Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Emergency Dental Care For Young Athletes

The summer sports season has begun, and it's all fun and games -- until someone's tooth is knocked out!

It is estimated that five million teeth will be lost this year among youngsters participating in sports activities. Baseball and basketball rank as the top two biggest mouth-injuring sports activities, and can result in broken, displaced or knocked out teeth -- even broken jaws.

Wearing a sports mouth guard is the best protection against sports related tooth and jaw injuries.  But should the unexpected happen, Wilmette Dental offers a few emergency dental tips for parents on the sidelines who may have to act quickly.

If a child suffers a broken or cracked tooth, see Dr. Neuhaus within 24 hours.  He can repair the tooth and hopefully, prevent permanent damage.  After the first 24 hours, the "window" of medical intervention begins to close, and damage may become much more difficult to mend.

But, if the tooth actually comes out, it's a race against the clock.  A knocked out tooth on a child may actually be re-rooted, but only if it is back in the mouth within 30 minutes.  The tooth should be handled as little as possible, and placed in a cup of milk (yes, milk), which has properties that help protect the root.  If milk isn't quickly available, saline or water can be used as alternatives.  Then, go immediately to either Dr. Neuhaus or to the emergency room.

Get out there and play this summer...but play safely!

If you are looking for a dentist in the Chicago area, Wilmette Dental is accepting new patients.  Feel free to call our office at 847-251-0085 or request an appointment online.

Monday, May 5, 2014


Stressed out by life?  If so, it's likely that all of that tension is showing up on your teeth in the form of grinding (known as "bruxism").  Dentists are seeing a big spike in dental damage as a result of grinding. In fact, it's estimated that at least one in every 10 individuals has a serious grinding problem. Grinding can cause fractures to teeth -- and that can result in the need for fillings and/or crowns.

Most cases of grinding occur during sleep, although brusixm may also affect people when they are awake. Bruxism is more commonly seen among women in their twenties or thirties (perhaps when the pressures of combining family and career are most demanding). However, dentists also are seeing a sharp rise in the number of teens who are stressed by school and extracurricular activities, and grinding a great deal as a result.

A healthy diet, regular exercise and taking time to do something relaxing and enjoyable may help reduce stress, and thus lower the incidence of bruxism.  In addition, a bite-guard, a plastic device custom made to perfectly fit your teeth, can be worn at night to help protect teeth from the damage of grinding.  Custom fitted bite-guards are comfortable to wear, and create a soft barrier that cushions tooth surfaces during episodes of grinding.

If stress is getting to you -- and your teeth -- give Wilmette Dental a call.  We can help protect your teeth, even when life is "grinding" you down.