Baby teeth are important for chewing, biting, speech and appearance, as well as holding space for permanent teeth; therefore, it is extremely important to maintain daily hygiene and twice a year dental cleanings/exams.
Dental X-rays are instrumental in the detection of abnormalities below the tooth surface and between the teeth. Tooth decay, signs of gum disease, early detection of hairline fractures of the jaw or teeth, unhealthy roots, diminishing bone density, and the presence of tumors and cysts, are examples of dental X-ray findings.
Many people are affected with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it can be a larger problem at night while asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. If you grind your teeth, a night guard should be considered.
Sports guards are a type of mouth guard that fits over the upper teeth to add a level of protection from impact during sports-related activities, such as soccer, basketball, or martial arts. Made of a semi-flexible material, sports guards have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of dental injuries, as reported by the ADA (American Dental Association).