Amongst teens and younger adults, about 35% of injuries made to the tooth or jaw area are the result of a sports related injury with 80% of those injuries being inflicted upon the two most frontal teeth. The good news is that if one of the teeth has been knocked out by a sports injury, if you get to a dentist fast enough, it can be saved, but the procedure to do so is quite lengthy and expensive. Even minor chips and loose teeth can cost you a pretty penny, so dental experts recommend doing preventive practices so these injuries either never occur or are kept to the bare minimum.


There are a few options out there for children, teens, and adults who enjoy sports and want to minimize their risk of dental-related injuries. These options include:


Mouth Guards: Also used for preventing the user from grinding their teeth in the middle of the night, mouth guards are just as helpful in the world of sports. Forming a thick, protective layer over the teeth, mouth guards can help to prevent even the strongest of impacts, making them great for high contact sports such as football and hockey.


Helmets: Although not directly covering the mouth as a mouth guard does, helmets prevent the face from smashing into the ground, should a person fall down during a sporting match.


Custom fit mouth guards provide the best protection for anyone involved in sports, but if that is unaffordable, then the regular ones can get the job done. Be safe when playing sports and follow all safety instructions to prevent injuries.


If your tooth has become damaged due to a sporting related injury, come in for a consultation.

It’s common knowledge that we aren’t born with our adult teeth right away. We first start out gumless with our baby teeth hiding just beneath the surface. It isn’t until we grow older that our teeth emerge and begin maturing till we finally get all of our adult teeth. So what is the best way to get to a healthy adult smile? Let’s take a look at all the life stages to find out the best way to care for your teeth along the way.


Teeth are actually formed in utero when the baby still hasn’t been born yet. They don’t make their appearance until around the age of 4 months, but depending on the child, they could come earlier or later. The average time it takes for a baby to have all of their teeth emerge is around the age of 3. They will then begin losing their baby teeth around age 6 and will continue to lose and grow all their adult teeth up until the age of 21. 

Preventive measures at this stage of life to ensure healthy teeth include:

  • Regular brushing and flossing
  • Dental sealants if your child really struggles with oral care
  • Getting enough fluoride
  • Limit sugar intake

Problems and challenges that can occur at the baby stage include:

  • Tooth decay: this mainly occurs when the parents give their baby milk or juice before bed rather than water and don’t clean their gums afterward. The sugar found in both of these drinks can break down the teeth and lead to many problems.

Challenges that occur at the toddler stage include:

  • Establishing a routine: Toddlers are not self-starters and will not willingly go and brush their teeth when you ask them to. Set an example for your child and do your oral health care routine together as a family. If they see that their caregivers are doing it, they’re more likely to do it as well.
  • Dental Fear: Make going to the dentist a positive experience. This experience is very new to a toddler and a little nerve-wracking.
  • Tooth decay: Like with a baby, giving a toddler a sugary drink rather than water will wear down the new tooth and make is susceptible to decay and other problems.

Problems that occur during the childhood stage include:

  • Consumption of sweets: Kids have a massive sweet tooth and it’s up to the caregivers to make sure there are healthier options available like vegetables, cheese, and other alternatives, rather than having the children go straight for the sweets. This can lead to cavities and other problems down the road.
  • Oral injuries: Kids are also very playful, but not always the most careful. Chipped or lost teeth can occur when safety is not a top priority.

Express the importance of good dental habits early on and you’ll set your child up for success in the future! Remember to visit the dentist every 6 months to maintain healthy teeth and continue good practices at home to make each visit easier than the last.

As you get older, a lot can change in your body and you might find yourself slowly evolving your lifestyle to fit your needs. One of these things might be your dental routine. So what’s most important for seniors and their teeth? Well, there are four things to pay close attention to.

Your Use of Fluoride

The elderly are as prone to cavities as children are, so having a protective layer over the surface of the tooth is very important, Using a toothpaste which contains fluoride and brushing twice a day will drastically decrease the risk of a senior developing a cavity. Asking for a fluoride treatment at the dentist’s office during your bi-yearly cleaning will be very effective in the years to come.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is often the cause of certain medications or conditions that develop later on in life. PArticularly for those seniors who have dentures, this can create problems such as chafing and bleeding gums as the dentures rub uncomfortably against your gums. Using a mouth spray or chewing sugar free gum can help keep your mouth moist. Changing your medication in serious cases can also be an option if your doctor approves of it as well.

