump their heads and mouths all the time while exploring the world around them. As they enter preschool and elementary school, children become more and more physical and fall easily while playing. Even in tween and teen years, kids can injure their teeth through playing sports.
For baby teeth, what we’re mostly concerned about is the possibility of a dental infection which cause damage to future permanent teeth. Permanent front teeth develop at the root tip of baby teeth. If an infection starts to fester from the baby tooth, the inflammation can cause discolored, stained, or chipped enamel. Whatever damage that results may not be visually apparent at the time, but will show up at the age of 7 or 8 when permanent upper front teeth start to come in. Therefore, it is very important to have the baby tooth removed as soon as an infection develops.
It is essential for children to be evaluated by a dentist at the time of trauma then for a re-evaluation a few weeks later. At the initial visit, the dentist will take an x-ray of the area, take note of the degree of looseness, and tend to any soft tissue wounds on the lips and gingiva. Since it takes approximately 3 weeks for an infection to show up on an x-ray, the initial radiograph will just serve as a baseline image, something that the dentist can compare to at the re-evaluation appointment when a new x-ray is taken. If an infection were to develop it would often show up a few weeks later, and the dentist can remove the tooth during the re-evaluation appointment.
Fortunately, baby teeth tend to be very resilient. Sometimes color changes can be observed on the tooth in the few weeks/months following the traumatic event. Any changes in color would mean that the nerve inside is dead. However, as long as there is no infection, the tooth may very well stay in the mouth until it’s natural exfoliation time (time to fall out) with absolutely no problems. The tooth may also stay loose for a while. If this happens sometimes exfoliation will take place earlier than typically expected.
If you have any questions concerning dental trauma, please call our office:
Roseman Dental & Orthodontics – 702-968-5222
Roseman Dental – 801-878-1200
Author: Dr. Alice Chen, Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Sports drinks and energy drinks are very popular beverages for teenagers these days. Most people are aware that acidic beverages are bad for our teeth. Although acid by itself does not cause dental decay, it can wear away enamel slowly and cause tooth sensitivity. While parents tend to buy the sugar-free versions of sports and energy drinks to prevent their children from developing cavities, many are unaware of how much citric acid is added into these drinks.
Unfortunately, even when we look carefully at the nutritional label, it’s impossible to tell how much citric acid is in each can or bottle. It turns out that companies are only responsible for listing citric acid as part of the ingredient list and not obligated to inform the consumers exactly how much of it is in their product. The amount of citric acid can vary greatly depending on flavor and brand. However, energy drinks in general cause twice as much damage to tooth enamel compared to sports drinks.
Therefore, it is important to minimize and limit the consumption of these beverages in children and young adults. If they do have these types of drinks make sure to wait at least an hour before brushing to give the acid sometime to be neutralized in the saliva before it gets spread everywhere by the toothbrush. A good fluoride mouthwash after consumption of acidic drinks will also help decrease the damage on enamel.
In addition to the effects energy drinks have on the mouth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) energy drinks also cause:
- dehydration (not enough water in your body)
- heart complications (such as irregular heartbeat and heart failure)
- anxiety (feeling nervous and jittery)
- insomnia (unable to sleep)
If you have any questions regarding healthy beverage choices for your children and family, contact please call our office:
Roseman Dental & Orthodontics – 702-968-5222
Roseman Dental – 801-878-1200
Author: Dr. Alice Chen, Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dental TikTok trends have become increasingly popular over the past year, with users sharing tips, tricks, and hacks for achieving a perfect smile. While some of these trends can be harmless and even helpful, others can be downright dangerous and cause long-term damage to your teeth and gums. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most popular dental TikTok trends and why they are dangerous.
Using baking soda to whiten your teeth
One of the most common dental TikTok trends is using baking soda to whiten your teeth. While baking soda can remove surface stains, it can also erode your tooth enamel over time. This can make your teeth more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. In addition, using baking soda too frequently can cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.
Another dangerous dental TikTok trend is DIY braces. Some users suggest using rubber bands or other materials to move your teeth into alignment. However, attempting to straighten your teeth at home can lead to serious problems, such as tooth loss, infection, and even jaw damage. Orthodontic treatment should always be performed by a licensed professional.
Using activated charcoal
Activated charcoal is another popular dental TikTok trend that can be dangerous. While it can remove surface stains, it can also absorb important minerals in your mouth and digestive system. This can lead to enamel erosion and tooth decay. In addition, charcoal can be abrasive and cause damage to your tooth enamel and gums.
Oil pulling is a dental TikTok trend that involves swishing oil in your mouth for several minutes to remove bacteria and toxins. While oil pulling can be a useful addition to your oral hygiene routine, it should never replace brushing and flossing. In addition, some oils, such as coconut oil, can cause allergic reactions and skin irritation.
