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INFOGRAPHIC: Preventing Periodontal Disease

In the infographic below, provided by Serenity Dental Clinic, prevention for periodontal disease is outlined nicely with graphic. The disease, which nearly 65-million American adults suffer from (47.2% of those above 30-years old, according to the CDC), is the result of infections and inflammation of the gums and bones that support the teeth.

Some warnings of the disease may include consistently bad breath, bleeding gums, loose teeth, and/or painful chewing. However, these symptoms can easily be avoided if you brush and floss your teeth regularly and visit the dentist annually, as indicated below.

FOR THE DENTISTS: This infographic can play a major role in your office, just by making patients aware of the disease. Many suffer, yet many are unaware. Feel free to share across your social media feeds or print it out for your office.

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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

Tri-Color

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.

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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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The Mouthpiece Guy Gives Fighters A Mouthful of Keystone Material

If you browse social media enough, you’ll come across some quality accounts and information that will amaze you, no matter what peaks your interest. Here at Keystone Industries, we take in pride in our Twitter presence with current customers, potential clients, and anyone else interested in the dental industry.

With that being said, we’ve recently connected with The Mouthpiece Guy, who creates top-quality mouthguards for his clients out of our resin sheets. These clients range from boxers to UFC fighters, but they all have one thing in common: they take some nasty hits to the face. “With power comes great responsibility”, and that’s where these mouthguards come into play.

Our mouthguard resin sheets are soft and ideal for maximum energy absorption, which adds to the quality protection these fighters need while competing. On top of getting the oral protection job done, the users love the comfort, feel, and look to these mouthpieces as well, as you can hear from video testimonies on The Mouthpiece Guy’s website.

It’s an all around win-win situation for The Mouthpiece Guy, his clients, and Keystone Industries. Check out some photos of the products below, and view them all on our Facebook page!

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Courtesy: The Mouthpiece Guy

You can get more information on our mouthguard materials on our website or by calling 800-333-3131 and speaking with a customer service representative. Be sure to head over to The Mouthpiece Guy’s website to see other custom mouthguard designs, a list of fighters he’s worked with, and video testimonies from the clients themselves.

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What your teeth say when you eat certain foods

Eating the right foods is just another step of having good oral health. Do you know what you teeth think about when you eat certain foods? Look below to find out.
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Keeping your teeth clean even when you can’t brush

Brushing your teeth, of course, goes a long way for good oral health. However, we know people are busy with work, school, kids, and life in general. That sometimes leads to poor oral health habits. Below are some tips to keeping your teeth clean when you don’t have a toothbrush near by.

Eat Fruits
Eating fruits is a great way to clean your teeth any time of the day. Even though they have sugar, it’s still far less dangerous to your teeth than sugar that comes from sweets and energy drinks.

Floss
In reality, flossing is really easy to do. You can take floss anywhere you go and practically do it anywhere too. Flossing prevents food from getting stuck between your teeth. This helps the look of your smile and also keeps cavities and gum disease away.

Eat Calcium-packed Food
Calcium is a great way to ensure healthy and strong teeth. You can get calcium from foods such as cheese, yogurt and milk. Eating yogurt or having a glass of milk help your teeth stay healthy.

Avoid Sodas and Other Sugary Drinks  
Drinking soda on a daily basis means you’re damaging your teeth. This is the fastest way to get discolored teeth and cavities. Avoid drinking these drinks altogether, but if you do, brush your teeth afterward.

Rinse
Just like flossing, mouthwash is another easy and accessible thing to do to help oral health. Carry mouthwash in your purse or keep it in your desk at work. It only takes a minute to rinse. If you don’t have access to mouthwash, rinse with regular water. This can ensure that bigger pieces of food don’t get stuck around your teeth.

Always Brush When You Can
Brushing once a day is good, twice a day (morning and evening) is even better and brushing following each meal is ideal. Doing these things will help you maintain good oral health.

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) promotes and sponsors National Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the important of oral health.

