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The All-Star Lineup Every Dental Professional Needs For Mouthguard Season

The time has come for athletes far and wide across the country, as the season is finally upon us – outdoor sports season. This is also meaningful to those off the courts and fields, such as dental professionals – it’s mouthguard season!

We here at Keystone Industries take pride in offering high-quality, custom-fit mouthguards that lead the market in saving teeth and money all at once. Since 1967, Pro-Form has been a role player in the oral protection community, giving teams and athletes around the world affordable equipment and materials.

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Our Pro-Form materials are used from the highest levels of professional sports all the way through youth leagues, and offer the highest level of protection, retention, and comfort possible. On top of all this, athletes are also able to speak and breathe easier than most types of mouthguards on the market.

Take a look at some of these alarming statistical findings, just to show how important this level of protection is for athletes in any and all sports:

  • 5 MILLION teeth are lost every year in sports activities (Source)
  • 34% of sports injuries involve the face (Source)
  • Dental injuries can cost more than 20X the preventative costs of a custom-fit Pro-Form mouthguard (Source)
  • 200,000 injuries prevented annually by mouthguards (Source)

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Now that you know how important this piece of protection is, let’s get into how the process is made simple for you. Below are two embedded videos from our YouTube channel that demonstrate the vacuum forming process and how to customize the mouthguard. Both processes can be done in either a dentist office or a dental lab.

In this first video, see how our vacuum former is able to make a custom-fit mouthguard out of one of our laminates:

In the second video, watch the tutorial of our centri-fuse kit, which easily puts custom logos, numbers, and letters onto an already-formed mouthguard:

Role players like these are vital in the process. But now you may be asking about what star players we have readily available to actually protect the teeth.

There are 200+ color and style laminates available in square or round. Your custom experience is endless, but can start with these popular choices in styles:

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Dual-Color

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Glitter Guards

Tie Dye Guards

Fun Guards

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Don’t forget of the most innovative way to select a mouthguard in the dental industry! If you have an iOS device with a camera, be sure to download the Keystone Industries app to try on a virtual mouthguard for yourself!

Choose between any color and style we offer, and see how it looks in your mouth inside the app. This is an excellent selling point for a patient in the chair of your office, and can increase sales with no effort at all. You won’t see an app like this in any app store!

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There’s a lot more from where these come from, so checking out the Pro-Form section of our website would be best to find exactly what you’re looking for in thickness, style, color, shape, etc. and even clear and black straps, which are required in most youth sports leagues. There are many videos on our YouTube channel and in our Learning Center, as well as our most up-to-date pamphlets and brochures in our Catalog section available for your download.

For more information on Keystone Industries or any Keystone products, visit us online at www.keystoneindustries.com, call toll-free at 1 (800) 333-3131, or fax (856) 224-9444.

Keystone Industries, 480 South Democrat Road, Gibbstown, NJ 08027.

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Good Guys vs. Bad Guys For Your Teeth

Here’s a helpful infographic that shows what foods are good for your teeth health, and what foods are bad. Some misconceptions are pointed as well!

General rules of thumb:

  • Drink LOTS of water to reduce drying of the mouth
  • Gravitate towards fluoride and dairy products
  • Avoid starchy, sticky food
  • Keep up with routine oral hygiene!

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February is Children’s Dental Health Month. Let’s spread knowledge!

All month long, dental professionals across the globe will be celebrating Children’s Dental Health Month by promoting knowledge about the subject. From the children to their parents alike, all knowledge is good knowledge, and some of the facts in the infographic below will show you how important dental health is!

This would be a good piece to print to hang in your dental office or hand out to patients of all ages! (Courtesy: tomsofmainestore.com)

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Keystone Employees Donate to Help Chase a Cure

Not everything on this blog has to be about dentists and teeth. This post is a feel-good story about one of our very own, which left many with beautiful smiles.

In October of 2013, Chase Kemberling was diagnosed with Lymphoma and was treated at one of the best Children’s Hospitals in the country at Penn State Hershey. A long stay in a hospital through the holidays can be extremely difficult for anyone, let alone a child. Luckily for Chase, son of Keystone Industries employee Emily Kemberling, loads of generous and thoughtful people donated gifts to the hospital for the children. This brought and exuberant amount of joy to Chase, fellow patients, and everyone surrounding them.

Chase’s stay at the hospital turned out to pay-off. As of January 2014, Chase was in remission of his cancer. With such excellent news, of course Chase and his family and friends were overwhelmed with amounts of happiness. But, he made sure he would return the favor of the holiday joy he received.

Fast-forward to holiday season 2014. Chase and his brother Travis began ‘CHASE-ing A Cure’, and collected gifts for their first annual holiday toy drive. Among the numbers of good people to donate to this cause were employees at Keystone’s Gibbstown, NJ facility.

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Above, see some of the pictures that captured the moments of the toys being received and given out to children at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA. The Lebanon Daily News covered the event, and posted a photo gallery online for your viewing pleasure. The local CBS21 covered it for TV as well.

To keep up-to-date with CHASE-ing A Cure, check out their Facebook page!

