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Fish with teeth?!

Maybe there’s a new line of patients for dentists?

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Ease your child’s fear of the dentist in 8 simple ways

Being fearful of the dentist is nothing new. In fact, just the word dentist may send chills down some people’s backs.

Around 11 percent of children don’t like to visit the dentist and about 12% said they were afraid, according to a study published in the European Journal of Dentistry.

But how do you combat your child’s fears of the dentist? Here are some tips to ease your child’s fears:

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It’s important to make sure your child is comfortable at the dentist.

Find a dentist who is good with kids: Yes, this may seem too obviously, but when it comes to dental fears the first person to help is an understanding dentists. Find someone through recommendations or look for a pediatric dentist.

Explain the importance of oral health, often: Talk with your child about how important is to brush and floss your teeth. The more you talk about it, the more they understand.

Set up a meet and greet: Before your child’s first appointment have him or her meat your dentist. Get them acclimated to the office and staff.

Make regular dental visits: Make sure you take your child for a cleaning every six months. The more they go to the dentist the less is unknown.

Explain in understandable terms: Let your child know what to expect, but talk in terms that they can understand. Or you can ask the dentist to explain what your children should expect.

Lead by example: You may be fearful of the dentists yourself, but don’t share that with your children. Make sure your children understand that there’s nothing to fear.

Communicate with your dentist: Tell the dentist about your child’s anxiety. They may be able to help ease those fears.

Avoid scary words: Avoid saying words like ‘hurt’ or ‘pain’ or ‘shot’ when you talk about the dentist. Use gentle and friendly words.

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Protection is Pro-form’s game, saving teeth and preventing head injuries

Cherry Hill, N.J. – A Pro-form mouthguard is a piece of equipment athletes of any level shouldn’t go without. Whether a professional athlete or a Pee Wee player, there’s always a risk of injuring the mouth and head. That’s why Keystone Industries is proud to stand by its lauded Pro-form mouthguard line which has proven to protect athletes when they need it the most.

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Show your pride with a patriot Pro-form mouthguard

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Add some sparkle with a glitter guards

These custom-made athletic mouthguards reduce the incidence of tooth breakage by properly distributing the stress of a hard impact to the entire length of the tooth. A double layer of laminated sheet vinyl and a lingual plate imbedded behind the incisors gives the mouthpiece long-lasting durability. The tensile strength is excellent due to the two layers of laminate while the density is maintained during the pressure laminated process for controlled, uniformed shape. Overall, the risk of injuries is lessened by about 90% when wearing a custom-made mouthguard.

Used at all levels of competition, Pro-from has proved itself as a top performer on the field or court when athletes need it the most.

Direct benefits of wearing a custom Pro-form mouthguard:

  • Allows athletes to breathe during competition and enhances performance.
  • Prevents tongue, lips and cheeks from lacerations from sharp ends of the upper teeth.
  • Lessens risk of damage to the back of the teeth following a blow delivered to the underside of the lower jaw. Without a mouthguard, such impacts can cause cusp fractures and complete root fractions.
  • Lessens the risk of concussions following an impact around the mouth. This is due to the prevention of full posterior translation of the condyles to the base of the skull.
  • Lessens the risk of jaw fractures by absorbing the energy of a traumatic blow.
  • Improves confidence of players so the athletes can concentrate more on the efforts and execution of their sport.
  • Can be used for multiple sports.
  • With proper care, the mouthguard can be used for more than a year.
  • Extremely beneficial for athletes who are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
  • Myriad color options to meet the needs and wants of patients.

For more information on Pro-form’s mouthguards or any Keystone products, contact Keystone Industries toll-free at 1 (800) 333-3131 or fax (856) 663-0381.

Keystone Industries, 616 Hollywood Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

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Dishing up a dental-friendly diet

Here’s a follow up to yesterday’s ‘How diet affects oral health‘ post.

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How diet affects oral health

What you put in your mouth and body is going to affect the health of your mouth and body makes perfect sense. But sometimes it’s easy to forget that connection. So how can diet play a role in your oral health?

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Eating cheeses are good for your oral health.

The best foods for good oral health include cheeses, chicken, nuts and milk. These foods protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth. Remineralizing teeth is a natural process where minerals are deposited back into tooth enamel after being removed by acids in the mouth.

Other good oral health conscious food choices include firm/crunchy fruits, such as apples and pears, and vegetables. These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars contained within the food while also stimulates the flow of saliva (Saliva is a natural protection against decay by washing away food particles and creating a buffer against acid).

As far as drinks go, water should be your biggest fluid intake. You also could have milk and unsweetened tea. Limit the consumption of sugar drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade and coffee. Also keep away from sipping sugary drinks all throughout the day.

Poor oral health foods

You may not want to see this list because they can be tasty, but they are just bad for your teeth. Foods such as candy – lollipops, hard candies, chewy candies and mints – baked goods, potato chips, pretzels and friend fries. Even bananas raisins and other dried fruit can be bad for your oral health. All of these foods contain quite a bit of sugar and/or can stick to your teeth and providing a fuel source for bacteria.

Sugar-free products and sugar substitutes

Sugarless or sugar-free food simply means that no sugar was added during processing. Although, this does not mean the food does not contain other natural sweeteners like honey, molasses, evaporated sugar, fructose, or rice syrup. These natural sweeteners have the same number of calories as sugar and can be just as harmful to teeth. Look at labels, words that end in ‘-ose’ (sucrose and fructose) usually mean there is natural sweetener.

Surprisingly, sugar substitutes are not digested the same way as sugar so they don’t feed the bacteria in your mouth. However, be aware of these substitutes because they may cause other health problems.