Using lemons to whiten your teeth
Finally, some dental TikTok users suggest using lemons to whiten your teeth. However, lemons are highly acidic and can erode your tooth enamel over time. This can lead to tooth sensitivity and decay.
In conclusion, while dental TikTok trends may seem like a fun way to improve your smile, they can actually be quite dangerous. It’s important to always consult with a licensed dental professional before attempting any at-home treatments or remedies. In addition, sticking to a consistent oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups, is the best way to maintain a healthy smile.
Dr.Matthew Thacker, DMD, BS
AEGD Program Director/Clinic Director
Roseman University of Health Sciences
College of Dental Medicine – AEGD Henderson & Summerlin
4 Sunset Way Bldg B, Henderson, NV 89014
1 Breakthrough Way Suite 3218, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Your teeth are important for everything from eating and nutrition to proper speech, so an injury to your teeth can have much larger implications than just affecting your beautiful smile. When engaging in certain kinds of physical activity, your mouth is potentially at risk for injury causing knocked-out teeth and injuries to the gums, lips, tongue, and surrounding tissues. Make sure you are always careful and take preventative measures to ensure you teeth and mouth stay healthy and injury-free.
Situations Where Tooth and Mouth Injuries Are Common
Most of your daily activities won’t put you at risk for tooth injury, but in the following situations you will want to have a mouth guard or take other precautions to prevent injury.
- Babies and toddlers who are learning to walk will stumble and fall a lot. It is important to keep an eye on them to make sure they are careful, and if they are in this early stumbling phase, don’t let them practice on a hard surface like concrete or asphalt.
- Sports injuries are a common reason for a visit to a dentist. Anyone who plays contact sports, such as boxing, football, basketball, soccer, or lacrosse needs to always wear a mouth guard. Even heavy physical exertion offers an opportunity to fall down and chip a tooth, so while it may not require a mouth guard, be sure to take care and watch your step!
- Some people experience tooth pain when they wake up after sleeping for the night. If you are one of these, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. A visit to a doctor or dentist will reveal if your tooth damage is the result of grinding and your dentist can help you decide if wearing a mouth guard when you sleep is the best option.
You don’t have to avoid risky situations to avoid mouth injury. Just make sure to take the appropriate precautions before you go at it.
With school almost out and great weather ahead, summer is a time when most kids get out and play—whether it’s in the water, on a bicycle, or out on a sports field. Unfortunately, with many summer activities, there is a higher risk of facial injury. Many dentists see an increase in facial trauma that leads to tooth loss or other damage, simply due to the increase in outdoor and sports activities.
Here are a few of the most common summer activities that could put your teeth at risk, and suggestions for ways you can prevent injury this season.
Playing Contact Sports
Whether you prefer to take the field for a game of soccer, hit the courts for a quick game of basketball, or play baseball, softball, or football this season, contact sports can be dangerous. This is especially true in sports like baseball, softball, and soccer, where mouth guards and facemasks are not mandatory, or in pick-up games that you’re just playing for fun with friends, since you often don’t wear the same protective gear as you would when you’re playing in an official game or league.
The Academy of General Dentistry estimates that about 1 in 3 facial injuries are sports-related, but mouth guards prevent more than 200,000 injuries every year, so they should be a critical part of your sports uniform, even for casual games. This is especially true if you have braces or other orthodontic work, which can cause mouth cuts, jaw injuries, and other damage to your teeth.
You can buy stock mouth guards “off the shelf” that are standard sizes, although they provide limited protection because they are not customized specifically for you. A better option is the mouth-formed guards that you boil and bite to fit to your mouth, or a custom mouth protector that you get from your dentist. The latter is the best option because it is made specifically for your mouth, but it is also the most expensive option. In some cases, a custom-fit mouth guard from your dentist may be covered by dental insurance, so check with your provider to find out.
Activities on Wheels
There are plenty of fun ways to get out on a set of wheels during the summer—including skateboards, roller skates, rollerblades, bicycles, motorcycle, dirt bikes, and more. Unfortunately these activities also pose a risk for injuries that range from head trauma to broken bones, cuts and scrapes, and facial trauma, including broken or damaged teeth, missing teeth, and mouth cuts, to name a few.
If you’re planning an activity on wheels, use caution to avoid crashing. Try to stay away from busy roads or highways, always wear a helmet and other protective gear (including mouth guards), and for particularly dangerous activities such as motorcycles, BMX/bike stunts, mountain biking on technical trails, or dirt bikes, consider a helmet that includes a face guard.
Summer is a great time to be outside, and if you take proper precautions to protect your face, jaw, mouth, and teeth, you can have a lot of fun without the pain and suffering from facial trauma. Talk to your dentist today to find out the best way to protect yourself during your favorite summer activities.