Denture Care 

For most seniors, tooth loss is a common side effect of aging and requires them to get dentures, either partial or complete. Although they are not “real” teeth, you should care for your dentures as if they were. Your dentist can give you a complete care guide on how to keep your dentures in pristine condition so that they have a long life.

Gum Disease

Gum disease often occurs when we don’t take proper care of our teeth. For seniors, it might be the result of mobility issues so they’re not able to visit the dentist, or perhaps their hand shakes too much so they’re unable to brush or floss properly. If either of these are the case, reach out to a loved one for help so you don’t become one of the 65% of seniors who suffer from periodontitis.

Whatever your age may be, your dental health remains a top priority in your life. If you haven’t already scheduled your next visit with a dentist, contact them today and set up an appointment at your earliest convenience.

A healthy smile looks great at any age. Keeping up with good hygiene habits, visiting your dentist regularly and making changes to your routine as your body changes will help you keep a great-looking smile for life.

Flossing is an important part of your daily oral hygiene routine, and yet many people skip it altogether, sometimes on accident, but more often than not, it’s purposeful. Why? Maybe it’s because it’s a tedious activity, or maybe the motion of moving the string around your teeth is bothersome and difficult to do. However, there is an alternative which might make this task easier and more enjoyable. An electric flosser.


Currently, two electric flossers are available for consumers to buy: air flossers and water flossers. Water flossers work by producing a stream of water to clean between the teeth and around the gumline, while air flossers use small bursts of air combined with water droplets to achieve the same task. 


How does this work? Well, both air flossers and water flossers use a small motor that sends the water up from the attached reservoir to the tip of the flosser. This motor can either be battery operated or require the use of am outlet. The latter has a separate water tank that is not built-in, unlike the battery-operated ones, making it less portable than the former.


But are these electric flossers just as effective as their traditional counterparts? According to the American Dental Association, they may be even more effective, particularly those who use the water flossers. In fact, compared to those who use string floss, water flosser users had considerably less plaque in their mouth and less gum bleeding than those who opted to use the string floss.


Electric flossers can also be incredibly beneficial to several groups. For example, string floss is unable to be used when the individual has braces, so an electric flosser is an excellent alternative. Those who suffer from arthritis and other mobility issues may find that an electric flosser is considerably easier to use.


If you’re wanting to make the switch, but unsure which one to choose, contact your family dentist to ask any questions you may have in relation to electric flossers.

If you can’t remember the last time that you replaced your toothbrush, this blog may be for you. While it is easy to know when to replace a ripped shirt or a holey sock, your toothbrush may not be so obvious and could cause you to be brushing with an ineffective toothbrush.


Generally, you’re going to want to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months, but if you’ve recently come down with the flu or a virus, it may be a good idea to change it sooner to avoid contracting the sickness again. Other things to look for that may lead you to change your toothbrush sooner include frayed bristles and the storage of your toothbrush. Keeping your toothbrush close to others with no covering can be unsanitary. Children will also need their toothbrushes changed more frequently as their toothbrushes become worn-out more quickly.


When replacing your toothbrush, consider the type that you would like to buy: manual or electric. Manual toothbrushes have the benefit of being portable, requiring no external power source, and the user having the power to control the pressure and intensity of the brushing. Electric toothbrushes make it easier to clean your teeth, but most need to be charged before using. Choose the one that best suits your lifestyle.


The key to preserving your toothbrush’s longevity is keeping it clean. According to the ADA, rinsing your toothbrush after use to rid it of the saliva and toothbrush should be a mandatory step in your brushing routine. Keeping your toothbrush in an upright position after use will help the bristles air dry as well and prevent them from getting damaged or picking up bacteria. Although toothbrushes can come with a container which are marketed as keeping it safe, bacteria can fester in these containers and are therefore not recommended.


Of course, for the best advice on toothbrush maintenance and choosing the best one for your oral health, consult with your family dentist.

Canker sores, otherwise known as mouth ulcers, are painful pits that can be located on the gum or tongue. Ulcers are caused by a number of things including stress, improper brushing, and eating an unbalanced diet that results in a lack of essential vitamins and minerals. Diagnosing a mouth ulcer is fairly easy as they are usually either white or yellow in color and painful to the touch. It’s very common to get repeat ulcers throughout your life and affect nearly 20% of the general population.


Although ulcers generally heal by themselves over the course of a few days, some require medical intervention such as soft laser therapy treatment which can only be provided through your dentist. Soft laser therapy is completely painless and high effective and the quickest fix for those who have either multiple or extremely painful mouth ulcers.