We hope everyone has a Happy Holiday and wonderful New Year!

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Insight on Bleaching Trays and the Tooth Whitening Market

Tooth whitening is the most-requested procedure by patients, no matter the age, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and this has become ever-so popular within the last two decades. With this in mind, not all patients have the luxury of affording top-of-the-line cosmetic dental work. Most that fall into this category resort to trying over-the-counter products, in hopes of snagging a deal on a fast, affordable way to whiten their teeth, with long-lasting results. There are tons of different products available to be taken home and whiten teeth, which can impede on the selection process. The teeth whitening and bleaching manufacturing market has been saturated with competition, and IBISWorld estimated a growth of only 0.9% in the market from 2007-2012. Consumers can (and will) turn to a cosmetic dentist for thoughts and advice on where to go from here, and that’s where Keystone Industries bleaching tray materials and kits come into play.

Currently, the industry is spread across four categories: dental-professional application, dentist-prescribed take-home kit use, over-the-counter consumer purchases, and non-dental options. Keystone offers products in two of these categories, of the former that is recommended. Being able to provide products for various needs is essential, and both professional materials for bleaching trays and also the take-home whitening kits for the patients thrive this market. With the ADA advising patients looking for these types of procedures to consult with a dentist for their best options, there is no better time for practices to load-up on the right materials for the right price, which Keystone offers.

Keystone Industries Bleaching Laminates (above) are your best bet for creating bleaching trays.

Keystone Industries Bleaching Laminates (above) are your best bet for creating bleaching trays.

The Keystone bleaching laminates are among the best for dental professionals for many reasons. Since this material is vacuum-formed to become a custom-fit tray, a type of work Keystone has a great reputation for, the fit for the patient is second to none. When the tray is created, the foam-lined tray withstands and absorbs the bleaching product, causing less leakage and thus decreasing bleaching time and making it less sensitive on the patient’s teeth. Since the bleaching solution used for in-office visits has a higher percentage of peroxide, the application time needs to be quicker to avoid tooth problems. Another suitable option we offer for creating bleaching trays is our Soft EVA, which is a clear Pro-Form material that is easily able to be trimmed and available in square or round laminates.

Not every patient wants to undergo bleaching at the dentist office though. In that case, an office can offer them a take-home kit that stands out above the rest. Dentists who aimed at giving patients a long-lasting white smile from home developed Niu Nait, which comes in 16 or 22 percent carbamide peroxide concentration. No strips, no hassle, and no pain is what this kit thrives itself on, which coincidentally is what every patient looks for in a take-home whitening kit. After the dentist fits the Pro-Form laminate to the patient’s teeth, they are free to go to apply the concentration in the comfort of their own home.

Niu Nait (below) was developed by dentists to allow patients to get a bright smile on their own time.

Niu Nait was developed by dentists to allow patients to get a bright smile on their own time.

The role as a dental hygienist is to offer factual information and available treatment options. Leaving the process of an evaluation and whitening in the dentist’s hands is the way to using stronger, more reputable materials at a higher price for a solid, bright outcome. Some customers may want to be as cost-effective as possible and still use a reliable and long-lasting product, which makes the Niu Nait Take-Home Kit a perfect option. This area of dentistry and competition that comes with it has made the market of manufacturing bleaching trays and materials difficult, so consulting a dentist for professional opinions, treatments, or prescribed kits is the way to go about bleaching teeth in this day and age.

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What you need to know about children dental health

When do you take your child into the dentist? Do you know when your child should be teething? Here is a helpful timeline to help you understand what you expect and stay on top your children’s oral health.
A Timeline of Your Child�s Dental Health

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Keystone Industries celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month

Did you know that every February is National Children’s Dental Health Month?

Keystone Industries would like to help you teach the ways of having a good oral hygiene while making it fun for children.

This month is the perfect time to start informing your children about the importance of oral health. There are plenty of ways to help kids brush longer and better. For example, there are now musical tooth brushes.  Or you can play a song while they brush their teeth, if you think musical toothbrushes are little too much. Regardless, these tools help children brush the suggested 2 minutes.

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Using Lego blocks, Play-Doh and yard to teach kids to floss.

Flossing is another important aspect of oral health. But how do you teach kids to floss. It can be quite a pain, even for adults. Kids often learn by hands-on activities and this is a great way to show them how teeth can collect bad things between teeth. First, take an oversized lego block and put Play-Doh between the connector peices. Then have the child use yarn to get the nasty Play-Doh from the cracks and crevices. It’s fun and educational!

To help children understand oral health even more try some easy at-home experiments that show how important taking care of teeth is. First, check out this Eggsperiment from Crest. These are quite impactful experiments and devices to show kids that eating right and taking care of your teeth is very important.

So, February is the month to really take advantage of teaching kids good oral hygiene. Try some of these things to help education the importance of protecting your teeth. You also can get children custom mouthugards to protect them for the upcoming spring sports season.

Whether it’s brushing teeth, flossing or protecting them through custom mouthguards it’s definitely time to start talking about oral health to kids of all ages.

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