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 3.53.24 PMDentists and industry businesses across the country are helping create awareness of oral health in Children. Check out our past blogs to see some great information on brushing your teeth, good and bad foods for your teeth, what makes your teeth sensitive, and common dental emergencies.

What do you plan to do to help create children’s dental health? Any great ideas? What is the most important thing that should be taken away from this month? Leave your comments below.

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Celebrate National Brush Day on November 1st

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Today is National Brush Day, a country-wide day to create more awareness about brushing your teeth and general oral health practices.

Not only should you brush your teeth everyday, but it’s also important to know how to brush your teeth and how long to brush them.

A key to good oral health habits is teaching children life-long good habits. Brushing for two minutes a day, twice daily is very important. There are several different ways to make brushing fun too. Go here to see how you can create good oral health habits in children. And don’t forget to have a great National Brush Day!

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More dental myths debunked

Last week Keystone Industries posted a blog about 10 cavity myths. This gave a little insight on oral health care and what actually causes cavities and what doesn’t. Here are some more myths about oral health.

MYTH: Always brush your teeth after ever meal

It makes sense to brush your teeth to get rid of leftover food on your teeth and in your mouth as quickly as possible. But that’s actually not the best idea. It’s best to wait for a while before brushing your teeth after a meal.

Your mouth has a two-fold defense system. One being tooth enamel, the hardest substance in the human body and the other being saliva. Saliva contains the same enzymes used in detergents to break down starches and antibacterial substances. Saliva is so effective that wounds in the mouth heal twice as fast as those located on the skin. So, saliva is your mouth is your teeth’s best friend.

So it makes sense to give you body’s natural ability to break down foods after you eat. The acidic atmosphere in your mouth temporarily softens the enamel and breaks down the food particles and washes them a way. If you brush too soon after meals you end up scrubbing tooth enamel in the process.

In the end, wait 30 to 60 minutes before brushing after a meal.

MYTH: Bleaching weakens teeth

Over-the-counter whitening products work by using oxidizing agents, hydrogen peroxide, or carbamide peroxide to remove pigment on the surface of teeth enamel. These at-home products usually contain 3 to 10 percent hydrogen peroxide levels as opposed to 15 to 38 percent dentists use in the office.

Do these over-the-counter whitening methods weaken teeth? A The Ohio State University College of Dentistry study has shown enamel loss from 1.2 to 2 nanometers with of erosion with tray-type whitening agents. Overuse of these oxidizing agencies can cause both gum and tooth sensitivity and continued overuse may leave some of your teeth looking translucent. It’s also been suggested that bleaching can temporarily dissolve calcium ions in the enamel, but the enamel has the ability to remineralize itself over time.

While overuse of beaching can strip pigment of the enamel in your teeth it won’t weaken the structure of the tooth itself. But it’s important to consult your dentist whenever you use whitening methods.

MYTH: Extreme temperature changes can crack teeth

In theory, extreme temperature changes can crack your teeth, but you shouldn’t expect biting into ice cream would crack a tooth wide open.

A healthy tooth can absorb varying temperatures that occur in the mouth. Tiny hairline cracks on the surface of the enamel are actually quite common. You may even be able to spot a few on your teeth right now. These are known as craze lines; they are minor, shallow cracks that rarely pose a threat to the integrity of the tooth.

MYTH: A tooth will dissolve in soda overnight

During the 50s Cornell University professor Clive McCay wanted to alert Americans of the cavity-causing power of Coca-Cola. During a congressional committee, he said alarming things, such as Coke could erode through the steps of the Capital building he also said a tooth placed in a glass of Coke would dissolve within several days.

In reality, orange juice has more citric acid and as much sugar than soda, yet there wasn’t a crusade against orange juice. Recent studies have even found that many popular sports and energy drinks can be more acidic and cause more erosion to enamel than soda. There have been attempts to recreate McCay’s statements, but they have found that Coke doesn’t dissolve a tooth overnight or even in a couple days.