Soft laser therapy works by promoting tissue healing as well as reducing inflammation and pain in the area where it is applied. The lasers make the procedure completely non-surgical, therefore not requiring the patient to be under any form of anesthesia. Biostimulation, promoting blood circulation to the area, and vasodilation are all mechanisms used in order to treat the mouth ulcers.


Biostimulation is a process where lasers are used using photon energy to stimulate the tissue. The lasers are set to a specific wavelength to promote rapid wound healing and instant pain relief to the area. Biostimulation also promotes collagen growth to speed up the healing process. With the pain gone, the patient will not even know that the ulcer exists in their mouth anymore and it will be completely gone within 4 days, if not sooner.


To learn more about soft laser therapy and biostimulation, schedule a consultation with Newbury Smiles by calling +1 805-499-3691 or by visiting our website at newburysmiles.com/contact.

Expectant mothers, especially first-timers tend to worry about everything from the food that they eat and the activities that are still safe for them to do during this period of development. A common concern of expectant mothers is whether or not they are still able to go to the dentist. Let’s find out.


Truthfully, going to the dentist while pregnant is not only safe, but also highly recommended. With the surge of hormones and blood levels, your gums bleed more often and swell which can trap food and cause cavities and gum irritation. Therefore, keeping up with your bi-annual cleanings is very important, especially since there is a link between gum disease and preterm birth stats.


As far as other dental work being done such as cavities, crowns, fillings, etc, these are all safe during pregnancy as well, though it may be wise to take care of these things before the third trimester as it is not recommended for women to be on their backs for extended periods of time during the last few weeks. If the dental work is not urgent, seeking care for minor things is recommended to be done after giving birth.


In terms of medications that are used during and after dental procedures, there are conflicting ideas about the use of lidocaine and whether or not it has any adverse effect on the developing fetus which is why if you can hold off on any procedure that involves anesthesia, you should do it.


The antibiotics that are prescribed afterward though are deemed completely safe and will have no effect, large or small, on your baby.


The big question that gets asked is the use of x-rays in dental work and whether or not the routine procedure is deemed safe during pregnancy. X-rays in a lot of cases are needed when diagnosing certain ailments, and also to track your dental health progress so it’s a valid concern seeing as how common they are.


The answer to the concern is yes, x-rays are safe. The amount of radiation that is emitted from a single x-ray is not enough to cause any sort of adverse effect on the developing fetus. Of course, safety nets are put in place no matter whether you’re pregnant or not. Shields and blankets can be placed over your belly to limit the amount of radiation, even though none will actually penetrate through. As mentioned above, the only safety reason so put off having major dental work during pregnancy is the prolonged lying on your back which can cut off blood flow to the baby in the third trimester.


Some general tips for pregnant women and their dental concerns:


  • Brush your teeth twice a day 
  • Floss daily
  • Go to all bi-annual exams and cleanings
  • Inform your dentist of your pregnancy
  • Leave non-emergency procedures until after the pregnancy

For further questions and inquiries, contact Newbury Smiles today by calling +1 805-499-3691, or by visiting our website at newburysmiles.com/contact.

Halitosis, commonly known as chronic bad breath, is different from the bad breath that you experience when you wake up in the morning or eat something garlic-y. No matter what you do, whether it be brushing your teeth, chewing a mint, or using mouthwash, the bad smell remains. When this happens, it’s best to consult a dentist as it may indicate an underlying condition that could be serious.


What Causes Halitosis?

If quick bad breath fixes are only covering up the problem for a short time, something else may be happening in your body, including: 


Cavities: Holes and pockets in your teeth are the perfect place for bad breath causing bacteria to hide, especially since they’re so hard to clean out.


Nose and Throat Infections: Postnasal drip can be a cause of halitosis. Bacteria love to feast upon the mucus that leaves your nasal passage and drains into your throat.


Dry Mouth: Saliva helps you process the food in your mouth, making it easier to swallow, but it also helps your oral health. Saliva produces disease-fighting substances that help prevent the formation of cavities. Halitosis can cause the saliva to disappear, leaving food particles and bacteria in its place.


Smoking: While the act of smoking already makes your breath smell less than desirable, smoking also drys out your mouth which was already previously stated to cause halitosis. Excessive smoking can also lead to gum disease, another culprit of halitosis.


Chronic Medical Conditions: Halitosis can be a warning sign of something much more sinister such as kidney disease, liver disease, reflux, and diabetes. 


