Archive for July 2014

Experts Confirm Benefits of Starting Orthodontic Treatment at Young Age

Pediatric DentistryOZARK, MO-No longer should orthodontic care be associated with teenagers alone. Because permanent teeth begin to come in at age 6 or 7, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children receive an orthodontic screening during this time. There are many benefits to orthodontic care.

“Orthodontic treatment has come a long way in the last few decades,” explains Missouri dentist Dr. Tracy Davis. “Thanks to breakthrough research and advanced technology, specialists are now able to determine what kind of treatment a child will need several years down the road.”


Athletes Reduce Concussion Risk When Wearing Properly Fitted Mouthguards

SPRINGFIELD, MO-Parents of athletes may want to consider going to the dentist instead of the local sporting goods store for a mouthguard. According to the May/June 2014 issue of General Dentistry, high school football players wearing store-bought mouthguards were more than twice as likely to suffer concussions and mild traumatic injuries as those wearing properly fitted ones.

mouthguardA total of 412 players participated in the study. While 220 were randomly assigned to wear fitted mouthguards, the remaining 192 wore over-the-counter mouthguards of their choice. The same style of football helmet was worn by all participants.

Following the experiment, more than eight percent of those wearing the standard mouthguard suffered a concussion or similar injuries. On the contrary, less than four percent of the athletes wearing properly fitted mouthguards dealt with concussions.