It is estimated by the American Dental Association, that approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football are prevented by wearing mouthguards. Since dental injuries are the most common injury in sports, Dr. Raymond Flander did a study in 1995, reporting the high incidence of injuries in sports other then football. The study notes that in football where mouthguards are mandatory, .07% of injuries were orofacial. Contrast this to basketball where mouthguards are elective, 34% injuries are orofacial. It seems obvious that custom fit mouthguards should be a routine piece of equipment in the prevention of dental and orofacial injuries.
October 30, 2013
August 15, 2013
Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are common problems that can affect your sleep, and have a significant impact upon your health and quality of your life. Everyone knows what snoring is, but did you know that more then 50% of snorers have OSA.
You may say “So what!?” “What’s the big deal? It’s only snoring…” Well, it is a BIG DEAL. The fact that you may snore means that changes have already occurred in your upper airway to make you snore. Your airway is narrowing, limiting air flow as you breathe. In fact, it may completely collapse, causing you to stop breathing.
June 25, 2013
I wonder how many people know that certain headaches, thought to be Migraines, may actually come from muscle tension underlying the Temple area of your head. These muscles known as the Temporalis muscles, acts as reigns to the lower jaw, keeping your jaw in proper position as you chew, speak and swallow. A missing tooth, chipped tooth, or high filling can cause a change of position to your lower jaw. This may result in added tension on your Temporalis muscle in order to keep your jaw in its proper position. This tension may subsequently result in inflammation of your muscle and tendons connecting to the bone.