Chewing gum, chew on…

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Chewing sugarless is good for your teeth. Chewing helps dislodge food that becomes stuck in your teeth and also increases salvia, creating the acid buffers. Some gums even continue ingredients that can reduce cavities and may even heal areas where cavities are forming. However, chewing gum can cause jaw pain and other issues. If you’re going to chew, make sure it’s sugarless… so stay way from that sweet bubble gum!

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Keystone Industries adds a little sparkle to its strong Pro-form roster

Cherry Hill, N.J. – Keystone Industries is excited to announce the addition of Pro-form Glitter Guard to its already extensive line of athletic mouthguards.  The Glitter Guard material adds a bit of sparkle to the Pro-form lauded line, which delivers protection, affordability and style. The mouthguard line already offers numerous colors and styles to match any athlete’s preferences, but now athletes can choose shimmering glitter material that matches their star performances on the field.

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Pro-form Glitter guards add a little sparkle to your game.

Pro-form mouthguards are used by professional and amateur athletes alike because it provides the highest level of protection, retention, comfort and fit without hindering speech and breathing. The custom-fit mouthguard goes above and beyond typical boil-and-bite mouthguards because of its superior fit and retention. In addition, Pro-form mouthguards are thin and comfortable enough while still maintaining shape and protection long after other mouthguards have worn out.

These custom-made athletic mouthguards are proven to reduce the incidence of tooth breakage by properly distributing the stress of a hard impact to the entire length of the tooth. The durability is enabled thanks to a double layer of laminated sheet vinyl and a lingual plate imbedded behind the incisors (the Pro-form logo). The mouthguard maintains its form because of the heat and pressure laminating process. The tensile strength is excellent due to the two layers of laminate while the density is maintained during the pressure laminated process for controlled, uniformed shape.

Used at all levels of competition, Pro-from has proved itself as a top performer on the field when athletes need it the most.

Advantages of Pro-form:

  • Increased oxygen intake for maximum performance and endurance during competition
  • Improved speech for clear communication on the field of competition
  • Natural comfort with a secure fit
  • Maximum impact dispersion and protection against tooth damage
  • Custom fit for any size mouth
  • Myriad color options to meet the needs of patients, including new glitter form.

For more information on Pro-form’s Glitter Guard or any Keystone products, contact Keystone Industries toll-free at 1 (800) 333-3131 or fax (856) 663-0381.

Keystone Industries, 616 Hollywood Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

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Pro-form centri-fuse tutorial

Looking for a Pro-form centri-fuse tutorial? The watch these videos below. You can buy this great mouthguard customization kit now!

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Recent study shows fluoride in drinking water cuts tooth decay in adults

Some of the strongest evidence yet for public water fluoridation has just been released the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Adelaide, Australia. The study strongly reaffirms the dental health benefits to adults, even if they did not receive fluoridated drinking water during their childhood.

Fluoride drinking water prevents tooth decay for all adults regardless of age and whether or not they consumed fluoridated water during childhood, according to the first population-level study of its kind.

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Fluoride water does help prevent tooth decay in adults.

The researchers examined randomly selected Australian population survey data from 3,779 adults aged 15 and older between 2004 and 2006. They measured levels of decay and study participants reported where they lived since 1964. The residential history of the study participants was matched to the information about fluoride levels in the community water supplies. Then the researchers were able to surmise the percentage of each participant’s lifetime drinking public fluoridated water.

The research showed that adults who spent more than 75 percent of their life living in fluoridated communities had significantly less tooth decay (nearly 30 percent less) when compared to adults who had live less than 25 percent of their lifetime in fluoridated communities.

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Product demo: Pro-form’s centri-fuse

Watch this video to see how easy and great looking centri-fuse is. It’s a whole new level of mouthguard customization!

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Traumatic dental injuries in children

How many emergency dental appointments have you seen due to traumatic dental injuries (TDIs)? As much as 25% of school-aged children and 33% of adults experience a TDI to their permanent teeth. And of course these events never happen during optimum times, so these emergency appointments need to be made as parents call out of work and kids have to leave school early. But the real problem with an untreated TDI is the possible long-term effects of a missing or damaged tooth.

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Pro-form mouthguards offer top of the line protection.

TDI often occurs in the maxilla with the central incisors injured more frequently than the lateral incisors. In the primary dentition, a luxation or displacement injury is more common than a fracture. TDI actually happens most frequently between the ages of 1 1/2 and 3 1/2. This makes sense because toddlers are beginning to walk and experience the world around them. Between the ages of 8 and 10 children experience flared and spaced maxillary incisors because they engage in more high-contact activities, including sports.

So how can we reduce the risk of TDI? Proper education has to come from the dental hygienists and dentists. A great resource about mouth injuries can be found at the Academy of Sports Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  Both of these sites will encourage the use of protective gear such as custom mouthguards.

The American Dental Association (ADA) promotes the use of well-fitting mouthguards too. This is the best protective device for sports-related TDIs.

There are three major categories of mouthguards. A Type I mouthguard is a ready-made thermoplastic tray that fits very loosely around the teeth. It is clinched into place by the jaw and usually delivers poor retention while restricting breathing and speech. A Type II mouthguard is a typical boil-and-bite. These mouthguards can be found is nearly every athletic store or section. This remains inexpensive and gives better retention than the type I mouthguard, but still has many faults when it comes to ultimate protection. Finally, is the Type III mouthguard, which is laboratory or dentist fabricated. This type of mouthguard provides the best protection and is most widely accepted because of the unparalleled cushion and retention. These materials, including Pro-form mouthguard material, are made with ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA). This durable material is vacuumed formed around a mold of the patient’s mouth. This provides a very tight fit for maximum protection.

Of course, this third type of mouthguard is more costly, but so is the repair of TDIs. Prevention is the best way to avoid those late-night emergency dental visits.

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