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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.

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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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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So many Toothpaste options, what to choose?

Last week, Keystone Industries published an article about toothbrushing. However, toothbrushing only goes so far without toothpaste. So here are some tips on picking out the right toothpaste for you.

Walking down the toothpaste aisle can be quite overwhelming. There are so many options. Gel… paste … powder. Tatar control… fluoride… extra sensitive… super whitening… oh my! They all make great claims, but what’s best for your oral health?

First, we need to get the basics down. Most toothpastes have common variables. These elements offer various benefits that will keep your smile healthy and bright.

There are usually abrasive elements that include calcium carbonate and silicates. These ‘scratchy’ materials help remove food, bacteria and stains from your teeth.

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There are so many toothpaste options out there. What’s the best?

Most toothpaste has flavoring. Typically, these are artificial sweeteners, which includes saccharin, to make the paste taste better. Most flavors center around mint, however, there are many other flavors that include cinnamon, fruit flavors and even bubblegum for kids.

Toothpastes also contain humectants, thickeners and detergents. Humectants are for moisture retention – keep the paste moist. Thickeners are to add thickness to the paste and detergents creates the suds you see when you start to brush.

These are all things you’ll find in most toothpaste, but how to toothpastes differ? This is where the big question lies and where you’ll have to make your best decision.

Fluoride Toothpaste

One of the most important ingredients in toothpaste is fluoride. The natural occurring mineral has been instrumental in the drop of tooth decay and cavity occurrence over the past 50-plus years. Bacteria feed on sugars and starches that are in your mouth. Fluoride then helps product your teeth from the acid released when bacteria feeds. The fluoride makes your teeth stronger and reversed early stages of acid damage by re-mineralizing enamel areas that have started to decay.

Using fluoride toothpaste is an important key of daily fluoride intact. Studies have shown that using fluoride toothpaste helps increase the fluoride concentration in your teeth, even if you live in an area that fluoridates its water.

Tartar Control Toothpaste

There are plenty of tarter control pastes on the market and most of these also contain fluoride.

Every person has a layer of bacteria on their teeth called plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed with good hygiene habits, it then hardens into tartar. These hard to remove deposits can then build up on your teeth and under your gums, thus leading to gum disease.

Tartar control toothpastes aim to fight this buildup by using pyrophosphates and zinc citrate. Some even add an antibiotic called triclosan, which kills some of the bacteria in your mouth.

Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste

Are your teeth sensitive to hot or cold? Then maybe a sensitive teeth paste will work for you. These toothpastes typically contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These compounds can take up to four weeks for relieved and reduced sensitivity by blocking paths through the teeth that attach to the nerves.

Whitening Toothpaste

This section of toothpastes seems to be growing exponentially every day. There are promises of turning your smile into a Hollywood smile. But actually whitening pastes do not typically contain bleaches. Instead, they have abrasive particle or chemicals that polish the teeth or bind to stains and help pull them off the tooth surface.

This may be concerning that abrasives could damage teeth. Studies have suggested that whitening toothpastes are no harder on enamel than any other toothpaste, though.

So how do you choose toothpaste?

First look for an ADA approval. The seal should be labeled on the packaging because these toothpastes have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness by an independent review board. All toothpastes under ADA approval contain fluoride.

Secondly, watch out for imposters. Some imported toothpastes contain toxic substances such as diethylene glycol.

Finally, consider your needs. You’re on the right path if you select toothpaste with fluoride. Many people opt for taste, which is a good thing because you won’t brush as often if you hate the taste of toothpastes. This is especially important to children when they are developing good oral hygiene habits. So in the end, pick toothpaste that caters to your needs. Do you want a brighter smile? Or do you have sensitive teeth? There is a paste out there for you no matter your preference.

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How you can prevent bad breath

url-1No one likes bad breath, but does everyone do the things necessary to prevent it? More than 40 million Americans suffer from bad breath, or halitosis, according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Bad breath can make you self-conscious, affect your social life and leave you embarrassed. However, there are easy and effective ways to freshen your breath.

Brush and floss more often

Plaque is one of the major causes to bad breath. The sticky build up on the teeth fosters stinky bacteria. Meanwhile, food left between the teeth can add to the problem. Everyone should brush at least twice and day and floss daily. If you’re worried about bad breath, brush and floss more often but don’t overdo it. Brushing too forcefully can even erode enamel, making teeth even more susceptible to decay.

Avoid foods that make your breath smell

Foods certainly affect the way your breath smells. Onion and garlic are the main offenders and even after brushing your teeth, it doesn’t help. These foods, in particular, travel through your blood stream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe it out. Really, the only way to cure this is avoid these foods.

Scrape your tongue

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Use a Keystone Industries tongue scraper to help eliminate bad breath.

You’re tongue naturally coats itself with possible foul-smelling bacterial. So you need to eliminate them by either gently brushing your tongue with a toothbrush or use a tongue scraper. Dental hygienists say that tongue scrapers are essential in a proper oral heath care routine. The nice thing about the scraper is it applies even pressure on the surface of the tongue area so bacteria, food debris and dead cells can be removed.

No more smoking

We all know the dangers of smoking and now you can add bad breath to the long list of negative effects. Smoking damages tissue in your mouth and stains teeth. Smoking cessation is key to not only oral health but also overall health.

Use mouth rinse

Not only does mouth rinse freshen your breath it also reduces plaque-causing bacteria. Swish your mouth with the rinse, or if in a bind use plain water. This will freshen your breath by eliminating food particles.

Keep gums healthy

Periodontal disease, or gum disease is a very common cause of bad breath. Bacteria can accumulate in pockets at the base of the teeth and create bad odors. If you have gum disease, a dentist may recommend a periodontist, who specializes in treating gum disease.

Skip the post-dinner mint

Sugar mint candies may appear to freshen breath, but instead they promote growth of bacterial in your mouth and add onto bad breath problems. Instead, chew sugarless gum. The gum stimulates saliva, which is the mouth’s natural defense against plaque acids, which cause decay and bad breath.

Watch out for dry mouth

As stated above, saliva is a key component to fending off bad bacterial. The lack of salvia will increase tooth decay and cause bad breath. If your mouth is dry, try drinking water or chewing sugarless gum or hard candy. Use a humidifier at night during the winter months. If your mouth is still dry talk to your dentist or doctor. Oftentimes, dry mouth is a side effect of certain medications.

Consult your doctor

If bad breath persists despite your best efforts, it’s probably a good time to see your doctor. Bad breath can be a sign of medical conditions such as allergies, sinuses infections, lung infection, diabetes or even liver or kidney diseases.

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