Treating Halitosis

If you suspect that you have halitosis, start by changing your dental routine. If you brush your teeth only at night, start by adding an additional brushing session to your day, each session lasting for about 2 minutes. Start flossing once a day as well.


If you’re a smoker, try to start cutting back on the number of tobacco products you consume in a day and drink plenty of water to prevent your mouth from drying out. Cutting back on caffeinated drinks and replacing them with water will also help.


If none of these things work, make an appointment with your dentist as you may have an underlying medical condition that is not known yet that your dentist will be able to figure out.


If you suspect you have halitosis, have questions about halitosis, or simply would like to have a consultation, give us a call at +1 805-499-3691.

It’s safe to say that waking up with a headache, tooth pain, and a sore jaw isn’t normal and a situation that needs to be addressed right away. Symptoms such as these appearing after what should have been a restful night’s sleep may be recognized as a condition that we covered in a previous blog called bruxism, or teeth grinding in layman’s terms.


One of the most common treatments for fixing this condition is a night guard. A night guard is a removable appliance that the affected person wears at night that prevents them from grinding their teeth. The best part is is that a night guard is easily attainable without a prescription at most local pharmacies, but you can also get one through your dentist. It is recommended to get one through your dentist as these ones tend to be of higher quality and provide a more comfortable fit. However, they are more expensive so keep this in mind if cost is an issue for you.


Both serve the same purpose in the end however, so whichever one you choose, both will prevent your teeth from grinding against one another.


Other Treatments for Teeth Grinding

As a refresher, if a night guard is not a good match for you, there are alternate options.

  • Teeth straightening: Teeth that are misaligned can cause the affected person to grind their teeth. Braces or Invisalign can rectify the problem.
  • Stress prevention: People deal with stress in multiple ways, most commonly by clenching their jaw. Your dentist may recommend you to find some stress prevention techniques to help with the stress or use healthier coping mechanisms.
  • Change of diet or medication: Caffeine and other stimulants are notorious for making people grind their teeth so limiting your intake or cutting it out completely may make a huge difference. Anti-depressants are also known to cause this.

To find out whether or not a night guard is right for you, contact us today by calling +1 805-499-3691 or by visiting newburysmiles.com

When something feels off with our bodies, we go to the doctor to find out what it is. However, too often people are ignoring their dental health and figuring that it’s not that big of a deal. Especially in the realm of minor underbites and overbites, people will put them on the backburner because they consider them to be only a minor cosmetic flaw and not worth dishing out money to fix. However, ignoring your overbite can lead to health concerns that stretch beyond just a cosmetic hiccup.

What is an overbite?

An overbite is classified as when your upper jaw extends over your lower jaw. People who ignore their overbites typically only have minor cases where the teeth only overlap a few millimeters, but there are severe cases which cause facial abnormalities. With any overbite case, individuals typically suffer from headaches and jaw pain.

What causes an overbite?

The most common cause for overbites has to do with genetics. Therefore, if someone in your family has had an overbite in the past, then it is very likely that future generations will also develop one, especially if bad habits are combined with it. Thumb sucking for example in children could play a role in whether or not an individual gets an overbite as the thrusting motion of the tongue might propel the upper jaw forward.

Early Treatment

Treatment at an early age is recommended as the jaw is more malleable and has not solidified yet. Waiting until adulthood could result in surgery, a much more invasive method when it comes to correcting overbites. Severe overbites are time sensitive as failing to take care of them also affects your oral health. Being unable to clean your gums and teeth properly could lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss. Difficulty chewing could lead to malnutrition as well because of the pain that the afflicted individual suffers.

By opting in for early care, you can save yourself from all of these ailments.

Treatment

Splint therapy is ideal for those who need their jaw to be repositioned. This takes the pressure off of the nerves and then once it’s in the correct position, braces are applied to keep the jaw from shifting, though in some case, the orthodontist will recommend going straight to braces.

There are many different kinds of braces that we’ve talked about in detail in our other blogs. For details on the different kinds of braces available to you, click here.

However, there is another treatment method that we have also discussed in detail in the past that is available for those who suffer from an overbite which is headgear. With headgear, more than likely traditional metal braces would be used, but each dentist is different and they will be able to give you all the options available to you.

For more information about headgear, click here.

Blogs and articles are only able to help you some of the way. For full details on your overbite, schedule a consultation by visiting our website newburysmile.com and navigating to the Contact tab. Alternatively, you can also give us a call at +1 805-499-3691.