However, soda does lower the pH of saliva, which softens the tooth enamel. This allows bacteria acid to wear away the teeth quicker. Just remember, though, soda does have damaging effects on the teeth, mouth and body. However, it’s not as immediate as some myths may try to propose.

MYTH: A knocked-out tooth is lost forever

Unless you’re a hockey player looking for a badge of honor, no one wants to lose a tooth. But if a tooth is knocked out, avoid damaging the tooth even further, especially the tooth root.

If you find the tooth, rinse gently with saline solution while handling it by the crown. If possible place the tooth back into its original socket or store it in a small container with saline or milk. Milk actually contains proteins, sugar and antibacterial substances that provide an ideal environment for a lost tooth. Also the sugars found in the milk help feed cells, which need to stay alive and growing during the short term it’s out of place.

If you don’t have access to milk or saline, the inside of your cheek is a good place for short-term storage (but don’t swallow the tooth!).

Place pressure on the gums to help reduce bleeding and pain as you make your way to the dentist. Depending on the damage, a successful re-implanted tooth can heal significantly in three to four weeks, and even become fully repaired after two months.

MYTH: Wisdom teeth serve no purpose

Wisdom teeth, or third molars got their name from the timing of their arrival – usually between the ages of 17 and 25. The person is leaving adolescence and seeking higher education, hence they have more “wisdom.” But these molars are often unwelcomed, as they become impacted and or cause general mayhem to the surrounding teeth and bone.

Wisdom teeth and not considered vestigial organs or body parts that serve no useful purpose. So, why are these teeth becoming a problem, and don’t seem wise at all?

Well, one thought is the evolution of our diet and brains. Our ancestors ate coarse foods, causing tooth abrasion and most likely tooth loss. The chewing wasn’t just hard on the teeth but also the jaw, which became much stronger and larger. The changes of the jaw allowed form more teeth. But as our brains grew larger, our jaws began to shrink, leaving the extra molars with no space.

However, think twice about throwing your wisdom teeth away. Research has found that the pulp inside of molars contained highly sought-after mesenchymal stromal cells.  The cells are similar to those found in bone marrow, which will be important in the not-too-distant future when stem cells can grow your own replacement teeth. Wow, science is neat.

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Seven ways you may be destroying your teeth

Too much of a good thing can sometimes be damaging, especially when it comes to oral health. Did you know you can actually brush too much or too hard, or rinse too much, or floss too hard? Yes, these things may be damaging you teeth.

  1. Brushing too hard – Some people think that if you brush harder the cleaner your mouth and teeth get. This can’t be any further from the truth. Aggressive brushing can cause permanent gum tissue damage and also wear down the enamel.
  2. Brushing with abrasive toothpaste – Some toothpastes are too abrasive for your teeth and gums. Remember your teeth and gums have to last a long time and constantly rubbing abrasive material on them isn’t going to help. You can tell you’re wearing away enamel or damaging gums if you start to feel discomfort or pain. Talk to you a dentist if this happens.
  3. Rinsing too much – Rinsing 20 times a day really doesn’t do much of anything as far as good oral health. All you need to do is rinse after you eat or dring sugary drinks.
  4. Hard flossing – Flossing should be a gentle way to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth. Using floss with excessive motions can lead to cutting the gums. These cuts can accumulate harmful germs and bacteria.
  5. Forcing a small brush between teeth – Flossing is every effective, however, some people use small inter-dental brushes. Usually, though, there isn’t enough space for the brush. Don’t force in then because this can cause permanent gum loss or tooth breakage.
  6. Acidic foods – Lozenges, candy or medication can lead to permanent acid damage to your teeth gums and bone. Even small baby aspirin has enough acid to damage teeth
  7. Sucking on lemons – Well, this may not happen often, but if you’re sucking on lemons, STOP! The low pH of the lemon can destroy your teeth.

It’s important to make sure you take care of your teeth, and yes, too much of a good thing can be bad. The key is to create healthy oral hygiene habits without overdoing it. Remember, moderation is the key to a healthy smile and good oral health.

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