Does Your Child Need a Mouthguard?

Mouthguards are not often discussed in the sports world. In sports like hockey and football, we hear about advancements in helmets or increased padding. In basketball, shoes are designed to give support to the player’s ankles. With all the advancement, mouthguards have stood the test of time and should be used in just about any sport or recreational activity your child is involved in.

Mouthguards are commonly purchased for children in contact sports, but in reality, any sport can lead to a dental issue. Mouthguards are designed not just to protect your teeth from an impact, but also your lips, tongue, face, and jaw.

If you’re a parent of a child involved in any sport, be sure they have a properly fitting mouthguard.

Summer Dental Health Pt. 1

Getting together with friends and family can be a lot of fun, especially when the weather is nice! You probably don’t think much about your guest’s dental health, but there are a couple of things you can do to help keep everyone’s mouth healthy. Our team has a couple of simple suggestions you can use at your next event or party:

  • Keep your drinks cold by storing them in a cooler filled with ice rather than putting ice cubes in drinks. Chewing on ice is one of the worst things you can do to your teeth.
  • Make sure your guests have plenty of water to stay hydrated and wash away any harmful bacteria in their mouth.
  • Keep the snacks on the healthier side by buying some vegetable trays and fruit.
  • Instead of using toothpicks, purchase dental picks. Toothpicks have the possibility of poking your gums.

If you’re in the Streetsboro, OH area and need a dental check-up or have any questions, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates today!

When Do You Need to See the Dentist?

Just because you’re not scheduled for your six-month cleaning it doesn’t mean that you can’t, or shouldn’t, see your dentist for dental health issues.

Below are a couple of reasons that would warrant a trip to the dentist.

Sensitive Teeth or Pain
If any of your teeth are in pain or you notice they’re sensitive to hot or cold, don’t ignore the issue. These symptoms tend to be signs of more serious dental health problems.

Does Your Mouth Feel Dry?
A lack of saliva in your mouth may not sound like a significant problem, but saliva is our bodies natural cavity fighter. If you notice you’re suffering from dry mouth, be sure to speak to your dentist about finding relief.

Problems With Your Gums
Your teeth are not the only thing that can experience issues. If your gums are bright red, inflamed, or bleed after you brush or floss, schedule an appointment with your dentist or a periodontist. These issues tend to be associated with gingivitis.

Anything that doesn’t seem right
If there is something that you are not sure about, such as a bump in your mouth that won’t go away or waking up with a sore jaw, it is a good idea to contact your dentist. It’s best to be extra careful and get a professional to check out any issues that you’re concerned about.

To read more about what can justify a trip to the dentist, be sure to check out this article.

Feel free to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates if you’re due for a cleaning or have any concerns about the health of your mouth.

Summer Dental Health Part 1

You’re probably looking forward to the summer; we know we are! To help you keep a healthy mouth this summer, here are a few dental health tips to keep in mind.

Summer is a popular time for family vacations. Before you leave for vacation, remember these tips:
Pack all the necessary dental health products you need to care for your teeth.
Continue brushing and flossing each day, don’t let a vacation get your routine out of sync.
Schedule a visit with your dentist before you leave for vacation. Don’t let a dental health emergency cut your trip short.

Your Children’s Dental Health
Even if you’re not going on vacation this year, you may have kids that stay at home during their summer break. If your child is staying home, be sure to keep plenty of mouth-healthy foods around the house.

Germs and bacteria never take a vacation. Don’t let a dental health issue or emergency ruin your summer activities. If you’re due for a cleaning or would like to visit the dentist before going on vacation, be sure to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates in Streetsboro, OH.

Do You Brush Your Tongue?

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After you brush your teeth, be sure you brush your tongue.

We spend a lot of time stressing the importance of brushing your teeth, but many people do not know that brushing your tongue is also an important part of your dental hygiene routine. The germs and bacteria that can be found on our tongue lead to bad breath as well as dental health issues.

In order to properly brush, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Tilt your toothbrush 45 degrees against the gumline and brush away from the gumline.
  • Be sure to brush your tongue, gently, to remove bacteria and fight against bad breath.
  • Lightly brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of the teeth using short back-and-forth motions.

In order to remove the bacteria from your tongue, you need to brush or use a tongue scraper. Simply washing your mouth with water is not enough. One of the major causes of bad breath is poor dental hygiene, so you want to make sure you are properly caring for your mouth. If bad breath does not subside even with good hygiene, contact your dentist.

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If you suffer from bad breath, feel free to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates in Streetsboro, OH.

Is Invisalign Right for You?

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Invisalign has become a popular treatment for straightening teeth.

Although Invisalign has advantages compared to traditional braces, why is having straight teeth so important?

Other than aesthetics, teeth that are crowded or crooked can lead to dental health issues. Properly aligned teeth help us chew food, speak, and hold the shape of our face and lips.

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Luckily, many cases of crooked or crowded teeth can be fixed with the use of Invisalign aligners. These aligners are clear trays that can be removed and are also practically unnoticeable when you are wearing them. Invisalign offers a more comfortable way to straighten teeth and since they are removable, proper dental hygiene is easier to maintain. The length of your treatment differs from person to person, but you will schedule trips to the dentist to receive new aligners about every six weeks. For more information on this treatment, click here.

If you are interested in discussing Invisalign treatment, feel free to contact Layman, Shirman & Associates.